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Recommended beer distributors - Philadelphia area

Thanks to all for replies so far. I agree that for price it normally makes sense to go to DE or NJ (though the comment about PA beers being cheaper here is quite interesting; I didn't know that might be the case). I had read many favorable reviews about Bella Vista when I first started to search (on the internet) for some leads. I'm lazy, so not only are DE and NJ probably out of the question for 5 cases of beer, but with all the snow predicted for this weekend I am especially unlikely to venture far. On the other hand my son and I will probably be making a pilgrimage to Sarcone's for an Italian hoagie tomorrow (Saturday), so it may make sense to stop by Bella Vista then.

Dec 18, 2009
larrybard in Pennsylvania

Italian Bakery within 15 minutes of Jenkintown?

Well it's certainly not an Italian Bakery, but if you haven't yet discovered Darryl's on Keswick Avenue in Glenside, by all means visit! Terrific bakery. I can't tell you how much I enjoy stopping by in the morning and buying one of their "meltaway" rings (a/k/a babkas?)

Dec 17, 2009
larrybard in Pennsylvania

Recommended beer distributors - Philadelphia area

Can anyone recommend a beer distributor in the Philadelphia area -- preferably with very competitive prices (and of course a decent selection)? I'm in the Chestnut Hill area, and although Brewer's Outlet nearby has an excellent selection, frankly I'm not happy with their prices. While sometimes I take advantage of their uncommon offerings, when I want to stock up on cases of some common brews (e.g., Golden Monkey) I'd like to save some money, even if I have to drive a bit. Recommendations would be greatly appreciated, with the holidays approaching. Thanks!

Dec 17, 2009
larrybard in Pennsylvania

Willie Mae's Scotch House

Glad to hear that you enjoyed it. We too are going to visit our son at Tulane, for the Thanksgiving holidays (next week Tues.-Sat.). I love fried chicken and was interested in sandwiching Willie Mae's in (so to speak) somewhere in our eating schedule, which is awfully busy already (Commander's Palace, Domenica, Cochon, Mr. B's and Dante's Kitchen). I hope he really likes at least one of them. We're from Philly and he deeply misses an Italian hoagie from Sarcone's (as do I when I haven't had one for a few weeks).

Nov 21, 2009
larrybard in New Orleans

What to order: Cochon Domenica Dante's Kitchen Commander's Palace Mr. B's

I am visiting my son at Tulane for Thanksgiving, and for better or worse made dinner reservations in advance for the four days for Cochon, Domenica, Dante's Kitchen and Mr. B's, and lunch at Commander's Palace. Now I'd appreciate some suggestions as to what to order at each. (Maybe if the selections are good enough my son will forgive me for not bringing a genuine Sarcone's Italian hoagie with me.)

From what I have read, the Ya Ya Gumbo and barbecue shrimp should be considered at Mr. B's, and I've read recommendations for wood-fried oysters, fried chicken livers and cheese grits at Cochon, but welcome additional help at all five of the restaurants listed.

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Cochon
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Commander's Palace Restaurant
1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

Dante's Kitchen
736 Dante Street, New Orleans, LA 70118

Nov 15, 2009
larrybard in New Orleans

Italian Hoagies in New Orleans

I understand your point, but this is not a case of "it's the thought that counts." Bringing my son a hoagie that has suffered considerably from the lpase of time since preparation -- particularly with the bread not being sufficiently fresh -- would be worse than not bringing him the hoagie at all. This isn't an exercise in nostalgia, but rather in taste.

Nov 09, 2009
larrybard in New Orleans

Italian Hoagies in New Orleans

Cochon Butcher is an interesting suggestion, that I'll look into. As it happens, we arrive in New Orleans Nov. 24, and have reservations that night at Cochon restaurant. So maybe we can check it our. (Over the following three days we have reservations at Mr. B's, Domenica, Commander's Palace and Dante's Kitchen, but can't look for Italian hoagies at any of those places.)

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Cochon
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Commander's Palace Restaurant
1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

Dante's Kitchen
736 Dante Street, New Orleans, LA 70118

Nov 06, 2009
larrybard in New Orleans

Italian Hoagies in New Orleans

I appreciate all the suggestions, and all I can say at this point is that we've had muffalettas at Central Grocery, and we've had Po'-Boys at Domilise's, and whatever their merits, they obviously aren't Italian hoagies. Each is, as one might say, sui generis; each has merits of its own, but they're not by any means substitutes for one another. If someone said they had a longing for a muffaletta, I doubt that a satisfactory and satisfying recommendation would be to buy a Po-Boy.

Nov 03, 2009
larrybard in New Orleans

Italian Hoagies in New Orleans

I'm visiting my son around Thanksgiving. (He's attending Tulane.) We currently live in Philadelphia, and when he's home we make regular pilgrimages on weekends to Sarcone's for their outstanding Italian hoagies. My son has asked that I bring one to him when I visit, even if it's not fresh, he wants one so badly. But due to my flight schedule I'd have to buy it the day before. Not good. So I was wondering: Any place in New Orleans where I might find a reasonably good Italian hoagie? On a good, crusty loaf of Italian bread, of course (not anything soft) -- to me, the bread is half the recipe for success.

Nov 02, 2009
larrybard in New Orleans

tasting menu

Regrettably, having just visited Vetri this past Saturday for a late dinner, I feel obliged to chime in and report that my wife and I were extremely disappointed. We had the tasting menu; she also opted for the additional wine pairings. With a few exceptions -- the frequently noted favorites such as spinach gnocchi -- the offerings were unexceptional, even bland (e.g., roast baby goat). I will never eat there again.

Mar 06, 2008
larrybard in Pennsylvania

Good bakeries in the burbs?

Daryl's should definitely be considered. I make a tradition (excuse) to stock up their every year for my birthday, buying goodies for my office -- always including at least one of their "melt-away" rings (which might be secribed as a large variation of a rich crumbcake), some sticky buns, a chocolate cheesecake ring and other treats. And, when I pick up the pre-ordered baked goods on the way to work they're still fresh and warm when I get them. Unbeatable. I strongly recommend stopping by to at least scout out the place -- while you enjoy some of their freshly brewed coffee, and perhaps an egg breakfast sandwich or scone and cold juice, parked at one of their tables inside, or outside on a warm day (seating for about a dozen).

Nov 25, 2007
larrybard in Philadelphia

Buying whole duck in Chinatown (Philly)

Just returned from buying a whole duck at Sang Kee Peking Duck's 9th Street location. My first impression is that there was an awful lot of fat under the skin -- but maybe I haven't noticed or been aware of how much is removed by the server (or behind the scenes shortly before being served) when I have eaten Peking Duck in a restaurant when I have enjoyed it, such as Peking Gourmet Inn in VA. I'd be interested in what you think of the duck you buy at the Reading Terminal

Mar 24, 2007
larrybard in Pennsylvania

Buying whole duck in Chinatown (Philly)

Thank you. I wasn't aware that I could buy a whole duck and take it home (as distinguished from eating it there). That's great news. I wonder what they charge.

Mar 23, 2007
larrybard in Pennsylvania

Buying whole duck in Chinatown (Philly)

After years of passing tempting whole ducks hanging in the windows of Chinatowns in various cities (most notably, NY and Philadelphia), I would like to stop by and purchase one. I understand that they may not necessarily be Peking style ducks, but rather roasted Cantonese -- but that, perhaps, is another story. My main question: any recommendations as to where to purchase in Philadelphia? Thanks very much. Larry

Mar 23, 2007
larrybard in Pennsylvania