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BYOB Ranting

Re: de facto BYOBs...I've taken beer to Taco Riendo, and have seen others do the same. Wine, not so much, but that shouldn't stop anyone.

Feb 09, 2011
croutonpiggy in Philadelphia

cooking supply stores in Philly?

I just wanted to add that the Kitchen Kapers Rittenhouse locations has a very knowledgeable staff. This is not your typical mall outpost; in fact, it feels like a local store. the staff asked you what you are interested in as soon as you enter, guides you to the product and then gives their advice if you need it. I had a nice chat with one of the staff a week ago when questioned as to what I was going to do with my two small prep bowls. When I responded that they were going to be used to store hair accessories in my medicine cabinet, we both laughed :)

The Williams Sonoma store a few blocks away (Broad and Walnuts Streets) has quality products, but the prices are not restaurant supply level...

Jan 24, 2011
croutonpiggy in Philadelphia

lunch near Yards Brewing

FYI. Yard's does have a variety $3 grilled cheese sandwiches and I believe a soup of the day. The bread is made using their spent grains. The sandwiches are more "light lunch/snack" than destination dining, but are quite yummy when you're looking for an accompaniment to the beer :)

Jan 11, 2011
croutonpiggy in Philadelphia

Bagel Recommendations in Center City

Sylviag - Rybread has great bagels by Philly standards. Not NY bagel level, but very good, and (I think) better than the old Redhouse Bagels. I've become addicted to the cinnamon raisin with a thick sugar crust on it. The multigrain one has lots of "birdseed" in it. I forget who their supplier is. I should mention that they also make their scones in-house. A favorite is their Breakfast scone -- cheddar, bacon and chives.

Nov 18, 2010
croutonpiggy in Philadelphia

wild boat in Philly area

I had great wild boar scrapple at Cafe Estelle a few months back. Since they do all or most of their meats in-house, call them to see what else they may be doing with it :)

Nov 18, 2010
croutonpiggy in Philadelphia

Where to buy chipotle peppers in Philadelphia

I've purchased the Goya brand from Superfresh for about $2, 4 oz. can. Link is for can graphic:

Jun 06, 2010
croutonpiggy in Philadelphia

West African food?

barryg, it's Memdee's, reviewed by Craig LaBan in 2007. I remember reading the article. Memdee's is Liberian/West African. It's just a few blocks from Le Mendingue, which is included in the link you posted.

*disclaimer: I am psurpcv's (OP) wife. I'll have him review LaBan's description to see if Memdee's includes any of the foods he's interested in.

I'll also point him to Fatou and Fama's menu, which has Senegalese specials:

EDIT: Fatou and Fama's dining room is closed and they seem to be open only for catering.

Mar 05, 2010
croutonpiggy in Philadelphia

Joseph Poon Chef Kitchen

My husband called the Kitchen last night and spoke with Chef Poon. We were able to get reservations for 2 tomorrow night (Saturday). Is this flying under the radar? I was surprised at the "prime time" availability, but then again, I'm not sure how many people the Kitchen can serve.

The menu looks quite good:

We're excited and will report back.

Jan 22, 2010
croutonpiggy in Philadelphia

Fireplace in Philadelphia (bar, not restaurant)

Standard Tap in Northern Liberties. They have a fireplace in the upstairs bar area, but I don't remember how many seats are around it. I've sat near it at the bar and it's been warm and cozy. Great food.

Standard Tap
901 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Oct 16, 2009
croutonpiggy in Pennsylvania

Alfresco Thai in Philly?? (or Vietnamese?) BYO?

Another option is Vietnam's West Philly outpost. They have sidewalk seating only, and it's fairly non-atmospheric unless you like to people-watch passersby. Food is solid as always. This location is a small storefront, with maybe 25 seats inside and 3 sidewalk tables.

Aug 09, 2009
croutonpiggy in Pennsylvania

Pig Roasting Dilemma

While doing some construction-related work in the Spring Garden section of the city, I noticed one house had a pit in the backyard surrounded by cement/concrete blocks about 18"-24" tall. At the short ends of the rectangular pit, 2 y-shaped holders held a long length of steel pipe with a steering wheel on one end. I didn't see it in use, but I feel sorry for whomever got to rotate the spit for hours on end...unless they had a beer in hand :)

May 17, 2009
croutonpiggy in Pennsylvania

Glasbern Inn - Fogelsville, PA (near Allentown)

Thanks for your replies. Folprivate, I'd love to hear your list of other places as well.

May 06, 2009
croutonpiggy in Pennsylvania

Glasbern Inn - Fogelsville, PA (near Allentown)

Has anyone been for dinner? I'm intrigued since mostly all of their protein and produce comes directly from their farm, and I believe it is all organic.

They offer a $55 4-course prix fixe on Saturdays, and I wonder if it's worth a trip.

May 05, 2009
croutonpiggy in Pennsylvania

Inexpensive Tasting Menu/Prix Fixe Option in Philadelphia

Lacroix is BYOB on Mondays, no corkage (!)

I have a reservation for this Sunday. The $35 menu is offered and their wine list is half price. I was told that the dress code is business casual, although I'm requesting that my BF wear a jacket.

Feb 12, 2009
croutonpiggy in Pennsylvania

best mussels in philly

re: Nodding Head. I too had the Monk's mussels last Friday for lunch with coworkers. It's $9.95 for a pound (not half pound) plus fries/frites and a crusty roll. They also do a large version for $19.95 (I'm assuming for 2 people to split). The mussels I had were large, plump and very tasty. I even thought maybe they were trying to use them up because it seemed as though I received more at Nodding Head than at Monk's :) I really liked this version, but I have to admit, I found the black olives a little incongruent in the overall mix. The frites/fries were served with the same dipping sauce (bourbon mayo?) as Monk's, but are much longer (yeah!) than the "bits" Monk's serves.

I was also pleasantly surprised by how much I liked Nodding Head's 60 Shilling beer. It's described as a Scottish-style ale and won silver at the GABF 2003.

Feb 03, 2009
croutonpiggy in Philadelphia

ISO Pansies or violets for cooking

I haven't seen them around town lately, but here's an online source out of California. note that they are not cheap, about $40 for 25, but come in different glazes/flavors:

Jan 31, 2009
croutonpiggy in Pennsylvania

Jan 1st food in Philly?

I realize that many if not all of the BYOBs are going to be closed tonight are there any good restaurants that will be open? We have a car so transportation is not too much of an issue.

Jan 01, 2009
croutonpiggy in Pennsylvania

Mad Elf

The Grey Lodge in the northeast is hosting a Mad Elf night this Friday. They will be serving the 2007 and 2008 "vintages" if you'd like to test them before you buy.

Dec 01, 2008
croutonpiggy in Pennsylvania

monday night by myself in philly

Smoking has been banned in just about all restaurants and bars since your last visit. I beleive if a bar makes less than 10% of their income via food sales, they can apply for an exemption.

Downtown, although not large by some city standards, still covers an area 25 blocks wide. If you don't know the exact location, then please tell us your food and price preferences so we can point you to the right spot.

Nov 21, 2008
croutonpiggy in Pennsylvania

What's New on the Brunch Scene, Philly?

Marathon on the Square offers a much nicer (more upscale) environment than their other locations. Since the food and prices are the same, I prefer the Square location for a better experience. At night, it's dimly lit for ambiance. It's my go-to spot when my sponteneous after work group is indecisive. I can't cooment though on their brunch, as I've only been for lunch and dinner.

Nov 20, 2008
croutonpiggy in Pennsylvania

What's New on the Brunch Scene, Philly?

Not really new, but Cafe Estelle is great. Everything is homemade including the sausage, which my BF and I fought over. Highly recommended.

Nov 20, 2008
croutonpiggy in Pennsylvania

looking for mexican food in philly

Update: I had the free margarita mix at Las Cazuelas a few months ago. It can be best described as sugar-y syrup from the bottle with little acidic zing or fruit taste (think flat Mountain Dew). It was quite cloying and very dissapointing for my Cuervo 1800.

Nov 14, 2008
croutonpiggy in Pennsylvania

Has anyone been to Prive?

A coworker whose opinion I trust went about 2 weeks ago, early on a Saturday night. He described the food as good to very good, but thought it was expensive overall -- small plates add up quickly. He was glad he went early as he thought it would become quite "scene-y" later on at night.

City Paper confirms that Prive has a DJ (world, house, downtempo) on at least Saturday nights, although they probably start at 10pm.

Nov 14, 2008
croutonpiggy in Pennsylvania

Restaurant near Philly Art Museum?

Trio (Thai) at 2624 Brown Street is within walking distance for some. You may want to consult a map as it may take 10-15 minutes. Entrees are under $20, menu here:

Oct 09, 2008
croutonpiggy in Pennsylvania

Reasonably Priced Good Food near U of penn

Vietiane Cafe at 4728 Baltimore Avenue
(215) 726-1095

BYOB, Thai and Laotian, but please confirm they are open on Sundays as I've only gone on Fridays and Saturdays

Oct 09, 2008
croutonpiggy in Pennsylvania

Dinner near ROM with toddler

All of these are great suggestions, thank you! I think because of time constraints, Pho Hung seems like our best bet (I haven't had bun in a while). Boulevard Cafe and Terroni are on my radar for later in the weekend, when we are closer to them.

We don't have to order special food for my niece (yet!) -- she's a true 'hound who loves baby bok choy and portobello mushrooms. I'd like to think it's her refined upbringing, but it's probably due to her being young and driven by textures at this point :)

Dinner near ROM with toddler

We're (4 adults) traveling to Toronto this weekend and staying slightly north of U of T. We'd like to take advantage of the ROM's Friday night, but are driven by my niece's schedule. Since we need to be on our way home around 8pm for her bedtime, is there a good quick, casual place nearby? We're open to all cuisines, but since my sister and BIL are from Detroit, I'd rather not do Middle Eastern.

I've read this post, which may be good for another night when we're not as restricted by schedules: (dining near U of T) -- are any of these conducive to dining with a toddler (18 months) onthe early side?


Surprisingly there is little information out there... According to one messageboard, Paxia touts their grand opening is 7/12-26. They are BYOB and feature margarita mixes for your tequila, including free lime mix with purchase of an entree -- YMMV on this, and it doesn't say when that special will end.

It looks as though they are open everyday for dinner, except Tuesdays, and feature brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.

* sunday: 11am to 10pm
* monday: 5pm to 10pm
* tuesday: closed
* wednesday: 5pm to 10pm
* thursday: 5pm to 10pm
* friday: 5pm to 10pm
* saturday: 11am to 11pm

(215) 413-0171

Jul 27, 2008
croutonpiggy in Pennsylvania

Quick bite / snacks near Rumsey Playfield?

I'm coming up from Philly to a Summerstage concert soon. What is close to the Playfield for either pre-show (5-6pm) or after show (10pm)? I'm especially interested in "portable" food.

Jun 24, 2008
croutonpiggy in Manhattan

Senegalese/West African near Brooklyn Flea/BBG?

Oh gosh, you're right! No Flea for me, but I'm still looking for good chow....especially if we're walking from BBG vicinity.Thanks for the head's up.

Apr 28, 2008
croutonpiggy in Outer Boroughs