Review - Chris Rowland
Review Date: Aug 1, 2013, 6:30 PM
Liked: Friendly staff, Reuben sandwich
Disliked: Potato pancakes
We had driven by the Main Street Café in Newtown several times but had never stopped in. It looks inviting from the outside--an old brick building near the center of the quaint little town, turned into a restaurant. So tonight we decided that we would stop in and see what it was about.
We walked into the restaurant and the first room was kind of a waiting area. At the other end of the room was a sign telling us to seat ourselves, next to a stack of menus. We grabbed a couple of menus and wandered into the main part of the establishment.
The first thing you encounter is the bar. We headed around it and looked for a table. The dining room was pretty full, and it looks like this is a popular place for the locals to eat. We found a table in the corner by the front windows. There is another part of the dining area a little further back that might have been a little quieter than where we sat, because it was certainly loud where we were seated. The wall was brick and the ceilings were painted tin, so the sound carried quite well. The patrons were having lively conversations and there were flat screen televisions on the walls playing a baseball game. All in all, the dining area was comfortable and wrapped around the bar area.
Main Street Café offers mostly burgers and sandwiches. I was a little surprised because I would have expected some steaks and other entrees from the classiness of the exterior. Katherine ordered a Yuengling beer ($3.50) and I had a glass of water with lemon. Chad, our server, came by to take our order. We both ordered the Classic Reuben with House Dressing ($7.25), which they also offered the option of a Turkey Reuben, or having it with Thousand Island dressing.
The Reuben arrived quickly and the first thing I noticed was that it was drippy. There was a nice big wad of sauerkraut in there and a good pile of corned beef. I had to reach for my napkin almost immediately. They probably should bring extra napkins for people who order their Classic Reuben. The Swiss cheese made a small appearance but was not overly notable. The bread was grilled nicely and very tasty. The House dressing (which Chad said was kind of like a Russian dressing) was served on the side in a very shallow cup. It was rather thin but was nice and tangy. It would have been nice to have a bigger serving. I dipped the Reuben in the dressing but there wasn't nearly enough there. Katherine felt there was plenty of dressing, so perhaps I am too indulgent in that area.
We ordered German Potato Pancakes on the side ($3.75), which came with either Applesauce or Sour Cream. I asked Chad which of them he recommended, and he suggested the sour cream. In hindsight, I think I should have selected the applesauce. The potato pancakes were very crispy and pretty bland. They didn't compare favorably to others I have sampled; I would skip them if I came again.
With a $5 coupon from the coupon book that comes in the mail each month, the meal came to $25.55 including tax and tip. I thought the Reuben was pretty good overall, and I would definitely order it again. One thing that did intrigue me was the listing of desserts on the chalkboard in the dining room. I may need to come back just to try some of them.