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Need Saturday Lunch Spot Near Jenkintown for Vegetarians

If you are looking for something very casual and quick, Jule's Thincrust Pizza has a nice selection of flatbreads.

Argana Tree is a new Moroccan place in Jenkintown, with a variety of vegetarian salads and spreads for a light lunch. (BYOB)

La Pergola attracts sedate crowd for Mediterranean flavors, but the food is good. (BYOB)

Our Family Cafe is a friendly place for sandwiches and salads. I've only been there for breakfast but they also do lunch.

Mar 21, 2014
refinnej in Philadelphia

Haitian restaurants serving Soup Joumou?


On a Chowhound soup thread, I read about Soup Joumou, a Haitian savory pumpkin soup, traditionally served around New Year's. I've likely missed the season for this soup, but I am wondering about any places serving Haitian food in Philadelphia? Thanks.

Mar 15, 2014
refinnej in Philadelphia

Glenside, again

Not Glenside, but close...

A couple of new restaurants have opened up in Elkins Park, near the train station.

We particularly like Alexander's. It is a cozy place serving homestyle Polish food as well as other items to round out a small menu. BYOB

Leila's Trattoria is related to Leila's Bistro in Jenkintown. They have upscale pastas and pizzas.

I haven't tried Park Plates yet...we call it the secret restaurant because there isn't much in the way of signage. But people are finding their way there, and I hear good reports. My friends stopped by after a hike, so they certainly weren't dressed up, and they were welcomed in. The menu looks great....interesting and far more sophisticated than your typical neighborhood place. BYOB

We also liked Argana Tree, which is Moroccan BYOB in Jenkintown. I

Feb 20, 2014
refinnej in Philadelphia

Family visiting Philadelphia

I am a big fan of Manakeesh at 44th and Walnut for Lebanese flatbreads and baklavah. They are open for lunch and dinner.

A favorite place in Chinatown is Xi'an Sizzling Woks. The atmosphere is basic, but the food is from the Shaanxi province and is different from what you typically find on a Chinese restaurant menu.

In Chinatown, I also like Vietnam Palace and Rangoon (Burmese).

Feb 14, 2014
refinnej in Philadelphia

Specialty grocery in Rochester?

For fresh boar and other meats, I would talk to Barry Kucker of Fare Game Foods at the Public Market. I don't know that he has boar, but he would be a good resource in any case.

For chestnut flour, I see that the Lori's Natural Foods website lists Dowd and Roger's chestnut flour on their product list. Niblack Foods (I know them by their former name of Tadco) would be another place to try for spices, dry goods, and lots more. Conveniently, both stores are at the Genesee Valley Regional Market on Jefferson Avenue. And actually, Niblack also has a stand at the Rochester Public Market.

Actually, if you are at the Genesee Valley Food Market, you can check out Palmer Foods for specialty meats and seafood. Palmer Foods is a long time Rochester source for high quality butchering. They have prepared foods too, like fried seafood platters and crab cakes.

Jan 21, 2014
refinnej in New York State (exc. NYC)

Schmooze in Jenkintown. Closed?

They were open the day before...we were there for Sunday breakfast. Actually we all were very happy with our meals. We asked for our potatoes extra extra crispy and we got something close to crunchy potato chips, which made us very happy! I guess they've been open for about 1 year at this point. Hoping that the Monday closing was just for one day only...we like having this place around.

Sep 25, 2013
refinnej in Philadelphia

No frills near passyunk square

On Monday night, I went to Hardena for the first time (Indonesian food). My friend and I both had the rice platter. There was a selection of 9 different dishes, and we could choose 3 served over rice. I had a tofu/eggplant stew, a jackfruit stew, and fish curry. A little drop of hot sauce on the side was too hot for my taste, but could liven up the meal for those who enjoy some heat. Very simple arrangement, with 4-5 tables, disposable utensils, and a self serve cooler of water. A lot of food for a very reasonable price, and a friendly atmosphere.

I also like to buy fresh ricotta from Mancuso Cheese Shop. It is a crowded narrow space, old school, no frills. The fresh ricotta I eat instead of ice cream as a dessert!

Jun 20, 2013
refinnej in Philadelphia

Challenge: Taking a picky 10 year old for a "fancy" lunch.

