What it is: Merion Square Gourmet Foods, Gladwyne.
What we like about it: For hungry diners looking for takeout variety, Merion Square Gourmet Foods offers a wealth of choices with its hot and cold buffet menu and sandwiches. Menu items are made fresh by owners James and Kun Ji, who opened the takeout-only restaurant 11 years ago after moving from South Korea in 1989. Daughter Debbie Choi is the manager.
The salad bar and hot buffet are open for business from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The offerings range from cold salad fixings and toppings, including pasta salad, strawberries and watermelon, to hot fried rice, roast beef, meatballs, meatloaf, French fries and chicken wings. Salad bar and buffet items both cost $4.59 per pound.