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Panera Bread

I'm most fond of their salads. Their summer feature salads (Chicken Cobb this summer) are usually pretty good. Some of the bread is great, some just so/so. It's an excellent lunch spot though, quick, something decent, and if you hold dressing/customize, not too bad for you.

Jul 08, 2009
AnnieG in Chains

Pit Beef in NJ or DE?

Chaps is fabulous! Great sandwiches, fabulous beef and the corned beef is quite good as well. I've been there several times since discovering the place.

A friend and I found out about it watching Food Network of course. We saw it on DDD and had to drive down from Newark to try it out. The food was great, but what Guy's show did not point out is that the place is essentially next to/in the parking lot of a nudie bar. I don't care, my friend didn't care, her 75 year old aunt whom we had brought along CARED!!!! She loved the food but oh was she scandalized that we were in "that kind of neighborhood." What would people think? made for an interesting drive back, let's just say that.

Jul 08, 2009
AnnieG in Mid-Atlantic

Restaurant Recommendations for Lebanon/Hershey PA

Ahhh, someone else who knows the joy of A&M subs. When up in that area visiting friends, I have to go to A&M. The bread is so good, the ingredients nice and fresh, yum.

Dec 23, 2008
AnnieG in Pennsylvania

Bloomsburg Fair

Ah, the Fair. Lord, how I love the Fair. I grew up in Schuylkill County and was up there last week to visit my folks and go to the Fair. was there last Tuesday as well, for all we know, maybe we wandered past each other at some point. Sounds like you had some good eating!

We had excellent ribeye sandwiches from a local stand at 10th and C streets, potato pancakes from the Deer (something) club stand on the way to the grandstand (so good), Benton's cider - it is the best. I know we ate more (there were 4 of us together, but can't remember what.) Good times.

Sep 29, 2008
AnnieG in Pennsylvania

French Manor Inn, South Sterling PA

I have been at two weddings at French Manor, though never stayed at the inn. I remember the food being good, but nothing stands out in my mind. Of course, the banquet for a wedding is a different experience than individual fine dining. I recall very elegant surroundings in the very middle of NO-Where

Jun 30, 2008
AnnieG in Pennsylvania

Good Eats in Newark, DE?

You can definitely walk in and just get gellato. The student could also order pretty well from the lunch menu on a $25 gift card.

Nov 12, 2007
AnnieG in Mid-Atlantic

Good Eats in Newark, DE?

Sorry I missed this post, bluehensfan. I've barely been on the computer this weekend as I had 5 people here Friday-Sunday for UD football and visiting. Fun but chaotic.

Anyway, hope you enjoyed Ali Baba. I like the salads - carrot, warm eggplant, Israeli salad - as well as the stuffed grape leaves and the humus. I and two friends go there every so often and usually just get three salads, two orders of grape leaves, two orders of humus and dig in - share and share alike.

I also like the Moroccan chicken prepared either spicy or with lemon and the samke harra (salmon dish). I've only gotten kabobs there once and found them rather dry. The pita wraps are good (well, I've had lamb and chicken schawarma) but they might only have them the days they serve lunch.

Nov 12, 2007
AnnieG in Mid-Atlantic

Drinks at Applebees

Perhaps it's a thing with some chains, though I've never heard of it at Applebees - not that I go there much. However, was at a Joe's Crab Shack back in October (friend absolutely wanted to go there for birthday drinks and several buckets of crabs and shrimp, so we did) and they would not give anyone two drinks at a time, period. She wanted a shot and a beer, and they had to put the shot down in front of me (I was the driver, so not drinking) so their manager would not complain. Of course, my friend just reached over, downed her shot and then had her beer, but I thought that was strange.

Nov 10, 2007
AnnieG in Chains

Greenland Tea House - Philly - Do they have buns anymore?

Thanks for the answer - bummer that they don't have them anymore. I liked several of the sweet buns there, never tried the savory, so I'm sorry to hear that the quality isn't there now. Oh well, it will save me trying to get across town (workshop is at Drexel) and then onto a train in a small amount of time.

Nov 09, 2007
AnnieG in Pennsylvania

Greenland Tea House - Philly - Do they have buns anymore?

I used to stop by Greenland Tea House every few weeks to get Mexico buns, the peanut butter coconut buns recommended by bluehensfan, and other baked goodies. YUM! I don't work in/live right outside of Philly anymore, so it's been over 8 months since I've been there.I recall someone (probably bluehensfan) mentioning that they weren't doing buns anymore in a thread a while back. Has this ever changed? Do they not do buns anymore? Next Friday I'll be in the city for a workshop, and wondered if it was worthwhile heading over to 9th Street to check it out. I'll not have a lot of time to get there between end of workshop and catching a train, but if they've got Mexico buns, it may be worth it.

Thanks!

Nov 08, 2007
AnnieG in Pennsylvania

Good Eats in Newark, DE?

I work at UD. A good spot on Main Street, if you like Middle Eastern, is Ali Baba. Good food, very very reasonable prices. The service is a bit slow, but I've always enjoyed eating there.

Cafe Gelato, also on Main Street, has some wonderful items on their menu, great wine dinners throughout the year, and good Gelato for dessert, of course. They've just expanded, but reservations are still highly suggested and a MUST if it is a parent-heavy weekend in town.

Nov 07, 2007
AnnieG in Mid-Atlantic

Where to eat near 21st and Sansom

I think Erewan is the Thai place at 23rd and Sansom. I used to work in that area and walked past it often enough. Am I crazy? This is possible today, mind you.

Nov 07, 2007
AnnieG in Pennsylvania

Breakfast in Pottsville or along the way...........

The "one on the left" in Ashland is Snyder's, certainly a good breakfast stop, Nothing super fancy, but good pancakes, basic omlets, sometimes scrapple, lots of food for pretty cheap prices. I grew up in that area, and Snyder's has long been a go-to breakfast spot for the local community.

Snyder's Restaurant
2114 Centre St
Ashland, PA 17921

Oct 04, 2007
AnnieG in Pennsylvania

Wedding Gift - Portsmouth - Pesce Blue or Black Trumpet or ??

Good to know I was picking up on the right spots. Thank you!

Sep 27, 2007
AnnieG in All New England Archive

Wedding Gift - Portsmouth - Pesce Blue or Black Trumpet or ??

Thank you! This might be ideal, as I am not sure what might their favorite spot. I didn't know such a thing existed. Must check out the website more.

Sep 27, 2007
AnnieG in All New England Archive

Wedding Gift - Portsmouth - Pesce Blue or Black Trumpet or ??

Two friends are getting married in October, and I want to send them gift certificate for a nice dinner after they return from their very brief honeymoon trip. Sort of a "go-out-and-enjoy-yourselves-now-that-the craziness-of-the-wedding-is-past" gift.

They live in Portsmouth and enjoy eating out, though their budget is limited so it is not a frequent splurge. I know nothing of Portsmouth, but searching posts on the board here, it seems like either Pesce Blue or Black Trumpet may be the way to go to treat for a nicer night out. Am I on target? Recommendations of one or the other? Is there somewhere great I am missing?

Thanks!!

Sep 26, 2007
AnnieG in All New England Archive

Dollar Tree

I will buy some items from dollar tree, but you do have to be careful to check dates and really look at the products. Vinegar, tea bags to take to work, ketchup, cake mixes after checking expiration dates, olives, simple stuff. I've never gotten canned veggies there, though I did buy jarred mandarin oranges that were quite tasty in salad and I've never seen them there again. Several of our local dollar trees now have freezer cases, but I've not bought anything cold there other than a bottle of soda.

Jul 03, 2007
AnnieG in Chains

It's so simple, but oh so good. The Chick-Fil-A sandwich.

Well, a Chick Fil A replaced the Krispy Kreme store in Springfield, PA, which is in Delaware County near Philadelphia. And I think there was another Krispy Kreme store in Bucks County where Chick Fil A took over as well. So, at least they are buying them out in PA. In Delaware, a Cingular store went into the old KK store on Rt 202, so perhaps they have not bought out all of them.

May 04, 2007
AnnieG in Chains

Gettysburg near Best Inn (301 Steinwehr Ave.)

Well, your problem right off would be the taxi. There isn't really any taxi service in Gettysburg, or was not when I lived there. If you don't have a car, there is some touristy transportation (trolley-style buses that go around to the sights), but elsewise, public transit is sad in Adams County, PA. I would check in with your hotel about transport possibilities.

Apr 23, 2007
AnnieG in Pennsylvania

Checkers and Rally's Hamburgers ???

They've got a few Checker's in the Philly/Wilmington, DE area, and I rather like their burgers. Not the best anywhere, or anything, but tasty for fast food. They are very saucy, a bit like a Whopper as compared below. I've never gotten the loaded fries, seems like that would be overkill.

Apr 11, 2007
AnnieG in Chains

Foods you love at Trader Joe's that got discontinued? [OLD]

I miss the gyoza as well. I like the Thai shrimp gyoza well enough, but the regular was far better.

Mar 28, 2007
AnnieG in Chains

Philly chinatown

Another Shiao Lan Kung lover here, who also enjoys Lee How Fook. Have you tried Charles Plaza, at the far end of 10th Street? Focus is on healthy, so think seafood and vegetarian dishes. Delicious and Charles will make a fuss over you, whether you are a large party or a single diner. I've not had a meal there I didn't enjoy.

Mar 09, 2007
AnnieG in Pennsylvania

Greenland Tea House - Chinatown

Oh, I really like their mexican buns (excellent with a cup of tea as well) and their peanut butter coconut is good as well. I've had other buns there that were quite tasty as well. Their Lemon roll pastry (not the right name, but something close) was a hit with my unadventurous nephew (9 and a little picky about food) who loves lemony desserts.

Mar 07, 2007
AnnieG in Pennsylvania

Brunch in Philadelphia

Day by Day (at 21st and Sansom) does a really nice Sunday brunch and the prices are reasonable. I've never had anything for lunch or brunch there that I didn't enjoy.

Jan 27, 2007
AnnieG in Pennsylvania

Inexpensive and delicious near 22nd and Walnut

It's too late for the original poster, but if you go to Tampopo, it would totally work. There is nothing fancy about Tampopo, but the food is good. And I work near there, so eat there often with a vegetarian co-woker. One coule easily have a bento box with tofu, order of edamame and drink and get out udner 15. Easily.

Dec 10, 2006
AnnieG in Pennsylvania

Food at Sheetz and Wawa...yay or nay?

Sheetz MTO subs are good, and the variety is nice. That said, I prefer WaWa hoagies, but that may be because I live right outside of Philly, home of WaWa, and they have really good rolls here. Plus, you can't go a mile without running into one. But a ham hoagie with extra sweet peppers and oregano is one of my default lunch options when I need to eat on the run here at work. Not the best sandwich ever, but easy, quick and tasty.

Oct 13, 2006
AnnieG in Chains

Favorite Food Commercials?

Two Pepsi ads spring to mind at the moment. The first one had a guy (was it Dave Chapelle?) waiting for his date, drinking a Pepsi. There is a little robotic vacuum (one of those Roomba ones) cleaning the room, and the guy taunts it with the Pepsi, waving it around. Cut to the woman getting ready at the mirror, who hears a crash and other noises. She comes out and the guy is still drinking Pepsi, now wearing only boxers. He says "You vaccum ate my pants, there was nothing I could do." Cracks me up because it is soooo dumb!

The other one I am not sure was Pepsi. "Secret agent man" is playing in the background, we see a sandwich and a soda on the counter. Dog runs past, grabs sandwich in mouth. Dog runs past again, grabs soda in mouth. Dog runs to counter last time, carrying cat in mouth, plops it down on now empty plate. I am not sure if this advertised the soda or the sandwich though. It was just funny, the dog incriminating the cat.

I also liked all the Planter's commercials, where animals would do all sorts of creative things (like carve the peanut man out of a tree) so that three camping guys would feed them a nut.

Oct 05, 2006
AnnieG in Not About Food

Favorite Food Commercials?

Ok, the Quizno "creatures", if we are talking about the same ones, kind of disgusted me. They were disturbing, like rotting potatoes and mice had children with human teeth. Ick.

Oct 05, 2006
AnnieG in Not About Food

St. George's Greek Festival this week

Well, we made it for lunch to the festival today. Yum! I had Mousaka and my friend had the salmon, both delicious. The grape leaves were a little oily, but tasty. I brought home a box of goodies, because I was stuffed! SAving my baklava for later.

Sep 30, 2006
AnnieG in Pennsylvania

St. George's Greek Festival this week

Yay!! Thanks for letting us know. I love Greek food and will be in that area (sort of, well close enough to walk there) on Saturday morning. I can easily swing down to St. George's and get amazing Greek lunch. Now I am really looking forward to Saturday!

Sep 27, 2006
AnnieG in Pennsylvania