juice's Profile

Title Last Reply

Unique specialty cake in CC

I ended up going w Sophisticakes for the party. Had them make me a 40 serving Rubix Cube Cake for an 80's bday party that came out awesome. They were also 1/3 the price of The Whipped Bake Shop. I highly recommend them

Oct 30, 2009
juice in Pennsylvania

Where to find open face turkey & mashed potatoes in philly

Nick's Roast Beef is Old City does open faced turkey and roast beef sandwiches. Good comfort food when it's cold out.

Aug 25, 2009
juice in Pennsylvania

house in media!

Been there about 5 times. I've had most of their sandwiches (which the selection rotates) and the salads (which are tiny). Sandwiches are ok but not worth the price. Example, King Khan: 2 pieces of sour dough with maybe 2-3 oz of chicken and buffalo sauce (pressed) is hardly worth $7.50. I do not mean to criticize, because I respect what they are trying to do, but they need to offer more value if they are going to survive.

Aug 12, 2009
juice in Pennsylvania

Need a Great Candy Store

Shane's is great but they are not interested in making money since they close everyday around 5pm. With all the business the Franklin Fountain generates, you'd think they would wise up and stay open later.

Great Suggestions. I am going to Edward Freeman just for the heck of it. I also didn't realize Nuts To You had candy.

Aug 05, 2009
juice in Pennsylvania

Need a Great Candy Store

I am almost done planning a huge gathering and the last key is a vast selection of 80's candy. I know I can get large quanities at a local grocery store but I need a better selection for the hard to find stuff you use to enjoy in years past. Looking for candy like ring pops, bubble tape, whatchamacallits, Big League Chew, Nerds, Runts, Sour Patch Kids, Mike & Ikes, Candy Cigarettes, Jelly Bellies, Gatorade Gum (that would be awesome), Rootbeer Barrels, Spree Rolls, Airheads, Pixy Stix.... I think you get the picture. Philly area and South/West suburbs.

Aug 04, 2009
juice in Pennsylvania

Unique specialty cake in CC

Thanks for the suggestions. I am currently speaking with two of the places on possibilities.

Jul 24, 2009
juice in Pennsylvania

Unique specialty cake in CC

I am looking for a pastry shop in CC that can 'build' a special cake for a themed party I am throwing early next month. I need these folks to be a little creative a think outside the box. I live East of Broad. Thanks.

Jul 21, 2009
juice in Pennsylvania

Old City-Sunday Bfast?

Big fan of Race St Cafe's Sunday Brunch menu. It is excellent although they do not open until around 10:30am. Also, I have not been yet for breakfast (but my sandwich/soup lunch combo was awesome), Old City Cheese Shop on 3rd near Race supposively has an amazing breakfast menu with homemade muffins fresh out of the oven. Really cute place. Have a neighbor who raved about it last week. Other than that, maybe head north a mile to Honey's or N. 3rds.

Jun 26, 2009
juice in Pennsylvania

Best Foods at Reading Terminal Market

I always take 1st timers to the terminal and get and DiNic's pulled pork with provey/greens and a Hershel's Hot Cornbeef sandwich. Cut them in half and try both. Probably my two favorite sandwiches in the city. Shortly after I go into a meat coma and have someone hit me with a defibrillator to ensure my heart keeps beating.

Jun 26, 2009
juice in Pennsylvania

Nationals Stadium - Anything new?

I'm heading in for a few days and will be at tonight's game. I was at the stadium last week and had a few Gordon Bierch beers which were ok, but nothing to write home about. Where else is there to grab a drink nearby that doesn't involve the Red Porch? The only thing that existed in this neighborhood when I lived in DC years ago was Nation. Any new eateries or bars within walking distance? There's got to be something with all the new growth of the Navy Yard.

russian river beers

Can't get them over here Joan. RR is a really small brewery (which is operating at capacity) and they don't have much distribution in the East. I know you can find an over priced bomber of Damnation at the foodery, but other than that, you will not find RR (in bottles) on the east coast. Once in a blue moon, places like Devils Alley, Monks, or Teresa's Next Door in Wayne may have a special or get a sixtel or two of Pliny but everyone usually knows about it and the beer goes fast. Had Damnation on tap at Race St about 3 weeks ago and Blind Pig IPA at Local 44 last week. I'd try trading on beeradvocate or look at ebay.

http://russianriverbrewing.com/wordpr...

Jun 17, 2009
juice in Pennsylvania

Table (or bar seat) for one

If in University City, try Local 44 (44th and Spruce). New(er) gastro pub with about 18 micro taps and 2 cask taps. Good pub fare. I had a cuban sandwich the other night that was excellent. Nice crowd and bartenders were friendly as I sat at the bar and watched the Stanley Cup Finals. You can find their menu through menupages.com.

Jun 08, 2009
juice in Pennsylvania

Quintessential Philly (not cheesesteak)

Wow, I've have had the John's Roast Pork sandwich 3 times now and all have been pretty bland. I've had Di Nics about 6 times in the past 6 months and everytime has been amazing (probably my favorite sandwich in the city tied w Hershel's cornbeef sandwich). What am I doing wrong at John's?

Jun 05, 2009
juice in Pennsylvania

Produce Junction - locations

Great suggestion. I'll pass it on.

Jun 01, 2009
juice in Philadelphia

Produce Junction - locations

I'm fairly close with the owner of PJ and I've asked him the question of why he hasn't opened any locations in Philly. His response was that their is too much red tape/bureaucracy to open up downtown. Plus, his locations are doing extremely well outside the city in including a new location in Allentown and future locations planned down the shore. He's going to stick w the suburbs and Delaware Valley.

May 18, 2009
juice in Philadelphia

Holy Smoke BBQ Philly

Thanks riz. This place looks awesome. Can't wait to try. When did it open?

May 05, 2009
juice in Pennsylvania

Looking for a great BBQ joint in Philadelphia

Sweet Lucy's is good, not great. The spread they put out on Monday nights for AYCE is pretty good. I stopped by Tommy Gunn's yesterday and got a pulled pork and Texas Beef Brisket sandwich (the 6oz sandwich, not the 3oz). Again, good. I liked the sauce and the brisket needed it (a little dry). The Pork was better. I also tried some ribs that had a dry rub on them. That was good as well. Last Thursday, I stopped in late for a drink to an empty Q-BBQ. Nice tap selection (all micros) and a few bottles I had not tried as well as 100 different tequilas. I chatted w Tom the rib guy. They are still in the transition stage from the Seafood place to BBQ (so he's still training and teaching the cook's how to make his stuff). You can't help but like the guy and he is passionate about his food. . That alone will make me stop in for dinner sometime soon. I know Q did not get glowing reviews their first week on CH but it seems (from Yelp reveiws) they are getting their act together.

Apr 27, 2009
juice in Pennsylvania

Tex-mex in philly

I could be a little jaded since I compare all tex-mex to Cactus Cantina in DC. Your best bets are El Vez, Pura Vida, or Plaza Garibaldi. There are plenty of taquerias but they tend to be more authentic. Good tex-mex in philly is hard to find.

Apr 14, 2009
juice in Pennsylvania

Anyone been to Troegs?

I went out last year around xmas and had a nice time. The tour was informative but towards the end, I was jonesing for a beer. It's a small operation inside a oversized warehouse. Your best bet is to do the sample platter (like 5 beers +whatever their small batch/seasonal at the time is). That's like $5. The beers sneak up on you since everything has an abv over 5.

Apr 02, 2009
juice in Beer

KY Bourbon barrel Ale-First taste

i actually got lucky after I befriended the beer mgr at Oaktree in NJ over the weekend and he brought me a KBS from a secret stash in the backroom. I had it for breakfast w my inlaws the next morning (I couldn't wait). I have to say it was the best stout I have ever tried. Just a great beer. I'm already planning a side trip to Grand Rapids when I go out to MI in the summer.

Apr 01, 2009
juice in Beer

The Saloon in Philly?

The Saloon is a family fav of mine and we have been going there for years. Good steaks/Italian/seafood. The decor and setting of the place is very beautiful (especailly the upstairs bar). I can understand how some dislike it. I have had very good meals there as well as very average meals. Unfortunately, they are very pricey. Along the same lines as DelFrisco's and Union Trust. I've eaten at both. Both good meals, amazing layout but the food was nothing extraordinary. I do not see how they are going to survive. i walked in last Thurday night to UT w no reservation at 8pm. There were more wait staff than patrons. I'd love to know the braintrust who thought opening these restarants was a good idea in the current economic environment.

Apr 01, 2009
juice in Philadelphia

Lunch near Philly Federal courthouse

Walked by Philadelphia fish company last night. $1 oysters/long necks during happy hour 5-7pm. Not sure about lunch.

Mar 11, 2009
juice in Pennsylvania

Lunch near Philly Federal courthouse

The beauty of Philly Jury duty is Reading Terminal. You get 10% off with your yellow jury badge/sticker so be sure to show it (I was stuck on an 8-day trial last year). The terminal has (imho) two of the best sandwiches in the city. DiNic's pulled pork w sharp provi and Roasted peppers and Hershel's Cornbeef sandwich. I took a few friends down there this last weekend through the chaos of the flower show and had them split 1/2 of each. To say those sandwiches are anything less than amazing is selling them short.

Mar 10, 2009
juice in Pennsylvania

I'm looking for a delicious sandwich in Old City Philadelphia

Old City get s bad rap. Yeah, it's a touristy destination but it does have some great stuff if you know where to look.

Eulogy- Napolean Burger (probably one of the top 3 burgers in the city)
Sassafras- Bison/Ostrich Burger w mixed green side salad
Cafe Ole- Excellent pressed panini's w a refreshing green iced tea.
Aromatic House of Kabob- Super Persian (sauteed spinach, tomato, mushroom, feta w either chicken or lamb) or Falafel sandwich.
Nick's- Roast Beef Italiano w au jus (awesome, cheap sandwich)
Campos- While they have the best cheesesteak in the neighborhood, have you tried the their grilled chicken sandwich (Valentines) or a Mamma Mia (Prosciutto, sopressatta, provi, roasted peppers) or the Caprese (mozz, tomato, prosciutto, peppers.......it's insane) Unfortuantely it is pricey and cash only.
Triumph- Hot Smoked Salmon Club
Race Street Cafe- I never had a bad anything at Race St. Excellent food including a nice lunch time selection of sandwiches.
Plus Mulberry Market and Sassafras Market make a great (cheap: $5-6) Boars Head hoagie and will load them up w all the fixings.

Mar 09, 2009
juice in Pennsylvania

Aki Sushi in Philly

Unless I am wrong, I think this is the old AOI sushi spot. It's like an old 80's rock bar w neon along a metal fence and an old pick up coming out of the wall? Maybe they changed the decor. When I first moved here, I use to go quite because of the price, but the sushi was mediorce at best. Maybe its better. It use to be $20 A-Y-C-E.

Mar 04, 2009
juice in Philadelphia

Chloe, Copper Bistro or Sassafras?

I'm a big fan of Sassafras. It's a good spot to grab a drink /burger (ostrich or bison perhaps) w P-nut oil french fries and catch up with a buddy. They have other stuff on the menu ($10-15 dollars at most) which looks appetizing but I like the burgers. It's worth checking out at least for a drink and an appetizer (good spring rolls and hand-made Mongolian dumplings.....and yes, the chef is Mongolian..you heard it here first) . They use to have live jazz on Tuesday nights. Maybe again when the weather warms up. It was closed for a while and then changed ownership in the last year. Two Irish gents run it. Nice guys.

Last time I was at Chloe, I had one of the best full racks of ribs I've had in years served w mac and cheese that had me licking my plate. Awesome would be an understatement. Chloe's cash only.

I'd do pre-drinks at Sassafras, grab a bottle of wine from the State store on 2nd, and then hit Chloe for dinner.

Feb 24, 2009
juice in Pennsylvania

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

I've been meaning to try 1601 Cafe but haven't had the chance. Looks cute. Anyone been?

http://www.1601cafe.com/

Feb 24, 2009
juice in Pennsylvania

Fun lively BYO that can accomodate a private party

As you know, most byos are small/intimate so to have a party of 40 will be pretty tough to accommodate for most spots. Some places I would check out are Aqua (big room upstairs) and Mojecte Mixto (pretty big place, can probably hold 60-70 people, no private room). La Locanda in Old City has had parties for about 25 which can be a fun spot if you want to drink and interact with the staff . You may be able to reserve the restaurant for a later seating (9pm) if you call a week or two early. The restuarant can probably do about 35-40 if you don't close the door. I have also noticed that some byo's are starting to charge a fee for larger groups that bring in a few bottles/6-packs.

Feb 20, 2009
juice in Pennsylvania

Oysters PLease?

Look no further my friend. I'm not going to say this place is upscale, but it has been there since 1912. Snockeys on 2nd and Washington. Little seafood house that serves up a mean happy hour if you can get there in time. I think lagers and miller lites are a buck, .75 oysters (12 different kinds daily), .50 steamers. I'm not a huge oyster fan, but my friends are and they love this place.

http://www.snockeys.com/

Feb 18, 2009
juice in Pennsylvania

Inexpensive Tasting Menu/Prix Fixe Option in Philadelphia

2nd Modo Mio. 4 courses for $32 (cash only). Good luck on a Friday or Saturday. I went last weekend and for a 7:30 reservation and was lucky to get in by 9pm. Great spot though.

Feb 10, 2009
juice in Pennsylvania