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Barbecue in and around Phila

I'm pretty sure they parboil them too.

Aug 28, 2015
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

Barbecue in and around Phila

This is pushing "in and around Phila", but Henri's Hott's in deep South Jersey got a great review from LaBan a couple of years ago.

http://www.henrishottsbarbeque.com/

http://www.philly.com/philly/food/201...

Aug 27, 2015
Philly Ray in Philadelphia
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Casual Lunch Near Rittenhouse Square

I would add a.kitchen to the list if for nothing else besides their burger. Not only is it very good, but the fries that come with it might be the best in the city. Shatteringly crisp on the outside and pillowy soft on the inside. Reminds me that it's high time for me to get back there.

Aug 27, 2015
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

Hinkle's in Columbia, PA

We're visiting the Turkey Hill Experience next week and are looking for a lunch stop afterwards. Read about Hinkle's and was wondering if it's good or are there any other recommendations.

Thanks.

Aug 22, 2015
Philly Ray in Pennsylvania

Has Anyone Had A Dinner Party Guest Pass Gas At Your Table?

Was he at least in tune?

Has Anyone Had A Dinner Party Guest Pass Gas At Your Table?

I just blame it on the steamed cauliflower.

Aug 06, 2015
Philly Ray in Not About Food
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Taquerias

Do they still use masa in their banana leaf tamales? Dominicans make something similar to a tamale called pasteles. They are mashed plantain or yucca mixed with ground pork, wrapped in banana leaves and steamed like a tamale.

Aug 05, 2015
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

4 Hours in Philly - What to do and where to EAT!

Probably the easiest thing for you to do is catch the airport regional rail line to Jefferson Station and go to the Reading Terminal Market. You will have plenty of choices for lunch (and dessert).

http://www.readingterminalmarket.org/

P.S. When in September? If you are not aware, Pope Francis will be in town on Sept. 26-27 and transit will be very limited in and out of the city during that time.

Taking a break from "new American" "French tavern" & "farm to table"

What are their hours?

Aug 03, 2015
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Restaurant Week go-tos

Based on your edit, I would advise you to skip two or three Restaurant Weeks and save the money to go to a "must-go" restaurant at some other time of the year.

I simply don't feel that you get the same experience at a top flight restaurant during RW that you would during a "normal" night.

In fact, that's why I gave up on RW a long time ago. I grew tired of chasing the dream and being disappointed every time.

Philadelphia Restaurant Week go-tos

I've heard that the rodizio places don't offer some of the higher quality cuts of meat during Restaurant Week.

Aug 02, 2015
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Restaurant Week go-tos

Sampan offers their normal tasting menu for $10 less. You pick 7 dishes to share for $35pp.

Aug 02, 2015
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

OMG! Need TEN recommendations!!

a.kitchen
Morimoto
Lacroix

How many people for each dinner? Will everyone be together for each meal?

Aug 01, 2015
Philly Ray in Philadelphia
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Taking a break from "new American" "French tavern" & "farm to table"

Hardena (Indonesian)

http://www.hardenas.com/

Green Olives Cafe (Middle Eastern

)

http://greenolivescafephilly.com/

Nam Phuong (Vietnamese

)

http://www.namphuongphilly.com/

Sazon (Venezuelan) which might be on the edge of your walking radius

http://www.sazonphilly.com/

Jul 31, 2015
Philly Ray in Philadelphia
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Where to go for boyfriends 21st Birthday in Philadelphia?

Palladino's. More fun than romantic, but they have a bistecca alla fiorentina that is meant to be shared.

http://www.lukepalladino.com/Palladin...

Jul 29, 2015
Philly Ray in Philadelphia
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October in the City

Call Vetri and see if their upstairs private room is available.

http://vetriristorante.com/private-di...

Philly overnight with kids

You can do Paradiso early with kids. We've been taking our daughter (now 8) there since she was an infant. You can also ask for plain pasta with butter and cheese or just tomato sauce if that's what your kids like.

http://www.paradisophilly.com/

Jul 28, 2015
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

quick help needed re: marinating fish for tacos

Yeah, especially if you are going to fry it (I'm assuming). For fried fish tacos, I would season the flour, but then make a lime-cilantro crema to squeeze on top.

Jul 25, 2015
Philly Ray in Home Cooking

Help! Need suggestions for Caprese salad and????

Roasted red peppers

Jul 23, 2015
Philly Ray in Vegetarian & Vegan

Malaysian Sate Coming to East Passyunk

OK, this is definitely something new and different for Passyunk Ave, but I want to know where she's going to be grilling over "coconut shell charcoal". I can't imagine L&I will permit that indoors unless they have a top-notch venting system.

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/th...

Jul 23, 2015
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

Crispy Chicken Skin - High Heat or Low and Slow?

When you grill (bone-in) chicken, do you turn the heat up to high at the end to crisp up the skin or leave it low and slow throughout the entire cooking time.

Pizza with pesto

I don't make it myself, but a few places I order from will put olives (kalamata or plain black) on their pesto pizza.

Jul 22, 2015
Philly Ray in Home Cooking

Old Fashioned Hot Dogs with a Snap!

Try Czerw's in Port Richmond. I haven't tried their hot dogs yet, but I've seen them in the case. They look pretty substantial and I can imagine that they have some bite to them.

Jul 17, 2015
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

South Jersey Shore

Every year, the food critic for The Philadelphia Inquirer does a Jersey Shore roundup. These links are this year's edition...

http://www.philly.com/philly/columnis...

http://www.philly.com/philly/columnis...

Also, in Sea Isle City, there is a pretty good Italian place called Basilico's

http://www.basilicosristorante.com/

Jul 15, 2015
Philly Ray in New Jersey

Gran Caffe L'Aquilla?

Here is LaBan's review from earlier this year...

http://www.philly.com/philly/food/201...

Jul 15, 2015
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

bad manners to accept preferred treatment

Like the old American Express slogan used to say..."Membership Has Its Privileges"

can you tell me about chilaquiles?

It's *kind* of like Mexican lasagna. Traditionally, it was made with leftover tortillas. The tortillas are torn up or sliced into strips and then mixed with a sauce (salsa verde, rojo, or mole). You can add meat if you like and then you top it with queso fresco and sliced onions. Garnish with cilantro and crema.

Jul 10, 2015
Philly Ray in General Topics

Georges Perrier Sighting

We were driving past Fond and we saw Georges standing out front wearing his chef's whites. I wonder if he's moonlighting?

Jun 28, 2015
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

Any Must Order at Jaleo?

My wife and I are going tomorrow evening. We are pretty familiar with tapas and know what we like, but are there any specific dishes at Jaleo that they do particularly well?

Thanks

Replacing 15 year old Weber Genesis Silver - what to get?

The latest Weber Genesis line has vertical burners.