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Glenside, PA [moved from PA board]

Sounds like you're looking for a drinking establishment more than a good restaurant :) I'm betting Robert's Block will be good when it opens - based on the other restaurants they own - and the place looks large! Might even have room for a dance floor.

Jun 29, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

Main Line lunch

You will always be a New Yorker if you were born in NYC. Thanks for the tip about Ryan Christopher's. I "almost" got my husband there yesterday!

Jun 15, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

Main Line lunch

A Taste of Britain looks interesting. Those crazy Brits - they even have "Children" (Lunch, Children, Dessert & Beverage) on their menu options! Who said they don't have a sense of humor!

Jun 15, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

Main Line lunch

I would expect no less. The lunch menu looks good too.

Jun 15, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

Main Line lunch

I'm sure it was the Wayne location where we ate but my memory is very bad and I can't find the date she opened there.

Jun 15, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

Main Line lunch

Is that someone trying to jump on the Au bon Pain bandwagon?

When I Googled for Narberth restaurants Ryan Christopher's came up. Has anyone been there? The menu looks good. Just a brief look at the building and it looks like it occupies a space where we used to go for breakfast. Can't remember the name - Louie's or something like that. Anyone been to Ryan Christopher's?

Jun 15, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

Main Line lunch

We didn't care for Hymie's when we lived in Narberth. We preferred the food and "atmosphere" at Murray's. I told my husband today we should try Hymie's since Murray's is not as good with the new owners, but he wouldn't. Lol

Haven't tried Nectar but have always loved Yangming.

arepo, do you know of a new-ish lunch/brunch place in Narberth?

Jun 14, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

Main Line lunch

I wonder what year Margaret Kuo's opened there because I'm sure we ate at her restaurant on the Main Line before we moved away. Everyone was raving about it but we weren't that crazy about it. Maybe we should give it another try.

Jun 14, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

Main Line lunch

That looks wonderful! This is definitely in my future. We left today before I got any feedback and I let my husband make the choice. He's a diner kind of guy.

he decided he wanted a turkey special from Murray's. Murray's isn't as good as it used to be but they still have decent NY style deli sandwiches. They no longer have that wonderful black bread they used to have. A pity. My husband is from Manhattan and I used to tell him that Murray's was the best NY deli I had ever eaten at!

Jun 14, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

Main Line lunch

Going to the Main Line today. Lived there in the 90's but things have changed a lot. I seem to remember someone recently mentioning a new place in Narberth but I can't find the thread. I looked in Yelp, etc., and nothing sounded familiar. Maybe I was dreaming! Anyway, looking for a good lunch spot anywhere from Bala to Wayne. I know that White Dog Cafe has a location out there. If nothing else turns up maybe we will go there.

I think we need to create a post just for the Main Line. If one exists, could someone please point me to it. I looked but only found scattered mentions for Main Line dining.

Jun 14, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

Heirloom in Chestnut Hill

Thanks for the recommendation. I've never been there.

Jun 11, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

Heirloom in Chestnut Hill

I wasn't necessarily comparing, just making the point that Birchrunville is far superior and suggesting you try it if you hadn't already. Up to you really.

Jun 11, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

Heirloom in Chestnut Hill

Yes, it takes some planning but it's worth it.

Jun 11, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

Heirloom in Chestnut Hill

These pics are from Birchrunville Store Cafe. Have only been once but we're planning to go again in a few weeks. Takes a while to get a reservation. There were four of us and I think it's safe to say that no matter what you order it will be fantastic! We took a late seating and the candlelight was very nice. It's in the middle of nowhere so we took our time meandering through the backroads. The menu changes with the seasons. We had asparagus gazpacho w/crab, baked figs stuffed with goat cheese - and bacon, roasted beet salad, sole stuffed w/lobster and scallops w/beurre blanc, veal tenderloin (with chanterelles, green beans, risotto and potato rosettes), branzino wrapped in a thin crepe with a crab cake & shaved veggies, butterscotch cake with dulce de leche gelato and fruit, Grand Marnier creme brulee.... I was just looking at these pics a few days ago, daydreaming about our next visit.

Jun 10, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia
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Heirloom in Chestnut Hill

BTW, Chinon00, it's not exactly a bistro but it's French-Italian. Have you been to Birchrunville Store Cafe? It blows all the Paris Bistro type restaurants right out of the water!

Jun 10, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

Heirloom in Chestnut Hill

Ha. I kinda thought so. I didn't think Philadelphia had a lot of French bistros, but what do I know?! Everyone thought the menu looked great but everyone except me thought what they ordered was just mediocre. Some of the dishes that I remember were - roasted beets, shrimp cocktail, scallops, salmon cakes, and my husband had a burger.

Jun 10, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

The "Flag"

Duh! Thanks. Guess I never noticed the "follow" button because I mostly read posts where I am contributing and it always says "following." I have already set up email notifications. Thanks again.

Jun 10, 2015
JunieB in Site Talk

Hidden, but are they gems?

Are you serious?! Real Indonesian food? I have only found 3 good Indonesian restaurants in the U.S. - 2 in Georgetown and 1 in San Rafael, CA. The one in San Rafael closed (owner retired after 30 years or so) and one of the G'town places wasn't as good the last time I was there. There was one in Brooklyn but it didn't cut it for me. I absolutely love Indonesian food and like many people I first had it in Amsterdam. I don't know why it isn't more common in the U.S.. I am now off to check out the menu at Hardena!

Jun 10, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia
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The "Flag"

Thanks!

Jun 10, 2015
JunieB in Site Talk

Heirloom in Chestnut Hill

Chinon00, I don't know anything about it but Bistro St. Tropez just showed up on a list of Philly hidden gems. Have you been there?

Jun 10, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

Hidden, but are they gems?

Just saw this article on Philly.com - "12 hidden Philly restaurants worth finding."

I'm trusting that Philly Hounds will know if these are truly gems. None of these restaurants showed up when I queried for bucket list suggestions. I've seen a recommendation for Spring Mill Cafe and I ate at Marrakesh a million years ago but that's about the extent of my knowledge. I love Material Culture but haven't been there since moving back. I don't remember a cafe so it must be "relatively" new.

Wheels are turning for weekend exploration! So much to choose from. I was thinking Rittenhouse Farmers' Market and a trip out to Clover Market but now I have to think about it some more.

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/fo...

Jun 10, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

The "Flag"

What does it mean to "flag" a post or comment? There's a post that I would like to follow that I haven't commented on so I was thinking maybe the flag would allow me to follow, but then again I thought of facebook and thought "flag" might be bad - like flagging something as being inappropriate.

Jun 10, 2015
JunieB in Site Talk

Heirloom in Chestnut Hill

I haven't been there yet but it's on my list. I've read mixed reviews so I haven't been in a hurry but I would like to try it for myself.

Jun 10, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

Heirloom in Chestnut Hill

I don't really know. We've only been out with them a couple of times since moving back here and I've never asked them. I'm sure there are lots of Philly Hounds that could give some recommendations.

Jun 09, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

Rangoon: What is Great for a Novice to Order?

Hope you went to Rangoon and had a great dining experience. I think it gets overlooked because it's been in business so long, but I have to say, in 20-some years I have never had a bad meal there.

We used to go there for dinner and then go down the street to Ray's Cafe for a unique tea or coffee experience. Haven't been to Ray's in a long time but I'm sure it hasn't changed much either.

Jun 01, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

Juniper Commons Closing

Guess that answers the discussion we had about this place a few months ago.

Jun 01, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia
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Glenside, PA [moved from PA board]

The people who own Leila's, Forcella and Flora (in Jenkintown) are opening a gastro pub right behind the Glenside train station, called Robert's Block. I think that's the original name of the building - or the block. I haven't eaten at the other two places but Leila's is excellent. Jenkintown is also getting a new brew pub (are brew pub and gastro pub the same thing?) called Guild Hall.

As far as destination dining, I highly recommend Argana Tree and Leila's in Jenkintown. Flora and Forcella get good reviews too.

May 15, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

Heirloom in Chestnut Hill

Yes, JanR, I think that's the lesson we learned! It always seems like a pain to go into the city because of the parking but it's never as bad as I anticipate.

Apr 18, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

Great lunch at Argana Tree in Jenkintown

I know - and you're not alone. It's just not for me. When it's just my husband and me there's no way I would drink an entire bottle and I don't like schlepping it around with me. I feel there's something a little uncouth about walking into a nice restaurant with a brown bag in my hand. Makes me feel like what it must have felt like during Prohibition.

Having wine served to me is part of the whole fine dining experience. Sometimes I like to start with white and then have prosecco with dessert - or start with red and then have an after dinner drink, etc.. I like variety. I never know what I'm going to order to eat so how could I possibly know what I want to drink before I leave home?

For the past 15 years I've never had to think about whether or not a restaurant is byob so it's hard to get used to.

Each to his own though.

Apr 17, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

Great lunch at Argana Tree in Jenkintown

You really should, and now that I've had lunch there I can truly say that I recommend both lunch and dinner. The only downside is that it's a byob.

I know that most Hounds around here love byob's but not me. My husband doesn't drink and I just want to sit down, look over a wine-by-the-glass list and have it delivered to my table. I always forget to look to see if a restaurant is byob and then I get there and it is! It seems like such a hassle to have to remember to buy a bottle of wine before going out to eat; and I like to keep my home stash for entertaining.

Apr 17, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia