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Best dim sum ...

I think the problem is that on many of those previous discussions re: dim sum in nyc, there are a lot of random and long side conversations. Searching through the muddle to find actual opinions and recommendations for restaurants can be tedious work. (ex, one of those boards, they are arguing about the idea of eating dim sum when one comes from LA or Vancouver, another discusses great places from previous decades that are no longer around.)

I grew up not around dim sum and have eaten it mainly in Boston and Chicago. If I wanted good food that comes out hot, good variety, and a decent price, what do you suggest? (being super authentic, looking for an interesting atmosphere, and trying the more contemporary takes on the concept are NOT major factors for me).

I do like the carts, although I know it is more for amateurs like me!

Feb 03, 2014
linfr21 in Manhattan

1st time in Minneapolis-St. Paul, looking for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks - all for under $10 a pop.

LOVE LOVE LOVE SHISH! The lamb burgers...the spices...nummm.

Jun 19, 2012
linfr21 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

" bad for you food" that you

McDonald's #1. I have no idea why but I cannot help but to eat them. Love them, really. And I know how they are made and I know how bad they are for you and yet I cannot stop but to crave them.

Jun 02, 2012
linfr21 in General Topics

Looking for best pho in Philadelphia

BUBBLE TEA!!!! OH I HAVEN'T HAD THAT SINCE I WAS IN NYC!!!!! You just made my day.

May 16, 2012
linfr21 in Philadelphia

Looking for best pho in Philadelphia

Woopsies my bad! Pho 75 Chinatown closed the rest are open for business!

Regard Pho Ha and Nam Phuong, I saw that they had chicken pho and other non beef options but wondered if the broth is also not beef based? My roomie cannot eat any beef or pork period. Including in the broth! (I would die. I love beef).

May 15, 2012
linfr21 in Philadelphia

Looking for best pho in Philadelphia

So, after reading the dizzying amount of great information on this thread, I have two unique questions. I noticed that Pho 75 is closed, and am wondering if Nam Phuong is still the recommended spot for great Pho? I grew up in Minnesota, and we have one of the largest Hmong populations outside of Laos/Vietnam. So I was spoiled by very very very good, authentic, non-MSG (yes it is possible), aromatic, and perfect bowls of Pho. What's still open and good? (MSG or non-MSG?)

Also, my roomie has never had Pho, which I think is a travesty. There is one little hitch though- she doesn't eat beef or pork. Dare I ask if there is a place with great and authentic Pho where I can get my beef brisket, tendon, tripe, round eye, flank steak and she can get a vegetarian or NON-BEEF OR PORK broth option?

Thanks Chowhounders!!!!

May 15, 2012
linfr21 in Philadelphia

Soft shell crabs in Philly

I am just now seeing this thread! Oh the delays caused by grad school...Thank you all for the info! Brightman, did you have the 2 for $26 entree at Fujis or Bibou? From the way the thread reads, I think you meant Fuji, but thought I'd ask to be sure!

May 15, 2012
linfr21 in Philadelphia

Soft shell crabs in Philly

I may be displaying my ignorance here, but aren't soft shell crabs in season during the summer? Or is the season starting this early?

Apr 12, 2012
linfr21 in Philadelphia

Salvadoran in Upper Darby, pupusas

Hi Philly Chowhounders,

So I recently moved to the area for school from St. Paul where believe it or not, there are several very good pupuserias. I was delighted to see this post and the restaurant in Upper Darby! Upon visiting the site, however, I was slightly concerned with the pictures presented on the home page. I'm talking about the hard shell tacos, to be exact. It was a slight deterrent for a latino-food fare snob like me. Should I be deterred? Are the pupusas worth a trip to Upper Darby?

Oct 19, 2011
linfr21 in Philadelphia

Buffalo wings worth consuming??

Wonderful! I will try to get there asap :)

Anywhere else chowhounders? Anywhere in center city or on the mainline?

Sep 10, 2011
linfr21 in Philadelphia

Buffalo wings worth consuming??

Hey Philly Hounders,

So I moved here about a month ago from Minneapolis/St. Paul and have received some great advice from you thus far. If it wasn't for chowhound, I don't know how I would have successfully made my cuisine transition...

One thing I have yet to find is a really good buffalo chicken wing. BONE IN. There was a bar in MN that had the best buffalo chicken wings: juicy, perfectly crispy fried with a wonderfully spicy, vinegary, buffalo sauce and cool creamy bleu cheese. Where can I get something like this??

I live near PCOM on City Ave and am willing to drive (I have a car) up to 10 min. Any ideas?!

I should also say I looked through threads and haven't found much...

Sep 06, 2011
linfr21 in Philadelphia

Fried Clams

I have to say, I went to oyster house a month ago for a fried clam sandwich and it was very satisfying. I am not a huge clam snob, but these were great. Big, juicy bites, crunchy with the fried batter yet the right amount of tender and chew, and came out piping out. They really fill the sandwich full of the buggers and they were good. It is near Rittenhouse, so no traveling to new england needed :)

Aug 18, 2011
linfr21 in Philadelphia

Moving to City Ave Area

Thanks everyone! I so far have tried out Mikado and Chung Hing. I love downtown but am prepared for not having tons of time to go downtown often.

Are there any co ops around here?

Aug 14, 2011
linfr21 in Philadelphia

Moving to City Ave Area

Out of curiousity, is the Mikado Restaurant in Manayunk both thai and japanese? When I looked it up, it looked like it was at the same address and number.

Aug 08, 2011
linfr21 in Philadelphia

Moving to City Ave Area

Awesome! I should say that chains that are local chains and still family owned that are great would be welcome suggestions. Out of curiosity, what type of food is Aldar (I could guess but wont), and what is GSB? :)

Also, are there places nearby where I can buy my supply of latin food and spices (ex: cotija or queso fresco cheese, salsa valentina) and ethnic asian? (more ex: fish sauce, roasted seaweed sheets, dried shrimp, all the fun stuff).

Thanks guys! I am super psyched and not so worried anymore! :)

Jul 21, 2011
linfr21 in Philadelphia

Moving to City Ave Area

Greetings Philly chowhounders!

I am moving to the area for school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, which is near city line/fairmont park. Having lived and enjoyed the cuisine in Boston where I went to college, I am wondering what are some good restaurants out near City Line. I have done some preliminary searches and the prospects look littered full of chain restaurants. I have been to Philadelphia several times and know that Center City has plenty to offer, but I want to know if there is anything near my new home!

I am looking for either good, authentic and ethnic restaurants, such as authentic mexican, good sushi, authentic szechuan chinese, etc, an interesting ambiance with a great menu, or just a great mom and pop place that cannot be passed up. I love food and eating it in an interesting spot. And if the decor isn't worth writing home about, but the food is phenomenal, then I'd like to hear about those too!

I will have a car and am willing to drive up to 15-20 minutes away or so. Am I doomed to be traveling into Center City for food fixes??

Jul 20, 2011
linfr21 in Philadelphia

Alma Favorites?

Finally, after reading many mouth watering posts about Restaurant Alma, I finally had a dinner there. I went with my family and we split a selection of first and second course dishes, and each got an entree. The two dishes that were favorites at the table were the lemon orzo pasta and the potato in crisp pastry. The potato crisp pastry was phenomenal. What I really liked about the dish was the salad with whitefish. Mmmmm...

As for entrees, I got the trout with potatoes two ways and a black truffle dressing. The trout was pan roasted with the skin left on and cooked to beautiful crispiness. It was accompanied by a potato puree on the bottom and crispy freshly fried potato chips on top. The best part of the dish was the rich black truffle sauce. Heavenly. It was not too heavy, just perfectly dressing the fish. The ONLY negative with the whole meal was on my dish, two fish bones in the filet. But no biggie. My parents both got the chicken, which was a VERY generous portion. Very tender, just fell off the bone. My sister and her hubby got the duck, which was seasoned perfectly and accompanied with a duck confit and chard crepe. Great way to balance the savory duck.

For dessert, I got the salted caramel cake. As mentioned in other posts, it was delightful. The salty, sweet combination with the moist texture of the cake was perfect. Top this with the light crunch of the caramel on the outside? Perfection.

It was a great meal. Service was good, the atmosphere was great, and the food superb.

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Restaurant Alma
528 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Jul 15, 2011
linfr21 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Chicago Dim Sum

Well, my friends and I thought it'd be nice to walk around chinatown (weather permitting) just to see that side, but we are actually at the double tree mag mile. I do not mind walking for a mile or more, and def. don't mind being on pub trans for 20 min or so. And weather is not a problem, since I'm used to 20 degree weather and snow...

Thanks for the input though! Do you recommend getting reservations? Do they take reservations for a sat or sun morning?

Mar 08, 2011
linfr21 in Chicago Area

Chicago Dim Sum

Hello Chicago Hounders,

I know this is an old thread, but I am bumping this up to the top. I am going to chicago this upcoming weekend, and wanted to go to dim sum with my friends (party of most likely 4 or 5) on either sat or sunday. There is no good dim sum in Minneapolis where I live, and I truly miss the plethora of great places in Boston, where I lived for 4 years prior to Minneapolis.

Looks like Three Happiness and Phoenix are the recommended places, but that was according to diners in 2009. Anything change drastically that would make you recommend one place (or another place) over the other? Also, I wont have a car so a place that is accessible by public trans and walkable (up to half a mile) would be superb.

Thanks in advance chowhounders!

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Three Happiness Restaurant
209 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60616

Mar 06, 2011
linfr21 in Chicago Area

Spring 2011 Restaurant Week in the Twin Cities

I have to say, I think the best results is to find the intersection between your method and your girlfriends. I look at some of the high-ranking restaurants, simply because the chance you will get a good deal is theoretically favorable, and then chose between those based on the menus. Last year I went to Sea Change and got what would be a $50 meal for $30, and was satisfied but left wanting for more. Damico was very good several years ago, great portion sizes and interesting combinations of food. My favorite meals have to be from Meritage and Cosmos. The quality, consistency and portion sizes were that of non-restaurant week plates, and you really are getting a deal. A few years ago, I got a meal at Cosmos that would have costed me about $78.

Tomorrow I am checking out Saffron, and am excited!

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Meritage
410 Saint Peter St, Saint Paul, MN 55102

Sea Change
806 Second Street S., Minneapolis, MN 55415

Mar 01, 2011
linfr21 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Best Pho?

I forgot about Pho Ca Dao. It is still there. Cheap, flavorful pho. You know it must be good when you are the only non-Vietnamese in the place.

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Pho Ca Dao Restaurant
439 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55103

Feb 24, 2011
linfr21 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Best Pho?

I need to speak up for Mai Village...or against it, rather. The broth is very one dimensional, and it is expensive. I was not impressed. I've also run into the problem of inconsistency. Sometimes the noodles are perfectly cooked, sometimes waay over cooked.

I really like Bangkok Thai Deli's Pho, actually. Ngon's is probably the best though for the broth.

Feb 24, 2011
linfr21 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Spring 2011 Restaurant Week in the Twin Cities

Now that we are T minus 60 hours or so until the start of Restaurant Week, I am bumping this to the top!

Where is everyone going?

I am shooting for Cosmos and Meritage. And if my wallet can handle it, maybe Saffron...

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Meritage
410 Saint Peter St, Saint Paul, MN 55102

Feb 24, 2011
linfr21 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Spring 2011 Restaurant Week in the Twin Cities

The restaurant list is posted (already). Most menus are not up yet, but any surprises?

http://www.mspmag.com/promotions/wher...

Jan 18, 2011
linfr21 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Best meals of 2010

I love this topic, great idea Kevin47!

Meritage

I got the recession Sunday 3-prixe meal, and also ordered a bloody mary oyster shooter.

The first course was a duo of amusements: duckbreast with pate and wrapped in a lightly fried potato crust, and a white cheddar fluffy biscuit with a microgreens salad. The duo complimented themselves well with something crunchy and fried pared with the cheddar of the biscuit and zest of the microgreens.

Next, came the bloody mary oyster shot (NUMMM!) and the kitchen sent out a "gift" of billi bi saffron oyster soup. Soooo very nummy!

Main course was fettucini tossed in a light lemon sauce with razor clams and grape tomatoes. The last time I had good razor clam was when I was in Seattle, and this was comparable.

The dessert was a salted caramel izzy pop. Okay. I know Izzy is an icecream company, so in a way, Meritage was cheating by not preparing their own dessert But the Izzy pop had salted caramel chocolate icecream, creamy and smooth, dipped in this perfectly crunchy turn melty chocolate in your mouth. Good way to tie together and end a meal that started zesty and spicy, and continued with the slightly tart billi bi soup and entree.

The other great meal I had was at Sea Change for Fall Restaurant Week. Was second in comparison to Meritage, but had a good citrus salad, and sardines with rosemary, piquillo peppers, and white beans for entree. I honestly don't remember what the dessert was, I just remember being blown away by the sardines (in a good way!)

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Meritage
410 Saint Peter St, Saint Paul, MN 55102

Sea Change
806 Second Street S., Minneapolis, MN 55415

Jan 18, 2011
linfr21 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

First Time Trying Fish – Where in MPLS Should I Go?  

Not sure if this is too late, but I'd second Sea Change. I had the sardines (perhaps the worst first choice for a newcomer fish eater, since it has a strong taste) and they were very good. In general, Sea Change has a wonderful variety of fish that they serve. The way they prepare the fish also varies from using new and inventive combination of flavors to sticking with more traditional parings. They even have a fish and chips on their bar and grill menu.

Let us know where you end up and what you think!

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Sea Change
806 Second Street S., Minneapolis, MN 55415

Jan 09, 2011
linfr21 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Pollo Campero

AHHHHH THIS JUST MADE MY DAY!!1

Sorry for the freaking out, but this place is all over Central America, and it occupies a somewhat warm and fuzzy spot in me. Yes, it is fast food, yes it is stuff you can get elsewhere, but something about the place I always loved when I lived in Central America (Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Guate all have them!)

I will be stopping there ASAP.

Dec 17, 2010
linfr21 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Favorite Thai Restaurant

This is perhaps uber technical, but ketchup did originate in the 1600s and was ORIGINALLY a sauce made with pickled fish and other nummy spices. I doubt it but maybe, just maaaybe, the ketchup they use is this original, and not the Americanized tomato based ketchup of the recent centuries? If not, the history of ketchup is enticing, and I thought I'd share in case it was not known!

Wishful thinking, perhaps, but I'll still eat BTD without shame :)

Dec 15, 2010
linfr21 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Good Korean in MSP

Is Korea Restaurant different from the Kimchi Tofu House near the U? I ate at the Tofu House and had a good, inexpensive meal there. Small place, the owners are all Korean, and I loved the flavors.

Dec 15, 2010
linfr21 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

good places in MSP for raw oysters

I was just going to mention Meritage! Has anyone been to the Raw Bar there yet? I was there a few weeks ago for the Sunday Prix Fixe meal, and had the bloody mary oyster shooter, but no other oysters.

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Meritage
410 Saint Peter St, Saint Paul, MN 55102

Dec 15, 2010
linfr21 in Minneapolis-St. Paul