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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.

about 13 hours ago
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?

about 13 hours ago
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

Tamarindo

Always like the place. Have not been there in a year or so. Not sure why. Thanks for the reminder.

May 26, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia
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Blue Bell Inn Grand Reopening 4/7/14

Strike 3! Ok at the risk of being considered a "nattering nabob of negativity"; just date myself. My final comment on the BBI. Friends visiting us had been there just a day before and with no coaching from us stated "Food is lousy, service is not good and the prices are way out of line". The husband is the son of a well known area restauranteur and knows a bit about the food industry. Over and out on the BBI.

May 26, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia
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Blue Bell Inn Grand Reopening 4/7/14

Sorry I don't know the answer to that question.

May 26, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Blue Bell Inn Grand Reopening 4/7/14

OMG, another negative review from a friend on the BB Inn. They wanted to have green beans rather than rice with their entree, both being on the menu, and were told NO substitutions of any kind are allowed. Protesting that the beans were being served with other dishes the waiter again stated he could not do it. BTW they disliked the food they were served and with a near future reservation chose to cancel it. When the newness wears off it is the food and service which will have to carry them for the next 271 years. Anyone up for a bet, I am giving odds.

May 23, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia
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Illg's is closing?

I would be most certain that the value of their land has made selling difficult to resist for some time. Unfortunate for customer and for the family to see a way-of-life end. It did seem always busy but I would not pretend to understand the economics of this type business. I would not be unusual to see that a younger generation was not interested in a legacy business. Hard cash for the land vs. hard work for annual income. Too bad, sorry to see them go!

May 23, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Blue Bell Inn Grand Reopening 4/7/14

Quite an interesting story. Of course I would not want an unpriced menu but the availability of one for guests.

Had a somewhat pleasant surprise at Lolita last week when ordering a "special". I had not asked the price and had not noticed it on the special board. When it arrived it was quite nice and the price was a modest $10. I was expecting, given my inattention to price of a special, to get pummeled.

Speaking internationally, I have had a price change on the check from that stated on the menu in Zurich. With the explanation that this was a larger and special version of what was listed. I am sure I may have look like an American on a business account which I was. My guest rose to the occasion with a protest in his best German, Ich erwarte eine Anpassung so fort! . The bill was adjusted downward with an apology and complementary sweets.

May 23, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Blue Bell Inn Grand Reopening 4/7/14

Yes of course it is. I have known the task of erasing an entire chalk board, keeping it clean and fresh looking and rewriting everything and updating it. But I suppose this is one of those "personal preference' things not worth additional ink ..or rather chalk. Do they still produce chalk and blackboards? Last I recall green was the new black.

May 22, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Blue Bell Inn Grand Reopening 4/7/14

Considerate of you arepo. If some of my guests would see a priced menu they would eat an app or salad only, especially my relatives. Therefore diminishing their experience and mine, as being encumbered on the occasion by menu prices.

May 22, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia
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New Hope Pubs/Bars for Wedding After Party

Quite right, sadiefox. It is indeed in Lambertville. Yes it is small, part of the charm. Ten guests should work as I have hosted 15 in one of the rooms with some arrangement of chairs and some who are bar standers. It is worth crossing the bridge. It may however be a bit too quaint and perhaps not fun enough if the definition of fun is wild and crazy.

May 22, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Blue Bell Inn Grand Reopening 4/7/14

Sorry cw, no it is not easier to erase a chalk board and rewrite it than to edit a computerized menu. For many reasons I will not bore others with. Then there is the need to edit and reprint the hard copy menus to match the chalkboard. Cheaper and easier done when computerized. Welcome to the world of user friendly computing.

When hosting friends or family, especially my father, I always quietly ask for the blank menus for guests. The look I often get from the server is "what planet are you from?". This practice of offering unpriced menus seem very civilized to me. Perhaps there is where I am possibly out of step.

May 22, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia
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Girls Night Out (Dinner/picky eater)

Gee Chef are you one nice guy. I'll leave it at that!

May 20, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia