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Italian in rittenhouse for kids

As a recreation of our/your Nonna's dining room well behaved kids will be welcome by the restaurant and other guests. They will find many things they recognize and can enjoy. Good Italian/American family dining.

about 7 hours ago
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Mainland Inn

Chef, did they say that the opening would be December of 2014?

about 10 hours ago
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Dining at 1906 in Longwood Gardens

We always try to visit the 1906 whenever at the gardens. Good interesting food, good service in a world class garden; what is not to like? Couple this with an evenings entertainment by top performers and the entire experience is exceptional.

about 11 hours ago
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia
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The Fountain Ending Dinner Service on December 27.

The exodus of the best personnel after the announcement of closing and the delta between that and the opening would be expected. I certainly would think that the Four Seasons would be looking to create and/or duplicate their successes in the new location. I know nothing of J.W Marriott but do look forward to their efforts to reinvent and re-invigor this prime location. Over years of special events at the Four Seasons we have been notified in email or by phone of the status of our reservations; this year nothing we called and they said, "Oh yes we have it here". How the mighty have fallen.

Nov 21, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia
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First Timer to Philly, staying at the Marriott Courtyard next month

I have to agree with LaBan, to me the over all experience has seriously been degraded. I was always put off by the packed-in nature of the seating and the noise levels but would brave those issues because I did enjoy many of the food items. I have not felt that way in my most recent visits and will make other choices until the roar of the crowd has turned positive and is not just noise.

Nov 21, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

The Fountain Ending Dinner Service on December 27.

On some visits to the Fountain Room we have found a few of the servers unprofessionally overly friendly and yes unpolished. I have noticed the same thing on occasion at the Ritz Carlton and have been baffled by the unprofessional bar tenders and cocktail waitresses at both top hotels. I have come to the mostly unsubstantiated personal conclusion that this is a Philadelphia thing. The aforementioned hotels in other cities have what seems to be a different standard of service and professionalism for their employees and it is quite obvious. Brotherly love is fine, but too friendly can be intrusive and negatively effect the outcome of the experience.

Nov 20, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia
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The Fountain Ending Dinner Service on December 27.

Too bad that you had "only been there once" and had this bad experience. Even professional critics do not judge a restaurant based on one visit and considering all third party reviews to the extreme positive you certainly did have an unusually bad experience. The staff sang Happy Birthday 15-20 times, really? Based on your comments they did go to great length to "do the right thing"; which is very professional and considerate but your evening was disrupted. Almost 3 hours is a bit on the lengthy side but almost 2 hours is not unusual and considering the remake of all entrees I suppose it could take almost 3 hours. Well, Again, Happy Birthday!

Nov 19, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

The Fountain Ending Dinner Service on December 27.

Interesting decision: With the "projected" opening of the NEW Comcast Center in 2017 the decision to close the Fountain Room would seem a bit pre-mature to those, like me, who have little insight into the restaurant, hotel business. Our annual Thanksgiving reservation will be even more significant this year while looking forward to next year at the top of the Philadelphia skyline.

Nov 19, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

SAGE in Phoenixville - anyone been?

Thanks for your comment on Sage. Welcome to Chowhound. Are there any other restaurants in Phoenixville you could recommend?

Nov 15, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia
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Coming to Philadelphia for marathon, need some advice

+3 for the Reading Terminal Market, a great variety of Ethnic food including very Philly/American foods easily in your price range and in a casual atmosphere. Just down the block is Chinatown with other choices mentioned here.

Nov 14, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Buddakan Casear Salad Recipe

How would you characterize the difference between a Buddakan Caesar Salad and Casear typically served? It has been a long time since we have been to Buddakan but I would venture there again for a special Caesar Salad.

Nov 14, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

La Villa Mexican Grille 2.0 stars- Closed

I did find the 2.0 stars rating accurate based on two visits. It is no surprise at all that it has closed. There is a sign on the front lawn, XXXX Italian Eatery with pasta flags flying. There is another Mexican restaurant directly across the parking lot from the Hotel Fiesole in the village which I have not been to nor have I heard any comments about it.

Nov 13, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Free range eggs in Montco

Grocery stores I frequent often have eggs labeled "free range". EB has an "organic- cage free" but no free range label.

Nov 12, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Honey from Pete's Produce in Westtown

Interesting question and article. It would be additionally informative if we could hear from a farmer producing and selling their honey as a natural local product.

