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Three days in SF

Not sure I really have one. Haven't been to SF in many years but I'm sure it's more expensive than my local. But on those four $ sign ratings you often see I'd just stay away from the fours. Hope that helps.

Three days in SF

I'll be in SF for 3 days early Sept. Need recs for late lunch/dinner that, hopefully, would include one seafood and one in Chinatown (is it still acceptable to refer to it as such?) Must be reachable by foot, cab or public trans from Union Square. And I'm not on xpns account. Appreciate any help.

Need recs for Kennett Square PA/Northern DE restaurants

I'd be a bit concerned about the noise level at Sovana - it's usually pretty full at lunch with a young enough to be working crowd. Brandywine Prime might be ok but I'm not sure about the lighting.

Apr 28, 2015
danbee1 in Mid-Atlantic

Fish and Chips

The very best fish&chips I've ever had were from a small Scottish chip shop in N.J. Today, many, many years later they are still serving them at Celtic games along the East coast. If I remember correctly (it was a loooong time ago) they always used haddock.

Another plus for Stoney's is they have Boddingtons on tap.

Apr 28, 2015
danbee1 in Philadelphia

Fish and Chips

The two best places in this area (wilm, Kennett,west chester) IMHO, are The Whip (Coatsville address but nearer KS) and Stoney's (Rt 202 Wilm). Stoney's uses fresh cod, not frozen, and (they say) doesn't cut the potatos until you order. So your order might take a while but it's worth it.

Apr 26, 2015
danbee1 in Philadelphia
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They're here... well not HERE but almost

Hill's Seafood on RT 1 in Chadds Ford says they have them. Don't know where they come from though and hate to think what they may cost. But I'd just as soon see what they look like before they're cooked rather than get them in a restaurant.

Apr 10, 2015
danbee1 in Philadelphia

B'day dinner in Mendenhall/ Kennett Square area?

Don't overthink this. Your daughter would not enjoy the Mendenhall Inn. You might/might not, as it directs itself to a pretty mature crowd. Just run on down to Buckley's, a 5 minute drive down Rt 52. Eat in the tavern or the dining room. Have fun.

Apr 07, 2015
danbee1 in Philadelphia

So. Chester County -- Moving

I'd say yes on Sovana, yes on Whole Foods and yes, yes on Cutone's. Katherine's not so much but that's why they make vanilla and chocolate so give it a try. Two Stones in Kennett has pretty good pub grub and there's a Victory brewery/pub slated to open in Kennett next month (but it was supposed to open last October so don't count on it). Hood's good as well but light on smoke flavor. Also try The Whip (Coatsville address but not too far from Kennett) for really fine fish and chips plus other British style pub food. The good news is there are plenty of places to try so have fun!

Mar 24, 2015
danbee1 in Philadelphia
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Chadds Ford Tavern reopens

Visited Chadds Ford Tavern for the first time since management changeover. Had been once before the change, did not favor it so was hoping for the best this time around. Arrived about 6:30 on a weeknight. The place is divided into two rooms - a medium size main dining room which was occupied by one table of six, one booth of two and ourselves (two). The other room is a large bar with a series of booths. Two at the bar, four in booths. Not a big crowd. One server worked both rooms. She offered drinks but no drink/beer menu. I picked a Dogfish Head from a reasonably good list which she recited. Starter menu is fairly extensive but rest of menu is pretty limited: mostly pizza, burgers and sandwiches along with salad and soup. They have a specials blackboard but it was blank. I asked the server if there were any and she rattled off a handful, some of which sounded worth a try. Why they weren't on the blackboard is beyond me. We're not big eaters so we opted to share an order of Pizza frites - just fried pizza dough but really delicious. Crispy outside and soft and doughy inside. My pal ordered the roast beef sandwich which came with nicely done beef and shaved cheese (don't know what kind) and plenty of au jus and horseradish. She praised it. Now came the letdown. I had ordered a "bacon burger", described as a combo of ground beef and ground bacon topped by a cheddar cheese butter. Medium rare. What came tasted like a regular old hamburger cooked a bit beyond medium. When the server returned to check on us I was already halfway through the meal so didn't bother to mention the overcooking (in my opinion). I did suggest that the cheese butter seemed to be missing. She pointed out a moist area on the roll, identified that as the cheese butter. It was a pretty small spot. She offered to bring more but I declined. Given the mostly absent bacon taste and the mostly absent cheese taste this burger was a disappointment. The fries were good though. We skipped dessert. So the visit was, at best, halfway satisfactory. Return visit? - maybe,maybe not, but only if there's a bigger crowd - it really felt desolate. Prices here are reasonable.

Feb 05, 2015
danbee1 in Philadelphia

Meat Market / Butcher in Lancaster (or in a reasonable radius of the Main Line area)

Try using smoked ham hocks for the pea soup and the best place to get them is at Kauffman's just outside of Intercourse. Lots of delish meat at a very reasonable price. They are not a custom butcher though.

Sep 20, 2014
danbee1 in Philadelphia

Seafood differentiation between grocery stores

My understanding is that "fresh" is supermarket hype for never frozen. Fish can be cooled to (I believe) 29 degrees without being frozen (altho that sounds frozen to me!). So is it fresh?? Who knows? Previously frozen means just that - frozen then thawed so you shouldn't really expect to take it home and freeze it again.
Fish that's frozen on the boat can be very high quality, just don't let it thaw before you're ready to use it. Look for a package that says "frozen at sea".

Sep 15, 2014
danbee1 in Philadelphia

Talula's Secret Supper Club

Act quickly!!! Farm Table is available for 9/21 and 9/23. Call 6104448255.

Sep 13, 2014
danbee1 in Philadelphia

Talula's Secret Supper Club

Go to her website and get on her mailing list. Once in a while (or more often) she'll have a cancellation - usually for 2-4 people that you can snap up. Be prepared to go on a few days notice.

Sep 01, 2014
danbee1 in Philadelphia
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Bahn Mi in the Western 'burbs?

Never been there but you might want to try Bahn Mi Boy in Newark. On Main, near UD. Believe it's mostly a lunch place (they close at 7) so you might want to get there before Fall semester starts. Menu at bahnmeboy.com. If it's any good, let us know.

Aug 13, 2014
danbee1 in Philadelphia

Laguna Miramare, West Chester

How were their prices for what you got? Saw their menu which looked interesting but some items seemed pricey for the area. (For comparison, I think Avalon is pricey but worth it.) BYOB or bar?

Aug 07, 2014
danbee1 in Philadelphia

China Garden Kennett Square PA

My last visit to enzo's (quite a while ago) was a bit weird..it used to be my go-to place when any of the grandkids were visiting. The servers there have typically been untrained high school age girls - which was ok since the food was pretty good and the prices reasonable. The last time around we asked the girl what was in the antipasto and the answer was(literally) "umm - I think it's meat and cheese." OK - we'll go with that. She was right - it was, even tho it arrived when we were halfway through our entrees. I had ordered a seafood pasta that was supposed to include clams and mussels and maybe squid. when it arrived it included not one single clam. When I called it to her attention she said she would talk to the cook. Returning, she said the cook told her he had no clams. No apology-just no clams. I suggested she tell the cook that was something that should be pointed out to people ordering the dish. Apparently he agreed because when we got the bill for four guests it had been reduced by $1. In place of the apology I guess. As I said...weird.

Jul 01, 2014
danbee1 in Philadelphia

China Garden Kennett Square PA

Anyone looking for decent eat-in Chinese near Kennett might want to try Ming Village in the shopping center at intersection of 202 and 1. White tablecloth place but not fancy. Their $16 1/2 Chinese duck is a steal and Mango chicken fresh and tasty. They do Thai (which I've never had there) and some sushi. They do takeout but for that I'll stay with China Garden

Jun 28, 2014
danbee1 in Philadelphia

China Garden Kennett Square PA

Yes, there are better places to eat in the area but not if you want takeout "American-Chinese" which I do occasionally' especially at the end of a frazzled day. Quality ingredients, ample portions and reasonable prices are all true. As is the "ten minutes" wait time. They will make any dish as spicey or cool as you wish. This writer visited Kings Island just once - for eat in Chinese New Year dinner. Never went back. BTW, the name of the place is China Garden.

Jun 25, 2014
danbee1 in Philadelphia

do you add anything to your coffee grounds

A shot of high quality dark rum makes it special. The alc is boiled away but the taste remains.

Jun 12, 2014
danbee1 in General Topics

McDonalds coffee…hmmm…not impressed...

The reason McD's charges $4 for a coffee is because people (like you ) are willing to pay that much. If they could charge $20 they would. Maybe next time just get the coffeemaker out and pocket the money - that's what led to my first million.

Jun 07, 2014
danbee1 in Chains
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Dim Sum in Philly

You might want to give Ocean Harbor a try. I've always enjoyed this place even tho it's been a long while since I've been. Crowded, noisy, almost 100% Asian customers, many with small children. The experience is better than the food which is not bad at all. Some folks don,t like it but obviously many do. If you go at 12:30 you'll have a wait.

May 31, 2014
danbee1 in Philadelphia

Any soft shell sightings in Philly?

Whole Foods on 202 in Chadds Ford has them. Pretty small at $7per. But, being the only one in this house who eats them......

Apr 28, 2014
danbee1 in Philadelphia

First time to be served dregs...Ugh :(

In view of your medical condition, perhaps you should look into the glass before your first swallow.

Mar 01, 2014
danbee1 in Philadelphia

Knife Skills in Wilmington, DE area?

The Shop-Rite on 202, Wilmington,runs chef-led cooking classes on a regular basis. Believe knife skills is one but am really not sure. Maybe check their web site or give them a call. They'll also sharpen your knifes - no charge.

Jan 08, 2014
danbee1 in Mid-Atlantic

Boddington's on tap in Montgomery County or Chester County?

Best bet is Stoney's in Wilmington. If not, try The Whip (Coatsville address) or Two Stones in Kennett.

Blue Crab Grill, Newark DE

Went for lunch on Friday and it was good enough to go back for dinner yesterday (also because they gave us a cert for 1/2 off entree only good for the one day). The only downer was the trip over there from Kennett due to having to nav around the schroomfest and the parade of UD students in downtown Newark (Why aren't these kids in class?)

As to lunch, I was craving an oyster po boy but the only one on the menu was a Baltimore which included bacon, spinach and Vermont cheddar cheese. The server assured me they would make whatever I wanted so I had them lose the spinach and cheese. What arrived was not a traditional N.O. pb - rather it came on a lightly toasted kaiser roll. Four good sized oysters took up the whole roll and the bacon hung over the side. With some house made tarter sauce it was delish. The skin-on steak fries were large, and crisp on the outside and soft inside. Cole slaw was forgetable. Wife had crab cke platter, well priced at $12. Cake, she said, was "crab - not filler". Salad was termed "wonderfull". (Can salad really be wonderfull?) Veggies were good, high quality, lightly cooked and "hot" (in the temperature sense).

Dinner - we shared a special app of smoked fish ($14) which should have been labeled for two because it was huge. Baseball sized portion of cream cheese with capers, surrounded by cold smoked salmon, hot smoked salmon, smoked white fish, small scollops, mussels, shrimp, diced red onions & tomatoes. Main I had seafood bouille. As described in op, it too was huge. Lovely creaqm sauce I wish I had room to soak up with bread but just could't. She went with Scollops (6 large) over risotto and once again was more than well pleased. No room for dessert.

Drinks - modest wine list with most glasses $5-$7 - nothing to write home about. Very good craft beer list, both on tap and bottles including some 22 oz's.

Overall,well worth a reurn trip - maybe for Sunday brunch when all of the UD's will be in church. Sorry for the lengthy blurb but not often I've had this good a meal in Wil/Nwk.

Sep 08, 2013
danbee1 in Mid-Atlantic
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Blue Crab Grill, Newark DE

Sounds good - thanks. Will give it a try real soon.

Aug 27, 2013
danbee1 in Mid-Atlantic
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Blue Crab Grill, Newark DE

On-line menu looks interesting. I didn't even know this place existed. How were the prices?

Aug 26, 2013
danbee1 in Mid-Atlantic

MORE BEER FOR KENNETT SQUARE!

So now I,m reading that in additiion to Two Stones and Kennett Brewing Company opening in town, Victory Brewing will be opening a KS brew pub some time around middle of next year. Yowza!

Jul 31, 2013
danbee1 in Philadelphia

Local YELLOW corn, I don't care how far I have to drive

I always boil mine but take it out pretty quickly; I'd say two minutes in a soft boil though I've never actually timed it. Maybe even less. If I were to try steaming I'd say do it completely out of water (as in steamed dumplings or such) but it will probably take much more time that way. Now's the time to experiment! Found really good corn for $2/dozen in Intercourse last week. $2!!!

Jul 28, 2013
danbee1 in Philadelphia