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Farm To Table At Ambler's Trax Restaurant

Friday, December 28, 2012
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Lamb chops with vegetables on special. Photo by Stephanie Singer

Chef Steven Waxman has many fond Chanukah memories of making potato latkes and applesauce with his grandmother. To this day, he still serves his family’s latke recipe at his holiday table and Ambler BYOB, Trax, during the Festival of Lights.

Another family recipe that you might also find on the menu is his interpretation of traditional brisket, which involves finishing the meat on a smoker to add a BBQ flavor. 

After a career in the wine industry, Waxman opened Trax in 1998 in a beautiful historic building next to the train tracks that is actually owned by Septa. Gorgeous Hawaiian landscapes painted by a friend hang on the walls. In warm weather, patrons enjoy a large outdoor seating area.

“I enjoy people sitting down and coming together for a meal to reconnect," the chef says. "Jewish holiday family-style meals are my roots." 

The farm-to-table style fare revolves around what's fresh and in season. Waxman frequents Chestnut Hill Farmers’ Market, Maple Acres Farm and the neighboring Carl Venezia Meats to stock his kitchen. He’s even lobbied for a new farmers’ market to open this spring in the parking lot right next to his restaurant. 

“I like to eat healthy,” Waxman says, “and people want to eat quality food.” 
 
Ambler is about 40 minutes from downtown Philadelphia, but dinner at Trax is worth the trip. Before or after you eat, watch a movie down the street at The Ambler Theater or see a live show at Act II Playhouse. Definitely save room for dessert — the warm apple crisp is delicious!
 
Trax Restaurant
27 W. Butler Pike, Ambler, PA 19002
(215) 591-9777
Tuesday — Saturday, 4:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
 

In Support of Fresh Food,

Stephanie
The Bubbi Project

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