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Night Market--any advice

The Slaw Dog from Dapper Dog alone was worth the trip (albeit short, I live in the neighborhood).

Aug 17, 2012
G Goo in Philadelphia

America's Best Sandwich - Any thoughts?

I think Dinic's roast pork is worthy of any award, no matter how subjective. That said i have always liked John's better. Other Philly sandwiches that stand up to anything out there: Italian Hoagies from many places, notably Salumeria and Sarcones, and the Paesano and Gustaio fom Paesano's.

Aug 17, 2012
G Goo in Philadelphia

Adam Richman declares Best Sandwich in America tonight

Agree that John's is better than Dinic's (roast pork sandwich that is). Dinic's is pretty darn good though. The Gustiao and Paesano at Paesano's (also in Philly), if entered, would give any sandwich across America a challange as well. AND an italian hoagie from Salumeria or Sarcones also. We are lousy with great sandwiches in our fair city.

Aug 16, 2012
G Goo in Food Media & News

Philly Hound Looking for Good Beer and Grub in Downtown Charlotte

I think Dandelion Market sounds great, especially given the proximity to the hotel. And being Northeastern city folk we are certainly not averse to catching a cab somewhere. Great suggestions...thanks!

Oct 14, 2011
G Goo in Southeast

Philly Hound Looking for Good Beer and Grub in Downtown Charlotte

I am 39, still a year from 40....so i should be good, no? Really though, I'm not much for scene-y, trendy type places. Just looking for low key, beers and delicious food. However, I'm only speaking for myself: My buddies on the other hand....

We have a Rock Bottom up in these parts so I may skip that. I will look into the other recommendations. Thanks!

Oct 13, 2011
G Goo in Southeast

Philly Hound Looking for Good Beer and Grub in Downtown Charlotte

In a couple weeks I’ll be traveling with buddies to Charlotte for an old friend's 40th birthday party and we'll be staying at the Marriott downtown (uptown?). For the Friday night before the party I was hoping for recommendations on casual bars/restaurants with a great beer selection, within walking distance to the hotel. Good food AND beer is what we are looking for....is there a place for both, downtown? Being a beer geek I’m a little spoiled by the beer scene in Philly and was hoping for a taste of something similar in Charlotte. Any suggestions? If lack of beer joints is a showstopper, then maybe a great bar with good food will work.

Thanks in advance!

Oct 12, 2011
G Goo in Southeast

best burger in philly

The Royal Tavern's Angus Burger is fantastic. My favorite in the city by a mile. Great bar atmosphere also.

Feb 21, 2010
G Goo in Philadelphia

Fireplace in Philadelphia (bar, not restaurant)

Race Street Cafe's fireplace is amazing. Great place to go on a cold crappy evening.

Oct 17, 2009
G Goo in Pennsylvania

Bonefish Grill

For the most part good seafood = fresh seafood. Given that this is a chain there is way more chance that the fish they serve traveled many, many miles and days to get there. My rules for seafood....if it is a chain restaurant, avoid it (better yet, avoid chain restaurants altogether). I would imagine their supply chain does not take into account local sources. And if you live in the midwest or the desert or anywhere over, say 400 miles from a body of saltwater, seafood is probably not your best bet. Get the chicken.

Aug 17, 2009
G Goo in Chains

best non-gourmet burger in philly?

Royal Tavern's angus burger is the best in Philly, although I suppose it could be considered gourmet with smoked gouda, bacon, pickled longshots, remoulade, brioche bun, caramelized onions....oh man, I want one now! Under $10 I believe.

Don't forget to wash your burger down with a killer local craft beer. Yum.

Aug 03, 2009
G Goo in Pennsylvania

Holy Smoke BBQ Philly

Roxborough is not dangerous. Far from it. Most neighborhoods in Philly aren't dangerous.....a few are. M.I.L. is overreacting.

Jul 25, 2009
G Goo in Pennsylvania

The Tiki Bar in Montco

I guess I should mention that I did have a good time.....after I grilled my steak!

Jul 20, 2009
G Goo in Pennsylvania

The Tiki Bar in Montco

I was there for a birthday party 4 or 5 years ago. For the prices you'd expect a chef to cook it for you. I was actually annoyed that i was cooking my own $18 steak.....I just don't get the attraction. Funny, they have "grilling consultants" who were mostly 18 yo kids who 's cooking experience, I suspect, could be counted in weeks rather than years. I could have taught them a thing or two. The location is neat...but that was the highlight.

