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Old Fashioned Hot Dogs with a Snap!

I like the ones at Jimmy Johns on Rt. 202. They're a little on the plump side but the snap more than compensates. You can buy them uncooked.

http://www.jimmyjohns1940.com

Jul 17, 2015
Misha in Philadelphia

Bridal Shower Venue Recommendations

I don't have a specific suggestion but some sort of Asian cuisine could be within your budget

Jul 17, 2015
Misha in Philadelphia
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Matyson closed?!

I'm bummed too. Never had the tasting menus but always enjoyed their a la carte offerings. And believe Laban was not crazy about the Milkhouse at 30th St. Oh well. Maybe his son at some point will open a place that pays homage to Matyson.

Jul 07, 2015
Misha in Philadelphia

Wayne for Lunch

Estia Tavern has great food--some seafood and a great assortment of fresh fish, all with a more Mediterranean bent. Plus the room is nice and the service is great. I highly recommend.

Jul 02, 2015
Misha in Philadelphia
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Looking for Recommendation for South Philly Italian Restaurants after seeing The Lion King - with KIDS!

+1 on Villa di Roma. Can't get anymore South Philly than that. That said, you mentioned your kids are foodies. If that's the case, maybe a place like Palladino's? Or

Recs for Shrimp with Lobster Sauce?

Thanks for the recs and the recipe. Love Sang Kee but have found oldtime, traditional fare is not their specialty. Their duck, dumplings and soup rocks though.

And I'm going to definitely try and whip it up, per the recipe you provided Chef Paulo. I grew up in the Northeast (Philly) and if we're talking the Jade Palace on Castor Ave, just north of Cottman, was one of my stomping grounds. Loved their preparation--in fact, was channeling it when I originally posted!

Apr 22, 2015
Misha in Philadelphia
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Recs for Shrimp with Lobster Sauce?

I'm craving the dish from my childhood. Big fat shrimp, scallion, egg sauce, ground pork--and God help me, nothing too thin. Haven't had it in a while and have no idea where to begin. But my destination is Chinatown...or am I on a fool's mission these days?

Apr 20, 2015
Misha in Philadelphia

Estia Greek Taverna Radnor

I've been to the Radnor location twice and also to the one in Philly. Both times was able to have a comfortable conversation with my group--and the service was exceptional.

As for the food, I love their lamb chops and have also enjoyed their octopus and lobster. Am heading back on Tuesday and am expecting another terrific experience. Will keep you posted either way.

Apr 19, 2015
Misha in Philadelphia

Recommendations for fancy Italian restaurant

I used to be a fan of BR but last time I went it felt very worn and not in a good way. Plus the food slipped. That said, if you guys have been recently and insist that the quality is still up to par, maybe I'll give it another try. If so, will let you know if my mind's been changed.

Apr 16, 2015
Misha in Philadelphia

need your help

Not sure if it's quiet but another option for another Sunday could be Chestnut Hill's Mica.

Apr 14, 2015
Misha in Philadelphia
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Recommendations for fancy Italian restaurant

Skip Bistro Romano. Modo Mio is a great value and pretty good food. Il Pittore is great though pricey. Le Virtu is not as consistent as I like. Amis has the hippest vibe of those you mention. Went to Osteria a few weeks ago and it was still good but not as much of a knockout as I remember from a year or so ago. I also like Melagrano.

Apr 14, 2015
Misha in Philadelphia
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The Commissary. . .

If I'm recalling correctly, Neil Stein also had a great seafood place...The Fish Market. Still haunted by their Shrimp Tomato Pie.

Apr 07, 2015
Misha in Philadelphia

Freemont Street Help...

Looking for a solid (though of course, prefer great) restaurant downtown for tonight. Preferably Italian or steakhouse that has cocktails and not just wine. Any suggestions?

Mar 22, 2015
Misha in Las Vegas
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Lotus of Siam: Still wonderful but...

I'm having a tough time trying to get a reservation. Every time I call there's a busy signal. Is that a routine thing? I'm calling (702) 735-3033

Feb 17, 2015
Misha in Las Vegas

Mexican?

I'm looking for really good, authentic Mexican food. I don't want to spend a fortune ($40/pp if that's doable) but would like it to have a great vibe. I have a car so that's not an issue though the strip would be more convenient.

Also, does anyone have a suggestion for really great, really accessible bar food?

Feb 17, 2015
Misha in Las Vegas

Where can I get an onion board?

I feel your pain. I live in the Philly area and the place I used to go to closed their doors. Now I'm onion-board less.

Jan 13, 2015
Misha in Manhattan

Saturday lunch spot in the city

Thanks for posting, BarryG. I'm relieved to know all is well on the Kanella front---except for their website.

Jan 09, 2015
Misha in Philadelphia

Saturday lunch spot in the city

Speaking of Kanella, I tried going to their website the other day to check out the menu and found it non-operational. Did the same just a minute ago and got one of those generic "Go Daddy" wanna buy a website messages. Any clue why?

Jan 08, 2015
Misha in Philadelphia

Great Italian

Looking for some great straight-up Italian food. The menu for Il Mulano looks right up my group's alley but how is the quality? Is there somewhere else you suggest in its place. Mind you, we're not the sweetbreads/truffle/foie gras type but do know excellent food when we eat it.

On a related note--one person is dying for a steak house. I know a lot of places do beef well--though I like mine med. rare ;) --but which do the sides and starters the best?

Our third dinner is LOS. I read it slipped a bit but since I've been dying to go for about the last three years, thought I'd insist on that as my pick. Thanks in advance for your help--and our trip isn't until mid-March so there's time. When do you suggest we make reservations (meaning how soon in advance?)

Dec 15, 2014
Misha in Las Vegas

Vegetarian-friendly restaurant as gift

I do a similar thing for my niece and nephew (in their 20s) but in smaller increments. Nephew likes veggies but is a carnivore. His GF is a vegetarian. So, I do make sure there are options for her on their dinner menu. But...always try and make sure they also have a brunch menu because options can grow expedentially. This year I went the ethnic route.

You can always go with something like Khyber Pass Pub (something I did one year). They probably wouldn't spend the entire amt in one sitting but the great thing is, is that they could use it also at a couple of other places they own. For similar reasons, you might want to check out Vetri for a gift certicate that's doable at Osteria, Vetri Pizza, Amis and his new place at the Navy Yard.

Sbraga also has a few outlets--Fat Ham, Sbrage and now Junniper Commons. That just opened so don't know how it will be received but...

If you're simply looking for a one option choice, Supper might be a fun choice.

Dec 12, 2014
Misha in Philadelphia
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Fogo de Chao or Chima

So glad to hear it was a success! Thanks for the follow up...

Dec 11, 2014
Misha in Philadelphia

Fogo de Chao or Chima

If you're determined to go to Fogo or Chima, I'd go with Fogo every time. I think the food's far superior and the salad bar rocks.

Nov 29, 2014
Misha in Philadelphia
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Pho Street

I got the Bun Hue soup at the Springfield location and it was very good. It was takeout though but the order was ready in 15 minutes.

Nov 28, 2014
Misha in Philadelphia

Best Indian Food on the Main Line

My favorite is Ekta.

Sep 09, 2014
Misha in Philadelphia

Can a menu be too small?

I don't mind when I go to a place if they have a smallish menu but I do mind when they have several of the same ingredients in multiple dishes. As an example, if I'm not a fan of olives and two of the four dishes have them, it quickly decreases my options. That said, if a place becomes known for something, it strikes me that that should stay fairly static for the "occasion" diner to enjoy. But if nothing else, menus should be switched up in really good places if only to take advantage of seasonal ingredients. I mean, who would order a tomato salad in February?

Sep 09, 2014
Misha in Philadelphia

Just a comment/question

Sorry for not replying sooner. Money really isn't the issue. Just great food and an experience that I can "sell" to my traveling buds.

Sep 05, 2014
Misha in Las Vegas

Just a comment/question

So a question...I'm from out of town (Philly) but try to stay on top of the Vegas food scene for the occasional times I visit. Generally I go with several friends. I'd love to explore the off-strip food scene but I often hear that cabs are prohibitively expensive. And there's always something new to try on the Strip. What parts of the surrounding area are fastest to get to by cab--I'll be there in March and am staying at the Elara. And beyond LOS, which even I'm sick of hearing about, give me a couple of knockout suggestions so I can persuade my friends to make the leap. What would also be helpful are places near The Smith Center.

Aug 31, 2014
Misha in Las Vegas

R.I.P., Matt Haley, James Beard Award Winner and all-around great guy

I read the sad news last week in the Philly Inquirer. Love his places and was fortunate to see him in action at Fish On one day. He surprised one of his young staffers (who was tending bar) with a watch to commemorate his five years on the job. The kid began working for him at 16! Was a very sweet moment.

Aug 27, 2014
Misha in Mid-Atlantic

IL Pittore

Been a couple of years since I've been (too many places, too little time). I loved it and unlike others, did not find the food overly salted. That said, it was not cheap but again. If the food and service merit it (and it did for me), I'm okay with paying an extra nickel or three.

Aug 27, 2014
Misha in Philadelphia

Philly chef comes clean about his addictions

Thanks for sharing CP. As for the differences in applications, guess it does reflect another difference between pastry and culinary chefs. Since you MUST follow a recipe exactly in terms of measurements, precision is something you thrive on. Culinary chefs get to vamp and be much more improvisational, with ideas bouncing around like pinball machines. Kinda like scribbling in margins and having add-on thoughts.

And I also found the article to be enlightening. Hopefully it will serve as a cautionary tale for others coming into the business or considering it as a career if they already know they have addictive tendencies.

Aug 15, 2014
Misha in Philadelphia
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