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Philly CH to Tillamook OR

Heading to Tillamook for a three day visit. Was wondering if there's anyplace you'd recommend eating. Looking for something not uber-pricey but that (obviously) has good food in a casual setting. Preference would be seafood but I'm open. Suggestions?

Also, what's the one local beer you'd suggest I try while there. I generally favor wheat beers but am open to suggestions.

2 days ago
Misha in Pacific Northwest

Try the new place/dish, or stick with old faithful?

Birthdays and special occasions are always new--it's like a mandate. The rest of the time it depends where I am and who I'm with. I love trying the hot new places but also enjoy hitting my fave ethnic joints in Philly. At those. I rarely stray (or have just one new dish) because living in the 'burbs, don't get to them as frequently so I'm craving this or that.

Apr 14, 2014
Misha in Philadelphia

Toronto Hound in Philly

I don't know if they have Scandanavian food in Toronto but if they don't and you're looking for something both good and different, check out Noord.

Apr 09, 2014
Misha in Philadelphia

BYOB recommendation @ Passyunk Square

Was at Noord about a month ago. The restroom is on the same floor as the tables (place is tiny) but believe there's a step heading into the restaurant's entrance.

Mar 20, 2014
Misha in Philadelphia

Easter brunch recommendations?

Will do. And gonna take your advice and arrive early. What's the worse that could happen, right? Really looking forrward to it.

Mar 17, 2014
Misha in Philadelphia

Easter brunch recommendations?

Thanks for the head's up. Managed to land a reservation for brunch at Lacroix but best I could do time-wise was 1:45. Is that going to ruin our experience? Or will we still have a relaxing meal and have the opportunity to sample their offerings?

Mar 14, 2014
Misha in Philadelphia

Easter brunch recommendations?

So, is the food mediocre, CW? Would prefer going someplace where you're also getting some good eats, especially at those prices.

Mar 11, 2014
Misha in Philadelphia

Easter brunch recommendations?

Has anyone been to Waterworks lately for brunch? Is it worth the money or is it all about the view?

Mar 10, 2014
Misha in Philadelphia

Fun Dinner for Eight

Thanks, all. I've been to most of the places you suggested (and agree that they're solid choices). Love Modo but think crowd might think too much food (as if!)

So leaning toward Vietnam though if anyone has a good read on Tesoro (a new tapas place in S. Philly) would be curious to hear.

Mar 05, 2014
Misha in Philadelphia

Fun Dinner for Eight

Yes to both although a good beer selection or umbrella cocktails do have their place. And sharing dishes is good. (We've all been to Zahav, Amada, Tinto and Bar Ferdinand though.)

Mar 04, 2014
Misha in Philadelphia

Fun Dinner for Eight

Looking for a fun but not pricey place to celebrate a family birthday in Philly/S. Philly/Northern Lib. Place must take reservations.

I was thinking of a newish gastro pub or some ethnic place since variety is key and among us is one vegetarian and two others who are fairly health conscious. The rest of us agree that fat equals flavor, lol.

Any suggestions are welcome.

Mar 04, 2014
Misha in Philadelphia

West Chester / Brandywine Recommendation?

I'm heading to Birchrunville Store Cafe beginning of April. Any recommendations?

Feb 26, 2014
Misha in Philadelphia

Your recs for Celebratory dinner Center City area

I think Amada has the perfect mix of what you're looking for: great bar, food, atmosphere. And the small plate thing also makes for fun dining. Plus, while some may think it sounds cheesy, always fun to say you dined at an Iron Chef place.

Feb 21, 2014
Misha in Philadelphia

Depressing restaurants you love

+1 for The Pub at Airport Circle. The place is worn but the food has stayed consistent. We always went for the chicken and rib combo and it's never disappointed. And while we did suffer a bit of culture shock when they went from a head of iceberg lettuce pp for their salad to their now long-standing salad bar, we ended up loving it. They still provide anchovies for their caesar!

Feb 20, 2014
Misha in Philadelphia

Best vietnamese, best pizza and best scrapple in philly?

If you're interested in a soup and not in the mood for Pho, go with my favorite, Bun Hue. It's deliciously spicy. My fave for that is Vietnam Cafe in West Philly.

Feb 18, 2014
Misha in Philadelphia
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Looking for steak place near West Chester

I far prefer Mile Hi to both Pietro's Prime or Brandwine Prime but I'm not sure if it's open for lunch. I've never been but a friend speaks highly of Creed's Steakhouse which is also in the KofP area.

Feb 18, 2014
Misha in Philadelphia
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Special occasion brunch not as pricy as Lacroix

Supper might also be a worthy contender.

Jan 21, 2014
Misha in Philadelphia
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Anything new in Chester / Delaware Counties

I like Oriental Pearl on Chichester Ave, not far from 322. It's a Vietnamese place (they also serve Thai but haven't had any of that. Their Bun Hue (a spicy noodle soup) is really good. So are the spring rolls, "tacos" and vermicelli dishes. Not quite as good as Vietnam Cafe in West Philly but the food's really fresh and I always walk away feeling like it was money well spent.

Jan 13, 2014
Misha in Philadelphia

Has anyone tried Shing Kee on Washington Avenue

What kind of soup did you have? And am not familiar with the now defunct Hello Cafe? Insight, pls.

Jan 09, 2014
Misha in Philadelphia

New Year's Eve Help

Cool; thx.

Dec 28, 2013
Misha in Philadelphia

New Year's Eve Help

It's me again. Well, plans were changed. The group decided to head west rather than head into Philly. Now we're headed to Brandywine Prime in Chadds Ford. I've never been before but the place seems nice enough.

Again, any feedback or recommendations would be appreciated. And Happy New Year to all! Stay safe...

Dec 26, 2013
Misha in Philadelphia

New Year's Eve Help

So, some friends and I are going out. Yeah I know; stay home and make something wonderful. That option, unfortunately, is off the table. Instead I'm being asked to choose between La Veranda and The Rose Tattoo Cafe.

The former is positioned nicely to see the fireworks at Penn's Landing but that means fighting a lot of traffic. Which brings me to the food. Which place am I going to get a better meal? Anyone CHers been to either recently? Would prefer to end the year on a culinary high note.

Dec 26, 2013
Misha in Philadelphia

Italian and other European foods that Philly is known for

Throwing out this to the CH crowed: what about Sunday Sugo at Modo Mio. Seems very red-gravy friendly. I've been during the week but am interested in giving it a try. Worth it?

Dec 20, 2013
Misha in Philadelphia

Lunchtime Nibble This Wednesday

That sounds incredible! Would head there this weekend if I wasn't going out of town. Will let you know what I think when I try it. That said, not a huge fan of rosemary (just too perfume-y for my taste). Any of those things I should shy away from, CW?

Dec 20, 2013
Misha in Philadelphia

Lunchtime Nibble This Wednesday

Ended up stopping at Federal Donuts for their chicken. This time I had the buttermilk chicken and found it even better than the chilli-glazed. Loved the crispy skin. Somehow I managed to save that for dinner and with the weather as cold as it was, the food was perfectly safe in my trunk.

For lunch I couldn't resist. Went (again) for the lamb sandwich at the truck right across from my dentist. Was terrific as always.

Thanks, all for your suggestions!

Dec 19, 2013
Misha in Philadelphia
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Lunchtime Nibble This Wednesday

Thanks.

My bad. I forgot to mention that I had the chicken and you're right. It was yummy. And had Luke's Lobster roll when I was down in Georgetown. Also quite good.

Since you mentioned the Falafel Truck, was wondering...are there other good food trucks around 30th Street. I head right past there going to work from my appt. Thanks again for your help.

Dec 16, 2013
Misha in Philadelphia

Lunchtime Nibble This Wednesday

Going to be around 16th & Walnut until about 11:30 AM. Want to pick up something good (and portable) to eat back at my office. Normally, I stop at a Gyro truck that makes a great lamb sandwich, or grab a slice from SLICE but want to try something new. Any ideas? I might even consider something for dinner later that evening (have a mini-fridge at work).

Suggestions? Would like to keep it walkable...

Dec 16, 2013
Misha in Philadelphia

Holiday Dinner at Silverspoon Cafe in Wayne

Went last evening. We were a group of six and all of us had a great time. We were originally supposed to be seven and the table they set up for us felt a bit cramped. They quickly remedied the situation and we were off to the races.

We shared some of the snacks; my favorite was a special; fried zucchini chips with a sriraccha-based dipping sauce. The small roasted potatoes with rosemary was another crowd pleaser.

For apps, most had the arugula salad with pears and everyone pronounced it delicious. I had pork belly with oat porridge and cherries. Figured I'd give it a go. Well...it was AMAZING. Definitely the highlight of the meal. The porridge was just right and the cherries just brightened the entire dish.

For entrees, people had the trout, the scallops, the steak and a beef shoulder, also a special. There wasn't a scrap left on the plate. I had the cassoulet. It came in what looked like a crock for onion soup and all I saw when it was presented was a breadcrumb topping. Not what I was expecting. But inside...wow! It was a mix of duck confit, sausage, creamy white beans and veggies. It was delicious. Understand, though, that it truly was a mix--felt like everything was cooked for hours. Shreds of duck, slices of sausage and then everything else. Would order it again in a heartbeat.

Dessert's generally not my thing but I enjoyed the pecan tart. And I tasted the bread pudding--another winner. All in all, would highly recommend this place. It's BYOB so it manages to keep the price within reason, especially since we knocked off four bottles of wine.

Dec 13, 2013
Misha in Philadelphia

Gift certificate recommendation for relatives (advice needed for an out-of-towner)

One sidebar. If you end up getting a gift certificate for less than the $150 due to BYOs (lots of great suggestions here. I especially loved Vernick and Il Pittore), you may want to consider using the balance on a gift certificate to either one of our great pizza places (Zavino, Nomad) or out of the box, at the Reading Terminal. They might enjoy picking up some goodies to go.

Dec 04, 2013
Misha in Philadelphia

easy-going post-feast dinner tomorrow?

I'm pretty sure Devil's Den is also open tomorrow. It might also be an option for you.

Wherever you land, hope you have a great holiday. And eat some duck for me. Love Sang Kee...

Nov 27, 2013
Misha in Philadelphia