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After Batali Bust, Arguments for and Against Tipping Out

I wonder if other restaurants do this, does anyone know???

Mar 09, 2012
beforeourtime in Features

Good Chinese Buffet, Philly Suburbs?

To our Eastern Delaware County chow pals, if you haven't tried it yet, check out the Hong Kong Noodle and Duck House on Garrett Road near Edmonds Ave. in Drexel Hill. It''s still their grand opening, we've been there twice, loved it, and are thrilled to have it in the 'hood. It's a small place that does lots of take-out and has tables to dine in, which we did, and it was pleasant. The small staff is nice and this place is owned by the people who brought us the Sang Kee restaurants, which explains the quality. They have the usual Chinese fare to please the masses, but the focus is on noodle dishes and soups and Peking duck, which I recommend very highly. Their hot and sour soup is delicious and (imagine) actually both hot and sour! Please give the place a try--we want them to do well and stick around!

Feb 18, 2012
beforeourtime in Philadelphia

Good Chinese Buffet, Philly Suburbs?

Okay, so we went to King Buffet tonight (Saturday), early, around 5 pm. As buffets go, it was pretty good, largely because it is busy and the food doesn't sit around. Nothing terribly unusual in terms of selection, but nice, and decent quality for a buffet. My favorite part of any Asian buffet is the sushi. This place has a decent selection of sushi and it was fresh and good. Plenty of rolls, unagi, tuna, salmon, and yellowtail sushi, which made me happy, and everything was refilled constantly. Decent fried dumplings that were not hard and greasy from languishing on the steam table, some sweet bean buns, and shu mai as well as the usual appetizers. Now for the bad part--predictably, the place was a zoo on Saturday night. We got there just in time before the major onslaught that resulted in crowds of people waiting for tables in the small lobby area. You really had to be careful not to get mowed down around the buffet stations. Not my idea of a lovely dining experience and while I might go back again at some off-time, I would never go on a weekend again. We went to acccomodate my house guest who loves Chinese buffets and it's not a bad one, but I would have preferred to sit and be waited on at just about any decent Chinese restaurant.

Feb 18, 2012
beforeourtime in Philadelphia

Good Chinese Buffet, Philly Suburbs?

Lol...me neither, Barry. I draw the line there!

Feb 18, 2012
beforeourtime in Philadelphia

Good Chinese Buffet, Philly Suburbs?

Thanks for the info! I agree about food sitting around and frankly, I hate going to any of these places on a weekend. Ruby Buffet on Delaware Avenue is actually good but I would never go there on a Saturday. Was there once on a Sunday and had to contend not only with crowds, but even a huge family reunion that was taking place right in the middle of the restaurant--ugh!

Feb 18, 2012
beforeourtime in Philadelphia

Good Chinese Buffet, Philly Suburbs?

You are so right! We will try the one in Plymouth Meeting tonight and will report back here with our review. Thanks so much for your help.

Feb 18, 2012
beforeourtime in Philadelphia

Good Chinese Buffet, Philly Suburbs?

Many thanks! Plymouth Meeting is about 20 minutes from us thanks to the Blue Route so we'll probably go there. I did Google Hometown Buffet and didn't find anything that's a Chinese buffet.
Any chance it has another name? Thanks again.

Feb 17, 2012
beforeourtime in Philadelphia

Good Chinese Buffet, Philly Suburbs?

I have a friend staying with me (I'm in Lansdowne Delaware County) who loves Chinese buffets. Does anyone have a recommendation? My experience with the ones near us in Del. Co. is really bad. Anyone been to the one in Plymouth Meeting? Thanks ahead for your help!

Feb 17, 2012
beforeourtime in Philadelphia

The Porch at the Lamb Tavern in Springfield Delaware County

I have eaten there twice since it reopened. It was at least as good, maybe better than before. A friend who goes a lot says they removed lots of old favorite menu items initially, then added them back when people complained. Their shrimp and lobster risotto is rich, but very, very yummy. At our last visit, a couple of people had that and loved it. A couple of us had specials, which were excellent, and someone had pork chops and reported they were very good. Overall, if you liked the Lamb before, you will not be disappointed now.

Nov 29, 2011
beforeourtime in Philadelphia

In town next week, including Valentine's Day. Help, please.

Thanks again, all! We were going to try T & S Seafood as recommended by Rudeboy (though maybe not for VDay) and found it boarded up!!! Anyone know the scoop? We've been to Stubb's (walking distance from our hotel) for bbq and loved it (no music that night, but the food was fine), Manuel's for Interior Mex--it was excellent on a busy night, with great service and super drinks), and had lunch at Roux today (new place on E. 6th across from the visitor's center)--wonderful cajun--try the seafood bisque, jambalaya, and gorgeous fried green tomatoes. Still figuring out VDay, but our conference starts tomorrow, so we may be limited as to distance. We're staying at the Sheraton at 11th & Red River. More to come...happy VDay, everyone!

Feb 13, 2008
beforeourtime in Austin

In town next week, including Valentine's Day. Help, please.

Thanks for your suggestions and the threads--very helpful! If anyone else wants to help with our "don't miss" list, I will be most grateful.

Feb 09, 2008
beforeourtime in Austin

In town next week, including Valentine's Day. Help, please.

Greetings, Austin hounds~

My husband and I will be visiting from Philadelphia all next week and are looking for some not-to-be missed places for barbecue, Tex-Mex, Asian, etc. We normally never go out on Valentine's Day (prefer to stay home and cook lobsters) but will have to this year--any non rip-off recommendations for that night? We are staying at the Sheraton Austin on East 11th Street for a convention and can get a car if we need one. Thanks in advance for your help!

Francesca

Feb 08, 2008
beforeourtime in Austin

Don't-Miss Spots in Austin???

Greetings Chowhounds,

My husband and I are traveling west to Austin for the first time in February, just for a few days at a convention, so free time is limited. Obviously, Austin is quite a restaurant town! I'd very much appreciate suggestions for places not-to-be-missed. We like everything-- barbecue, Mexican, Asian, etc., etc. Many thanks for your help!

Jan 14, 2008
beforeourtime in Austin