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Townsend Menu

We returned to Townsend last night after an approximate five month absence. We used to dine here frequently but stopped because the menu never changed. Our experience last night was, as usual, very good. Our meals were delicious, and the bartender still makes the best sidecar I've ever had. Service was excellent. However, we were disappointed to see that the menu still hasn't changed. I guess the two specials are the only changes they make. On the written menu, I did notice two dessert additions (used to be just the soufflé and pavlova) of a cheese selection and crime brûlée. That was it. I really wish that Townsend would change their menu once in awhile.

about 9 hours ago
JanR in Philadelphia

Bolete a bit incomplete!

These are comments my husband made about our recent dinner at Bolete. Mostly positive but he found the $44 "ribeye" disappointing.

My wife and I returned to Bolete after too long an absence to celebrate our anniversary. Normally Philly city diners, we decided to return to Bolete to enjoy some fine dining in a country atmosphere. From the moment we arrived, the wonderful Bolete staff started us on our greatly-anticipated dining adventure by ushering us to the most private two-top available. The service throughout the meal was nothing short of excellent. The menu offered many tempting choices making if difficult to choose, but choose we did. The most delicious rolls accompanied our appetizers of soup for my wife and salad for me. For our entrees, my wife opted for the fish special while I zoomed in on the ribeye steak offering. Both dishes were cooked to perfection. My steak arrived as two large, medium rare (as requested) pieces of steak resting on top of a mountain of supporting vegetables that included spinach, creamy potatoes, peas and asparagus - a real carnivore's delight. But while the steak was cooked perfectly, I was a little disappointed with the tenderness of the steak itself. From the knife cutting to the chewing, I found that the texture of the beef was more like a top sirloin steak rather than the classic boneless ribeye I've been accustomed to eating at other fine restaurants. I expected more for such a pricey entree. But this minor disappointment will not prevent us from returning this summer for another really enjoyable dining experience at Bolete.

1 day ago
JanR in Pennsylvania

Wert's

This may get moved to the Pennsylvania board but I wanted to alert Philly people who may not know about it to Wert's in Allentown. Around the corner from the Civic theater and wonderful. No reservations and not fancy. Very pleasant, however, and great casual food. Apparently, it's an institution. Burgers are a specialty. I don't eat meat but had probably the best veggie burger I've ever eaten. Others enjoyed fish and chips and a monte cristo. We had regular beers but they offer birch beer on tap. Not to be missed are their onion rings - more like straws. Very thin and lightly breaded. We shared a huge plate. These came recommended online. And, when we asked a friendly passerby for directions to Wert's, he said to be sure order them. Good advice. Btw, we arrived at 5:50 last night Friday and there was about a 10 minute wait. Arrive any later and I've heard the wait is longer.

May 09, 2015
JanR in Pennsylvania
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Updates on Mainland Inn?

LaBan gave it a very positive review today. Three bells.

May 09, 2015
JanR in Philadelphia
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Last minute "fancy" dinner (corny is okay!)

Open Table shows openings at Fond and at Townsend tomorrow might, two very good restaurants where dressing up would not be out of place. I would guess more time slots are available if the OP calls. In Bucks County, they might want to go to The Golden Pheasant or the Black Bass Hotel.

May 01, 2015
JanR in Philadelphia

Last minute "fancy" dinner (corny is okay!)

Please do not ruin your anniversary by going to the Blue Bell Inn. Noisy, overpriced and mediocre food.

Apr 30, 2015
JanR in Philadelphia
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Menus featuring ramps and morels right now?

Ramps at Genevieve's Kitchen in Doylestown Saturday, featured in a delicious speciall with red snapper.

Apr 27, 2015
JanR in Philadelphia
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Fish and Chips

I like them at Forrest and Main too.

Apr 23, 2015
JanR in Philadelphia

Volver or Sbraga

+3 for Vernick.

Apr 20, 2015
JanR in Philadelphia

Heirloom in Chestnut Hill

We have been to Heirloom a few times, all before Paris opening. Wanted to like it but always left thinking it's just okay. Have not been back in years. Now it sounds less than okay. For an anniversary, I would head to the city or to the few exceptional suburban restaurants (eg., Birchrunville, La Maison in Coventryville). Chestnut Hill is lacking. They keep adding restaurants but none are very special. Center city is not far from the city, after all.

Apr 18, 2015
JanR in Philadelphia

They're here... well not HERE but almost

Yes. We hadn't been back for about a year. I think it's gotten even better.

Apr 10, 2015
JanR in Philadelphia

Saturday night dinner without reservations?

I think you'll like Good King. Was just about to add my recommendation for it.

Apr 10, 2015
JanR in Philadelphia

El Poquito Chestnut Hill Last Night

Also, the margaritas are served unappealingly in old fashioned glasses.

Apr 10, 2015
JanR in Philadelphia

El Poquito Chestnut Hill Last Night

Went early on. Agree with everything you say. Won't go back.

Apr 08, 2015
JanR in Philadelphia

They're here... well not HERE but almost

They had them at Genevieve's Kitchen in Doylestown Saturday night.

Apr 06, 2015
JanR in Philadelphia
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Places to eat near Swarthmore College?

Swarthmore Pizza, on Chester Rd. At Fairview, isn't bad.

Mar 31, 2015
JanR in Philadelphia

recommendations for a casual group dinner in Conshohocken

Spring Mill Cafe is probably a bit more upscale/expensive than the OP intended. How about Stone Rose?

Mar 27, 2015
JanR in Philadelphia

Ulivo Closing

This is a shame.

Mar 22, 2015
JanR in Philadelphia

Avenue Grill----Crown Plaza West

Go somewhere else! If you have a car, let us know for recommendations in the city. It's not that far from your hotel. Closer to you, there is Pescatore on Bala Cynwyd. I highly recommend going downtown however. This is a great restaurant city.

Mar 19, 2015
JanR in Philadelphia

3 dinners - Fond, Vetri, Morimoto. Thoughts?

Agree that Townsend and Zeppole are very good. Zeppole is worth the trip to Collingswood.

Mar 18, 2015
JanR in Philadelphia

3 dinners - Fond, Vetri, Morimoto. Thoughts?

Agree that Vernick is great but bar is small, so go early if you're planning on that.

Mar 18, 2015
JanR in Philadelphia

Center City Restaurants?

Another vote for Vernick.

Mar 17, 2015
JanR in Philadelphia

Laguna Miramare, West Chester

Has anyone see Richard (Gilmore's and Limoncello)?

Mar 16, 2015
JanR in Philadelphia

Juniper Commons

One if LaBan's funniest opening paragraphs.

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

Mar 14, 2015
JanR in Philadelphia

Tamarindos is open for business!

They might do okay there. A lot of traffic.

Mar 06, 2015
JanR in Philadelphia
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Tamarindos is open for business!

It can't be helping business.

Mar 05, 2015
JanR in Philadelphia

Tamarindos is open for business!

Here's where they're going.

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

Mar 04, 2015
JanR in Philadelphia
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Tamarindos is open for business!

Sorry about that.

Mar 03, 2015
JanR in Philadelphia

Tamarindos is open for business!

I doubt they are open now. Drove by yesterday and there is a big "for rent" sign in the window.

Mar 03, 2015
JanR in Philadelphia

Cantina Agenda in Mt. Airy - what's next?

I wanted to update this. We went back to Momma last night because I saw online that the menu had changed. It has. Food was good. They have changed the bread and it is much better. It is served with decent olive oil and puréed canneloni beans. Our server was top notch.

Mar 01, 2015
JanR in Philadelphia
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