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Restaurants everyone loves--except you

Fork. And Fork...Fork!

Jun 14, 2010
CPaul in Philadelphia

serious foodie traveling to n.o.

NOLA natives DO eat at Deanie's. Although I cannot vouch for one taxi driver's claim that he eats there once a week, actor Wendell Pierce and his parents dined there Sunday night, 1/10/10. One table over, my wife and I enjoyed superb oysters, shrimp etouffe', grilled black drum. While not our top experience -- Commanders', La Petite Grocery, and Galatoire's ranked higher -- I would go back. I give it 4-out-of-5 stars, with the caveat mentioned elsewhere on this post that the seafood platter is all fried stuff and WAY too big for anyone smaller than Jeremy Shockey (6'5", 251 lbs) or the rest of the Saints' O-line.

Jan 19, 2010
CPaul in New Orleans

Boudin for 1st-time NOLA visiter?

Cooter Brown's is great for watching multiple sports on TV, the bber selevtio (over 400) is superb, and the po' boys delicious. One caveat - atmosphere HEAVY with cigarette smoke.

Jan 19, 2010
CPaul in New Orleans

(not sansom street) oyster house - open yet?

They used to have a fantastic deal on lager and oysters, weekdays. Anything comparable now?

Jun 09, 2009
CPaul in Pennsylvania

Bored off the old haunts in South Philly - new reccs?

Pho 75 is a Vietnamese soup place on Washinton Ave at 10th St(?) , IIRC,. Very casual, fast-food atmosphere. Superb noodle soups, served with bean sprouts, basil, jalapeno slices and lime on the side.

Mar 02, 2009
CPaul in Pennsylvania

Monsoon in Mt Laurel (Indian)

Wife & I had an excellent meal here a few weeks ago - http://www.monsoonindiancuisine.com/

Lamb biryani for me and navrattan curry (aka navrattan korma) for the wife. Outstanding. Flavors well-balanced. Service friendly and attentive and not overbearing. Decor is hip, ultra-clean, modern and cozy. It's BYO. We will be going back.

Feb 26, 2009
CPaul in Mid-Atlantic

Indeblue (?) in Collingswood

Feb 25, 2009
CPaul in New Jersey

Indeblue (?) in Collingswood

Gagan Palace is actually pretty good, if it's the one on Gibbsboro Rd. Palace of Asia is so-so, tends to be to salty or unbalanced in flavors. Great new place in Mt Laurel is Monsoon, in shopping ctr where Zagaras' was a few years ago, at 295 & Rt 38. Superb biryani and navrattan korma. http://www.monsoonindiancuisine.com/ Indieblue - if that's the name, sounds worth checking out.

Feb 25, 2009
CPaul in New Jersey

Inexpensive but decent wine from Penna State Store

Some more info for you if you'd like to further explore the world of affordable wines in PA:

California reds: a lot of wines by Estancia have decent QPR (quality-to-price ratio)
California white: Blockheadia Ringnosii Sauvignon Blanc*
White Italian: Tocai Friulano; Prosecco (sparkling, semi-sweet)
Red Italian: Rosso Di MONTEPULCIANO; Rosso Di MONTALICNO; Rosso (red) from Sicily, Tuscany, Puglia
Spanish reds: Jumilla (region) or Garnacha (grape name, good if you like Cotes du Rhone & Ventoux)
France (Rhone) the ones already mentioned for Cotes du Rhone (CdR) & Cotes du Ventoux (CdV). Also look for these wines under brand names Guigal and Fleury. CdR & CdV have superlative QPR, as it seems you've recently discovered.

* when I went to store on Chestnut (btw 12th & 13th Sts) the computer said they had 40 bottles of Blockheadia Ringnosii, but nobody could find it. And being a PA store, nobody really wanted to look. One employee insisted I must mean "Block 47" or some such brand name. No, I replied, look on your computer...please. It was excrutiating, but after a long time he finally found it beneath & behind some other boxes. PA State Stores can be a nightmare (storing their boxes of white Burgundy under the heating vent, which I've seen) but you shouldn't have this problem if you search in the general categories I listed above. I cannot, however, guarantee the staff will not be bored and surly on your next visit.

Dec 23, 2008
CPaul in Pennsylvania

Great 6-pack beer selection in W. Phila.?