We have successfully taken our picky eater niece to Beau Monde for crepes. Savory cheese crepe for dinner, sweet butter crepe with ice cream for dessert. Those are the very basic models, but could be easily customized with familiar ingredients. I think it is a very appealing place on the interior, but dining outdoors at 6th and Bainbridge is fun too!

Jun 12, 2013
refinnej in Philadelphia

The bride is vegan bachelorette dinner

You might want to check out Adobe Cafe (locations in Roxborough or S. Phila). It is not high profile gourmet like Vedge, but it is above average. The have an extensive vegetarian menu, with plenty of vegan items. I like their seitan fajitas and when I went most recently I had a portabella mushroom burger. At both locations, the spaces can accomodate groups...the website has a private parties section.

Jun 08, 2013
refinnej in Philadelphia

Rochester - what's best?

Cure was good, but not particularly memorable in my opinion. A few highlights: the bread (it comes from Flour City Bakery, which uses the space during the day), the sauces (for the sausage and the duck confit crepes... the sauces were flavorful and good for soaking up with bread), the cocktails (fun). I was with my dad, and he liked the veal sausage that we ordered a lot. It was crowded, even for an early Saturday night reservation, and it got a little loud. Good vibe, though.

Jun 04, 2013
refinnej in New York State (exc. NYC)

Rochester - what's best?

I'll be visiting Rochester next weekend and a family member is taking me to Cure, a new bar and restaurant at the Public Market. I'll let you know how it goes!

May 03, 2013
refinnej in New York State (exc. NYC)

Higher End Food for Eating In


We'll be celebrating a special event, but family logistics will prevent us from going out to a restaurant. Any suggestions for nice restaurants or prepared food places where we could get a special meal to eat at home?

City, and north or west suburbs would be the best location.


Apr 07, 2013
refinnej in Philadelphia

Rochester-Pittsford-Henrietta: Eateries, Please!

Please try to work in a stop at the Rochester Public Market if you are going to be in town on a Saturday morning (they are also open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but there are fewer vendors on those days). It might be a little bit early for local produce, but there is plenty to eat! You can get tacos at the Market, and empanadas. There is also sometimes a vendor who sells Indian influenced breakfast sandwiches.

Another Rochester treasure is Swann's Market for German food, a small off the beaten path place with limited hours, but with a lot of friendliness and character. If you like sausages and schnitzel, you would like this place!

Voula's Greek Sweets for breakfast, lunch and baked goods! Monroe Avenue / Park Avenue is a great part of the city to wander around.

Ristorante Lucano is a place for a special meal (Italian).

I know there are several Indian restaurants in Henrietta, but I haven't been in a long time.

Mar 16, 2013
refinnej in New York State (exc. NYC)

Hatboro - Kasbah Cafe

Link to Michael Klein column:


He doesn't mention this in the blurb, but La Morena Taqueria is a great little Mexican restaurant in Hatboro.

Dec 23, 2012
refinnej in Philadelphia

Hatboro - Kasbah Cafe

Michael Klein gave a shout out to the Hatboro dining scene a few weeks ago in his column, calling the town a "mini-United Nations."

One place he mentioned was Kasbah Cafe, highlighting the short rib entree at this new restaurant as well as the Moroccan chef's background at Frog Commissary catering. That short rib was calling my name, so we stopped by for dinner. The short rib did not disappoint, and neither did a very moist chicken entree with Moroccan flavors. The French vinaigrette for our salad was also a stand out. It was a friendly atmosphere, and we felt there was special and quality cooking going on in the kitchen here.

We'd like to return for another visit, maybe also to check out Indian, Portuguese restaurants mentioned in Michael Klein's blurb and explore Hatboro a bit more. Any recommendations?

Dec 22, 2012
refinnej in Philadelphia

Any West Indian/Caribbean groceries in Buffalo or Rochester NY?

I don't really have an answer to your question, but I would suggest checking out the Public Market on a Saturday. I know I've seen a stand that has produce typically used in Caribbean cooking, and they have some spice / grocery vendors too which sometimes have unexpected selections. On the web, I found websites for Livie's Import Market on Chili Avenue and D&L Tropical Groceries on Genesee St. (both in Rochester), but I've never been to these places.

Here is a listing I found: http://rocwiki.org/Caribbean_Food

Dec 20, 2012
refinnej in New York State (exc. NYC)

In Rochester for conference

Go Philly! Go Rochester! I am also in Philly but grew up in Rochester. While I love the Philadelphia dining scene, I have to say I am always excited to explore Rochester restaurants when I return for hometown visits!

Here are a few ideas for you to think about. I haven't been to all of these places, but I've heard about them from my family members.

If your conference schedule allows, definitely try to stop by the Rochester Public Market on a Thursday morning (fewer vendors and thus quieter) or a Saturday morning (crowded with challenging parking). The market is on the outskirts of downtown Rochester and they open early. It is an outdoor market on a scale way beyond what we have in Philly, also there is a lovely cheese shop and bread bakery. Lots of local flavor. Even if you aren't doing your weekly shopping there, you can get breakfast sandwiches, pastries, coffee, hotdogs, empanadas, etc.

Cure is a new restaurant and bar on the site of the Public Market, open in the evenings and incorporating market offerings.

The Genesee Brew House is also new. It is at High Falls, just on the edge of downtown Rochester along the river. It is a good place to learn about Rochester and its brewing history and also have a Genny beer and a Zweigle's white hot (dog). They also serve burgers, sandwiches, salads, etc.

The Owl House is another place you might want to consider, also a quick drive from downtown. They have a creative menu that is vegetarian / vegan friendly but they do serve meat. I went to this location during a previous incarnation and I don't think they have a parking lot. But it is a residential neighborhood and the on street parking is a lot easier than in Philly. It is also across from the Abundance Food Coop which might be a fun place to stop in. I only was in there once, and I think it is quite small but active.

Lento is the fancier restaurant in Rochester that has a local spin. I haven't been there myself or heard any reports, but it would probably fit what you are looking for.

All of these restaurants are in buildings or neighborhoods that would give you a bit of a feel for Rochester. Have a good visit!

Sep 29, 2012
refinnej in New York State (exc. NYC)

Rochester restaurants

I've got a few more ideas for you to explore in Rochester: Phillips European is not too far from the RIT campus. They are best known for their desserts. Sticky Lips BBQ has branched out with a second location on Jefferson Road, which would be an easy drive. Palmer's Direct to You Market is also on Jefferson Road. They close early evening, but would be a good casual spot for an afternoon bite, like a burger or a crab cake. It is a place to buy meat and fish, or to eat fresh and quality prepared food in their cafe. There are also a lot of popular Indian restaurants on Jefferson or Henrietta Roads, and some well regarded Korean restaurants too. Scotch and Sirloin is an old school steakhouse on that side of the city. Keep in mind that Rochester is a very easy city to navigate...just about everything is 20 minutes away. If you do go into the city to a museum, you might enjoy a place like 2 Vine, which is an upscale bistro. Enjoy exploring Rochester...it is not a big city, but it has a lot to offer!

Sep 04, 2012
refinnej in New York State (exc. NYC)

Restaurant suggestion nearish to St Joes University

For fun atmosphere, Manayunk is also just a few minutes away. You can walk up and down Main Street where there are a lot of restaurants. There are also a lot of shops, and plenty of people of people watching. Chabaa Thai, Han Dynasty, Agiato are some places to consider. On-street parking might be tight, but you can pay to park in a lot.

Jul 05, 2012
refinnej in Philadelphia

Restaurant suggestion nearish to St Joes University

There is a very new Indian restaurant called Jazmin, very close to the St. Joe's campus. It is at 2013 N. 63rd Street. It is low key, and there may not be any other customers when you go, but the food is really tasty. It is BYOB, and there is a beer store deli just up the block. For a fancier dining experience, La Collina is classic Italian tucked away in Belmont Hills (up a hill, but very close to City Avenue). I also like Al Dar (Mediterranean) on Montgomery Avenue.

Jul 05, 2012
refinnej in Philadelphia

Baba in Rachacha

Where do you go for quality baba ghanouch in Rochester? Seems like a lot of the baba sold in stores has mayonaise in it. This topic is to help find an above average non-mayo version.


May 18, 2012
refinnej in New York State (exc. NYC)

Rochester - anything great?

A few more ideas to throw into the mix, after checking in with my relatives in Rochester. Their favorite place for special occasion Italian is Lucano's. Rooney's and Black and Blue are other favorites. Amaya is a new place serving Indian food in French style, which they found interesting and enjoyable. Flight Wine Bar is recommended for wine and appetizers. And Dinosaur BBQ is an experience of its own! For a terrific but really casual Rochester evening, I like to go down to the lake at Charlotte to get a frozen custard at Abbott's and walk on the pier. There are some char broil burger places by the lake too that have loyal followings if you are interested in that sort of thing!

May 01, 2012
refinnej in New York State (exc. NYC)

Northwest Philadelphia restaurant with vegan options

I just had dinner tonight at Green Soul on Ogontz Avenue. It is a casual place (lots of take out business) with an appealing and tasty menu! We didn't go vegan, or even vegetarian, but the menu has lots of options including salads, smoothies, and various dishes with greens, beans, and sweet potatoes. Bright and fresh and friendly atmosphere. Each meal comes with a Granny Smith apple, which is a nice touch! You might also want to consider Tiffin for Indian, and Cafette, both easy places to find vegan options.

Apr 27, 2012
refinnej in Philadelphia

Styer's Terrain Cafe in Glen Mills?

We went to Styer's Garden Cafe last spring and really enjoyed ourselves. The setting is delightful...the restaurant is in a greenhouse and makes for a very pleasant atmosphere. It sort of feels like being in a Martha Stewart photo shoot and since that is pretty far from my normal reality, it was a special treat! For the meal, I remember they served bread baked in flower pots with a sage / honey butter that we liked so much that we took home the leftovers. We enjoyed our entrees...the entire menu was appealing, but I think we were sold on some of the sides. Very attentive service. We made early reservations and allowed time to browse the store before dinner...the store is again very Martha Stewart-ish but it is fun to look! We actually combined the trip to Styers with a visit to Yellow Springs Farm to visit with the baby goats and buy some goat cheese. It is not very close to Styers, but the 2 destinations in Chester County made for a nice day trip from Philly. We called ahead to Yellow Springs to let them know we wanted to stop by. I would certainly say that the Styer's Cafe would be worth the trip!

Apr 14, 2012
refinnej in Philadelphia

Asian reco in Rochester area

Golden Port for dim sum (especially fond of the scallion pancake)
Sodam Korean Restaurant (tucked away in an industrial park)

Jan 16, 2012
refinnej in New York State (exc. NYC)

Food recs on route to Rochester from NYC

We sometimes like to stop in Binghamton for a speedie, a regional specialty. Lupo's S&S Char-Pit is just a few minutes off of I-81. It is not so special that we stop there all the time, but it is a local favorite and better than fast food. On their website, they list their gluten free products:


Dec 26, 2011
refinnej in New York State (exc. NYC)

Best Fish Fry in Rochester

Favorite Fish Fry: Captain Jim's Fish Market on E. Main near Winton. Nothing fancy, but very fresh and family run.

Nov 30, 2011
refinnej in New York State (exc. NYC)

Downtown Rochester Dinner Recs

Samba Cafe, a new Brazilian restaurant on State Street, got a nice write up in last week's City Paper, with special notes for friendliness and authenticity. It is open until 6 but the review mentioned extended hours starting in October. It is bare bones, but The Pizza Stop on State Street is one of my favorite places for a slice in Rochester. I'm not sure if they stay open for dinner. And, Dinosaur BBQ is not far away either, and is a fun and popular place for a lively meal.

Oct 06, 2011
refinnej in New York State (exc. NYC)

Rochester: Breakfast Recs near Eastman Theater?

This is a tough question...as far as I can remember, not too many choices for breakfast in that area...

I could certainly steer you towards Spot Cafe, a coffee house in a cool building (former Hallman Chevrolet dealership). I like the atmosphere...can't remember ever having breakfast there but I believe it is available.

Oct 05, 2011
refinnej in New York State (exc. NYC)

Decent lunch spot between CC and Elkins Park?

Hi. I agree that Under the Oak is lovely, but make sure to call before you go. Over the weekend, we saw a sign on the door saying they are "Closed for Renovations." Don't forget about Tiffin in Elkins Park, and Marco Polo in the same plaza. Also, not too far off route is a brand new place in West Oak Lane that I'd like to try, Green Soul (from the owners of Warmdaddy's).

Sep 06, 2011
refinnej in Philadelphia