My family has been going to Karps for at least 30 years. We went last night for the first time in three years. It went down hill even more in three years. The service was awful, it is no wonder it was only us and another couple there. My drink glass sat empty while our server passed our table four times, I finally had to ask. Our table was crowded with dirty dishes while our server socialized with his friends in the back dining room. The salad bar was good except for the machine sliced onions, thin rings like you would put on a hoagie. The fried flounder was OK but the Veal Parm was mediocre, it was half of the thickness that it used to be and the bland sauce had a strange aftertaste, kind of like Tea. The baked potatoes were very good. In my opinion the place started to change right after Charlie passed away and three years ago, it wasn't too great that's why it took so long to go back. We won't be returning after last nights experience.
Charlie Karp's is a great, great staple in PA neighborhood eateries. Two things that you have to get when you are there in order to maximize your exprience.
1. All u can eat parm. This is a massive fantastic piece of meat smothered in cheese and sauce.
2. Filet tip sandwich. Great while either sitting at the bar or at a table.
As a memeber of the eatingteam I travle all over America looking for fantastic neighborhood foods. THIS IS ONE!
If you are looking for fancy dress up places that overcharge and call food weird names - don't go here.
If you are looking for a great belly filling meal that will send you on your way to a nice hour and a half nap or just a great sandwich to hold you over - then go here.
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