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Tickets Needed For Volver

Well it's open now. Who's going to take one for the team? Not me...

about 1 hour ago
PhillyBestBYOB in Philadelphia

Seafood Cafe in Horsham, PA

But you don't really know they weren't genuine posts. So why bother? Is the world going to end? Some people make a habit of playing detective, when they don't actually know anything. But it seems like that is the moderators job (who presumably has access to ISP addresses and is much more capable of screening posts). Why scare off potential newbies just so you can say "Ah-ha, I got you"?

about 1 hour ago
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Laurel, new BYOB on EPx from Top Chef contestant Nicholas Elmi

Ha, RocketJSquirrel and his Kistlers!

about 1 hour ago
PhillyBestBYOB in Philadelphia

Meh-rigold kitchen & Brauhaus Schmitz

Really? I don't know anyone who uses TA for restaurants. Hotels yes, restaurants no.

It's clear to me that lingua/butter have completely different tastes in food than I do. But that's fine...

about 2 hours ago
PhillyBestBYOB in Philadelphia

Blue Belly BBQ

Sorry I missed it.

about 2 hours ago
PhillyBestBYOB in Philadelphia

Tickets Needed For Volver

More on the cost of Volver:

http://philly.eater.com/archives/2014...

about 13 hours ago
PhillyBestBYOB in Philadelphia

Blue Belly BBQ

Apparently Blue Belly has closed for good:

http://www.passyunkpost.com/2014/04/1...

about 13 hours ago
PhillyBestBYOB in Philadelphia

Trip to Pittsburgh: Where to eat?

EaterNational has updated their Pittsburgh "Heatmap":

http://eater.com/archives/2014/04/18/...

about 14 hours ago
PhillyBestBYOB in Pennsylvania

Seafood Cafe in Horsham, PA

I wouldn't say they are fake.

With any new restaurant, the owners will obviously ask their friends and new customers to say something positive online. Most of them have probably never posted on Yelp before. After the Yelp filter kicks in (it takes a while for new restaurants), they'll all disappear.

[Of course, this will happen shortly after a Yelp salesperson calls the restaurant, so the clueless owner will assume he is being penalized for not advertising on Yelp!].

And why should we go out of our way to criticize first-time posters on Chowhound? Maybe it really is the owner. Or, just maybe, it is a long-time board lurker who is excited to say something about a local restaurant they've actually been to and liked, but who will now be discouraged from ever posting again. In either case, who really cares?

No conspiracy here, or at least none worth worrying about.

about 15 hours ago
PhillyBestBYOB in Philadelphia

Dinner in Downtown Philadelphia

Sbraga (Top Chef winner)
The Treemont (new)
Estia (whole fish is the thing)
Petruce et al. (new)
The Bar at Avance (lamb burger is supposed to be great)

about 15 hours ago
PhillyBestBYOB in Philadelphia

Why Yelp is useless (Boston discussion on their "Top 100 places to eat!" article

They don't actually do that. People have alleged that they do, but as we all know, we shouldn't believe everything we read on the Internet.

What actually happens is:

A new restaurant opens, and a Yelp page is created by someone (I go to a lot of restaurant opening nights, so I've created quite a few). People start to post reviews. A Yelp salesman calls the new restaurant, but the restaurant turns them down. Eventually the Yelp filter kicks in (new restaurants are ignored by the filter for a while), and it relegates questionable reviews to the "you have to click one more button to see them" category. These are often one-off 5-star reviews from friends of the restaurant who have never posted on Yelp before, and never will again. Restaurant owner correlates turning down Yelp salesperson with all his 5-star reviews disappearing, even though these are unrelated events. Owner complains to everyone, and eventually anecdote is repeated by professional blogger who never learned what real journalism is about. Repeat ad infinitum...

[However, I don't doubt that there are Yelp salespeople who say or imply things that are not true in order to improve their chances of making a sale. This is a real problem in any industry where salespeople are incentivized based on how much they sell. The temptation to break the rules is considerable. I actually work for a company that had such a problem with this, that we've recently removed all sales-based incentives for salespeople. Of course, how do you then reward performance? There is a reason why the proverbial "car salesman" is a cliche.]

about 16 hours ago
PhillyBestBYOB in Greater Boston Area
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The Pass, new BYOB in Rosemont

If this cool "A Day in the Life" video doesn't make you want to go to The Pass, I don't know what will...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBaMK...

about 17 hours ago
PhillyBestBYOB in Philadelphia

Asparagus season

The Pass is Matt Ridgway's (of PorcSalt) new byob. It's very very good. A few minutes outside of Lambertville. There's a considerable thread on the NJ board.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/967395#8788056

http://www.atthepass.com

about 17 hours ago
PhillyBestBYOB in Philadelphia

Asian Legend in Lansdale

Dining Partner

Personally I prefer FF (Fellow Foodie), but I guess that wouldn't work in the General Tso's context.

1 day ago
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Asparagus season

The Pass in Rosemont NJ has white asparagus flown in from France.

1 day ago
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Any soft shell sightings in Philly?

Sbraga:

https://twitter.com/BenFileccia/statu...

With cranberry beans, chili de arbol, and salsa roja.

1 day ago
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Trip to Pittsburgh: Where to eat?

Thanks everyone!

Apr 17, 2014
PhillyBestBYOB in Pennsylvania

Trip to Pittsburgh: Where to eat?

I'll be in Pittsburgh for a few days in early May for a medical conference. I've never been there before, so I would like to know what are your top 5 places I MUST EAT?

Price, cuisine, breakfast, lunch, dinner...doesn't matter, just as long as it is great. I'm looking for places that when I get back to Philly I'll be telling everyone about!

Staying at the Omni William Penn, but will have a car.

Also, which is the original location of Primanti Bros, and is that the best one to go to?

Thanks!

Apr 16, 2014
PhillyBestBYOB in Pennsylvania

Linguafood and buttertart and a weekend in Philadelphia...

I think you mean Marigold Kitchen, not Cafe. The chestnut raviolo is my fav too.

Apr 14, 2014
PhillyBestBYOB in Philadelphia

The Treemont, Chip Roman's new restaurant on Locust St in CC

Attended the Friends & Family* pre-opening for Chip Roman's new Center City restaurant, The Treemont, on Sunday night. They are officially opening today, Monday April 14th.

I'll write up more details later, but they were serving the entire opening menu and we tried a wide variety of dishes. I've posted photos on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...

The food was excellent, but the space was really the star...one of the most beautiful restaurants in Philly.

*Since this was a "Friends & Family" event, everything was complementary, except for the tip.

Apr 14, 2014
PhillyBestBYOB in Philadelphia

Runaround Sous

I forgot to mention Anthony also worked with George Sabatino at Stateside.

I wish I had got the names of all his helpers (I remember at least one was from Morimoto). They did a fantastic job and were very professional.

Apr 12, 2014
PhillyBestBYOB in Philadelphia

50 States in 50 Weeks: SALO Filipino restaurant coming to Philly April 27th

No connection to me, but this sounds like a cool project to raise money for victims of the Philippines typhoon:

"The SALO Project is a series of Traveling Underground Pop-up Dinners featuring Regional Filipino Cuisine touring to the 50 States of America over the course of 50 weeks.

www.thesaloproject.com

30% of the proceeds will be donated to Nafcon National Alliance for Filipino Concerns for the vistims of the typhoon in the Philippines."

http://youtu.be/M994jWy7Pd0

https://www.eatfeastly.com/meals/m/sa...

"Deep fried pork mesentery" sounds right up my alley!

Apr 12, 2014
PhillyBestBYOB in Philadelphia

Runaround Sous

Apparently, semi-professional underground restaurants (supper clubs, whatever you want to call them...) are all the rage these days. I get the emails every week from Wolfsmouth, but who can fly off to LA on a moments notice to dine in someone's condo? Assuming you can even get an invite.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/01/09/168979408/matching-diners-to-chefs-startups-hatch-underground-supper-clubs?ft=1&f=1053

But Philly is also participating in this trend. Many of us know "the restaurant we are not supposed to tweet about", which I personally think may be the best food to be had at any price in Philly, but there are plenty of others. And last night I had a chance to attend the inaugural dinner of the newest of the bunch: Runaround Sous.

The brain-child Anthony Sica (an ex-opera singer, who was accepted to CIA and worked at Le Bec Fin, but has decided to go awol and do something completely different), RS's mission is to feature the unsung heroes of Philly's food scene, the sous chefs from our best restaurants, doing one-off dinners in an attractive Logan Square townhouse for groups of ~15-20. And they got off to a great start last night with guest chef Doug Allen of Lacroix.

Arriving at 7 for a 7:30 dinner, we took a tour of the condo (a nice rooftop deck will be great when the weather gets a bit warmer in the evening), hung out in the kitchen watching the chefs do practice plates and explain things to the servers (including a som, who provided BYOB suggestions for each course), and then jumped into a drink or three before dinner.

A young, diverse crowd of foodies, mixed together in two different seating areas (the 3 kitchen counter seats are definitely the ones to ask for), it's a great way to meet people who share your interest in fine dining and having a good time. Chef Allen's cooking, as you can see from the pictures, was beautifully plated, and tasted as good as it looked. Perhaps a little slow on the service side, but that is understandable when a chef is using a nice but not professional kitchen for the first time (he was also assisted by Trevor Crum from Lacroix and Sam Henzy from Talula's Garden). But with all the wines and conversation, I think everyone was perfectly happy with the pace.

$50 by PayPal (don't forget to leave a tip!) was a good deal. Easy parking at an open-air lot a block away. They also had a special $10 discount from Uber (not sure if this will be a regular thing or not).

If you are interested, they have a Facebook page to announce future events (also @RunaroundSous on Twitter). The next dinner will feature a well-known Philly chef, who is not actually a sous. But since it hasn't been announced, I won't spill the beans...

Photos:
https://www.facebook.com/philly.bestb...

Apr 11, 2014
PhillyBestBYOB in Philadelphia

We're Number 4!!!!

Funny that they list Boston as #5. Complete pizza wasteland. Philly is definitely better than Boston for pizza.

Apr 11, 2014
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We're Number 4!!!!

A man of sophisticated taste!

Apr 11, 2014
PhillyBestBYOB in Philadelphia

Eli Kulp: "People in New York just don't go to Philadelphia"

Only been to the Bar Room. Would like to try it for dinner sometime.

Apr 11, 2014
PhillyBestBYOB in Philadelphia

Eli Kulp: "People in New York just don't go to Philadelphia"

Philadephians are such wimps about driving to NYC (I'm looking at you DK)!

It's fairly consistently 1 hour 50 min drive from my place to Midtown, and I have to drive south to Philly first before driving back North.

All you need is a good GPS with traffic.

Going up tomorrow. Brunch at The Modern (there is great food in Midtown if you know where to look).

Apr 11, 2014
PhillyBestBYOB in Philadelphia

Toronto Hound in Philly

It changes on a daily basis.

Apr 09, 2014
PhillyBestBYOB in Philadelphia

Toronto Hound in Philly

Better make your reservation for July for Laurel ASAP. We've heard they are sold out through June, and that was a couple of weeks ago.

It's very good, although personally not in my top 10 in Philly.

Apr 09, 2014
PhillyBestBYOB in Philadelphia

Two Bells for Avance

At least LaBan liked his cocktail:

http://www.philly.com/philly/food/201...

Apr 09, 2014
PhillyBestBYOB in Philadelphia