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Volver Lowers Prices and Eliminates Tickets

What JanR, Hear Hear...."IMHO it is a restaurant that fails to provide what the people want and not a failure of the people(Philadelphians)". ??

about 15 hours ago
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Volver Lowers Prices and Eliminates Tickets

Interesting perspective regarding this being a sign of what Philly cannot support. I would lean more toward bluehensfan's comment "we won't pay $$$ for haute cuisine with out the goods to back it up". I found the endless narrations annoying and supercilious. And much of the presentation of the food, mere fluff. Certainly the venue seems to lend it self, time wise, to less of a performance, saving that for the orchestra. IMHO it is a restaurant that fails to provide what the people want and not a failure of the people(Philadelphians).

about 21 hours ago
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia
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Trip Report: Dining unexpectedly on a dime

+1 on J&K, very good and somewhat unusual chocolates and yes expensive.

Sep 18, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Recommendations for Thanksgiving Dinner?

Thanks for the update on the Stockton Inn; sorry for the old news.

Sep 18, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

ISO suggestions for an Italian restaurant near Convention Center?

+1 on Little Nonna's. We most recently went with friends who suggested Nonna's based on comments from their parents. He is North End Boston Italian and she is from a NYC Italian-American family. They enjoyed the atmosphere not unlike eating at the Nonna's and they found the food very good standard fare with an interesting twist to most. We had been before and enjoyed the entire experience. We did think bread for the table at now charge would be desirable.

Sep 17, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Recommendations for Thanksgiving Dinner?

Yes, indeed it is a bit dated. I know the Stockton has been renovated and is under new management and improvement has been reported. Definitely fits your atmosphere description. The Hamilton Grill Room in Lambertville is also a possibility, not sure if they are open on Thanksgiving, as it is rustic and the boathouse directly across the driveway adds a great rustic venue for drinks before or after.

Sep 17, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Recommendations for Thanksgiving Dinner?

This article may offer additional choices in Buck Co. and insights regarding them.

http://www.phillymag.com/articles/the...

Sep 17, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Recommendations for Thanksgiving Dinner?

Oh no, sad to hear the report on The Prime Rib. I have not been for months but it had been my go-to for great beef.

Sep 17, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Quick trip from DC - Monk's Cafe, Vedge, Hop Sing?

Ok, got ya. Funky should be just fine at either place. Atmosphere is quite subjective, Franklin Mortgage has received press attention for atmosphere and drinks. But hey it comes down to individual taste and Hop Sing is much loved and hated on this board.

Sep 15, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Quick trip from DC - Monk's Cafe, Vedge, Hop Sing?

Ahh, dress up and have some cocktails is a whole other ballgame. That IMHO would not be Hop Sing, they do serve very good cocktails and yes a bit gimmicky. The Ritz Carlton has a great bar and lounge as does the Four Seasons and the Rittenhouse, the bar at the Prime Rib is a classic, perhaps even Volver at the Kimmel for options on the dressier side.

Sep 15, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Trip Report: Dining unexpectedly on a dime

A very interesting post, thanks. Of course we are all sorry for your bad experience at the Bank (Citizen's). For most of us the bad experience there this year is the ball game itself. Thanks for braving through the rough start and for your detailed review of the food and events of the remainder of your trip. Very well done.

Quick trip from DC - Monk's Cafe, Vedge, Hop Sing?

Other very good small plates places, of acclaim, offering a good selection including vegg and fish are Amada or Zahav both a short cab ride from hotel and to Hop Sing. Hop Sing is a "fun trip" alternative custom cocktails closer to your hotel are The Ranstead Room and Franlkin Mortgage.

Sep 15, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia
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Dinner near Longwood Gardens

My experiences with the 1906 have been very good and we do choose to dine there whenever we visit the Gardens during their hours of operation. I have never found the service to be slow, actually right on expectation, and have always enjoyed the food. On occasions when they remain open for a special event I do find the small menu a bit too limiting. Other than that we thoroughly enjoy the 1906.

Sep 11, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Carrot Cake

Exactly right, house made at Zake's.

Sep 03, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Pumpkin pound cake

Love Zake's cakes!

Sep 03, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Good BBQ in Philly or Wilmington?

Ugh, just noticed it is a Zombie. Having tried two different locations of Dickey's I can say it is the worst BBQ I have ever had at a BBQ restaurant.

Sep 03, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Capers & Lemons Revisited

Sal, the Back Burner HAD been a go to place in that area. What the heck happened? Refused a gift card, outrageous. The new standard for gift cards in retail is no time limit as unless they give you something for your money it is not valid transaction. I have even had reputable establishments honor older gift cards that did have a expiration noted. Add that kind of behavior to lousy, expensive food and they are totally OUT.

Sep 01, 2014
Bacchus101 in Mid-Atlantic
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Capers & Lemons Revisited

Travelmad..Thanks for the reminder! We had been there one time and did in deed enjoy the food. Not sure I recall the specifics but there was one glitch. Not a big deal and not a reason to not return. Good thought thanks!

Sep 01, 2014
Bacchus101 in Mid-Atlantic

Capers & Lemons Revisited

Yes, lets. Good thought. I did leave a note on their web site and got no comment. My wife did mention the issue to the waitress and got a shoulder shrug. I don't complain when we have guests dining with us. It was just so convenient and a nice fair weather venue that we would deal with the "good enough" food. Oh, well!

Aug 31, 2014
Bacchus101 in Mid-Atlantic
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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.

Aug 30, 2014
Bacchus101 in Mid-Atlantic

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.

Aug 29, 2014
Bacchus101 in Pennsylvania
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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!

Aug 29, 2014
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