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'Substitute' dinner needed for next week Wednesday

An adjective?

about 2 hours ago
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Potential Move to PHI Area

Rudboy sounds like an intelligent individual who has the ability to take the information provided by the Phila CHs he deems of value and leave that which he does not. Great job of providing information and views which may be of interest and concern to the OP.

Jul 18, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Anyone been to Round Guys Brewing Co. in Lansdale?

I am certain that your comments are appreciated by the owners. How employees conduct themselves when the owner is not on site is an extremely important component to the success of the establishment. I have witness inappropriate behavior by employees frequently that was not at all consistent with what is expected by the manager/owners and have tried to make this visible to them. Done with no expectation of compensation; I have frequently received a thank you, an apology and an offer of remuneration which except in the most egregious case is not accepted.

Jul 18, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Potential Move to PHI Area

Interesting pluses: If one becomes annoyed with the PA State Stores as most residents have been for decades then NJ or Delaware has wider selections and depending on what and where less expensive booze, close by. How long are we going to have to do this? Cheaper pumped gasoline is nice for sure. While my holidays/vacations are at my discretion #1 would have to be a huge plus for many who are encumbered by the traditional American vacation policies, work for ever for those 2-4 weeks! Are there potential repercussions from an employer disgruntled by those exercising the family leave policy?

Jul 18, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Potential Move to PHI Area

Interesting observations. I would think that with his in laws living in Lansdale he may already have some understanding on what it is and is not and opinions on same. Of the areas mentioned Yardley, Washington's Crossing and Princeton; Lansdale is definitely an outlier.

Jul 17, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Reasons to visit Philly at least once!

Another list, some interesting observations regarding our fair city!

http://www.buzzfeed.com/uniqlo/10-rea...

Jul 17, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia
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Where's great in Philadelphia

Nicely done and quite helpful.

Jul 17, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Where's great in Philadelphia

Thank you Yogi!

Jul 17, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Where's great in Philadelphia

Strange topic to be discussing on Philly CH but here are two more Burmese in London. The Mandalay restaurant on Edgware Road is the best-known Burmese restaurant in London, there is the Yadana Café near North End Market in Fulham. For take-away Mum’s House. I would suspect there are many more neighborhood Burmese not noted. I have often seen an original Pennsylvania foods notation on CH and am a bit amused by the lists that are presented. All foods or variations of food of other origins. Perhaps a Corn dish? Is that the only true food of American origin?

Jul 16, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia
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Mainland Inn

Well that is a big time resume indeed. "How ya gonna keep them down on the farm once they have seen Paris?" Mainland PA is a nice little drive-by but not exactly Napa, Steamboat or Vail. Good pick up on the absence of Sullivan's, certainly making him suspect. Seems like more than a salary & benefits would have to be involved here, perhaps equity? This holds good promise, looking forward to a visit.

Jul 16, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Where's great in Philadelphia

Authentic Philadelphia, that is a tough one. With the immigrant nature of our population and thus the origins of their foods, most food have origins elsewhere. Finding interesting food with variations is another question and should be easily found in our fair city. With the 60 year rule of the British in Burma, I would bet a quid that there are Burmese restaurants in London even beyond the one noted here. British Empire immigrants have been bringing their culture and food to London for centuries, they have it all!

Jul 16, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Mainland Inn

It seems that some here do have somewhat of an inside track as to what is happening, or not happening at the newly forming Mainland Inn. Do the new operators/owners have experience in the restaurant business? I do know they have been in on the farm and market end. Is it known if they have secured a chef and kitchen professionals? Is it known whom that might be and what credentials and experience they may have? Certainly hope it is worth the wait for all parties.

Jul 13, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Del Frisco's - should we go?

Thanks for the link to the "results" of the poll. As one who has never been to Del Friscos, and most likely will never darken their door way; I will remain mute on them. So that brings us to the issue of "polls". Unless I know who, where, when, how they are conducted, to me, polls are only additional fodder for the foodie news cycle. The opinion of a known i.e Laban or a trusted CH always weighs heavier in the book of Bacchus. Since my favorite steakhouse was the second place finisher; does that mean polls can't be all bad? How is that for a 180 based on ego and the need to be right?

Jul 13, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Potential Move to PHI Area

IMO, gaffk is on point with the comments regarding Chestnut Hill and Skippack. I will not comment on Lansdale as with in laws living there you probably have an understanding of what it is and is not. bg's comment on schools and kid changing the equation is dead on, be careful, very careful regarding city schools. And yes make sure you understand the tax issues with living in the city (Chestnut Hill). Many locals commute to NYC, upper Bucks has both relocated New Yorkers still working in the city and PA resident commuting there.

Jul 11, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Del Frisco's - should we go?

Yes, interesting thought. Although I have only been to Olive Garden one time, that day whatever it was I had was as good as many other Italian restaurants paying twice the price or more. What strikes me is that at Sullivan's one is paying a good prices for mediocre beef and service.

Jul 11, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia
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Tommy DiNic's... disappointed! What happened?

