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Capers & Lemons Revisited

The location of C&L is perfect for meeting with mother-in-law for a lunch as she is traveling from Newark and we from Valley Forge. We have enjoyed the venue and the lovely patio when weather permits. Unfortunately over our last few visit there has been a noticeable decline in the quality of the food selected. This is even more obvious to me as I frequently go with a favorite so the comparison is specific. Only MIL enjoyed her lunch. I suppose what could be concluded for our experiences is that the restaurant produces uneven results. We had never considered it foodie but very enjoyable standard fare. Now we will, unfortunately, have to rethink the restaurant for our lunch time meetings. The last few visit could be defined as expensive cafeteria food in a nice setting.

about 9 hours ago
Bacchus101 in Mid-Atlantic

Hoagies [split from Philly]

lynnlato,

Yes, of course misfortune is correct in spelling and definition. And Billport, of course, thanks for the corrections. Nicely done! Similar care in crafting your initial statement would have produced a more defendable argument. Even your follow up is unsupportable conjecture base on little but opinion. How do you know that all the small town and cities that makeup PA are where some of the best hoagies can be found? You have been there and tasted them? My comments were not defensive or supporting Philly, only and observation of why social media comments must be considered carefully. Oh, yes it was Lycoming; I had almost managed to forget.

about 9 hours ago
Bacchus101 in Pennsylvania

Hoagies [split from Philly]

Dear lynnlato,

An absurd statement even with the caveat of "just my humble opinion". There are hundreds of hoagie shops in the city limits of Philadelphia; now add to them those in the Standard Metropolitan Area of Philadelphia and one would have hundreds more. Therefore your opinion is based on little, if any, comparative sampling. I had the miss fortune of going to college in Williamsport for 1 year until I could transfer out and never found any thing close to what my definition of a good hoagie would be. And that is just my humble opinion, based on a year of trying to find a good hoagie in Billport.

about 23 hours ago
Bacchus101 in Pennsylvania

Can I survive a move form Manhattan to Pittsburgh?

To directly answer your survival question; quite likely with some major adjustments. Pittsburgh has made some major gains in cuisine from the years that I have traveled there. Of course, in all ways the restaurant scene is no where close to Manhattan or even Philadelphia. The good news is it is making gains as a new generation looks for better choice and is will to pay the price. Scarletcerise, based on my experience, has some excellent recommendations. What I have found is be careful to define advise on restaurants for Pittsburghers as many long time residents will fall back on "old" favorites which often reflect a different and more pedestrian taste.

Calling all Bucks County Chowhounds

Good choice! The famdoc is correct HGR is a BYO and additionally directly across the gravel drive (50-75 feet) is the Boat House which is a charming spot for a cocktail before or after your dinner. I would anticipate a very lovely occasion that should be very special!

1 day ago
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Places to eat in Lancaster Co., Pa.

Informative and comprehensive, good job! Thanks.

Aug 28, 2014
Bacchus101 in Pennsylvania

Places to eat in Lancaster Co., Pa.

Our first job directly out of college was with NCR on Lincoln Hwy. East. The Horse Inn was a lunch time favorite of the entire NCR crew. The place was strange and special with good standard food. Good memories, thanks

Aug 28, 2014
Bacchus101 in Pennsylvania

Short stay in midtown

Old school east coast Italian American is what Little Nonna's offers. The opinions on this board are diverse. Nonna's is Traditional Italian dishes delivered in a homey trattoria setting with an open kitchen & a garden. - Google
"The gnocchi was so good that I ordered a second portion!" "Amazing meal, exceptional desserts and delightful atmosphere.

We find Nonna's charming with great variations on traditional dishes.

IL Pittore

Dined there only once, which may say something about Il Pittore or the choices of very good and new restaurants now in Philly. Actually it is both: The venue was small and pleasant until the table of 6 suits on a expense account distorted the entire experience. The service was average and the food was unmemorable with the exception of most all of it being quite expensive and yes, yes as noted here previously way over salted.

Aug 27, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

My take on Paris Bistro in Chestnut Hill

Ok, got ya! We are speaking to different points. Done.

Aug 23, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

My take on Paris Bistro in Chestnut Hill

Yes, as noted previously " Hard surfaces all about amplified the noise factor, it was loud. I did love the feel of the place. I am convinced Philadelphia is loud and that the facility only can modify or amplify to a certain degree." Regarding the "by definition" comment: It is a Bistro not a Brasserie and nothing in the definition of either suggests the expectation of loudness. Actually "by definition" as a Bistro one would expect just the opposite.

Aug 23, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Mainline Today reports Mainland Opening

Correction on the opening...."Debuting this month" was the only comment made regarding a date for opening. And considering it is in the September issue that would most likely mean September. Sorry for the "this weekend" comment: I must have mixed articles or perhaps just wishful thinking.

Aug 22, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Mainline Today reports Mainland Opening

Agreed, I would have expected to have heard this from an interested local party here first. ( note reference above)

Aug 22, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Mainline Today reports Mainland Opening

I have no link. See September 2014 issues, page 166, quick bites, Garden to Table ...

