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Philadelphia Weekend -- Saturday Brunch/Lunch

Thanks. I had seen your post on the topic. As it turns out, bibou, vetri, osteria and zahav did not have tables, and we wanted the option of having some meat.

We decided to take the gamble with Lacroix. We'll post the outcome.

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Nov 18, 2009
frogville in Pennsylvania

Philadelphia Weekend -- Saturday Brunch/Lunch

Thanks. I did check with Zahav, and they are now closed for lunch. F

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Zahav
237 St James Place, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Nov 18, 2009
frogville in Pennsylvania

Philadelphia Weekend -- Saturday Brunch/Lunch

Thanks all for the recommendations so far. Kanella, in particular sounds like a great option. We rarely get to have shaksouka for brunch.

joluvscards, I was unclear whether you were saying that places at Reading Terminal were closed on Saturday or Sunday.

Thanks.

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Kanella
266 S 10th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Nov 18, 2009
frogville in Pennsylvania

Philadelphia Weekend -- Saturday Brunch/Lunch

We are coming from Baltimore to Philly for a short weekend for our anniversary. Currently, the plan on Friday is to go to lunch at Chifa and dinner at Lacroix.

We have dinner plans at someone's house on Saturday night. So, we are trying to figure out where to go for Saturday brunch / early lunch. We have to be at the Barnes at 12:30 on Saturday, and we are staying in center city. It has been suggested that we try the Reading Terminal Market. Does that make sense, or is there somewhere else we should try that is convenient and where we can get something besides breakfast food or diner food on Saturday? Basically, Farmicia sounds fine, but we are happy to do something a little less brunchy. Would Cuba Libre be a good option?

Also, we are happy to entertain other suggestions for the Friday meals, particularly Friday lunch. We would have tried Zahav, but as they don't do lunch, that was out.

Thanks in advance.

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Reading Terminal Market
51 N 12th St # 2, Philadelphia, PA

Chifa
707 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Zahav
237 St James Place, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Nov 17, 2009
frogville in Pennsylvania

Headed from Philly to North of Baltimore City

We have to be north of Baltimore -- think Falls Road and 695-- at nine p.m. having already had dinner on a weekend night. We are coming down from Philadelphia. We don't necessarily want to eat dinner at 5:00 in Philly in order to be on the road by 7:00, but don't want to wait until we get all the way down either.

We also want to use this opportunity to go some place that we wouldn't ordinarily get to. Is there some place in Havre de Grace or Bel Air (Pairings?) that is worth stopping? Somewhere else along 95? it doesn't have to be fancy, but it should hopefully be great, with a big plus for places that are doing things that are "inventive." Or, should we check the other boards for Wilmington?

Advice appreciated.

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Dinner between Baltimore and Silver Spring?

Thanks all for the recommendations. I was outvoted... Our timing changed a bit, and we ended up going directly to Silver Spring due to our time crunch and due to a desire to not have to worry about traffic, etc. if we ate in Colombia.

We also decided that in addition to our above criteria we wanted meat, without going to a steak house. We ate at Jackie's Restaurant. Without getting into a full-out review, it was a little underwhelming. To start we had a wedge of butter lettuce served with an anchovy-lemon jam dressing and an aged sheep milk cheese and PEI mussels in a madras curry broth with lime jelly and cilantro. These were both definitely better than the main courses. The salad was a little on the small side and could have used some more dressing without it being overwhelmed, but the flavors were nice and it was an easy and enjoyable start to the meal. The mussels were quite tasty, if also coming across as a bit of an odd approach. The killer here was that the broth would have been great with bread, but the bread that was served seemed like it had been left over from the night before. I'm almost sure it wasn't, but it wasn't very good. We then had a duck leg and duck sausage dish and a ribeye. There was no reason to get the duck -- the leg was no better than anyone else's and the sausage was short on flavor and had a brat texture, so nothing special there. The steak was relatively small and wasn't flavored. It was almost as if they forgot the balsamic. The cubano peppers that came with it were just too greasy.

Coupled with the decor that is now just dingy and old, it was, as I said above, a bit underwhelming. Certainly no reason to return.

As for the suggestions, Victoria's would have worked well but for our timing issues, and now I have a bunch more places to try the next time around. Thanks very much. I appreciate it.

Dinner tonight in Baltimore

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Dinner between Baltimore and Silver Spring?

We're headed from Baltimore to meet friends in Silver Spring after dinner. So, we need to eat somewhere in between, or when we get there. We are looking for something that is either great "ethnic" food of some sort, or a place where the chef is doing something creative/inventive.

Someone had suggested azucar in Silver Spring.

We have't been to cafe atlantico in some time, but that concept would work, as would something like Woodberry Kitchen.

It can be upscale, but we want to be able to dress no nicer than business casual.

Suggestions appreciated.

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Vail -- Atwater on Gore Creek

Has anyone tried Atwater on Gore Creek? My wife and I would love to get a review as we will be staying at the Cascade next week and were planning on trying it.

We are also planning to go to Kelly Liken, and we would like a third interesting dinner. It need not be formal, so much as interesting. As my wife would day, something more than a plate with protein, a starch and a vegetable. The place that seems most up to our speed is Dish, but we have decided not to get a car. So, we will be stuck at Vail. Any recommendations?

Jan 08, 2009
frogville in Southwest