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Lunch near Macy's...it's complicated

How about Bank & Bourbon at the Lowes, 1 block away at 12th & Market or Bru on Chestnut St?

Dec 20, 2014
rsgdmd in Philadelphia

BYOB on Monday


Dec 17, 2014
rsgdmd in Philadelphia

Looking for a good dinner spot near Union Transfer (Spring Garden Street)

Sazon is great; just give yourself extra time as they take their time there.

Aug 18, 2014
rsgdmd in Philadelphia

Saturday lunch in city- preferably walking distance to Franklin Square

Depends how far you will walk. Chinatown is short walk; a little further is Jones; a bit further is High Street on Market. Reading Terminal market is about 1/2 mile away.

Apr 18, 2014
rsgdmd in Philadelphia

a.kitchen under Eli Kulp

We went for dinner the second day after they re-opened. Big improvement over the old a.kitchen. Highlights were the smoked mussels, the raw snapper, clams, grilled leeks, beef tartare & the bread box. The buckwheat noodles were the only disappointment. Looking forward to eating there again.

Apr 09, 2014
rsgdmd in Philadelphia

Manhattan Hound Looking for Mid-Week Breakfast Recommendations Near Rittenhouse Square

I believe a.kitchen does breakfast. The restaurant was taken over by Eli Kulp & Co who recently won a best new chef award from F&W.

Apr 04, 2014
rsgdmd in Philadelphia

Cooking store in Chinatown?

There are a couple of supermarkets that sell them, but your best bet would be the restaurant supply store on Cherry St between 10th & 11th.

Mar 09, 2014
rsgdmd in Philadelphia

bakeries or restaurants for dessert in the evening?

Farmicia on 3rd St is another.

Feb 08, 2014
rsgdmd in Philadelphia

Corn beef special

A couple more ideas for corned beef special - Famous 4th St Deli on 19th St. and, a little walk, Hershel's in Reading Terminal Market.

Jan 08, 2014
rsgdmd in Philadelphia

Quiet lunch near 400 Arch

Went there yesterday for brunch & really enjoyed. It's a small place; not easy to get 10 seated together. It's also not quiet.

Sep 30, 2013
rsgdmd in Philadelphia

Quiet lunch near 400 Arch

About 2 blocks N of the Wyndham is Radicchio (4th and Wood Sts), an excellent BYO Italian. It can be pretty noisy when full, but not so likely during lunch.

Sep 25, 2013
rsgdmd in Philadelphia

Minneapolis Chowhound needs Recs

Even though the Amish vendors won't be there, a trip to Reading Terminal Market is a Philly "must". Downtown Philly is pretty compact, so almost any downtown hotel will work. For dinner, consider Modo Mio (will need a cab) for their $35 Sunday supper (full course meal) or Kanella for their Mezze, entire meal for less than $35. Zahav would fit your price range (entire meal for $39 or can do a la cart).

Aug 16, 2013
rsgdmd in Philadelphia

What are your favorite non-Szechuan restaurants in Chinatown?

How about Tai Lake for seafood or Ken's.

Jul 22, 2013
rsgdmd in Philadelphia

Philly for 24 hours- Rittenhouse are recs please

I would suggest your husband skip the cheesesteak & go for a roast pork sandwich. After checking in, head over to Reading Terminal Market - lots of great choices - DiNics for pork, Beck's for Cajun, Brauhaus Schmidts for German, Hershel's for deli, Bassetts for ice cream..... There is a cheesesteak place if he really needs one, but much better choices are available.
Near your hotel, there's Vernick Food & Drink, The Oyster House, A.Kitchen, Lacroix, Tinto. For drinks, there's Franklin Mortgage.

Caterer for At-Home 60th Bday Party

My wife is a personal chef & does lots of house parties. Two of her initial questions would be budget and location, as cwdonald asks......

Jul 09, 2013
rsgdmd in Philadelphia

Good meal near Merriam

You're right in the middle of downtown. There's Estia for Greek seafood, Capital Grill for steaks, Sbraga for modern American, Farm & The Fisherman, Vedge for high end vegan, Amis for Italian. That should get you started.

Apr 02, 2013
rsgdmd in Philadelphia

Post Graduation Dinner near Copley Sq.

Thanks for the suggestions. It seems my Chowhounding son has eaten at Clio, Mistral, Brasserie Jo, and some of the other places I was thinking of. Wanting to go somewhere he hasn't, I made a reservation at Hammersley Bistro, which seems to get uniformly positive reviews here.

Mar 20, 2013
rsgdmd in Greater Boston Area

Post Graduation Dinner near Copley Sq.

I'm looking for ideas for a Friday night for after my son's graduation from Northeastern. My wife & I and his grandparents are staying near Copley - ideal would be a short walk or cab ride away. My wife, son & I are adventurous, grandparents not so much. Any ideas for a nice place that could work for all of us?

Mar 17, 2013
rsgdmd in Greater Boston Area

College graduation party

Not sure what you are looking for regarding atmosphere, but Modo Mio is excellent Italian, reasonable, BYOB, parking not too hard, & they can handle gluten free. Downsides are they are not downtown (edge of No. Liberties) & cash only.

Mar 09, 2013
rsgdmd in Philadelphia

Pickled Heron (Fishtown)

Ate there during the summer. Food was very good - the menu is small. I recall the seared foie gras being excellent. Nice place - not too noisy - plenty of room between tables - parking is easy. Should be a good choice for what you are looking for.

Feb 01, 2013
rsgdmd in Philadelphia

Visiting Philadelphia after 5+ years away

I'd suggest Vedge, Osteria, Zahav, Kanella for starters.

Jan 16, 2013
rsgdmd in Philadelphia

Can you buy organic full cream all natural ice-cream/brunch buffet in Philly?

I can't answer your 2nd question, but for brunch buffet, Lacroix is tops in the city.

Jan 03, 2013
rsgdmd in Philadelphia

Best BYOB restaurants in Philly 'TODAY'...

Matyson continues to be one of Philly's best BYOBs.

Dec 28, 2012
rsgdmd in Philadelphia

Healthyish Dinners around City Center, Rittenhouse, etc.

Vedge is one of Philly's top restaurants & is vegan. Hip-City Veg is right by Rittenhouse Sq.

Dec 25, 2012
rsgdmd in Philadelphia

In Philadelphia for two nights

Can't argue with either of those. Some other ideas would be Barbuzzo, Koo Zee Doo (Portugese), Han Dynasty, Amis

Dec 15, 2012
rsgdmd in Philadelphia

Is Sang Kee Peking Duck House in Chinatown a BYO

I would give a call. I seem to remember seeing a sign stating that they are no longer a BYO .

Dec 04, 2012
rsgdmd in Philadelphia

S.F./Mendocino/Sonoma Trip Report

Enjoyed our time in Mendocino area, but the B&B really made it special. Every night they have what they call a wine & light dinner buffet at 5:30. If you don't mind eating early, it's a full meal. As an idea of what's served, one night there was heirloom tomato, buffalo mozzarella & frisee salad; hercot vert & grilled endive w/balsamic glaze; penne w/roasted oyster mushrooms; duck breast w/black beans & a cilantro lime sauce; mocha chevre cheesecake; plus local wines and beer. Another night had beet and feta salad w/roasted pumpkin seeds; grilled radicchio & oyster mushrooms; parsnip puree; a winter vegi ragout w/pork; pork tenderloin; marsala sabayon. Breakfast is made to order with lots of interesting choices.

Nov 23, 2012
rsgdmd in San Francisco Bay Area

S.F./Mendocino/Sonoma Trip Report

Spent 10 days last month in CA & we had a great time. Stayed off Union Square at Handlery Hotel, which was OK. First night's meal was at Barbacco - great restaurant. Favorites were the "angry mussels' and the farro risotto.
Next morning had breakfast at Sweet Woodruff. Wife had their oatmeal with fresh berries and figs & I had breakfast egg sandwich - both very nice. After some time in Japantown, we went to the Mission. Coffee break at Four Barrels. They take their coffee seriously. Had a single estate Honduran as a pour over - very good. Dinner at Delfina Pizzeria - very good pizza; really enjoyed the Brussel Sprout appetizer. Desert at Bi-Rite Creamery down the street. A good eating day.
Next day was Saturday, so we headed to Ferry Building Market. Breakfast consisted of smoked fish sandwiches - smoked salmon and smoked tuna, followed by Korean tacos. I've had Korean tacos here in Philly, but never in a shell of nori. Excellent. Some baked goods and lots of fruit samples rounded out breakfast. The farmer's markets near home almost never have samples out.
Early dinner at the bar at Sotto Mare for cioppino. A little different than other versions I've had, but we enjoyed sharing the pot.

Next day off to Mendocino. On the way, stopped at Lagunitas Brewery for lunch & tour. Food is nothing special, but they brew some nice beers. While I know it's a different board, I must recommend the B&B we stayed at if anyone travels up there. Brewery Gultch Inn is just outside of Mendocino and besides wonderful breakfasts, they have a daily dinner buffet with local beer and Anderson Valley wines. The food was imaginative and delicious.

On the way to Sonoma, we stopped at Goldeneye Winery to taste Pinots and Chardonnays. Lunch at FF Coppolla's winery - food was good. The place with the collection of olive oil tins, movie props, etc was more interesting than the food & the wine.
Next day went to B. Cohn Winery, wines were OK; more interested in their vinegars and olive oil. next had wine/food pairing at Mayo Family Winery. Seven tastes paired with 7 of their wines. We were the only ones there, so got a nice lesson on food/wine pairings from the chef. Very enjoyable. Next to Ledson Winery - beautiful building, nice wines. Dinner at La Salette in Sonoma, which had been recommended on CH. Wife had the heirloom tomato salad and I had the sardines. Entrees were the blue nose sea bass and the Feijoada. Thanks for the recommendation - it was great.
Final day we went to Benziger for the tour, which was very interesting. Their wines aren't bad either. Went to Chateau St Jean to check out their demonstration vineyard. They have about a dozen rows of vines, different varietals, different trellis types. It was very interesting tasting the grapes after 2 days of tasting the wines. Everything was ripe to slightly over ripe. Most wineries had harvested just days before we arrived, though some still had grapes on the vine. Dinner was at Glen Ellen Star, which was very good, though not up to the class of La Sallete or Barbacco.
Overall a great trip. Thanks for recommendations.

Nov 19, 2012
rsgdmd in San Francisco Bay Area

Three Days Around Avenue of the Arts (Mostly) -- Trip Report (Part 1)

Belgian Cafe is all about the beer; same owner as Monk's Cafe which is one of the top rated beer bars in the country.

Nov 19, 2012
rsgdmd in Philadelphia

Koo Zee Doo portion size question

They will guide you as to how much to order. Last time 5 of us had 2 apps and 3 mains & had plenty of food.

Nov 19, 2012
rsgdmd in Philadelphia