+2 on disappointing DiNics! With many comments here suggesting the pork sandwich instead of a Philly steak I was curious and gave it a try. It must be said this was not done in defense of the steak sandwich which i can take or leave depending upon how it hits my taste. My two a year will not make or break any sandwich shop or give me the credibility to have my comments strongly considered. Interestingly I found the same issues as posted here. I like pork, so the pork was ok the rest of the sandwich was discarded. Oh well perhaps too much hype and too little attention to what got them where they are in the Philly food pantheon.

Jun 30, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Seafood in Philly?

Well said dndicicco. I live in the Metro Area and do know public transportation, which I find quite satisfactory and relative easy to use even for a first timer. But unless there is a specific reason to venture to "the other side" why go there with all of Philadelphia at your feet? Good fish/seafood is available at good restaurants even if not seafood specific.

Jun 26, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Help! Great Resto in 'burbs

We also have never had an issue with the service. The chronic issue we have had is the front desk hostess either with her nose in the air or not looking up from her reservations book to give a considerate welcome. We like the servers who know their menu and provide good service.

Jun 25, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Help! Great Resto in 'burbs

We had visited the White Dog this weekend and again was most please with the venue, the food and the service. The only negative, which we have noticed frequently is that for some unknown reason certain hostesses have way too much attitude. Could be a great place for a bday with a number of interesting rooms, outdoor dining and a lively bar.

Jun 25, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Reopening of the Collegeville Inn?

Chef, you, me and Sal might be the only people interested in the decade long failure; here is just a bit of unverified information I found regarding it from 2012.

The owner, Joseph V. Roberts, operates Nutrition Management Svcs company along with a woman named Kate. The comment was much longer but with all the adjectives and nasty descriptors removed we come down to the one sentence above.

Jun 24, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Outdoor dining

Quite right, a lovely little courtyard.

Jun 24, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Reopening of the Collegeville Inn?

Sounds like this concept worked for the Montreal chain some where or they would have not made the investment, which I would expect was a significant one. I would think that with Montreal being quite a cosmopolitan city with a French based that their location would not be in the city proper, just a guess. Of course the surrounding areas are quite rural where one might find this type attraction working. I do find it strangely interesting and will see if I can dig up more information.

Jun 24, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Best Breakfast and Pizza

Just to add another opinion;I find Osteria pizza to be often good but way overrated.

Jun 09, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Reopening of the Collegeville Inn?

I would not bet on a reopening. I did pass that crew one day and if I recall correctly it was a utility of some sort not a landscaping crew. The building is huge and in a flood plain of sorts. The look of the place after that initial update would work in any mountain venue for sure even with simple bar food. They opened with some weird concept which doomed them from day one. I cannot even guess at the money invested and lost there.

Jun 09, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

LaBan review of Paris Bistro

We have only been there one time. That time all four of us enjoyed everything with the exception of the noise and the strangeness of the watching 3 people, not servers, just standing around doing nothing. Our server was excellent with a good understanding of the menu. Having been there once I am only suggesting that there is the possibility for a good experience as we did have. And yes at the prices in restaurants a possibility is not a chance most would care to take. We will see what happens on or next visit.

Jun 09, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Greek restaurants in the city

So there is no authentic Greek food except at a Greek church festival? With all the culinary expertise and talent with cuisine only a group of women at a church can do it right? Wow, interesting perspective.

Jun 09, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Friday night with some San Francisco foodies...where would you book?

Vedge is, with out doubt, different that Moosewood. It has been a while since I live in the Bay area and/or visited the vegetarian restaurants there. Many excellent veggie choice even at non-veggie establishments in SF. As the visitors are not vegetarians I would select one of the many other fine restaurants recommended here.

Jun 04, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Paris on the Hill

bg, It is on Germantown Avenue next to the Chestnut Hill Hotel on the right side going away from Germantown (guess that is west). In what was the location of the short lived Melting Pot.

May 29, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Blue Bell Inn Grand Reopening 4/7/14

LOL

May 29, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Paris on the Hill

We were four for dinner on a Tuesday night. The location is easy to access with parking in a lot or on the street. The look and feel of a Paris Bistro has been nicely achieved. There are hard surfaces top and bottom, tables are spaced nicely, not crowded. We all liked the space from the tin ceilings to the hard wood floor, attractive bar and traditional bistro mirrors. One would image that it is loud even on a slower night, it is. All diners at our table liked the menu. Many interesting selections offering the ability to control the price of your dinner. Items especially enjoyed included the Beet Salad, the Onion Soup, Short Ribs, Mussels, Cauliflower Gratin, good bread & sides of mushrooms and spinach. We tried a few cocktails which were all good with one exception which was a personal dislike not a poor execution. Our server was excellent. There did seem to be quite a few non servers, non bus people, just standing around talking. We could not figure out that these no-ops did but I guess the guy paying them knows. Chef Paris stopped for a friendly chat, nice touch.

Good fun, good food and service, nice place coming with the traditional Philadelphia noise. Definitely it will be a regular stop for us.

May 28, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia