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Heirloom in Chestnut Hill

We frequently meet a few couples who live on the Hill for dinner. Their selections are now down to a choice between two quite different restaurants, being Paris or Iron Hill Brew Pub. Both with very different food and price points and both always packed with patrons. Paris may qualify with those who claim the descriptor of Foodie(hackneyed) where as Iron Hill is totally unpretentious with Pub Grub type comfort food. I have had Fish and Chips at the CH Pub as good as any I have had outside of London. Strangely I do not care much for other IHBP in the immediate area. All experiences with Paris have been good on all counts. With the tim ceilings and hard floors the noise level is "energetic" aka LOUD, but we find a few cocktails make bearing up is worth it.

about 15 hours ago
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Heirloom in Chestnut Hill

Very comprehensive review. We had been to Heirloom one time, as it seems will be your visit history, about 8 months ago or so and found the food just ok, the service that evening was not good and came with attitude at a relatively high price. The room was extremely loud, we scoffed up our food and got the heck out of there never to return. The offer to comp your meal was considerate but for me the ruined dinner, wasted time and calories and lost opportunity for a good meal is way over and beyond the offered comp of a meal. Absolutely no reason for us to return with all the other option available in greater Philadelphia area.

about 19 hours ago
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

pre concert dinner near Longwood Gardens

Hello, there are very good suggestions just a few post below.

2 days ago
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Where to eat near Longwood Gardens?

We love the 1906 dinning room in Longwood Gardens. They describe it as fine dinning, it is on the casual side of fine. Reservation are required and there is a great deck among the trees. The Cafe is a favorite of our friends with young kids and has a very nice patio. Your kids might love the Cafe and you may not. I do recall a Hound with good knowledge of the area you will be in. Perhaps search this site for Chester County Restaurants.

Apr 15, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia
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Recommendations for fancy Italian restaurant

My one experience with ll Pittore was negative. The food varied from good to just ok but "way" overpriced IMO. Service was working to be good but was average. The decor was nice. A major negative was the noise level which was exasperated by a table of suits & ties out for an expense account dinner who were very impressed with themselves and shouted everything so we all could be equally impressed, ugh! With this problem even if the food was exceptional, which it was not, the distraction would have somewhat negated it. I have absolutely no desire to return.

Apr 15, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Recommendations for fancy Italian restaurant

Thanks besides the web site reviews that is the second personal rec. I have had. I will have to move it up on the list.

Apr 14, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Recommendations for fancy Italian restaurant

Interesting opinion on Bistro Romano as a place NOT to go. You may want to check their awards and reviews on Open Table, Zagats, Trip Advisor and Wine Spectator for other opinions. Thanks for the comments/opinions addressing the question of where to go. I am sure they are of value.

Apr 14, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Recommendations for fancy Italian restaurant

Exactly right. These are great spots to take people with hearing problems as no one can hear! They, hearing impaired, may even have the advantage over the rest of the party as they may have developed good lip reading skills.

Apr 14, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Recommendations for fancy Italian restaurant

Recommended by friends and on my list but have not yet been: Bistro Romano.
http://www.bistroromano.com/?gclid=CJ...

Apr 14, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Decent Indian in Northeast Philly?

Yes, it is Middle Eastern. So I suppose his name does not suggest that he should know Indian, my error. But for some reason he certainly does know the cuisine. His reviews are quite knowledgable. Sorry he is not around CH to help and that their is a dearth of Indian in your area, too bad.

Apr 12, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Decent Indian in Northeast Philly?

Calling Felafelboy! As his name would suggest this fellow "knows" Indian cuisine.
Search this site for his reviews and you may have an answer to your inquiry.

Apr 12, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Will we be overdressed?

Good tips on the cab ride. My favorite Mexican in Philly is Lolita but it has little or no interesting decor; Distrito definitely fills the decor bill. Hop Sing has a love/hate relationship with this board, I fall right in the middle. Dressed as you will be you are perfect fit for Franklin Mortgage, a craft cocktail bar/lounge and my second choice for the drinks would be The Ramstead Room. Thanks for the dresses and heels, love it.

Apr 11, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia
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Special occassion/dress up restaurant in Center City Philadelphia

Good suggestions from dnd and zmulls IMO. I would add the Prime Rib, although it has had some slightly off reviews lately, which I have never experienced. It is classy service old school steak/beef house. I personally always welcome the occasional jacketed dinner with classic service which is, as noted here, quite difficult to find in our fair city; an offering found in all world class cities.

Apr 08, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Updates on Mainland Inn?

cw, Not quite sure as to what it is you are respectfully disagreeing with? As stated the question is "Where do you draw the line?". Having lived in CA, a bastion of informality, for quite a few years I can tell you that a patron as described as offensive by Chefpaulo would have a very difficult time getting a table at any good CA restaurant. While I can not claim to know how Paul Newman dresses for dinner; I have observed required standards whether announced or assumed at many fine causal establishments. Don't show up at the nice Napa restaurants looking like a bum. Jeans and a clean collared shirt will work in most of CA desirable locations. In SF I have witnessed shocked tourists being turned away because of shorts, or tee shirts. Perhaps country casual is a less than definable concept? The definition of what is acceptable should be set by the establishment and the customers will follow or not.

Good pastry shops (French?)

As indicated by signage on a store front in Ambler; Alice Bakery & Confectionary will open an additional location on the corner across the street from the Ambler Theater. Also noticed on a recent drive through the town was that Ambler Donuts has closed. Quite honestly this poster was amazed that they lasted as long as they did.

