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The Memphis Tap brisket sandwich is insanely good. I had it on Sunday... holy moly. Better than the pork sandwich.

Also, check out the Chicken Guy just north of 2nd and Poplar. Best jerk chicken ever.

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I just posted a three paragraph opinion that disappeared.

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dan

codergrrl wrote:
I just posted a three paragraph opinion that disappeared.

Chances are you hit "Preview" rather than "Save".

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Could you change the button text to say Post instead of Save? It throws me off thinking that Save will save a draft of the message instead of posting it.

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Well, here's the synopsis.
Went to the Hinge. My companion had the scallops, which were nicely seared, a nice size, and just about perfect. The duck too, was excellent. The maple and sherry flavor was not too sweet or overpowering. The breast was cooked fine.
I have a problem with the sides. Risotta was just rice. I got a thing about risotto, and I watch enough food porn to know exactly what it should be like. Creamy, not just a pile of rice. Tasty rice, but plain old rice. (Ever see the movie "The Big Night" with Stanley Tucci and Tony Shaloub...it revolves around making risotto, great film.) Parsnip potatoes were iffy. I never had a parsnip, they sound like something my grandmom would make if she ran out of rutabagas. But they must be very mild, because I couldn't taste them. My mashed potatoes stand on the plate like clay after five minutes, I don't expect theirs to.
And the next time someone throws some wilted baby spinach on my plate, and calls it a vegtable of the day, I'm gonna freak. Its wilted spinach! Its sooo cheap. You can't throw a couple of asparagus spears on there instead? For a $22 plate?
The dessert was probably delicious. By then, I had some early signs of alcohol poisoning, so it went into a styro box and home. It didn't last in my fridge longer than 5mins, so I will assume it was good.
I really like the Hinge...the staff is nice, the food is generally very good, and its comfortable. I will be back again, many times I'm sure. But I'm just wondering if the bloom is off the rose.

"Je Suis Prest"

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Has anyone tried East Girard Gastropub, the new incarnation from Fathom's chef? I enjoyed Rob's cooking at Latest Dish, but don't eat seafood, so I'm excited to hear they're expanding beyond that. Until the website's updated, can anyone give a (p)review of the new menu?

My contribution toward recreating the original thread: Thang Long & its across-the-Ave competition under the El on Kensington near Sergeant for large portions of DIY pho for around $7.

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It always looks closed. They should keep the TV over the bar on all the time, so people at least know they're open .

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Neilpuck's picture

You had me at scallops, and at risotto, and also at duck. I love Hinge but will admit I've only ever been there for brunch. I will definitely have to get my butt over there for dinner some night. Thanks for the mouth watering report!

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a friend ate at east girard, he said the prices were fair and he liked the food. can't remember what he had, but i think a drink and a dinner for two came in under $30.

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Because of this thread, I stopped in at EGG (east girard gastropub) for a decent dinner. It's early yet for them, the manager explained. Apparently their deal made when the chef bought it, he could either close for a month or be open but not have a sign up for a month. They chose the latter. They plan on a grand opening on Jan 5th I think. I invited the manager to check out and join the forum.
Food was good. Prices decent. Beer selection good. Im just glad to have this relatively smaller and quieter dining option still. Sometimes you just want to not have to yell while eating. Even Memphis Taproom gets pretty loud. So Yay.

"vinegar of lil richard ninja" , yo

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bikegirl wrote:
My contribution toward recreating the original thread: Thang Long & its across-the-Ave competition under the El on Kensington near Sergeant for large portions of DIY pho for around $7.

Have you eaten at the place across the street - Pho Thanh Thanh I think? Any reviews?
I like Thang Long as a local, cheap option, but I dont think their broth is exceptional. I really want to get down to Choo Choos (http://www.yelp.com/biz/pho-xe-lua-viet-thai-philadelphia)

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jbette01 wrote:
bikegirl wrote:
My contribution toward recreating the original thread: Thang Long & its across-the-Ave competition under the El on Kensington near Sergeant for large portions of DIY pho for around $7.

Have you eaten at the place across the street - Pho Thanh Thanh I think? Any reviews?
I like Thang Long as a local, cheap option, but I dont think their broth is exceptional. I really want to get down to Choo Choos (http://www.yelp.com/biz/pho-xe-lua-viet-thai-philadelphia)

i like their broth a lot!

nothin' bring you down like your hometown.

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bozoloper wrote:
jbette01 wrote:
bikegirl wrote:
My contribution toward recreating the original thread: Thang Long & its across-the-Ave competition under the El on Kensington near Sergeant for large portions of DIY pho for around $7.

Have you eaten at the place across the street - Pho Thanh Thanh I think? Any reviews?
I like Thang Long as a local, cheap option, but I dont think their broth is exceptional. I really want to get down to Choo Choos (http://www.yelp.com/biz/pho-xe-lua-viet-thai-philadelphia)

i like their broth a lot!

we go to thang long at least once a week. it's no pho 75, but i think it's really good, once you doctor it up with some of the black pepper flakes and mysterious brown sauce.

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sdm's picture

Federal Donuts to eat all the chicken today.

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sdm wrote:
Federal Donuts to eat all the chicken today.

had some of the garlic chili last night. it was interesting, i'm not sure i was a fan of the sauce. it made the fried batter mushy.

nothin' bring you down like your hometown.

meredith's picture

sdm wrote:
Federal Donuts to eat all the chicken today.

a friend works there and brought us some of the garlic-chile-glazed chicken last night after her shift was over. the glaze was okay, but not something i would go back for. the chicken itself was good, though. next time, i'll try the plain. also, their donuts are pretty amazing. if you go and a girl named blake is working, say you're our friend and she might give you a free donut or something.

“Try to learn to let what is unfair teach you.” – David Foster Wallace

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meredith wrote:
sdm wrote:
Federal Donuts to eat all the chicken today.

a friend works there and brought us some of the garlic-chile-glazed chicken last night after her shift was over. the glaze was okay, but not something i would go back for. the chicken itself was good, though. next time, i'll try the plain. also, their donuts are pretty amazing. if you go and a girl named blake is working, say you're our friend and she might give you a free donut or something.

Yeah, I have no interest in the galze, going for the Harissa.

From welfare to Mayfair.

dan

jbette01 wrote:
Have you eaten at the place across the street - Pho Thanh Thanh I think? Any reviews?

It's Pho Ga Thanh Thanh.
They make absolutely heavenly, exceptionally good Pho Ga (chicken pho).
Just don't expect basic restaurant niceties like a menu or a waiter who speaks English.
(The older generation doesn't, but the younger does.)

"I like my way of doing it better than your way of not doing it." - D.L. Moody

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sdm wrote:
meredith wrote:
sdm wrote:
Federal Donuts to eat all the chicken today.

a friend works there and brought us some of the garlic-chile-glazed chicken last night after her shift was over. the glaze was okay, but not something i would go back for. the chicken itself was good, though. next time, i'll try the plain. also, their donuts are pretty amazing. if you go and a girl named blake is working, say you're our friend and she might give you a free donut or something.

Yeah, I have no interest in the galze, going for the Harissa.

Holy moly. Had the appollonia spice donut, best ive ever had. I can't even begin to process my thoughts on this chicken into word form.

From welfare to Mayfair.

th's picture

dan wrote:
jbette01 wrote:
Have you eaten at the place across the street - Pho Thanh Thanh I think? Any reviews?

It's Pho Ga Thanh Thanh.
They make absolutely heavenly, exceptionally good Pho Ga (chicken pho).
Just don't expect basic restaurant niceties like a menu or a waiter who speaks English.
(The older generation doesn't, but the younger does.)

We discussed going there several times, but it's always super crowded - Sundays there's a line out the door.

And the thing is, I'm not sure I would know the difference between really good Pho Ga (Thang Long) and "exceptionally good Pho Ga". Plus the guy that takes your order at Thang Long is very friendly.

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meredith's picture

th wrote:
dan wrote:
jbette01 wrote:
Have you eaten at the place across the street - Pho Thanh Thanh I think? Any reviews?

It's Pho Ga Thanh Thanh.
They make absolutely heavenly, exceptionally good Pho Ga (chicken pho).
Just don't expect basic restaurant niceties like a menu or a waiter who speaks English.
(The older generation doesn't, but the younger does.)

We discussed going there several times, but it's always super crowded - Sundays there's a line out the door.

And the thing is, I'm not sure I would know the difference between really good Pho Ga (Thang Long) and "exceptionally good Pho Ga". Plus the guy that takes your order at Thang Long is very friendly.

love that guy!

“Try to learn to let what is unfair teach you.” – David Foster Wallace

th's picture

meredith wrote:
th wrote:
dan wrote:
jbette01 wrote:
Have you eaten at the place across the street - Pho Thanh Thanh I think? Any reviews?

It's Pho Ga Thanh Thanh.
They make absolutely heavenly, exceptionally good Pho Ga (chicken pho).
Just don't expect basic restaurant niceties like a menu or a waiter who speaks English.
(The older generation doesn't, but the younger does.)

We discussed going there several times, but it's always super crowded - Sundays there's a line out the door.

And the thing is, I'm not sure I would know the difference between really good Pho Ga (Thang Long) and "exceptionally good Pho Ga". Plus the guy that takes your order at Thang Long is very friendly.

love that guy!

Yea, it always cracks me up when he assumes the white people want "no bone" in their soup. And, of course he's right. I tried it the "right" way the first few times, but dang, chicken on the bone is hard to eat in soup.

You wanna dance? LET'S DANCE!

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th wrote:
meredith wrote:
th wrote:
dan wrote:
jbette01 wrote:
Have you eaten at the place across the street - Pho Thanh Thanh I think? Any reviews?

It's Pho Ga Thanh Thanh.
They make absolutely heavenly, exceptionally good Pho Ga (chicken pho).
Just don't expect basic restaurant niceties like a menu or a waiter who speaks English.
(The older generation doesn't, but the younger does.)

We discussed going there several times, but it's always super crowded - Sundays there's a line out the door.

And the thing is, I'm not sure I would know the difference between really good Pho Ga (Thang Long) and "exceptionally good Pho Ga". Plus the guy that takes your order at Thang Long is very friendly.

love that guy!

Yea, it always cracks me up when he assumes the white people want "no bone" in their soup. And, of course he's right. I tried it the "right" way the first few times, but dang, chicken on the bone is hard to eat in soup.

one time he convinced me to get the duck soup, and i wasn't aware that it would be mostly bones and fat. after some deliberation between that and the regular dumpling soup, i went with his suggestion... and i hated it. but at least he can't say i didn't try it.

“Try to learn to let what is unfair teach you.” – David Foster Wallace

Leo's picture

Most important Pho question - tripe available?

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bozoloper's picture

Leo wrote:
Most important Pho question - tripe available?

thang long has tripe, never tried it though.

nothin' bring you down like your hometown.

dan

th wrote:
I'm not sure I would know the difference between really good Pho Ga (Thang Long) and "exceptionally good Pho Ga".

You would after you tasted the pho ga @ Pho Go Thanh Thanh.
That said, you're right that the waiter at Thang Long rocks.

"I like my way of doing it better than your way of not doing it." - D.L. Moody

dan

Leo wrote:
Most important Pho question - tripe available?

So, Mr Bigshot, the tripe on Fishtown.US isn't good enough for you anymore?

"I like my way of doing it better than your way of not doing it." - D.L. Moody

bozoloper's picture

don't you order the broth and then get a steamed chicken there?

nothin' bring you down like your hometown.

sdm's picture

dan wrote:
Leo wrote:
Most important Pho question - tripe available?

So, Mr Bigshot, the tripe on Fishtown.US isn't good enough for you anymore?

I prefer my tripe in red sauce with a nice chunk of bread.

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sdm wrote:
dan wrote:
Leo wrote:
Most important Pho question - tripe available?

So, Mr Bigshot, the tripe on Fishtown.US isn't good enough for you anymore?

I prefer my tripe in red sauce with a nice chunk of bread.

Also delicious.

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The Fishtown Lawyers
Criminal Defense • Civil Trials
www.FishtownLaw.com
215.385.5291

codergrrl's picture

Bangers and Mash...Lobster Mac & Cheese, Hanger Steak...AND ASPARAGUS!!!!!
http://www.citypaper.net/blogs/mealticket/NOW-OPEN-East-Girard-Gastropub.html

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codergrrl wrote:
Bangers and Mash...Lobster Mac & Cheese, Hanger Steak...AND ASPARAGUS!!!!!
http://www.citypaper.net/blogs/mealticket/NOW-OPEN-East-Girard-Gastropub.html

The husband and I went last weekend. I had the hanger steak and he had the lobster mac and cheese. Both were really good -- the steak was especially yummy (I love it when it's on the rare side of medium rare). Prices were reasonable. We'll definitely be back.

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I was glad to see they switched out some of the seating when I walked by last week. I liked Fathom's food but the set-up was atrocious. Terrible name aside, I will have to check them out soon.

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Que Chula es Puebla

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ronchito wrote:
I was glad to see they switched out some of the seating when I walked by last week. I liked Fathom's food but the set-up was atrocious. Terrible name aside, I will have to check them out soon.

agreed on the name, but their business card has the letters for east girard gasropub, EGG , outlined with a number of circles in an egg shape and I suspect they're going with the shortened name to take off like Pub on Passyunk East : POPE

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sdm wrote:
Que Chula es Puebla

i remember going here for the first time a few years ago, right after they opened, before they even had a sign. the food was excellent then and the quality has not changed. i still go back here every now and then and am always pleased with the service and my food.

we went to EGG last night and i got the EGG burger, which was cooked exactly to my liking (medium-rare), as was the sunny egg on top. the fries were delicious, too. my friend got the deviled eggs, cauliflower, and arugula salad, all of which looked great. bozo got the ricotta pierogies, which were delicious, but they could have put five on the plate instead of four for the price (i think it was $9). my other friend got the cioppino, which she loved. the waiter (i don't recall his name) was super friendly and helpful. he even whipped me up a homemade honey-mustard upon request because they didn't have any in the back. even that was delicious. we will definitely be back.

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We order que chula for delivery at least once a week. cheap, fast, very nice delivery guy and I can't get enough of their enchiladas verde.

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meredith wrote:
sdm wrote:
Que Chula es Puebla

i remember going here for the first time a few years ago, right after they opened, before they even had a sign. the food was excellent then and the quality has not changed. i still go back here every now and then and am always pleased with the service and my food.

It's become my go-to Mex spot. The Chili Relleno is really good. Their shredded chicken is well seasoned and not dry or bland. The sauce they put on the Chili Relleno is light and delicious. Last time I ordered it they brought us fresh corn tortillas.

It's also $12 so I usually get the enchilada verde - it's a huge portion with rice and really runny re-fried beans (sooo good). The green sauce is really good too. Just a little bit spicy.

Also - BYOB.

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Don't forget PezLoco does take out.
Stopped by last night for pick up. There were a surprising amount of seats available.
I would post the new website, but I can't manage to copy the password required.

"Je Suis Prest"

meredith's picture

stein wrote:
We order que chula for delivery at least once a week. cheap, fast, very nice delivery guy and I can't get enough of their enchiladas verde.

i only got delivery from there once, and i got the chilaquiles. i wasn't that impressed with them, because they were kind of soggy after making the trek to my house, but i consider that my fault, since that was just a stupid thing to order for delivery.

the last time i went there, i got a chimichanga, and it was AMAZING.

“Try to learn to let what is unfair teach you.” – David Foster Wallace

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meredith wrote:
stein wrote:
We order que chula for delivery at least once a week. cheap, fast, very nice delivery guy and I can't get enough of their enchiladas verde.

i only got delivery from there once, and i got the chilaquiles. i wasn't that impressed with them, because they were kind of soggy after making the trek to my house, but i consider that my fault, since that was just a stupid thing to order for delivery.

the last time i went there, i got a chimichanga, and it was AMAZING.

That's what I'm getting next time I go.

From welfare to Mayfair.

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Wrong thread.

"Je Suis Prest"

JedicusMaximus's picture

There is a 10% coupon for EGG on their website now, good through January 15th.

http://www.eastgirardpub.com/specials-2/

10011101

sdm's picture

Does anyone know if the Santucci's on Aramingo delivers? I could just walk upstairs and get my phone and call them, but I'm not going to do that.

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codergrrl's picture

Okay...two things.
One is E.G.G...which I heard is redoing the inside for more seating, and having a (re)grand opening on Thurs the 12th...any info on this?
Second...Reviews from anyone who went to Pickled Heron over the holidays. I thought a few people said they were going for New Years eve...well? How was it?

"Je Suis Prest"

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codergrrl wrote:
Okay...two things.
One is E.G.G...which I heard is redoing the inside for more seating, and having a (re)grand opening on Thurs the 12th...any info on this?
Second...Reviews from anyone who went to Pickled Heron over the holidays. I thought a few people said they were going for New Years eve...well? How was it?

We ate at EGG a few weeks ago. Very good -- definitely an improvement (both the menu and the decor). There are now more non-fish items to choose from (the ones we had were very tasty) and the table placement makes a lot more sense. I can't remember what their beer list is like, but I had a really nice glass of red wine. After living in CA for years, I'm really picky with wine and have a hard time finding good choices at restaurants in PA. This was a pleasant surprise.

Also ate a Pickled Heron for NYE. My chestnut ravioli was seriously amazing. The husband had veal; I didn't try it, but he said it was great. I loved my potato leek soup and also tried head cheese for the first time (and learned that it isn't actually a cheese). I really like that place and hope it does well.

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Oversized raviloi stuffed with ricotta and an egg yolk topped with brown butter and truffle oil from Modo. Sweet...mutha.

dan

Pho Ga and a shared (half) chicken at Pho Ga Thanh Thanh. Great lunch today! :)

"I like my way of doing it better than your way of not doing it." - D.L. Moody

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Newcomer wrote:
Oversized raviloi stuffed with ricotta and an egg yolk topped with brown butter and truffle oil from Modo. Sweet...mutha.

That sounds amazing. I still have not been there.

Ugh.

meredith's picture

i just recently discovered the deliciousness of a slack's hoagie on a seeded roll. i had previously only tried their cheesesteak, which is good, but the hoagie is a slice of heaven. oh, and their onion rings are amazing. yum.

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meredith wrote:
i just recently discovered the deliciousness of a slack's hoagie on a seeded roll.

They have the best cheese fries. I was gonna post it before, but thought it was probably too pedestrian for the foodies on here...but oh my god they are good. The fries are good in the first place, but they send you a little cuppy of some kind of white cheeze whiz stuff to dip them in...I'd rather get an order of them than anything else. Although I do like their cheese steaks, and my daughter loves thier grilled veggie hoagies. They toast it like a gizmo.

"Je Suis Prest"

meredith's picture

codergrrl wrote:
meredith wrote:
i just recently discovered the deliciousness of a slack's hoagie on a seeded roll.

They have the best cheese fries. I was gonna post it before, but thought it was probably too pedestrian for the foodies on here...but oh my god they are good. The fries are good in the first place, but they send you a little cuppy of some kind of white cheeze whiz stuff to dip them in...I'd rather get an order of them than anything else. Although I do like their cheese steaks, and my daughter loves thier grilled veggie hoagies. They toast it like a gizmo.

oooh, i didn't know they had grilled veggie hoagies. i'll have to try that next time.

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I just posted this in the Pickled Heron thread, but was interested to hear if anyone here tried the restaurant and, specifically, had an opinion on the desserts? (We're going for my wife's birthday this weekend.) Thanks in advance for the thoughts!

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Going to E.G.G. tonight - hopefully will be a success.

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Duke of Dauphin wrote:
I just posted this in the Pickled Heron thread, but was interested to hear if anyone here tried the restaurant and, specifically, had an opinion on the desserts? (We're going for my wife's birthday this weekend.) Thanks in advance for the thoughts!

Wife and I went on a whim. We wanted to go to EGG pub, but the inside of the bar smelled like a wet sponge - not remotely appetizing.

Dinner at the Picked Heron was quite good. The decor is not what I would have expected. The food and service were excellent. Wife and I drank a nice Moselbluemchen Riesling that we brought with us.

Apps - we had pickled veggies and the charcutrie plate. Both excellent, though we received fewer picked veggies than I expected.

Main - She had the beef and thought it grand. I had the lamb, done very rare - delicious!

Dessert - Lemon upsidedown cake. Very rich, one piece is enough to split.

Definately worth the price to eat there (though I expect it will be maybe an annual occasion at most for us for that reason).

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Went to EGG last week for the first time. Good service, MUCH better interior organization than Fathom, food was decent but not mind-blowing. My friend got the tacos -- he said they were good but you only get 2 which is a bit lean for the price. I got the oyster po'boy -- it was good although I don't really know why I got it since I rarely get fried things like that. My friend mentioned that something undefinable just seemed to be missing which I agree with but it was still solid.

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Supposed to go to E.G.G. this Friday. From the way the person who answered the phone talked, they were having some type of re-grand opening Thursday night. He said they were going to have more seating inside. I just wanted to know if they took reservations, but he said no. He said he would "do his best" but couldn't guarantee it. Thats okay with me, with all the choices in the hood nowdays. Probably gonna be at Murphs anyway, so we'll just see how it goes. But I am looking forward to it.

"Je Suis Prest"

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Had some east coast oysters and the hanger steak @ E.G.G. It was delicious.

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austen wrote:
Had some east coast oysters and the hanger steak @ E.G.G. It was delicious.

Yes, I was eyeing up the hanger steak, either that or the bangers and mash. Mmmm.

"Je Suis Prest"

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ronchito wrote:
My friend mentioned that something undefinable just seemed to be missing which I agree with but it was still solid.

I appreciate this and I won't go until someone raves about the place. We'll see what Coder says.

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Newcomer wrote:
ronchito wrote:
My friend mentioned that something undefinable just seemed to be missing which I agree with but it was still solid.

I appreciate this and I won't go until someone raves about the place. We'll see what Coder says.

I gotta start working this so I can figure out how to get comped dinners. HEAR THAT PICKLED HERON?

"Je Suis Prest"

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By the way, EGG...cash only?

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meredith's picture

codergrrl wrote:
By the way, EGG...cash only?

i'm fairly certain we paid with cards when we went.

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meredith wrote:
codergrrl wrote:
By the way, EGG...cash only?

i'm fairly certain we paid with cards when we went.

Yes, us too.

austen's picture

codergrrl wrote:
By the way, EGG...cash only?

My dinner companion paid for us with a card.

dan

austen wrote:
codergrrl wrote:
By the way, EGG...cash only?

My dinner companion paid for us with a card.

Dinner companion?
Does this warrant a new nosy-neighbors thread?

"I like my way of doing it better than your way of not doing it." - D.L. Moody

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dan wrote:
austen wrote:
codergrrl wrote:
By the way, EGG...cash only?

My dinner companion paid for us with a card.

Dinner companion?
Does this warrant a new nosy-neighbors thread?

A lady never tells.

dan

BTW, I know it's a bit of a drive, but we had some awesome moderately-priced Thai at Sugar Beets in Williamsburg (Brooklyn, not Virginia) last night. It's on Roebling near 3rd St.

Really good Pad Thai - very flavorful without being too heavy. The veggie duck was not quite as good as real duck, but much cheaper and healthier. My beef massaman curry was incredible - probably the best I've every had, and only $12. Only minor disappointments were that the restaurant was a bit cold. That didn't stop me from having some amazing green tea ice cream.

I hope to get back to this place again!

"I like my way of doing it better than your way of not doing it." - D.L. Moody

sdm's picture

I've got one of my weird desires to go to NoLibs. Have any new eating places opened up there recently, that are also open for lunch?

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ronchito's picture

Loco Pez gets two bells from LaBan: http://www.philly.com/philly/food/20120115_Loco_Pez.html

I really like their burritos, but I forgot you can get burritos at 7-11 so I probably won't order them anymore.

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ronchito wrote:
Loco Pez gets two bells from LaBan: http://www.philly.com/philly/food/20120115_Loco_Pez.html

I really like their burritos, but I forgot you can get burritos at 7-11 so I probably won't order them anymore.

ha. i have yet to go here, but i will also make sure not to order their burrito. or anything ending in "ito".

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Someone should face criminal charges for what Homeslice juat tried to pass off to me as pizza.

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sdm wrote:
Someone should face criminal charges for what Homeslice juat tried to pass off to me as pizza.

what kind of pizza?

nothin' bring you down like your hometown.

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bozoloper wrote:
sdm wrote:
Someone should face criminal charges for what Homeslice juat tried to pass off to me as pizza.

what kind of pizza?

The very bad kind. Should have.got a panzorotti.

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I've gotten slices at Homeslice that were awful and whole pies that were delicious. You can't get slices; they sit for too long.

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ronchito wrote:
Loco Pez gets two bells from LaBan: http://www.philly.com/philly/food/20120115_Loco_Pez.html

I really like their burritos, but I forgot you can get burritos at 7-11 so I probably won't order them anymore.

Man, they got a secret menu? Who knew? (Probably everybody except me!)

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codergrrl wrote:
ronchito wrote:
Loco Pez gets two bells from LaBan: http://www.philly.com/philly/food/20120115_Loco_Pez.html

I really like their burritos, but I forgot you can get burritos at 7-11 so I probably won't order them anymore.

Man, they got a secret menu? Who knew? (Probably everybody except me!)

You could probably get some sort of margarita-like soda at 7-11 too. Like that sangria soda I always get at Taqueria Veracruzana.

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Making my second attempt at E.G.G. this Thursday. Just gotta put the blinders on and stay away from Murph's until after dinner.

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Franco's has made the list of top 10 pizza places in the city on yelp. Although it also has Rustica so I don't know what to believe.

http://bit.ly/zmtEEw

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Gonna try to get to E.G.G. tonight. Gonna ask them right from the get go if they have a secret menu.
I'm telling ya, I'm gonna organize a protest...the Pez has not heard the last of me.

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sdm wrote:
Franco's has made the list of top 10 pizza places in the city on yelp. Although it also has Rustica so I don't know what to believe.

http://bit.ly/zmtEEw

francoluigis is on there, too. we used to go there when we lived in south philly. it's passable pizza, but it's nothing incredible.

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bozoloper wrote:
sdm wrote:
Franco's has made the list of top 10 pizza places in the city on yelp. Although it also has Rustica so I don't know what to believe.

http://bit.ly/zmtEEw

francoluigis is on there, too. we used to go there when we lived in south philly. it's passable pizza, but it's nothing incredible.

Like anything on yelp, it's never entirely accurate or trustworthy.

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dan

Darn, I miss DeLorenzo's.
And I screwed up and didn't even get there for one last pie before they closed.

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Yeah I really blew that one.

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dan

sdm wrote:
Yeah I really blew that one.

Meaning you didn't get there for a final pie also?
or something else?
(I'm not totally sure what you're referring to.)

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dan wrote:
sdm wrote:
Yeah I really blew that one.

Meaning you didn't get there for a final pie also?
or something else?
(I'm not totally sure what you're referring to.)

Not getting one last pie.

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codergrrl wrote:
I'm telling ya, I'm gonna organize a protest...the Pez has not heard the last of me.

Are you talking about the waffle fries nachos?

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Yes...yes I am. And anything else that's not on the menu...that you need the password to get.
I tried, I went when they first opened, I spent freely, I brought people with me....and what...no one bothers to clue me in about this. I gotta read about it in Craig LeBans column? Thats just not cricket!
(Of course, I really couldn't give a crap, cause I don't eat half that stuff, but I sure love having something to complain about...constantly. I'll move on shortly.)

"Je Suis Prest"

dan

sdm wrote:
Not getting one last pie.

Yeah, I was bummed too. At least the Robbinsville place is there. Although it's not the same, it's still pretty darn good. It gets an A+, but Chambersburg (Trenton) was an A+++.

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We tried out the Pickled Heron this past weekend. It was a fantastic meal -- service & food both excellent. I had the lamb and it was cooked perfectly medium-rare -- absolutely no complaints whatsoever. My gf had the sweet potato gnocchi and really enjoyed it. Our friends had the skate wing and scallops -- the scallops were described as probably the best they'd ever had. The only item I would suggest staying away from is the pickled winter vegetables. Had nothing to do with taste -- but @ $9, it just wasn't worth the price for the portion. However, the best part of the meal may have actually been the dessert -- and I typically don't care about dessert. It was some kind of chocolate mousse-like cake. Miles away from the usual too-sweet, quadruple chocolate, volcano eruption atrocities that a lot of places serve -- this was similar to my French grandmother's chocolate mousse but with a firmer texture. That + the french press coffee (Philly Fair Trade Roasters -- gotta find out where to get this stuff) was a ridiculously great way to end the meal. It was kind of surreal eating at a place like this in the hood but I really enjoyed it. As much as I'd recommend trying it out, I still refuse to believe it's open.

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Great news!
Rumor mill has it that El Cafeito will be reopening in about a month.
The owner didn't sell, so they're giving it another shot.

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codergrrl wrote:
Great news!
Rumor mill has it that El Cafeito will be reopening in about a month.
The owner didn't sell, so they're giving it another shot.

what and where is that?

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sdm's picture

Good. I haven't had a cubano in awhile.

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codergrrl's picture

It was a great little latin influence luncheon, breakfast type spot.
http://www.elcafeito.com/

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codergrrl wrote:
It was a great little latin influence luncheon, breakfast type spot.
http://www.elcafeito.com/

sounds awesome. i hope it survives.

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They had the best stuffed french toast with some kind of guava latin creamy cheese stuff....mmmm.
(and outside seating when its nice)

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Just got back from the Interstate Draft House...first time since they've changed up the menu. Lots of pizza opitions now. Pizza on a quesadilla thingy. The shrimp and goat cheese pizza got a thumbs up. I had the filet tips, and enjoyed them. I wanted to try the blackened string beans cause I have an abundance of string beans and was looking for a new idea, but they had just a little too much heat for me. I guess that blackening is still best with a protein. They still have the best sweet potatoe fries, and the burger that came to the table looked so good, I'd go back just for that. A nice coconut sorbet for dessert took the heat away. Others got the chocolate banana empanada, and the key lime pie, with no complaints. I like this place. Nothing spectacular, but consistently good.

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I just ate a cheesesteak from key pizza:

American cheese
Fried onions
Hot peppers
Pickles
Ketchup

One word: Wow.

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I like Key. I like getting a cheesesteak quesadilla. You don't have all that roll to eat, and because of the size, about half of it is left over, which is cool because you can reheat it, which cannot be said for a true cheesesteak.

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I'm going to bite my tongue on this whole Key cheesesteak thing and just move on. I took four people to Sketch last night for their first time and it was unanimous that there is no better burger in the city. That includes Village Whiskey with their $3 cheese and $4 bacon. Even the Sketch fries beat out VW's duck fat frites.

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I wholeheartedly loved my birthday burger at Sketch. And the dippy sauce for the fries.

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We had green chili cheese fries and then chipotle dipping sauce for the regular fries. The only qualm (and this was a first there for me) is that every burger was a bit overcooked.

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I need to go back to Sketch. I must have gone there on an off day.

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a.kitchen review:

I made our reservation through Opentable, we were seated right away at the 'kitchen bar' that faces the prep area. At first we thought we would have preferred a table, but ended up entranced with the silent symphony of prep work between the head and sous chefs.

Keeping with the small plates trend, the menu was divided into meat and vegetables. My venison was good, cooked perfectly; scallop ravioli was excellent & unique - done perfectly. Service was solid. You didnt notice it, as it should be.

Wine list was exceptional (8 pages?), but we found some good craft beer choices too (first Hill Farmstead I've had in the city). 4 plates, 2 desserts and 3 beers was $120 w/tip. In retrospect, we should have sprung for another small plate, I am a fat kid and we left a little hungry.

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i love sketch.

has anyone gotten brunch at interstate yet?

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jbette01 wrote:
a.kitchen review:

In retrospect, we should have sprung for another small plate, I am a fat kid and we left a little hungry.

l too loved a.kitchen. And left hungry after having beers, the lamb ragout and dessert.

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sdm wrote:
I'm going to bite my tongue on this whole Key cheesesteak thing and just move on. I took four people to Sketch last night for their first time and it was unanimous that there is no better burger in the city. That includes Village Whiskey with their $3 cheese and $4 bacon. Even the Sketch fries beat out VW's duck fat frites.

finally we are in complete agreement. Honestly I never understood the praise village whiskey got for their burgers. Both times Ive had it it was over cooked and definitely over priced. Sketch has never let me down... now Im jonesing for one.

"vinegar of lil richard ninja" , yo

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Newcomer wrote:
jbette01 wrote:
a.kitchen review:

In retrospect, we should have sprung for another small plate, I am a fat kid and we left a little hungry.

l too loved a.kitchen. And left hungry after having beers, the lamb ragout and dessert.

Yelp reviews got me worried or at least less eager to try this place. There were more than a few disappointments to think it was a fluke or some personal vendettas.

"vinegar of lil richard ninja" , yo

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If you want a good cheesesteak, in my opinion, Key and Slacks are pretty good. Johnny's Hots is also good.

Not gourmet, mind you. Just a classic Philly steak.

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sdm wrote:
I'm going to bite my tongue on this whole Key cheesesteak thing and just move on. I took four people to Sketch last night for their first time and it was unanimous that there is no better burger in the city. That includes Village Whiskey with their $3 cheese and $4 bacon. Even the Sketch fries beat out VW's duck fat frites.

Sketch is incredible.

It's a bummer, though, because last time I went there it was over an hour wait for a burger. I'd humbly suggest that their fries are the best in the city. When dipped in their sauces... Good lawdy lawdy...

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I love the chicken mcnuggets at mcdonalds with the creamy honey mustard sauce. To die for.

Cutter's picture

20 for 5, yum yum.

sdm's picture

Has anyone ever had a Gizmo sandwich before?

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codergrrl's picture

Yes.

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sdm's picture

Are they good?

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codergrrl's picture

The ones I've had were just hoagie/steak roll, with pizza cheese and sauce, then toasted in the oven.
They were delicious, and also, only .50 cents. When they went up to .75 cents, they were too rich for my pocketbook. (I was 14 years old)
Thats all it is, a toasted roll with whatever you decide on it, with sauce and cheese.
How could it be bad?

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Have you seen the movie "Fatso?"

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

codergrrl's picture

Don't need to see, I've lived it.

sdm, did you get one? What did you think?

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sdm's picture

My heart belonged to a veal parm sub. Next time though.

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codergrrl's picture

Just so happy they didn't go to Pat's or Geno's.

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Atomic Larry's picture

my goodness I havent seen a gizmo anywhere since 1977... who is making them?

nothing wrong with Pats or Genos. both have good drip.

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Atomic Larry wrote:

nothing wrong with Pats or Genos. both have good drip.

I dunno, I never liked them even when I didn't know any better.

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sdm's picture

Atomic Larry wrote:
my goodness I havent seen a gizmo anywhere since 1977... who is making them?

nothing wrong with Pats or Genos. both have good drip.

Franco's.

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codergrrl wrote:
Atomic Larry wrote:

nothing wrong with Pats or Genos. both have good drip.

I dunno, I never liked them even when I didn't know any better.

everyone trashes them as tourist traps or whatever but I find them pretty tasty. Of course I like wiz too which seems to be in the minority. and I put great stock in the drip effect. shanks down by the river is good for that too.

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on the cheesesteak related note we sometimes go to this Thai place in south Philly for lunch called Circles Contemporary Asain (15th & Tasker) and they have a Philly Cheesesteak springroll. I didnt want to like it but my goodness it is good.

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Atomic Larry wrote:
on the cheesesteak related note we sometimes go to this Thai place in south Philly for lunch called Circles Contemporary Asain (15th & Tasker) and they have a Philly Cheesesteak springroll. I didnt want to like it but my goodness it is good.

isn't that the one opening a location in the northern liberties?

nothin' bring you down like your hometown.

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bozoloper wrote:
Atomic Larry wrote:
on the cheesesteak related note we sometimes go to this Thai place in south Philly for lunch called Circles Contemporary Asain (15th & Tasker) and they have a Philly Cheesesteak springroll. I didnt want to like it but my goodness it is good.

isn't that the one opening a location in the northern liberties?

indeed it is.

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really? thats great news.

bozoloper's picture

Atomic Larry wrote:
really? thats great news.

yeah, i'm excited to finally have some closer thai food.

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I love eating foods specially when I'm stressed. It is recommended to eat nutritious foods for good health.

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Vedge is the bomb!

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The conversation about good food begins and ends with my great grand-mammies Cream of Leftovers. Yum.

When the king speaks, fishtown.us would be wise to listen.

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KingDingAling wrote:
The conversation about good food begins and ends with my great grand-mammies Cream of Leftovers. Yum.

did anyone else read "great grand-mammies" and think boobs?
sorry, not really trying to be disrespectful, but wow.

"vinegar of lil richard ninja" , yo

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Popolino. Holy cow, it's good. And speaking of cow, some interesting meat options; if you like
that Portuguese place on 2nd, Koseedoo [sp?] you'll appreciate the offal offerings.* But there's fish and ftesh pasta and the antipasti is mostly veg and absolutely delicious.
*New Kenzo: this means you.

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Al fresco at Il Cantuccio tonight...Yeah!

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th's picture

codergrrl wrote:
Al fresco at Il Cantuccio tonight...Yeah!

Love that place!

You wanna dance? LET'S DANCE!

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Yes, a nice little BYOB.
I didn't know whether this should have gone under the "springtime" thread, or "good food".

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th wrote:
codergrrl wrote:
Al fresco at Il Cantuccio tonight...Yeah!

Love that place!

is this the place in northern liberties that we went with you?

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th's picture

meredith wrote:
th wrote:
codergrrl wrote:
Al fresco at Il Cantuccio tonight...Yeah!

Love that place!

is this the place in northern liberties that we went with you?

yep

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th wrote:
meredith wrote:
th wrote:
codergrrl wrote:
Al fresco at Il Cantuccio tonight...Yeah!

Love that place!

is this the place in northern liberties that we went with you?

yep

i would definitely go back there. the food was delicious.

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Newcomer wrote:
Popolino. Holy cow, it's good. And speaking of cow, some interesting meat options; if you like
that Portuguese place on 2nd, Koseedoo [sp?] you'll appreciate the offal offerings.* But there's fish and ftesh pasta and the antipasti is mostly veg and absolutely delicious.
*New Kenzo: this means you.

poplino?
is that a dish at Kozeedoo? Ive only been to that place once and enjoyed it but really need to go on a friday, when their daily special is the octopus.. is that what youre talking about?
Monday Im attending that Pickeled Heron food-coop dinner. Anyone else going ?

"vinegar of lil richard ninja" , yo

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Il Cantuccio 3rd & Fairmount BYOB
Love this place, haven't been for awhile.
Got a veal chop that came with veg risotto, it was great. Grilled perfect, risotto was outstanding with orange pepper, mushrooms, and diced onion.
Fettucini with shrimp and crabmeat and asparagus in a creamed brandy sauce. Also very good, perfectly cooked shrimp, nice spring thin asparagus.
Bread served with a nice pesto and/or orange pepper sauce.
Bottled water 1 lt. bottle
Two expresso's and two orders of wonderful cannolli.
62.00 Total...expresso's were comped.
I've never been there when they haven't comped something.
I highly recommend the place. Beautiful outside in this weather.

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th's picture

For some reason they get knocked on Yelp for their service. I have no idea why. They are always very friendly. I really like the "family run" feel to the place.

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Yes, I've seen that. Someone said they were "too loud" too.
I think some people just like to complain. The mom's a sweetheart, and I've never had anything but stellar service.

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new kenzo wrote:
Newcomer wrote:
Popolino. Holy cow, it's good. And speaking of cow, some interesting meat options; if you like
that Portuguese place on 2nd, Koseedoo [sp?] you'll appreciate the offal offerings.* But there's fish and ftesh pasta and the antipasti is mostly veg and absolutely delicious.
*New Kenzo: this means you.

poplino?
is that a dish at Kozeedoo? Ive only been to that place once and enjoyed it but really need to go on a friday, when their daily special is the octopus.. is that what youre talking about?
Monday Im attending that Pickeled Heron food-coop dinner. Anyone else going ?

No, Popolino is Pete McAndrew's new place at 5th and Fairmount (went into Lafayette Bistro space). It's really good. BYO blah blah blah. Just go. You'll love it.

I wish I was going to the Heron on Monday. Sounds great.

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th wrote:
For some reason they get knocked on Yelp for their service. I have no idea why. They are always very friendly. I really like the "family run" feel to the place.

I personally wont ever step foot into il cantuccio again. When I was there the service was mediocre and to make it worse, pretentious. They agreed to make room for our group which was kind of large, and had to seat one on the end of our double table. Then they spent the night b*tching about how hard it was to get by -like we were sooooo annoying. When we ordered a sampler of appetizers, we asked if we could just get a larger sampler platter - enough for 8 people instead of whatever it was supposed to be. So they did and in the end of an OK meal, we got slammed for about $50 more than we should've, based on the fact the sampler platter was not on the menu for that size. Everything about the way they handled us closed that door for good, for me. Ive heard plenty of other stories about how the kids of the original owner had pretentious "gift to restaurant industry" 'tude, after he passed away.

Frankly I'm surprised Coder would even go there, but understand it was a few years ago and it's likely not as bad now... or they'd close.

Still, there's too many good places to eat around town, so I can afford a good nasty grudge. :)

"vinegar of lil richard ninja" , yo

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Did you guys have reservations? You're right, once you were welcomed in with your large group, they should have treated you better, whether they were expecting you or not.
I'm sorry you had that experience, and you're absolutely right, there are too many other options, if you so choose.
I can only judge people/places/things on my own experience, and I've always found it to be delicious food at a good price, and fine service.
I have a monthly dinner night out, and we'll have to try that place at 5th Street.

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Modo Mio last night, I give it a C, and I'm being very kind considering I will never go back there again.

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sdm wrote:
Modo Mio last night, I give it a C, and I'm being very kind considering I will never go back there again.

Details. I can't just take your random word for it.

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1) We show up on time, sit down, and are immediately told we have to be gone in 2 hours to accommodate another group coming in. We ignored them and ate at our own pace.

2) Only once did anyone come by to refill waters. This is not a service you should ever have to request.

3) We were forced into the $35 have one small plate of every food group on the menu deal because there were 6 of us. Everyone at the table had one item in particular they wanted an adult sized portion of, not weird Italian tapas plates.

4) I could have walked down to the 7-11 and had a better espresso.

5) No ginger ale, no club soda.

6) If you're a BYO, your waitstaff should know how to open a bottle of wine without butchering it.

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that's a shame. i've heard tons of good stuff about modo mio. i'll still have to try it, but it sucks that you had such a bad experience. one of my biggest gripes while dining is when you have to ask for water refills.

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I finally went to Cafe Soho yesterday for lunch. The interior was pretty fancy, like if Koreans owned The Continental. The chicken itself was great but I was not the biggest fan of their hot sauce. It was kind of a bland heat. Next time I think I will just get the regular fried chicken.

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sdm wrote:
1) We show up on time, sit down, and are immediately told we have to be gone in 2 hours to accommodate another group coming in. We ignored them and ate at our own pace.

2) Only once did anyone come by to refill waters. This is not a service you should ever have to request.

3) We were forced into the $35 have one small plate of every food group on the menu deal because there were 6 of us. Everyone at the table had one item in particular they wanted an adult sized portion of, not weird Italian tapas plates.

4) I could have walked down to the 7-11 and had a better espresso.

5) No ginger ale, no club soda.

6) If you're a BYO, your waitstaff should know how to open a bottle of wine without butchering it.

I agree being told to leave in 2 hrs is rude and un-italian, especially if you had a reservation for your table.
the tourista deal for some reason is not a choice for parties over four. I can see why small eaters wouldnt want it, but Ive no problem with it since I love it. It's the best deal in town. Italian tapas? no. See, sdm, you just dont seem to be considering that in Italy, youre not fed GIANT American chain restaurant piles of cheap crap. Complaining they dont have a huge variety of sodas or mixers is again, reason to believe you're more into larger chains.
How they butchered your wine, I dont know but agreed, that's kind of pathetic.

I think Modo Mia is incredible and has remained so over the years. I was just back a few weeks again and wonder why I let much time go by between visits.

"vinegar of lil richard ninja" , yo

th's picture

Stopped in at E.G.G. twice over the weekend. This place is quickly becoming a favorite.

The tap list is solid. Nothing you haven't seen before, but still solid. And at fair prices (that are clearly marked - MTR, take note).

Sat. night we ordered the deviled eggs, I'm not usually a fan of deviled eggs so I may not be the best judge, but I liked them. There was not a lot of yolk flavor - typically what turns me off to them. Very tasty and very rich. ALL of the food was very rich.

I had the lobster mac and cheese. Delicious. It came with a fair amount of lobster and thick perfectly cooked noodles in a rich and creamy cheese sauce. My wife had the fish of the day - flounder I think - it was done well. Nicely seared on top. It could have been cooked a little less, but I'm just knit picking. The asparagus it came with was really good too. (Side note: the best white fish I've ever had was at Pumpkin on South St.)

Sunday we stopped in for brunch. I just had scrambled eggs and hash. I really enjoyed them, but there are far more lavish things on the brunch menu. We sat at the bar both times and the service was very friendly.

And, I figured out the deal with $1 oysters! Turns out, Tuesdays are $1 oysters until 10pm.

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dan wrote:
th wrote:
I'm not sure I would know the difference between really good Pho Ga (Thang Long) and "exceptionally good Pho Ga".

You would after you tasted the pho ga @ Pho Go Thanh Thanh.
That said, you're right that the waiter at Thang Long rocks.

I'm Vietnamese and I've had Pho Ga at both places, and Pho Ga Thanh Thanh nails it. Just like what I'd get at home or in Saigon. Also, without even asking for and just by saying "I want a large pho ga", they included organ meats and a chicken blood cake, along with bone/skin on chopped chicken plus a dipping dish of habanero, salt, pepper, lime. That's how it's served and they do it right.

edit: I haven't gotten the whole, boiled, chopped chicken yet though. Do they include it with Rau Răm (vietnamese coriander leaf)?
Goes supremely well with the taste of poultry.

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Han Dynasty

Recommended for a Sunday night, easy to get a table. Have a drink at Khyber first, only two kinds of wine and maybe one beer choice in house.

Dan Dan noodles are a must try app. Waiter described them as 'light' but it is a bowl full of noodles, so I think balanced is more appropriate. Big enough for one person to have as a whole meal.

Hot and sour lamb was solid although a bit oily. A spicy preparation of shrimp floating in a red chili seed sauce was so hot I nearly cried, despite it only being a 6/10 on their scale. Side of bok choy with mushrooms was interesting in that the bok choy was served whole, but the mushrooms were floating in a overly thickened soy sauce that drowned out their character.

Service was attentive. Walked through the menu thoroughly but quickly, which was appreciated for first times. A couple different staff members tried to then take our orders and pack the leftovers later. Way too much food for two people, I'd cut it back next time.

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I really want noodles now.

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jbette01 wrote:
Dan Dan noodles are a must try app. Waiter described them as 'light' but it is a bowl full of noodles, so I think balanced is more appropriate. Big enough for one person to have as a whole meal.

The Dan Dan at Han Dynasty noodles are one of my favorite dishes in the city, I usually just order them as a meal for myself.

The heat ratings can be very misleading. The Dry Pot, which is listed as a 10/10, is not nearly as spicy as the Dan Dan noodles, which I think are listed as a 6/10. According to the owner, the number indicate the amount of chilis are that are added to the dish but that dishes that have more oil in them can actaully taste spicier. Which is kind of misleading.

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The same thing happened to my group at Modo Mio, 7 people with reservation.

We weren't actually finished and they said we had to leave because another group needed to be seated. We spent well over $300.00, I won't be back, there or to either of their other 2 places nearby.

No thanks, regardless of the food quality.

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th wrote:
Stopped in at E.G.G. twice over the weekend. This place is quickly becoming a favorite.

The tap list is solid. Nothing you haven't seen before, but still solid. And at fair prices (that are clearly marked - MTR, take note).

Sat. night we ordered the deviled eggs, I'm not usually a fan of deviled eggs so I may not be the best judge, but I liked them. There was not a lot of yolk flavor - typically what turns me off to them. Very tasty and very rich. ALL of the food was very rich.

I had the lobster mac and cheese. Delicious. It came with a fair amount of lobster and thick perfectly cooked noodles in a rich and creamy cheese sauce. My wife had the fish of the day - flounder I think - it was done well. Nicely seared on top. It could have been cooked a little less, but I'm just knit picking. The asparagus it came with was really good too. (Side note: the best white fish I've ever had was at Pumpkin on South St.)

Sunday we stopped in for brunch. I just had scrambled eggs and hash. I really enjoyed them, but there are far more lavish things on the brunch menu. We sat at the bar both times and the service was very friendly.

And, I figured out the deal with $1 oysters! Turns out, Tuesdays are $1 oysters until 10pm.

my grit cakes and sunny eggs were incredible.

also, times that i'd previously gone there, i got the EGG burger (amazing, but probably a week's worth of cholesterol!) and the lobster mac and cheese (delicious with lots of lobster, but the noodles were a tad too thick for me).

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Hey NK, did you see the Kraftwork dessert pic on FB with the candied bacon for a spoon?
Mmmm..

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Coder wrote:
Hey NK, did you see the Kraftwork dessert pic on FB with the candied bacon for a spoon?
Mmmm..

nope, not on fb. but I can imagine :)

Im happy to say that EGG has continued to quietly build it's good reputation with me and my friends. I too am annoyed that MTR doesnt post beer prices. It's definitely a factor in my not going there as frequently as I had previously. That and other places are doing a great job. Im still puzzled that Interstate Drafthouse doesnt have a website and hrs posted online. It's helped me choose other places I can check on my phone when looking for a last minute destination.
Im happy for Pickled Heron and the optimistic review by Laban. Things are good in the hood.

"vinegar of lil richard ninja" , yo

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new kenzo wrote:
Coder wrote:
Hey NK, did you see the Kraftwork dessert pic on FB with the candied bacon for a spoon?
Mmmm..

nope, not on fb. but I can imagine :)

Im happy to say that EGG has continued to quietly build it's good reputation with me and my friends. I too am annoyed that MTR doesnt post beer prices. It's definitely a factor in my not going there as frequently as I had previously. That and other places are doing a great job. Im still puzzled that Interstate Drafthouse doesnt have a website and hrs posted online. It's helped me choose other places I can check on my phone when looking for a last minute destination.
Im happy for Pickled Heron and the optimistic review by Laban. Things are good in the hood.

I wish the only problem I had with MTR was the lack of posted beer prices. The only thing you can find online for Interstate is the menu that was posted before they actually opened. It's 2012 and there is no excuse whatsoever for any business to not have some sort of web presence that is not via a 3rd party. I bring this up with Franco's probably once a month.

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EGG is becoming a frequented destination for us, especially since we can walk down with the dog, sit outside, and get a $5 big bowl of mussels and a few beers for happy hour. i also really like the staff.

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Should be going back to EGG soon. I didn't dislike it at all...
Plus, I have a 20% off thingy I forgot to use before.

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Coder wrote:
Should be going back to EGG soon. I didn't dislike it at all...
Plus, I have a 20% off thingy I forgot to use before.

let us know when you go.

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meredith wrote:
Coder wrote:
Should be going back to EGG soon. I didn't dislike it at all...
Plus, I have a 20% off thingy I forgot to use before.

let us know when you go.

Me too. Mussels and beers sounds good right about now.

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Will do.

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Went to Kraftwork last night. I really like the space. I'm a big girl, I require alot of yaw, so it was nice that you don't have to push past people.
It wasn't very crowded, but filled up before we left.
Honestly, not overwhelmed. It was nice, it was good. It seemed to take a long time for the kitchen to get out two sandwhiches and a salad, but the server was nice, and explained alot of things. I think the problem with me was I'm not a beer head, so that part really didn't interest me. My salad was good, with beets and goat cheese, and pumpkin seeds. The rib sandwhich was good, and the burger looked fine. The fries were good, not as garlicky as I thought they might be. It took another twenty minutes or so to get the desserts to the table, which were fine. Chocolate banana bread pudding, (rather dry) and an apple empanada which was okay. I'd certainly go back again, but probably just to grab a burger and no booze.
Four glasses of wine, and three beers. $114.00 + tip for three people. With tip that comes to about $45 a person.
I think I'm just really spoiled by BYOB's at this point. I liked the place, the menu isn't stunning, but its good and sturdy. But I kinda didn't expect to go over $100 for two sammies and a salad, and two desserts. I keep forgetting how much we drink.

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Went to Darling's last night for the first time. I was amazed at how out of the way they go to make bad eggs. I'll give them one more chance for a non-breakfast meal, and then it's lifetime ban if things don't pan out.

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Yeah, I've been to Darlings. Soooo overated. Bad servers, bad food. Man does not live on cheese cake alone.

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Coder wrote:
Went to Kraftwork last night. I really like the space. I'm a big girl, I require alot of yaw, so it was nice that you don't have to push past people.
It wasn't very crowded, but filled up before we left.
Honestly, not overwhelmed. It was nice, it was good. It seemed to take a long time for the kitchen to get out two sandwhiches and a salad, but the server was nice, and explained alot of things. I think the problem with me was I'm not a beer head, so that part really didn't interest me. My salad was good, with beets and goat cheese, and pumpkin seeds. The rib sandwhich was good, and the burger looked fine. The fries were good, not as garlicky as I thought they might be. It took another twenty minutes or so to get the desserts to the table, which were fine. Chocolate banana bread pudding, (rather dry) and an apple empanada which was okay. I'd certainly go back again, but probably just to grab a burger and no booze.
Four glasses of wine, and three beers. $114.00 + tip for three people. With tip that comes to about $45 a person.
I think I'm just really spoiled by BYOB's at this point. I liked the place, the menu isn't stunning, but its good and sturdy. But I kinda didn't expect to go over $100 for two sammies and a salad, and two desserts. I keep forgetting how much we drink.

kraftwork is a once-in-a-while type of place for me. their food is good, not outstanding, but i do really love their burger. their tap list is the main draw for me. also, i really like the server named ben.

the only outstanding thing i've had there was their flourless chocolate torte with salted walnut brittle. completely delicious and memorable.

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sdm wrote:
Went to Darling's last night for the first time. I was amazed at how out of the way they go to make bad eggs. I'll give them one more chance for a non-breakfast meal, and then it's lifetime ban if things don't pan out.

i've only been there once, around 1 a.m. after a long night of drinking. of course, i was so drunk and hungry that i thought my eggs and toast were amazing, even after taking like 40 minutes to come out (granted, we did have a party of 10 or so people). i also had a slice of cheesecake, and i really liked it. the bill was brutal, though. i think my breakfast and slice of cheesecake totaled around $16. ouch.

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meredith wrote:
Coder wrote:
Went to Kraftwork last night. I really like the space. I'm a big girl, I require alot of yaw, so it was nice that you don't have to push past people.
It wasn't very crowded, but filled up before we left.
Honestly, not overwhelmed. It was nice, it was good. It seemed to take a long time for the kitchen to get out two sandwhiches and a salad, but the server was nice, and explained alot of things. I think the problem with me was I'm not a beer head, so that part really didn't interest me. My salad was good, with beets and goat cheese, and pumpkin seeds. The rib sandwhich was good, and the burger looked fine. The fries were good, not as garlicky as I thought they might be. It took another twenty minutes or so to get the desserts to the table, which were fine. Chocolate banana bread pudding, (rather dry) and an apple empanada which was okay. I'd certainly go back again, but probably just to grab a burger and no booze.
Four glasses of wine, and three beers. $114.00 + tip for three people. With tip that comes to about $45 a person.
I think I'm just really spoiled by BYOB's at this point. I liked the place, the menu isn't stunning, but its good and sturdy. But I kinda didn't expect to go over $100 for two sammies and a salad, and two desserts. I keep forgetting how much we drink.

kraftwork is a once-in-a-while type of place for me. their food is good, not outstanding, but i do really love their burger. their tap list is the main draw for me. also, i really like the server named ben.

the only outstanding thing i've had there was their flourless chocolate torte with salted walnut brittle. completely delicious and memorable.

Their pizzas make a good bar snack. I really only like going there on weekday afternoons though, and that has nothing to do with the girl who happens to be the barkeep that time of day.

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sdm wrote:
Went to Darling's last night for the first time. I was amazed at how out of the way they go to make bad eggs. I'll give them one more chance for a non-breakfast meal, and then it's lifetime ban if things don't pan out.

wow it's pretty hard to screw up eggs. please elaborate. Darlings is a decent diner IMO. I can take my kids there for breakfast, lunch or dinner and there's somthing for everyone. plus I can get a good beer, stuff like PBC on tap. Never had a problem with the servers and the half dozen or so times I've been there have all been fine. I hear so many negative comments about this place but I'm not sure what people are expecting? it's just a diner after all.

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Atomic Larry wrote:
sdm wrote:
Went to Darling's last night for the first time. I was amazed at how out of the way they go to make bad eggs. I'll give them one more chance for a non-breakfast meal, and then it's lifetime ban if things don't pan out.

wow it's pretty hard to screw up eggs. please elaborate. Darlings is a decent diner IMO. I can take my kids there for breakfast, lunch or dinner and there's somthing for everyone. plus I can get a good beer, stuff like PBC on tap. Never had a problem with the servers and the half dozen or so times I've been there have all been fine. I hear so many negative comments about this place but I'm not sure what people are expecting? it's just a diner after all.

Well for starters, it is not, "just a diner." It is a restaurant trying to serve diner food. I spent all night trying to figure out what exactly these eggs tasted like, and I could not. Service wise though, had no issues. Just the food. It was my fault though for not just going home and going to Richmond Diner, but I was starved.

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sdm wrote:
Well for starters, it is not, "just a diner." It is a restaurant trying to serve diner food.

not sure I follow?

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I like Darlings. Never had a bad meal there. Nothing elaborate, service has been good and they can always seat my large brood which can range at any given time from 5 to 10 people depending on whose tagging along. Never been there for breakfast - just lunch and dinner. Everyone finds something they like.

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Atomic Larry wrote:
sdm wrote:
Well for starters, it is not, "just a diner." It is a restaurant trying to serve diner food.

not sure I follow?

I just explained it. They can't even get eggs right, so how can they even call themselves a diner. My working theory at this point is that they use mayo instead of sour cream in their scrambled eggs.

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sdm wrote:
My working theory at this point is that they use mayo instead of sour cream in their scrambled eggs.

Blargh. That made me just throw up in my mouth a little bit.

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austen wrote:
sdm wrote:
My working theory at this point is that they use mayo instead of sour cream in their scrambled eggs.

Blargh. That made me just throw up in my mouth a little bit.

I almost did twice on my walk home from there last night.

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sdm wrote:
austen wrote:
sdm wrote:
My working theory at this point is that they use mayo instead of sour cream in their scrambled eggs.

