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Parc (latest Starr venture)

the too much food comment was just about the lamb. It was a plate half lamb, half what I think was polenta.

Jul 24, 2008
wetlands559 in Pennsylvania

Parc (latest Starr venture)

Ate at Parc this weekend. We were seated promptly (had reservations) and were immediately approached by our waiter to take water/drink orders. The menu is what one would expect from a French bistro, and every dish we had did not disappoint. IMO, the portion sizes were spot on for the price. The drink menu is pretty wide-open: milkshakes, kitchy cocktails, Absinthe (interesting to see on menu as I think that it was basically banned from US until 2007), wine by the glass, etc. They also offer carafe's of wine, both red and white.

What we ate:
Small Plat de Mer: Two tiered cold seafood tower with two types of west coast oysters, seriously large shrimp, clams on the half shell, and green-lip mussels. The platter also contained an octopus salad with large chunks of octopus in a tasty marinate. Onion Soup: Oh my, this was everything onion soup should be...cheesy, with loads of onions and a rich broth. Yes it was near 100 degrees outside, but as a big fan of onion soup I couldn't resist. salad lyonnaise: it was okay... Frisee, bacon bits, potatoes, and a soft boiled egg. Roasted lamb + polenta: lamb tender, poleta creamy. So much food on the plate!

And finally after all of that food we still tried dessert, profiteroles, and they were worth it. Four (maybe five?) mini puffs encasing vanilla ice cream with a bittersweet chocolate sauce on the side.

My only issue with the evening is the noise level in the restaurant but that will no way deter me from returning to Parc again. The food and general ambiance is way worth shouting across the table to your diner companions.

Jul 21, 2008
wetlands559 in Pennsylvania

Ultra crispy crust pizza

Jules pizza is awesome! They have two locations in Bucks County, the Doyelstown one you mentioned and Newtown (been to that one). All of the ingredients are organic and they offer wheat, white, and gluten-free crust. The toppings range from gourmet to traditional. If you are ever in the area, I highly recommend checking them out (watch out though, can get pricey depending on topping selection).

Jun 23, 2008
wetlands559 in Pennsylvania

looking for phila cooking classes

You may be interested in checking out the Viking Cooking School, located in Bryn Mawr. They offer hands on classes in a variety of topics/themes, as well as demonstrations. I have taken a few classes these (both demo and hands on) and found them to be worth the money. For the hands-on classes, you work in teams and you get to use all kinds of amazing Viking gadgets. You get to eat all the food made in class, keep the recipes, and get a coupon to use in the store.

http://www.vikingcookingschool.com/

Jun 22, 2008
wetlands559 in Pennsylvania

Phila coffee houses?

If you are in the Fitler Square area, check out Good Karma (31 S. 22nd St). It is a new place that serves excellent fair trade coffee, has indoor/outdoor seating, and is pet friendly.

LaVa at 21st and South is pretty good too.

Jun 22, 2008
wetlands559 in Pennsylvania

Long Beach Island, NJ?

I think the original poster is back from vacation but I just got back from LBI and wanted to add some suggestions...in case anyone else is traveling there soon.

Breakfast:
Chicken -n- Egg (Beach Haven) very good, nice size portions, excellent coffee
Fat Cats (Harvey Cedars): take out market with seating, egg platters, great granola and fruit, coffee ok
Mustache Bills (Barnaget Light): gets crowded, go early.

Lunch:
Lex Mex (Surf City) good authentic Mexican, had the fish taco's. Low key laid back place
Okies Butcher Shop (Surf City): chicken salad is awesome, makes huge sandwiches for takeout, also has a great selection of meats and chicken for grilling.

Dinner:
Pinky Shrimp Company: As low key as it gets...has picnic tables outside. Outside seating gets crowded so I would suggest picking up. Have eaten there many times, all platters were good. Basic seafood (shellfish, fired clam strips, clam chowder, etc.) with excellent portion sizes
Shipbottom Shellfish: IMO, a bit pricey but good especially the Dungeness crabs in garlic. Very long wait at peak dinner hours,
Tsuki Sushi (next to Shipbottom Shellfish): excellent sushi but rolls are on the smaller side, Caneel Bay Caribbean Grill (http://www.caneelbaycaribbeangrill.com/) in Harvey Cedars: excellent, highly recommended.
Entrees range from fish to ribs and chicken. Laid back, play lots of island like music (Jimmy Buffett, Bob Marley). They deliver too!

Also, went to Sweet Vidalia few years back...don't know if it is still there but would recommend as a romantic "date" spot.

Jul 21, 2007
wetlands559 in New Jersey