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Barbecue in and around Phila

Not sure why it is so difficult to do BBQ in the NE as it is done in other famed BBQ areas like the SE, and SW and even some western areas. Although even with in those noted areas one can experience a wide range of BBQ and of course different types. I am intrigued by the bluehensfan recommendation of Hood's. As it seem we have tried many of the same joints ranging from good enough to not good. Some recommendation I have seen at other times have left me totally cold which I think may be due the suggesters uneducated pallet relative to really good BBQ. Good luck and please let us know what you have found to be good for you.

Aug 27, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Kitchen Aid stand mixer repair in/near Philly?

Interestingly , Dave & whitneybee have some good personal experience with repairs done on older Kitchen Aid mixers that are in direct opposition to my general experience with appliances. Hope that gives the OP additional information providing options which may be useful . Kitchen Aid may be the exception but for my money appliances are usually not worth repairing.

Aug 24, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Kitchen Aid stand mixer repair in/near Philly?

Our experience is that the cost of repairs on appliances, even smaller ones like your beloved Kitchen Aid are out of proportion to the cost of replacement. Often repairs, replacement of worn parts can instigate other failures. A vicious cycle of failures and additional cost. IMHO, if you can afford to, bite the bullet and seek a good deal on a new Kitchen Aid.

Aug 19, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

OMG! Need TEN recommendations!!

Considerable effort to provide TEN OMG recommendations by the Hounds. It would be nice to know and considerate for you to advise of those selected. Did I miss it? Thanks.

Aug 18, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia
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A White Dog in Haverford

Yes indeed it had its time! There seemed to be a few years somewhere along the way that it lost its way. But many great years when it was the only DOG in the area. Lots loved it.

Aug 10, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

A White Dog in Haverford

Interesting, I find their menu very diverse that there would seemly be something for every one. Mostly my choices have been quite good. On a couple of visits I have made what turned out to be a bad choice for me. I think what we have learned is stay away during prime time weekends to moderate the noise issued and in many aspects all Dogs are not the same even if the menu and decor is similar, the specific chef probably makes a big difference. And lastly the Dogs are different so go with the Dog you love!

Aug 10, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

A White Dog in Haverford

We were a party of four for dinner on a Friday evening. We have been customers of the other White Dog restaurants frequently. Therefore we would make comparisons. The menu is almost exactly the same as the other two Dogs. The food was good, expensive good but not great. The dog centric design was nicely done, interesting and a bit differently executed. There are a number of small tables directly on the parking lot. The bar is quite inviting with a clubby feel. Our drink G&T was flat twice. At a very busy time on a busy night service was good. The first room off the bar is a "sunroom type" that we found not attractive at all and annoyingly bright. We were seated in a very large room with full mirrors on two wall; sorry i hate that! The room was full and the noise level was deafening. Perhaps the entire experience would be better on a weekday. Given my choice between the three DOGS I would order them as such: The Wayne Dog, The University City Dog and if in a pinch Haverford.

Aug 09, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

On The Way To Boyertown

Wow, that does sound like a winner!

Aug 09, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

On The Way To Boyertown

Love their baguettes IMHO the among the best in the greater Philadelphia area. What was it the you had that "doesn't get any better"?

Aug 08, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

On The Way To Boyertown

Based on your route it could be the only game in town. Brassier 73 has been opened again. Not sure about lunch on weekdays. Euro Delights next to the Bassier 73 has a very nice limited menu light lunch and excellent pastries for desert. Seating outdoors on the porch or inside, very pleasant.
If Parc runs true to form enjoyment of your lunch will be based on the good luck choice of your selection that day. Not sure what Bob or Jay has to do with the quality of the food you choose. Look forward to your comments and wether Bob or Jay were differentiators.

Aug 06, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia
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Trendy restaurant where we can get dressed up

Bravo!

Aug 06, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

On The Way To Boyertown

Pray tell Unkle Al what emporium of culinary delights did you select for your real nice lunch while in route to the bustling metropolis of Boyertown?

Aug 06, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Lancaster Co. NOW?

Thanks very much. As our drive took us past Honeybrook we visited the Wyebrook Farm, not sure if it is in Delaware Co. or Chester Co. perhaps on the fringes of Lancaster Co.. The place is an event! Lovely grounds to roam, a wonderful Market with Wyebrook farms products and some from near by farms, a great little bistro and outdoor picnic tables near a bandstand. Next visit to Lancaster we will try one of your spots. Thanks again.

Aug 05, 2015
Bacchus101 in Pennsylvania

4 Hours in Philly - What to do and where to EAT!

Very good suggestions here already. I would suggest you consider Independence Mall. The historical sites attract thousands of visitors every years and for a person interested in the history of our country this is a great visit. Near by"the Hall" is a Maxfield Parrish/Tiffany collaboration on a huge glass mosaic probably worth more than the building it is in, no charge. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is huge so If you go focus on your specific areas of interest. Lunch in the Museum at Granite Hill or as noted the Waterworks next is quite enjoyable. A few block further toward Center City is The Barnes a multi-billion $ collection of Post Impressionist art. The cheesesteak issue should get many suggestions here from A to Z and some suggesting other sandwiches. Welcome to you and the Pope!

Aug 05, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia
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On The Way To Boyertown

We find Parc consistently inconsistent. Nice spot, usually good friendly service with food ranging for ok to good. We have enjoyed lunch and the smaller bill more often than dinner.

Aug 05, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia
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Trendy restaurant where we can get dressed up

Businesswomen stopping for groceries and a quick drink, good stuff. I get it but what a comment on the state of our society when that is where one finds well dressed people. Couple that with the comment that 'Maybe one that caters to the white-haired only group?)" is quite telling then, isn't it. A dress and heels and a sport coat is a very long way from POSH and can be found on many without white hair, not that there is anything wrong with that, in many genteel locations.

Aug 04, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia
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Trendy restaurant where we can get dressed up

Sounds like a scene from "Once Upon A Time In America". One can still find this type thing at many top hotel restaurants in Europe, actually even many mid-range hotels there display signs "Gentlemen wear jackets"or Jackets required. I do enjoy it on occasion as it sets a higher expectation for the evening. But here we have come to accept, perhaps even enjoy casual all the time anywhere. Here is where one can apply some clique saying justifying no standards.

Aug 04, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Trendy restaurant where we can get dressed up

Has something changed at Honey? A very nice casual restaurant with interesting, tasty food and good service. But dressy?

Aug 04, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Trendy restaurant where we can get dressed up

Montgomery or Bucks County, PA.?......With trendy defined as very fashionable or up to date in style or influence a suppose on that count they qualify.

Aug 04, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

On The Way To Boyertown

The route you are traveling between points is severely challenged in the "real nice place" category of restaurants. Depending upon where you pick up 73 and how far you want to travel before lunch even further limits any choices in any category. Not sure how the places mentioned would be considered "real nice"? But I suppose that is a very subjective term.

Aug 04, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Trendy restaurant where we can get dressed up

Well it is no longer "The" Club; membership is not required nor is there any code at all for dress. Good point on the trendy as it is indeed not trendy. There are some food selections in the summer which could be described as trendy, well not really, just seasonal. Ok definitely not trendy. I do think however at both restaurants one would not be "odd" if they, or at least the woman wore dresses and heals. Never heard of The Flanders Hotel ????

Aug 04, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Trendy restaurant where we can get dressed up

Well there is a challenge, dressy outside the city add to that" summertime" when even some normally dressier places are less so. Request the second floor at the Wm. Penn Inn previously the Commonwealth Club or perhaps The Blue Bell Inn where a sport coat, dresses and heels would not be unusual.

Aug 03, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Restaurant Week go-tos

Limiting my thoughts to your list; I would skip Barbuzzo. It had been a favorite of ours and recently it has become meh, loud and too close with so so food. Zahav is a go-to any time with an experience in an interesting cuisine. It is small plates so you don't have to be concerned with the RW deals just order what you like and can afford. a. kitchen has gotten much love here under its relative new chef and management. Many other choices have been and will be noted here.

Aug 03, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Nice article in Washington Post about Philly's food scene

Nicely done article, thanks. Certainly does reinforce the Philly sandwich culture. With limited ink and time it is understandable that the writer/producer chose to focus on one aspect of the city's food scene. Perhaps another review will look at other aspects and give a less cliche view.

Aug 03, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

OMG! Need TEN recommendations!!

Amada offers an interesting and tasty small plate experience different from the others being listed. For me the best thing at the highly touted Vedge is the great bar. After being amazed by the capabilities of the chef to stay with in the perimeters of the cuisine, I and many of my friends find the food uninteresting and lacking depth of flavor while being over-the-top expensive. Osteria is loved on this board but with a few not-so-great visits, I would pass. Le Cheri in a great building with a warm weather courtyard and very good food and service could be a winner for you.

Aug 03, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Lancaster Co. NOW?

We have not been in the Lancaster Co. area for a few years. Can anyone mention a few restaurants which we might consider for close to a Chowhound experience? Please....

Aug 01, 2015
Bacchus101 in Pennsylvania

Lunch Friday (tomorrow) near New Hope/Lambertville?

Additional information of no help to the OP but a correction to the comment regarding lunch. Hamilton's Grill will serve lunch on Saturday and Sunday this summer between 11:30 - 2:30!

Jul 31, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Where to go for boyfriends 21st Birthday in Philadelphia?

Ok, I suppose there are individual differences as to what constitutes a "great view".

Jul 30, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Lunch Friday (tomorrow) near New Hope/Lambertville?

Great spot, love it. However, I believe it is not open for lunch.

Jul 30, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Where to go for boyfriends 21st Birthday in Philadelphia?

Interesting I will take a look at the next visit' thanks. And the "great view" from this location is of what?

Jul 30, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia