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EStia, Radnor

Businessman lunch at $19.95 was terrific: best, but unusual
avelegamo soup, a dorado filet with lovely lemony sauce, grilled
vegetables + super honey/nut cake. Quiet atmosphere, very pleasant service, relaxing.

Ourdoor seating also would have been nice, but we chose inside.
Lighter atmosphere and quieter than center city location. Worth
the trip for me to meet with family members who live in West Chester.

Aug 26, 2015
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A White Dog in Haverford

The first time I went to the Wayne "Dog" the service was a bit
lackadaisical, but the second time, I asked for the quietest
table in the house. Service was wonderful, it was an important
lunch with long lost family members and we could not have been more pleased.

sometimes quiet trumps food. And, the food was pretty good also.

Aug 10, 2015
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OMG! Need TEN recommendations!!

In that case, why limit yourself to Center City? For those in the group who appreciate fine Japanese food, an Omikase dinner,
booked in advance, will prove more than satisfying. It will blow
their minds. Haddonfield is just not that far away. the china used for each course at Fuji is so suited to each course--a visual treat that sets the stage for the pristine taste.

Aug 03, 2015
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Help Me Out with Plan B: Cruise cancelled, considering NYC//or Washington, DC

Thanks for your valuable tips re DC: off my list, thanks.

BTW, we really lucked out: going on a Caribbean cruise with
Royal Carribean after all that; my travel agent was able to arrange for Kosher meals for him. I'm thrilled: we got the largest suite on the ship for less than half price on a special deal. It will be a luxury for me also.

I can't say enough good things about my travel agent.

Jul 27, 2015
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Help Me Out with Plan B: Cruise cancelled, considering NYC//or Washington, DC

Thanks for the good head up re DC, just visiting.
Not for me in the summer particularly.

Jul 27, 2015
Bashful3 in Kosher

Help Me Out with Plan B: Cruise cancelled, considering NYC//or Washington, DC

I was planning to take my observant 15 year old grandson
on a cruise before school starts. One definitely bombed out,
and a second one may have also.

So, plan B would be to take him to NYC for a mini-vacation.
What location would you suggest that would be on a bus line, near
good Kosher Dairy Restaurants? Names of the restaurants, with addresses, and a nearby hotel would be appreciated.

I am physically challenged, and cannot use subway anymore.
He does not eat meat at all, and is a picky eater besides.
Oh. Names of good breakfast restaurants would also be appreciated.

A similar plan for Washington DC might be just as good, if you
know of Kosher venues there. Washington might even be easier
for me to get around.

I do drive, and would be open to anywhere attractive for a 15 year
old boy, within 100+ or so miles of Philadelphia.

Jul 27, 2015
Bashful3 in Kosher

DeLorenzo's Plans For Bucks County Location Move Forward

I'm from Trenton, NJ. Back in the day, De Lorenzo's was the
best Trenton had to offer. So, I got excited when I saw this.

Jul 27, 2015
Bashful3 in Philadelphia

Charming luncheon place somewhere between Philly & Princeton

Long shot, and certainly very expensive, but Rats at the
Sculpture Garden in Hamilton Township, outside of Trenton
was in a spectacular setting, and very special. Check it out,
but for sure, it is pricey, not casual.

Jul 25, 2015
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Blue Cat -- Excellent

Ah, my neighborhood is full of fun places, Thanks for review--will try. BTW, were there any non-spicy choices on the menu?
That is off my list these days for a while.

Jul 23, 2015
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Tela's Market and Kitchen: A Neighborhood Find

Hi Bigley9: let's do lunch sometime; it would be fun.
I live not at all far from Broad and Fairmount, and always
enjoy eating out with a fellow CH.

I plan to buy meat, seafood prepared food now that I see
the quality, and it is very convenient.

Jul 23, 2015
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Marco Polo in Jenkintown

Yes, unclemorty; I guess it is Elkins Park. Retro, old fashioned,
but in a good way.

Jul 19, 2015
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Mancuso's Today: A Secret Find that I have to Share

I love this place. Italian deli/meats/cheeses/grocery at their
very best, at a reasonable price for the quality; echt South
Philly atmosphere--the real deal.

OK. I can't keep it to myself. My friend and I buy a LARGE can
of Montinaro Cariciofi Romano, with long stems for $18 every time we go,and share them. Turns out there are 8 for each of us in the can,which is a speck more than $1 each for a heavenly appetizer.The can is also loaded with lovely flavored sunflower oil, which I cannot use up, so if my friend doesn't want it, I will have to pitch it.

I will hate myself if this becomes a fad, and they run out of
the cans the next time we go there. I have done my unselfish
good deed for the day...

Jul 18, 2015
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Tela's Market and Kitchen: A Neighborhood Find

Parking can be rough on Fairmount between 18 and 19th, but
I was able to get a handicap space that enabled us to go to Tela's for lunch.

It was a find. My fish taco platter hit the spot for me--$12.99,
when they custom made it for me, omitting all the spicy ingredients. Service is lovely--you order from a counter, pay, they give you a number, and then they bring the food to you.

Only negative: very noisy , but happy noise.

Now, the meat/deli/fish counters were also a find. They had tilapia, for $9.99/pound that was gorgeous, and came from South
Florida! ((I do not, will not, buy any food that comes from China)) Prime steak that was worth the price for the quality.
In the deli counter, what drew my eye was barbecued spareribs $12.99/pound. I would never make them, but to buy a small portion
for one, as a treat, oh yeah. everything looked good.

Jul 18, 2015
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A Restaurant for Mom

Thanks, Sylvia. I forgot that little detail. when I was there, we were told about using the bathroom next door at the ;pizza ;place they also own. A trip, and not so pleasant for someone in a wheelchair I think, but it was ok for me at the time with a walker.

Jul 17, 2015
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Marco Polo in Jenkintown

While I would not consider this a gourmet 'chow'destination,
here's what worked for us at lunch today.

It was quiet. Service was very pleasant. Menu was interesting,
and proved to have hidden treats. My friend and I each chose
the casino clams in white sauce--very garlicy, juicy clams, tempting broth. For a main, we each had the sea bass filet with
lemon/caper sauce, accompanied by oven roasted potato wedges and
just right brocolli. The bread was warm and fresh; and we topped
off our feast by sharing one large cannoli that hit the spot.
Not bad for $25 each.

Ample parking. Apparently in the summer this place is not that busy at lunchtime.

Jul 17, 2015
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A Restaurant for Mom

Jan, I put 'NE PHILly disability access restaraunts' into
Google, and these are the ones that came up in NE PHilly:
Picanha Brazaillian Grille, 6501 Castor; Emmas Cafe and Restaurant 7311 Frankford AVe, Cafe Longano 9360 Old Bustleton Ave.

I know nothing about any of them, but chances are at least the tables aren't close together. I know what you mean--that's tough. But, I wouldn't notice, as my folding walker does not
create a problem for me. What you can do is call them, and ask
about the parking. But, I suspect all would have fairly ready
on-street parking, rather than a parking lot. But, you can ask.

Jul 17, 2015
Bashful3 in Philadelphia

A Restaurant for Mom

I'm not much younger than your Mom, and I also use a walker,
but it's been a while since I lived in NE Philly. Last meal
there was at Moonstruck, on Oxford Ave near 5 points. It was accessible, has excellent parking, and they had some sort of a special that made it quite reasonable, but I don't remember the details. It's an attractive place; not a chain.

Jul 16, 2015
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White Dog Again...

My cousins and I had a wonderful lunch at White Dog today.
I asked for the best, quietest table they had, and we were
seated in the back room in a corner. It was perfect. our waitress was top notch, and that does make a difference.

My entree was exellent. A lamb ragout over pasta was listed as spicy,but at my request was essentially de-spiced, and was savory.
Spinach and some ricotta finished it off beautifully. My cousin
loved her shrimp special, which looked somewhat like the salad
ingredients I had last week, but sauteed in a wok, and hot.

We were too stuffed for dessert, but my cousin ordered a crock
of cookies, and they were marvelous. Home baked, served in a doggie-cannister, the 'dog bones' in it were irresistable shortbread. One dessert shared by all three of us. Three entrees, three iced teas, and one dessert came to $75 with tax,
and the waitress got a large tip.

Very relaxing; perfect for my occasion, but next time it will
be Estia.

Jul 16, 2015
Bashful3 in Philadelphia

White Dog, Wayne

Arepo, is the Wayne Le Pain Q new? I could not find a Wayne location for it on Google. I would definitely be interested for myself in the future, as I 'lunch' in the Western suburbs frequently,and it's all new territory for me.

Jul 14, 2015
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White Dog, Wayne

I tried this for lunch last week, and found it to be just fine
for my purpose of treating my cousins: attractive, somewhat limited menu, but surprisingly quiet, which was ideal. Pleasant,
but laid back service.

Felt like being in the Penn Campus White Dog of many years ago--facility is lovely, many side rooms, lively bar, which was not noisy at all.

Pricey, but just right for my occasion later this week. Next time, Estia in Radnor for my seafood homesick cousins.

