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“Delicious Cornbread and Honey” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Maize Restaurant

Maize Restaurant
519 West Walnut Street, Perkasie, PA 18944
215-257-2264
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Ranked #1 of 34 Restaurants in Perkasie
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $20
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Local cuisine, Doing business
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Pennsylvania
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141 restaurant reviews
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“Delicious Cornbread and Honey”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

My spouse and I dined at Maize in late July 2013, and we called to make a reservation about one month prior to the night that we wanted to dine. The restaurant is open for dinner only from Tuesday through Saturday.

This is a BYOB establishment, and they have two copper tubs filled with ice near the hostess stand in which to keep white wines chilled, rather than trying to set smaller ice buckets at individual tables. The restaurant does not have its own parking lot, but there is street parking as well as a public parking lot down the street. The restaurant space is small, and diners are seated close together. The dining room is somewhat open to the kitchen, so you can see what is going on behind the scenes, particularly when you need to pass through the kitchen to access the restrooms. Service was incredibly slow, as most reviews claim. We often dine at restaurants that have 20+ course tasting menus served over the course of a few hours, but even we found the service to be painfully slow, with lots of time elapsing between courses. The restaurant serves an herb popcorn amuse-bouche, in keeping with the restaurant name, but we still are not clear on the significance of the restaurant name itself - something to do with the Lenape Indians - but we are not sure how that culture relates to the restaurant owner or location.

The cornbread served with local honey and cold butter slices was fantastic - easily the best part of our meal - but even that complimentary item took a long time to be delivered (probably 30 minutes after we sat down). We elected to order the 5-course blind tasting menu for $50 per person, which in retrospect, was a mistake, because the regular menu featured far more interesting items (such as bison tartare and teres major, an unusual but tender cut of beef). We think that one of the issues with timeliness at this restaurant is the fact that it serves the tasting menu on busy weekend nights, which calls for chef creativity and thinking on-the-fly when the kitchen is already bombarded with orders. Because we could see the chefs in the kitchen, we could see no sense of urgency from them as they prepared food - they were happy to chat with staff and customers passing through their workspace, when their time might better have been served with producing food. (In their defense, the three chefs seemed very young.) Our server was very knowledgeable about the food and the ingredients, even though she, too, must have been surprised at the blind tasting options. (Another couple seated directly next to us also ordered the tasting menu, and they received a few different dishes than we did.)

Overall, we think that this restaurant has potential, but needs to speed up its service before we would return.

Visited July 2013
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Philadelphia
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“Gourmet food in a cafe atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

I would have expected this level of food in a five star restaurant in the city! What a hidden gem! My group had bison, crabcakes, tilapia, scallops, blue crab salad and the beef special. No one had a negative comment about the food. If you go, here's a few things you should know. It's a dining experience so plan on spending 2.5 to 3 hours there. Everything is made as ordered so it takes time, especially if the place is full. The atmosphere is very loud and it's difficult to hear the person across the table talking to you. There was also quite a bit of smoke coming from the open kitchen so my eyes were irritated most of the night. Rumor has it that are planning to expand and have an upstairs as well as outside seating. We'll wait to go back then...but will definitely go back!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“A gem in Perkasie”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

My husband and I had dinner here for a special "date night." It was our first time at this place. The food was amazing - I had the fluke and he had the bison. Both were very good! We really appreciated the attention to detail by the waiter who did a great job explaining the menu options. We had two courses and that took 2 hours. We loved being there enjoying each others company and amazing food. I would suggest this place if you love special food and are not wanting a quick in and out meal. Thank you everyone at the Maize for a memorable meal and evening. So glad you guys are here locally in Perkasie.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Quakertown, Pennsylvania
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“Delicious but LOUD and s..l..o..w..”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013 via mobile

Our server was great, food was outstanding, but being over 55, none of us could hear each other. We were all hoarse by the end the evevning. Adding some sound absorption to the room would help. That being said, the bison was done to perfection, mussels were wonderful. The terrine dessert did not dissapoint. Will go back but never on a weekend. Server said they are adding a patio in the back and adding space upstairs. Let's hope that helps.

Visited July 2013
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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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“Cute restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

We went here last night with a group of 6. We had a fabulous dinner and great time! Everything is made to order, and makes for a long meal. We were there for about 4 hrs and each had an appetizer, entree and dessert. If was no issue for us since we hadn't seen each other and were catching up. I recommend going with a group and the time will fly by. I do not feel this would be the place to go for a romantic dinner, just not the atmosphere for it. I will also say that it is very loud and hot! At one point they had to open the door, because it was very hot and smoky( from the kitchen). I will admit, I did prefer what my husband ordered. He had the mussels for an app and the bison for entree which was mouth watering. I had scallops and crab cake, which admittedly I have had better. For dessert he had creme brûlée, which he said was rich and creamy. I had a lavender pane cotta, which was mild and interesting. Overall very cute little ( about 30 seats) restaurant that uses all local ingredients from nearby farms. The best part and money saver, BYOB!!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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