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Martin's Kitchen Coventryville

Has anyone ever been here? Looks charming.

about 8 hours ago
JanR in Philadelphia

Quick Philly pre-trip advice

Le Cheri is wonderul. However, if you want to combine excellent French food with truly outstanding cocktails, I would recommend Townsend. They have arguably the best bartender in town.

http://www.townsendrestaurant.com

about 13 hours ago
JanR in Philadelphia
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One weekend in Philly, Center City: Where to dine?

Once. It was okay. Not fair to judge by one night though.

Aug 18, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia
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One weekend in Philly, Center City: Where to dine?

I've been a Kearse fan since he cooked at Pumpkin. I like the fresh ingredients, the atmosphere (it was particularly convivial the night of the Kearse/Ansill dinner), and of course the presentations. Here is what I like in a photo:

Aug 18, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia
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Dinner near Longwood Gardens

As this is your first review on CH, fh2000, can you tell us what you like about Junto?

Aug 18, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

One weekend in Philly, Center City: Where to dine?

You are correct. If you're only here for one weekend, Little Nonna's is not where you should go. I suggest Townsend (http://www.townsendrestaurant.com), Le Cheri (http://www.lecheriphilly.com), or one of the many terrific Philadelphia byob's. Will, Little Fish, Bibou are all very good.

Aug 18, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Good King Tavern

Thanks. We really liked the place. Had a very good sidecar, followed by socca, fava and maitake mushroom tartine(which was a bit of a surprise as it was on baguette slices), pea croquettes and steak frites. The only dish we weren't crazy about was the tartine. Two glasses of wine (rose and picpoul) and a Kronenberg plus a very rich pot de creme topped with a hazelnut brittle and good cafe filtre brought the bill to a reasonable $82 before tax and tip. We loved the service and the atmosphere (great music selections and ambience). We will return.

Aug 17, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Good King Tavern

Thanks. Had to look up that one. Sounds delicious.

Aug 16, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Good King Tavern

Going tonight for the first time. Anyone been recently? Recommendations? Thanks.

Aug 16, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

My take on Paris Bistro in Chestnut Hill

No one at my table had the steak frites.

Aug 16, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

My take on Paris Bistro in Chestnut Hill

We were there shortly after they opened and found both the food and service disappointing. Thank you for the detailed review.

Aug 16, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Calling all Bucks County Chowhounds

Miss no. 9.

Aug 13, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

The Inn at Phillips Mill, New Hope - has anyone been?

I like Genevieve's Kitchen, on State St. In Doylestown.

Aug 12, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

The Inn at Phillips Mill, New Hope - has anyone been?

That was likely the case with us too. I would try again, but I could never get my husband to go back.

Aug 12, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Options near Forrest Theater

Mercato is very good and byob.

Aug 11, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

The Inn at Phillips Mill, New Hope - has anyone been?

Agreed. Very different. I love Maize (and the slow pace, which varies). Really did not like The Pass.

Aug 11, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

The Inn at Phillips Mill, New Hope - has anyone been?

Since we retired, we're able to go on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Much easier to get a reservation.

Aug 09, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Crow & the Pitcher

Looks like LaBan liked it. I like the idea of those coppa deviled eggs.

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

Aug 09, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Laguna Miramare, West Chester

That's why I never went, even though I wanted to see Richard.

Aug 07, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Laguna Miramare, West Chester

A small digression. Since we're talking West Chester, does anyone know where Richard (the wonderful server from Gilmore's) landed? When he first left Gilmore's, Susan Gilmore told me he went to Limoncello. Is he still there? I also miss Stephanie. Seems like everything went downhill after they left.

Aug 07, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

First Time Visitor Restaurant Suggestions

Townsend (Passyunk Ave. - South Philly)
Little Fish (Bella Vista)
Modo Mio (Northern Liberties)
Le Cheri (Rittenhouse Square)
Bibou (South Philly)

Little Fish, MM, and Bibou are byob, a nice Philadelphia perk.

Aug 07, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Laguna Miramare, West Chester

Is the pasta homemade? Thanks.

Aug 07, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

The Inn at Phillips Mill, New Hope - has anyone been?

I'm sorry you had such a disappointing dinner, especially on your birthday. While I've never found the food at IOPM to be outstanding, it has always been better than what you experienced. That sounds awful. The last time we were there was with another couple at the end of June. The food was pretty good. We sat on the patio and found the atmosphere lovely. No flies. Btw, I realize it is a pretty drive up River Rd. But if I lived in your neck of the woods I would find it hard to go anywhere but Birchrunville!

Aug 06, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Townsend

Went back last night. Another great meal and lovely service. Had the skate for the first time. Delicious, with a beautiful presentation.

Aug 03, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia
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Best risotto (Montgomery County if possible)

I can't speak from experience because I never ordered risotto there. I read a review,however, saying the risotto at Po Le is watery and tasteless rice, not creamy as expected. This was from someone who liked everything else and would return. As a fellow risotto perfectionist, I wouldn't order risotto there. If you do, I'd love to hear your opinion. I would try Tavola in Huntingdon Valley.

Aug 01, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

'Substitute' dinner needed for next week Wednesday

Melograno.

Jul 27, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia
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'Substitute' dinner needed for next week Wednesday

I admit I haven't been there in a year, but Modo Mio is consistently good. Noisy though.

Jul 27, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Townsend review: no need to eat my hat.

I said I would eat my hat if LaBan didn't give it three bells.

http://www.philly.com/philly/columnis...

Jul 26, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia
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LaBan Reviews Volver

Entertaining review. Love his reference to gastrono "me" "me" "me"!
While I haven't dined there (and won't), it seems like a fair review.

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

Jul 18, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Best oysters? Oyster happy hours?

I had PEI oysters at Townsend Saturday. It was a special, however. They have broiled oysters on the menu

Jul 16, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia
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