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St. George Greek Festival 2014

Hello friends! Yesterday I was walking around town and saw a sign for the Greek Festival at St. George Community Center at 8th and Spruce Streets May 29th-June 1st. Looking forward to it!

May 25, 2014
chowinpa in Philadelphia

Best mail order meats/meals?

Hello friends,
What are your favorite companies for mail order meat or meals?

Jul 28, 2013
chowinpa in General Topics

Philly hounds celebrating special anniversary in DC

Hello! We will be visiting DC, staying at the Hay Adams, to celebrate our anniversary at the end of this month. What are your suggestions for a delicious, beautiful, romantic place near our hotel to celebrate? $50/less per person.

Also, any must-not-be-missed spots for lunch or brunch over the weekend? We tend to like casual and comfortable over trendy/stuffy. We are not big drinkers.

Thank you in advance for your help!

Jul 03, 2013
chowinpa in Washington DC & Baltimore

Is Sophie's food truck near Penn still around?

Hi friends! After much searching we found the food truck! We were on our way to the Barnes and decided to explore around the Franklin Institute. We discovered a cart named Yanni's located on the northeast corner of 20th and Vine, next to the library. We told our story to the friendly man working the grill and he told us that he is George and Sophie's son-in-law! My husband shared all of his wonderful memories of the lunch truck at Penn and how all of his college friends keep asking about it. Yanni told us that he makes the steaks the same way George did and proved it by making the two of us delicious cheesesteaks! The cheesesteaks were great and a wonderful walk down memory lane! We will definitely go back because the steaks were fantastic and Yanni was a delight!

Apr 16, 2013
chowinpa in Philadelphia
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ISO Venue for Cocktail Party/Reception for 150+ near convention center

The Reading Terminal! We had our wedding party there and I have nothing but wonderful things to say!

http://www.rtm-catering.com/

Jan 08, 2013
chowinpa in Philadelphia

Is Sophie's food truck near Penn still around?

pk12345 I was so excited to see your post! Thank you for your reply! My husband was thrilled at the thought of being able to have the cheesesteak that has only been a wonderful memory for so many years. He went to the Franklin Institute this weekend in search of the truck but didn't find anything. Do you have information on specific hours/cross streets?
Thank you again. Our very best to your family.

Dec 09, 2012
chowinpa in Philadelphia

Which Han Dynasty?

Been to Old City and UC and loved both! Food was equally delicious and service friendly and helpful at both locations.

Nov 23, 2012
chowinpa in Philadelphia

Best in Chinatown to wow out of town visitors?

Hello! Early next week we are taking our family and some out of the country visitors to dinner in Chinatown so we are feeling some pressure to find the "best" place with the most delicious food. Where would you take special visitors in Chinatown for something great?

Sep 01, 2012
chowinpa in Philadelphia

Challenge to find place for special family dinner

Center City.
Thanks again to all of you for these thoughtful replies and great ideas!

Jul 19, 2012
chowinpa in Philadelphia

Challenge to find place for special family dinner

Thank you all so much! Great suggestions!

Jul 18, 2012
chowinpa in Philadelphia

Challenge to find place for special family dinner

Hello friends,
I have a challenge! We are looking for a somewhat casual place to enjoy and celebrate with our family (9 of us.) Due to some dislikes in our group, Chinese and Italian are out. One person prefers plain food - roast chicken, chicken sandwich. Another prefers to eat healthy (plain fish, salads, etc...) I am having quite some trouble thinking of somewhere that fits the bill that everybody can enjoy. Eager to hear your suggestions! Thank you in advance for your help!

Jul 17, 2012
chowinpa in Philadelphia

Private room brunch for 40 people near Marriott Downtown

Hello! We are planning another event and looking for a great brunch/lunch spot with a private room within walking distance of the Marriott Downtown at 12th and Market. Eager to hear your great ideas! Thank you in advance!

May 09, 2012
chowinpa in Philadelphia

TAkeout, Center City, Maybe Chinese, but Open to Suggestions

Quick Fixx at 15th and South has really great make-your-own salad and pasta options. Delivery is quick and friendly!

http://thequickfixx.com/

May 03, 2012
chowinpa in Philadelphia

Fantastic unique venue for dinner party for 100?

Thank you all! Budget is $100 or less per person.

Apr 11, 2012
chowinpa in Philadelphia

Fantastic unique venue for dinner party for 100?

Hello friends! We are planning a family party for 80-100 people and looking for a fun and unique venue in town or surrounding areas. Don't just want a boring bland hotel ballroom. Has anyone been to an event at Reading Terminal? Is there a restaurant in Chinatown that could fit that many? So eager to hear your suggestions! Thank you in advance for your help!

Apr 11, 2012
chowinpa in Philadelphia

Winthorpe & Valentine in The Westin - Anyone Else Catch the Trading Places Reference?

Yes! My fiance pointed that out to me! He has a great memory and knowlege of pop culture trivia!

BTW we also enjoyed the Travel Zoo coupon deal. Dinner was not bad!

Mar 28, 2012
chowinpa in Philadelphia

Need help in Chestnut Hill

We have had a couple of great meals at Heirloom.

Mar 22, 2012
chowinpa in Philadelphia

Wah-Gi-Wah at 45th and Chestnut

Feb 19, 2012
chowinpa in Philadelphia

Possible to find good, reasonably-priced eats near Rittenhouse?

Sansom Kebab House at 1526 Sansom Street. Delicious and very reasonably priced!

Feb 19, 2012
chowinpa in Philadelphia

Wah-Gi-Wah at 45th and Chestnut

Wow! Finally made it out to Wah-Gi-Wah in West Philly! My dad had been raving about their fried chicken for a while. As described on their menu, "Lahori Chargha (chicken)…Lahori style seasoned crispy fried chicken" My dad would grab lunch and then take a couple chickens home for family back in the burbs. I finally got there this weekend (easy trip on the 21 bus) and it exceeded my expectations! Unique delicious blend of spices but not overpowering heat. Really fantastic! We were picking at the bones! We also had a delish order of aloo gobi. The nan was some of the best I've had, normally I can take it or leave it but this was really good.

Anyone else been?

http://www.wah-gi-wah-halal.com/

Feb 19, 2012
chowinpa in Philadelphia

BYO in Chinatown for birthday dinner?

Hello friends! I wanted to throw a birthday party on the cheap for about 10 people so I was thinking a byo in Chinatown. Any suggestions of a place with a nice space? Would we be better with a private room? Any other non-Chinatown suggestions are welcome as well, but I'm thinking that is the most family-friendly, casual, bang for my buck. Thanks!

Jan 25, 2012
chowinpa in Philadelphia

Heirloom in Chestnut Hill

Hello! Heirloom just opened. Has anyone else been yet? They are a BYO with a state store in the same shopping center. We enjoyed a great meal starting with bread made in-house. Corn bread with black pepper and warm and buttery pocket bread that I am still thinking about! Oy! Shared apps were amazing lobster bisque with truffle oil, crab cake with sweet shrimp gumbo, and seared diver scallop (incredible) over pork belly. For dinner we had roasted king salmon and lancaster breast of duck. For dessert my dining companions split the apple donut with vanilla ice cream which they both seemed to like very much.

Space was beautiful, warm and seasonally decorated, and the service was quite attentive. Everything made for a great night! We look forward to going back with more people to try the new items that they will offer.

http://www.heirloomdining.com/

Dec 23, 2011
chowinpa in Philadelphia

Where are you getting your turkey?

Oct 12, 2011
chowinpa in Philadelphia

Tony's Place

Greetings!
Just wanted to share a new (to me) find - Tony's Place at 6300 N. Frankford Avenue. Three of us shared the "Famous Thin Crust" tomato pie with sausage. Crust, sauce, and sausage all delish!

http://www.tonystomatopies.com/

Who has been?

Jul 21, 2011
chowinpa in Philadelphia

Casual, delish eats in FQ for first-timer visiting later this month

Thank you all for your thoughtful responses! Researching New Orleans restaurants gets a bit overwhelming, in the best possible way of course!

Apr 12, 2011
chowinpa in New Orleans

Casual, delish eats in FQ for first-timer visiting later this month

Hello! My second visit and my boyfriend's first is planned for later this month. We are so excited! Looking for casual, cheap, delish eats in the French Quarter. Suggestions of romantic, casual places to grab a drink or app and enjoy a beautiful courtyard will be appreciated as well! We need to watch budget but also want to enjoy amazing food! Many thanks in advance!

Apr 05, 2011
chowinpa in New Orleans

Picanha Grill

Greetings!

My friend has been going to Picanha for years and raving about it! Just got a write up in this week's Philadelphia Weekly:

http://www.philadelphiaweekly.com/foo...

Have you been? What are your faves?

Dec 16, 2010
chowinpa in Philadelphia

Mexican on the Square? (Rittenhouse)

Anyone been to Mexican on the Square at 15th and Pine?

Aug 22, 2010
chowinpa in Philadelphia

Not miss in Scranton

Thank you both! Greatly appreciated!

Jul 18, 2010
chowinpa in Pennsylvania

Not miss in Scranton

Greetings! Some friends are meeting up in Scranton this weekend. What are your faves? Pretty open with cuisine/cost. Thank you in advance!

Jul 15, 2010
chowinpa in Pennsylvania