Apr 04, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia
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Updates on Mainland Inn?

No shirt no service...Collared shirt required...No shorts...Jacket required...can be seen in many restaurants in World Class Cities..even at some casual shore point restaurants when trying to establish some level of acceptable attire. Simple etiquette, especially at this type restaurant, should be expected by the establishment and by other diners as well. In a situation with a fellow diner as described by Chefpaulo; I would have been out of there in a NY minute. That environment can be had at any McDonalds for 1/20 the price. As prejudice is defines as "preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience" there is not a hint of it in Chefpaulo's comments as they are in fact based on reason and actual experience.

Updates on Mainland Inn?

Very nicely done review indeed. The quality of the food served and the skills of the Chef both being highly rated aside; the question of staying power becomes significant. Can it become a destination for "high end gourmet diners"? Is there ample semi-local representation of diners interest in this type fare and willing to pay the price? While it is not infrequently that I do search out cutting edge cuisine and am willing to invest in same it is more often that I am seeking a exception execution of standard fare. I share your hope that this restaurant thrives, perhaps the exceptional standard fare and the cutting edge can together provide stability.

Apr 01, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Good pastry shops (French?)

Alice Barkery & Confectionary has some of the best baguettes I have had in the Philadelphia area along with other wonderful breads and pastries. North Wales is not quite the Left Bank but as you are about to bite into one of their baguettes just close your eyes and perhaps you will find a little Paris in Pennsylvania.

Dinner off the 95 between Princeton and Central Philadelphia?

I had a few favorite stops in your noted travel area when traveling to Princeton daily. The Yardley exit off 95 offers the option of going toward Yardley or New Hope. Toward Yardley one will find the Yardley Inn the other direction offers an early stop in Washington Crossing for the Washington Crossing Inn. I have enjoyed both and would rate them as "good" in all aspects allowing for the occasional miss either due to a wrong choice or less than great preparation.

Mar 27, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Barbecue in the (western) 'burbs?

There are few ok BBQ places in area nothing that floats my boat. Much depends on your expectations possibly set by what you have had previously that you would define as good BBQ. I have had the good fortune to experience great BBQ in Memphis and Texas, I do not care for the Carolina vinegar based BBQ. As one who "loves" great BBQ I would second your inquiry and expand it to any place in the greater standard metro statical area. Those I mentioned as the "few" I would hesitate to recommend to a seeker of great BBQ.

Mar 27, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

looking for a rstaurant with private room byob for about 25 persons

Do you have a specific area, cuisine and/or a price point?

Mar 26, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia
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Ulivo Closing

Parking can be a big issue for all. SEPTA is not a desirable option for many. Even a reasonable chance at street parking can work sometimes but in area where the neighborhood residents need to be parked it can quite difficult regardless of age.

Mar 23, 2015
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The Olde Bar

There were a few tempting things on the limited menu but we had just had a very late lunch so we did not have the appetite even for sampling. Thanks for the suggestions. I too do not find a reason to return; especially with all the other places of interest in the city which I have not tired.

Mar 23, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

The Olde Bar

We visited for a couple drinks on Sunday afternoon. The Olde Bar at Bookbinders is exactly that, an old bar ensconced with 3 flatscreen tvs. Another sports bar? Well it is March Madness and probably many bars also are tuned in. The service was very good, the drinks(from the special drink menu) were ok. As we only stopped for drinks we did not try any of the limited menu. When questioned about the future use of the space the hostess said that it would only be the "Olde Bar" and that the adjacent rooms were not in any known future plans. There was a very plain adjacent room open for a small private party but only on that day. The room filled quickly with patrons looking for just what was offered which was not the old style Bookbinders bar but the lively new Olde Bar now there.

Mar 23, 2015
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Reopening of the Collegeville Inn?

Perhaps the roof is going to come down anyway. I would be a shame to see the building go especially with all the great enhancement they made to it. I want the bear head for my den. But after 10 years empty the state of the building could be in severe decline. Thus my speculation of condos.

Mar 20, 2015
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The Capital Grille Center City?

I am quite sure the manager at The Prime Rib would have liked to have heard about the tough steak. My experience there has only been exceeded by Keen's and Peter Luger. The Capital Grille is very good and consistent as is Barclay Prime. The Prime Rib environs are old school gentlemen's club as noted above, dining not just eating. As suggested I would avoid Morton's, Ruth's Chris and the Palm.

Updates on Mainland Inn?

A very interesting Easter Menu arrived by email today also announcing a 5:00 to 6:30 happy hour with quite reasonably price bar food items. Look like move in the right direction IMHO.

Reopening of the Collegeville Inn?

Very interesting indeed. With the reputation Shady Maple has for the "all you can eat" food service they may even be able to overcome the traffic problems. My guess would have been condos...shows you what I know!

Mar 17, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia
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Center City Restaurants?

Excellent suggestions; not sure why you feel that ethnic = inexpensive. Certainly the list you provided is not inexpensive.

Mar 17, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Reopening of the Collegeville Inn?

In passing the property it always seem to me that there was a confluence of issues with the location. Very difficult entry except from one direction, the traffic back up on the bridges, the potential for flooding and a very large building with major upkeep, heating and cooling issues thus requiring high prices or heavy customer traffic to pay the bills. It will be interesting to see what is done with the property.

Mar 16, 2015
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