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Kabob and Grill in Ardmore

Someone on a local Facebook page mentioned that they will run a credit card in store if you ask, they just do not promote it.

Jul 07, 2014
katebauer in Philadelphia

Kabob and Grill in Ardmore

Yes, they're wonderful! We discovered tonight that you can pay by credit card if you order ahead of time on their website.

Jul 06, 2014
katebauer in Philadelphia

New or interesting near Ardmore?

Carmine's in Narberth gets rave reviews - cajun and creole food.

Jun 26, 2014
katebauer in Philadelphia

Suggestions for work lunch - pickup or delivery to Temple Hospital

Thank you! I just contacted Vietnam Restaurant, hopefully they can deliver to here.

Sep 26, 2013
katebauer in Philadelphia

Suggestions for work lunch - pickup or delivery to Temple Hospital

I'm looking to reward my staff of approx. 10 people with a fun and reasonably healthy lunch in a few weeks. Any suggestions for somewhere I could either pick up a catered lunch or who would deliver to Temple Hospital? There are obviously not that many options right in our neighborhood. I was thinking maybe Vietnamese or Mexican if it was light (e.g. tamales and salad).

Sep 26, 2013
katebauer in Philadelphia

Fresh Direct Has Come to Philadelphia

I ordered from FreshDirect once and the amount of packaging was unbelievable. Each small box contained maybe 3 items. Did I do something wrong? I don't want piles of boxes sitting in my small kitchen.

Sep 26, 2013
katebauer in Philadelphia

Minneapolis Chowhound needs Recs

Your post caught my attention - I'm a recent transplant from Minneapolis.

I would second Zahav and say to just order the salad selection and then a few small plates to share. That will keep you around your price point. We got the lamb dinner recently and by far the best part was the appetizers.

I'd also recommend Dandelion and Osteria for brunch/lunch - their lunch dishes are just as good as dinner and more reasonably priced.

Aug 16, 2013
katebauer in Philadelphia

What to order at Saffron?

We went way back last October, but the red lentil soup and seafood tagine were absolutely amazing. I don't see the soup still on the menu, and perhaps the seafood tagine has changed with the seasons, but I suspect the later is still worth a try.

Are there any good restaurants near Cumming/off 400?

Rico's World Kitchen looks great! I was just laughing though because they are very efficient in their use of fried green tomatoes in several dishes.

samlev - I actually meant steakhouses were not preferred, but especially if those are the best options in general in the area we'd be open. I'll check out their menus.

Feb 29, 2012
katebauer in Atlanta

Drop-in gathering at bar/pub/restaurant near Convention Center

The Field House is a sports bar just south of the Convention Center. It's not amazing food or anything, but I've been there for two conference-related happy hour events and it's an easy place for people to meet up and have a drink before going somewhere else for the night. There is an area of the restaurant that can be reserved for groups - I'm not sure if there's a charge to do that.

Feb 29, 2012
katebauer in Philadelphia

Are there any good restaurants near Cumming/off 400?

We're visiting family next week and my husband and I would really like to get out for a nice meal. Our previous attempts to eat try recommended places near Cumming have been very disappointing, and we'd like to try and avoid going into Atlanta because the drive back is tiring at the end of a long night out. Are there any options we could try this time around? We'd be wiling to go down to Alpharetta. We're open to any cuisines although usually prefer strong, bright flavors (Asian, South American, etc.) but not steakhouses.

Feb 28, 2012
katebauer in Atlanta

True Thai needs a face lift and it is not alone

Origami is another example of a restaurant that seems worn down and thread bare lately. We hadn't been for about a year and then went a couple of months ago and I was surprised by the shabby feeling. What stuck out to me especially were the scuff marks all along the hallway and stairwell. I mentioned the feeling to my husband and he agreed that the decor was past its prime. While certainly I don't need amazing decor to make a restaurant worth while, I feel like if you're paying a certain amount for the food plus ambiance then you shouldn't end up looking around and feeling depressed about the state of things. I think Origami has some of the better sushi in the cities and I would be sad it if ended up feeling as dated and unclean as Kikugawa.

looking for a good birthday cake - St. Paul

I have personal loyalties to TBW, but the past 2 birthday cakes I've had from there have been terribly dry. I'm not sure what's changed as we got fantastic cakes from there a few years ago.

Celebration dinner at kid-friendly restaurant?

Thanks! A private room is a great idea and one I had briefly thought of. Our 3-year-old daughter also has been out to eat probably twice a week for her entire life, but with the 2 kids together the excitement and noise factor definitely builds. We'll probably have 10 people, including the 2 children, so we'd need one that didn't require a very large group or commitment to a set menu. A traditional steak house isn't our first choice, my parents are pretty well traveled and adventurous food-wise, but it's a great backup option if there isn't anything else that fits the bill.

Any thoughts on KOO ZEE DOO? The family-style service makes me think kids would be okay, but I have no sense of the formality of the space.

Jan 08, 2012
katebauer in Philadelphia

Celebration dinner at kid-friendly restaurant?

We recently moved the area so aren't that familiar with the options, but are looking for a restaurant at which to celebrate my father's 65th birthday where his grandchildren - 3.5 and 1.5 years - will be welcome. We're open to anywhere in Philadelphia, on the mainline, or close to those areas. We're open to all cuisines but we definitely want it to have that special, not a typical dinner out, feel.

Jan 07, 2012
katebauer in Philadelphia

Inexpensive buffet options for business meetings

We recently did lunch catering by La Loma and it delicious and amazingly cheap. I think we fed 15 plus leftovers with our $100 order and that included the $20 delivery fee. If I recall we got tamales, enchiladas, chips with salsa and guacamole, and a fruit plate. We did order all veggie though which might have kept the price down somewhat.

We also got box lunches from Holy Land a few years ago. They were normally priced for box lunches ($8?) but had a ton of food - they even each included a 1/2 bag of pita. Unless you have big eaters it's probably cheaper to do platters than the box lunches considering everyone was bringing home leftovers from their box.

I've also ordered from Gandhi Mahal. That was one of our most expensive lunches but I totally over ordered (each entree can feed 4 in a buffet lunch setting, I estimated each would feed 2). Everyone loved it though.

Rye Delicatessen - Minneapolis

Don't you think though that the consistency of negative reviews, or in this case inconsistency of reviews of several food items, says something about the quality of the restaurant? It is really not that hard to make chicken broth that actually has flavor - they should be getting that right.

Rye Delicatessen - Minneapolis

We went tonight and while I really wanted to love it and have Minneapolis finally have a good deli, all of the flaws mentioned here came shining through. After ordering (and teetering back to our table holding 3 full drinks) we waited about 20 minutes for our food (which is strange considering not many (any?) dishes on the menu actually require cooking). I had ordered a ton of food for our 2 adults and 1 kid because there were so many "standards" I felt I needed to try to evaluate the place. We got "The Reason for Rye" sandwich, a Rachel, the kid's petite hot turkey sandwich, noodle kugel, a cup of matzoh ball soup, and cole slaw. The bill was around $55 which isn't terrible for a dinner for 3 although I was surprised by the $5 cup of soup and the small size and lack of sides with the sandwiches for $11.

Being a New Yorker whose Jewish grandmother made the best matzoh ball soup ever, I know I have high standards, but this soup was was really disappointing. The broth was very light on flavor and required several shakes of salt. The matzoh ball was light and fluffy but had an oddly very smooth texture and no flavor. The kugel was probably the second most disappointing thing - very, very dry - so much so that I didn't care that the portion was incredibly small.

Moving onto the sandwiches, my husband enjoyed "The Reason for Rye" but I felt it needed a little more flavor. I think the chopped liver went a long way to save that sandwich. I was disappointed that that was the only sandwich that came with a pickle. I had even looked for pickles on the menu when ordered but missed them because, as I now see, they're listed under Noshes and not Sides where I was looking for them. The Rachel was good, I'd have it again, and actually the hot turkey was my favorite, mostly because the gravy was extremely good.

We agreed we'd head there again, maybe over crossing the river to go to Cecils, but it's not somewhere we'd seek out until we knew that they had worked out the service kinks (and hopefully make more flavorful broth and serve pickles with every sandwich!).

Top 5 Restaurants for B'day Dinner

I second Saffron and La Belle Vie (along with Piccolo and Alma). Gorkha Palace is great but not at all of the caliber of the other places, and we found Meritage very loud and crowded - not great for someone who is craving a special night with their partner.

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La Belle Vie
510 Groveland Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55405

Meritage
410 Saint Peter St, Saint Paul, MN 55102

Gorkha Palace
23 4th St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

The Bachelor Farmer - who has been and can comment

I didn't think of it this way at the time, but I would totally agree that the starters were the stars and the entrees and (especially) desserts were nothing special. We had probably 5 apps - butter lettuce salad, kale soup, eggs with cured salmon, charcuterie plate, and Camembert toast. All were extremely good except the toast - I wasn't sure how they could not make Camembert amazing but it wasn't really. For entrees I split the chicken with a friend and it was fine, but not amazing. My husband can't even remember what he got - which I guess is the definition of forgettable. Similarly, for dessert I'm blanking a bit but it was maybe an apple tart with ice cream. It definitely was not anything worth repeating.

Considering we just had a flawless meal at Saffron, I definitely wouldn't say that BF is the best in the city

any good breakfast sandwiches in MSP??

Collossal Cafe's bacon, egg, and cheese on a biscuit is my go to breakfast sandwich. The biscuit is moist and flaky and the egg is soft, not rubbery at all. I'll admit it seems to have suffered a bit with their change in ownership, but it's still incredibly good.

Good, cheap lunch catering for large group (400+)

I've ordered La Loma catered lunch for meetings and it's always really good and appreciated. I've both picked up the order at MGMkt and had delivery, but we're ordering for 10-20, not 400. Other places our group has regularly ordered from are Pizza Luce (I like their party-size lasagna + salad combo), Ghandi Mahal (picked up there), Broders (picked up there), Sawatdee, Erberts and Gerberts, and Chipotle.

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La Loma Restaurant
1510 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Last great meal in Minneapolis/St. Paul?

A quick check-in while we're on vacation. Thank you for all the suggestions and friendly notes! We're moving to Philadelphia so I've already started stalking that board. Speaking of spots with good memories, we'll have to add Origami to our list as that was the site of our first date. Husband has been to Victory 44, but I haven't, so we'll try and do that too.

I want to add The Nook to our list, but my husband is advocating for Matt's. We might be able to do both since they're kid-friendly locations.

I did pick up some SweeTangos this week (although they were from Kowalskis...)

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Victory 44
2203 44th Ave N, Minneapolis, MN

Last great meal in Minneapolis/St. Paul?

We actually have been to Meritage and Khyber Pass - I forgot some restaurants on the other side of the river! I would like to get back to Khyber Pass before we leave, especially because we can take our daughter there. We thought the food at Meritage was great, but the space was busy and cramped and didn't quite replicate that sitting in a brasserie in Paris vibe they're going for.

I'm now reminded that Gorkha Palace too might be a must do again place.

I was also thinking a last meal at Alma might be at the top of our list. Thanks for the reminder!

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Khyber Pass Cafe
1571 Grand Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105

Meritage
410 Saint Peter St, Saint Paul, MN 55102

Gorkha Palace
23 4th St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Last great meal in Minneapolis/St. Paul?

Our time in Minnesota is coming to a close as we move to the east coast in 2 months. We have probably 2-3 more occasions of going out to eat at an "adult" restaurant and a handful more than that of hitting new kid-friendly locations. I'm wondering if there are any "must not miss" restaurants in cities that we haven't been to yet. Or, your opinion of where your last great meal in Minneapolis/St. Paul would be.

Here's a not exhaustive list of the commonly-recommended places we have eaten, perhaps it will help you see where the holes are. Off the top of my head we haven't been to Sea Change, In Season, Bangkok Deli, or the new place in Midtown Global Market.

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Bar La Grasa
Bachelor Farmer
Heidi's
Piccolo
Cosmos
Heartland
La Belle Vie
Strip Club
Manny's
Travail
Cafe Levain
Blackbird
Cafe Maude
Saffron
Pizzaria Lola
Alma
Cave Vin
Al Vento
Sea Salt
Broders
Ngon BIstro
Masu
Tanpopo
Haute Dish
Red Stag
Brasa
Obento Ya
Punch, PIzza Nea, Black Sheep
Tilia - for brunch
I think every sushi restaurant in the cities - for those that remember our efforts from 4 years ago
Most Vietnamese, Thai, and Indian restaurants

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Midtown Global Market
920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Cafe Maude
5411 Penn Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55419

La Belle Vie
510 Groveland Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55405

Cave Vin
5555 Xerxes Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410

The Strip Club
378 Maria Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55106

Cafe Levain
4762 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Al Vento
5001 34th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Sea Change
806 Second Street S., Minneapolis, MN 55415

In Season
5416 Penn Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419

Kinsen Noodles & Bar...?

I've been to Kindee Thai three times and all times have been extremely disappointing. The things that stick out in my mind were that the fresh spring rolls were huge and filled with lettuce, so had very little flavor, and the curries/stirfy were almost exclusively meat, not a nice balance of meat and complementary veggies. I also recall the chicken in my entree being very dry. I work about 3 blocks away and it would be wonderful if the food was good, but it's not.

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Kindee Thai Restaurant
719 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Date Night in Minneapolis?

One of our first date nights post baby was at Piccolo. It's an intimate setting and it's fun to pick and share small dishes with your partner. Some of the dishes were stronger than others, but overall a really excellent and enjoyable meal.

The bar at La Belle Vie is another great choice. We've only eaten in the dining room, but I'd imagine sharing drinks and food on the couches in the bar area would be very romantic.

Finally, although we haven't been there in a few years, Al Vento sticks out to me as a good S. Minneapolis date night restaurant.

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La Belle Vie
510 Groveland Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55405

Al Vento
5001 34th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

verdict's out

We went to Wise Acre last night and though the meal was very pleasant and the waiter extremely nice, I wouldn't say the experience was good enough to warrant a 30 minute wait on a Tuesday night and the high price tag.

The evening started off somewhat frustrating as to get your name on the list you need to stand in the small entryway of the hotel while the waitstaff are moving past you to get outside. Also, this isn't the restaurant's fault, but we were really turned off by the other people waiting for tables. For example, the woman behind us in line started a conversation with the host about getting her table of 7 in before we could even finish getting our name on the list, and while waiting outside we were subjected to a man being pretty rude to the kid working the window because he wasn't able to serve them food off the main window. It left me wondering what's become of notoriously polite Minnesotans.

Once we finally got a table the experience was enjoyable, although the restaurant is quite loud. As mentioned, our server was extremely kind and engaged us in conversation is a very earnest way. We ordered the wings appetizer which was good but didn't justify the $2.33 per wing price (!!). Our daughter had the hamburger from the kids meal which was as big as an adult-size hamburger, and it should be for $9, but was way too big for a child to eat. I had the Shades of Summer salad which was a bit heavy on the dressing, but overall light but still filling as a dinner. My husband had the brie and bacon burger and I enjoyed the taste of it that I had, but wasn't blown away by it (brie + bacon can't be too bad). We all really enjoyed the rhubarb ketchup, which is unusual for me since I usually don't like homemade ketchups (I'm thinking of TTD's bacon ketchup). Since we'd ordered a custard outside while waiting (vanilla with brownie bites - delicious - but they charge $1 extra if you want cone vs. cup!) and the kids meal comes with custard, the waiter comped us a beer which was unnecessary although appreciated. The bill came to around $60 without tip, which I normally wouldn't flinch at, but seemed like a lot for what we got. When I got home last night I compared prices with The Lowbrow up the street and noticed that similar dishes were 1/2 to 1/3 less at The Lowbrow, which also advertises locally sourced food and grass fed beef.

Main Line or NW Philly?

Thank you everyone... and we're still stuck in the debate as our two specific neighborhood choices were Narberth and Chestnut Hill ;). I do really appreciate knowing that there are similar pros and cons food-wise in both areas, although we know no area is going to be like Center City. We weren't considering living in Center City because we'd like to have a little more space and we figured the rents for that would be astronomical, but we'll take a look, maybe we're wrong.

Jul 05, 2011
katebauer in Philadelphia

Main Line or NW Philly?

Oh yes, definitely. This would be a short-term living option until kindergarten when we'll buy and pay more attention to school districts. That's why it would be especially nice to live in a neighborhood walkable to many restaurants and other attractions for the year or so we're renting.

Jul 04, 2011
katebauer in Philadelphia