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Mangos around Philadelphia

I've been buying Altaulfo mangos at Costco during the past month or so. They are sometimes labelled as "Champagne Mangos". A 6-pack is $5.49. They're not stringy and have a nice blend of sweet and tart. I peel them and press a paring knife halfway down one side until I touch the pit, rotate the knife parallel to the pit, run the blade along the pit and remove a quarter of the flesh, etc. This gives me four nice chunks to then cut up as desired. (I then bite the remaining fruit off of the pit.)

May 22, 2015
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Thai Aroma in Blue Bell gone

I'm surprised Thai Aroma lasted as long as it did. We ate there several times during their first year and found the curries to be uninspired and the pad thai to be too wet. Thai Orchid is okay but their curries are a bit thin and lack zip. Pho Thai Nam in the Hillcrest shopping center is our go to Thai restaurant. Their pad thai can be too wet and too "red" at times. I frequently order their green curry chicken (spice level 2 out of 3) and find it to be consistently good.

Heirloom in Chestnut Hill

We've been to Heirloom at least a dozen times during the past couple of years and have definitely seen it change for the worse. Food quality was declining even before Paris Bistro opened. In the early days, Al Paris was in the kitchen (at least on Saturday) and would periodically walk through the dining room and stop at each table. Now that Paris Bistro is open, I have not seen Al around and it shows. Overall food preparation has gone down. The manager is gracious when issues occur, but the key is to not have issues in the first place. The quality of service has gone downhill too. There are some good servers, but we've had several meals where the server had to read the specials, including ingredients and preparation, off of a piece of paper and had to ask who got what when bringing the entrees. Desserts have never been one of Heirloom's strong points and this trend continues. If our next meal shows the same decline in food and service, we will be taking Heirloom out of our rotation. We miss Ravena, Parc Bistro (how it used to be), Zacharias Creekside (when it first opened), Becca's, Restaurant Rosalie, and Brasserie 73 (as it was many years ago). We're still looking for a restaurant in the western burbs to "adopt". We're regulars at Fayette Street Grill and find it to be consistent and enjoyable. While the food is not as sophisticated as other "new American" restaurants, the food is good, the staff is friendly and efficient, the prices are fair, and it's BYOB.

Apr 17, 2015
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The Grain Exchange?

We've been there once (the Friday after Christmas) and all four of us thought that it was good but not exceptional. If we lived closer, we would likely go back. However, I'm not sure that it is worth the 30 minute drive with unknown availability once we arrive. The appetizers were hit and miss, the white bean thing in the jar was tasteless, and the salad with the roasted squash was good. The mixed drinks at ~$10 were pricey for what they were. I had the fried chicken dinner, which was okay but over salted. Worth trying again, but not likely to be in our regular rotation.

Have you been to Trattoria Totaro in Conshy?

Similar experiences here, started out good (when it first opened) and got progressively worse to the point that we haven't been back for a couple of years.

Jan 11, 2015
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Mainland Inn

I predict a total menu revamp by the end of the year.

I'd like to see them succeed and truly want more independent restaurants in the western burbs. I like a wide range of restaurant types and cuisines, but this menu does not appeal to me. I'm likely part of their target demographic (based on age and income). I live less than 30 minutes away, but I cannot see myself frequenting it. We will likely try it at least once. It's priced as a special occasion venue and I don't know if the surrounding area can support it. We'll find out soon enough.

Source for Duck Breast in Chester Co or NE DE?

It's not always in stock, but I've found duck breast at Wegman's and at Whole Foods. It's pre-packaged at both places. I prefer the ones from WF as they are smaller, cook more evenly and are more tender.

19 Bella

We tried it twice during their first year and have never been back. We found the prices high for the quality of the food and did not enjoy eating in the tent during the cold weather.

ISO business lunch recs in between Frazer and Chesterbrook

If you're looking for a more business like atmosphere, I recommend Creed's on North Gulph Road near the Valley Forge Casino. It's not between Frazer and Chesterbrook, but it's close to Chesterbrook. The food is good (I've eaten there for both lunch and dinner) and lunch is only a bit more expensive than most sit down places.

http://creedskop.com/

So I just complained to the manager of the montgomeryville wegmans

We've noticed a decline in this Wegmans...having to ask for produce to be put out when the shelves are obviously missing items (how do you not notice the banana shelves are almost empty?), having to ask for the creamer in the dairy case to be filled. We usually shop around 10-11 am on Saturday or Sunday, so there is no good excuse other than a lack of management oversight and staffing. All that being said, Wegmans is still far better than the other local supermarkets.

