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Mi Puebla - Mt Airy (Four Thumbs Down)

Schadenfreude or perhaps morose delectation? There is good value in hearing honest negatives. Even considering personal tastes are quite different, specific dislikes and extremely negative reviews may often save us from the same loss of time, money and opportunity to have a good meal. Thanks for the review.

1 day ago
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

ILLG'S IS GONE!!!!!

cg,gc, Your list of favorites certainly indicates that for you and for others there are reasons to ignore the environs and focus on those offerings which please you. Unfortunately for me I do not share your ability to overlook the flea aspects. For those with your ability to overlook the negatives, a good list. For those like me, you have been forewarned! But "a gem", really?

Dec 21, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

ILLG'S IS GONE!!!!!

True enough; I have never been to the Bodegas in the Barios. I think your conclusion is spot on; Qmart like the Bodegas in the Barios is not for everyone.

Dec 20, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

ILLG'S IS GONE!!!!!

Pleased that it works for you. I for one find that the fleas and the potential for other vermin does not allow me to even think about food at any price. This is the most disgusting market I have ever walked through. But hey, whatever floats your boat!

Dec 19, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia
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ILLG'S IS GONE!!!!!

I do enjoy "farmers markets" the RTM and of course some of the great markets of Europe. I have only been to the Quakertown Market one time. I found the place scary at best. Stalls full of ????. I could not find the exit quickly enough. Unless this place has been cleanup and or one is forewarned, I would not recommend this to anyone

Dec 19, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Ambler Feedstore

From what I can glean from their website, pictures and customer comments the feed store is a bit above a Red Robin and below a nice restaurant & bar. I have not been there and will await more positive and even comments before I make a burger stop there. A big turn off for me is when a place of this caliber tells me I can not order my burger cooked as I would like it! Even when ordering great beef or Ahi tuna I find it just a bit intrusive to be told how I will eat it. Although I can, to a greater degree, understand the desire of the chef to present the dish in the most favorable way. Even then, as the one eating and paying the price, please give the respect of knowing my likes and dislikes. If this is a major issue for the delicate genius chef a simple comment by the server to the effect that the chef does suggest that the dish is better done this way, but have it as you like it!

Dec 14, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Dress Code - William Penn Inn

Chef, That would be the Commonwealth Club which had been an excellent membership/fee club some years ago. It does still maintain, as you have noted, nostalgic elegance although at last visit enforcement of any type of a dress code, short of not allowing nudity, was not in full force. One of the effects of this sloppy casual attitude is that some Americans abroad are frequently the butt of quiet foreign language jokes as they are quite obvious out of sync with common standards, while proudly over tipping.

Dec 11, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Vegetarian-friendly restaurant as gift

Zahav has very nice vegetarian offerings on their small plate menu. The sure thing is, as pervious suggested, Vedge an award winning chef and restaurant 100% vegetarian.

Dec 10, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Dress Code - William Penn Inn

We have been dining at the Wm Penn Inn for years and have been shocked to see the decline in the dress of many customers. We understand CA casual (resident of SF for 5 years) has been fully implemented in PA to the absurd point where many nice CA establishments would be appalled and possibly decline some attempts at entry by these people. Our most recent visit saw customers in obviously dirty, ripped (not fashionable rips) jeans and sneakers, sweat shirts and pants and other totally unacceptable stuff! They and their party are either ignorant of minimum acceptable dress for dining or they just don't care. If the WmPenn currently has a dress code it does not inform of it or enforce it: I am sad to report. There is still a silent majority who dress appropriately, casual or otherwise.

Thoughts on this?

Recently visited Vienna where 5-10 % is the gratuity range and more is often seen as crass, arrogant or at best ignorant and quite American. In France by law a 15% service compris is always included in the price wherever you eat or drink. It’s pretty common to leave something after a bite to eat or drink (leaving a few coins, or some bills, is called the pourboire or in the case of an extraordinary situation, help with language problems, unruly kid, spilled drinks etc. or a little something extra if one is a regular at the establishment. This a little extra should not be put on the bill but given to the server or left on the table. I find the entire situation here very annoying in that often it seems the 15-18% is not appreciated but seen by the server as what is owed them regardless of the service.

Dec 10, 2014
Bacchus101 in Not About Food

Best Crab Legs?

My aunt Lydia!

Dec 09, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Mainline restaurants

The Main Line is quite a long continuum of small towns with many cuisines at different price points as noted by strocophate.

I will offer up The White Dog in Wayne, we like it quite a bit for good service, fun decor and interesting menu items at high medium prices. There does seem to be mixed reviews here but we do always enjoy it.

Dec 07, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Food Safety in Philly Restaurants

Good observation. Interesting comments on their point structure. When reading the methodology and the rating system as they described it I found it severely lacking. The validity of the process is in question here. That said I believe those with a poor rating should take a closer look at both their practices and the report.

Food Safety in Philly Restaurants

"What are we to make of these rating-if anything?" A very good question. Without knowing the details of the criteria used and the methodology: I can only say that the negative numbers are of some concern to me and should be of great concern to the respective restaurants.

Dec 05, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Reflections of a regular visitor

Thanks for the reflections. It is always interesting to hear opinions of those looking from a different experience perspective.

Dec 04, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Good steak dinner -- Ambler area

The Blue Bell Inn had been known as a place one could get very good beef, prime rib or steak. I have not had either at the newly renovated Inn under the new management. It is a very lovely venue, some report mediocre food and service at high side prices. The WmPennInn has very good prime rib in 3 cut sizes; I have never had the steak there as I favor prime rib. Others here have seemed to enjoy Bridget's. My one visit months ago was OK.

Dec 04, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia
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George Washington Cake?

This entire post was a great read. I never heard of George Washington Cake but loved the interaction of those who did and the efforts to find or make this cake. Really good stuff!

Nov 29, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Aldine: limit to small-plate trend?

We also do not expect huge portions as we would opt for flavor, technique and quality. That said there is some reasonable quantity needed with each dish to be able to appreciate the above mention. Some small plates I have had, including at Vedge and at Zahav; I would be embarrassed to present they were that small. Only the balance of the entire meal and the fact that " well we said SMALL plates" keep me going back and not complaining. I would not like to see the option for small plates diminish. For me it offers a more interest experience due to variety.

Nov 28, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Aldine: limit to small-plate trend?

More sympathetic I could not be. I have on occasion felt the same annoyance with the size/price relationship of small plates and felt the desire for a bit more. Contrary wise I do like the opportunity for sampling various dishes that a optional small plate menu offers. Many of my favorites do provide an ample small plate. Those that I deem as abusing the format are quickly off my go-to list even if the bite is good; I don't like the feeling that they are taking undo advantage of a trend to my general disadvantage.

The Fountain Ending Dinner Service on December 27.

As meer customers spending the $$$ how can we argue with the "consultants"? Perhaps you are correct about NYC. When I visit I am usually looking for the higher end as I consider the visit, for whatever reason, an occasion and an opportunity to experience what is currently tops in THE CITY. At those location I have noticed a level of civility and social behavior well beyond the norm here. One man's opinion based on a limited sample.

Nov 25, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

The Fountain Ending Dinner Service on December 27.

Please you did not experience the effects of the closure announcement. Yes indeed there are precious few restaurants in this city where one can converse in a conversational tone and, if I may, not just on a Saturday night. The explanations and reasons offered along the line of wanting to be a "happening scene" seem overly simplistic. Even with the continued upgrade of the restaurant scene in Philadelphia it is not offering the option of a more urbane dining experience. Recently seated between two obviously non-American couples in a moderate level restaurant we noticed the conversation tone in which they spoke. For some reason it seems that for many in this city loud= good time!

Nov 25, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia
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Italian in rittenhouse for kids

As a recreation of our/your Nonna's dining room well behaved kids will be welcome by the restaurant and other guests. They will find many things they recognize and can enjoy. Good Italian/American family dining.

Nov 24, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Mainland Inn

Chef, did they say that the opening would be December of 2014?

Nov 24, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Dining at 1906 in Longwood Gardens

We always try to visit the 1906 whenever at the gardens. Good interesting food, good service in a world class garden; what is not to like? Couple this with an evenings entertainment by top performers and the entire experience is exceptional.

Nov 24, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia
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The Fountain Ending Dinner Service on December 27.

The exodus of the best personnel after the announcement of closing and the delta between that and the opening would be expected. I certainly would think that the Four Seasons would be looking to create and/or duplicate their successes in the new location. I know nothing of J.W Marriott but do look forward to their efforts to reinvent and re-invigor this prime location. Over years of special events at the Four Seasons we have been notified in email or by phone of the status of our reservations; this year nothing we called and they said, "Oh yes we have it here". How the mighty have fallen.

Nov 21, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia
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First Timer to Philly, staying at the Marriott Courtyard next month

I have to agree with LaBan, to me the over all experience has seriously been degraded. I was always put off by the packed-in nature of the seating and the noise levels but would brave those issues because I did enjoy many of the food items. I have not felt that way in my most recent visits and will make other choices until the roar of the crowd has turned positive and is not just noise.

Nov 21, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

The Fountain Ending Dinner Service on December 27.

On some visits to the Fountain Room we have found a few of the servers unprofessionally overly friendly and yes unpolished. I have noticed the same thing on occasion at the Ritz Carlton and have been baffled by the unprofessional bar tenders and cocktail waitresses at both top hotels. I have come to the mostly unsubstantiated personal conclusion that this is a Philadelphia thing. The aforementioned hotels in other cities have what seems to be a different standard of service and professionalism for their employees and it is quite obvious. Brotherly love is fine, but too friendly can be intrusive and negatively effect the outcome of the experience.

Nov 20, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia
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The Fountain Ending Dinner Service on December 27.

Too bad that you had "only been there once" and had this bad experience. Even professional critics do not judge a restaurant based on one visit and considering all third party reviews to the extreme positive you certainly did have an unusually bad experience. The staff sang Happy Birthday 15-20 times, really? Based on your comments they did go to great length to "do the right thing"; which is very professional and considerate but your evening was disrupted. Almost 3 hours is a bit on the lengthy side but almost 2 hours is not unusual and considering the remake of all entrees I suppose it could take almost 3 hours. Well, Again, Happy Birthday!

Nov 19, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

The Fountain Ending Dinner Service on December 27.

Interesting decision: With the "projected" opening of the NEW Comcast Center in 2017 the decision to close the Fountain Room would seem a bit pre-mature to those, like me, who have little insight into the restaurant, hotel business. Our annual Thanksgiving reservation will be even more significant this year while looking forward to next year at the top of the Philadelphia skyline.

Nov 19, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

SAGE in Phoenixville - anyone been?

Thanks for your comment on Sage. Welcome to Chowhound. Are there any other restaurants in Phoenixville you could recommend?

Nov 15, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia
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