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Looking for the Best of Dayton!

Thanks. Looks like Rue Dumaine is leading so far.

Parking? No, I don't suppose it has much to do with dining unless you can't park and therefore can't eat. Why do you ask?

Mar 26, 2014
JunieB in Great Lakes

Glenside, again

Just tried the pizza at Trevi for the first time. It didn't have the cheap stringy cheese that I like but the sauce tasted like fresh tomatoes. I just got plain and they call it tomato pie and I see why! Next, I want to try EBB in Mt. Airy.

We also got an order of spaghetti w/marinara and I think it weighed about 5 pounds!! It was better than average but there was enough for about 4 or 5 meals, which is okay unless we get tired of it before we run out of it.

Mar 25, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Bucket List

Yum! Thanks!

Mar 25, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Bucket List

Thanks. I've never been there. I shouldn't admit this but I never went to the Italian Market when I lived here before. This place looks amazing!

Mar 25, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Bucket List

We didn't explore the Jamaica Plains area in our trips to Boston but I wish I had known about Ten Tables. It looks great! I wonder why Arctic Char is so popular. It seems to be on everyone's menu of late.

Thinking of Cambridge made me think of Formaggio Kitchen. I need to find out where all the good cheese is sold in Philadelphia (besides Reading Terminal)!

Mar 25, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Looking for the Best of Dayton!

Well I'm originally from Kentucky and was watching the tournament too :) The boards I'm used to are always active.

Anyway, thanks. I did read some threads and looked online. Rue Dumaine looked good although there were some negative reviews.

I also read an article by Mark Fisher in the Springfield News-Sun about the top romantic restaurants. What's your take on the Meadowlark, C'est Tout, The Caroline, and Coldwater Cafe?

I was also curious about Winds Cafe in Yellow Springs.

Mar 24, 2014
JunieB in Great Lakes

Brunch

New to this board but someone also recommended Parc for brunch in another thread.

When I lived here in the 90's the Four Seasons' Fountain restaurant never disappointed me. I see that they also offer a Sunday brunch in the Lounge w/a free ticket to the Barnes. http://www.fourseasons.com/philadelphia/dining/lounges/the_lounge/

The White Dog cafe has expanded to the Main Line.
http://www.whitedog.com/wayne.html#menu

And one of my old favorites...LeBus in Manayunk.
http://www.lebusmanayunk.com/index.php/menus

Maybe I got the wrong thing because I don't share the raves for Honey's Sit 'n Eat but a lot of people like it. It was on that Diners & Dives show.
http://honeyssitneat.com/

I'm sure you will get a lot of recommendations!

Mar 23, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Romantic, Intimate Anniversary Dinner

Called today and the first Saturday they had was June 21 so we won't go there for our anniversary but I invited another couple and we will go in June. Should be a nice time to be there. Really looking forward to it.

Mar 23, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Looking for the Best of Dayton!

I have to say - you Dayton hounds sure are a lively bunch.

Mar 23, 2014
JunieB in Great Lakes

Romantic, Intimate Anniversary Dinner

@jay and Jan - Sorry to hear about Talula's. What a drag. Thanks for more info on Birchrunville (they should consider a new name). *_* I'm always in the mood for a country drive.

Mar 23, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Looking for the Best of Dayton!

Does that mean no one can tell me the best restaurants in Dayton?! Can't multi-task? Can't walk and chew gum at the same time? Lame!

Mar 22, 2014
JunieB in Great Lakes

Romantic, Intimate Anniversary Dinner

Thanks. What a gem. It's probably too late to make a reservation but it's definitely on the spreadsheet! I know I'm not supposed to ask, but I noticed they don't have prices on their website. I've always thought that was a very snobbish thing to do. I assume their prices are typical $25 - $35 entrees? What have you had there that was particularly good?

Mar 22, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Produce in Ambler ???

Interesting. The bibb lettuce that I bought today was great! Very tender. The celery, brussels sprouts, artichokes, etc., looked much better than what I've been seeing at the Jenkintown Whole Foods.

I like having access to local breads since the grocery stores don't carry it. Thanks for the info about Alice Bakery. Can't wait to try it.

I'm really getting psyched to explore all the other markets, including the ones in Center City!

Mar 22, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Produce in Ambler ???

I just took PattiCakes' rec and went to the Flourtown market and it was pretty great. It was a lot larger than I was expecting. It's all indoors and there are several vendors - a couple of cheesemongers, fresh meats, poultry & fish, pies & cakes, candy, bread from local bakeries like Metropolitan, salads of all kinds, a Mexican counter with prepared food as well as staples, a deli, a Middle Eastern counter, and a very large section of fresh produce that all looked amazing. I was mostly there to get acquainted with the local markets so I only bought a few things but I can definitely recommend this market and will be back often.

Mar 22, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia
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Romantic, Intimate Anniversary Dinner

I like that it's small and I've always intended to go to Blue Hill, where they take farm to table eating very seriously. Thanks.

Mar 22, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Looking for the Best of Dayton!

Looking for recommendations for a restaurant gift certificate for my sis and her husband. Great food is the first consideration. Romantic counts. Overall dining experience should be excellent in every way - good food, good atmosphere, and good service. No chain restaurants and not heavy on seafood (my sis is allergic to seafood).

Mar 21, 2014
JunieB in Great Lakes

Romantic, Intimate Anniversary Dinner

What a wonderful suggestion, and you just gave me a great idea!! Our anniversary is on a Tuesday but I chose the weekend before the date so we could go into the city more easily. Chestnut Hill is very nearby and a romantic little town on its own, so maybe I can finagle two dinners - Center City on the weekend and Chestnut Hill the night of. I love it! Thank you!

Mar 21, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia
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Produce in Ambler ???

Thanks!

Mar 21, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Produce in Ambler ???

That's great to know! Is this a year-round market?

Mar 21, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Romantic, Intimate Anniversary Dinner

I usually like window seats but it entirely depends on the restaurant and where the window is. It is not my experience that restaurants want to put me there but rather that those tables are often hard to get because people want them.

Your table at Fork doesn't sound intimate to me. If I don't like where they seat me I'm not shy about asking for a different table. Of course they can't always accommodate me and I'm not offended when they give priority to their frequent guests.

Mar 21, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Romantic, Intimate Anniversary Dinner

Thanks for reminding me of Le Cheri! It's elegant and definitely a consideration.

Mar 21, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Romantic, Intimate Anniversary Dinner

I don't think it should cost that much just because the ingredients are locally sourced but I definitely want to eat at Fork.

Mar 21, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Romantic, Intimate Anniversary Dinner

I was thinking the same thing when I watched the Google tour that Buckethead pointed me to.

Mar 21, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Romantic, Intimate Anniversary Dinner

lol. I've been to lots of small, quiet restaurants. A lot depends on the ceiling material, and how much the restaurant is willing to invest for good acoustics. When I say quiet I don't mean quiet enough to ear a pin drop; I just mean quiet enough to be able to hear your dining partner speak.

Mar 20, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Romantic, Intimate Anniversary Dinner

Yes, the term romantic is subjective, just like our tastes in food. To me it's a feeling, an atmosphere, and it can be created in many different ways. Bondir is small (only 20 tables or so), the place settings are old Englsh china, it's very cozy and quiet, with a fireplace, unpretentious, with just the right amount of attention from the wait staff. That said, I can think of hundreds of other ways a restaurant could be romantic. From what I can tell by the online photos Vetri looks romantic but I have a hard time spending $500 on a meal. I have certainly spent a lot more when you consider hotel rooms, flights, and a weekend of fancy dinners. It's a personal problem.

Mar 20, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Produce in Ambler ???

I just moved to the area so I don't know much yet but there is a Whole Foods in North Wales - just 10 or 15 minutes away.

I don't know of any green markets in that area. There will be some farmers markets opening up soon, but I don't think any of them are year round, except the one in Phoenixville which is open every other Saturday I think.

Mar 20, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Romantic, Intimate Anniversary Dinner

I finally figured out the Google thing. I was on an old laptop using Chrome, which can no longer be updated because of the age of the laptop and it wouldn't load the plugin. Ugh.

I like the interior of Fork!

BTW - if you're ever looking for a good place to eat in Brooklyn (there are many, but) there's a great little restaurant in Red Hook called The Good Fork. Small menu but very good.

Mar 20, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Romantic, Intimate Anniversary Dinner

I did that but I only got a photo. It's not that important anyway. I'll fool around with it later and see if I can get a tour. Thanks.

Mar 20, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Romantic, Intimate Anniversary Dinner

That's the feeling I'm getting. Oh well, anniversaries are only once a year!

The regular prices at Fork are absolutely reasonable for a good restaurant. I was just wondering if $95 for the "Our Terroir" was that much better than their regular menu.

Talula's Garden is another restaurant not in my spreadsheet! It does in fact look very similar in spirit to Bondir. I'll keep looking around, but in the mean time I booked a table there. Thanks!!

Mar 20, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Romantic, Intimate Anniversary Dinner

Thanks. That link didn't take me to a virtual tour. How did you get there? Through Google or through the restaurant's website?

I was considering Farm and Fisherman before I posted but I was hoping to find another option. Not crazy about their menu.

Mar 20, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia