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Juniper Commons

Yeah, Thurston Moore and Byron Coley always get riled up when I say 80's music sucked. Of course Thurston has a right to be defensive. lol

Jan 26, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

Juniper Commons

Me too.

Jan 24, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

Juniper Commons

I couldn't pass up an opportunity to post a Yelp review:

"I like totally love Juniper Commons. First of all, I already love everything 80s, so clearly this place was for me. The playlist was totally rad. The wood paneling. Everything.

And this vegan was easily accommodated. The "salad bar" was amazing (pic) & the dressing was phenomenal. The rest of my meal was a variety of sides, & I LOVE a variety of sides. I had the root vegetables, the baked potato, & the Brussels sprouts. All delicious. I wanted to lick the plate that the root vegetables came in, but I try to avoid doing that in public.

Also, their homemade wine coolers. LOL wine coolers. I totally got drunk on wine coolers back in the 80s. And I totally got drunk on wine coolers tonight. I had 2. 2! And I'm like totally writing this review while drunk on wine coolers. That's how dedicated I am to yelp.

OH! And our server--I don't remember his name, but he was wearing Ray-Bans & he said his sister is vegan. He was rad. I'm a big fan.

You should like totally go here."

Juniper Commons

Yes, I don't think they treated this lightly. It's a huge investment.

Jan 23, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

Juniper Commons

Thanks for the review!

Jan 23, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

Juniper Commons

Beats me! I would have a hard time coming up with an 80's menu. Thank goodness I didn't have to.

Jan 22, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

Juniper Commons

I think what people dined on in the 80's depended on where one was living at the time. I lived mostly in St. Louis and Ann Arbor so my diet had lots of italian (STL), burgers and beer (A2) in it. This is from the NYT article:

"What exactly is ’80s food? “That’s really hard to pinpoint,” said Mr. Sbraga, who turns 36 this month. But as they developed the concept, he and Mr. Fileccia, who is 42, began to burrow into the comfort grub that dominated their memories of mid-Atlantic boyhood: peel-and-eat shrimp, baked potatoes heaped with butter and sour cream, crimson slabs of prime rib, buttery ribbons of fettuccine Alfredo, garlicky Caesar salad tossed tableside in a wide wooden bowl. A journey to a place called the Pub, in Pennsauken, N.J., sealed the deal."

Jan 22, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

Juniper Commons

Amusing indeed and now we at least have some second hand information! Looking forward to hearing your first hand thoughts.

Jan 22, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

Juniper Commons

Could very well be the case. Time will tell.

Funny that you mention fettuccine alfredo. I just moved here from Western Massachusetts and there was a little hole-in-the wall Italian joint that made the best fettuccine alfredo I had had in years. Although it's a simple dish my experience has been that restaurants have a really hard time doing it well. This one was so addictive that it was all I could do not to order it every time I went there. Simply perfection, each and every time. I can make pretty good fettuccine alfredo myself (I usually use Marcella Hazan's husband's recipe) but my husband doesn't like cream sauces so I never make it just for me.

Western Mass. (the area where I lived) was farm country and food prices were a tad better than Boston or NY but at this little hole-in the-wall I happily paid $16 for their fettuccine alfredo. If I found a REALLY good fettuccine alfredo around here for $20 I'd probably pay it.

On the other hand I thought there were more interesting options on the menu at Juniper Commons, but I may never know because of the 80's music!

Jan 22, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia
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Top Picks for a Sunday thru Tuesday visit in March: Where to Eat?

If you're on a budget, I would still suggest picking at least one high end restaurant from the list you have and splurge. That might be a good question but it will get lots of answers - "If you could pick one high end restaurant in Philly, what would it be?!"

For less expensive fare there are a ton of places to choose from. You'll probably get a lot of recs so here are a few that don't get a lot of mention but are good places with good prices.

Rangoon, a sweet little Burmese restaurant. Good food, small plates, great price. http://www.rangoonrestaurant.com/

My husband and I have been eating at Alyan's for years. It's a little hole-in-the wall Middle Eastern place. Good food and great prices. I don't think they have a website. http://www.zagat.com/r/alyans-restaur...

Sabrina's is a great breakfast/lunch spot. A couple of different locations. If you're going to the Barnes by any chance, there's one near there.
http://sabrinascafe.com/

Jim's Steaks or Reading Terminal (Carmen's or Spataro) for a cheesesteak which is a MUST if you're coming to Philly! You will get lots of opinions on where to get the best cheesesteak!
http://www.jimssouthstreet.com/
http://readingterminalmarket.org/merc...
http://www.readingterminalmarket.org/...

Jan 22, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia
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Juniper Commons

Thought of your comments today when I read this article. For me it's all about how good the food is. I don't care if it's a hot dog, filet mignon, or some fancy dish with foam - if it's good I'll be back. For my own cooking I've adopted Alice Waters' approach to food - simple dishes prepared well. Maybe that's my age speaking!

http://www.philly.com/philly/food/201...

Jan 22, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

Juniper Commons

I don't care for the website either but you can get to the full menu in 2 clicks. Click on the "food" icon top left and then click "download printable menu" at the bottom of the dialogue box. It isn't ideal. I hate it when restaurants make you view their menu by course.

Jan 21, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

Juniper Commons

How is Jones?

Jan 21, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

Juniper Commons

Haha. Not only loud, but 80's music! I'm imagining Metallica, Van Halen, Queen, AC/DC, Kiss........thanks, but no thanks.

I did see this today though. Some interesting stuff - not the Cheesecake Factory. lol

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

Jan 21, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

Juniper Commons

Just read about this restaurant. The food sounds great. I like the idea of a personal salad bar. Just not sure I could stand the music. lol

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/21/din...

Jan 21, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

Restaurant Bucket List

Here's a great conversation from 2013/2014...

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9270...

Jan 19, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

Señor Salsa in Abington

Yes, that's how I read it. A friend found another restaurant with an identical logo but I looked into it and it was in OK and closed. We decided that maybe they took the logo, or bought it. Anyway, I would be hesitant to go for the first week or so even if I did feel like it. Let them work out the bugs. I don't think a crowded parking lot means anything for a new restaurant, around here anyway. Everyone has the same high hopes that I do - that there will be a restaurant revolution some day!

Jan 10, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

Señor Salsa in Abington

I don't think they're the same but I could be wrong. Why is it linked to Las Margaritas? Maybe the article was wrong? Maybe the people who own other Mexican restaurants in the area bought a franchise? Guess we'll find out soon. I wrote to the guy who wrote the first article, back in January, 2013, and suggested he follow up. Of course I never heard back from him.

Jan 10, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

Señor Salsa in Abington

We will probably try it too. It's my understanding that the owners have other Mexican restaurants in NE Philly, and Southampton - but I've never eaten at the other places. "Victor and Vicky Perez, partners in the Las Margaritas restaurants in Northeast Philadelphia and Southampton, are behind the project, which will have a small bar, as Timber had."

Have you ever heard of Las Margaritas?

Jan 09, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

Señor Salsa in Abington

I hear that Señor Salsa has finally opened. I'm under the weather, but if anyone ventures out to try them I'd love to hear what you think. My expectations are low but my hopes are high.

Jan 09, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

Birchrunville NYE

It really is. We went last summer for a late supper. We left home early just so we could meander through the country roads out there. Such a gorgeous area.

Jan 09, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

Birchrunville NYE

I recommend going in the daylight the first time unless you have a good GPS. lol

Jan 08, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

New Year's Disaster at Mica Chestnut Hill

Thanks!

Jan 07, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

New Year's Disaster at Mica Chestnut Hill

Thanks for the list. Radice in Blue Bell looks interesting too - especially for a burbs restaurant.

Jan 06, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

New Year's Disaster at Mica Chestnut Hill

Thanks. I like the menu at Arpeggio.

I was just telling my husband about Maggiano's. I didn't know it, but he has been to one in Chicago and he described it as mall food for the business crowd. He said that every time he went to a business meeting in Chicago that's the kind of restaurant he was taken to - HUGE portions in mall locations. What a shame. I'll pass. Ugh.

Jan 06, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

New Year's Disaster at Mica Chestnut Hill

Thanks for the recs! I'm looking for a restaurant to celebrate a birthday next week so maybe I'll forego the fancier places and go for some good Italian comfort food - or not :)

All of the places you mentioned look great. We drive by From the Boot often but I thought I had read some negative reviews. I should definitely give it a try. Love the looks of Melograno and Little Nona.

Jan 06, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

New Year's Disaster at Mica Chestnut Hill

Haha - glad I asked! Thanks.

Jan 06, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

New Year's Disaster at Mica Chestnut Hill

Speaking of Maggiano's - how is it? The first time I saw it was at the KOP mall but from what I've read the original restaurant is on Filbert. Now it looks like they're a national chain! I sometimes get a craving for an old fashioned hole-in-the-wall Italian place to eat. I noticed the one downtown has red-checked tablecloths. Of course that doesn't mean much, but it's indicative of the good Mom & Pop's that I've enjoyed around the country. Which place would you recommend, if any?

Jan 06, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

Bagels

Where do you go for a good bagel, barryg?

Jan 02, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

Bagels

I guess I'll have to try one of those Montreal bagels sometime. Is "Spread on 20th" a local place?

Jan 02, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia