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Where to find empanadas

Jun 22, 2011
layla529 in Philadelphia

Has anyone tried Timber?

Timber....Ate there in mid February. Everyone in my party (6 ) really enjoyed their picks...One vegetarian, 2 had pasta and shrimp platter, next to me ..a fabulous looking (2) crab cake platter (2)with cakes taht looked like all jumbo crab...I resorted to a hamburger...i was in a burger kinda mood. It was good. Oh and someone got their duck dish and enjoyed it as well...The prices were a little steep. For the same quality of food, a little cheaper, right down the street is noisy, loud Vintage Bar on Susquehanna. Timber is newly decorated but it was LOUD. Id go again, if the crowd suggested it, but I think there are better choices a little further up or down the road.

Apr 05, 2011
layla529 in Philadelphia

Why is there such a lack of great (or even good) restaurants in the 'burbs?

I'd like to add, that center city also has a lot of "hyped" restaurants. Hyped meaning, for the price, the quanity and the quality...its nothing to write home about.... The burbs have a few hidden neighborhood treasures that offer decent food and don't cost an arm and leg. If you think things are no so good in "our" burbs, put yourself in Cheyenne, Lincoln, Neb or St Paul burb and you will feel very blessed here near the city of brotherly love...... The east and west coasts are abundant in fooderies....sometimes I think we Philadelphians are just a little spoiled! And from what I can tell, new restaurants seem to be popping up everyday..even in this slumping economy.

Sep 30, 2010
layla529 in Philadelphia

Tavolo - Huntingdon Valley

My husband had the dorade this past week. It was delicious. I highly recommend this place. The service and food was well worth, the 100.00 check.

Briefly~
I had a fresh gorganzola, beets and greens salad = enough for 2 small salads.
Hubby had breaded (3) lollipop lambchops over arugula, tomato, shaved parm drizzled with lemon/oil as appetizer
He got the dorade for entree...good as any branzino he has had, accompanied w/ cous cous and zucchini.
I had rigatoni w/ pancetta and san marzo tomatoes....delightful, I left a small amt, which hubby ate.
Desserts- lemon tart w/ raspberry ice cream
piece of Tiramisu
1 decaf coffee/ 1 double espresso

All for 100.00. Good portions, great food, attentive service.

Our new "special" place to go.

Feb 21, 2010
layla529 in Pennsylvania

The best authentic pizza in the Philly area

You say "Lorenzos as close to NY as your gonna get???" NO WAY!!! Then you havent eaten at many NY pizza joints...seriously! Most NY joints you'd be hard pressed to try to fold their crusty slices......

Lorenzos= BIG slices, but phoney mystery cheese and not crispy by my definition of a crispy crust... Its a great place when you are hungry and maybe a little drunk.-but hardly should be compared to a slice from NY....

Oct 03, 2009
layla529 in Philadelphia

The best authentic pizza in the Philly area

I definately will try all of them...thanks!

Sep 27, 2009
layla529 in Philadelphia

The best authentic pizza in the Philly area

Still searching for a slice that taste like mostNY pizza joints. Not a margherita, not a gourmet...a good old fashion real tomatoe sauce, real cheese, crispy crust. Why is it so hard to get that?? If I find a good crust pizza, it usually has a sugar laden sauce, or globs of phoney cheese. I know pizza joints need to make profits, but come on, I went into a place in NY with admittedly too many flies, but got a nice big slice with perfect sauce and real cheese for less than 2.50! Why oh why...is it soo hard to find in my city???

Sep 26, 2009
layla529 in Philadelphia

The best authentic pizza in the Philly area

Does Marra's have pizza or tomato pie? Some people confuse the two.

Thanks!

Sep 26, 2009
layla529 in Philadelphia

NE Philly:Anything new/anything good?

I heard Macaronis on Old Bustleton Avenue is great- a little pricey but worth it....

Sep 20, 2009
layla529 in Pennsylvania

Radicchio Philadelphia Pa

I like Radicchio but I did have one bad experience!! I had a great meal there (my fav- I ate there 4 times) Ssuddenly it wasnt on the menu! I requested it and the waiter assured me the chef would make it for me (penne, canollini beans, arugula in wine sauce etc...) What was bought out to me was not very good at all, even the other diners with me tried and agreed, i coulnt finsih it. Other than that its pretty good. The branzino is great.

Sep 20, 2009
layla529 in Pennsylvania

Glenside, PA [moved from PA board]

just dont get their Gnocchi.....gummy...unedible,...

Sep 20, 2009
layla529 in Philadelphia

NE Philly restaurants (Grant and Academy Area)

Millers Ale House - Grant & Blvd. East toward Torresdale avenue just off of grant Three Monkeys. http://www.3monkeyscafe.com/html/menu.html and
http://www.millersalehouse.com/

Sep 20, 2009
layla529 in Pennsylvania

Villa Barolo, Warrington

FYI, branzino served at Marco Polo, not as good as Raddichio... Villa Barolo was not good at all IMO.

Jul 31, 2009
layla529 in Pennsylvania

More about Hoagies

Barry, backwards?? Maybe our age is is the deciding point... Im in my late 40s and growing up Italian, and in Philly, it was HARD, if not impossible to find the hoagie you are talking about....Maybe you could make them that way at home).... I wasnt rich, so maybe they were available in some speciality deli or restaurants ...But all the pizza/steak/deli shops back in the day, served hoagies - let/tom/onion/meat/cheese...A picture of a Philly hoagie 20 -30years ago-looked like the ONE Im describing... I am not saying its better...But I think that is the old fashion one....the one Philly is known for.... Again, I call yours the new, updated or throwback hoagie, but definately not readily available back in my day! I eat broccali rabe, long hots, etc... on just about any sandwich, sometimes all alone on a roll...., so for me, when I want a hoagie, (like 3 a year) I dont desire the other embellishments.

Jul 31, 2009
layla529 in Pennsylvania

More about Hoagies

I agree. I think Philly has 2 kind so hoagies these days~ gourmet hoagies and good ole fashion hoagie. The later being made with a regular (not too big and crusty)roll with good italian meat and cheese, whereas the gourmets have the designer crusty (hard to bite) rolls with good meats PLUS roasted peppers or an array of cooked or roasted sides. I think when referring to the original, we should stick to lettuce, tomato,(onions?) made w/ meats and cheeses on a regular (not too crusty) fresh italian roll. No???

Jul 31, 2009
layla529 in Pennsylvania

The Basics: How to Make Garlicky Spaghetti

I thank my Italian ancestors for the basic idea of "Aglio e olio". But to me its as useful as the cavemans way of barbecuing....cook the meat on a spit and eat it plain.....no spice rub, herbs or marination. I like the way most Americans make "Aglio e olio"...... add the herbs, oil and yep.....lots of cheese atop! Its sooo much tastier...But thanks for the origination....we just elaborated!

Jun 08, 2009
layla529 in Features

pizza in philly

This place has crunchy thin crust.....Best eaten there....Skip the rest of the menu...I think happy hour on Fridays 3-6PM- they have 1/2 price apps....We usually get a nice antipasta (enough for 2-3) and A large tomatoe pie. Its really yummy!

http://tonysplaceivyland.com/

Jun 08, 2009
layla529 in Pennsylvania

Glenside, PA [moved from PA board]

Nicky Fischers, another Glenside foodery is now closed too.

Mar 21, 2009
layla529 in Philadelphia

Lunch in NE Philadelphia

Theres a new place less than a mile north on the Roosevelt Blvd- same side as Nazareth Hosp -called Miller's Philly Ale House. Its right before you hit Grant Ave. My hubby ate there and said the food was great...sandwiches, platters. Reasonably priced.

Jan 27, 2009
layla529 in Pennsylvania

Christine's in Huntingdon Valley

It is located on Byberry road going west -past Huntingdon Pike, in the middle of a new big house development on the right.

I ate there this past week and wouldnt say it was bad, but I was underwhelmed. Honestly, I get better food, appetizers and salads (for a lot less) at Adriana on Bustleton Avenue and Byberry Rd.

I had shrimp scampi, 6 ex-lrge shrimp with pasta,-dry, dry dry, and not much flavor.

Hubby had veal marsala - AGAIN wasnt bad, just not real good. We shared a salad - really enough for one person which was ordinary. And the herbed oil for dipping your NOT crusty italian bread is loaded with rosemary...enough that we were pulling out of our teeth.

Not the greatest. Very oridnary. Buona Via on Horham road is better too.

Jan 11, 2009
layla529 in Pennsylvania

BBQ in Philadelphia area

Had Sweet Lucys take out, It was too sweet for my liking. I am still partial to a little DARK place in NE Philly off of Bustelton and Tyson called Rib Rack. Nothing fancy, but they have succulent, fall off the bone ribs, greatest stuffing w/ gravy and great coleslaw, nice cornbread, slice of watermelon... The BBQ chicken is equally good. I heard the salmon is good there too. because it is small, it gets corwded fast. Good ole BBQ food- not memphis, not Texas, but with a lotta soul!

Nov 24, 2008
layla529 in Pennsylvania

Cedarbrook/Jenkintown/Glenside Restaurants?

"Vintage" on York Rd and Susquehanna in Jenk/Abington (right next to Abing Hosp). The food is much better than both KBar or Drake bar. Sandwiches are all less than than 10 bucks- come with chips or fries and coleslaw...The Prime rib sand is great, burgers great, and best of all their tuna or crabcake sandwiches...Really delicious platters and appetizers too. I love this place. It does however get loud and crowded after 6.

Nov 24, 2008
layla529 in Pennsylvania

City Kitchen in Southampton?

Has anyone eaten at this new pizzaria/BYO yet?? Saturday night past, I was too tired to go out with my daughter, so we ordered from this place -2 sandwiches; a burger and chick parm...they were both fantastic. The menu is mostly italian dishes, but we were just in a sandwich mood. When i went in to pick up, the aroma in that place was heavenly. I did catch a glimpse of a platter and it looked like the cook(s) knew what they were doing with presentation. It looks ppretty upscale and the prices are a little more than the usual suburban Italian "joint"...

Anybody eat there yet????? http://www.citykitchenpizzeria.com/em...

Oct 27, 2008
layla529 in Pennsylvania

Rizzo's in Glenside closed?

Rizzos, was one of the last pizza joints that offered a crispy crust, not that goopy kind thats all over. You could fold a slice and eat it easily. The sauce was nice and a little spicy. I think it was the best for the price.....if you are comparing a 20.00 gourmet pie with all veggies and disguises....... than thats just something completely different......Im talking a good ole fashion pizza pie! ....A large plain pie at Rizzos was about 9.50........I miss it already!!

Oct 23, 2008
layla529 in Pennsylvania

Finally... a review for Rylei!

Finally tried this place....I was not impressed at all. My Hubby and I chose the $35- 3 course meal. Starters, He had a very bland chocolate pasta with a smidgeon of short ribs for appetizer. I had a gnocchi in a mushroom ragout which was underwhelming as well.....Both were about 4 bites each. My entree, a wahoo in a miso sauce was DRY DRY DRY. I've cooked more juicer flounder than this! The sauce was mediocre at best...actually it was very sweet. My poor husband who is a Duck lover was told by our waiter that this was Rylei's signature dish. He was accustomed to duck which was nicely sliced and usually enhanced with a (fruit) rasperry or cherry sauce. Instead he was served a hunk....oops...a filet...of fat skin still attached piece of duck in no sauce (may have been marinated) Though it looked rare, it was DRY DRY DRY, not succulent as he is used to...It was a little sickening after a while he claimed... Neither of us finished our meals.... They were that undesirable. Last, came our desserts. He ordered a carrot cake, which was pretty darn good. Not the raisins nuts etc, kind but a ground carrot sweet and nicely textured witha dip of ice cream. I ordered a blue cheese mousse with poached apples. The blue cheese mousse looked more like Tzaiki (greek dip) or if you use your imagination it could be described worse.... the apples slices were really little and chewy...too carmelized, I guess. Perhaps we hit this place on a bad night (Saturday), but needless to say, we have had so many more enjoyable meals, Caramba, Julianos Bistro, Magnolia cafe, Hinge, in and around the Phila area...I cant imagine this place's popularity...but to each his own. It was one experience that w ecertainly dont want to try again. Sorry proprietors!

Sep 22, 2008
layla529 in Pennsylvania

Recs MontCo to East Stroudsberg?

Taking my HS child for visit to East Stousberg University next midweek in the late afternoon..Any suggestions where to stop for a bite to eat on the way home to Montgomery County (HValley area)?

Apr 16, 2008
layla529 in Pennsylvania

Magnolia Cafe in Horsham

Just the fact that they were aorund 5ish years and still running.... and not a chain, but only a husband and wife run business, says too me they are doing something right!

Jan 23, 2008
layla529 in Pennsylvania

Magnolia Cafe in Horsham

I have been there several times and never have been disappointed.. I enjoyed everything frm their appetizers, salads and entrees. I thought they offered a 28.00(?) prix fixe menu but I never tried. My favorite meal is their "veal scallopini" Succulent veal topped with grilled eggplant and cheese in a tasty tomato sauce over a mushroom risotta.... During the week,seating is sometimes available w/o reservations...but call first It cant hurt!

Jan 22, 2008
layla529 in Pennsylvania

Dinner within 30 minutes from Ambler or Warminster

I cant plug this place enough....Magnolia Cafe....BYOB....Horsham Road in Horsham across frm Willow Grove Naval grounds..

Dec 30, 2007
layla529 in Pennsylvania

Glenside, PA [moved from PA board]

I mentioned it back in July... http://www.chowhound.com/topics/416075

I love it!!!

Dec 01, 2007
layla529 in Philadelphia