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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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Best oysters? Oyster happy hours?

Little Fish always has good oysters.

Jul 15, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Townsend

Sylvia, this is funny. I mentioned more than once to my husband that you wrote your husband loved the chicken. I thought he might like to order it. A woman at a four top across the room said the chicken was very good, and I said to my husband "I bet she read Sylvia's post too". I heard that because at the time we were the only other occupied table in the room. If the blonde woman was you, I wish I had said hello. I enjoy your reviews very much.

Jul 13, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Townsend

We were there last night, based on recommendations from my son and this board. We loved it! We sat in the pretty dining room behind the bar. Since we were there early, we got to enjoy the mellow jazz music. The service was impeccable. I had what was possibly the best sidecar of my life. My husband liked his Tanqueray and tonic. The white wine I enjoyed with dinner was delicious and a very generous pour. We shared the gnocchi app. My husband had the black bass with cockles app and the seared scallop app. I had a half dozen PEI oysters and the marinated hamachi. Everything was out of this world, with excellent sauces, which we mopped up with the very good bread. I think the gnocchi (in a rich wild mushroom sauce) was my favorite. We shared the chocolate souffle, which came with a Pernod laced chantilly cream. Just a wonderful evening. I think this is my new favorite.

Jul 13, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia
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Del Frisco's - should we go?

Sullivan's is part of the DelFrisco restaurant group. Perhaps you could use both cards at DelFrisco.

Jul 09, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Philadelphia suburbs

Maize is wonderful but, as others said, be prepared for a leisurely meal. In Doylestown, we have greatly enjoyed Genevieve's Kitchen, a byob across from the County theater.
http://www.genevieveskitchen.com

Jul 07, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Help! Great Resto in 'burbs

Love the Daffodil cake. Don't remember loving anything else much. I've only been to lunches and brunches there, however. A friend who has taken his a French-speaking uncle there several times. (because said uncle lives nearby and enjoys chatting with the owner), claims the menu is so so.

Jul 03, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Fraschetta

We arrived at 6pm, and it was pretty quiet. However, the restaurant was full by 7pm and it was a bit loud. We could hear each other but one did need to speak up. We loved the food so much that the noise wouldn't deter us from returning. You would probably do well noise-wise to arrive by 5:30pm.

Jun 30, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Me Again: Odd priorities: Tuesday Night, early

Le Cheri. There is a parking lot (albeit $24) directly behind it.

Jun 30, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Fraschetta

Finally got there last night and liked it very much, particularly my tagliatelle with mushrooms and truffles. It takes us about 30 minutes to get there but we will return.

Jun 29, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Good restos near St. Joseph's university

Pescatore , a good byob in Bala isn't far.

http://www.pescatorebyob.com/#about

Jun 29, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Help! Great Resto in 'burbs

Fraschetta, a byob in Bryn Mawr. Roman inspired cuisine from the chef/owner of Melograno.

Jun 29, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

New or interesting near Ardmore?

Just had a wonderful meal last night at Fraschetta, in Bryn Mawr. I loved the homemade tagliatelle in a truffle mushroom sauce.

Jun 29, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

DINNERLAB EXPANDS TO PHILLY!!

I think doxiemom is drawing a contrast between the Diner en Blanc crowd and Dinnerlab. As much as I dislike Diner en Blanc, I stand by what ai said about the fee, at least until they're up to speed in Philly.

Jun 27, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Seafood in Philly?

No reason to go to NJ.

Jun 26, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

New or interesting near Ardmore?

Homemade in Narberth (sandwich shop during the day) is surprisingly cozy for byob dinners. Good food and nice menu.

Jun 25, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Help! Great Resto in 'burbs

Heirloom (byob) in Chestnut Hill.

Jun 25, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia
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Outdoor dining

And Lulu, the neighbor's cat, who always visits us on the porch at Birchrunville.

Jun 24, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

DINNERLAB EXPANDS TO PHILLY!!

Well, if they are not offering as much in Philly to start why pay $125?

Jun 24, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Outdoor dining

Not in Philadelphia (and the food won't knock your socks off) but we had a lovely evening with friends last night on the patio at The Inn at Phillips Mill. Very nice setting and the service was charming. The food is quite good, just more 1970's French food than, say, Le Cheri. This was our first time dining outdoors there, and we really enjoyed it. A cute cat from nextdoor kept peeking his head in but was reluctant to enter.

Jun 23, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Best places for adventurous eaters in Philidelphia?

David Ansill does some adventurous stuff and if you happen to be in Philly next Thursday, you would probably love this chef collaboration at Bar Ferdinand:
http://www.barferdinand.com/Chef_Cola...

Jun 19, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Seafood in Philly?

I second Little Fish. Excellent seafood and byob (which you may not have in Texas).

Jun 19, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia
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La Grande Festa Italiana in Bridgeport is No More

This is a shame. I think I know the church. A beautiful old church on Ridge?

Jun 19, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Blue Bell Inn Grand Reopening 4/7/14

Just read they are dropping the valet parking charge. "as a thank you to all our patrons, we are pleased to offer complimentary valet parking nightly." Maybe the parkers were complaining about not getting tipped by the already p.o.'d patrons.

Jun 16, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Petruce et al

Congratulations on the three bell review from LaBan.

Jun 14, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Still Mystified about Scoogi's

I do the same, for the same reason and with the same result. And it's always crowded, not just with old folks. These days we go to Roberto's, which is much better and has homemade pasta.
http://www.robertotrattoria.com

Jun 12, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Zeppolis, Collingswood: The Whole Truth

Not me this Saturday.

Jun 10, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Zeppolis, Collingswood: The Whole Truth

I love the gnocchi. Btw, we went at 5pm on a Saturday night with a friend who has hearing problems. He found it to be tolerable. Btw, on several other visits (on the early side -- all Saturdays), we didn't find the noise to be worse than many other restaurants.

Jun 10, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

LaBan review of Paris Bistro

I don't know. I've seen him give no bells.

Jun 08, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia