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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.

about 9 hours ago
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

Quiet, Lunch, Center City or Nearby Parkiing

I also agree with the comments regarding Estia, a favorite of ours. One caveat would be: If there are heavily attended matinees at the AofM or the Kimmel Center lunch can get crowded and loud. Even then if you find the right table or booth conversational tones can be easily heard. Parking in lots within a block or two, or a short walk from the Hyatt Bellevue hotel garage with elevators.

Jan 14, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Quiet, Lunch, Center City or Nearby Parkiing

Take a look at Little Nonna's, mid-scale Italian-American, parking directly across the street. Evenings can be energetic, usually moderate and conversational, lunch is usually more moderate. Fun,homey decor, good food and service.

www.littlenonnas.com

Jan 14, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

The Olde Bar Opens ...

WmPenn does still make a very good Snapper Soup with sherry to be added to taste.

El Poquito, any one been?

Thanks, as you can see here and other places the reviews are all over the board. Not feeling like I want to take the chance with my friend's evening.

Jan 13, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Hamilton's Grill Room

An interesting approach to the issue. Like their new charge card policy or not for 3% I am not sure I would want to engage the management when I am hoping to enjoy dinner and my evening. I will leave it to others to sing "Alice's Restaurant as I have no clue what that might be and my tenor is not fine tuned. I support the "movement" and your organization with my good wishes

Jan 13, 2015
Bacchus101 in New Jersey
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El Poquito, any one been?

Thanks very much for your comments and the link. I think we will pass.

Jan 12, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

El Poquito, any one been?

We seem to be not able to land on a restaurant agreeable to the group in Chestnut Hill. Been through almost all of them and this is the latest suggestion. If you could offer a comment based on your visit there it would be greatly appreciated.

Jan 12, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Another nice meal at Kinnaree in Horsham

It is indeed strange that they would not remove or comp the unsatisfactory appetizer. The "not our policy comment" always
raises my ire in any situation. Is their policy a reason that I should
demur on any unsatisfactory issue? I think not! I don't live by their policy especially if it is unknown by me prior to the incident. Some offer to assuage the problem should have been made, IMHO.

Jan 12, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia
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The Grain Exchange?

Thank you quite helpful.

Jan 12, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

The Grain Exchange?

Thanks for the helpful comments.

Jan 12, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

The Grain Exchange?

We have hedged our bets with a reservation at another restaurant on the Hill. Friends returning for a week or two from Florida wanted to give the Grain Exchange a try. Recently we have heard nothing good about the place and they do not take reservations. Couple that with what appears to be a wide open environment which would not be conducive to "catching up" conversation and I think we will lobby for a change of venue. Does anyone have any overwhelming reasons based on recent visits that we should reconsider? How was it when you have been there?

Jan 12, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Hamilton's Grill Room

I seem to recall having to be sure I had cash or check when dining at the Grill Room, but I would not bet the ranch on it. We only visit here in the fair weather months as we do enjoy a drink at the Boat House before dinner. We find the food of good quality and the preperation basic grill for the most part and yes expensive. If they raise their prices across the board then all pay for those who use credit, therefore is it more considerate to just charge those using cards? I do know many resent being charged extra for the use of a card. I feel the same if I am not aware/informed of this before hand.

Jan 12, 2015
Bacchus101 in New Jersey

Another nice meal at Kinnaree in Horsham

After you gave them your reasons "tasteless and cold" for asking that the appetizer be removed from the check; did they give you a reason they would not remove it? It does seem like a strange position for a restaurant to take without some explanation. Did you frequent this restaurant? Did you find you other food enjoyable?

Jan 11, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

The Olde Bar Opens ...

Do you think they are locally sourced snakes?

Jan 09, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

The Olde Bar Opens ...

Jose Garces has announced the 4:00 pm opening of The Olde Bar in the Old Bookbinders building. His comments are, "We’re paying homage to the original traditions that made Bookbinder's a landmark in Philadelphia. It’s an important responsibility to live up to the history of the building and the expectations for the space. We’re going to do our best to recreate the nostalgia of that place and time, but with our own spin." IMHO, Seems like a excellent plan for a building in a great location which has been vacant too long. Good Luck!