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Kokorec/Kokorec sandwich?

Does anyone know where one can get a kokorech/kokorec sandwich in NYC/CT?

Jul 18, 2011
lawslaw in Southern New England

Mangosteens in Philadelphia

I believe mangosteens are being imported now quite legally. My parents bought some for me in NYC chinatown and I had them for the first time. They were tasty. Expensive but tasty.

Sep 06, 2008
lawslaw in Philadelphia

Chima - 19th & JFK

I was there the second week it opened and used a coupon. I was charged the price of one person without the tip tacked on. I think that a lot of people are coming in with coupons and the servers are getting shafted on gratuitity. I think that if you're using a BOGO coupon, you should still tip as if you had paid full but maybe people aren't doing that and leaving small tips so they decided to create this "automatic gratuitity" business. As for the tax, they can only tax you on what they charge. That's being so shifty. I would call the manager.

Jun 18, 2008
lawslaw in Pennsylvania

Tapioca Flour/Starch

Where can I find this in CC that is NOT whole foods?

Jun 01, 2008
lawslaw in Pennsylvania

HELP Is there a real replacement for Lakeside Chinese Deli?

I sound like a broken record. Ocean Harbor.

Feb 27, 2008
lawslaw in Pennsylvania

Dim Sum Garden

How is the idea ridiculous? If you think I mean they are not steamed fresh--then that's not what I meant. I MEANT that they are not prepared in-house. They looked like and tasted like the kind you can buy frozen and steam at home.

Jan 31, 2008
lawslaw in Philadelphia

Dim Sum Garden

I went to Dim Sum Garden and had the xiao long bao. They were okay but I think they were the ones you get at the Chinese supermarket frozen. I do not believe they were made fresh there. NO WAY comparable to Joe's in Queens, NY--which are AMAZING.

Jan 28, 2008
lawslaw in Philadelphia

Rock Bottom Brewwery and Restaurant Beer (in KoP) Rocks!

I went to RockBottom when I took the bar exam at the Convention Center in July of this year. It was the only regular food/reasonable price combination in the area close enough to the hotel. Anyhow, my beer was mediocre--it was an oatmeal stout. My meatloaf, to start, was TOO salty. Second, it came with a piece of paper in it. I'm not certain it was garbage but it was still none to appetizing. I noted this to the server and he came over and PICKED IT OUT PERSONALLY. He did not offer to bring me another plate or to comp the dish. I couldn't bring myself to finish the meal and if they couldn't think to do either of those things, I just don't know...

Jan 12, 2008
lawslaw in Pennsylvania

Dim Sum Help

Go to Ocean Harbor. It's a traditional dim sum restaurant with carts. It's loud though and might be intimidating at first but the best way to get over that is to ask to see what's in the carts. While there are language barriers, there's only one reason people show--its the food--and the ladies wheeling the cards are eager to show you the offerings of each cart. Also, very crowded on Saturday/Sunday mornings (esp. Sunday) since that's the day most Chinese families go out for tea. Delicious and better than any of the Chinatown dim sum houses--including Lakeside---any day.

Jan 12, 2008
lawslaw in Pennsylvania

lakeside closed

GO to OCEAN HARBOR!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jan 05, 2008
lawslaw in Pennsylvania

North Broad street

Osteria. It's Vetri's most recent project. Pricey but tastey.

Nov 26, 2007
lawslaw in Pennsylvania

Beef Rendang spices

Try the Asian supermarket in Chinatown. It's between Joy Tsin Lau and a parking lot and is underground. Also, try the Supermarket on Washington and 9th. Most of the big stores stock the spice packets.

Sep 17, 2007
lawslaw in Pennsylvania

Best place in Philly for Dim Sum newbie?

I don't understand why everyone loves Lakeside so much. Part of the dim sum experience is the noise, chaos, and confusion along with great food and Lakeside is just too quiet. Also, it's weird to order things if you've never had dim sum before. I think that many people find Lakeside to be less intimidating because it's decidedly less crazy than your typical dim sum parlor but really, that's part of the fun!

I grew up going to dim sum every sunday with my parents and I find that Ocean Harbor across the street from Joy Tsin Lau is FANTASTIC. It's loud, it's crazy--and there are cart ladies who will gladly tell (or show) you what they are offering. I highly recommend going to Ocean Harbor or some place where there are carts instead of Lakeside where you sit and order things you may not have much familiarity with.

Dim sum everywhere tends to be inexpensive. At Ocean Harbor, as in practically every dim sum parlor you'll encounter in this country, there are three sizes. Small, Medium, and Large. Most things are in the small to med. size and I believe they are anywhere from 1.50 to 2.50 a dish. There are "large" or "special" dishes that are pricier--anywhere from $5.00 and up.

Jul 31, 2007
lawslaw in Pennsylvania

Need Fun Place for Summer Rolls -- Tonight!

Try to Viet Huong on Washington and 9th. They are a big cafeteria of reasonably priced Vietnamese. For something more upscale looking, Vietnam and Vietnam Palace in Chinatown/Center City

Jul 09, 2007
lawslaw in Pennsylvania

Bialys in Philly

Wegman's in Cherry Hill has really good FRESH bialys.

Jul 07, 2007
lawslaw in Pennsylvania

Any Good Mexican on the Main Line?

Ha, no.

If you want Mexican, come into the city and go to to South Philadelphia. Taqueria Veracruzana is great for tacos. There's also Taqueria Pueblita that's on 9th street--I think--it's a block from the Pat's/Geno's debacle. They are great.

Jun 11, 2007
lawslaw in Pennsylvania

Upper Darby restaurants?

Search Upper Darby--there are about 80000 threads about this.

Jun 09, 2007
lawslaw in Pennsylvania

Dinner In Philly this Saturday, Meeting daughters boyfriend.

I suggest Marigold Kitchen.

I was there two weeks ago and it was quite good. You can bring your own liquor which is always great. My friend who is a vegetarian went there and while there isn't anything vegetarian on the menu, the kitchen will whip something up--just be specific about wanting protein or else the boyfriend will get a plate full of mushrooms.

Jun 05, 2007
lawslaw in Pennsylvania

Korean near Ardmore?

I agree with you about Sang Kee being mediocre. However, I think that it's really one of the better "ethnic" restaurants on the main-line. I think the food out there tends to be sort of boring--it's really boring steak and potatoes and fusion up the wazoo... So I think because it's different without being in Chinatown--people think it's great.

I also think that Khajuraho is fantastic. I used to live around there and then I moved out into the city and while there are more choices, I have not found another Indian restaurant's food to be as flavorful as the food there. I think a lot of people think the food there is greasy but I wonder if that type of cuisine is meant to be a bit oily.

Jun 05, 2007
lawslaw in Pennsylvania

Challenge: Bridal Shower in the City for 50!

How much are you willing to spend?

I mean, if you're willing to spend a lot, you could probably rent an entire restaurant.

May 30, 2007
lawslaw in Pennsylvania

Dante and Luigi's

If you're looking for safe... this it it.

It's okay. I have been there twice--the last time within the last six months.

The food is just okay and almost not good enough for the rather high prices that they charge. Honestly, I think it lives off of its name and lore as an old-fashioned Italian restaurant in Philadelphia. Since you're bringing 30 though, the place strikes me as a good large group place--it's spacious and has large, long tables. They have enormous meat balls. That probably didn't need to be said so frankly...

There are certainly better Italian restaurants out there--the one that comes to mind at the moment is Osteria but it may be very difficult to get a reservation for 30 any time soon there.

May 30, 2007
lawslaw in Pennsylvania

Sweet Lucy's - open Memorial Day at 5?

They are closed on Memorial Day. Was there yesterday, saw signs.

May 28, 2007
lawslaw in Pennsylvania


It is going to take longer than 30 min to get from Swat to West Philadelphia where Marigold is--though I recommend it as well. I was there last week and it was delightful. It might be difficult getting a reservation on a Saturday night though.

May 23, 2007
lawslaw in Pennsylvania

1st anniversary restaurant suggestion?

I was assuming they meant no drinks. If it's no drinks, Waterworks and Bistro are within reach... It would be really scrimping though.

No need for namecalling.

May 21, 2007
lawslaw in Pennsylvania

1st anniversary restaurant suggestion?

There's no beach in philly....

Try Waterworks restaurant by the art museum.

Bistro St. Tropez in the design center

May 20, 2007
lawslaw in Pennsylvania

The great Delaware County bagel hunt...

It may be a little far but Wegmans in Cherry Hill actually has really good bagels. They bake them fresh and they're almost always still warm when you buy them. I just bought a dozen and ate a garlic one on the way home. I grew up up in NYC and these definitely hit the spot.

Mar 25, 2007
lawslaw in Pennsylvania

Never shall I dine at Chikalicious

I was out for a nice dinner with some people and wanted to go there for dessert. They were exceptionally rude.

Unfortunately, I can't comment on the actual food as I didn't actually get the privilege to eat the there. I walked in and asked how long the wait was. The matre'd or whoever he was curtly answered, "47.5 minutes." So I put name down on the self-serve list. As it is a small restaurant, I didn't want to stand INSIDE and stare at people eat. Since it was a 30 degree night, we went to coffee shop nearby and came back in 25 minutes. When I came back with 25 min. left to wait, not only was I skipped over but the waiter came over to basically be rude to me. I asked him if he had gone past us and all he needed to tell me was, "oh yes, sorry." Instead, he asked me who I was and made a point to cross my name out when I was looking at the paper. He then stopped talking to me and when I asked, if I had to wait another 40 mintes, he said, "uh...basically yes." By this time, there were 5 other people ahead of me even though his estimate was wrong. I was so mad. Then tell people it's going to be 45 minutes if you're going to be ready in 15 and then be rude when I come back EARLY instead of hover in your tiny restaurant watching other diners eat.

The attitude was a bit much. Come on, if you're going to take my money, at least pretend to be nice.

Jan 21, 2007
lawslaw in Manhattan

Recs on Felicia's

I don't think it's there anymore. Is it near Washington Ave? if it is, there is a "for rent" sign outside.

Jan 09, 2007
lawslaw in Pennsylvania

Looking for Pho and Banh Mi

Cafe Viet Huong on Washington Ave--9th street I think--in the supermarket stripmall has GREAT pho and banh mi.

Dec 04, 2006
lawslaw in Pennsylvania

Three Philosophers Quadrepel Brew by Ommegang Brewery

In case anyone is still looking, the stop and shop(?) liquor/beer store in Haddon NJ sells it--I was there last night. THey are on that road by camden right before the Ben Franklin Bridge. It's stop and something but that may not be the exact name. It's about 10ish bucks for a 6 pack I think.

Nov 25, 2006
lawslaw in Pennsylvania