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Bamboo in East Norriton, modern szechuan cuisine

They can lack fluent English speakers at times. The dishes come with rice, white or brown. Strange that it was missing!

Nov 20, 2013
thehungrything in Philadelphia

Bamboo in East Norriton, modern szechuan cuisine

There is a large strip mall on the corner of Germantown Pike and 202. The same strip mall where Bluefin moved to and where Aman's Indian Restaurant is located. Bamboo is in the space once occpied by China Inn but dont let that discourage you if you ever experienced that place. Bamboo is close to Starbucks in the strip mall and next door to Game Stop

Barren Hill Tavern

The old General Lafayette now being run by people who know what they are doing! The beer brewed in house is very good, the selection of beer brewed elsewhere is exceptional. The pub food menu is very plain but everything we tasted was executed well.
The smallish portion of fried squid was melt in your mouth delicious, served with fried hot pepper pieces, a la salt baked squid. The salads were fresh and well made. We tried the grilled radicchio salad and arugula with beet and chèvre salad. The wagyu burger was juicy and cooked perfectly and the hand cut perfectly cooked steak fries were the best thing there. We tried one dessert so far, the caramel chocolate pot de creme which was very good but served cold out of the fridge which is my one quibble.
Nice to have a casual comfortable place for a bite to eat and great beer.
So far they are serving dinner and late night.

Nov 17, 2013
thehungrything in Philadelphia

Bamboo in East Norriton, modern szechuan cuisine

No replies! OK people, I know for a fact that there are many of you who live in the northwest suburbs on this very board and there are many fans of Szechuan cuisine. If you like or love Han Dynasty, you must try this place. It is different, they don't try to knock you out with heat but the heat is definitely there depending on the dish. The flavors are authentic and great. The service is fantastic despite the limited English skills of many of the staff. They are extremely attentive and the service is very fast, even when there are multiple large tables eating in the the dining room.
You may not sound trendy if you say you went there but you will be a true foodie as this is the real deal!

Nov 17, 2013
thehungrything in Philadelphia

Madray's, then Barson's, then Hymie's Too, now Moe's...Lafayette Hill

Soon to open in that space, Knishes and Dishes, a Jewish style diner by the owners of the market at Lafayette Hill.

Nov 17, 2013
thehungrything in Philadelphia

Bamboo in East Norriton, modern szechuan cuisine

This place is serves excellent szechuan food. Menu standouts are the chicken szechuan dumplings in chili oil, cold tripe and tongue (husband and wife), bamboo tips in chili oil, curry lamb, twice cooked pork, chopped mustard greens.
The service is extremely friendly and attentive. The owners are from Cheng Du and on weekends most of the patrons are Chinese. It is BYOB. The interior is beautiful and tables and chairs are very comfortable.
We love this place and since we live close to it we are there once a week since we discovered it. It is hard to believe that something this good is in the old China Inn space!

Quick visit 3/28-31 no reservations

We had a great trip! Too short but we were able to try some of the places you nice people suggested. We headed over to Fig for our first dinner in Santa Monica. We were very tired and didnt want to travel far as we had driven all the way on route 1 from Monterey that day. Fig was very good, we enjoyed the vegetables and charcuterie and dishes. The free valet parking at the Fairmount was a nice surprise. The chocolate peanut butter dessert was very nice.
Eating highlights were our dinners at Mori and at Gjelina.
Mori was hands down the best fish we have ever had and we have eaten a lot of sushi at some very good places. I really appreciated their sushi rice as well. No one told us when and when not to use soy sauce but sadly we were unable to get a sushi bar reservation. I loved how the sushi chef's freshly ground the wasabi from the root onto the sushi as they made it. Wow! We enjoyed the cooked dishes and the homemade tofu as well.
We could not get a reservation at Gjelina and when I called the staff was not helpful to explain whether or how they handled walk ins. We almost skipped this place due to their lack of niceness on the phone but we found ourselves in Venice at 5pm on Saturday. We decided to take our chances. After some persistence which is its own story we were seated at the communal table and we are so glad we were. Everything was fantastic. The vegetables, the homemade pasta, the pizza, the desserts just wow! Our server was very helpful and very nice which was a big contrast to the woman who was guarding the door at the hostess station.
I just dont get the love of In N Out Burger. It is likely because I do not like or eat fast food at all, ever, period. I found the burger to be greasy and heart burn inducing, the shakes absolutely horrible in consistency, and over-sweetness, not even sure it started as a dairy product and the fries, meh. The only good thing was the big pieces of fresh lettuce, the big slice of onion and tomato.
We did enjoy Urth Cafe in Santa Monica. Good bread, lots of fresh veggies and fruit served with breakfast, good salad with the lunch/dinner menu and they served late night which was handy for a very late dinner one night.
Not the right board but I will mention that directly off the plane in SF we had lunch at the Slanted Door. It was fantastic and a great intro to the trip.

Bulk food/hippie grocery stores in Philadelphia

For Indian in the downtown area there is in West Philadelphia, International Food and Spices at 42 and Walnut. Good Samosas. There is also an Indian Pakistani grocery at 42 and Chestnut.
Bitars in South Philly used to have middle eastern groceries and make their own pita bread. I havent been there in a while.

Mar 10, 2013
thehungrything in Philadelphia

Bulk food/hippie grocery stores in Philadelphia

The ultimate bulk food section in Philadelphia is at Weavers Way food coop. The entire upstairs of the Mount Airy store is a huge bulk food section. The store in Chestnut Hill has a little more selection in fresh foods. The prices are the same or better than whole foods. They have a great selection if local organic produce, some of it from their own farm and they specialize in carrying locally made products and gourmet items. And they are hippies.

Appetizing store in Philly?

There is nothing in Philly that compares to Russ and daughters.
When we need good smoked fish and we are not travelng to the lower east side to get it we go to Pumpernicks in Montgomeryville. Hymies in Bala Cynwyd is also acceptable.
The absolute best bagels and homemade cream cheese and homemade chunky out of this world whitefish salad can be found at Caplan's bagels in Roxborough.

Mar 09, 2013
thehungrything in Philadelphia

Quick visit 3/28-31 no reservations

We will be staying in Santa Monica for three nights with our teens who are sophisticated eaters. We dont know LA at all and have no reservations. Our vague plans are to go to the Getty Center and UCLA.
We love sushi and Japanese food in general, mexican food and everything else that is good. Dining could be high end but it doesnt have to be.
I have yearned to try Urasawa for years after reading posts but I havent called to see if we could get in on short notice. All suggestions would be appreciated.

Cafe Soho 2 - Blue Bell

I think they may have worked out their service issues, because we started frequenting the restaurant in September, been there about 5 or 6 times and service has been fine. We havent waited more that 15 minutes for our wings. I have enjoyed their sushi rolls, and their incredible kim chee fried rice and other dishes. The wings are incredibly good. One warning is that it is hard to stop eating them, even when you have decided you are full.
We have had the soy garlic and the spicy wings. Both are great. I prefer the spicy wings. They are quite hot, too hot for one of my sons, but he loves the soy garlic wings.

Oct 13, 2012
thehungrything in Philadelphia

christmas party lunch byo in center city

It is time for the office christmas party luncheon. Aside from the extremely nonadventerous eater issue, we really need a byo. Having done this for many years, the alcohol bill adds up, even when people stick to one to two drinks each.
We have 35 dollars per person to spend on the lunch. We are safest sticking to American food or Italian. My toddlers were more adventerous eaters than these folks.
We are at 7th and Walnut and looking for something easy to get to, preferably walkable.
Many byo's are not open for lunch.
Suggestions?

Nov 05, 2011
thehungrything in Philadelphia

HanDyNasty Favorites! Come one, come all!

Nonspicy favorite for me at Han dynasty is the baby bok choy and black mushrooms.
Spicier dishes that I love are the cold green bean noodles, Dan dan noodles, dumplings in hot oil ( I like the dumplings more than the wontons but both are good). The fish filet hot pot is great, and spicy. I also love the fried beef with hot peppers.

Apr 04, 2011
thehungrything in Philadelphia

Philly's Best Korean?

The restaurant on Township Line Rd in the same strip mall as the Korean market is To Dam Gol and it is much more of a hole in the wall than Korea Garden, but less expensive and more authentic.

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Korea Garden
1720 Marlton Pike E, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003

Apr 04, 2011
thehungrything in Philadelphia

Quintessential Philly Dinner

Our endless number of great BYO's are unique. These are generally small chef run places where a great amount of love and attention is put into the food. Bibou, Melograno, Kanela, Cochon, Lolita etc, etc,
It is hard to say that one thing is representative of the food culture here. I happen to love our variety of ethnic food.

Mar 26, 2011
thehungrything in Philadelphia

Jose Garces Taking Over Speck?

Shola has his share of fans and with genius comes idiosyncrasy but I agree with the last quotation in the update section of this article.

http://philadelphia.foobooz.com/2011/...

Mar 26, 2011
thehungrything in Philadelphia

Good Caribbean in Town?

I highly recommend the Caribbean food stand at the Chestnut Hill Farmers Market. The owner is from Trinidad and the food is awesome. You can eat at the market or take it home.

http://chestnuthilllocal.com/issues/2...

Mar 25, 2011
thehungrything in Philadelphia

One Night In Philly

I dont know what price point you are looking at, but my husband and I had a really nice meal at restaurant M this winter. If you get a warm night, they may be serving in their garden soon.
Meme is also excellent

Mar 11, 2011
thehungrything in Philadelphia

Dinner near the Barnes Museum

I recommend Savona or Blackfish. Savona is more formal and has a full bar and good wine. Blackfish is a BYO, a little more casual and great food.
If you want to go into Center City there are a million more options.

Mar 07, 2011
thehungrything in Philadelphia

Traditional sushi in Philadelphia

I agree with the majority, Fuji!!!!

Mar 07, 2011
thehungrything in Philadelphia

Meme Review

Nice review. Meme is a great restaurant, the food is always excellent, perfectly executed and full of flavor.

Mar 06, 2011
thehungrything in Philadelphia

Pre-show drinks and snacks around the Academy

Estia has a nice bar, good drinks and snacks. The restaurant itself is really nice, spacious, nicely decorated, open kitchen.

Mar 04, 2011
thehungrything in Philadelphia

Red Velvet Cake

I would much rather not use red food coloring. I heard beet juice could be used to color the cake instead

Feb 06, 2011
thehungrything in Recipes

Any Suggestions for good Jook (Congee) in Chinatown?

Craig Laban likes the congee amongst other things at Ting Wong. He mentions it specifically in his review.

http://www.philly.com/philly/columnis...

Feb 05, 2011
thehungrything in Philadelphia

Gourmet Caramel in Philadelphia?

We just had a box of their dark chocolate caramel filled hearts and they are exquisite. The caramel is liquid and has the most unbelievably good flavor of burned sugar and butter.
They are quite expensive.

Feb 02, 2011
thehungrything in Philadelphia

Madray's, then Barson's, then Hymie's Too, now Moe's...Lafayette Hill

We live within walking distance of this place and it has been horrible and filthy through three changes of ownership.
Locally we buy our lox and bagels in the same shopping center at the Market at Lafayette Hill. The only problem is that they will often precut the lox because most of the staff in the deli area dont know how to do it. They have good nova, kippered salmon, whitefish salad. The bagels are ok. The main thing is that it is clean.
Given the time we head to Pumpernick's in Montgomeryville

Feb 02, 2011
thehungrything in Philadelphia

Alice Bakery and Confectionary at 129 South Main Street in North Wales

Thanks for posting this! I'm going to have to check it out. The sticky buns made to order sound really good.
Do the people of North Wales really need to be told by the writer of this article that French baguettes are elongated pieces of bread with five slits? Just how provincial are we out in the far reaches of the northwestern burbs?

Jan 27, 2011
thehungrything in Philadelphia

M Restaurant at the Morris House Hotel

We had dinner there a few months ago. The food was excellent. It was beautifully presented and had intense flavor and it was playful. Everything was cooked perfectly. It reminded me very much of Thomas Keller's cooking. Memorable was a yellowtail sashimi that was full of interesting, fresh flavors. The room was a little boring but it will be a really nice place to dine when the weather gets warmer and you can eat in the garden.

Jan 25, 2011
thehungrything in Philadelphia

Laban gives Radice 3 bells???

Thank you! Someone who doesnt hate this place! I loved their lasagne and gnocchi. The minestrone is also very good, as is the salad with shaved fennel.

Jan 21, 2011
thehungrything in Philadelphia