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Mi Puebla - Mt Airy (Four Thumbs Down)

El Poquito in Chestnut Hill is good too.

Dec 22, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

This review doesn't inspire me to visit La Peg.

No. I like his reviews but sometimes don't get the bells. He should use half bells I guess. He has said sometimes a restaurant is on the high or low side of a bell.

Dec 21, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

This review doesn't inspire me to visit La Peg.

Dec 20, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Mainline restaurants

I liked Freschetta in Bryn Mawr. A la carte byob owned by the Melograno folks.

Dec 20, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

BYOB on Monday

Effie's, Little Fish and Mercato are byob's open on Mondays.

Dec 17, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Mt. Airy/Chestnut Hill Area Board

Reposting this here:
El Poquito-Chestnut Hill
Four of us dined at this week-old restaurant Friday night. It's in the space that was formerly Solaris Grill (and, briefly, Chestnut 7). This is the best restaurant that has occupied this space in the last 20 years, in my opinion. Aside from the (to be expected) noise on a Friday night at happy hour, it was a good experience. We enjoyed cod tacos (both grilled and crispy), chicken enchiladas, and a fajita-like chicken dish. Guacamole was excellent, as were the chips. The refried beans tasted canned, however. A few complaints: Frozen margaritas came in small highball glasses, which wasn't appealng. Our waiter forgot to put in the refried beans order. We reminded him after the other dishes arrived. They came to the table after everyone had finished eating. I was charged $22 for my one glass of beer. When we pointed it out, the waiter apologized and said that he had put it in as a pitcher. Considering they have only be open a week, not bad. The space is very attractive, and the patio looks like it will be enjoyable in warmer months. There was one table sitting around one of the two fire pits. I enjoyed looking at the colored lights strung above the patio. Indoors, they have the popular Edison lights but in unusual chandeliers. We will go back. Chestnut Hill needs more good restaurants,

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Dec 15, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia
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El Poquito Chestnut Hill

Four of us dined at this week-old restaurant last night. It's in the space that was formerly Solaris Grill (and, briefly, Chestnut 7). This is the best restaurant that has occupied this space in the last 20 years, in my opinion. Aside from the (to be expected) noise on a Friday night at happy hour, it was a good experience. We enjoyed cod tacos (both grilled and crispy), chicken enchiladas, and a fajita-like chicken dish. Guacamole was excellent, as were the chips. The refried beans tasted canned, however. A few complaints: Frozen margaritas came in small highball glasses, which wasn't appealng. Our waiter forgot to put in the refried beans order. We reminded him after the other dishes arrived. They came to the table after everyone had finished eating. I was charged $22 for my one glass of beer. When we pointed it out, the waiter apologized and said that he had put it in as a pitcher. Considering they have only be open a week, not bad. The space is very attractive, and the patio looks like it will be enjoyable in warmer months. There was one table sitting around one of the two fire pits. I enjoyed looking at the colored lights strung above the patio. Indoors, they have the popular Edison lights but in unusual chandeliers. We will go back. Chestnut Hill needs more good restaurants,

Dec 13, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

best pancakes

But they could make a chocolate chip pancake on request. To be sure, call them.

Dec 11, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia
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best pancakes

I'm sure Max Brenner can do them for her. Call them. Kids love that place.

Max brenner.com

Dec 11, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Thoughts on this?

I find this outrageous. Pay them a decent wage. Btw, do waiters share tips with kitchen staff?

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/th...

Dec 10, 2014
JanR in Not About Food
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Dinner for 30 in Doylestown

Genevieve's Kichen has very good food, is byob, and may be able to give you their whole space.

Dec 10, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Panettone

You're welcome. Love Sam's.

www.samsitalianmarket.net

Nov 29, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Any Abe Fisher reviews?

Looks great! The short ribs, poppyseed rugulach that black and white dessert and the salami with eggs fried rice particularly tempt me.

Nov 29, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Panettone

Sam's Italian Market in Willow Grove.

Nov 29, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Pho Street

Their Springfield restaurant gets good reviews on Yelp.

Nov 28, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Go-to options for last-minute

I haven't been in a few years. I used to love it. Byob, cozy and good food. Recent yelp reviews are excellent. Only open Weds. through Sat.

Go-to options for last-minute

Chloe doesn't take reservations so if you get there at 5pm you'll get in.

Nov 23, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Arugula

We were there a few months ago. Food wasn't bad. I wasn't crazy about the atmosphere which was somewhat sterile. I've read that it's noisy but we were there early on a weeknight. We probably wouldn't return but we're dining with another couple next week who like the place so we're going back.

Nov 22, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Madray's, then Barson's, then Hymie's Too, now Moe's...Lafayette Hill

It was about 1 pm.

Nov 22, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Madray's, then Barson's, then Hymie's Too, now Moe's...Lafayette Hill

Went there for first time yesterday for takeout. Spinach knish was ok. Onion bagel was not fresh. Anyone else been?

Nov 22, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

[UPDATE] Vote for your favorite restaurants in Philadelphia for "Best of 2014."

Townsend

http://www.townsendrestaurant.com
Cozy, great bartender, wonderful sauces.

Nov 18, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Amazing lunch in center city

Le Cheri now serves lunch Wednesday through Saturday.

Nov 13, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia
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Fall menus

Townsend had pumpkin lobster bisque on the menu last weekend. Delicious!

Nov 11, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Mt. Airy/Chestnut Hill Area Board

Has anyone else been to Trattoria Moma? We have been 3 times and liked it.

Nov 10, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Townsend

We took a break after the first two visits because the menu hadn't changed. Looks like it has now. Has anyone been recently? Any notable specials? Thanks.

Nov 06, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

New to Philly and I need awesome food in my life and belly!!

Thanks Delucacheesemonger! I was thinking the same. Not in the same class.

Nov 04, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

New to Philly and I need awesome food in my life and belly!!

Just looking at OpenTable, Townsend has a 5:45pm available for 4 this Saturday. Much better than Parc.

Nov 03, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Krazy Kats Wilmington DE

The one time I was there it was just okay. Wouldn't go back.

Oct 31, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

New to Philly and I need awesome food in my life and belly!!

Big +1 for Vernick, Fond and Le Cheri. I love Towsend but wish they would change their menu more often. I agree with Sylvia that a Heirloom is just meh. I want to like it because it's close to home but after several visits I don't. Went to Stella Sera once and wasn't thrilled. The closest Italian to Chestnut Hill that is something special is Fiorino in East Falls. Wonderfull Emiglua-Romagna food.

Oct 29, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

This Saturday in Philly, BYOB Italian or ....

Agree with the Southwark suggestion.

Oct 28, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia
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