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Authentic Red Sauce Italian in Philadelphia

Three choices:
Ralph's-Philly's oldest Italian resto: www.ralphsrestaurant.com (Ask if they take credit cards. They may not.
)Tre Scalini-also a super choice: Can't seem to find their website: 1915 E. Passyunk Avenue Philadelphia PA 19148; (215) 551-3870
Victor Cafe: www.victorcafe.com Can't beat the opera singers during your meal!

Have fun.

Aug 14, 2012
hils in Philadelphia

Breakfast, brunch, coffee in Exton to King of Prussia area?

Oh my, this is easy. Classic Diner is the one that is worth the drive from wherever. And forget that the word "diner" is in the name. It is way better than a diner. Best breakfast (and lunch) food for miles.

Dec 07, 2011
hils in Philadelphia

Sit By A Fire With Friends? Special Bar/Restaurant Happenings for Christmas?

You mentioned having friends in Malvern. While Kennett may be too far for your group, how about in Malvern itself? The tavern in the General Warren Inn might fit the bill. Or a bit more hip would be Fenix, a martini bar with a sleek fireplace in Phoenixville. Sounds like you'll have fun no matter where you end up going. Enjoy!

Dec 07, 2011
hils in Philadelphia

Philly Burb Recommendation

Not terribly far from Boyertown is Vickers in Exton:

Or in Kimberton, also not too far away:
Overnight stays here.

I also second the General Warren Inn in Malvern:
Overnight stays as well.

And as well, the Dilworthtown Inn in West Chester, south of the "borough," off Rt. 202So.

And farther away is The Orchard, near Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, which is elegant dining but a bit more of a "country club casual" style, and also a BYOB.

Apr 14, 2011
hils in Philadelphia

Moving to Eagleville/KoP need direction to great chow

Beer you say? Your hubby will love you if you let him take an excursion every so often to Shangy's in Emmaus, PA.

Bakeries- I am from NY and you can generally not get the same type of bakery here as you can there, so if Boston is the same you may be disappointed. Wegman's will fit the bill here though. (For cheese, too.)

Delis-Nothing great that I've found. Very so-so.

Seafood-not much happening locally as far as restaurants. Legal Seafood is here (King of Prussia in the mall), but you have been there I am sure, and it's a chain, albeit not like some others. Great place off 76 (the "Skoo-kill"), Blackfish in Conshohocken.

Let us all know when you decide to venture into Philadelphia. You'll have lots of hounds at your service!

Apr 13, 2011
hils in Philadelphia

2010 Thanksgiving Wins and Losses

One of my neighbors, when living in her "old" neighborhood, had a great way of figuring out ahead of time what new recipe might be a hit (or a miss) that Thanksgiving.

Each neighbor who wanted to participate, prepared a previously untried dish to bring to a pre-Thanksgiving dinner party the Saturday before the holiday. They then rated the dishes and shared the recipes for the "keepers." Too fun!

Nov 29, 2010
hils in Home Cooking

Your easiest appetizer

Mmmm...brie. These recipes sound delish. I'll have to try them. When I have absolutely no time, almost none at all, I can still serve this brie appetizer:
8 oz. brie with the top rind cut away to about 1/4 inches from the edge
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup toasted nuts of your choice (I like pecans)
1/3 cup caramel sauce (or less if you prefer it less sweet)

Mix cranberries, nuts and caramel sauce. Place brie on microwave safe plate and add topping. Micro for 60-90 secs and serve with baguettes or crackers. Done!

Nov 29, 2010
hils in Home Cooking

What do you cook in your microwave?

Many things that I use the micro for have been covered, but I do have two things to add: I use it to soften cream cheese that I then use in my cheesecake recipe. I also use it to soften up brown sugar that is often hard as a rock if I've neglected to store it properly.

Jan 11, 2010
hils in Home Cooking

New Middle Eastern Restaurant in Frazer

Gee, I must not have known about that particular Indian restaurant, but you are correct that it is in the same shopping center as Jimmy's BBQ. Royal Thai Orchid is also there, as is a sushi place, the name of which I don't know.

I don't see bastilla on the take-out menu I have, but they do have a website: www.cedarscafePA.com

From my conversation with the owner/wife, this is a singular operation. The owner apparently spent years working in all aspects of the restaurant business and has decided that what he did for others, he should now do for himself. Bravo to him and his charming wife!

Jan 11, 2010
hils in Pennsylvania

New Middle Eastern Restaurant in Frazer

Just had a meal in this newly opened restaurant, Cedars Cafe, in the Westgate Plaza where a Staples store also is located. It is family-run and their pride in their new venture shows.

We enjoyed several selections, starting with the Cedars Veggie Combo which included the ubiquitous assortment of hummus, baba ganouj, grape leaves, falafel, and a delicious spinach pie. Added to it was something we particularly enjoyed, a vegetarian kibbeh. The menu describes it as being a potato and bulgur wheat shell, stuffed with onions, tomatoes, celery, bell peppers.

For our main course, I had Chicken Shawarma and the better half had Lamb Kabob. Both were gone in a matter of minutes. No room for dessert, but there is baklava, rice pudding and Namoura, which is a semolina cake topped with orange blossom syrup.

A very casual, storefront kind of dining experience, it will be the warm, family welcome and the delicious food that will keep us going back. For the Great Valley Corporate Center lunch crowd, in addition to the main courses they have a selection of sandwiches and salads.

Nice to have a Middle Eastern dining choice in this area.

Jan 10, 2010
hils in Pennsylvania

Dinner in So. Philly: Tre Scalini, Mr. Martino's or ?

Thanks to each of your for responding. I now have a list of several restaurants to try and I guarantee that I will! For this Saturday night, Tre Scalini wins. Now next Saturday night, who knows?

Many thx all!

Nov 10, 2009
hils in Pennsylvania

Dinner in So. Philly: Tre Scalini, Mr. Martino's or ?

Friends are coming down from the NY area, and we live for Italian food. One of these days we'll get a wonderful Italian restaurant here in Chesco, but in the meantime we know we have to travel. Where to go in So. Philly?

Nov 07, 2009
hils in Pennsylvania

Ocean City w/o kids

I just went to Karen and Rei's website and looked at their menu. Make sure you take note of this quote: "In consideration of equal dining enjoyment we do allow two hours per table."

Thoughtful, no? At least you know to come with an eye to the clock!

Jun 15, 2009
hils in New Jersey

Italian/Seafood Center City

Thank you for these great suggestions! I see I have a difficult choice. :-)

Jun 07, 2009
hils in Pennsylvania

Crawdaddy's in West Chester

Tasty food, but had issues....notably they sat a guy for dinner who was absolutely filthy, and stunck to high heaven after a day's work. I'm not against work, mind you, but trust me...this guy shouldn't have been seated. And then there was the issue with him loudly cursing out his g-friend. Yikes! He should never have been seated!

Jun 01, 2009
hils in Pennsylvania

Italian/Seafood Center City

50th birthday celebration! We have our sister-in-law's big birthday to celebrate over dinner. She is coming up from FL with our 16 y/o niece, and we'd love to show them a memorable time while here in Philly. She loves all things seafood and all things Italian, and if you can take on the additional challenge to recommend something that incorporates a great setting, it will be all the more appreciated! Thank you Chowhounds!

Jun 01, 2009
hils in Pennsylvania

The folks want brunch and they want it in Lutz. Where to fellow Chowhounds?

I'm from PA, so no, I didn't see the paper. Are things that bad in your area? Yikes!

Nov 25, 2008
hils in Florida


Hi Piko. If you go to Cannuli's, just know that it is a quirky sort of place. I get where Lola2007 is coming from when she says it is decorated like someone's living room in the 70s, but I might change that a bit to say that it is more like someone's comfy basement. Panelled walls, poor lighting, plasticy seating. But that said, it is a return to just a neighborhood kind of red gravy place that I love. Go for it and check it out!

Nov 23, 2008
hils in Philadelphia

The folks want brunch and they want it in Lutz. Where to fellow Chowhounds?

We are going the gift certificate route for the holidays this year, and brunch is what my in-laws like best. So where to? And while they live in Lutz, they can travel some if they need to. Thx all!

Nov 23, 2008
hils in Florida

Dinner near Winterthur

Try Bistro on the Brandywine. www.bistrononthebrandywine.com

Can't tell what time they open on Sunday, so you'll have to call if the online menu appeals to you.

I've heard good reports.

Oct 03, 2008
hils in Pennsylvania

Your Once Famous But Now, "Oh My God I Cant Believe I Used To Serve This" Dish

My grandmother on Friday night would cook a pound of spaghetti,, drain it, add two cans of Campbell's Tomato soup, plut in into a round pyrex bowl, and layer Kraft American Cheese slices on top. It would then be placed into the oven until heated through.

It would always be served with tuna salad on iceberg lettuce.


Sep 27, 2008
hils in General Topics

Food that goes best with popovers

Mmmmm....popovers....Because popovers are very similar to Yorkshire pudding, I think what goes best is a wonderful roast beef with all the sides: mashed potatoes, gravy, maybe some asparagus, etc.

Not necessarily a summer thing, roast beef, at least in my mind, but hey, if you have a hankering...

Jul 02, 2008
hils in Home Cooking

Italian in the Burbs

FYI: it is spelled Allegria...

May 05, 2008
hils in Pennsylvania