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Phila CH in search of Italian in Chicago

My daughter and I are in Chicago in August, at two separate conferences. I am at the Hyatt Regency and she is at the Marriott on Magnificent Mile. Looking for a good Italian place to meet up at. Can do reasonable taxi ride, but want to stay within Chicago limits.

All advice welcome. TIA.

Francis

Jul 16, 2015
FrancisdeR in Chicago Area

Dining in West Chester/Brandywine area of PA...

The bread is truly good. the owner is a real French woman from Lyon. I wish they were better organized (sometimes run out of bread by 9:30, or out of change). They also get a lot of tourists who seem to need several minutes of discussion to choose a single pastry, when the rest of us are in line to buy bread. Still, it is so worth it. In a few days we will be living 200-300 yards from there. We aren't moving just for her, but this shop certainly contributes to the quality of life factor in West Chester.

Jul 07, 2015
FrancisdeR in Philadelphia

Dining in West Chester/Brandywine area of PA...

Cindy,

I agree on both counts. I would add the General Warren Inn to that list. It's a shame but it is rather common.

Jul 05, 2015
FrancisdeR in Philadelphia

West Chester update

Thanks, Cindy and Sal.

Laguna Miramare seems to be where Catherine's once was (years ago, before moving to Unionville) and later Butterfish. Both pretty credible restaurants that just didn't make it. I could walk there from my new home.

Not surprised about Chinese. Such a shame.

Too bad about Spence 312. We've all posted about Core di Roma, decent food, nice owner, poor experience because of noise.

Any of the "Mediterranean" places? Including the bakery that has been "coming soon" for more than a year. Anyone tried the new place that came in where Noodhi Thai used to be?

Jun 14, 2015
FrancisdeR in Philadelphia

West Chester update

Folks, I have lived in the area for 12 years now, but I am moving to the borough next month. My big questions are these:

Is there a decent Chinese restaurant in the area?
I know Avalon and Teca? What else is truly good?
Anything new that is really worth it?
How is Mumbai (I am an addict of Bangles and it will be hard to get me off that, but open).

TIA.

Francis

Jun 13, 2015
FrancisdeR in Philadelphia

Wimbledon?

Philadelphia CH in raynes park visiting his kids. Could anyone suggest a nice place open Sunday's? Need good more than fancy. Italian or Asian would be good but all ideas welcomed.

Thanks.

Nov 30, 2014
FrancisdeR in U.K./Ireland

Noodle Bars around KoP or Chester County

I am a big fan of Cheu Noodle Bar in Philly, but live pretty far away. Is there anything in the Western suburbs (including KoP / Radnor area, where I work) that comes even close?

Any suggestions welcome.

Oct 27, 2014
FrancisdeR in Philadelphia

A couple of Chester County spots I never hear about

Orangery in Thorndale. Looks like a private home, one seating a day, you get whatever they serve. I don't mind the model, but I have not heard of anyone going. Any experience or views from CH?

Same question for Yellow Springs Inn in Chester Springs? Menu seems amazingly expensive for the area. I don't see anyone talking about it, so I have to really wonder if prices are justified.

In either case, I would love to hear CH views and experiences.

Francis

Aug 24, 2014
FrancisdeR in Philadelphia

Newport or Little Crompton, RI

Thanks all for your great input. We have a res at The Mooring for tomorrow night. We drove through Tiberton today on the way back from Little Crompton (where we are checking out some fantastic private gardens for a Hardy Plant Society trip next year). I noticed the roaster and Gray's ice cream. Sadly, we are finished with LC (until next year) and back in Newport. We have been told the best lobster roll in town is at Brick Alley, but the review from one of you was less than enthusiastic. We are thinking of the Mexican restaurant, an easy walk from our hotel the Newport Hotel and Marina.

Thanks to all of you for your help.

Francis

Phila CH looking for recommendations near Louisville Convention Center

Thanks, Etonian. We went to Milkwood and found it quite good. Not sure I would have found it without your help.

Francis

Newport or Little Crompton, RI

Phila CH in search of recommendations for these two places. We are going on Tuesday to scout out gardens for a Hardy Plant Society trip in 2015. Good food is more important to us than upscale surroundings. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.

Francis

Phila CH looking for recommendations near Louisville Convention Center

Thanks much, Etonian.

Phila CH looking for recommendations near Louisville Convention Center

Looking for good, not necessarily opulent or steakhouse. Quality much more important that quantity. Attending a meeting at the Marriott, which, I assume, is attached to the convention center. August 13-15.

Any recommendations appreciated. TIA.

Francis

Core de Roma - West Chester

You may have a point, Truman. I remember thinking, "next time, we'll try to sit in the front, even at the bar". There just hasn't been a next time yet. We did like the owner, and would like to go back and talk to him more. We're just hoping for a quieter night.

Jun 17, 2014
FrancisdeR in Philadelphia

Core de Roma - West Chester

Cindy,

I have talked to a few people about Core di Roma. We all agree on one thing. The food is truly good (I would say at least as good as Teca, and much better than Nonna's was), and not overpriced.

