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Juniper Commons Report

Beers were $5 - $7 (the ones we drank), and the G and T's ranged from $10 - $14. You can choose your gin and your tonic, so that price varies pretty widely.

Jan 26, 2015
tourmama in Philadelphia

Juniper Commons Report

Had early dinner at Juniper Commons last night. Went armed with the comments from this board. Regarding the noise level, the music really wasn't intrusive (more Hall and Oates/Chicago than heavy metal), and conversation wasn't difficult for our party of 6. However, it was early and the restaurant was only half full (at most), so I'm not sure how well the acoustics work when it's full. There are sound-absorbing panels hung from the ceiling, so I'm sure they help. We shared Caesar Salad and Pork Sausage apps, and both were very good. For entrees, a few in our group had the trout and reported that it was good, not great. The prime rib was reviewed as 'excellent', but not special. Short rib was well-reviewed, and I had the eggplant casserole, which was a little too dry and unremarkable. Side order of roasted Brussels sprouts was over-charred with an unnecessary sauce on top. Dessert was a decent creme brulee and an okay chocolate layer cake. The surprise was the homemade tonics on the drinks menu. We tried several different gin and tonic combinations, and all were good. I especially recommend the Juniper Commons tonic - very interesting and refreshing. Total cost was $55 per person.
The 80's concept is odd. The menu seems closer to 'comfort food' than anything else, and touches like a Caesar salad made tableside just aren't all that interesting or evocative. The decor doesn't quite convey an 80's feel - the most obvious flashback to that is the TV over the bar that plays 80's shows.
In all, we'd go back for drinks. The concept isn't enough to sell us on a return visit for the food, and the food wasn't enough of a standout to bring us back.

Jan 26, 2015
tourmama in Philadelphia

El Poquito, any one been?

We thought it was fine, not great. Food menu is small. Here's a link to another forum on the topic:

http://www.philadelphiaspeaks.com/for...

Jan 12, 2015
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Amazing lunch in center city

I don't know if Matyson, on 19th Street, does a prix fixe lunch, but the food is always great, and you will absolutely want to go back for dinner.

Nov 12, 2014
tourmama in Philadelphia

Cuban restaurant - Versailles or somewhere else

Thanks, Phreddy and LargeLife! Looking forward to great Cuban food!

Cuban restaurant - Versailles or somewhere else

Spending one night in Miami near airport. Looking for really good Cuban food. Should we go to Versailles, or is there somewhere else you recommend?

Ideas for a great dinner in Conshohocken?

Thanks, everyone! Spring Mill Cafe it is!!!

Feb 05, 2013
tourmama in Philadelphia

Ideas for a great dinner in Conshohocken?

Taking friends out for dinner Saturday night. Blackfish is booked. Would appreciate any suggestions for great food in Conshohocken. Thanks!

Feb 03, 2013
tourmama in Philadelphia

Good source for non-Chinese dried porchini mushrooms, Valhrona (or Callebaut choc), dried bulk foods

The Fresh Market is on Welsh Road in Horsham, shopping center next to Lowe's.

Dec 09, 2012
tourmama in Philadelphia

Great food, private room, party of 12?

Thanks. Other than Savona, any thoughts on non-Asian cuisine that will fit the bill?

Nov 05, 2012
tourmama in Philadelphia

Great food, private room, party of 12?

Looking for a place to hold a 75th birthday dinner in December. Would like a private room, and hoping to stay in the Western suburbs, if possible. Several foodies in the group, so really want to keep them happy!!!! Any and all suggestions appreciated. Thank you!

Nov 04, 2012
tourmama in Philadelphia

Jenkintown area, Best of the Best?

I think Mirna's is solid. Reliably good food, doesn't suffer the noise problem that the Blue Bell Mirna's does, varied menu, mostly reasonable prices. is there negative buzz about it?

Mar 02, 2012
tourmama in Philadelphia

Jenkintown area, Best of the Best?

I second Max and David's, but also think Mirna's Cafe is good for lunch. I'd skip 211 York in favor of either of the other two.

Mar 01, 2012
tourmama in Philadelphia

Rec. for Reasonable and Good Caterer for Baby Naming in Burbs

I've had great results using Curds and Whey for catering. It is the restaurant/catering operation directly behind the Barnes and Noble in Abington, next to Jules Pizza. Phone number is 215-886-2203. Davida is very flexible and I usually let her plan the menu, within whatever food limitations we have (no meat, for example). And the cold broccoli salad is FABULOUS!!!!!

Feb 22, 2012
tourmama in Philadelphia

Salsa's Mexican Grill in montgomery mall

Soooooooooooooooo embarrassing! Sorry - was getting all hot and bothered by the prospect of having Yalda Grill back...

Jan 31, 2012
tourmama in Philadelphia

Salsa's Mexican Grill in montgomery mall

I thought Yalda Grill had closed? Has it reopened? That would be great news!

Jan 31, 2012
tourmama in Philadelphia

Miraku on Bethlehem Pike in Springhouse Closed?

Umami Umami is very good. I don't know that it's any more pricey than say, Ooka, and the menu is pretty varied, including some Korean dishes (Bulgogi, for one). Service is very good. It's not a BYO. I'm not sure why it hasn't caught on more quickly.

Nov 29, 2011
tourmama in Philadelphia

Miraku on Bethlehem Pike in Springhouse Closed?

This is a loss, but we still love Fuji in the Whole Foods shopping center 5 minutes away from Miraku.

Reasonable prices, great service, always fresh, and BYOB.

Nov 02, 2011
tourmama in Philadelphia

Being "Taken Care of" vs having food placed in front of you...

Your post gave me a chuckle. One of my pet peeves is when a server appears at the table at the beginning of a meal, announces his/her name, and that s/he will "be taking care of you tonight". DH and I are adults, and not ill or infirm, so I just find the expression to be silly and obsequious - and rarely true. I know, everyone's mileage varies, but for me, this one's right up there with "and are we having coffee/tea/dessert this evening?" Well, I am, but I have no idea about your plans...

Sep 01, 2011
tourmama in Philadelphia

New Place in Ambler?

Had dinner at Massa last night. It's very nicely decorated, and the tables are spaced nicely, so it feels very uncrowded and relaxed. Mixed crowd - older couples, young families, and Mr. Mama and I (somewhere in between the two).

Service was excellent. We were seated immediately (had a reservation, although may not have needed one - yet), our waiter was attentive and knowledgeable, and didn't smother us with questions while we ate.

The food was a limited success. For an appetizer, we had excellent mussels in a delicious marinara sauce, but very small portion for the price. We sopped up every last drop of sauce with the complimentary rolls. Caesar salad was good, but not special. I had the crabcake entree, which was out-of-this-world delicious - huge chunks of crabmeat, no breading, very delicately spiced, and came with a delicious tomato salad with balsamic dressing. Mr. Mama had the pork tenderloin, and was less enthusiastic. He reported that the meat was boring and dry. He thinks he should have ordered the Chourico sausage as his entree. A number of other diners were eating it, and it looked and smelled outrageously good. Lesson learned!

Shared the Creme Brulee for dessert - very good. So good that we thought about going back after the movie to order another. But we resisted.

We'll go back and try other menu items. It is nice to have a new spot in the area.

Apr 24, 2011
tourmama in Philadelphia

One night in Ithaca

Spending one night in downtown Ithaca while we do college touring. Looking for suggestions for a really good but not really expensive dinner - two families with teenage kids willing to eat almost anything!

Thanks!

Philly Burb Recommendation

Oops - my mistake. Thought it was Chester County. Still great food, though!

Apr 15, 2011
tourmama in Philadelphia

Philly Burb Recommendation

Krazy Kats at the Inn at Montchanin in Chester County is also a nice dress-up option, with great food. And, maybe stay over at the Inn?

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Krazy Kats Restaurant
Kirk Rd, Montchanin, DE 19710

Apr 14, 2011
tourmama in Philadelphia

Philly Burb Recommendation

I hear raves about Moonstruck, which is just over the Montgomery County line in Fox Chase. I think it may be formal, but I'm not certain.

Apr 13, 2011
tourmama in Philadelphia

Fort Washington Exit?

Excellent suggestions by csdonald. One detail, though - when getting off the turnpike at the Fort Washington exit,just go straight ahead out of the toll booths to get onto Pennsylvania Ave. If you turn right, you'll end up on route 309 or in the office park.

An additional choice is Zake's Cafe, for a great dinner. It's just past Cantina Feliz on the right on Bethlehem Pike.

Apr 05, 2011
tourmama in Philadelphia

Umami Umami Update?

Has anyone been to Umami Umami in Dresher lately? There was a flurry of comments here when it first opened, including one that was oddly vague but glowing, and nothing since. The parking lot seems to be always almost empty. Is it still open?

Apr 02, 2011
tourmama in Philadelphia

Sunday Breakfast/Brunch in Willow Grove/Ambler/Blue Bell/Conshy Area

Zake's does take reservations. If the weather is nice, the newly renovated room in the front would be lovely for you.

Mar 16, 2011
tourmama in Philadelphia

buying organic in the burbs

There's a Fresh Market on Welsh Road in Horsham. I buy all of my organic produce there, as well as fish and dairy products.

Jan 17, 2011
tourmama in Philadelphia

It's getting close! Cantina Feliz

Drove by the former Allison Two space in Fort Washington today - the sign for Cantina Feliz is up!!!!

Jan 03, 2011
tourmama in Philadelphia

Lunch around 22nd and Delancey?

The walk from Suburban Station to 22nd and Delancey isn't as bad as you might think. I did it for many years when my parents lived there. You'll find plenty of places to eat on Chestnut and Walnut Street between 15th and 22nd. DiBruno brothers is on Chestnut somewhere between 17th and 19th (don't remember the exact block). A CH favorite, Vic Sushi, is on Sansom Street between 20th and 21st. Also, Suburban Station just under the Comcast Center now has quite a few very good food choices. You'll find Chinese, Thai, Mexican, on the numbered streets as you make your way, as well as Marathon Grill and more than a few Panera's/Cosi's/etc. Enjoy your walk!

Oct 27, 2010
tourmama in Philadelphia