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Top Chef Boston – Ep. #8 – 12/10/14 (spoilers)

I was really bothered that Padma dumped all that food in the grocery store. I found it wasteful and disrespectful.

Meh-rigold kitchen & Brauhaus Schmitz

I have never understood why people seem to like Brauhaus Schmitz. The food is just ok. It is often really loud and has a frat-type vibe, at least the times I've been there.

Apr 26, 2014
philren in Philadelphia

Philly Mag Top 50 Restaurants...

Thanks, Chin. I was starting to think I was the only one who didn't "get" Brauhaus Schmitz. Not just in the inclusion in this list. Overall. The food and service disappointed. It has more of a bar/club atmosphere, at least in the evenings. Glad to see I'm not alone.

Dec 29, 2012
philren in Philadelphia

Post-Funeral Gathering in Philadelphia - Help Please!

I'd recommend The Kitchen Bar.


It is a straight shot up 611 (Broad St.) a little farther than Marco Polo's. It looks like they have private rooms available. I went after a funeral in the same area, mix of ages/tastes and everyone was happy with the meal. I would check to see if the entrance has a ramp, I do remember some steps to get in.

Nov 07, 2009
philren in Pennsylvania

Brauhauss Schmitz: Philly

I ate there last night. I'm in no great rush to go back. I thought the prices were a bit too high for that type of place. I had the goulash soup which was just odd. It had some very pronounced seasonings that overwhelmed the dish. My husband had the Goulash over spaetzle and I preferred his dish. It was more balanced. i also had the smoked trout salad which was just ok. It was loaded with smoked trout, but the salad itself needed some zing.

We got there aroung 6:30 and it was busy, but not overly noisy. I know some have complained about the noise, so perhaps an early dinner is a better option here.

Nov 07, 2009
philren in Pennsylvania

Where is the Best Brunch in CC Philadelphia?

Do they have a dress code? Or, how do people dress for brunch at LaCroix?

Oct 06, 2008
philren in Pennsylvania