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Dining in West Chester/Brandywine area of PA...

I'd add Byrsa Bistro (another BYO) in Kennett for their wonderful whole grilled bronzino.

Jun 19, 2015
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Soft shell crabs?

Oyster House and Varga Bar have them.

May 26, 2015
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Estia thoughts? (plus other ideas for NYC hounds)

I like Estia. Especially their fresh fish and octopus. They also have soft shells this time of year and they have a great $30 business lunch. If you do go to Estia, make sure you ask for Saki to be your server (and a booth). He's an older Greek gentleman who has been there for years and will make your experience all that much better.

I'd second the Parc and Zahav recommendations and would add Dizengoff for a quick lunch. Also make sure to hit Reading Terminal Market.

May 26, 2015
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Nice, sit-down restaurant but still kid friendly?

Any Steven Starr resto would be fine with an eight year old as would a place like Zahav.

Honestly when my son was eight we took him to lots of fancy restaurants in Philly and he made out just fine. As long as your niece is well behaved, virtually any fine restaurant will be happy to have them tag along.

May 15, 2015
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What is your favorite sat lunch spot you would recommend?

Oyster House, Tria, Parc, Estia, Zavino, and Barbuzzo are all good and are open for lunch on Saturday.

May 01, 2015
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Restaurant recs for Kennett Sq/northern DE

FWIW Junto's not open for lunch...

Byrsa Bistro in downtonw Kennett is open for lunch on Wednesday to Saturday. Good food there. Also an option if it's nice outside would be the upstairs deck at the Half Moon.

As an aside anyone been to Antica?

May 01, 2015
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Where to eat near Longwood Gardens?

I found Junto to be good but not a great value because the portions are tiny. Granted all of the food there (well maybe not the desserts) are very good but I had to eat more at home after three courses. Just an FYI.

Apr 17, 2015
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Where to eat near Longwood Gardens?

Sovana Bistro would probably be a good bet. It's a few minutes to the west of Longwood just north of Kennett Square in Unionville PA.

So. Chester County -- Moving

Lily in Kennett is supposed to be good. Also I really like Byrsa Bistro in Kennett although I keep forgetting that they are there...

Mar 24, 2015
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Rosa's fresh pizza and Dizengoff

Dizengoff is a great place to stop in for a quick bite. Love all of their different combinations...it's always something new!

Mar 24, 2015
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So. Chester County -- Moving

Big fan of Hood's BBQ. Under construction now so it's all take-out but it should be open in a month or so. Also La Michohana in Kennett Square has excellent Mexican ice cream. That being said, my experience at Junto was good but not overwhelming.

Mar 24, 2015
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Please, for the love of God STOP BRUNCH ON SATURDAYS

Hey Davio's doesn't do brunch in Philly according to their website so you will have to suffer elsewhere.

Mar 11, 2015
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Please, for the love of God STOP BRUNCH ON SATURDAYS

I'm cool eating brunch at places like Sabrina's and Parc. And Lacroix :) Plenty of choices and the offerings are all good. Even Oyster House does a decent brunch with plenty of smaller plates that represent who they are. But I'll be darned if I go to say, a.kitchen where the whopping brunch menu features three egg dishes, french toast, a burger, rueben and grilled shitake sandwiches, and steamed mussels. It's a lame excuse to generate money and serve crappy food. And not to pick on a.kitchen but plenty of places in town do that b.s.

Regional snacks for gifts?

FWIW some Tastykakes (peanut butter kandykakes, krimpets, etc.) freeze quite well. I would not do that with pies or anything like that though...

Mar 04, 2015
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What to Eat, Where to get good virgin drinks plus other questions for my visit next weekend

Do do the lamb at Zahav. It's the best thing in the world.

And here's an article on good places in town for hot chocolate:

http://articles.philly.com/2015-01-09...

What to do in Philadelphia this weekend?

As far as desserts I recommend donuts from Beilers, apple dumplings from the Dutch Eating Place, chocolate covered peanut butter pretzels from Chocolate By Mueller, soft prezels or cinnamon soft pretzel sticks from Miller's Twist, cannoli or torrone from Termini's, and chocolate chip cookies from Fourth St.

You can also get deconstructed pork sandwiches to go (in plastic containers) from DiNic's if you ask nicely and they are not too crowded. They can also do to-go gyros at Olymia as well.

Feb 20, 2015
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What to do in Philadelphia this weekend?

Look at phillyfunguide.com for events. There is a lot to do and see.

If you have been to the big museums, consider Mutter. It's a lot of fun. Also I would consider PAFA and the Fabric Museum. And NJAMH is free all month.

Finally, Reading Terminal Market is having a big party for the Market tomorrow night. Tickets are either $75 or $175 per person (see their website).

Feb 20, 2015
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Weekend in March

You'd be remiss if you did not hit Reading Terminal Market on Saturday and get a roast pork sandwich at DiNic's. Much better than any cheesesteak anywhere.

Restaurant Suggestions Near Kimmel Center

Le Cheri? Never been though...

But I do like Estia if you get the $30 price fixe.

Feb 19, 2015
bluehensfan in Philadelphia

Weekend in March

I would try to stay in the Rittenhouse Vicinity if you can. The Sofitel and Palomar are nice and if you can afford to splurge, The Rittenhouse. If these options are too high end, something like the Loews or the Marriott in Center City would work.

Where to find Bamba, the Jewish peanut snack

I'd call the closest Wegman's and ask.

Feb 18, 2015
bluehensfan in Philadelphia

Weekend in March

Here is more of what I like dessert wise (and a few dont's):

The cupcakes and banana pudding at Sweet Box Bakery on 13th and Pine are very good. They also have interesting cake-y donuts that are baked and not fried and have really good lemon bars if you are into that thing.

Not a fan of most varieties of Federal Donuts. I do like their marshmallow squared donut but I am not sure it is still being made.

Great pretzels and cinnamon pretzel sticks at Miller's Twist in RTM. Think Auntie Anne's but 100 times better.

Magpie on South Street near 16th? has good butterscotch bourbon pie but some of their other varieties are just so-so.

Brown Betty has really good pumpkin and red velvet cupcakes. They are in Liberty Place on 17th left of the Westin Hotel.

Good chocolate chip cookies (get them warm) at Fourth Street Cookies at Reading Terminal. Don't go to Insomnia Cookies unless you have an affinity for microwaved lardy-tasting things.

Shane's Chocolate and a few doors down the Franklin Fountain (on Market near 2nd St in Old City) has good ice cream creations. I know it's cold but they have a new chocolate drinking bar which is supposedly good at Shane's.

Potito's Bakery on Walnut and Juniper also has really good cannoli.

I like the napoleons at Isgro's (a bit of a hike in the Italian Market section).

The molasses cookies at Tartes Bakery on Arch between 2nd and 3rd in Old City are really good as are their mini coconut cream pies.

Lore's on 8th between Market and Chestnut Streets has really good coconut creams (and with Easter coming up coconut cream eggs).

I know it's cold but the bacio gelato at Capogiro is really good.

Good Stuff Eatery (a burger joint) has really good toasted marshmallow milkshakes.

The hot chocolate is really good at Lacroix.

As much as I love Zahav (especially their lamb) I have never been much of a fan for their desserts.

I second the apple dumplins at the Dutch Eating Place at RTM. People also like the donuts next door at Beiler's and they have good cinnamon buns there too.

The budino dessert at Barbuzzo on 13th is really good.

Great local honey can be found at Bee Natural in RTM.
That should keep you busy :)

Weekend in March

You're also close to Dizengoff at 17th & Sansom. It's a tiny hummusaya from the Zahav folks with delicious toppings and house-made pitas. It's open for lunch everyday but they do a Sunday brunch. All menu items range from about $9 to $14 and are very filling. And if you are hungry for dessert Federal Donuts (also owned by the Zahav folks) is right across the street.

As far as desserts, I could go on for hours about this topic but I still really like the chocolate peanut butter covered pretzels at Mueller's at Reading Terminal. Gelato at Capogiro is always good. And I do like the butter cookies at Swiss Haus and the donuts at Potito's.

Feb 02, 2015
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Me Again: Quiet Lunch on a Saturday, must have parking or be very close to Market St.

Matyson's not open for lunch on Saturdays :(

Jan 28, 2015
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Me Again: Quiet Lunch on a Saturday, must have parking or be very close to Market St.

Fork's not open for lunch on Saturdays (but the Market at High St. is). Estia's always quiet for lunch on Saturdays but is pricy even with the lunch deals.

Amada is open for brunch and it's relatively quiet.

Jan 27, 2015
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Quiet, Lunch, Center City or Nearby Parkiing

Bashful3, If you are ever looking for cheap parking on a Saturday, PPA has all day parking at certain lots for $8 on Saturdays. I know they have a lot at 8th & Market that runs this special if you ever wanted to go back to Nonna's and walk off that cannoli. http://www.philapark.org/

By the way, any seafood there with the white beans is really good as is the garlic bread.

Jan 16, 2015
bluehensfan in Philadelphia

Quiet, Lunch, Center City or Nearby Parkiing

I second Estia. The booths are very quiet and there is a parking garage next door at the Bellevue. They also have a great three course business lunch for $30 pp. Ask for Saki to be your server if you go.

Jan 14, 2015
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The Olde Bar Opens ...

I doubt it. That's more like a Talulah's thing.

Jan 09, 2015
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The Olde Bar Opens ...

LOL. And I misspelled lobster too. Must be bleary eyed checking out all of the booze options?

The Olde Bar Opens ...

I hope it works. I saw the menu. It was interesting. Some raw bar items, some snakes, five mains, three lobtser dishes, a dessert (for two) and *10* pages of drinks :)

I kid you not:
http://theoldebar.com/assets/pdf/theo...

Jan 09, 2015
bluehensfan in Philadelphia