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trendy restaurant where we can get dressed up

Well there is a challenge, dressy outside the city add to that" summertime" when even some normally dressier places are less so. Request the second floor at the Wm. Penn Inn previously the Commonwealth Club or perhaps The Blue Bell Inn where a sport coat, dresses and heels would not be unusual.

43 minutes ago
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Restaurant Week go-tos

Limiting my thoughts to your list; I would skip Barbuzzo. It had been a favorite of ours and recently it has become meh, loud and too close with so so food. Zahav is a go-to any time with an experience in an interesting cuisine. It is small plates so you don't have to be concerned with the RW deals just order what you like and can afford. a. kitchen has gotten much love here under its relative new chef and management. Many other choices have been and will be noted here.

about 9 hours ago
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Nice article in Washington Post about Philly's food scene

Nicely done article, thanks. Certainly does reinforce the Philly sandwich culture. With limited ink and time it is understandable that the writer/producer chose to focus on one aspect of the city's food scene. Perhaps another review will look at other aspects and give a less cliche view.

about 9 hours ago
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

OMG! Need TEN recommendations!!

Amada offers an interesting and tasty small plate experience different from the others being listed. For me the best thing at the highly touted Vedge is the great bar. After being amazed by the capabilities of the chef to stay with in the perimeters of the cuisine, I and many of my friends find the food uninteresting and lacking depth of flavor while being over-the-top expensive. Osteria is loved on this board but with a few not-so-great visits, I would pass. Le Cheri in a great building with a warm weather courtyard and very good food and service could be a winner for you.

about 9 hours ago
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Lancaster Co. NOW?

We have not been in the Lancaster Co. area for a few years. Can anyone mention a few restaurants which we might consider for close to a Chowhound experience? Please....

Aug 01, 2015
Bacchus101 in Mid-Atlantic

Lunch Friday (tomorrow) near New Hope/Lambertville?

Additional information of no help to the OP but a correction to the comment regarding lunch. Hamilton's Grill will serve lunch on Saturday and Sunday this summer between 11:30 - 2:30!

Jul 31, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Where to go for boyfriends 21st Birthday in Philadelphia?

Ok, I suppose there are individual differences as to what constitutes a "great view".

Jul 30, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Lunch Friday (tomorrow) near New Hope/Lambertville?

Great spot, love it. However, I believe it is not open for lunch.

Jul 30, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Where to go for boyfriends 21st Birthday in Philadelphia?

Interesting I will take a look at the next visit' thanks. And the "great view" from this location is of what?

Jul 30, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Where to go for boyfriends 21st Birthday in Philadelphia?

JanR is the "great view" a view of the kitchen through the wait staff waiting their orders?

Jul 30, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Where to go for boyfriends 21st Birthday in Philadelphia?

Love the food at Vernick and the second floor room by the windows can be quite pleasant. The bar is very busy and very loud; recently noted as one of the loudest in an already very loud city dinning scene. If the OP can land a reservation on the second level by the windows the small plates menu will allow her to stay within her stated funding.

Jul 30, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

October in the City

Lacroix at the Rittenhouse, +1 LeCheri private room, R2L room with a view, +3 Vetri without the attitude. Suggestions in no particular order. For me the Prime Rib is total class with great beef; it is however a "chain" and gets less love here than other beef places.

Jul 29, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Restaurant Newtown, Yardley, Washington Crossing, Lambertville

Perhaps consider The Washington Crossing Inn or in Lambertville Hamilton's Grill Room. WCI has a bar and Hamilton's is flanked across a dirt driveway by a great little Boathouse Bar and Lounge.

Jul 26, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Alex Capasso (Crow & the Pitcher) nabbed in child porn probe

The case against him as represented in the provided link appears to be quite strong. Difficult to even imagine this level of perversion. When convicted Alex will go from Blackbird to Jailbird. Pray the children involved can recover from this.

Charming luncheon place somewhere between Philly & Princeton

The Washington Crossing Inn is just a small detour from routes between Philadelphia and Princeton. As is the Yardley Inn in the opposite direction from Washington Crossing. Both very nice spots.

Jul 25, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Papaya

Oh rats; in the aftermath of Hot Dog Day I was hoping for another good option in the area.

Jul 24, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia
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Papaya

I am not familiar with The Melted. However with a little luck the Papaya is the New York Hot Dog chain. Highly ranked in NYC along with, although no relationship, Grey's Papaya.

