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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.

Feb 12, 2014
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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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Soft Pretzels

5 for a $1 !

I remember 10 cents each or 3 for a quarter from the street carts in center city (early 70's). I'd buy 3 (in a small brown paper bag) and my jaw would be aching part way through the second pretzel.

Mar 18, 2012
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BYO's in the Western Burbs?

Zacharias Creekside Cafe is open again. They closed for 3 weeks due to water damage from a sprinkler.

Phoenixville:
Black Lab Bistro
Majolica

Conshohocken:
Blackfish
Spring Mill Cafe (French)
Trattoria Totarro (Italian)

Feb 25, 2012
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BYO's in the Western Burbs?

Extending on your geographic preferences based on places we've been. I'm sure I've missed some.

Ambler:
Massa (Mediterranean)
Trax Cafe (American)
Tamarindo's (Spanish/Mexican)
Pistachio Grille

Norristown:
Pho Thai Nam (Thai, Vietnamese)

Lansdale:
Umai (sushi)

Blue Bell:
Formosa (Chinese)
Bocelli (Italian)

Worcester:
Zacharias (American)
Fuzion (Chinese)

Phoenixville:
Becca's (American)

Springhouse:
Arpeggio (Mediterranean)

Skippack:
19 Bella (tapas)
Olce (pizza)

Montgomeryville:
Ariana's (Italian)

Feb 25, 2012
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Need Kosher Style Caterer

I'm sure you'll get lots of recommendations. Here is on that has been in business for a long time:

http://www.bettythecaterer.com/

Feb 20, 2012
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Zacharias Creek Closed

Comment not geared to Zacharias in particular...

I expect to pay a bit more for food at restaurants that are BYOB to comparable ones that have a liquor license. BYOBs miss out on the alcohol profit. While I understand that liquor licenses are expensive, they are an asset that can always be resold.

Feb 12, 2012
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Philadelphia's 4 Bell Restaurants

Having eaten at Le Bec Fin twice in the past year or so; one time at full price the next with a RueLaLa (like Groupon) discount, I agree with the 2 bell rating. The first time the cheese cart and dessert cart were the highlights of the meal. The second time, nothing was exceptional - being stuck in the 2nd floor room, accompanying wine flight pours were laughably small, etc. No reason to go back.

Feb 05, 2012
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Formosa Asian Cuisine (Blue Bell)

Formosa is located in the former Pho Thai Nam space in the shopping center on 202 (north of Township Line, south of Skippack Pike) with Pudges, Pepperidge Farm Outlet, etc.

We have had takeout twice and eaten in five times and have found the quality of the food to be consistently very good to excellent. We tend to order the more typical Americanized dishes and find the found to be fresh and not oily. The value is excellent, good size portions for fair prices (noodle dishes around $10, other dishes around $12). We have tried the following (most more than once):

General Tsao's Chicken - battered in house, always tastes fresh, sauce does not gel
Chicken Mei Fun - thin round noodles with chicken and vegetables, light and tasty

Shrimp with Lobster Sauce - sauce is a bit bland (but generous) with at least 10 large shrimp
Kung Pao Chicken - cubed chicken with vegetables, a bit of spice
Moo Shu Beef - excellent blend of beef and chinese cabbage, not runny or gummy
Beef with Asparagus - good quality beef (not cheap beef processed with corn starch), crisp asparagus

You get the idea. Good basic Chinese. We have not tried any of the more "up scale" choices on the large menu and specials board. Recommended. Worth trying and supporting. This is our go to place when we don't feel like cooking. We order three dishes ($40 with tip/tax) and have more than enough left over for lunch for the two of us. We like it better than Golden Sea and Lai Lai.

Formosa Asian Cuisine
1510 Dekalb Pike
Blue Bell PA.
(Whitpain Shopping Center)

Jan 28, 2012
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Humiliating experience at Dettera

I'm going to avoid Dettera until you post back with a satisfactory response from them.

Jan 23, 2012
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Need lunch reco near/between the theater district and Lincoln Center

My parents (60's, 70's, from Philly, who enjoy the good, better and best restaurants that Philly has to offer) are taking my niece (early 20's, flexible but not an adventurous eater) to see the ballet at Lincoln Center on 26-Nov (Sat). They plan to park in the theater district, wander around and then walk to the Lincoln Center. They are looking for recommendations for a nice lunch. Moderately expensive to expensive is fine, but nothing too extravagant. Most cuisines will work. I wish I had more details to provide, but I do not know my niece's food preferences. Thanks in advance.

Nov 12, 2011
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Indian - Great new Indian in North Wales, Montgomery County

FYI...this is the location where Greater India used to be (the shopping center between the one with Assi and and the one with Redner's).

Oct 30, 2011
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Ambler Donut Company???!!

We tried Ambler Donut Company for the first time. Not impressed. The red velvet donut was very dry. The Boston Creme was okay (nice size, decent flavors). No compelling reason to go back. Dunkin Donuts on a good day is better. For choices local to me, I'll stick with Suzy-Jo in Blue Bell or splurge for Alice Bakery in North Wales (for sweets other than donuts - sticky buns, cupcakes, croissants).

Oct 01, 2011
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Suzy-Jo's Donuts

In the small shopping center on the SE corner of 202 and 73, across the parking lot at an angle from the Rita's.

Sep 22, 2011
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I am loving Olce in Cedars !

We went to Olce last night for the first time in a couple of months. The staff is still friendly, but the pizzas were definitely not as good as the past few times. The crust was drier and the ratio of toppings to crust was too much towards the crust side. While their pies were never "over-topped" the ratio was just about right if on the light side. We're hoping last night was an anomaly and will try them again. Hopefully this is not the beginning of the end for our frequenting Olce. I understand that costs are higher, but if given a choice, I would rather restaurants keep the quality the same and raise the prices.

Sep 17, 2011
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