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Shut up and Eat -A foodie repents

Thanks, I read hard copy.

about 3 hours ago
Bacchus101 in Food Media & News

Shut up and Eat -A foodie repents

As many are here because of a "higher" level of interest in food: I point you to the November 3rd issue of The New Yorker. Perhaps one will find some truths in John Lanchester's observations or at very least find his views interesting.

19 Bella

Based on the comments here it is obvious we should give it another try. We were there one time about a year ago well enough said.

Oct 27, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Annenberg Zellerbach Theater

Interestingly we love the Wayne counterpart! For us it was the original which had been disappointing previously. Yes indeed, two lunches and two dinners should be quite enough for you to judge if their food is to your taste! It is also a good thing to be able to eliminate a known unsatisfactory option with so much from which to choose.

Oct 26, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Annenberg Zellerbach Theater

The original White Dog near by has gone through a number of transitions over the years. The news is at our last visit it was quite good. As that was a few months ago I can not give a current status but my guess is it is back to its old form and perhaps improved. If you like Mexican Distrito it is also close by getting quite mixed reviews.

Oct 26, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

New to Philly and I need awesome food in my life and belly!!

Everyone has one, opinions! I would not be so quick to rule out Hierloom although currently on the Hill I would rather go to Paris although it can be inconsistent. Here is a list which may offer some additional suggestions all with individual opinions across the board. I have found them mostly a good bet.

Zahav - Israeli- highly touted, friendly, busy
Dandelion - British- upscale pub
Parc - French Bistro-on Rittenhouse Sq.-people watching
Amada -Spanish small plates
The Oyster House - (not Maine but just in case you need it)
Osteria/Amis - Italian (popular now, CH's will note others)
Tria-3locations-Wine,Beer, Small plates-European feel
Distrito- Mexican in Universtiy City
Village Whiskey - arguably -The best burger & frieds
Barbazzo -assorted small plates -very busy place
Vegg - you guessed it...great bar, nice venue, interesting food
Lolita - interesting Mexican
Little Nonna's - Italian American at your Nonna's house.

Green Heart Cafe

Stopped one time for breakfast at the Collegeville location. I would only say that at that location there were a number of issues which prevented me ever considering going there again. The new location will resolve one of those negatives. A new location a new opportunity to make a positive impression! Best wishes to GHC.

Oct 22, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

First Timer to Philly, staying at the Marriott Courtyard next month

To add some comments; the Reading Terminal Market will offer you causal dinning across many hand food, street food offerings. Chinatown is close by your hotel offering a wide range of Asian food, look for other comments here. Whiskey Village is know for their great "high end" burgers. A few blocks to DeBrunos Italian deli. Cheesesteaks recs will be all over the board and can be found with Roasted Pork (which many prefer) and Italian hoggies at RTM. Little Nonna's for fun Italian American with a nice twist. Many options in all your categories, search this board for many opinions.

Oct 21, 2014
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Birthday brunch near 30th St Station

IMHO the University City White Dog has, based on our last visits 2 months ago, made a come back to quite good food and service.

Oct 16, 2014
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Locovore recommendation nea convention center

Regarding noise level; Barbuzzo is loud, Estia acceptable, and Vedge is moderate depending upon your next table guests.

Oct 13, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Baby Shower cake, wanted to show it off

Looks great and knowing Alice Bakery it tastes great too!

Oct 13, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Locovore recommendation nea convention center

Given the parameter of "not too loud"; I would advise against Amis as the industrial hardness of surfaces make it a dinner shouting match.

Oct 12, 2014
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Pumpkin Season

Thanks for the link. Certainly anyone looking for an autumnal dish can find many things here that would satisfy their taste for seasonal treats.

Oct 08, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

So I just complained to the manager of the montgomeryville wegmans

Well finally I can agree on one item posted. Yes, as you said your comment regarding making you a pot of coffee is ridiculous. If you bet the pub had coffee why not go there and get it? OMG!

So I just complained to the manager of the montgomeryville wegmans

Well said, cgarner and right on point!

Oct 06, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

So I just complained to the manager of the montgomeryville wegmans

I also have found expired items for sale and have had a few return items, which BTW were handled with friendly expedience. As note by other posters here I also believe they have staffing problems regarding getting "the right" employees at many of their stores. Still as an overall good experience; I do find Wegmans' raised the bar in our metro-area and I have noticed the influence of the "W" effect on other area stores, new or remodeled. For that alone I say thanks!