Jul 24, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Old Fashioned Hot Dogs with a Snap!

The Memphis Tap Room has made national lists of the "Best Hot Dogs"....not sure about the snap but reportedly really great dogs.

The beer garden at Philly’s Memphis Taproom is one of the most inviting spots in the city for outdoor drinking, but it’s also a world-class destination for serious hot dog lovers

Jul 23, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Bridal Shower Venue Recommendations

Not sure about "couple thousand square miles" but the designation is certainly not a "specific location" as requested by littlecmad. One would suppose that in that area potential options could be found. The Asian suggestion sound like a potentially cost effective one.

Jul 23, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Bridal Shower Venue Recommendations

" We were thinking brunch or lunch anywhere in the city or 35-45 mins outside (KOP, Bucks County, Yardley, etc)."

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Jul 23, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Philly overnight with kids

Thanks for the comment on Max Brenner. I will remember that when asked in the future by FWK. This site has not cared much for Max contrary to comments by my friends.

Jul 22, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Philly overnight with kids

Friends with children in tow have enjoyed Max Brenner. Some reviews here have been not so hot. Perhaps worth a try?

Okay, it’s not for everyday dining, but this chocolate smorgasbord is a child’s dream — it’s a true-life stroll through Willy Wonka’s workshop, minus the chocolate river and plus pipes that pump chocolate through the dining room. The kids’ menu is in defiance to the adage “don’t play with your food” — it features paint-your-own smiling pizza (with tomato sauce and toppings) and a whole lot of “ketchup paint”; the sweet side’s got choco-burgers and pizzas and waffles and bagels. Adults can blot out the cocoa insanity with cocktails — they have a liquor license.

Max Brenner, 1500 Walnut Street, 215-344-8150

Jul 21, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Don's Green Hills Inn -Reading Area

Yes, yes indeed.

Jul 20, 2015
Bacchus101 in Mid-Atlantic
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Don's Green Hills Inn -Reading Area

We were in the area for a dinner meeting with a colleague who is directing the restoration of the home of an internationally known author from a small town near by. The area around the Inn is quite lovely as are many of the small towns that surround the city of Reading. The city has serious problems as the tax base is eroded, unemployment is extremely high and there has been degradation of previously nice neighborhoods and thus property values. Even with the short comings of the Inn it is providing an experience far above other restaurants in the immediate area.

Jul 19, 2015
Bacchus101 in Mid-Atlantic
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Don's Green Hills Inn -Reading Area

Under current management the Inn is one of the few, perhaps two, options for anything in that area that comes even close to fine dining. The venue, once past the fuel station next, is quite nice with a pleasant interior. The server was attentive and professional. Our only issue with decorum was that an owner swooped in to remove plates with out asking and reached across my guest to take his uneaten bread. My entree, diver scallops, was quite average, but good. My guest's duck entree was noted to being the best duck breast he has had in years. A special salad that evening was indeed special. My desert call a cobbler was unlike any cobbler I have ever had, blueberry compote with hard granola crumbles, disgusting. It was removed from the bill. With our room almost empty, although another room did have more diners, the bill was deposited on the table by the same owner with the reach across and with no inquiry as to if there was anything else or as to how we found the food. The prices are high especially for that area and probably moderately high if in a big city. Fine dining, well not really but I applaud their attempt at bringing a higher level of food and service to their area.

Jul 18, 2015
Bacchus101 in Mid-Atlantic

Old Fashioned Hot Dogs with a Snap!

NATHAN"S, of course!

Old Fashioned Hot Dogs with a Snap!

FYI, Boar's Head brand meats are "everywhere" in this area. Not sure if the products are the same but the brand is here.

Jul 18, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Bridal Shower Venue Recommendations

A difficult task indeed at $20 per and if drinks are desired a BYOB would be essential for any possibility at staying within budget. The area, cuisine, day & time could be helpful.

Jul 17, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

White Dog Again...

Pleased to hear the White Dog is running true to form. We are reminded by your comments that it is again time to visit the pound!

Jul 17, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Indian Center City / U of P

Very interesting. While travels both business and pleasure have enabled me to experience most of Europe, Scandinavia and the north of Africa; India remains on my must experience list. We will most certainly visit the Biryani Bowl, thanks.

Jul 14, 2015
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia