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[UPDATE] Vote for your favorite restaurants in Philadelphia for "Best of 2014."

Le Cheri and or Bibou. Great, consistent food, excellent service.

Nov 21, 2014
Beulah in Philadelphia
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Gluten free restaurants in Philly

Does anybody know of really good gluten free restaurants or restaurants with some gluten free dishes in Center City or nearby for a visitor who has recently gone gluten free? I've got a little list but hope to get some recommendations from people with experience.

Nov 07, 2014
Beulah in Philadelphia

Aldine

We ate at Aldine last night -- after a little confusion about opening the mysterious black door without a sign! (but with a menu posted -- no name). The very handsome modern room -- up a steep flight of steps -- was comfortable and the staff very welcoming. We both had the sunchoke soup, which was delicious. DH had the halibut, which he said was a nice piece of fish but needed more done to enhance the flavor, and I had the duck breast, which was delicious. We passed on dessert as we are trying to limit calories. The room was virtually empty during our meal except for one couple at the bar. The food really deserves a warmer reception.

Nov 06, 2014
Beulah in Philadelphia

Lo Spiedo

Ate at Lo Spiedo for the first time last night. Had a little difficulty finding it because its sign had blown away in the wind the previous day. We started with 3 appetizers, tuna spiedini and shrimp spiedini and ricotta and artichoke foccaccia, all of which were excellent. This was followed by spit roasted vegetables with romescu and olive oil. Very good, but we like the veggie appetizer at Osteria better. We then shared a whole fish (orata) roasted with lemon and rosemary and a dish of rigatoni with wood roasted tomatoes and ricotta salata. Both were delicious -- but we do prefer the more delicate pastas served at Vetri and Osteria. We finished by sharing the cast iron applie pie, which was very good. Easy to get to and plenty of free parking!

Nov 04, 2014
Beulah in Philadelphia

Aldine

You mean Studio Kitchen which was on Powelton Avenue then and is now on Wharton Street in South Philly - now has an elevator but very hard to park. Shola (can't remember his last name)is the fabulous chef. Look up Studio Kitchen on the net and you can get on the email list.

Nov 03, 2014
Beulah in Philadelphia

Glatt Kosher Catering in Philadelphia?

We had Betty the Caterer many years ago and were very satisfied. Also, I don't remember his name but he owned The Frog and The Commissary years ago is in the kosher catering business and his food is very good and also very expensive.

Oct 05, 2014
Beulah in Philadelphia

Fresh fruit tart day for ten dollars at montgomeryville whole paycheck!

They had it at the South Street store too.

May 24, 2014
Beulah in Philadelphia

Eli Kulp: "People in New York just don't go to Philadelphia"

It's true, though. I'm an ex-New Yorker living year for 40 years and my New York relatives never came to my Philadelphia major family events (weddings, etc.) It's like they think there's a big hole in the Jersey Turnpike just south of Newark and they're afraid they'll fall in!

Apr 10, 2014
Beulah in Philadelphia

BYOB for birthday dinner - Ctr City - old standard or something new?

Bibou is wonderful -- not Center City but we almost always get a spot in the parking lot next door.

Apr 01, 2014
Beulah in Philadelphia

Cannoli

Termini's! The best in Philadelphia! We think they're even better than Ferrara's in NYC.

Feb 21, 2014
Beulah in Philadelphia

Sushi Omakase

Another vote for Fuji. Matt Ito and Jesse always serve a fabulous meal; we sit at the counter and order an omakase dinner and we are always surprised and pleased by what we receive. Often we specify all fish and no meat.

Feb 14, 2014
Beulah in Philadelphia

last minute saturday night dining options in Philadelphia

We used to love La Famiglia and have always had great service there but we do not like the current chef and menu as well as the previous one, Used to have great gnocchi with pesto that are no longer on the menu.

Feb 13, 2014
Beulah in Philadelphia

Taconnelli Questions

We've been there 4 or 5 times and always managed to find parking within a block or so (altho it's not easy!). Only once did we have to wait for a table. The white pizza with spinach is the best -- absolutely. We sometimes order 2 and take 1 home. We have also brought our own beer a couple of times.

Feb 03, 2014
Beulah in Philadelphia

Best pizzas in America (F&W)

We absolutely love Osteria's pizza. Haven't been to Pizzeria Vetri yet. We like Taconelli very much and another of our faves is Al Forno in Providence, RI (one of our kids lives there). Think their pasta is the best, as well.

Jan 05, 2014
Beulah in Philadelphia
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Great addition to Washington Square West

WE ate there last night. The minestrone soup was very good but lukewarm in temperature. We shared a pear salad (all the salads are very large) and enjoyed it very much. But the pizza was a big letdown. It was of the fluffy variety. We had one white pizza (local veggie) which was pretty tasteless and one red pizza (Marguerita) which was better -- but both were too soft and floppy.

Nov 04, 2013
Beulah in Philadelphia
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80th Birthday Dinner for Parents

I agree with the choices of the Fountain and Vetri -- but for the occasion I slightly lean toward the Fountain -- and I'm 81! We're going there for our 57th anniversary this week.

Need a place that is no more than a short walk from Broad and Lombard for an after theater dinner

There's a Japanese place on Spruce between Broad and 13th (don't remember the name) that could work. Also there's Effie's on Pine and just short of 12th Street -- that's only 2 blocks and it's very reasonable. In addition to Greek specials they have very nice fresh fish roasted or broiled.

Oct 06, 2013
Beulah in Philadelphia

3 Bells for Serpico

We had the lamb dish at our first visit to Serpico and it was delicious. It was enough for 2 because we ordered a number of other dishes. We liked most of the dishes we tried -- but our choices were limited because we don't want to eat deep fried food or sausages (too much salt).

Sep 29, 2013
Beulah in Philadelphia

Okay, here's a tough one

I got some last week at Whole Foods in Jenkintown.

Aug 21, 2013
Beulah in Philadelphia

Center City Restaurant Week

We always try to eat at the "best" restaurants possible -- that 's how you get the best bang for your buck. Lacroix and others on that level if possible,

Aug 06, 2013
Beulah in Philadelphia

Any good eating near the airport?

Oregonjim -- could you recommend a couple of restaurants in NE/SE Portland easily findable after a transcontinental flight? Thanks.

Jul 05, 2013
Beulah in Metro Portland

Any good eating near the airport?

Philly hound coming to Portland for 1 night late July, 2 days/nights early August. Would like 1 good restaurant near the airport for July after landing, then good restaurants anywhere in Portland for lunch/dinner the other 1 days.

Jul 04, 2013
Beulah in Metro Portland

Last minute trip to NYC next week - lunch at Le Bernardin and dinner at Daniel

Love Le Bernardin, Daniel not quite as much ( a little too formal for us). We had a wonderful experience at Corton -- great food and wonderful service, but the staff spilled water on the table a couple of times so they took 50% off the bill! (party of 7, including 3 teenagers).

Jun 22, 2013
Beulah in Manhattan

Richard Landau of Vedge on Chopped

I saw the program and enjoyed it -- we've eaten at Vedge a couple of times and also at his previous restaurant, Horizons, although we're not vegetarians or vegans. Was glad to see how well he did although I don't agree about the bees. The honey is really just a byproduct of the necessity to have bees fertilize all the fruits as well as other crops and the bees are dying because of a mysterious disease rather than mistreatment!

Jun 21, 2013
Beulah in Philadelphia
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Yummy Sushi in Philadelphia

Zento on Chestnut Street between 2nd and Front Streets is very good and less expensive than Morimoto. We also like Fat salmon on Walnut Street betwen 7th and 8th (closer to 7th).

Jun 18, 2013
Beulah in Philadelphia

The Fountain (Four Seasons)

We ate at The Fountain a couple of weeks ago with the 30% Savored discount. We chose a la carte because we didn't care for the choices on the prix fixe menu -- had a wonderful meal with a glass of wine for me (DH doesn't drink) and it was a super bargain with the discount. Don't remember the prices but it was very reasonable.

Jun 09, 2013
Beulah in Philadelphia

Amis - dinner or brunch?

We've never had brunch at Amis but have had dinner quite a few times. We normally order 2 or 3 appetizers and 2 pastas and leave it at that. We did have a fish entree once -- but we love their apps and pastas so much (even more so at Osteria) that mostly we don't order an entree and have ice cream at home for dessert.

May 25, 2013
Beulah in Philadelphia
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Saturday lunch near 95

We'll be driving from NYC to Providence in a couple of weeks on a Saturday -- would like great place for lunch not far from 95 and relatively easy to find (we can read maps).

May 14, 2013
Beulah in Southern New England

Reading Terminal Market & Chinatown

Termini's Bakery has a stand in RTM with their great cannolis and other things and both Metropolitan Bakery and The Bus have shops there too -- all great bakeries!

Apr 24, 2013
Beulah in Philadelphia

Fresh Direct Has Come to Philadelphia

I've been getting their deliveries since before Christmas. My sister-in-law lives in New York and has been raving about them for years. I buy mostly fish and produce and quality has been very high. I also like their breads -- par-baked croissants and rolls. Fresh Direct saved me a lot of trips to Whole Foods when It was really really cold!

Apr 09, 2013
Beulah in Philadelphia