Nov 06, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Bliss

Although I do not qualify as an erudite foodie: I will venture a comment on Bliss.
We have dinned there 3-4 times over a couple of years usually pre-theater. Our experience had been that the bar mixes a good drink, the service is high average and the food is good enough and a bit pricy for the product,but considering the location that is to be expected. For a pre-theater we have defaulted to Estia depending upon timing and preferences of our party. We have not been to Bliss in the last 6 months.

Nov 01, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Krazy Kats Wilmington DE

sal, I have a friend from Brooklyn who can help you with some ID if needed.

Oct 31, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Shut up and Eat -A foodie repents

Thanks, I read hard copy.

Oct 30, 2014
Bacchus101 in Food Media & News

Shut up and Eat -A foodie repents

As many are here because of a "higher" level of interest in food: I point you to the November 3rd issue of The New Yorker. Perhaps one will find some truths in John Lanchester's observations or at very least find his views interesting.

Oct 29, 2014
Bacchus101 in Food Media & News

19 Bella

Based on the comments here it is obvious we should give it another try. We were there one time about a year ago well enough said.

Oct 27, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Annenberg Zellerbach Theater

Interestingly we love the Wayne counterpart! For us it was the original which had been disappointing previously. Yes indeed, two lunches and two dinners should be quite enough for you to judge if their food is to your taste! It is also a good thing to be able to eliminate a known unsatisfactory option with so much from which to choose.

Oct 26, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Annenberg Zellerbach Theater

The original White Dog near by has gone through a number of transitions over the years. The news is at our last visit it was quite good. As that was a few months ago I can not give a current status but my guess is it is back to its old form and perhaps improved. If you like Mexican Distrito it is also close by getting quite mixed reviews.

Oct 26, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

New to Philly and I need awesome food in my life and belly!!

Everyone has one, opinions! I would not be so quick to rule out Hierloom although currently on the Hill I would rather go to Paris although it can be inconsistent. Here is a list which may offer some additional suggestions all with individual opinions across the board. I have found them mostly a good bet.

Zahav - Israeli- highly touted, friendly, busy
Dandelion - British- upscale pub
Parc - French Bistro-on Rittenhouse Sq.-people watching
Amada -Spanish small plates
The Oyster House - (not Maine but just in case you need it)
Osteria/Amis - Italian (popular now, CH's will note others)
Tria-3locations-Wine,Beer, Small plates-European feel
Distrito- Mexican in Universtiy City
Village Whiskey - arguably -The best burger & frieds
Barbazzo -assorted small plates -very busy place
Vegg - you guessed it...great bar, nice venue, interesting food
Lolita - interesting Mexican
Little Nonna's - Italian American at your Nonna's house.

Green Heart Cafe

Stopped one time for breakfast at the Collegeville location. I would only say that at that location there were a number of issues which prevented me ever considering going there again. The new location will resolve one of those negatives. A new location a new opportunity to make a positive impression! Best wishes to GHC.

Oct 22, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

First Timer to Philly, staying at the Marriott Courtyard next month

To add some comments; the Reading Terminal Market will offer you causal dinning across many hand food, street food offerings. Chinatown is close by your hotel offering a wide range of Asian food, look for other comments here. Whiskey Village is know for their great "high end" burgers. A few blocks to DeBrunos Italian deli. Cheesesteaks recs will be all over the board and can be found with Roasted Pork (which many prefer) and Italian hoggies at RTM. Little Nonna's for fun Italian American with a nice twist. Many options in all your categories, search this board for many opinions.

Oct 21, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia
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Birthday brunch near 30th St Station

IMHO the University City White Dog has, based on our last visits 2 months ago, made a come back to quite good food and service.

Oct 16, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia
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Locovore recommendation nea convention center

Regarding noise level; Barbuzzo is loud, Estia acceptable, and Vedge is moderate depending upon your next table guests.

Oct 13, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Baby Shower cake, wanted to show it off

Looks great and knowing Alice Bakery it tastes great too!

Oct 13, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

Locovore recommendation nea convention center

Given the parameter of "not too loud"; I would advise against Amis as the industrial hardness of surfaces make it a dinner shouting match.

Oct 12, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia
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Pumpkin Season

Thanks for the link. Certainly anyone looking for an autumnal dish can find many things here that would satisfy their taste for seasonal treats.

Oct 08, 2014
Bacchus101 in Philadelphia

So I just complained to the manager of the montgomeryville wegmans

Well finally I can agree on one item posted. Yes, as you said your comment regarding making you a pot of coffee is ridiculous. If you bet the pub had coffee why not go there and get it? OMG!