Oct 06, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

So I just complained to the manager of the montgomeryville wegmans

Coffee is my drug of choice and I do like my hit at various times a day. That said I can not imagine being "really unhappy" because of a "one time" staffing issue. One would think that they could fill the self-service -swill at closing time for the fresh brewed coffee bar. But then I do not know what the ramifications of this action might be regarding liability for all possibilities of mishap and/or what the store policy might be. It was professional of Zack to treat this type comment with courtesy. Regarding their being no excuse, well perhaps there is a viable reason. Perhaps a last minute no show employee, or sickness. I find Wegmans the class of the field locally with no need spend the "Whole Paycheck".

Lansdale Area Indian Cuisine

Thanks, too bad they were way ahead of the Indian Food crazy in this area and I did enjoy the "original" food and venue.

Oct 04, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Mainland Inn

Michael Klein responded to an email - he said they are now saying "October/November" . As noted just above; a timeframe not a date!

Oct 04, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Center City: post Eagles restaurant suggestion?

cw, we had not been there prior to the re-opening only after the second opening. We have always been fortunate to get a table in the front windows which is relatively quiet. We have enjoyed the food each time there. Our one disappointment was with a house Margeritta which tasted like cheap tequila. They offered another to be sure of the problem and then upgraded it. I would guess on this house drink they have changed/upgraded the tequila. Other than that one issue one time we have had good service and food to our liking in a relatively moderate noise level.

Oct 03, 2014
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Center City: post Eagles restaurant suggestion?

IMHO, the condition excluding "noisy" would eliminate Barbuzzo for sure. Depending upon the luck-of-the-draw in tables near you, Dandelion could
also easily fail the "noisy" test. Strangely, we have always found Lolita less noisy and a favorite 13the street go to place. A table in either window will offer less noise and people watching too. We love their take on Mexican cuisine.

Oct 03, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Lansdale Area Indian Cuisine

Agree with your comments on Sultan, ugh. We had also enjoyed Palace of Asia and likewise have not been there in years, thanks for the reminder. I would also be interested in hearing current comments on POA.

Oct 02, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Center City: post Eagles restaurant suggestion?

+1 on Estia. Very nice space, good food, good service. And as noted the pre-theater menu is moderately priced and varied.

Oct 01, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Center City special lunch date suggestion?

We have enjoyed both the Parc and Le Cheri and have been pleased by their accommodation of my wife's vegetarian requests. Would expect this to depend upon the chef in the kitchen at the time to provide something custom over and beyond those items which may fulfill the need which are on the menu. As to one being nicer that the other; they have a different feel. If pushed to a decision I would probably chose Le Cheri but it depends upon the day and our mood. We have been to Osteria only twice and both times we have been disappointed in the food we chosen and in what we deem a bit too much attitude from the front desk and the service people. Certainly love/hate here on Osteria with some suggesting overpriced and overrated, we agree.

Sep 29, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Cambodian restaurant recs?

Hardena will be my first Cambodian food adventure, thank you. A recommendation from juliachildish can not go without notice. Love your login,
good fun!

Sep 28, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Great Seafood: West Philly, Close to 34th & Spruce

Thanks very much, this restaurant is totally unknown to me. I will most definitely take your recommendation, with or without my guest in tow. As I have no knowledge of their tastes regarding a Chinese type seafood/fish preparation, even if extraordinary. It is now on my list , thanks.

Sep 26, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Great Seafood: West Philly, Close to 34th & Spruce

cw, A timely post as we will have guests in the near future from Kanas City and their restaurant request is good seafood. As note by you and FCF the only place that comes to mind is the Oyster House. I am at a loss to explain, even to myself, why there is a dearth of great seafood restaurants in an East Coast port city with easy access to the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay. Perhaps very good seafood is served regularly at other restaurants of known high quality? Any thing come to mind?

Sep 26, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

gettysburg pa

Sidney is an exceptionally good restaurant with interesting and tasty food in an area replete with very average dining choices. Many restaurants have a by-the-bus-load focus and, in fact, do a good job at feeding the multitudes. IMHO one may want to avoid the feeding hordes thus avoiding the cafeteria level foods.

Sep 25, 2014
Bacchus101 in Pennsylvania

Junto

Interesting review, thanks. I find the menu quite interesting actually. A departure from the same old-same old. I would react the same as you have to no potatoes. For me they don't even have to be extra special just good basic potatoes; perhaps even as a side dish choice.

Sep 24, 2014
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Volver Lowers Prices and Eliminates Tickets

bg, Not sure how you know " the wealthy here, especially the "old money," tend not to drop cash on extravagant meals and shopping the way people do in other cities" seems like personal opinion only as was ""wealthy here are relatively stingy". Fact, the MainLine no longer has any town listed in the top 50 wealthiest zip codes. Food and restaurants lend them selves to personal opinions other statements should be fact based.

Sep 22, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia