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Serpico

Is there a consensus on this place? I've experienced a mixed bag, liked all the apps I've tried, been disappointed by both entrees, curious to see if their fish dishes would be better for me or also disappointing. I liked the apps enough that I want to try an entree or two more to see if I can get into them. It may just be that my aversion to asian fusion is just not going to let me put this place in my top tier of restaurants, but I'm not sure yet.

1 day ago
jhpark in Philadelphia

DINNERLAB EXPANDS TO PHILLY!!

*shrug* seems like a nice idea if the quality of food is good enough. But assuming weekly nights out, it would take spectacular food to warrant even bi-monthly reservations, given how good some of our restaurants are. I have my doubts.

Jun 26, 2014
jhpark in Philadelphia

Romantic dancing - Am I crazy?

Sometimes people will dance at twisted tail. they have a good floor for it, and an area clear of tables, if I remember correctly.

Not sure about chris' jazz club

The fountain's casual bar area (Swann lounge?) used to have a pianist or a few players (not sure which) for some live swing/jazz music on friday nights, and would have a portable dance floor they'd open up, this was 5+ years ago and I have no idea if they still do it or not.

Jun 26, 2014
jhpark in Philadelphia

Romantic dancing - Am I crazy?

Twisted Tail has live blues music most nights, and decent Southern food. Chris's Jazz Cafe has live jazz most nights, and I've never tried their food (actually, I've never been, so can't give a first-hand report).

Jun 25, 2014
jhpark in Philadelphia

Burger Brawl Recommendations

I went to Parc once. I would go back for french food in Philly, if we didn't have Bibou, Bistro la Minette, Le Cheri, LaCroix...

Jun 08, 2014
jhpark in Philadelphia

Table D’Hôte at Le Chéri

Apparently this art event/dinner they're doing at Le Chéri isn't getting many takers. It seems like an interesting idea - though I'm personally not invested in the local farm to table phenomenon, I'm curious about it, and more particularly the food. :)

Any chance people here would be interested in pooling together and doing this sometime in the next couple weeks? There needs to be at least 8, and at most 16.

I'm told there was one that happened recently, I wouldn't be surprised to find you lot had been the ones who took part.... if so, any reports?

Text below from http://www.philartalliance.org/event/...

Wednesdays through Sundays from May 23 to August 10, 2014 at 5:30 pm

Table D’Hôte is a series of ticketed, family-style dinners intended to spark conversation around local agriculture, consumerism, food, and the arts, that will be held in the gallery in conjunction with Greg Moore's exhibition Heirloom. Table D’Hôte is presented in collaboration with Le Chéri owner and chef Pierre Calmels. Moore and Calmels share a reverence for technique and craftsmanship in their respective fields, and neither has ever before embarked on a project quite like this.
To book a reservation for Table D’Hôte:

These seven-course, prix-fixed menu dinners will be served Wednesdays through Sundays from May 23 to August 10, 2014 at 5:30 pm. To place a reservation, please contact Le Chéri restaurant at Reservations@lecheriphilly.com or by calling 215.546.7700. Be sure to mention that your reservation is for the Table D’Hôte dinner series in the gallery.

The cost is $150 per person.

Space is limited to 16 reservations for each evening. Guests are encouraged to place reservations as soon as possible.

Jun 05, 2014
jhpark in Philadelphia

Prioritization

Huh. I've been meaning to go, but I'm not a big fan of 'modern' food, whatever it is. I guess that means I don't know whether I'm a fan or not. On reading the article, I thought, I should go soon, but then I wondered, really? Why? I dunno. Maybe I'm losing my curiosity about new places as I keep enjoying the places I know I like. Hm.

May 29, 2014
jhpark in Philadelphia

Le Cheri

Wed, Thu, Fri. No weekend lunches.11:30-2

May 02, 2014
jhpark in Philadelphia

L'aragosta, Ardmore

Did you ever try this restaurant? How was it?

Apr 26, 2014
jhpark in Philadelphia

Tickets Needed For Volver

Well, the Four Seasons is moving, right? What's happening with the Fountain in the meantime? I forget if I've seen any articles about it.

In any case, I liked it more than Vetri. And only partly because the price was much more reasonable.

While I enjoy Garces Trading Company, and to a lesser extent Amada and Tinto, none of his restaurants are my favorites, and I doubt I'll check this one out any time soon.

Apr 21, 2014
jhpark in Philadelphia

Try the new place/dish, or stick with old faithful?

I assume most of us here actually go out enough to do some of both. But how do you break it up? How often do you try somewhere new vs going back to a place you know you love? And the same goes for dishes at your favorite spots. How often do you try the specials, or something on the menu you haven't had, vs eating your favorite dish?

I enjoy going to great new places, but find that my favorites are still my favorites...

Apr 11, 2014
jhpark in Philadelphia

Group SLO orders?

Ugh. I've been wanting to order some Dolin vermouth, but to do so through the website I have to order 12. Given that I'm not a bar, I guess I'm making a trip down to Claymont if I want to get some. Ridiculous...

Mar 31, 2014
jhpark in Philadelphia

Tipping Suggestions - Farm & Fisherman Tavern [moved from Philadelphia]

Every time I've seen those suggested amounts, they have been calculated from the total including sales tax.

I despise the tipping situation in the US and would much prefer a gratuity that is actually a gratuity, but doubt the situation will change in any meaningful way anytime soon.

Mar 20, 2014
jhpark in Not About Food
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Tickets Needed For Volver

Coffeehouses, I think. I would have set one up with real food, like HIgh Street on Market, or something along those lines... Presumably with a lower price point, though an emphasis on the whole 'farm-to-table' thing might give that crowd an excuse to spend more money than necessary.

Mar 09, 2014
jhpark in Philadelphia

Tickets Needed For Volver

I'm surprised the Kimmel agreed to this concept. A year or two ago they kept talking about how they were trying to get more random street traffic into the Kimmel, and wanted it to be a hangout space apart from any concerts. This restaurant seems to foster the very opposite.

Feb 28, 2014
jhpark in Philadelphia

parking close

There's an Azie in Radnor that has serviceable sushi and parking just outside the restaurant (it's part of a strip mall with Staples and a Wine & Spirits store if I recall correctly)

Cerise and Fraschetta are both in Bryn Mawr, though I can't recall if there is a parking lot and/or street parking very close to those restaurants. I'm sure there is parking at most a couple blocks away, but that might be too far for you.

Feb 23, 2014
jhpark in Philadelphia

Good news about Branzino

Headhouse Crab & Oyster Co?

Feb 23, 2014
jhpark in Philadelphia

Restaurants everyone loves--except you

There was so much good content on this thread, I figured it'd be interesting to bring it back.

Do you mean the vibe in the art alliance building in general, and not just the restaurant?

I like the quality of the food very much, but prefer the approach/style at Bibou - they're keeping the slightly more 'elegant' dishes like bone marrow, the escargot and foie gras preparations, etc, at bibou, and using the more 'down-home/peasant food' specials they'd occasionally do at bibou at Le Cheri (beef bourgignon, sauerkraut, cassoulet)

Some dishes would naturally be at home in either restaurant, but it does seem they're trying to keep the dishes separate. So I wonder if it's more a matter of quality or liking the approach more or less at one of their restaurants over the other.

Feb 23, 2014
jhpark in Philadelphia

Restaurants everyone loves--except you

I like a few of the dishes at Buddakan a lot. The short ribs were really good, and the edamame ravioli. But otherwise it was more about just sitting around and enjoying the ambiance. So overall, the food wasn't the most appealing...

Feb 23, 2014
jhpark in Philadelphia

Restaurants everyone loves--except you

Vetri. It's not even on my first tier when it comes to my favorite restaurants. The food was good, but I've had better at Amis (not to mention Vernick, Fork, a.kitchen, bibou, Lacroix, the Fountain, etc) , and given the price point, I just don't see the appeal.

I had one mediocre meal at Le Virtu and one very good one. I'm not sure if I've been back since, the inconsistency is not a big draw.

Feb 22, 2014
jhpark in Philadelphia

Happy hour near the Kimmel?

I probably would go to Garces Trading Company or Amis, but not sure I'd characterize either as cool and trendy.

Feb 05, 2014
jhpark in Philadelphia

L'aragosta, Ardmore

I think Fraschetta counts as more than semi-decent Italian, though in my book it's overpriced. Given that it's on the main line, that's not surprising.

But I haven't been to l'Aragosta yet. I'll check it out sometime...

Feb 02, 2014
jhpark in Philadelphia

Cerise

Huh. I've been there a few times and thought it was more of a 2-beller. Unfortunately, it doesn't get much better than that on that part of the main line.

Feb 01, 2014
jhpark in Philadelphia

Laurel, new BYOB on EPx from Top Chef contestant Nicholas Elmi

I indulged in the 7-course tasting menu. Highlights included the mackerel and the gnocchi, and everything else was also very good. He does have a knack for combining both textures and flavors rather well.

I personally found it pretty noisy, but it was around 10-11pm on a friday night and the place was still full.

It's definitely on the list of places worth going back to

Jan 11, 2014
jhpark in Philadelphia

Le Cheri

Ron has been spectacular in the kitchen at Bibou lately. I actually enjoyed my recent meals there more than I did when Pierre was still running the show, which is pretty impressive given it's long been my favorite restaurant.

Jan 05, 2014
jhpark in Philadelphia

Updated Zagat ratings

I dislike yelp because most reviews attempt to be clever and just end up irritating. The 'cool' and 'funny' votes don't help.

Sometimes I worry that my range of restaurants is too narrow because I rely mainly on Craig LaBan's reviews and what I see posted here on Chowhound, but there are so many restaurants in Philly there's no time to visit them all and go back to the ones I know I like...

Jan 04, 2014
jhpark in Philadelphia

Craig LaBan's brutal review of Ocean Prime

Nice. Fork has been extremely uneven for me over the years, at times very good and at times mediocre. Might be time to try again.

Dec 17, 2013
jhpark in Philadelphia

Craig LaBan's brutal review of Ocean Prime

Fork's been around for years, so that's not applicable unless LaBan resets the rule every time a new chef comes in.

Dec 16, 2013
jhpark in Philadelphia

Craig LaBan's brutal review of Ocean Prime

I was surprised that Javier got 0 bells - it seemed more like a 2 beller the few times I was there. The St James, though, was disappointing on every level. 0 or 1 would have been it for me.

I find the 3 bells to be the most uneven. Sometimes I really like them and sometimes I really don't. I always assume he's factoring in the service or ambiance and such, when I'm mostly concerned with the food. Or we just have different palates.

Dec 15, 2013
jhpark in Philadelphia

Sikora leaving a.kitchen

Has anyone been here since the change? How was it?

Apr 16, 2013
jhpark in Philadelphia