But one theme keeps coming up. The experience is bad, not because of the restaurant, but because of the other patrons. I have heard complaints of groups so drunk and so loud (the place does not have much noise abatement) that other tables couldn't talk. My own peeve was on a night where there were some big family groups who kept on getting up to kiss or talk, and invariably hit your chair back. Nothing against family groups (a tradition in Italian restaurants), but definitely against such total lack of consideration for other patrons (like not hitting their chairs, repeatedly, every time). Not particularly the children but at the adults, who really ought to know better, and were worse than the children. I came out suspecting that they really wanted the whole place to themselves, and were going to take it if they didn't have it.

The owner is probably a little too nice, and doesn't dare tell them to be considerate of others. It is costing him business.

Jun 16, 2014
FrancisdeR in Philadelphia

Sunday night dinner near Holborn Tube or Bloomsbury

My wife and I are about to leave for our annual London Theatre fix. We will return on an early Monday flight and we like to have a good dinner on Sunday night. For years, we would go to Brasserie St Quentin in Knightsbridge, but sadly, that closed.

We are staying very close to the Holborn tube station, and would like to talk home. Any suggestions would be very welcome.

Thanks.

Apr 03, 2014
FrancisdeR in U.K./Ireland

West Chester / Brandywine Recommendation?

I second Antica. Sorry, but I'll stop short of seconding the others. True that it is loud, but it and its sister restaurant Il Granaio are just plain competent Italian food. Antica has easier parking that Il Granaio (where parking can be a serious problem).

Mar 23, 2014
FrancisdeR in Philadelphia

Best Sushi - Collegeville/Limerick/Phoenixville

I'll second BonJung (I think that is the spelling, not sure). I'm not going to say it's spectacular. It is what I consider the best in the three towns listed. Consistent with most of the answers being outside of those three towns.

Also second Ooka (below) although it is outside of the area.

Feb 09, 2014
FrancisdeR in Philadelphia

Anything new in Chester / Delaware Counties

Thanks, all, for your replies.

I am familiar with Teikoku, and like it, but my go to place for anything Japanese (and some very decent Chinese dumplings) is Masamoto. In my view, it stands out heads and shoulders above anything else outside of Phila.

Misha, thanks for Oriental Pearl. It's hike for us, but it's on the "try" list.

So is Junto. Thanks, Cindy.

Jan 17, 2014
FrancisdeR in Philadelphia

Anything new in Chester / Delaware Counties

I'm always looking for new ideas in our little part of the world where the pickings are sort of slim.

Some new serious Italian in West Chester (Core di Roma) and Glenn Mills (Il Granaio and Antico, both belong to the same family). Anything new Asian? I haven't seen much else that's new. What am I missing?

Frnacis

Jan 12, 2014
FrancisdeR in Philadelphia

Patty Shells (Vol-au-vent)?

Does anyone know any bakery who makes these around here? Second best would be frozen (I hear good things about the Dufour brand, but I would prefer the patty shells already made rather than building my own).

Thanks for any advice anyone can provide.

Dec 28, 2013
FrancisdeR in Philadelphia

Restaurant on the way to Lancaster?

Bacchus,

I had heard about Francis being executive chef at St Peters but that was years ago, and it didn't last that long. Is it on again?

Nov 26, 2013
FrancisdeR in Philadelphia
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Something Grilled Texas Style

OM42, it's actually the other way. The first location was in Honey Brook, and the Exton location is the second one, opened just this month.

Nov 16, 2013
FrancisdeR in Philadelphia
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Something Grilled Texas Style

Seems to be an offshoot of a place with the same name in Honey Brook. On Rte. 100 same strip mall as the Produce Junction. Opened Nov. 4. Active Facebook page. That's all I know. we will try in the next few weeks.

Nov 16, 2013
FrancisdeR in Philadelphia

Antica -- new Italian BYOB in Chadds Ford

Tried Antica last night, and it lived up to expectations. Slightly different menu than Il Granaio, same feel, same friendly service, same quality.

We're not talking high gastronomy here, just well-prepared authentic Italian food. At a reasonable cost.

And there was parking available.

Nov 15, 2013
FrancisdeR in Philadelphia

Stayman WinesapApples

I think I saw some on Sunday at the Wegman's in Malvern. I don't know how useful this will be to you if you live in CC.

Nov 13, 2013
FrancisdeR in Philadelphia

Antica -- new Italian BYOB in Chadds Ford

That's wonderful news. I love Il Granaio, although it is a bit far for me, and parking is at times hellish. I used to be a fan of Toscana (previous name), but I felt a lot was lost when it became part of a group (I don't think it deserves to be called a chain).

Nov 13, 2013
FrancisdeR in Philadelphia

Where can I buy bao (just the little folded buns) near Collegeville?

Barry

It is for real. 28 Zagat rating, it's not just me. Yes, they do the "Asian Cafe" routine, where they have dishes from many Asian cultures. Chef Cai is actually Chinese.

Myself I stick to the Japanese items (usually do Omakase), except for the steamed pork dumplings which I just love. That's why I hadn't tried the Peking Duck yet.

I strongly recommend you try it. Then I'd like to hear what you think.

Francis

Oct 12, 2013
FrancisdeR in Philadelphia

Where can I buy bao (just the little folded buns) near Collegeville?

Ah. Of course. Masamoto is far and away the best Japanese in the entire county. I never even thought of trying the duck. Thanks for suggesting it.

Oct 12, 2013
FrancisdeR in Philadelphia

Where can I buy bao (just the little folded buns) near Collegeville?

Which place in Chadds Ford? Now you've got me interested.

Oct 12, 2013
FrancisdeR in Philadelphia