Oct 05, 2014
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Restaurant in King of Prussia in late 70s or so

Houlihan's, Houston's, Bennigan's or was it not a national chain (Red Coach Inn, etc.)?

Sep 27, 2014
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Homemade Gnocchi at Restaurants

We had dinner this past Saturday at Forcella in Jenkintown (review coming soon) and they make a fantastic ricotta based "gnocchi" that is incredibly light in texture and delicious in flavor.

Sep 22, 2014
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Bahn Mi in the Western 'burbs?

There's a restaurant on Main Street in Norristown (not too far from the courthouse) that serves Bahn Mi. I've never been so I can't comment on the quality.

http://www.banhmibarbistro.com/

Aug 15, 2014
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Open for LUnch and Dinner on July 4: Fuji

Post seems like more of an "advertisement" than a review. Based on all of your past posts, I know you're not a shill.

Jul 04, 2014
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DINNERLAB EXPANDS TO PHILLY!!

Wow, it's so cool to be a part of something so vague and secretive. My $125 gives me the opportunity to buy tickets to events held almost weekly for a price and location to be determined. I can be a real live cuisine chaser!

Jun 24, 2014
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Blue Bell Inn Grand Reopening 4/7/14

Agreed. I go out to eat for food that is beyond my cooking skills, and this menu does not qualify.

Apr 09, 2014
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What are the most romantic restaurants in central and western Montgomery County?

There are several restaurants in Skippack village that will meet your criteria. Some are more spendy than others and some may not be affordable for a college student.

Parc Bistro
Brasserie 73
Roadhouse Grill
La Villa
etc.

North Wales area for Steak Au Poivre

If you want good veal marsala in North Wales, try Ariana's on North Wales Road (in the shopping center next to the Pep Boys). I'm sure Ariana's serves steak too, but we always order veal. Veal dishes are in the low to mid $20's and include soup or salad and spaghetti or vegetables. Ariana's is also BYOB.

Dec 27, 2013
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Has anyone dined in El Limon in Ambler yet?

We at there last night. I would avoid the Ambler location until they get their act together. Things were very disorganized and the staff is poorly trained. It took longer than it should have for our food to arrive and the chicken in our enchiladas was cold. We waited too long and were too hungry to send it back. Stick with the one in Conshohocken for now.

Jul 27, 2013
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Wine Gums in Philadelphia?

I would start with Gourmet of Olde City (if they are still open, the web site provides no details as to the timing for the move and new opening - which does not bode well).

http://www.gourmetofoldecity.com/

Jul 15, 2013
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Philly Paella?

The paella at Taste of Portugal on Adams Ave is pretty good. A little wet for my tastes, but there is a lot of seafood in it.

Jun 26, 2013
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Quiet, good-to-great restaurants in the city & near surburbs

Savona in Gulph Mills. Ask for a table in the next to the windows in the narrow section off of the main dining room. Creeds in King or Prussia has multiple dining rooms, so it may be possible to find a quieter one.

Jan 12, 2013
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Need recommendation for restaurant open Christmas Day

Abacus
1551 South Valley Forge Road
Lansdale, PA 19446
(215) 362-2010

Take note that reviews on Yelp are mixed. I haven't been there in a while.

Dec 11, 2012
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best dessert options in Blue Bell / Norristown / KOP area

Please make sure their Sunday hours work for you.

Dec 09, 2012
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best dessert options in Blue Bell / Norristown / KOP area

Zacharias Creekside Cafe has good in-house made desserts. However, they are a bit pricey.

Dec 09, 2012
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Le Gourmet European Bistro - North Wales

We tried Le Gourmet for dinner quite some time ago and it was disappointing. We're local, but we've never gone back. They've been in business for a while. I hope it means they're doing something right. We will likely need a coupon incentive before we would try Le Gourmet again.

Sep 28, 2012
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A challenge: Fine small, charming, upscale Italian restaurants in the Main Line area

Savona Italian??? More like French inspired upscale American.

Sep 08, 2012
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Best Carrot Cake in the mont/bux burbs?

Zakes Cakes (Cafe). I haven't tried their CC cut I've heard it's good.

May 26, 2012
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Best Carrot Cake in the mont/bux burbs?

We've had several carrot cakes from WF and have always found them to be unexceptional and often dry.

May 25, 2012
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Dover sole

Savona In Gulph Mills

May 25, 2012
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