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Jimmy Johns?

Funny you mentioned JJ because I just had their Vito sub (their version of the Italian hoagie) a couple days ago. Definitely better hoagies out there; only added bonus was that it was only $1 for a one-day special they ran. If it wasn't for that, I definitely would have been mad. This was at the Bala Cynwyd location, I'm sure it was probably going on at a couple other locations in the area too.

Aug 05, 2013
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Pho 75--Adams Ave.

How my wife makes our pho broth is using beef bones, anise, cinnamon (?), fish sauce, and a couple other random spices. I just boil the broth for a couple hours (4-5 hrs or overnight on low) so all the marrow and flavor from the bones come out. After that, take the pot and throw it in the fridge or if its cold outside (great in the wintertime), put it outside so the fats and lipids congeal to the top and then strain it. I usually just ladle out the fats but I've seen people use cheesecloth. What you have left is crystal clear broth after that.

They also do sell the pho broths in cans at the Asian supermarkets. I doubt Pho 75 goes that route, but its good to use when in a pinch

Jul 30, 2013
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What are your favorite non-Szechuan restaurants in Chinatown?

I have dined both before and after the owner/chef left. The salt baked seafood has not faltered on any of the times I've gone there (I've dined both when busy and when it has been dead). It's still the best salt baked seafood served in town. The last time I dined was about a month ago.

What are your favorite non-Szechuan restaurants in Chinatown?

From my experiences with both places, it seems that the food is better late at night. Both are open late at night during the weekends and usually packed from the bar crowd. My guess is that during the day, the restaurant isn't as busy so the food is ok; but as it gets busier, the food seems fresher or hotter?

On a side note Shao Lan Kung is also open late on the weekends and is also noteworthy for their food. Out of all 4 restaurants I listed, I would rate in this order:

Shao Lan Kung
Sang Kee
Tai Lake
David's

Jul 23, 2013
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What are your favorite non-Szechuan restaurants in Chinatown?

Go to Shao Lan Kung for their Salt Baked anything. Their soups also are pretty good if you are into soups.

Suprisingly, everytime I've gone to Sang Kee, I have never gotten their duck. I usually get their noodle soups (sometimes with duck) or a salt baked dish with their house fried rice. Their pan fried dumplings are also very good there too.

David's or Tai Lake are only visited from me if it is late at night and in the area. Again, salt baked anything or fried rice is usually what I order. David's pan fried dumplings are to die for with the ginger-garlic sauce.

Reasonable Dinner and a walk?

anyone know how melograno's prefix menu works and the price?

Jul 05, 2013
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Reasonable Dinner and a walk?

From what I saw on Vernick and Jamonera's websites, both have octopus, which my wife is not looking for. There are other items that do look appealing though that could override her request.

Dimitri's also looks good but not sure if no reservations is going to be an issue.

How are these places in regards to walking afterwards?

Jul 03, 2013
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Reasonable Dinner and a walk?

Does anyone know of any places either around Rittenhouse or E. Passyunk that does a good grilled calamari/squid dish (NOT octopus nor any fried dishes). I saw that Serafina has a dish like that (calamari alla griglia) but have read some mixed reviews about them on the boards.

My wife is requesting to go somewhere that would have it as either an appetizer or entree. Her favorite has been found at Fellini's in Media if that gives an idea what I am looking for.

Thanks.

Jul 03, 2013
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Reasonable Dinner and a walk?

$20-$25 is our range and sharing plates and apps are fine, we do not necessarily need to eat entrees. We don't want to be overstuffed while going on a stroll.

When I first brought up Rittenhouse, Capogiro was in the forefront of my mind. Wasn't sure what E. Passyunk had to offer in regards to notable dessert/coffee places.

Keep all the suggestions coming!!

Jun 28, 2013
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Reasonable Dinner and a walk?

I'm planning a date night for Saturday 7/13 and was thinking of either going to the Rittenhouse Square area or East Passyunk area for dinner and stroll around the area for coffee or dessert afterwards. Looking for places to eat that aren't too pricey (entrees around $20). Any particular places stick out and best itinerary for dinner and coffee/dessert? Preferably no Italian or Asian.
Thanks in advance!

