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Updates on Mainland Inn?

Unkle, since you mentioned trifle, a real bell ringer for me, can you mention your favorite restaurants where this treat can be found?

1 day ago
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Updates on Mainland Inn?

Thanks Unkle, a quite interesting and informative review. I have not been to the Mainland Inn since its reincarnation. In reviewing the menu I have also come to the opinion that "they have an extremely uphill battle ...and that " the menu is a little esoteric". The kitchen's ability to execute this complex menu is commendable and speaks to the talent of the chef. However if the menu does not mostly match up to the general pallet of their potential customers there could be a problem with the inn's longevity. I wish them well and hope they figure out a menu that is going to have them thriving for years to come.

1 day ago
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Updates on Mainland Inn?

Interesting insider info. Could you help me understand what exactly you mean by the sentence " The Chef is no joke!" Thanks

Mar 02, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Seeking Easter Brunch Buffet recommendations

An add-on question, if you will. Regarding the issue with bottomless booze. If the booze is considered as part of the price of the buffet or a la carte meal, is there a PLCB issue? One example is an establishment without a liquor license offering free wine and/or drinks which have no legal limit. At a byo, come without wine and be offered a complimentary glass of jug wine or free margaritas at a Mexican place.

Mar 02, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

DINNERLAB EXPANDS TO PHILLY!!

Ok, How about a nice bridge in Brooklyn, anyone?

Mar 01, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia
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Updates on Mainland Inn?

Thanks for pointing to the new Feb. menu. I always thought of myself has having an adventurous palette. That said there is very little on their current month's menu which interests me. I would probably select one of the roasts. However with a vegetarian spouse that would only be an option with a larger party. Even then I am unsure as to what my wife could eat as most items have meat components to them. Thus it maybe a long time before I get to the Mainland and based on their menu and pricing I am not feeling any need to get there soon. Looking forward to the review of others.

Feb 26, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia
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Updates on Mainland Inn?

Hello arepo, I did not miss this informative thread. I was thinking that with an additional month+ of customers and dinners served that there may be additional and more current commentary.

Feb 25, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Updates on Mainland Inn?

Just returned to winter and looking for a nice dinner at welcoming olde Pennsylvania inn! Anyone dine at the Mainland lately that could offer comments?

Feb 25, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Upscale restaurants in Wilmington

Not in Wilmington but in the general area is The House of William and Merry. My experience there has been very good to OK. Others seem to mostly love it. 1336 Old Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, DE 19707
(302) 234-2255

Upscale restaurants in Wilmington

Yes indeed Upscale is a challenge in Wilmington. My last couple visits to Hotel duPont Green Room have been mediocre at best. However because of the incredible environs and the location relative to the Opera House and other theatrical venues; I am always willing to give them a second, third and maybe a fourth, no three and out, chance. It is quite expensive for mediocre food but for "Upscale" potential it is the only game in town.

Feb 15, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Tamarindos is open for business!

It has been noted that a previous post had been in error; Tamarindos is open for business!

Feb 12, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Gordon Ramsay opening a pub in Atlantic City

Resort pricing, even at the ill-fated AC , are definitely inflated. This burger pricing is what we have experienced the last months on Kiawah Island SC. I suppose it is understandable, all their expenses are higher, real estate, rent and because of higher expectations, their cost for(hopefully) higher quality ingredients. I don't like it but it seems to be what is needed to maintain the margins necessary to thrive.

Feb 11, 2015
Bacchus101 in New Jersey

Amis...cazzo!

Interesting observations that seem to come from one knowledgable in food preparation. I would not have the ability to dissect these menu items to the level done here. I do not hesitate to speak up when there is a problem obvious to my expectations and tastes. I have had the best results from a complaint when it is made at the initial time of service if possible. My experience with Amis has placed it way down the list of desired places. In my visits very average food at CC prices a noise level that could be deafening and I have opted out. As a mere "customer" I have found little satisfaction in challenging a chef or proprietor. At Amis my most frequent phrase is " this is not acceptable, I expect an adjustment". Something is most definitely amiss.

Feb 10, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Old Fashioned Sticky Buns

Zombie thread...but even an old topic regarding Cinnamon & Sticky Buns is a good one.

Feb 04, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Old Fashioned Sticky Buns

Quite right, Sticky Buns & Cinnamon Buns are NOT the same.

Feb 04, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Your "fav" Charleston area BarBQ?

As I really don't care for watery BBQ; west is the way to go. When renting the Hunley is SUBA gear provided? For a first try at BBQ friends living here have said they enjoy the BBQ at the Cherrywood Ale House on Kiawah. As it is close in I will give it a try and work my way out from there. Thanks again for all the help.

Jan 28, 2015
Bacchus101 in Southeast

Your "fav" Charleston area BarBQ?

Thanks all very much for the inside information on BarBQ or rather NO BarBQ and suggested eats in the area. Much appreciated!

Jan 25, 2015
Bacchus101 in Southeast

Your "fav" Charleston area BarBQ?

Molly, thanks for your "kind" response or was it a question? We fully expect to take advantage of the "better" food categories while in the Charleston area and are informed from a full time resident of Kiawah of what they might be. We did not come here to eat but as it is a basic need, we, I thought I was closer to the Bar BQ belt than we are in the northern climes.

Thank you JayL, you hit the nail on the head. We will X the Q while here based on your comments, appreciate your insights.

Jan 25, 2015
Bacchus101 in Southeast

Your "fav" Charleston area BarBQ?

Visiting for a month, love BarBQ but not crazy about vinegar based NC style. We would love to hear of your favorite spot in the Kiawah Island -Charleston area. Thanks very much.

Jan 24, 2015
Bacchus101 in Southeast

Delmonico's Steak House

I have never been there. The reviews I have read are all over the board; very good to never again. You may want to check them out for your self on trip advisor.

Jan 21, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Mainland Inn

Sorry but some of your post is lost in translation for me. "Only problem I have with the post is the use of indeed"...meaning what? "Everyone must be reading the TJs flyer or something." , means what exactly? Thanks.....

Jan 21, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Day trip to Philly

As noted here there are many places of interest, some of local flavor and others with world class status. Those that are tourist spots are so for a good reason. The historic sites are where American began. The museums have collections recognized as outstanding though out the art world. The Barnes is the newest of these pearls in the crown of the city. The Mutter Museum, medical oddities, associated with the countries first hospital is quite an unusual experience as is the Franklin Institute. With the other suggestions made already you will find Philadelphia a unique experience, a manageable city with excellent dining choices wether casual or upscale, local tastes or our chef's version of universal cuisines. Welcome we look forward to your visit.

Lunch near the Barnes Collection

All suggestion here, unknown to me, are from people who have good knowledge of Philly eats. However, I would suggest that with a few blocks difference one can have most CC restaurants available to them. I am sure there may be considerations which might require a closer location, but I for one would go a bit farther for the much larger choice of cuisines and price points.

Jan 20, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Mainland Inn

While speculation, it is a good thought. Being very careful with hiring the "right" people and wanting to insure good service for all customers could be a explanation for the empty tables and the "full committed" comment, and a good one at that.

Jan 19, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Hot Diggity Closes

Thanks for the "dog joints" list. From a brief look at them online I will definitely try Underdogs, Texas Wieners and, if I ever get into their area, Jonny Hots. Nice to know the dog is still alive and well at these spots.

Texas Wieners, in South Philly from the Greeks....now there is a combo!

Jan 19, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia
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Mainland Inn

The empty tables at 8:20 in Harleysville does seem that the odds they would stay empty are strong; but who knows. Perhaps the customers they now attract are more urbane. It does seem strange that they would turn you away from the dinning room if there were available tables. A Saturday night without a reservation is definitely rolling the dice. From your narrative it does not seem that they were rude or uncaring. It would be interesting to have a review from you of all things mentioned plus food and service. But they may not get that second chance presently.

Jan 19, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Looking for Japanese restaurant w/Japanese staff

I understand agosoic's request and reasoning for it. Is it realistic to expect an entire restaurant in Philadelphia to have a Japanese-speaking staff? New York sure, perhaps Washington DC, LA, SF or even Seattle. I would be interesting to know what you have found.

Jan 18, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Hot Diggity Closes

The Philadelphia area does not seem to support Hot Dog joints and those I have stop at for a dog range from lousy to ok. No where close to NY, Chicago or LA standards IMHO. Never been to Hot Diggity but is sounds like it might have been good dog house. Too bad.

Jan 17, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Quiet, Lunch, Center City or Nearby Parkiing

Thanks for reporting back. Always nice to hear a current first hand review.

Jan 16, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Mainland Inn

Thanks for a very informative review. Based on your comments it is on the upper half of my must-go-to list. Was the lighting too dark or too bright for you? Ugh, the next table loud mouth/s can ruin a perfectly nice dinner, glad the timing work for you. How would you describe the pricing?

Jan 16, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia