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Trip Report: Dining unexpectedly on a dime

Thanks for the post! I was slow to respond because I just got back from traveling abroad where I was repeatedly warned about pickpocketers and beggars. I encountered neither (and even looked high and low for beggars but did not see any...try that in Philly!) Your post reminds me that I also need to be vigilant about pickpocketers here. I hope your visit to our lovely town was not tarnished by your misfortune and as you found out there are silver linings in black clouds. Philly has some wonderful, caring people and we have some great restaurants and a fabulous Market where good deals can be found.

1 day ago
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Good BBQ in Philly or Wilmington?

I actually called and the truck is operational. It's in the back parking lot. It's open from 8 AM to 3 PM Tuesday through Saturday. But not late enough for me :(

Sep 11, 2014
bluehensfan in Philadelphia

Good BBQ in Philly or Wilmington?

Cindy, Thanks for the heads up about Hood's. I bet it saved me a trip this weekend!

Sep 11, 2014
bluehensfan in Philadelphia

Quick Philly pre-trip advice

I would reconsider putting Zavino in for Nomad (well at least Nomad Roman). We eat at Zavino all of the time and the one time we switched it up and tried Nomad we were not at all blown away. Besides, Zavino has some good small plates and a yummy chocolate mousse Budino-type knock off dessert that is really good.

Def do Amada over GTC.

Aug 22, 2014
bluehensfan in Philadelphia

Dinner near Longwood Gardens

Sovana Bistro is good in Unionville as is Hood's BBQ up the street from them a short way (very informal though). In Kennett Byrsa Bistro is a great BYO and go to La Michohana for excellent ice cream.

Aug 14, 2014
bluehensfan in Philadelphia

First Time Visitor Restaurant Suggestions

Zavino has great pizza and small plates. It's at 3200 Chestnut in University City. There is also a Federal Donuts in UCity on Sansom between 35th and 36th St. Great donuts and decent fried chicken.

I would add Zahav to your dinner list. Also, make sure to visit Reading Terminal Market for breakfast, lunch, or snacks while you are in town.

Aug 07, 2014
bluehensfan in Philadelphia

Restaurant near the Ritz for excellent food with a baby

The Oyster House is great for seafood and good with kids. A safe bet with excellent, really fresh seafood.

My only gripe with OH is that their current pastry chef is not as talented as their previous one. But still a great place to go!

Aug 01, 2014
bluehensfan in Philadelphia

problem

Wow. I thought it was just me getting old :)

Jul 30, 2014
bluehensfan in Site Talk

Looking for great counter service eats in Philly

FWIW many Reading Terminal Market stands are closed on Sunday so if you are planning to go there you might want to switch your days around. Another good option would be to sit at the counter at Pizzeria Vetri which is close to Frankin Institute and very kid friendly.

Jul 21, 2014
bluehensfan in Philadelphia

Best lunch spots

Oyster House and Estia both have good fish. Tria would fit the bill for a good salad.

Jul 21, 2014
bluehensfan in Philadelphia

Chow-worthy places in Wiimington Riverfront?

That sounds pretty decent...especially for one of my "dieting days" before Reading Terminal. Thanks!

Jul 18, 2014
bluehensfan in Philadelphia

Chow-worthy places in Wiimington Riverfront?

Hey as an aside, has anyone been to La Fia yet (and more importantly is it any good?) Thanks. I may be branching out from El Diablo (LOL).

Jul 18, 2014
bluehensfan in Philadelphia

Best oysters? Oyster happy hours?

Just a question, if you are really serious about Oysters, why would you not go to the Oyster House? I've had great oysters elsewhere in town (recently at Ippolito's...yes you can eat there) but for variety and freshness, Oyster House is by far the best option in town IMO.

And they have dollar shooters at happy hour I believe...

Jul 16, 2014
bluehensfan in Philadelphia

Del Frisco's - should we go?

My apoligies to the Olive Garden. That's the second time I dissed Olive Garden actually. The first was when I called Serafina an upscale Olive Garden. Maybe I should have said that Sullivan's is the Serafina of steak houses? :)

Del Frisco's - should we go?

Sullivan's is meh. At least the one near us is. It's your very average mediocre steak house...think a few notches below Smith & Wollensky. Would that qualify it as the Olive Garden for steak houses? I'm not sure. But no scantilly clad patrons at least.

Jul 09, 2014
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Philadelphia area coffee roasters who sell their beans retail?

Philly Fair Trade Roasters is really good. They have them a few places including the Rittenhouse Farmer's Market:

http://www.phillyfairtrade.com/

Jul 03, 2014
bluehensfan in Philadelphia

Tommy DiNic's... disappointed! What happened?

I too always order it wet and with spinach, and if I do so it's really good. Admittedly the rabe is an acquired taste.

Jul 01, 2014
bluehensfan in Philadelphia

Seafood in Philly?

Oyster House is really good. I just ate there this past Saturday. They are also open for brunch and lunch if you want to save some $. Here is a link to some reviews from another site but others on the board will probably (hopefully) chime in that OH is the place to go. http://www.yelp.com/biz/oyster-house-...

Jun 18, 2014
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Seafood in Philly?

Oyster House on Sansom St. in Rittenhouse is a good bet. A wide variety of oysters and very fresh seafood. And it's only a few blocks from the Westin (which is in the Rittenhouse section of the city where there are a lot of other really good places to eat).

Another option which is more fancy would be Estia, a Greek place where the seafood is flown in from the Mediterranean fresh daily. They have good fish and octopus that is tenderized using a washing machine. It's also within easy walking distance from the Westin. If you go ask for Saki. He's the best waiter in the city!

Lunch on way to Longwood Gardens...with young kids

Woods? You mean Hoods :)

Jun 18, 2014
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Best places for adventurous eaters in Philidelphia?

Zahav has sweetbreads too...

For the really weird stuff I'd head to Chinatown.

Jun 17, 2014
bluehensfan in Philadelphia

Best Breakfast and Pizza

Zavino is very good and kid friendly. They also have yummy small plates. And Capogiro is across the street for dessert!

Best Breakfast and Pizza

I second the Dutch Eating Place in Reading Terminal Market for the pancakes. I eat them weekly and there are lots of regulars there. They also have great apple dumplings. It can get crowded though especially if there is a convention in town.

That being said, I have never been a fan of the Down Home Diner.

Jun 10, 2014
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Friday night with some San Francisco foodies...where would you book?

Zahav does have the chef's table but that's probably booked.

Jun 04, 2014
bluehensfan in Philadelphia

Friday night with some San Francisco foodies...where would you book?

Just ate at Zahav this weekend and nothing had garlic that I noticed...

Jun 04, 2014
bluehensfan in Philadelphia

Graduation Lunch Center City Area

Barbuzzo is indeed cramped. Little Nonna's does have a patio (and the foods not all that different) and you may be able to reserve it?

May 16, 2014
bluehensfan in Philadelphia

Graduation Lunch Center City Area

If you're thinking LaScala you may want to look at Barbuzzo or Little Nonna's.

May 14, 2014
bluehensfan in Philadelphia
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Graduation Lunch Center City Area

Estia is nice too.

May 13, 2014
bluehensfan in Philadelphia
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family friendly establishments

Agree that kids are fine in most Starr Restos. Do hit Reading Terminal and also the kids may like Franklin Fountain in Old CIty (a nostalgic ice cream joint). You could also take them to Zavino which is a few blocks down 13th St. and also now has a location near UPenn.

May 08, 2014
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Garces alum opening restaurant in Chadds Ford

The bronzino is really good...and a lot more filling than the lamb shank.

May 08, 2014
bluehensfan in Philadelphia