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Dinner near Longwood Gardens

That's good to know. Thanks!

Sep 19, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Dinner near Longwood Gardens

Thanks - both sound amazing! I had forgotten all about Hockessin. It will be fun to drive around and wax nostalgic *_*

Sep 19, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Dinner near Longwood Gardens

Thank you! I think a fall trip is in order. I have very fond memories of that area - especially during this time of year. Nora Lee's looks like fun and I love good Italian!

Sep 19, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Blue Corn - has anyone been?

I don't blame you! Really sorry to hear that. When will restaurants learn that they don't get many chances to make a good impression?!

Sep 18, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Dinner near Longwood Gardens

Do you have any other Wilmington recs? New Castle?

Sep 18, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Blue Corn - has anyone been?

Just read this article...

http://citypaper.net/article.php?Revi...

Sep 18, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Dinner near Longwood Gardens

I for one really appreciate those 2 recommendations! I lived in Wilmington in the late 80's before moving to Philadelphia and I love it down there! These restaurants will give me new reasons to go for a visit. Thanks!

Sep 18, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Recommendations for Thanksgiving Dinner?

I was actually thinking about checking out the Hamilton Grill Room this weekend, although I haven't made a reservation yet. I can check out the space and find out if they cook for Thanksgiving. I'm excited about going to Lambertville because I haven't been there in several years. I'm sure there have been many changes. There were only a handful of shops when we used to go there - and a great used bookstore, which I believe is now gone. Thanks again for the list.

Sep 17, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Recommendations for Thanksgiving Dinner?

Thank you! That is a very comprehensive list, albeit a bit old. It will be very useful to me - if for no other reason than finding new destinations for country drives. Maybe anniversary weekends and special celebrations too. Very useful indeed. I love detailed lists like this.

Sep 17, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Recommendations for Thanksgiving Dinner?

Thanks. That's exactly the kind of places I was hoping to find in Bucks County. I will check them out.

I notice that the Golden Pheasant is in Erwinna. I was just there last month for a home garden tour. I had never been there before. Very quaint area. We had a nice late lunch at a Tex-Mex place in Frenchtown - Cucina Del Sol. I thought it was pretty good.

Sep 17, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Recommendations for Thanksgiving Dinner?

Thanks. That's a good looking menu and it's certainly less expensive than Capital Grille. Four Onion Potato Salad has a funny ring. I've stayed at the Radnor Hotel but I can't remember their restaurant. I'm not sure it has the atmosphere I'm looking for. I'll check it out next time I'm out that way.

Sep 17, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Recommendations for Thanksgiving Dinner?

I learned that City Tavern won't be taking reservations until October 1. It costs $85.95 per person and they will require a credit card. There's a $100 cancellation fee if you cancel within 2 weeks of the date. Capital Grille was much more lax! I made a reservation there even though they don't have their menu yet. They don't require a credit card and there's no cancellation fee. I will call in October and find out more detail. Both places look quite charming, as so many restaurants in Philadelphia do. I love the history of the city.

Thanks again.

Sep 16, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Recommendations for Thanksgiving Dinner?

Thanks! That sounds like fun. I'll look into it. I'd like to find some pics of the space.

Sep 16, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Recommendations for Thanksgiving Dinner?

Thank you. I have read a few of these lists - mostly from years past. Not sure they're exactly what I'm looking for but maybe what I'm looking for doesn't exist. From the list I thought maybe City Tavern would be interesting. I don't think I've ever been there but it sounds like it might have an older, rustic atmosphere. I will definitely keep this list handy though, in case nothing else turns up.

Sep 16, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

First Time In Burlington, VT: On a Mission For Good Craft Beer and Delicious Meals

Thanks!

Sep 15, 2014
JunieB in Northern New England

Recommendations for Thanksgiving Dinner?

Wondering if anyone has any recommendations for Thanksgiving Day dining in the area. Would like to find a cozy inn, an old farmhouse, or a place that evokes the feeling of colonial times. One of the fondest memories I have (other than family celebrations) was a Thanksgiving weekend at the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, MA. It was an entire weekend of all that Norman Rockwell stuff - fires in the fireplace, candlelit dinners, caroling, strolling, book fairs, horse drawn carriage rides, museums, etc..

If there is nothing like that around Philadelphia or Bucks County, then just an excellent restaurant with a good atmosphere would be okay. Thanks!

Sep 15, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

First Time In Burlington, VT: On a Mission For Good Craft Beer and Delicious Meals

Hey, opinionatedchef - nice running into you here! My niece is in med school in Burlington and I want to give her and her fiance a restaurant gift certificate. I was considering A Single Pebble, but I haven't been to Burlington in a couple of years and I was about to ask the Burlington hounds what's new when I saw your rec for Misery Loves Company. The menu looks amazing! Would this be your choice for a gift or is there somewhere else you might recommend? I was hoping for a sweet romantic spot, but I think food should be the priority. Thanks!

Sep 15, 2014
JunieB in Northern New England

late night solo eats

There's this link. The only place on the list I've eaten at is the Trolley Car.

http://www.yelp.com/search?find_desc=...

Sep 12, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Best Indian Food on the Main Line

Also recommended to us by an Indian friend is:
Devi, Bhiryani King, and Nala - all in the Exton area. The only one we have tried is Nala, and all I can say is stay away from the Thai offerings! The Indian food was decent.

He also recommended Marhaba, but that's in Blue Bell and we haven't tried it.

Sep 12, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Best Indian Food on the Main Line

That's good to know. I haven't been to Taste of India recently and I've never eaten at Ekta, but I think both of the Saffron restaurants (Ambler and Bala) are pretty good.

Sep 12, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Dinner near Longwood Gardens

I have to say, I had some of the best crab cakes I've had in a long time at 1906! All lump crab, no filler. My husband and I ate there last year during the Christmas holiday and everything we had was delicious. The atmosphere is not earth shattering (kind of institutional), but like CindyJ, we enjoyed the "appropriately-paced" service, which allowed us to sit and enjoy our food and conversation. I don't think you will be disappointed. I'm sure their menu changes with the seasons but here are some pics from our visit:

Pistachio Brulee w/lingonberries and a dark chocolate "stick"

Crab Cakes w/charred pepper vinaigrette, savoy cabbage & celeriac remoulade, & chive aioli

Roasted Beet Salad w/local bleu cheese, hazelnuts, wild arugula & frisee, & pomegranate balsamic vinaigrette.

Sep 11, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia
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Joey Tate's - Jenkintown

I probably wouldn't drive a long way for it but Joey Tate's is the kind of diner that every neighborhood should have. The food is consistently good and solid - at least what my husband and I have had has been. I'm thinking there must be a retirement community nearby because the crowd is mostly "older" folk. I don't really mind though - we're all on that path! It's not a place to go if you're looking for a fun night out, but if you just want to grab a sandwich or breakfast without any frills I highly recommend it.

I've mostly had breakfast and sandwiches there. The reuben is great, as are the burgers, BLT's, fries, salads, and soups. Breakfast was just fine. I've been a little hesitant to try the dinner entrees because I don't want to be disappointed and the items don't appeal to me that much (Filet Mignon w/a side of Fettuccini Alfredo kind of scares me).

I just wanted to put in a plug for them because I think they deserve it, and if anyone ever has one of their dinner entrees, let me know!

http://www.joeytates.com/index.php

Sep 11, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Mt. Airy/Chestnut Hill Area Board

Did anyone mention the Chestnut Grill in the holtel? I've only had lunch there and based on that one visit I thought it was pretty good.

Sep 09, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Best Indian Food on the Main Line

Just ate at Saffron on Montgomery Ave. in Bala Cynwyd a couple of days ago. We've also eaten at their Ambler location. Potato Dosa, Tandoori Chicken, Chicken Chole, Raita, Plain Naan and Aloo Paratha were all good. Chicken Tikka Masala in Ambler was excellent! http://www.saffronindiankitchen.com/

Chinnar in Berwyn was good the last time I was there.
http://chinnarindian.com/

Taste of India in Wayne used to be good, then declined, but I hear it's good again. http://www.tasteofindiapa.com/

Haven't eaten at Ekta because we live in Wyncote and don't get out that way very often but I hear good things.
http://www.ektaindianrestaurant.com/

Sep 09, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

My take on Paris Bistro in Chestnut Hill

I totally agree about the bread. It's fine to make your own but if you can't make good bread then why not get it from some of the outstanding bakeries? A heck of a way to lose customers - and totally avoidable!

Sep 01, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

My take on Paris Bistro in Chestnut Hill

As I said, "lack of attention to detail."

Aug 20, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

My take on Paris Bistro in Chestnut Hill

I liked the space as well, and yes it was noisey. I think you're right about Philadelphia restaurants. Most of them seem to be loud and it makes me wonder if it's by choice. There are things a place can do to add sound proofing but it doesn't seem to be a priority here.

I'm curious to know if either you or JanR had the steak frites at Paris Bistro. I'm hoping what I had will be good every time, but given the inconsistencies of their other dishes I wonder if that will be the case.

Aug 16, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

My take on Paris Bistro in Chestnut Hill

Ate there last night for the first time. Went on a whim and they were booked but we were able to eat in the jazz lounge. The music was pretty good but I would have preferred sitting upstairs so we could have talked with our company. I must be getting old! Will make reservations next time.

I have mixed feelings about the food and the experience, but first let me say that I had the Steak Frites and the steak was amazing!! It has been a really long time since I had a steak that had me daydreaming the following day about the next time I would have it. It was very flavorful; perfectly cooked, and so tender that it barely needed chewing. I seriously think I could have cut it with a butter knife. I hope this was the rule for their steak and not an exception.

Unfortunately the rest of the meal didn't live up to the steak. The potatoes were good but it was as if I got the dregs from the bottom of the fryer. After 3 or 4 regular sized frites, the rest were like crumbs, perhaps a quarter to a half inch long. Unacceptable.

I started with the roasted beet salad served on a bed of watercress. The beets were okay but nothing to write home about, not even cut uniformly, and the watercress was served with the long stems left on the greens (I'm talking about 3 or more inches of stem!), and there were two thick slices of raw carrot on top. I love watercress and I serve it frequently. When I do, I break off most of the stem (I'm talking about the small-leafed watercress that has bare stems) to make it easier for dinner guests to deal with, and also because it makes the salad taste better! It's awkward trying to stuff stems in your mouth, and just as awkward trying to cut them with a knife and spear them with your fork. The raw carrot was ridiculous. Who wants two big half-inch slices of raw carrot the size of a silver dollar in their salad? Not me. Blanched carrots would have added a whole other dimension to the salad; otherwise they should have just left them out. It seemed lazy.

This is just picky, but when the waiter re-set my silverware after the salad he put my steak knife on the right side of my plate with the blade turned away from the plate, and he put my fork to the left of my knife! As I said, that's picky, but to me it was another lack of attention to detail.

The three other diners had shrimp cocktail and crab and avocado salad to start, and I didn't hear any complaints. There was complimentary bread for the table. I didn't have any but one of the diners said it was pretty bad. That surprised me because Philadelphia is full of good bread and there is no reason to serve anything bad, but I trust the diner's opinion because he's a bit of a bread aficionado. One person had the burger and he liked it. The only complaint was that it was messy. Salmon cakes and scallops were two of the other entrees and they looked pretty good, although I thought the presentation could have been better. Two of the diners shared a cauliflower gratin and the complaint was that the cauliflower should have been cooked more than it was. I had a taste and it was indeed nearly raw, which is not what you expect in a gratin.

We skipped dessert because the food was pretty filling.

I will go back, if for no other reason than to have the steak, but I can't wholeheartedly recommend this restaurant. I will say - it was booked up on a Thursday night so people must like it. I didn't have a really bad experience but I hope I have a better one next time.

Aug 15, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Manayunk for lunch

Hmmmm, very nice drink selection for my thirsty company. Thanks!

Aug 14, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Manayunk for lunch

I didn't know about Manayunk Brewery. Sitting outside might be nice. Lebus is really the only place I'm familiar with in Manayunk. I was looking for something different for myself, but our guests would love it. I just sent the 3 menus to our friends and I will let them decide. Thanks!

Aug 13, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia