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High tea service in Philadelphia or nearby

Went with my family to tea at The Four Seasons on Boxing Day. The room is beautiful. It provides exactly what one would expect - 4 finger sandwiches, 2 scones and 4 mini pastries plus a pot of tea per person. The food and tea were fine if unremarkable. As with most such things, you are paying for the privilege, which at the Four Seasons runs about $30/pp.
Another option outside the city is A Taste Of Britain in Wayne. They provide a full afternoon tea. It is less expensive but also likely more casual (which some may prefer).

Feb 01, 2010
jp32 in Philadelphia

Help me choose one of these Philly restaurants!

If it was me...I'd be going to either Tinto or Matyson (assuming reservations were available at either)

Jun 25, 2008
jp32 in Pennsylvania

Good deli near OC?

Try Downbeach Deli in Margate...I suspect they have everything you are looking for.

Jun 24, 2008
jp32 in Mid-Atlantic

Burritos in Philadelphia

jose's is awesome...i'm particularly fond of the shrimp burrito and the chorizo quesadilla.

Jun 24, 2008
jp32 in Pennsylvania

Birthday Party for 10 - Philly

Thanks for all the responses so far!

Having never been to L'Angolo, but knowing that it was small, I thought that might be a problem.

Jun 24, 2008
jp32 in Pennsylvania

Birthday Party for 10 - Philly

My wife and I are celebrating our birthdays about a month apart in the fall. As its a birthday that ends in a zero for both of us, we thought we may want to celebrate by taking a group of 10 (including us) out to dinner. I'm looking to spend $30-$35 a person but not willing to settle for a boring, prix fixe menu. We are looking for a place with good food and a fun atmosphere. Because of the price constraints, I think we are better off a BYOBs where we can supply the alcohol. The last thing is I would like for the place to allow us to bring in a birthday cake for dessert. My initial thoughts are the following restaurants:

Cafe Apamate
Molcajete Mixto
Lolita
L'Angolo
Mercato

Any thoughts on these places and other suggestions would be welcome!! Thanks!

Jun 23, 2008
jp32 in Pennsylvania

Cochon

Just following up after our visit to Cochon on Sat. night. We were seated outside...about five tables were located outside and I have a feeling this was done to remove the tables closest to the kitchen where it can get quite hot (from what we were told by the waiter). Service was pleasant and professional although I think they could benefit from an additional waiter (esp. if they are going to seat people outside).

As for the food...very good but not outstanding. The primary problem is that it is not seasonal. I look forward to going again on a chilly fall or winter night and I think my impression would be changed. I thoroughly enjoyed my chicken livers and lamb rack. My wife's steak frites was cooked to a perfect temperature and had a nice char however the meat itself was far more chewy than it should have been, even for that cut of meat.

Just one final thought in reviewing the OP's review and the comment on the "microscopic balls of butter." For me, half a ball of butter was more than sufficient for my bread. My wife, on the other hand, likes more butter and the waiter happily obliged and brought some more. I think when things like portion size enter the equation, these become more subjective issues (see the various discussions about James - the views all seem to be skewed by perspectives of portion size) Ironically, issues of taste are likely more objective in that people can typically agree on how well-prepared food is supposed to taste. I'll stop here before I go too far into a disseration on the restaurant experience...

The bottom line for me is that I will gladly return to Cochon....in the fall.

Jun 23, 2008
jp32 in Pennsylvania

Cochon

This is the first negative review I have read/heard regarding Cochon. I have reservations for this Saturday night and will report on my experience. Hopefully, it will be more akin to the majority of experiences.

Jun 16, 2008
jp32 in Pennsylvania

Need a quick AC rec for Saturday night

Try Tun Tavern (http://www.tuntavern.com/). Certainly big enough for your group...good on-site brewery...decent food.

May 14, 2008
jp32 in Pennsylvania

Favorite Fairmount Spots

Garden Fresh on Fairmount Ave. (diagonally across from London) makes excellent hoagies. They use the same style rolls (if not from the same baker) as the sub shops at the shore (White House, Sack 'o subs, etc.) of which I am a big fan and they slice the meat at the time of your order. I'm particularly partial to their roast beef hoagie. They also have decent prepared foods, the best of which IMO is their mac and cheese.

Apr 01, 2008
jp32 in Pennsylvania

Last minute trip to Philly - this Saturday

I'll second Ansill. Not really "gastropub" but great food and great beer/wine selection. Good thing about small plates is you can choose how adventurous you want to be.

Mar 28, 2008
jp32 in Pennsylvania

Philly CHs -- NJ Opinions? - moved from Pennsylvania board

Its been a couple of years since I've eaten at Nunzio's but thought it was pretty good. Craig LaBan gave it a nod in a recent online chat: "Nunzio's, by the way, was the restaurant that served shrimp alla Siciliana, with whole wheat pasta, garlicky bread crumbs, pine nuts and golden raisins. It was a truly great dish. The rest of our meal was also quite good - spectacular whole branzino, filleted expertly tableside. The place was just mobbed, so I know it's doing well."
My parents, though not necessarily the MOST discriminating eaters, but at age 60 may fit well with the demo you are looking to satisfy, really like another Italian place in Collingswood - Bistro di Marino.
As for Aldo...I think it tends to be a bit overpriced for what it is.

Mar 28, 2008
jp32 in Mid-Atlantic

Philadelphia - Sports Bar or just a place 2 watch games

Penn's Landing is most definitely NOT like the other places you mentioned...no retail/food/etc., just the river more or less. South Street, on the other hand, probably would be fine for your group with plenty of the options you seem to be looking for. Not quite sure where to guide you, however, for dinner in that area that would showing the final four. Best bet would probably be a pub like Kildare's on Headhouse Square (just off of South St.).

Mar 12, 2008
jp32 in Pennsylvania

If we love Vetri and James...

Since you are willing to expand beyond center city, may I recommend the Birchrunville Store Cafe out in Chester County. It may take you awhile to get a reservation (it only seats about 40), but it is worth the wait. Try to go on a weeknight for the chef's tasting menu.

Feb 11, 2008
jp32 in Pennsylvania

Best Bar Food for Pre-game Near the Palestra??

Though I have never been there, I have heard good things from a couple of friends about Bridgewater Pub in 30th Street Station...supposed to have a good beer selection and decent food.

Feb 04, 2008
jp32 in Pennsylvania

Looking for Very Special Lunch on a Weekday

Two options: Matyson and Twenty-21. While the location of both caters to the typical business crowd, and thus, both have some standard lunch items - salads, sandwiches, burgers, etc. - they both also have a number of entree selections. I can't speak to the lunch quality, but both places are excellent dinner options and would hope they produce comparable quality at lunch.

Feb 01, 2008
jp32 in Pennsylvania

what's up with Dahlak in Germantown?

BUMP...
I recently read a couple of things about the Germantown location of Dahlak having been purchased by the owners of Desi Village in KOP(even though I read about it recently, it appears to have happened last year). Does anyone know anything about this? Has anyone been to Dahlak since this purchase? If so, has the menu changed? Overall impressions?

Feb 01, 2008
jp32 in Pennsylvania

Breakfast near Convention Center

I'm looking for a place to have a decent breakfast before heading to a conference at the Convention Center. Reading through some previous threads, I was all set to head over to Reading Terminal and eat somewhere there. However, I notice that RTM opens at 8:00 which is too late for me. I need something open at 7:00. Any suggestions?

Dec 04, 2007
jp32 in Pennsylvania

In home wine tasting - do you know people/company in Philly?

Try the Wine School of Philadelphia. I've taken a few classes there and they are great! I've never had occassion to use them for a private function but they do offer that service and imagine they would do it well.
http://www.vinology.com/event/?PHPSES...

Aug 01, 2007
jp32 in Pennsylvania

Burrata in Mercer/Bucks area?

Drive to Philly and go to Osteria.

May 22, 2007
jp32 in Pennsylvania

ballpark food

Having not been to a game in Shea for years, I can't comment so much from a comparison perspective, but there are a number of good food options at Citizen's Bank Park. In the outfield, there is a Tony Luke's for your cheesesteak and/or roast pork fix. There is also a Rick's Steaks outpost in right field along with Bull's BBQ (not great but certainly satisfactory for ballpark bbq). Tony Luke's is your best bet food-wise but be sure to get there early or be prepared to wait for at least an inning.

May 22, 2007
jp32 in Pennsylvania

UPenn area

While a lot of the places mentioned are "good" restaurants, the only one mentioned so far that would qualify, for me at least, as a "can't miss" place is Marigold Kitchen. ETA: http://marigoldkitchenbyob.com/

May 18, 2007
jp32 in Pennsylvania

Restaurant for my rehearsal dinner for my September wedding

I had my rehearsal dinner last fall at Davio's for about 70 people and it was the perfect space size-wise for that number of guests - they have private rooms on the top floor of the building the restaurant is located in. Its not inexpensive, however, and they do have a food and drink minimum for Friday and Saturday night events. That said, the room is beautiful, all the food was outstanding and the service was great. While, of course, I may be a little biased in that it was for my wedding, I heard similar raves from others, including my parents who graciously footed the bill!!

May 16, 2007
jp32 in Pennsylvania

Art Museum-Fairmount

My two cents...if you are looking for a "good blue jeans type of place", I would highly recommend Rembrandt's for their cafe menu...they have a more formal dining room and then a cafe section. They put out an amazing wood-fired pizza that's nicely charred on the bottom, crisp but still chewy, with great toppings. They also have a decent burger and ribeye steak at reasonable prices. The beer selection isn't as wide as Brigid's or Bishop's Collar but decent. Also has a little bit more relaxed vibe than London, and not as populated with the happy hour crowd that populates Bishop's Collar.

May 03, 2007
jp32 in Pennsylvania

Dinner choice: Central, Komi or Blue Duck Tavern?

I would also second the recommendation for BDT (though having not had the opportunity to have eaten at your other choices, I can't speak in terms of comparison). While BDT is not inexpensive, I think the quality and quantity of the food makes the price point very realistic. For example, on my visit to BDT, I had a prime aged steak that was priced at $32 which I believe to be reasonable for that quality of meat. The portion was also large enough that I had to take 2 of the slices home and I never have leftovers. But, the apple pie alone may be worth the visit...probably the best rendition I've had. And, as the previous poster alluded to, the service was exceptional.

Mar 05, 2007
jp32 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Atlantic City Bachelor Party - Steak Ideas?

Matt,
Had my bachelor party in Atlantic City a few months ago and was taken to Knife and Fork Inn. They have a couple of smaller rooms to hold small parties just like that with a couple of flat screen tvs...a little cramped but nice to have a separate room. They have a set menu that includes apps, choice of entrees, sides and dessert though I think all but one person ordered the steak (16oz. sirloin) and it was awesome...perfectly cooked with great, beefy flavor. Another option to consider and while expensive, probably much less so than homestead or flay.

Feb 13, 2007
jp32 in Mid-Atlantic