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36 hours in Philly.

Thanks for the nicely written review and for the nice things said about our city. It is always great to hear a report back with so many positives. Visitors comments often offer a bit of a different view of things and even if sometimes it is not all good it is valuable to be aware those things also. Thanks again!

May 26, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia
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Shagun Fine Indian Cuisine, Really?

We have been pleased with the Saffron Indian Kitchen. It is not the best Indian food I have had but it is usually both freshly made and spiced to your taste. The chicken in all dishes has been tender with the taste and feel of tandoori even if it was not. Perhaps that is just wishful tasting on my part.

May 23, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Shagun Fine Indian Cuisine, Really?

I will be interested in the response to your question. My favorite is in Ambler, a western burb which I get to infrequently and would love to know a good Indian Restaurant in CC.

May 23, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Shagun Fine Indian Cuisine, Really?

There are those on this board who have a very good knowledge of Indian cuisine. My knowledge is experienced based only in that I have excellent Indian food in a number of cities here and abroad. It is in that context that I will say my take out from Shagun was by far the most disappointing experience. Of Chicken Curry, Aloo Gobi and Lemon Coriander Soup, and Balsamic Rice the only thing that was not tossed after one taste was the rice. The chicken was extremely over cooked, hard and dry in a thin, lumpy, tasteless sauce, the Aloo Gobi was undercooked squares of potato and cauliflower with no taste at all. Perhaps the soup was as it should be as I have never had it before, but I could not eat it. Perhaps my mistake as I had noticed there was a set up for a buffet which for me is usually a tip off that the food is not cooked fresh to order. Was my take out buffet left overs as it was picked up early evening? One other food website offered good customer reviews which is indeed vexing. If you know fine Indian cuisine, this is not it. If you are looking to experience Indian for the first time, this is not it. If you have been here and love it, god bless you; people need jobs.

May 22, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia
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Estia thoughts? (plus other ideas for NYC hounds)

Estia in Center City (they have a new location in the burbs now) is our go-to place when attending the Orchestra or a show. The venue is lovely, with good service and a nicely done variation on Greek cooking. If you can score a table by the street side large windows it is quite enjoyable on a nice day and has a very urbane feel. A hot table right now is Vernick: very hard to get without some planning for a future date. It offers wonderful small plates or large grilled meats and fish. You might enjoy Zahav which is quite lively, small plate middle east Israeli restaurant. A sister of Barbuzzo but with less of the trendy glibness is Little Nonna's Italian with interesting variations on the standards. Cocktails at Franklin Mortgage and/or the Ranstead Room. Le Cheri for modern French and a great courtyard. Parc for a Bistro on Rittenhouse Square. Welcome back!

Zahav, High Street, or Buddakan for visiting academics?

Buddakan has lost it luster here quite a few years ago. Like it or not depends upon expectations. It certainly is not great food but an interesting venue with ok food. There are other much better choices for Asian. If you can score a Vernick reservation you are in for a treat. Lots of great options in Center City. Best wishes!

May 17, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Nice, sit-down restaurant but still kid friendly?

Parc on Rittenhouse Square-French, Dandelion-British , Little Nonna's-Italian, Village Whisky-Highend Burgers, The City Tavern -Historic-, Amada -Spanish..or as noted by bluehensfan...a well behaved 8 yo would be ok all most anywhere.

May 15, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia
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Eli Kulp inujred in Amtrak Tragedy

Exactly Uncle Morty Sad for "everyone involved"!

May 14, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Say goodbye to Kanella BYOB

It appeared to me that Mr. Konstantinos had a very loyal following and was held in high regard for his food. Having only eaten their one time I can say that Kenella's reputation was well deserved. On that one occasion the good food was
muted by the over-the-top noise and the elbows of fellow dinners. The additional space certainly will make for an overall better experience and hopefully will preclude any issues with a new bit-out-of-the-way location. His loyal following should be pleased to continue their relationship. The naming is a bit vexing. Best wishes to much loved Kanella!

May 11, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

If you've been to Laurel, how did you get a reservation?

Opentable showed no reservations for a two HOT restaurants in CC and with a phone call we were able to secure tables at both for four within 5 days of the call. I all fairness I must mention that the reservations were for weekday evenings, not prime time.

May 09, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Restaurant for Luncheon Post Haverford Graduation

We like the White Dog in Wayne. Interesting decor varied throughout the rooms, outdoor dining if you choose, good service, interesting food and drink choices.

May 06, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

restaurants for a birthday dinner??

Can you define "crazy expensive"? I share your dilemma as I too frequently have the urge to dress above business casual. Even when not eliminating the "not crazy expensive" there are few options. I look forward to the answers you receive and your cost perimeters; knowing that we may be able to help.

May 06, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Glenside-Jack Frost-Oh No!

There appears to be an effort by the "round 2 new ownership" to bring Jack Frost back to the high standards of its glory days. It will be interesting to hear from seagulls12 and others who would have the ability to comment on the state of Jack Frost today. Trust but verify!

Glenside-Jack Frost-Oh No!

As true for burgers as it is for WMD; trust but verify! It seems odd that a regular customer would have experienced and registered a negative reaction if there was not some issue.

May 05, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Starting to plan a trip to Philly in July, seeking recommendations!

Your in a location at the Marriott Downtown to take advantage of all that Center City Philadelphia has to offer. I will start it off with a few suggestions on 13th street, near by your hotel. Mexican at Lolita, Jamonera for Spanish small plates & wines & Barbuzzo then at 12th & Locust Little Nonna's for Italian American homestyle all small and busy places. There are Hounds here who will most certainly fill in the rest of the blanks on Chinese, delis and sandwich joints. You do have a good start on sandwiches with your previous visit. IMHO Pat's and Geno's would be way down the line, perhaps not even in line. Welcome to Philadelphia.

Last minute "fancy" dinner (corny is okay!)

Thanks for the great review! Always nice to hear feedback on how the OP's choice worked out. Based on your comments I have put the Golden Pheasant on my list.

Last minute "fancy" dinner (corny is okay!)

The question was where to go?. Any thought on the positive side? I have also found the BBI over priced, which is subjective. The noise, and mediocre food could have been a matter of timing, location and items ordered. There does seem to be polar opposite opinions among my friends and colleagues.

May 01, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Reopening of the Collegeville Inn?

I would appear that as of 3/20/15 it will not reopen. The two proposals involve a retail complex and residential. To make this successful without further disruption in the area will require a huge effort and big bucks for a total rework of traffic patterns. How about a few more bridges ;)?

http://www.timesherald.com/general-ne...

May 01, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia
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Restaurants outside of Philadelphia area

I would suppose that you are looking for a less expensive restaurant, right? Do you know the route you will be taking from Philly back to Allentown? With the age group noted the more casual the better, right. BTW there are many places in CC that could accommodate 50 people however would not meet your criteria of "on the way home" and probably have major cost issues. The Plymouth Meeting area surrounding the PM Mall has a number of good "chain restaurants" and would be on your way home if going on the North East Extension of the PA TP. http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant...

Apr 30, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Last minute "fancy" dinner (corny is okay!)

In Montco perhaps the Wm Penn Inn in the Commonwealth Club or The Blue Bell Inn. With business people in suits and ties and women in dresses "sometimes"; I do not think you would feel out of place being "dressed up". Also your attire would be appreciated at the Mainland Inn. Of course there is always, these days, the possibility of sitting across from a fellow diner who looks like they just fell off a turnip truck! Good Luck, I could not be more sympathetic to your cause.

Apr 30, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia
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Where to have dinner after we share vows?

DND....the downstairs at Estia is a lovely room, great feel, not basement feel at all. Next time there take a look...even elevator access.

Apr 27, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Fish and Chips

Just a comment on Stoney's F&Cs; the menu never states Cod but instead says White Fish. I am not sure I would know the difference if served a good white fish substitute for Cod. However I do know that Cod is the preferred fish in this dish. Just an FYI.

Apr 27, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Fish and Chips

Thanks for Stoney's. With a mother-in-law in Delaware we can travel that route at least one way on our visits. The Whip has been a favorite of ours for quite awhile and the F&Cs are very good.

Apr 27, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Group of 10 in Philadelphia with Nice Ambiance and Decently Priced

Quite right "way outside OPs budget", my error. Just read the details of the private room costs on the Estia web site. Minimum is $45 not including 8% sales tax a private dining fee of 20% fee and a second administrative charge of 3%.

Apr 26, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Group of 10 in Philadelphia with Nice Ambiance and Decently Priced

Depending on the date and time this could be difficult in the more desirable areas of the city. Doing the math with a 20% gratuity and 6% tax would leave an entree price of approximately $32 per for dinner in a private room. During graduation time reservations at any price can be difficult. Perhaps removing the private room requirement in favor of a large semi-sequestered table would make this more workable. There are Hounds here who know all areas of the city and Cherry Hill who could offer workable suggestions. Estia may work for you as the private room is lovely, the food is good and depending upon what is ordered the price could also work, the potential issue would be a private room for only 10 and timing.

Apr 26, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Working lunch in Center City?

The nicer hotels are often the venue for business lunches, Rittenhouse, Ritz, Hyatt not sure what food service is still available at the Four Seasons. Steakhouses are also the haunts for business meals and give considerable leeway regarding table time.

Apr 24, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Fish and Chips

I understand this will be a real outlier but here goes. I have had Fish and Chip twice at the Iron Hill Brew Pub in Chestnut Hill and they have been very good, maybe not geat, or the best I have ever had but very good.

Apr 23, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia
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Volver or Sbraga

HBurbs...SyeNYC Yes, just answer the question, please. I suppose the answer to the question of why don't people answer the question which is asked by the OP is that they believe they are being helpful and/or they feel they are in a position to advise beyond the advice requested. Actually the same thing frequently happens when the question is asked, "which of these is the best Philly Cheese Steak" and often the answer given is get "Roast Pork" instead. As this is not a business, a scientific endeavor or governed by standards and rules; I suppose we just say thanks but no thanks.

Apr 22, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Where to have dinner after we share vows?

Just visited Estia's private downstairs room last week. It is lovely and the food is very good and depending upon what your order is can be very reasonable.

Apr 22, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Elegant Bars in Center City

As I have not been to any of those places mentioned by cw or ray ; I can only guess, based on the names and a few pictures, that these may not generally be described as elegant, n'esp-ce pas?

Apr 20, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia