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Dinner Suggestions Near World Cafe Live (University of Pennsylvania)

Whatever you do DO NOT eat at World Cafe Live. Last time I was there it was atrocious, although they since changed the chef and menu, but there's so many great little spots aroudn U City you shouldn't go to WCL. La Terasse, Pod, Nan, Marigold Kitchen.. What kind of food/price range are you looking for in particular?

Nov 15, 2006
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Lobster Rolls in Phila?

Daniel Stern does a nice Provencal lobster roll with lavender at Gayle. If you're not familiar with it, Gayle's a sit-down place and not sure if you're looking for take-away.

Nov 14, 2006
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Visiting Philadelphia

Italian BYOB: Ava, Caffe Casta Diva, Melograno
Breakfast: has gotta be Sabrina's right in the Italian Market. HUGE slabs of French toast stuffed with Mascarpone and an array of toppings (Nutella, Golden Grahams, plums, lavender, etc) that change weekly. As long as you go any day but Monday, you can do some shopping in the Market.

Nov 14, 2006
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Restaurants around the Sheraton Society Hill

Penang and Banana Leaf in Chinatown are both great Malaysian spots in Chinatown, but for straight Chinese you can't go wrong with House of Chen on 9th & Race. They're open very late, which is usually the time I wind up there.

Also near you is Positano Coast, a bright, cheery small-plates Italian spot. The crudo (Italian-style ceviche) features mahi-mahi and smoked mozzarella.

Make sure to also try Franklin Fountain, Philly's old school soda jerk. Front & Market. And if you like ethnic, there's a new restaurant/club that just opened Filipino place on 2nd & Chestnut called Cebu (haven't been there, but have heard good things) and Karma right down the street for Indian.

Nov 13, 2006
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A night fit for udon

Pagoda Noodle Cafe on Sansom Walk off Front Street right next to the Ritz has some of my favorite udon--chewy, starchy, and satisfying.

Nov 13, 2006
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Reading Terminal

Hi guys

Any recommendations on your favorites in Reading Terminal? Looking for some new and unusual things to try there. Thanks.

Nov 12, 2006
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RiM CAFE

On 9th & Federal at the front of the Italian Market. Went last week for breakfast. Buttery croissants stuffed with ham and gooey cheese, tea infused with pine nuts, cloves, cinnamon sticks, and rosewater. The hot chocolate I've heard is killer and super-thick. Supposedly, it's RiM's fist US location with others in Nice and Cannes. How sexy. Anybody have any additional info?

Nov 11, 2006
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University Citiy Dining-what's great and affordable?

Mexicali on 40th just off Walnut. More expensive than their dirt-cheap food truck on Spruce, but still way inexpensive. No frills at all with the atmosphere, but you can't beat the steamy spicy sweet potato burritos.

Nov 11, 2006
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best sushi in Philly

Kisso on 4th and Race has great sushi. BYOB, relaxed, no scene whatsoever.

Nov 06, 2006
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$200 Starr Restaurant Gift Certificate -- where to go?

Blow the whole thing at Barclay Prime. Two appetizers, two entrees, two desserts, and a bottle of mid-priced wine with tip will probably be about $110 per person, so you'll have to kick in a little bit, but the steaks are worth it. Striped Bass is very good, but I haven't been there since Chris Lee left for NY, so I can't comment on it lately. In general, though, I prefer Barclay Prime's food and less-stuffy atmosphere.

Nov 06, 2006
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Good homestyle pizza?

I grew up on Marra's and Celebre. Marra's traditional and margherita are great (their mussels are killer too) and at Celebre, you've got to get the pizzazz (American cheese and hot peppers.) Sounds weird, I know. Just trust me.

Oct 31, 2006
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Toronto to Philadelphia - tapas, cheeseteaks, sports bars, the market and more!

If you're going to be in University City, you've got to try the MexiCali cart on Spruce between 36th and 37th. Get the sweet potato burrito, the best $3 you'll ever spend.

Cereality is also worth checking out on Walnut between 36th & 37th. Nothing gourmet, but who doesn't like cereal? Pasta at Penne is handmade. Bubble tea at the Bubble House is interesting. Further west, you can't go wrong with Nan for Thai

Oct 30, 2006
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Rabbit in Philly

I second Paradiso. They do it cacciatore-style with a fantastic Mascarpone polenta.

Oct 28, 2006
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Going to Ansill this Weekend

1) Pork Belly w/ quark spaetzel
2) Bone Marrow Crostini
3) Fingerling Potatoes
4) Red Snapper Ceviche
5) Wild Boar Proscioutto
6) more Pork Belly
7) a bottle of Vinho Verde
8) Moncenisio (Italian blue) cheese
9) another bottle of wine
10) another order of Pork Belly

enjoy

Oct 25, 2006
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korean barbecue in Philly?

I actually loved P&P, though I think the owners are Thai. I thought their meat had a ton of flavor, sweet and hot and spicy, especially the kalbi (short ribs). It was cheap ($15 bucks for dinner), they have a full bar, and it was immaculately clean too.

Oct 25, 2006
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Cheap eats around U. City; pho on Wash. Ave.; South St Souvlaki

Was the other pho place Pho Ba Le? Same owners as Ba Le Bakery, which does an awesome Vietnamese pork hoagie.

Oct 20, 2006
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Monday Night football Specials

Philadium is on 1631 Packer Ave (between 16th and 17th on Packer), right across from Chickie's & Pete's, which is also great for watching football.

Oct 17, 2006
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Monday Night football Specials

Philadium in South Philly is great for MNF. Free homemade pizzas, full menu, cheap beer, block pool, good local crowd. Bartenders are great and know everyone. Place is very laid back not too rowdy. Also perfect for before/after a game since it's right by the stadiums in Packer Park.

Oct 17, 2006
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The decline of the Italian Hoagie

What time did you go to Sarcone's? They sell out of rolls pretty early. I can't vouch for Primo's on Chestnut, but I love the original Primo's in South Philly on Ritner St. Chicken cutlet, broccoli rabe, roasted peppers, mozzarella. Yum.

Oct 15, 2006
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The "BEST" restaurant for one night in Fort Lauderdale area

There is no place on earth like Martorano.

Oct 11, 2006
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Fort Lauderdale dining

Hi everybody

I'll be in Lauderdale in two weeks on vacation from Philly with a group of 4. I've been to Lauderdale many times, but am looking for some recommendations for something new dining-wise.

I'm there five nights, one night is already put aside for Cafe Martorano (my favorite), another for something take-out. The other three nights I need reasonably priced places dressy or casual. Also, one person that's on the vacation is a picky eater, so anything to wild is unfortunaltey out (no sushi, no Latin).

I love Las Olas (been to Johnny V, Shizen, the crepe places). Any new spots over there? Or A1A. Distance is restricted by cab/bus, so strictly Fort Lauderdale locations would be best, maybe Deerfield or Pompano too.

Thanks!

Oct 11, 2006
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Rittenhouse Square finds

Hi everybody. I'm in Manhattan and will be doing business in Philly about once a week starting in mid-September. Can anyone reccommend favorite dishes (appetizers, entrees, desserts, snacks, anything) at restaurant around Rittenhouse Square--want to try as much Philly food as possible! Thanks.

Sep 03, 2006
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