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Society Hill Society

hmm... the restaurant was definitely full (saturday night) but i don't remember much about the service timing so i'd think it was pretty standard/nothing noteworthy

Jul 27, 2014
kasiav in Philadelphia

Serpico

the early bird menu is actually the regular portions of each dish, definitely not scaled down - this was also confirmed by our server

Jul 27, 2014
kasiav in Philadelphia
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Where's great in Philadelphia

do they? personally i think modern/high end israeli is not something most cities have.. and even then, do they do it notably well? probably not.

the op is visiting a number of other cities that also do american comfort food well, and i would think it makes sense to mix it up with a few options certainly unique to our city that i would also rate as top tier.

Jul 16, 2014
kasiav in Philadelphia

Where's great in Philadelphia

also should add Kanella for brunch/lunch and if you enjoy cocktails, hop sing laundromat

Jul 15, 2014
kasiav in Philadelphia

Where's great in Philadelphia

Definitely agree on Zahav and Capogiro, and would 100% recommend skipping City Tavern (extremely forgettable colonial food) or even the Italian spots mentioned.

I think Philly has some interesting modern one off restaurants that you cannot find elsewhere, particularly in the other cities you are visiting. Philly cheesesteak is definitely iconic and good to eat once, but it's definitely gut busting casual eating.

Jul 15, 2014
kasiav in Philadelphia

Society Hill Society

Finally got around to checking out Society Hill Society on Headhouse Square - had a really nice meal. Originally I was a little skeptical (could the name be more lame?) but our two cocktails were interesting and perfectly balanced, the complementary pretzel bread was delicious, and the meal satisfying. Nice to have a place like this so close, they seem to be doing really well.

We had:

jin jawn - gin, tincture of herbs (tarragon, chive, and maybe parsley?), lemon, cane sugar. this drink was sweet with a touch of savory from the herbs, nothing too overpowering, really refreshing

Mind killer - gin, lemon, amaro abano, spiced wine syrup, olive oil, egg white. This was cool - the egg white was whipped and was a foam topper to the drink rather than mixed in like a flip. It was also lightly blow torched and had a meringue/smore quality to it. I was worried the drink would taste too much like spiced wine, but it was far more nuanced

pierogies - truffle, onion jam, creme fraiche - tasty small appetizer of 4 tiny dumplings. Good but kind of pricey at $9.

boneless pork rib sandwich - saurkraut, pickle, mustard - this was a very mustard heavy which kind of turned me off. It was fine, but nothing special.

diver scallops with corn cakes - with fresh peas and baby carrots. This was a great seasonal dish, tasted great and was simple but not boring.

For 2 people the 2 bar dishes and one main was the right amount of food - definitely interested in going back.

Jul 15, 2014
kasiav in Philadelphia

Latest on Serpico

Serpico recently started offering an early bird price fixe that may be the best deal in the city right now: $40 for four (full sized) courses between 5 and 630pm Sun - Fri. The options are selections from the current menu, when we went it was 2 options for each course but now I think they have added in a third choice.

See below for the menu when we went, I heard that duck mousse and lamb ribs have been added, which I'd love to go back for. We had the head x 2 (sliced thin, prosciutto style) and then everything else offered. Every dish was excellent and had it's own unique flavors.

Jul 05, 2014
kasiav in Philadelphia

Decent lobster roll, off season, Hyannis area - does this exist?

I actually thought their roll was decent - it did not have the shredded meat you describe. for the off season, I would recommend the roll, but would not recommend much else on the menu (which seemed middling)

Mar 31, 2014
kasiav in Southern New England

Decent lobster roll, off season, Hyannis area - does this exist?

thanks will have to try - their clams look really great. on tuesday by default i ended up at Brax Landing (Harwich). I would not recommend their regular menu but the lobster roll was more than decent. $20.99, lots of lobster, chunks and claws rather than shredded salad, and very lightly dressed in mayo. needed the squeeze of lemon but i was very happy with it. biggest downside was the shredded lettuce in the sandwich - get that filler out!

had a cup of the chowder which had a LOT of clam in it but tasted canned. would not recommend.

Mar 27, 2014
kasiav in Southern New England

Decent lobster roll, off season, Hyannis area - does this exist?

Splitting time between Hyannis and Harwich for the week and looking for a decent lobster roll (no Canadian meat), CT style (butter) would be a plus but not a requirement. Looked though a number of threads and found a short list of 5 or so great spots in the area but all are still closed for the season. Please help me get my roll fix, hounds!

Mar 25, 2014
kasiav in Southern New England

Hong Kong Mid Range dim sum - most variety of dumplings?

bbq meat + noodles are definitely on the list as well but the dumplings are what i needed the most help with. unfortunately there's only so much i can eat in a 22 hour period!

Feb 18, 2014
kasiav in China & Southeast Asia

Hong Kong Mid Range dim sum - most variety of dumplings?

thanks both. I will only have 22 hours in the city but am hoping to maximize it!

Feb 17, 2014
kasiav in China & Southeast Asia

Hong Kong Mid Range dim sum - most variety of dumplings?

Combing through the chowhound dim sum recs but having a hard time figuring out which mid range dim sum restaurant has the most interesting variety of dumplings? beyond the standard har gow and pork buns i'm looking for varieties including

- taro dumplings (savory)
- shrimp, peanut and pork
- chive dumplings
- pea shoot dumplings
- purple yam (sweet)
- black sesame seed dumplings

openrice photos make Golden Leaf at the conrad hilton seem like they have a decent variety. can anyone speak from their experience or make additional recommendations?

Feb 16, 2014
kasiav in China & Southeast Asia

Umami by Travail

tickets available for the week of Oct 9 - just snagged 4 for Wednesday randomly googling info about the pop up

Oct 01, 2013
kasiav in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Serpico

had dinner this evening - it was booked up on OT but had no problem walking in. they have a long bar around the open kitchen with a lot of availability

menu has a surprising amount of items i recognized from the momofuku cookbook (Fluke with Buttermilk, Soy & Poppy Seeds just done with scallops instead, Shaved Foie Gras, Lychee & Pine Nut Brittle has elderflower gelee instead of lychee etc). not complaining, i think its a great way to experience momofuku without the drive or line but i do think this is a little sketchy since david chang is not affiliated (from what i can tell) but a momofuku alum is. i know you cant really patent a dish but this menu goes beyond heavily borrowing...

anyway, we had

scallop crudo with buttermilk, poppy seeds, shoyu. i've made the cookbook version, loved it then, loved it now. very summary, great flavor for a light dish

market ceviche razor clams, oysters, pineapple, seaweed and fennel (this tasted very 'green.' refreshing but not sure i'd order again)

hand torn pasta with chicken sausage, snails, crispy chicken skin, pecorino (this was weird and tasty, pasta was perfect)

caper brined trout pan seared nice and crispy with smoked potato salad (no mayo), peperoncini, blue crab (didnt see this in the dish), trout roe, chive oil. no capers, basically fish on a bed of tiny cubes of very flavorful potatoes. i wouldnt say 'smoked' was the flavor but it was pretty delicious.

Jun 23, 2013
kasiav in Philadelphia

St Paul's best

also forgot to add WA Frost

Apr 22, 2013
kasiav in Minneapolis-St. Paul

St Paul's best

After 5 years, I'm back out in the MSP area for about a year and have had great luck with my old favorites as well as some really excellent new restaurants in Minneapolis. However, it's been difficult to find a post devoted solely to St Paul's best. From some of the bets of the TCs threads it seems we have:

The Happy Gnome
Meritage
Heartland
On's Thai Kitchen

MSP please help! I seriously need to diversify - any price point and any cuisine, as long as its GOOD.

Thanks!

Apr 22, 2013
kasiav in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Black sesame paste, where can you buy it?

definitely at any of the asian supermarkets on washington, i have a jar i picked up myself a few years back

Mar 24, 2013
kasiav in Philadelphia

Mildred??

went for an anniversary dinner a few weeks ago and i could not have loved it more. upscale but homey neighborhood spot style food - they really seem to be aware of location and priced meals accordingly.

most of the menu is fired in a wood oven and the food is super comforting. the servers and host were awesome and really charming without being annoying, brought us 2 glasses of comp champagne right away and left a really sweet handwritten note with the check thanking us for celebrating with them.

we split 3 apps and 1 main which was almost too much food:

chestnut soup with glazed sweetbreads & fried chestnuts - the soup was simple and tasty but the star was the most tender sweetbreads. there were 3 which definitely blurred the line between garnish and actual food component. wish i could just get a whole plate of them. awesome.

hand-spun chitarra with braised cockles, bacon & beer - this was good but not as good as the other dishes. pasta tasted of the ocean rather than the tasty bacon flavor in the cockles

braised oxtail with barley and parsnip risotto - i want to eat this all winter. so warm and comforting.

slow braised rib of beef with broiled parmesan macaroni & caramelized romanesco - i have never had beef so deliciously melty. my bf said he wished the mac was more cheesy, but it was all baked off in a staub iron casserole so i think it was just a product of how it was cooked. loved this.

my one complaint (which I dont even care much about) is the walls seemed really stark. the spot is lit nicely and has homey exposed beams so the bare walls stuck out and looked like they needed some art on them

we had a lovely meal and it is definitely on my short list to return

Jan 03, 2013
kasiav in Philadelphia

Real Ranch Dressing

i also second making it yourself - it is really easy and tastes worlds better. here is the recipe i use:

3/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream or greek yogurt (full fat greek = much creamier dressing than 2%)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon chopped fresh chives/scallion (optional)
1 teaspoon dill
1 teaspoon parsley (optional)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 tsp cider vinegar

Jan 03, 2013
kasiav in Philadelphia

Monkfish Liver

usually ankimo tends to be offered in the colder winter months. i'm topping this thread because ankimo showed up (unexpectedly!) in the sensei's appetizer plate at, of all places, yakitori boy. $7.50 if you want just a portion of the monkfish liver itself.

Jan 03, 2013
kasiav in Philadelphia

cake supplies and wrapping stuff?

seconded, they have a pretty large selection of what you are looking for in the back

Dec 12, 2012
kasiav in Philadelphia

Hot fudge sundae

+2 for franklin fountain

Oct 29, 2012
kasiav in Philadelphia

Will on East Passyunk-any tips?

would you choose Will over Fond? I'm debating where to go and am torn. Will's current menu looks more interesting to me (possibly because it just sounds more creative), but I haven't been back to Fond in a while and have been meaning to go.

Sep 19, 2012
kasiav in Philadelphia

Lacroix Update

we didn't ask for any though i'm sure they would have been happy to provide. the server did mention that they had to bring in a new wine specifically to pair with the pork pate appetizer (he mentioned what it was but unfortunately it escapes me). honestly i can't even remember if the tasting menu quoted a price for wine pairings or if you'd just be ordering by the glass.

Aug 13, 2012
kasiav in Philadelphia

Lacroix Update

addendum to the original update: while the menu you are presented with is set menu for $75, there is a note on the bottom that says to inquire with your sever about a la carte pricing. there is no separate menu but any item on the tasting can be purchased separately - our server was kind enough to write down next to each item what the pricing would be. apparently due to the hospitality group, the chef has never had full control over the menu until now, which is why they have decided to shift to (mostly) a prix fixe. the 4 course tasting is set up with a normal sized appetizer, then two 6 oz portions for the seafood and meat courses. even though we mentioned that we would prefer the a la carte, the prix fixe was being pushed, VERY HARD which was a real turnoff, but once we did actually order, service was great.

we split the foie torchon appetizer with pickled figs, crispy chantrelles and a white chocolate heart of palm ice cream ($22 or $5 suppliment on the tasting). the amuse of three small bites, a sturgeon pastrami piece, a hearts of palm vichyssoise w/roe, and a bacon madeline with horseradish cream were good but if i could i would have ordered an entire bowl of the vichyssoise - excellent flavors.

for mains, the server recommended the pork dish which originally wasn't on our radar but ended up the favorite. pork prepared a few ways: breaded rillette with bing cherries, airy chicharrones, crispy skinned loin, and a bone in fried pork belly with corn foam. the lamb saddle dish had great flavor and was served over long beans and a grain salad with champagne grapes. both dishes had been scaled up to a very generous main course portion ($42 a la carte) but the lamb dish looked more like a scaled up version rather than a true composed plate. no real complaints because both were excellent and arguably even larger than a la carte dishes of the past.

the usual mignardises and biscotti completed the meal, we left feeling pleasantly full and very satisfied with the $100 check.

Aug 13, 2012
kasiav in Philadelphia

Lacroix Update

That was kind of how i felt about their prix fixe, I would much much rather order a la carte and get fully formed dishes. Definitely feel the tasting menu dishes were half baked, though I haven't ordered this in about a year. Will be hitting it up within the next week as I have a Gift Card expiring soon so we'll see how it goes...

Aug 10, 2012
kasiav in Philadelphia

Very nice early dinner at bar Ferdinand

Ate here last night and really appreciated that not everyone at the table was obligated to order the tasting menu (jamon). My partner and I were able to order 1 tasting menu as well as a few other classics. Having the side by side, it was very clear that Ansill's tasting dishes were more elevated, thoughtful and light in comparison to the more rustic and a little clunky menu options. We really enjoyed the jamon menu - the only miss was the frisee salad which was overwhelmed by the balsamic dressing. The dessert ended up being a bright lemon curd and butter cookie which was a nice finish to the meal. The only other item we truly didn't enjoy was our server's recommendation of the monkfish and pork belly skewer (menu item). The pork belly was not seasoned at all and just tasted like bland fat (I didn't finish mine) and the monkfish seemed undersalted as well, which the roasted lemon couldn't really fix.

Our service, on the other hand, was pretty bad. The restaurant was populated but wasn't super busy, so I'm not really sure why we were so neglected by our server. As courses were delivered to the table, they were simply dropped off, little to no explanation of the dish or ingredients, unlike the server working the table next to us. We actually were missing one of the tasting courses entirely and had to flag our server down to ask about it. Took forever to have anyone other than a busboy come to check on us so we didn't get to order a drink until 3/4 of the way through the meal. All in all, if one of the Thursday tasting menus grabs your eye, go for it. $40 is a great deal for the quality of the food and a great way to taste some of Ansill's influence but still get some of your old favorites.

Aug 10, 2012
kasiav in Philadelphia

Bar Ferdinand on Rue La La

i purchased one of these when they ran this deal a few months ago for bar ferdinand - haven't used it yet so i guess you could say i'm sort of in on the deal. esp with ansill in the kitchen i think its a pretty solid deal. like barryg, i've bought the lacroix gift cards and they're still going strong so i dont think BF being on Rue La La is a red flag at all.

Aug 08, 2012
kasiav in Philadelphia

Lacroix Update

ugh. this is obnoxious. i was a big fan of lacroix and would dine there ~ 4 times/year but vastly preferred ordering a la carte to the prix fixe menu which i felt over performed and under delivered on many of the dishes.

Aug 01, 2012
kasiav in Philadelphia