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dim sum - Joy Tsin Lau, Ocean Harbor, or other?

Ocean Harbor is the place to go. Outstanding vegetarian options, steamed specialties, clams in black bean sauce, turnip cake, har gow. As good a NYC.

Oct 22, 2013
Susan H in Philadelphia

Chinese banquet places?

Rising Tide has a banquet room upstairs that will hold about 60 people and the food is excellent. We've had two birthday celebrations there. The food at Ocean City is average at best. Yang Ming can be good at times, but is pricey and not that authentic most of the time. I think HK Golden Phoenix also can do a wedding in their upstairs space-- if the relatives are cantonese that should work well if Rising Tide is too small.

Aug 23, 2010
Susan H in Philadelphia

Philly for one night in October...where should we go

Definitely Estia. Get a whole fresh fish (they filet it for you) and octopus or sardines for an app. Forget dessert -- walk to Capogiro at 13th and Sansom for the best gelato in the country.

Aug 23, 2010
Susan H in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Folk Festival Fare

We brought our own (turkey s/w and fresh fruit) but also saved room for the Salford Fire Co. fresh-cut french fries. They are outstanding. Everything else is the usual junk. Three years ago we were at the Fairport Convention's Cropredy Festival north of Oxford. Besides great music, the food was amazing. All ethnicities (and authentic, too), including a "pub" where you could rub elbows with the performers. I can't understand why PFS is forced to wall off the beer drinkers at the top of the hill. What's up with that?

Aug 23, 2010
Susan H in Philadelphia

Center City Dwellers - Where do you grocery shop? I need recs.

We live at 16th and Arch, and do most of our produce and fish shopping (and bread) at the Comcast Center - same prices and quality as RTM. Paper goods and cleaning supplies are available at Walgreens (when on sale, same price as supermarkets). We stock up on canned goods, milk, eggs, when on the road, at any handy supermarket. If we need something on Sunday, RTM. And an occasional trip to Trader Joe's for some things we just can't get anywhere else.

Aug 05, 2009
Susan H in Pennsylvania

Favorite Philly Lunch Trucks?

There used to be a great Chinese truck at 17th and the Parkway (in front of Friend's Select), but it disappeared about 2 years ago. Then I turned to the felafel truck at 16th and JFK, which disappeared about 2 weeks ago. Now I'm using the truck right outside the Phoenix, at 16th and Arch. Very good turkey hoagies, good homemade soup.

Feb 19, 2009
Susan H in Pennsylvania

Where do local foodies eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner in Charleston, SC

Just visiting, and stumbled on Sweetwater Cafe, on Market. No tourists in sight - lots of locals, moms with babies in carriages, etc. We had amazing home-made chicken veg soup, and shared cajun shrimp with grits that were the best I've ever had. Looking forward to going back for Sunday brunch. Only open for breakfast and lunch. Dinner last night at Anson's was also quite good. Any other suggestions for tourists without a car?

Feb 19, 2009
Susan H in General South Archive

SW Tampa - where to take non-foodies

So we have to meet with friends somewhere in SW Tampa (we're in St. Pete and they are in East Tampa), and they suggested Maggiano's or Outback! They don't like ethnic food, which means all of my favorite places are out of the question, and they would be freaked out by some of the places listed on this Board. So seafood or Italian would be ok (not steaks - we ate at Bern's last week). Any suggestions?

Dec 27, 2008
Susan H in Florida

Parc (latest Starr venture)

Four of us went on Monday evening -- some things were great, others not. The atmosphere is essential Starr - lots of energy. I loved the tile in the ladies room (apparently the men's room has old French pin-ups over the urinals), the clouded mirror look, and the art on the walls. The warm shrimp salad is outstanding and fairly priced. The beet salad was nothing special. The charcuterie was quite good, except for the uninteresting chicken liver pate. My dining partner loved the mussels frite, but the fries were sent back because they were much too salty (and lukewarm) -- while it took forever for the replacement (without salt), they were fabulous (and hot). I had the linguine with clams. The linguine was perfectly al dente and the sauce was wonderful. I would have liked more clams, but then it would have cost more than the very reasonable $15. Mom had the calves liver and was not thrilled, and would have liked more on the side than a sprig or two of watercress. Chowpup (now grown) had the hangar steak with fries (he likes it salty) and loved it -- we thought the steak was a little bit tough (as expected) but with good flavor. The apple tartin for dessert was extremely good as well. Full disclosure -- chowpup works there in a lowly position. Staff were very friendly, as you might expect given the relationship.

Jul 24, 2008
Susan H in Pennsylvania

Philadelphia: Can't miss ethnic and/or veg/vegan friendly near Center City?

Absolutely do not miss Horizon's. I am not a vegetarian, but this vegan gourmet place is one of the best restaurants (of any type) in Philly. I agree - skip the Chinese veg places, but the veg dishes at Shao Lang Kung on Race are outstanding.

Dec 23, 2007
Susan H in Pennsylvania

Ocean Harbor Dim Sum

Ocean Harbor has a fantastic veggie slippery noodle - pasta rolled around a wonderful mix of veggies, including lots of mushrooms, tiny corn chunks, etc. It's hard to spot and goes quickly. They also do have snails, but only on weekends. I like their clams better. I think what the earlier poster was complaining about re the turnip cakes - OH's turnip cakes are good, but they are not fried on the cart (that makes a difference, since they are awful if not really hot).

The diner place (Chung Sing) has a whole list of veggie dishes on the menu. And one of their lunch specials is eggplant and tofu in garlic sauce - an entire lunch including soup for $4.

Dec 23, 2007
Susan H in Pennsylvania

St. Pete Chinese on Xmas?

Sorry for the multiples - I was getting error messages.

Dec 23, 2007
Susan H in Florida

St. Pete Chinese on Xmas?

Flying into Tampa on Christmas Day and was figuring on meeting my son and his GF at ABC Chinese, but they don't open until 3. Anyone know of another good Chinese in St. Pete that will be open for lunch?

Dec 23, 2007
Susan H in Florida

Philly Top Five

Don't forget a great hoagie. unfortunately Lee's on 17th has closed, but you can get a really good Italian hoagie from Salumeria in RTM. Also a great choice for lunch from RTM is to buy a great bread (Metropolitan is a good choice) and some cheeses from the cheese shop in RTM. And don't miss Capogiro gelato - possibly the best in the US.

I second the vote for L'Angolo at 1415 Porter (take the Broad St. subway to Oregon and walk north to Porter, left on Porter). BYOB. And Matyson, also a BYOB.

Don't bother with Chinatown -- it's good for the east coast, but you're from SF.

Jul 02, 2007
Susan H in Pennsylvania

Banquet at Rising Tide-Philly

Last night, we had a 10-course birthday banquet at Rising Tide in Philly Chinatown, and they rose beyond my wildest hopes. Michael was a pleasure to deal with in the planning. We had one of the two upstairs party rooms. We started with veggie spring rolls and fish dumplings. Both were excellent - non-greasy, served hot. Then chicken/corn soup, which everyone loved. Then an outstanding version of peking duck (with the "rolls" rather than the wraps), also no grease, no fat. This was followed by a series of stir-fry's, each better than the last. Kung po chicken (not breaded), slivered pork in garlic sauce, beef short ribs sliced paper thin (with the bone in the middle), fish with veggies served on a fried fish frame, veggie fried rice, and an amazing version of seafood noodles. If you're looking for a place for a banquet, this is it. We've been to Ocean City, and there is just no comparison -- OC was routine compared to this.

Apr 22, 2007
Susan H in Pennsylvania

Philly street food -- what and where?

Elizabeth's small kitchen disappeared when there was some construction, and never came back. Helen and Chung, at 17th and the parkway, disappeared around New Years this year and never came back. Anyone know of any good substitutes?

Apr 22, 2007
Susan H in Pennsylvania

PigDaddy's BBQ in Drexel Hill

Sweet Lucy's in the Northeast is the best around, now that Smoked Joint is no more. After that, Tommy Gunn's. Dwight's is ok, but variable. I think their location on Germantown Ave is better. I saw an ad on an Acme cart for a place on Haverford - is that the one in Drexel Hill?

Apr 09, 2007
Susan H in Pennsylvania

Passover at Philly Chinese Restaurant??

Long's near the Art Museum used to have a Passover menu - the spinoff in Wynnewood does, and it's quite possible that the original does as well. We didn't make it there this year, but it is really enjoyable.

Perhaps your anesthesiologist was referring to Charles Plaza in south Philly, but I thought that was mexican. I could be wrong.

Apr 09, 2007
Susan H in Pennsylvania

Trip Report for Family Trip to Philly

Thanks for the report. Considering the chowpup, you didn't do badly, but you missed a treat at 30th St. Station -- the "bar" is actually a destination place (particularly for the clam chili). I think your problem at both Vietnam and Rangoon is that they have "familiar" chinese dishes on the menu, but if you order them, they are truly ordinary. The regional specialties are much better. Re Capogiro - it's not "good" gelato - it's GREAT gelato. You missed something there.

Apr 09, 2007
Susan H in Pennsylvania

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For the student hang-out place, try Abner's for a Philly steak (with or without cheese).

Apr 09, 2007
Susan H in Pennsylvania

Zento

We were there last week pre-Arden. They had no problem getting us out in time for the theater. We ordered the sushi combo and the yosenabe (it was a cold night) and told the waitress we were sharing both. The yosenabe was outstanding, with a variety of very fresh fish, oyster mushroom (the real kind), and many other veggies. The sushi was presented in pairs (since we were sharing) and did not duplicate anything that was in the yosenabe. I had the feeling that the selection was dictated by what else the table was ordering, which is amazingly thoughtful. It was a weeknight, and the place was not crowded until we were leaving. Another stunning revelation - the wasabi was not paste, it was freshly grated.

And they deliver!

Mar 19, 2007
Susan H in Pennsylvania

Thumbs up! Chops on City Line

phillyjazz - contact me off-board at shoffman at littler dot com - we are probably neighbors and seem to share taste in restaurants

Mar 19, 2007
Susan H in Pennsylvania

looking for some best of Recs for philly

Here are my humble opinions:

thin crust pizza - still looking

scungili and calamari - calamari salad at Matyson is my favorite

pastrami - nothing to match NYC. And Smoked Joint's smoked pastrami is, sadly, history.

raw bar - Sansom St. Oyster House

bagels - Rollings - Bigley, do you know which deli near RS is getting them?

challah - Rollings for kosher, Metropolitan for non-kosher

Mar 19, 2007
Susan H in Pennsylvania

Glatt Kosher Near Philadelphia, PA

Also try Agby Kosher in Manyunk - their food is excellent.

Mar 12, 2007
Susan H in Kosher

Restaurants and "sustainable" foods

Bistro 7, and Django.

Mar 08, 2007
Susan H in Pennsylvania

Rising Tide for Banquet

I'm looking for a location for my spouse's 60th birthday bash - has to be good chinese. I've been to parties at Ocean City, and wasn't all that impressed. We're going to try Rising Tide for dinner this week - they apparently have a private room. Any suggestions for dishes to try that would work with a banquet? Anyone have any experience with their private room?

Susan H

Mar 06, 2007
Susan H in Pennsylvania

Sunday morning Dim Sum in Philadelphia?

It's a cart place, but if you tell a waiter (one who speaks English) you are looking for vegetarian options, they will make sure you get them. The best are:
slippery noodles with mixed veg inside (you can see the vegs hanging out the ends of the crepes, so you know what it is). Chive dumplings. tofu rolls (like spring rolls) with veg inside. You can also get a plate of chinese broccoli sauteed in garlic.

Mar 06, 2007
Susan H in Pennsylvania

Tir Na Nog Anyone?

I've only been there for after-work going away bashes. The apps are typical bar food. If there's a new chef, that has to help.

Mar 06, 2007
Susan H in Pennsylvania

Great $50 dinner in Center City?

For that price, I recommend buying a good bottle of wine, and make a reservation at Matyson or Branzino. Easy walks from Rittenhouse Square and wonderful food.

Mar 06, 2007
Susan H in Pennsylvania

ESTIA_on Locust - Noisy, Expensive, Minimal Portions and Overpowering Service – Stay Away

My experiences have been totally different. Portions are generous (octopus app, grilled fish entrees) and service gracious. I've taken important clients there and they are impressed. We always walk to Capogiro for dessert.

Feb 27, 2007
Susan H in Pennsylvania