Aug 22, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

in Philly only for a couple of hours

A food critic's take on Philly Cheesesteak joints. Opinions vary greatly on this board but this may give you a start of 10 contenders.

http://www.gq.com/blogs/the-feed/2014...

Aug 22, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

My take on Paris Bistro in Chestnut Hill

I would suppose the term "noisy" is quite subjective. For me if I can not speak in conversational tones because of others, that for me is noisy. One would note that in most food rags and sites there is a rating for loudness, it is an issue of concern with many diners. Interestingly my experience with brasseries and cafes abroad have not fallen into my definition of noisy. Recently at a large festival in Vienna with beer and wine flowing freely and a very diverse age range, no problem.

Aug 22, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Mainline Today reports Mainland Opening

Oh, and reported to be open this weekend!

Aug 21, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Mainline Today reports Mainland Opening

" Debuting this month"......."Ezra Duker a Philly native and French Laundry alum joins ........to revive ...historic Mainland Inn".

Aug 21, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

La Peg -- New Brasserie Opening next week

Great detailed early take! Given all the choices available in-our-fair-city; how likely would you be to seek a near term revisit? How did they do on the boisterous?

Aug 21, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Quick Philly pre-trip advice

Great choices, I would have one alert. Hop Sing is a hole in the wall, speakeasy feel. I enjoy the "rules" and process involved in entry. However personally I would select any one of the other "craft" cocktail lounges mentioned, Ranstead Room or Franklin Mortgage as I find them more upscale and interesting and they offer bar snacks and food with your cocktail.

Aug 21, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia
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My take on Paris Bistro in Chestnut Hill

I do not find it unreasonable to expect a service person in the restaurant business to know the correct way to do place settings.

Aug 20, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

My take on Paris Bistro in Chestnut Hill

Excellent detail supporting your specific opinions. We have been there twice and also have mixed feeling. When we were there our party all were satisfied with their choices; but only a few dishes were great. Hard surfaces all about amplified the noise factor, it was loud. I did love the feel of the place. After just returning from travels abroad and dining at a wide range of restaurants with a mix of age groups: I am convinced Philadelphia is loud and that the facility only can modify or amplify to a certain degree.

Aug 16, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

La Peg -- New Brasserie Opening next week

The menu is a bit confusing as it is currently organized. Some of the items look very interesting to me and the prices seem moderate. Quality and quantity of the offerings, service and the venue will be components of the experience: I look forward to early impression. The boisterous should be the least of their problems in Philadelphia.

Aug 15, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Options near Forrest Theater

Excellent choices, and yes Kenella IMHO is mediocre at best and the times (only twice) we have been there a bit to jammed seating and some real attitude from the hostess.

Aug 11, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

The Inn at Phillips Mill, New Hope - has anyone been?

I do always find it interesting how different personal taste can be. Honey and Maize are loved on this board. I find both mediocre with Maize also being loud and slow to the point of devaluing the entire experience of the food. But as I say, obviously my opinion is not shared by many on these Buck county restaurants.

Aug 11, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

What is the Best Steak Frites in Phila?

Zombie thread or not; thanks for the good tip. I will google Zinc as I have never heard of it. Sounds quite visit worthy with a great combination of pluses. Did you find the venue pleasant and the service good?

Aug 10, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

First Time Visitor Restaurant Suggestions

"Cannot miss" is quite subjective as you will see many different opinions here. So interesting favorites are:
The Oyster House -obvious
Village Whiskey - Burgers
Lolita - Mexican
Dandelion - British
Zahav - Middle East/Israeli
Amada - tapas
Parc -French
The Prime Rib -Great Beef
Reading Terminal Market - you name it.
Four Seasons Fountain Room -upscale more formal
Little Nonna's -Italian American Home Cooking with a twist.
All are walkable from Rittenhouse Square.

Aug 07, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

The Inn at Phillips Mill, New Hope - has anyone been?

Reading back over the Zombie thread it seems that besides the physical location the other consistent is the inconsistency of the kitchen. My dinners there over the years have ranged from good to poor. Damn shame as it is a lovely venue. And for those on horseback a stable on the property for a rest for the horses while you have drinks and dinner; quite civilized indeed.

Aug 07, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Pat's or Geno's for cheesesteak?

Yes, exactly. We were asked for a simple response, A or B. Even with this simple assignment and ignoring answer not in compliance with the request the reasons for choosing A or B will be many and varied. The fact that the OP requested one or the other tells us he knows there are alternatives and that there are those always willing to give there opinion even when not sought. It was quite interesting to read the reasons giving as to why they chose one over the other when answering as requested. In keeping with the spirit of many early responses here I say
go for Tacos !

Aug 04, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Estia Taverna

Thanks for this preview! We started frequenting the CC location for two reasons; the location relative to performance venues and we enjoy Greek specialities. After a few pre-theater visits we had a third reason which was we enjoyed the venue, service and the food. We will most certainly visit the Radnor location and appreciate your comments contrasting it to the original.

Aug 02, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia