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Best oysters? Oyster happy hours?

Pretty sure Sutton's Parlor is now closed. If not, I would avoid for anything other than drinks.

Jul 16, 2014
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Best oysters? Oyster happy hours?

a. Bar isn't going to have the variety that you may be looking for but they're selections are almost always well curated. They still have a 4-6:30 happy hour for 1.50/oyster. Menu is getting revamped starting tomorrow but the oyster special remains.

Jul 16, 2014
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live crabs

Something seems off about that. I got a bushel of live crabs from Samuel and Sons (extra large) who sells at close to wholesale prices last year and that ran $120.

Jul 03, 2014
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Chorizo

Sounds like you're looking for Spanish chorizo and may have come across its Mexican cousin in your searches. Salumeria at Reading Terminal should carry a pretty decent version, as would Di Bruno brothers at any of their locations.

May 14, 2014
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Dinner suggestion for a bachelor party (short notice), pizza beer etc.

If you don't mind going a bit south and BYOB'ing - Gennaro Tomato Pie is great unless you have a really large party. Otherwise, I second Nomad.

Apr 24, 2014
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New Hope Premium Fountain Beverages

Had the Cane Cola at Couch Tomato in Manayunk. Not in the same league as Boylan's version but still league's better than regular coke or pepsi.

Apr 16, 2014
scooby6469 in Philadelphia

Italian in Center City

Unless things have changed, Melograno is BYOB. I would second Amis. It's way more reasonable than Il Pittore. I would throw in Le Virtu, which is a 10 min cab ride from most points in Center City. Excellent homemade pastas.

Sep 25, 2013
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live crabs

Does Sameuls and Son sell to retail customers? I thought they only sold to retailers.

Jul 02, 2013
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Birthday Party for Four

A couple fellow hounds from Philly are coming up to celebrate a birthday next weekend with a friend living in Boston and we were hoping for some advice as to a fun place to surprise her for dinner. We had a great time at Cuchi Cuchi last year and were looking for something similar. No real limitations on venue and would like to keep entrees under $30pp. Other than that, no real parameters although would prefer a place with decent cocktails. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

Visiting in May, which reservations do I need to make ASAP?

Vetri is the only place on par with the restaurants you mention and along with Bibou (which while different than the above is still excellent) two for which you should seek reservations far in advance.

Apr 12, 2013
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Sunday Brunch not at a "brunch" place?

I've enjoyed Cochon the few times I've gone to brunch there. Reservations and still BYOB for brunch.

Apr 04, 2013
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Four People, Two Choices

I just went to Fork on Sunday for the first time since they changed chefs and I found it to be the best meal I've had in the city outside of Bibou and Vetri. It's not cheap by this city's standards, but the menu has a lot of options in terms of how to navigate it and the wine list is very reasonable. The service there was also extremely polished. I am excited to go back to try the duck. I found it to be in a different class than Il Pittore, not that Il Pittore is a bad choice.

Highlights of our meal - charred octopus, burnt grains, squid ink bread (amuse plate), pappardelle, smoked pumpkin tortelloni and the roasted skate.

Mar 12, 2013
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Good spot for drinks and good bar food near the Kimmel

Varga Bar on 10th and Spruce is probably your best bet for that combination. It's got a great tap list and has pretty good bar food. There are bars with better food in the city but I'm never disappointed there. Lump crab fries, turkey burger and smoked turkey and brie sandwiches are all great options. Farmer's Cabinet has mediocre food but is a great scene for drinks.

The Cambridge on 15th and South is another option. Another spot that's a great bar scene. I've only eaten there once and had a great sandwich (Sensei Kris) but others have found the food less steady.

Barryg - don't think you owe any of those sports another visit although I haven't found Jose Pistola's to be a tough table, just don't often find a desire to eat there. Agree wholeheartedly about Good Dog and Monk's, two places that get a lot of hype.

Mar 12, 2013
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Good place to stop before a show at the Electric Factory

Can't say I've heard anything about llamatooth. To give you a sense of relative distances, Standard Tap and Prohibition are just over a mile from the venue. Also remembered that you're within walking distance of Chinatown. Sang Kee, Pho Xe Lua and Tasty Place (the first two being the closest to you) are great options there.

Mar 05, 2013
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Good place to stop before a show at the Electric Factory

Are you going to have a car or mind taking a taxi? There really is not much within a few blocks of the Electric Factory and the neighborhood, while not bad per se, doesn't have a lot of foot traffic at night.

In terms of gastropubs, Prohibition Taproom and Standard Tap are relatively close by and have great beer lists and great bar food. If you're looking for something nicer, Koo Zee Doo and Bistro 7 are good choices. There's a hole in the wall Mexican place that's a bit further called Las Cazuelas that's pretty good, if that's more your speed.

Mar 05, 2013
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Weekend advice

Barryg's itinerary for Friday is spot-on. Devils Den is a great bar and has the best mussels in the city IMO. Friday Saturday Sunday and Alma de Cuba are by no means bad choices but looking on opentable, there are a number of places that I think are much better with tables for 2 a reasonable times.

http://cochonbyob.com/ - small BYO near Little Fish (which is also a great choice if you can get in). Not the best option if either of you are vegetarians.

http://zamaphilly.com/ - sushi spot within walking distance of Rittenhouse Sq.

http://forkrestaurant.com/ - slightly more upscale than the other suggestions if you're looking for something nicer. It's in Old City which is just a quick ~$10 cab from the Rittenhouse area.

Mar 05, 2013
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Best BYOB in Philly area right now? Want to treat retiring dear friend with oenophile husband.

I'll second Matyson as being really underrated. Outside of that, Farm and Fisherman and Bibou are the best IMO. Fond is great but no longer BYOB.

Feb 19, 2013
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Gastro Pub

I agree with the suggestion of SPTR and Royal Tavern. I'll also throw out Resurrection Ale House and Standard Tap, both of which also have great beer lists - not as great if you're looking for cocktails. I find the food at Khyber outside of the po-boys to be a little underwhelming.

Feb 19, 2013
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Locations for monthly dining group?

Appreciate the suggestions all. Picanha Grill actually has been tossed around, so we'll definitely have to add that to the list. Uzbekistan looks like it totally fits with the theme but so far away.

Not to take this thread in a different direction but my last two experiences at Modo Mio have been fairly disappointing and I won't be going back to Popolino any time soon. I owe Monsu another visit as I enjoyed my one and only meal there. Just seems like the chef/owner may be stretching himself a little thin as the kitchen at Modo Mio was pretty inconsistent each of the last two visits and there were to my shock and dismay, tables available on weekend nights without a reservation.

Oct 10, 2012
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Locations for monthly dining group?

I've organized a group of 8 or so guy friends that gets together monthly for dinners around the city. The goal of the group, aside from having a reason to get together, was to get to some of Philly's hidden gems and some of Philly's group dining experiences that aren't available to small groups.

So far we've gotten together twice. Once to do a taco crawl in S. Philly and once to do the family style tasting at Han Dynasty. Some other ideas for future meetings are: (1) suckling pig at Amada, (2) lamb shoulder at Zahav, (3) Tacconellis and (4) fried chicken day between the two Federal Donuts where we divide and conquer the two locations to get one of each style.

We're looking for other ideas for other ideas and figured this would be the best place to check. Any thoughts fellow hounds?

Oct 09, 2012
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