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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.

1 day ago
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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Late to the party. Mercato is terrific!

Love Mercato. Love it even more now that they take reservations.

Oct 23, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

First Timer to Philly, staying at the Marriott Courtyard next month

Search this board for midtown village and you will find many restaurants within walking distance of your hotel.

Oct 21, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Brunch/lunch rec near 4th & South St.?

I agree with Good King. Good food and good vibe.

Oct 11, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia
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Update on Po Le Cucina in Springhouse

Looking at Open Table, they have plenty of spots tonight. They don't take Open Table reservations on weekends so you would have to call if you want to go then..

Oct 09, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

French Dinner in Philly? Private room for 12 needed

Yes. His former sous chef is now chef at Bibou. From what I hear, Bibou is doing well.

Oct 04, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Center City: post Eagles restaurant suggestion?

How about Little Nonna's?

Oct 03, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

French Dinner in Philly? Private room for 12 needed

Agree with Le Cheri. It's perfect. Had my son's rehearsal dinner years ago when it was Opus 251, and it was lovely. Even better now with Pierre's cooking.

Oct 03, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Mt. Airy/Chestnut Hill Area Board

We were there Saturday night, with another couple. We went at 5pm, although a server told me when I asked that now they are accepting reservations. Good experience. Very nice atmosphere and service. The food was surprisingly good. All pasta is homemade. My fettucine with blue crab and sundries tomatoes was delicious. Two in the group had pappardelle bolognese. My husband had matagliati with sweet fennel sausage and broccoli rabe. Salads were good, as were the desserts. Everyone was very pleased. Prices are very reasonable.

Sep 30, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Ray’s Diner in East Norriton to close Sunday

The Fairlane, in Erdenheim, always has a line on weekends. Of course, they're small.

Sep 29, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Restaurant in King of Prussia in late 70s or so

Pastabilities?

Sep 28, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Great Seafood: West Philly, Close to 34th & Spruce

Having been here for the "heyday", I agree on that sal. Much better today. It's just that there was next to nothing before the Renaissance.

Sep 27, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia
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Great Seafood: West Philly, Close to 34th & Spruce

Little Fish is wonderful.

Sep 26, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

40th Birthday Dinner and ? in Philadelphia

Ask to sit downstairs. It's a cozier room, and you can watch the open kitchen. Don't skip dessert.

Sep 26, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia
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Where to have anniversary dinner this year?

If you go to Vernick, ask to be put in the room downstairs behind the bar. Cozy, and you get to watch the kitchen.

Sep 25, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Restaurants near the Hotel Palomar at 17th & Sansom

Le Cheri, on Rittenhouse Square.

Where to have anniversary dinner this year?

+3 Birchrunville Store Cafe. Also, we recently had two wonderful dinners in Coventryville at La Maison. Very intimate dinner in the chef's 18th century home. Lovely couple and excellent French cuisine.

Sep 25, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Homemade Gnocchi at Restaurants

Franco at Fiorino in East Falls makes great gnocchi and gives cooking classes.

Sep 23, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia
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Help! Nothing Like Waiting Until The Last Minute!

If you are concerned about keeping the price down, why a liquor license and not a byob? You can bring your own wine. Hostaria da Elio (a cute BYOB on 3rd St. off of South) is consistently good and quite reasonable.

Sep 23, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia
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Homemade Gnocchi at Restaurants

Forgot about Ulico, Sylvia. Agreed. Their gnocchi are very good.

Sep 22, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Junto

Nice review. When I first heard of Junto, I expected it to be Spanish (considering the chef's Amada background and the fact that junto means together in Spanish). I was obviously pronouncing it wrong because I see in another revirews that it is named after a social club that Ben Franklin had in that neck of the woods.

Sep 21, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Homemade Gnocchi at Restaurants

Zeppoli's spinach gnocchi are every bit as good as Vetri's (for reason Delucacheesemonger cites). Love Zeppoli. When they are on the menu, Townsend's gnocchi are terrific. If you want homemade gnocchi in a red sauce, Roberto's in Erdenheim does a nice job.

Sep 21, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia
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Volver Lowers Prices and Eliminates Tickets

Hear hear Bacchus. Perhaps it is the good sense rather than the "failing" of Philadelphians to kowtow to this nonsense in the name of elitism. Nothing against Alinea. I would eat there if I could afford it. That said, this ain't no Alinea, and Garces is no Grant Achatz. I think of Garces as more of a Stephen Starr.

Sep 20, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Best looking and best tasting custom cakes in the burbs

In Chestnut Hill: Brendenbeck's and The Night Kitchen.

Sep 20, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Have you been to Trattoria Totaro in Conshy?

I was there several times, years ago. As you say, it was very good. I'm sorry to hear it's gone downhill.

Sep 19, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

ISO suggestions for an Italian restaurant near Convention Center?

I've never been to the other places but I don't think Amis would be good for a 4yo.

Sep 18, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Restaurant suggestions for a special occasion?

How about Village Whiskey?

Sep 16, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

40th Birthday Dinner and ? in Philadelphia

Townsend has great French food and a terrific bartender. Ask to sit downstairs, in the room behind the bar.

Sep 12, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

late night solo eats

Barbuzzo serves dinner until midnight.

http://www.barbuzzo.com

Standard Tap until 1am

http://s86406.gridserver.com/info.html

Sep 12, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia