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Best sushi in the Marlton/Voorhees area?

We would appreciate any recommendations for sushi dinner tomorrow-- thanks!

Oct 17, 2012
twotop in New Jersey

Barnes/Art Museum area lunch recs?

Any suggestions for lunch places in with decent vegetarian options? Nothing too fancy, even good pizza would be fine. Thanks!

Aug 12, 2012
twotop in Philadelphia

Best Vietnamese in Washington Ave. vicinity?

Actually we eat seafood but not beef, pork or poultry which I realize narrows the options drastically. Looking at a few menus, it seems as if Nam Phoung is the only place with some veg/seafood offerings...

Jul 30, 2012
twotop in Philadelphia

Best Vietnamese in Washington Ave. vicinity?

The options in this area have always seemed a little overwhelming. In a couple of old threads, people have recommended Pho Ha and Nam Phuong. Are these still the best places? Thanks for any suggestions!

Jul 30, 2012
twotop in Philadelphia

Finally, Indian Food in Vineland!

We were thrilled to discover that this little place had sprung up amid the diner/chain/fast-food wasteland of (far) South Jersey. Usually we have to travel 25 miles north (to Voorhees) or west (to Philadelphia) for Indian-- I just hope the locals take a chance and support it. Open since October, the little place was clean and cheerfully decorated, enlivened by a TV playing Bollywood music videos. We were the only people there for a while, although an eight-top came in later. That, along with a couple of take-out orders, caused our server to become a little overwhelmed, but it really wasn't a problem. Based on our modest sampling of the menu (crispy papdums with fresh and spicy chutneys, palak paneer [spinach with cheese cubes], baingan bartha [eggplant with tomatoes and peas], garlic naan and onion kulcha [two kinds of flatbread]), it's obvious that whoever is in the kitchen knows what they're doing. Everything was spicy (as ordered), fresh and delicious. As in most Indian restaurants, there are many vegetarian offerings, as well as more unusual items such as goat and Hakka Noodles. We will definitely be going back. Bombay Bites, we're glad you're here-- Jai Hind!

Dec 30, 2011
twotop in New Jersey

Coming to Mechanicsburg?!?!

I'm coming again. Any new suggestions since 2008?

Apr 16, 2011
twotop in Pennsylvania

Coffeehouse or Diner in Plymouth Mtg.??

Any suggestions for a breakfast, sit-down bakery, or diner-type place for an informal morning (10 AM) meeting in Plymouth Meeting (or very nearby)? We're trying to avoid the chain/fast-food places. Thanks!

Dec 07, 2010
twotop in Philadelphia

South Street Souvlaki

As has been reported in this thread, South Street Souvlaki does close for some weeks every summer, but it's always worth the wait.

Aug 03, 2010
twotop in Philadelphia

South Street Souvlaki

Haven't been to Dmitri's in years but did try it when we went and at that time thought SSS was better!

Aug 03, 2010
twotop in Philadelphia

South Street Souvlaki

We have and still think SSS is the best!

Aug 03, 2010
twotop in Philadelphia

South Street Souvlaki

In South Philadelphia, on South Street near the corner of fifth, you can find one of the cities greatest treasures. South Street Souvlaki is an ancient neighborhood restaurant which has witnessed the opening and closing of scores of other Philadelphia establishments. Tom Vasiliades, the owner of the restaurant, is an affable man with an admirable stern yet carefree (perhaps careless) “I’ll do it my way” attitude. The thing I respect the most about Tom and his restaurant, after his grilled octopus, is his willingness to put his foot down. In an era where children apparently do whatever they want, wherever they want, South Street Souvlaki’s menu actually states, “If you can’t control your children, please don’t patronize my restaurant.” Tom is in some ways reminiscent of Seinfeld’s Soup Nazi and I always feel lucky that he lets me eat there.
Another tell that the food at this restaurant speaks for itself and to hell with everyone if they don’t like it, is the fact that they did not take credit cards up until a few years ago. Up until the oughts, Tom was able to tell his customers “If you want to eat my food, you must pay cash.” The restaurant is remarkably affordable for the quality of the cuisine and the generous portions.
Many of the waitresses appear to have been at the restaurant since it opened, and like the décor downstairs, they haven’t changed a bit. Although they can be sweet under the right circumstances, you get the feeling that if you do the wrong thing they will throw you out the door and one suspects that they could really care less whether you came or not. The restaurant and its staff appear tired and in need of help from Ponce de Leon, but I’m certain I would be disappointed if anything changed at all.
When approaching South Street Souvlaki from the outside you’ll see pressed lamb roasting on vertical spit, waiting to be dismembered, little slice by little slice, married to pita, and drizzled with tzatzizki, a yogurt sauce, to become gyros. The restaurant is divided into two sides downstairs, the right half is a dining room with a bar and the left half is again divided into a combination open kitchen/take away place and dining entranceway, with busy cooks hustling to get orders out. As you enter to be seated, you pass by tray after tray of traditional Greek delicacies: hummus, dolmades (stuffed grape leaves), moussaka (eggplant and ground meat), skordalia (garlic dip), and spanikopita (spinach pie made with filo dough). There is also an upstairs that is used for private affairs and overflow on busy nights.
The menu includes all of the items you would expect from a Greek restaurant beginning with kalamata olives and feta cheese to shish kebob and ending with rice pudding and baklava, none of which will disappoint you. For spectacle, order the saganakiopa (say opa), a Greek cheese served on fire. Purists will respect the falafel, deep fried balls of chick pea dough, served in a pita a la the gyros. However, there are two items on the menu that everyone should have the honor to enjoy before they die. These items are so special that they make South Street Souvlaki legendary and one of my favorite restaurants of all time.
Tom’s Greek style shrimp is sautéed in white wine and butter with fresh tomatoes, onions, and garlic. It’s served with feta cheese over linguine. As an Italian, I thought I knew better than to serve cheese with seafood, it could ruin the best recipe. However, this preparation crushes my haughty prejudice; the salty feta seamlessly melds with the flavors of the tomatoes, onions, and garlic, highlighting the perfectly prepared shrimp. Although I always want to try other items on the menu, such as the imam baldi (sautéed onions and tomatoes stuffed in eggplant and baked), I can never resist ordering it.
South Street Souvlaki’s piece de resistance, the item that could not be gushed-over enough, is one of the restaurants simplest dishes: the grilled octopus. The tender baby octopus is charcoal broiled and marinated with olive oil and vinegar. Stunning in its minimalism, it is truly unequaled. For years my family members and I ordered grilled octopus everywhere we saw it on the menu, only to be disappointed. Although many restaurants make it well, none have come close to its smoky flawlessness. The tender meaty texture is seasoned perfectly every time and I am certain that the charcoal broiling is the key to its divinity. Even if you think you don’t like octopus, I urge you to go there and try it because to do otherwise is to deprive yourself of one of life’s greatest rewards.
I want to get in my car and go there right now.

Jul 29, 2010
twotop in Philadelphia

Mother's Day, Bartram's Gardens area?

We'll be taking our Mothers to Bartram's Gardens on Sunday-- I don't even know what that area is called (Gray's Ferry?)-- anyway, is there any place acceptably Chowish for lunch in the neighborhood so we don't have to haul back into town in multiple vehicles? I realize this is a long shot, but thanks for any recommendations...

May 07, 2010
twotop in Philadelphia

Philly visitor logistics

I second the Zahav rec! We had dinner there (2 vegetarians, 2 non-veg) a couple of nights ago and it was outstanding on all fronts: atomosphere is understated yet exotic feeling; service was patient, attentive and unobtrusive; food was delicious across the board, from a divine fava bean hummus with warm laffa bread to fried to the apple terrine with baklava and caramel ice cream and everything in between. Highly recommended!

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Zahav
237 St James Place, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Dec 05, 2009
twotop in Pennsylvania

Top Chef - Las Vegas - Ep. #12 - 11/18/09 (Spoilers)

I want to know what books Kevin won (along with his $30,000)!

Nov 21, 2009
twotop in Food Media & News

west side columbus, nothing fancy

Thanks Fibber and kura!

west side columbus, nothing fancy

This is probably a long shot, but My Mom and I will be driving to Illinois from New Jersey, spending the night on the west side of Columbus. Is there any good local place to go for dinner? Pizza? Ethnic? We'll be pretty fried from the 8-hour drive and not up for much running around, but would appreciate any recommendations that would save us from Bob Evans, etc. Thanks!!

2nd best pizza in town?

Yes -we're looking downtown. We'll check them out. Thanks!

Mar 24, 2009
twotop in Pennsylvania

2nd best pizza in town?

Okay, so Tacconelli's is closed today-- where's the second best place to get a slice this afternoon?

Mar 24, 2009
twotop in Pennsylvania

Recs for Indian Restaurants in Philadlephia

Having dinner with friends tomorrow night-- we all LOVE good Indian food-- and need some guidance. Reviews of Old City places (Karma, Cafe Spice) seem wildly contradictory ("This is the best, most authentic ..." or "This is the worst, most overpriced..."), while reviews of University City places seem to be years old!
I thought there were a couple of Indian restaurants opening (or reopening) last summer but haven't heard anything since. Indian food fans, please advise!

Feb 06, 2009
twotop in Pennsylvania

Indian in Center City?

Weren't there a couple of Indian places in Center City that were about to open and/or reopen in the last month or so?
Has anyone tried them yet? What's the verdict?

May 27, 2008
twotop in Pennsylvania

RUNOFF VOTING - June Cookbook of Month

Penelope Casas's Tapas. A wonderful book!

May 24, 2008
twotop in Home Cooking

Coming to Mechanicsburg?!?!

Bringing my old, grumpy, unadventurous father to see his sister in Mechanicsburg (from a look at the map closer to Good Hope Mill) for his birthday next Sunday (4-20-08) and refuse to end up at the Old Country Buffet. Any sugestions where we should go for lunch? Thanks!

Apr 11, 2008
twotop in Pennsylvania

Main Line Birthday dinner suggestions

Three of us had an outstanding birthday dinner at "Margot BYOB" on Woodbine Ave. in Narberth last night. Cozy, slightly funky atmosphere, nice service and everything we ordered was excellent (grilled artichoke hearts were a highlight). Menu is eclectic American and strives for seasonality, although I was surprised to see so much asparagus on the menu and the veg of the day was snow peas?! The only negative, according to one of our party, was the glare of fluorescent lights from the open kitchen.
Nevertheless, we will definitely go back. Recommended!

Dec 13, 2007
twotop in Pennsylvania