Jun 28, 2013
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Philly hoagies competitive with Atlantic City's White House Subs?

I do agree, the oil they put on the hoagie was pretty amazing. But my hoagie either had way too much oil, or the roll itself couldnt handle the oil, sweet peppers and hot pepper spread as my sandwich split halfway through the meal. I'd try it again to see if I have different results. Lee's from what I know has had a pretty strong following in the Philly area.

Jun 28, 2013
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Philly hoagies competitive with Atlantic City's White House Subs?

I just recently had a Lee's Italian Cheltenham at the Rock Hill location. Suprisingly, it was a choice for lunch between a Mama's cheese steak or a Lee's Hoagie!! It was my first time having a hoagie from Lee's and wasn't that impressed, especially for the price I paid for it (little under $10). I am somewhat biased though with my Italian hoagies, as I like to go as authentic with the meats as possible (hot capicola, sopressata, prosciutto, etc.) and Lee's were more Americanized. If you want a good Italian hoagie that is the best in the area, go to Pagano's in Drexel Hill (10-15 drive from Mama's)

Pagano's -- http://www.paganosdeli.com/menu.html

Jun 28, 2013
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US Open Golf in Ardmore - Going to need real food

sola is right on lancaster ave, you can walk to the us open from there. verdad, tiffin, yangming, and tango are also close by, but not close enough to walk to the us open, but accessible by train.

you could also go to suburban square and grab some food too.

Jun 06, 2013
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401 Diner/Nirvana

Such a disappointment, as I used to be a semi-regular there for breakfast for a steady 2-3 month period (every Sunday with my family last summer). Once I heard the news of the change of ownership/cuisine and not including the breakfast menu with their change, I knew it was over. Time to find a new breakfast spot.....

May 28, 2013
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401 Diner/Nirvana

Has anyone dined here yet since the change of cuisine and ownership?

May 23, 2013
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Mexican Hot Chocolate

sazon on spring garden? I know they aren't mexican but they know their chocolate

May 23, 2013
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Pho / Vietnamese in Philly

Unfortunately, hearing that your gf's family is in West Chester, there is very few decent Vietnamese restaurants to go to that would compare to the ones in Philly.

Le Saigon (Paoli) and Green Papaya (Exton) (both are the same owners) are the closest ones I think to WC, and they are mediocre at best. Haven't tried Bamboo (Malvern/Frazier) yet, but might be worth a shot if you don't want to go to Philly.

Apr 08, 2013
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Best Grilled Octopus??

Good to know. Is there a difference between location (which one is better) or if all locations are done the same (preparation/service). The cash/credit difference doesn't matter to us.

I was also informed by a Greek friend to try Zorba's Tavern on Fairmount. Any idea if this place is any good?

Thanks in advance.

Apr 01, 2013
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Best Grilled Octopus??

Wife and I are planning on heading into the city for the Fleetwood Mac concert this upcoming Saturday 4/6. Looking to get dinner before the show (show is at 7:30 I believe). From what I have been told, Dmitri's is the place to go for grilled octopus. My question is which location and how hard is it gonna be to get into the restaurant around 4-5pm since they do not take reservations. Or is there a better place to go for this specific dish?

Thanks ahead of time

Mar 31, 2013
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Media Location: Most ethnic fine

If catching the train, there are a couple good spots in Bryn Mawr like Tango (Contemporary American), Verdad (Tapas), and Lourdas or Mediterannean Grill (Greek/Mediterranean) which is right by the train station. Sola (Contemporary American) is an option but it is a bit of a walk if you were coming from a train.

Mar 11, 2013
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Vietnamese Pho and The Vietnam Cafe

I can't really say if it is better than Pho Ha, as I haven't been there in a while. But I can say it is better IMHO, than the bigger named Viet spots (Le Viet, Nam Phuong, and Vietnam Cafe -- West Philly). The reason I say this is because to me the cuts of meat in their pho deluxe (which I ordered at all locations listed) were better. Broth was tasty and has been consistent every time I have had it. Their prices are also pretty cheap (cheaper than the Philly spots from what I remember). All the other items that accompany it (sprouts, thai basil, lime, siracha/hoisin) are basically all the same in all locations. It comes in one bowl size, and is very filling.

The only downfall of Anh Hong is their parking. Parking (metered) is very limited, but there is a lot across from the strip mall. I know it is free after 5 pm I believe during the week, and free all weekend. Anytime before 5 during the week, you may have to pay, as it is the municipal lot for the court/township building.

There are other good ethnic places around that area for shopping and dining (H-Mart Supermarket, Don Memo for Mexican, Yang Yang Express for Chinese Dumplings, Little Saigon is another good local Viet spot).

Like I said, it's my personal choice for pho, and worth a trip to try it out.

Feb 05, 2013
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Vietnamese Pho and The Vietnam Cafe

Sorry, I get those 2 mixed up. I know where each are...I've had Pho Hoa/Pho Ta (behind Nam Phuong right?) before and from what I remember it was average. Not bad, but nothing great that sticks out. I would suggest that place as a good starter spot for those who are new to pho (they have colorful menus, and more Americanized than most Viet spots).

Feb 05, 2013
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Vietnamese Pho and The Vietnam Cafe

I had the pho at Pho Ha a long time ago, so I have to give it another shot. I also heard they changed names to Pho Ta....not sure if any additional changes happened, menu or service-wise within the restaurants. Will keep you posted when I finally get back there and get a taste of the food.

I also had the pho at a restaurant up by Adams Avenue (not Pho 75) that was by the HK Supermarket on Rising Sun. Can't remember the name but it was decent. I also know the place either isn't there anymore, or went thru owner change since I last went there (3-4 yrs ago).

Feb 05, 2013
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Vietnamese Pho and The Vietnam Cafe

Yes, I have tried them too. I usually get the bun thit nuong (grilled pork rice noodle bowl) which is pretty good. I've had their pho before also, but do not recall if it was good or not. I'll try them again in the near future.

Feb 04, 2013
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Vietnamese Pho and The Vietnam Cafe

I also am pretty tough when it comes to Vietnamese, and shrimp balls are hard to come by in Philly. I cannot recall any restaurants in the Philly area that offer it, only fish or some other combination of seafood in a ball (not shrimp by itself). If anyone knows of any, please let me know also.

So far, the best Vietnamese pho I have had thus far has been from Upper Darby (Pho and Cafe Anh Hong) right by the H-Mart at Terminal Square. Pho 75 is also very good. Nam Phuong and Le Viet, I was very disappointed in their pho. It wasn't bad by any means, but I had maybe a higher expectation of it, since it has been highly touted on the boards. It tasted a little bland to me, as if they watered down the broth too much, who knows.

Feb 04, 2013
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Breakfast near Chinatown for New Years 2/10

I am planning on heading down to Chinatown for the Dragon Dance celebration on 2/10 for the Lunar New Year. The festivities will begin at 11 am. Looking to see if there are any reasonable places good for breakfast for a group of 4 (2 adults, son is 2 yr, daughter is 5) prior to going to Chinatown that is nearby or on the way there. Assuming the area will be crowded, we may opt for taking SEPTA from 69th Street down, rather than driving.

Any suggestions close by by foot, or close to el/sub stops coming from 69th Street. I'm taking the MFL I'm assuming. Sit down service preferred, not grab and go's.

Thanks!

Feb 01, 2013
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restaurant week for tomorrow

From what I saw on the website, it stated that certain ones did it on Saturday 1/26 also.

Jan 25, 2013
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restaurant week for tomorrow

nevermind, found the restaurant website. which would you hounds recommend, as this will be my first time going to RW

Jan 25, 2013
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restaurant week for tomorrow

Where can I find information on which restaurants are serving RW menus for tomorrow. I was planning on going to dinner at a RW restaurant then going to the car show. Restaurants close to subway to go to the car show would be preferred.

Thanks ahead of time.

Jan 25, 2013
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Whole pig in Philly area?

Is this the place across from Tussock Farms?

Jan 23, 2013
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