Inquiring on behalf of an in-law who lives in West Philadelphia - where can one find in West Philadelphia a great selection of beer in 6-packs? Right now she's looking for Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout. If you know of any interesting place(s) regardless of whether they have Black Chocolate Stout at this moment, please inform. I know some places in NJ where I live, but I specifically wrote West Philadelphia, by which I mean anywhere from UC out to Upper Darby or Cobbs Creek/Clifton Hts area

Otherwise I'll tell ther to check out Latimer Deli on 15th St in CC. Although I don't recall if they carry Brooklyn Brewery's offerings, the last time I was there they had a wide variety of appealing domestic and impoted beers in the treasured, chilled, 6-pack format ;-) tyia

Dec 23, 2008
CPaul in Pennsylvania

Restaurants in New Hope

There's a good place in Lambertville...think it's called Inn of the Hawk

74 South Union Street, 609-397-9555

Oct 24, 2008
CPaul in Pennsylvania

Restaurants in New Hope

Zoubi's is excellent. Indoor area is small...probably should make a reservation

Oct 21, 2008
CPaul in Pennsylvania

Django closed last weekend

From today's Inquirer -

Queen Village's Django, once the darling of the BYOB scene, closed last weekend after seven years. Owner Ross Essner says the slow summer, slumping economy and rising competition conspired against him. He promised to make good on scheduled parties and functions. Court records show judgments from suppliers Julius Silvert and Samuels & Son. Essner and a now-former partner bought Django three years ago from Bryan Sikora and Aimee Olexy, who now own Talula's Table in Kennett Square.

Stephen Starr says he'll convert his storefront at 706 Chestnut St., previously Blue Angel and Angelina, into an oyster house called Littleneck. He's clammed up on the opening date. The block, which also houses Starr's Morimoto, will be getting Union Trust, a steakhouse, next month and Chifa, a Peruvian-Chinese mix from Jose Garces, this winter.

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/column...

Sep 18, 2008
CPaul in Pennsylvania

Alisa Cafe, Cherry Hill, has closed

From the Inquirer, Thursday 9/11/08: Alisa Cafe - which started 24 years ago in Upper Darby and moved to Cherry Hill in 2004 - has closed. Chef/owner Tony Kanjanakorn is unsure of his next steps.

http://www.philly.com/philly/restaura... (scroll down

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Sad news. This wonderful BYOB, in Barclay Farms shopping center to the right of Norma's and to the left of the big Asian supermarket, was superb. I was usually a little dismayed to notice that the place was half (or less) full, but forgot about negative thoughts during the enjoyment of the meal. And I always looked forward to going back...to the annoyance of the wife, "Alisa Café" was my automatic response whenever she asked, "Do you want to go out to dinner?"

Hope he opens same operation in a better location - and soon!
http://www.alisacafe.com/

Sep 12, 2008
CPaul in Pennsylvania

Vegetarian Restaurant in Philly

Whoops - forgot to mention specific Indian recco's in my post above:

http://www.tandoorindiarestaurant.com...

Tandoor India Restaurant - 106 South 40th. Street - Phone: (215) 222-7122

Sitar India - 60 South 38th St
http://www.phillyindia.us/sitar-india...

Navrattan Korma or vegetalble jalfrezi are usually good menu picks for veggie dishes ... in any good Indian restaurant.

Aug 18, 2008
CPaul in Pennsylvania

Vegetarian Restaurant in Philly

New Harmony on 9th St in Chinatown is great, especially if you like Chinese flavors. The fried eggplant is tops. Wonderful hotpots.

If you like rice, vegetable biryani is a good choice at Indian restaurants, as is saag aloo (spinach and potato). They do lots of cauliflower dishes too. The menus usually give good descriptions, and the buffets are sometimes labeled. If buffet is not labeled, ask!

Aug 18, 2008
CPaul in Pennsylvania

Bistro 7 or Chloe?

FYI, message on the website, chloebyob.com says:

Chloe will be closed for vacation from Tuesday, August 12th through Tuesday, August 26th. We will re-open for dinner on Wednesday, August 27th.

Aug 15, 2008
CPaul in Pennsylvania

Saigon Plaza & Phở 38 in Pennsauken: Opening Soon?

I hope Pho 38 is A LOT cleaner than it used to be. Had an OK meal there in 2004 or 2005, but place was not clean. Went back in '06 and noticed the same splashes of brown sauce had not been cleaned off the wall. Ewww! Got up and left before ordering because water glasses looked filthy.

Though I'm looking fwd to checking out what's in the new market.

Didn't know Flower World was a mob front. Like to know more about that...

Aug 13, 2008
CPaul in Pennsylvania

German Food: Philly and the surrounding 'burbs

The Guard House in Gladwyne. Not German per se, but owner Albert is German and a lot of the dishes have German influence; some even come w/ sides of spaetzle. I've never had anything that wasn't very, very good here (salmon, rockfish, pork chops w/ spaetzle) and friends of mine who are culinary enthusiasts commented that while it wasn't on their gourmet-ecstatic-top-5 list, they enjoyed it greatly (lamb chops, country pate) and would gladly go again...preferably soon.

Aug 11, 2008
CPaul in Pennsylvania

Steakhouses in Central NJ

This may be a little too south for you - it's at the southern end of central Jersey and the northern end of south Jersey - but the steak is tasty! The wine is excellent too, and very fairly priced.

Charley's Other Brother
1383 Monmouth Rd
Mt Holly, NJ

http://www.charleysotherbrother.com/

Jun 25, 2008
CPaul in New Jersey

Dune in Margate

Had a wonderful dinner Friday June 20: Oysters, an outstanding small bowl of mussels (which my wife thought were the best she's ever had) with fries, and superb skate. We skipped dessert 'cause we were stuffed. Outstanding food and excellent, expert (attentive, friendly, but unobtrusive) service.

The only sour note had nothing to do with the competence and excellence of this restaurant: we saw - at a huge table of 10 or 12 in the center - a pregnant woman drinking wine! (Cavit Pinot Grigio)

Jun 25, 2008
CPaul in Mid-Atlantic

Ultra crispy crust pizza

A bit out of your area...sorry...but Toscana, a Cherry Hill, NJ BYOB (in the Italian Bistro chain) has great, crispy, thin crust pizza. Cooked in the wood-fired oven. Absolutely superb.
http://toscanacherryhill.com/

Jun 25, 2008
CPaul in Pennsylvania

Help me choose one of these Philly restaurants!

Hitting the Reading Terminal Market Saturday is a VERY good idea, probably a lot better than the restaurant selections listed above.

Friday Saturday Sunday was prety decent when I went there 5 or 6 years ago. Nice, but not outstanding.

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood ... chain food. Really dissapointed with their sole when I went there. Should've ordered a steak. Their apps are good, especally soup when the weather is cold.

Tir Na Nog (Irish place) Decent, tasty food. But almost always noisy becasue lots of drinkers standing around like sardines. Yuppie mosh pit, better go at lunch instead.

Don't know Supper, but Matyson, Genji, or Seafood Unlimited are other good options in the area

Jun 25, 2008
CPaul in Pennsylvania

Artisan cake bakery?

Brown Betty, yes, yes, yes! My first thought when I saw the post heading. Glad to see someone else is on it!

Jun 05, 2008
CPaul in Pennsylvania

Cheez Whiz Question...

Whiz is indisputably authentic. Whiz is also indisputably vulgar and disgusting.

I don't care about eating an authentic steak sandwich. I do care about the taste, which is why I get mine w/ provolone (and fried onions and mushrooms).

I don't know what's in Whiz, but I wouldn't be surprized if it were loaded with high fructose corn syrup and a ton of partially hydrogenated trans-fats and "cheese solids".

Jun 28, 2007
CPaul in Pennsylvania

Chinatown Philly?

Ditto what they said (board search). Otherwise Ocean City on 9th is excellent and Harmony (vegetarian, very small place) also on 9th, is fantastic. I think it's called New Harmony now. If you don't mind a super-casual, fast-food atmosphere, Sang-Kee has been around forever and has some of the greatest duck around. Vietnam and Vietnam Palace on 11th St are wonderful if you like Vietnamese.

There's a great dim sum place on the north side of Race st btw 9th and 10th, but I don't know the name...when I go I just recognize it by the fish tanks and the way the tables are configured.

Jun 21, 2007
CPaul in Pennsylvania

What's your favorite champagne? And a book review. [Moved from Not About Food]

Yes, yes, yes...I had forgotten about the excellent, affordable Gruet

Mar 20, 2007
CPaul in Wine

What's your favorite champagne? And a book review. [Moved from Not About Food]

Montaudon Rosé
Nicolas Feuillate Brut Rosé

Am a big fan of the Blanc de Noirs style...incl. Gloria Ferrer. Looking fwd to trying Schramsberg.

Anyone notice many of the great Champagne names are German? (Krug, Deutz, Roederer, Taittinger, Heidseick, Bollinger....etc)

Also love the small house bottlings of R. Dumont & Fils (esp. Rosé) and Dieboldt-Vallois, tho' my all-time faves were NV Krug and 1996 Dom Perignon.

Mar 19, 2007
CPaul in Wine

fast cheap sushi/Phila

I like the sushi underground at Suburban Station...I forget the name, but it's ready to go. Ditto Whole Foods. Genji on Sansom is great too...but not that fast.

Jul 18, 2006
CPaul in Pennsylvania

funky birthday dinner

Those suggestions are good. I was going to mention Astral Plane, which has great food and is a little wierd...but not extremely weird or exotic.

Jul 18, 2006
CPaul in Pennsylvania