Jul 13, 2015
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Zeppolis

Yes. It was incredible. Hard to describe, how something
so simple could be so divine.

Jul 09, 2015
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Zeppolis

They did it again. Wowed us. I could eat everything on their
menu, but tonight I finally got around to the fettecinne (homemade of course) limone. Oh yeah. Simple, tangy,
unusual, out of this world. If on a budget, I'd have a large plate of that for a main, plus either an appetizer like shrimp
and white beans + coffee and feel like I'd been to a feast.
For a main tonight I had an unusual whole fish, an orrata I think
they called it, that was superb, caperberries, olives, delicate
lemone like sauce. Service warm and gracious. A treasure.
Yeah, it was kinda noisy by the time we left, but who cared.

Jul 09, 2015
Bashful3 in Philadelphia

Special date night out suggestions.

Do make an early rez considering your wife is having surgery
the next day. Your plans sound lovely, and good luck for
your wife's procedure. She'll go into hospital with a smile
on her face...

Jul 09, 2015
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Wayne for Lunch

My cousins are homesick a bit; they moved to West Chester a year ago and we are meeting in Wayne for a business purpose. Actually,Estia Tavern sounds like a great idea, and isn't that far away.

I'l remember Teresas for the future, but wonder what's good
in Devon or Bryn Mawr areas for me next Tuesday?

Jul 02, 2015
Bashful3 in Philadelphia

Wayne for Lunch

There are probably lots of good places to have lunch in the Wayne area, but I would appreciate some suggestions.

I'm treating cousins from New England, so really good seafood would sure hit the spot, but any really good place would be fine. Quiet would be another huge plus.

While you are at it, I am in Devon often, and could use suggestions closer to Devon as well, for a more casual lunch.

Actually, I'm going to be in Devon next Tuesday.

Longtime NE Philly resident, now Center City, but not familiar with what the Western suburbs have to offer...

Jul 02, 2015
Bashful3 in Philadelphia

HELP in Moorestown-Mt Laurel NJ area

Well, Collingswood is not that far away by car, and Zeppolis
is about the best echt Italian food in the entire Delaware Valley. (Sicilian)

Caveat: it is tiny and noisy; possible to eat outside in front
of the small restaurant. Food divine, not expensive for the
quality. Informal, friendly.

Have Zeppoli (fresh made Italian donuts) for dessert along'
with other fab desserts to share . something to love for
everyone. Worth the trip. Rez a must; closed on Tuesdays,
eat EARLY, 5pm the best.

Jun 30, 2015
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Zeppolis Did it Again

A friend finally took me up on dinner here. We were lucky re the noise; it wasn't totally full, and noise level was ok.

Food exceeded expectations. Again. We shared a wonderful grilled
shrimp and white bean appetizer; split our small pasta courses--my friend raved over her feather light, wonderfully seasoned gnocci; while I adored my pesto that included pistachio nuts;
we shared a duck dish with pomograntate and finocchio that was over the moon, but shared two desserts: the intense chocolate torte with custard, and the zeppoli, which were wonderful, as I had told her they would be. Excellent decaf coffee; wonderful
accomodating service; delightful meal for approx. $50 each.
I could have had appetite for a separate appetizer and a separate
main, but the quantities were perfect for my friend, and quite
adequate and more sensible the way we did it.

We'll be back; it was a magical evening after a tough week for
each of us. Sicily approximation, not far from the bridge.
Echt Italian.

Tongue, in all its variations...

OMG, cwmcdonald, way too many ingredients at ABe Fisher:
poor tongue would be drowned in maple syrup' influence.
I like mine 'straight up". Amusing, thanks.

Jun 17, 2015
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Tongue, in all its variations...

I fogot about the tongue tacos; will look for.

But, my true favorite that I ommited by accident is
buffalo tongue. Amazing! Haven't had it in ages,
so I guess I gave up...

Jun 16, 2015
Bashful3 in Philadelphia

Tongue, in all its variations...

Smoked tongue was commonplace in my childhood, but other than
a rare tongue sandwhich in a place like the lunch place right near
Bryn Mawr Bank on Bryn Mawr Ave, I have not found a place for smoked tongue anywhere lately. Suggestions?

The best place to buy veal tongue at a reasonable price is the
ShopRite in Cherry Hill. I often buy two: one for me; one to cook for a friend and neighbor. Less waste, very delicate and tender. A treat.

Kensington Quarters was strangely unwilling to smoke a fresh tongue for me, even though I was willing to pay extra for the smoking.

Jun 16, 2015
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