As a caveat I just don't get any of the "cook it yourself" places. Hibachi-type Japanese joints, fondue, any of that stuff. Overpriced and gimmicky if you ask me.

Jul 20, 2009
G Goo in Pennsylvania

Excellent cheesesteaks near Doylestown

I used to have a steak weekly when I was in high school at Sal's in the Warrington Mews Shopping Center (on 611). I remembered them being really good as a kid, so I decided to stop by for lunch when I was in the area about a year ago to grab a cheesesteak. It was just as I remembered, greasy, nicely caramelized onions, cheese melted in with the steak on a pretty good roll. Not too shabby. Don't expect any ambiance.....it's properly devoid of any pretense.

Jul 08, 2009
G Goo in Pennsylvania

Hoagie roll: to seed or not to seed?

I understand just fine. I just get tired of all the so-called traditionalist chastising people for bucking staid traditions. I'm sure years ago, the first time someone made a hoagie with, tuna, turkey, veggies, etc., etc. etc, there was some grouchy old-timer looking over the sandwich-maker's shoulder saying "you can't put that on there, that's not a hoagie!". I've seen the same arguments made for cheesesteaks (you can't put ketchup, american cheese, etc on a cheesesteak!), water ice (there's only 2 water ice flavors, lemon and chocolate....anything else is not water ice!), soft pretzel (must be oval shaped to be a real soft pretzel!), blah, blah, blah. So, that said, a hoagie with a seeded roll is still indeed a hoagie, and a better one to boot. (That was for you recipelover!)

Thank you for responding to my post twice. I feel very important.

Jul 06, 2009
G Goo in Pennsylvania

Hoagie roll: to seed or not to seed?

How about what it is.....a "hoagie roll with sesame seeds". We have a winner.

Jul 04, 2009
G Goo in Pennsylvania

Hoagie roll: to seed or not to seed?

Relish on soft pretzels? A little overstated don't you think? Even traditional foods can be amped up a notch with some quality upgrades.....which I think a seeded roll is a definite upgrade, especially for a less spiced hoagie, e.g. turkey, tuna, etc. I agree that a plain roll is a better choice for an italian hoagie.

If traditions weren't improved upon the colonists in the revolutionary war would have been fighting the British in open ranks instead of hiding behind trees. They would have been crushed. Then where would this conversation be? We'd probably be arguing the merits of boiling our meats in tap vs. spring water or maybe the best time of the day for tea. ;)

Happy 4th all!

Jul 04, 2009
G Goo in Pennsylvania

Hoagie roll: to seed or not to seed?

I lived on tuna hoagies as a kid also! Boy I haven't had a tuna hoagie in a long while. Any suggested locations in the city for a great tuna hoagie?

BTW, I like the seeded rolls with everything.....just adds a little something extra.

Jul 02, 2009
G Goo in Pennsylvania

Wine Thief Steals My Heart...

Great news! Can't wait to try it. Another (seemingly) great place within walking distance!

Jun 18, 2009
G Goo in Philadelphia

Looking for coconut icecream in phila

Franklin Fountain maybe?

Jun 05, 2009
G Goo in Pennsylvania

Philly Hound Looking for Good Beer and Grub near Georgetown

We are sooo lucky in Philly on the pub front. Standard Tap is a 4-star bistro posing as a hipster dive bar. And I just made it to the Royal for the first time and had possibly the best burger I've ever had.....and I've had a lot of burgers. Gotta love those neighborhood joints. Sounds like there is a dearth of that in DC. Somebody stands to do pretty well to adopt the Philly "gastropub" culture and bring it to DC. Than again, maybe it's an organic thing.

Thanks for the recommendation for the Argonaut. Maybe I will check that out on my trip to Granville Moore's. Definitely looking forward to GM's.

May 20, 2009
G Goo in Washington DC & Baltimore

Family foods I thought was normal

I ALWAYS put maple syrup on my scrapple and ketchup on my scrambled eggs.

May 20, 2009
G Goo in General Topics

Philly Hound Looking for Good Beer and Grub near Georgetown

Although I'll have jackets with me, the last thing I want is to have to wear them after hours. I'll skip Marcel's.

May 19, 2009
G Goo in Washington DC & Baltimore

Philly Hound Looking for Good Beer and Grub near Georgetown

Granville Moore's? The owner of that was on an episode of Throwdown w/ Bobby Flay wasn't he? I remember he did a killer looking blue cheese mussel dish, with fries of course.....looked fantastic (if it is indeed the same guy....the name of the place and the cuisine rang a bell). Yeah, I'm certainly willing to hop in a cab.

I'll have to do a little research on Marcel's. Walking distance is a good thing, especially after a few Belgian ales. Less complicated.

This could end up for me being Belgian week in DC....sounds like a pretty good week to me. Thanks!

May 18, 2009
G Goo in Washington DC & Baltimore

Philly Hound Looking for Good Beer and Grub near Georgetown

True enough about the lack of great pizza in Philly Steve, I'm looking forward to Pizzeria Paradiso. And I get what you are saying.....I don't know if I was looking for anything Philly-esque...then again maybe I was. Neighborhood-y, great beer, great food, lots of locals, really casual. That pretty much describes all of my favorite places here. Guilty as charged. So in light of that, I'll pack some nicer evening clothes and soak in the scene at Beck! That potato gratin w/ pork belly sounds amazing with a St Bernadus Triple or an Orval Trappist.

Any other recs? Looks like I have 2 nights planned, but I'm here for 4.

May 18, 2009
G Goo in Washington DC & Baltimore

Philly Hound Looking for Good Beer and Grub near Georgetown

I’ll definitely try Pizzeria Paradiso. While Brasserie Beck sounds great, it also sounds like it’s a little bit too much of a scene for me…..am I wrong? Plus Philly has a bunch of really amazing Belgian-oriented places, so as much as I like mussels, frites and a good tripel, I can get my fill back home. I guess what I would really like to find are those neighborhood gems; something comfortable, filled with locals and uniquely DC. Beer and food still a must! More ideas?

And thanks so much for the recommendations thus far!

May 18, 2009
G Goo in Washington DC & Baltimore

Philly Hound Looking for Good Beer and Grub near Georgetown

Next month I’ll be traveling to DC alone for work and I’ll be staying at the Westin Grand near GWU and Georgetown (Washington Circle, Foggy Bottom). I will be dining in that area (mostly) and was hoping for recommendations on casual bars/restaurants with a great beer selection, within walking distance to my hotel, that would be comfortable for a single diner. Good food AND beer is a must! Being a beer geek I’m a little spoiled by the beer scene in Philly and was hoping for a taste of something similar in DC. Any suggestions?

May 18, 2009
G Goo in Washington DC & Baltimore

New to Philly, please advise

Penzey's is in Chestnut Hill, not Mt Airy.

May 15, 2009
G Goo in Pennsylvania

Royal Tavern - S. Philly

Made it to the Royal Tavern, and it, not the Phillies game, was the highlight of our evening…..Chan Ho Park was lit up that particular night. We had no problem parking and the place was nearly empty….we did get there at 4:30 so no surprise there. Good beer selection, I had the Philadelphia Brewing Company seasonal, Fleur de Lehigh which was the perfect accompaniment to an amazing burger, the Angus I think it’s called (perfect bun – not too soft, not too crusty, smoked gouda, mild hot peppers, chipotle mayo, caramelized onions, thick-slab but still crispy bacon, amazing patty, medium rare – fatty and light at the same time – how’d they do that ?). It was an amazing burger, possibly the best I’ve had…..period. Fries were properly double-fried and crispy, possibly hand-cut and served with a malt vinegar mayo that was pure genius. We were served by the bartender who had a seemingly southern charm to him, but was tattooed in authentic S Philly hipster style. Super friendly guy. He was a perfect combo of Kenneth from 30 Rock and a Philly bike messenger. Jukebox was all over the place – just like it should be. Soul, classic rock, punk, R&B, hip hop….it was all there.

This place is a gem. There should be a Royal Tavernesque joint in every city neighborhood. Being from Mt Airy we are lucky to have McMeniman’s, but even McMens could take a burger and fries lesson from the Royal.

May 15, 2009
G Goo in Pennsylvania

Need PA-centric foods for my new book

I've always thought it was a philly thing.....at least the thick brown variety served with sherry on the side. Made famous by Bookbinders.

May 01, 2009
G Goo in Pennsylvania