Blargh. That made me just throw up in my mouth a little bit.

I almost did twice on my walk home from there last night.

You walked home from Darling's? Impressive.

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Atomic Larry wrote:
sdm wrote:
Well for starters, it is not, "just a diner." It is a restaurant trying to serve diner food.

not sure I follow?

I have to agree with sdm on this one.

If the food was priced diner style, I dont think I'd have a complaint. But I can go to Green Eggs and have a pretty solid brunch for the same price or slightly cheaper. You just dont get what you pay for at Darlings.

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austen wrote:
sdm wrote:
austen wrote:
sdm wrote:
My working theory at this point is that they use mayo instead of sour cream in their scrambled eggs.

Blargh. That made me just throw up in my mouth a little bit.

I almost did twice on my walk home from there last night.

You walked home from Darling's? Impressive.

My car was parked by DNA's house, so just to there actually.

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I have never heard of using mayo OR sour cream in scrambled eggs. Did you hear about that on 14th Street?
Mayo is the spawn of Mephistopheles.

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I usually like my eggs over-easy (which were fine at Darlings) so I guess I can't relate but my wife usually does some kind of omlette at breakfast and I dont recall her ever saying anything strange about Darlings. I've also never heard of using mayo or sour cream in scambled eggs although I think the classic french method is to add heavy cream but I thought generally that scrambled eggs were just eggs?

We've tried on two seperate occasions to go to brunch green eggs and it's always packed with a wait. Same for the other "good" places like Honeys ,etc where it's tough to score a table there for 5. Maybe the prices at Darlings are a little high for a diner but there is never a wait which is kind of important for larger parties or when you have 3 kids. I'm not saying Darling's food is outstanding but its a solid choice for my needs when the fam is in tow.

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Coder wrote:
I have never heard of using mayo OR sour cream in scrambled eggs. Did you hear about that on 14th Street?
Mayo is the spawn of Mephistopheles.

I personally do not use sour cream because I never have any in my fridge, but just a tiny amount can do wonders for otherwise lackluster scrambled eggs.

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It's sour...cream. The word itself is an oxymoron. Don't believe in it. Ever.

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Atomic Larry wrote:
I usually like my eggs over-easy (which were fine at Darlings) so I guess I can't relate but my wife usually does some kind of omlette at breakfast and I dont recall her ever saying anything strange about Darlings. I've also never heard of using mayo or sour cream in scambled eggs although I think the classic french method is to add heavy cream but I thought generally that scrambled eggs were just eggs?

We've tried on two seperate occasions to go to brunch green eggs and it's always packed with a wait. Same for the other "good" places like Honeys ,etc where it's tough to score a table there for 5. Maybe the prices at Darlings are a little high for a diner but there is never a wait which is kind of important for larger parties or when you have 3 kids. I'm not saying Darling's food is outstanding but its a solid choice for my needs when the fam is in tow.

I cant believe you are cheating on Sulimays Larry. I am telling Lucretia.

Juuuuust kidding. Last time I was there I actually saw Susan and the girls.

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yea we go to Sulimays for breakfast way more than Darlings. Darlings is more the occasional dinner spot for us or when we want to do breakfast al fresco in the warmer weather.

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sdm wrote:
Coder wrote:
I have never heard of using mayo OR sour cream in scrambled eggs. Did you hear about that on 14th Street?
Mayo is the spawn of Mephistopheles.

I personally do not use sour cream because I never have any in my fridge, but just a tiny amount can do wonders for otherwise lackluster scrambled eggs.

You put sour cream in your eggs, but not cheese? The mind reels. ;-)

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austen wrote:
sdm wrote:
Coder wrote:
I have never heard of using mayo OR sour cream in scrambled eggs. Did you hear about that on 14th Street?
Mayo is the spawn of Mephistopheles.

I personally do not use sour cream because I never have any in my fridge, but just a tiny amount can do wonders for otherwise lackluster scrambled eggs.

You put sour cream in your eggs, but not cheese? The mind reels. ;-)

I just said I did not put it in, just that a touch of it can bring alive otherwise dull eggs.

Cheese on eggs is gross unless its an egg on a burger.

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How are their baked beans?

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As my granny used to say, "Not worth dirtying your mouth on."

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Should you be in the mood for high quality Greek food & a great deal, can't recommend Kanella's Sunday night meze dinner enough. $30 veg/$35 meat prix fixe. We had one of each and here's a list of everything that came out:

Bread w/potato garlic dip
Pickled vegetables
Marinated vegetables
Rabbit terrine w/red onion & red cabbage salad
Green olives
Rabbit sausage w/whole grain mustard sauce
Tabouleh salad (awesome w/mint)
Greek salad for two
Beets w/yogurt & dill
Zucchini stuffed with rice pilaf
Giant beans w/lentils & eggplant
Beef stew
Lamb & artichoke salad
Fried potatoes w/tzatziki
Whole sardine over couscous
Greek Easter hard-boiled eggs (for jousting)
+ French press decaf
= $75

Fantastic meal -- the service was super-efficient & friendly -- no complaints. BYOB. 10th & Spruce.

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Kanella is one of my all time favorite restaurants. The chef there is like a mad crazy artist; never afarid to to create strange and exciting dishes using offal and game. I need to go back.

sandi

We grabbed lunch at Soup Kitchen on Sunday. It was refreshing.

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200! Bo-YA!

You wanna dance? LET'S DANCE!

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th wrote:
200! Bo-YA!

Now go sit in the corner and think about what you've done.

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sandi wrote:
We grabbed lunch at Soup Kitchen on Sunday. It was refreshing.

I'm deeply in love with their meatloaf sandwich.

sandi

I had white bean bisque with a half goat cheese and roasted beet sandwich. The husband had a veggie burger. It was quite delicious!

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Cafe Pho Ga Thanh Thanh got a meal ticket writeup. Still the best pho ga I've had (yet) in the US.

http://www.citypaper.net/blogs/mealticket/EAT-THIS-IMMEDIATELY-Chicken-Pho-at-Cafe-Thanh-Thanh.html

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Had an awesome meal at Vedge: Vietnamese seitan tacos with kimchee cream, wedge fries with curry ketchup, Shishsh**o peppers, mushroom lettuce cups with creamy siracha, grilled seitan with lentils and grilled leeks, lemon-pistachio cheesecake and chocolate pot de creme. I can't imagine even the most hardcore carnivore not liking the food. Though I feel a little sick when I recount how much I just ate.

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Shish what?

(that sounds great, anyway!)

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Shish s h i t o. Filter blues.

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I knew that. I'm just very easily entertained. :)

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Ortlieb's dry rub Cajun wings.

That is all.

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PRichmond wrote:
Fries at Mickey D's. Scrumptious!!

They really are.

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sdm wrote:
PRichmond wrote:
Fries at Mickey D's. Scrumptious!!

They really are.

There's a reason for that, on how they're so good and unique.

http://aht.seriouseats.com/archives/2010/05/the-burger-lab-how-to-make-perfect-mcdonalds-style-french-fries.html

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Yeah I've read that one before. It's the best thing on their menu.

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Looking for any place that has a make your own stir fry bar, e.g., Big Bowl or Fire&Ice?

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dan

sdm wrote:
Looking for any place that has a make your own stir fry bar, e.g., Big Bowl or Fire&Ice?

Not in the neighborhood, but there's a decent and very cheap place in South Philly next to the AAA office. Standard Chinese Buffet but also what you're looking for - and only about $7 at lunch.

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Soul Man wrote:
sdm wrote:
Looking for any place that has a make your own stir fry bar, e.g., Big Bowl or Fire&Ice?

Not in the neighborhood, but there's a decent and very cheap place in South Philly next to the AAA office. Standard Chinese Buffet but also what you're looking for - and only about $7 at lunch.

The AAA down off of Oregon Ave?

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La Esquina Del Bronco.

2265 Howard st. (at Dauphin) - Holy Stewed Meat Batman!
It's just one thing - no menu - for $6 you get white or yellow rice (get yellow) and your choice of stewed meat. I've had the chicken twice. It's bone in and incredible. Looks like they have beef, lamb maybe, catfish etc. It's also incredibly salty, and by incredibly, I mean deliciously.

Thanks to Yorkie for the recommendation.

There is also a place 2 doors down on Dauphin that promises "Beer and Tacos". It's on the list.

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La Esquina Del Bronco? Is it new?

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No, it's been around for at least 3 years which is the last time I tried to go, but they were closed.

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They are newer than the last time google drove down Howard St.

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dan

sdm wrote:
Soul Man wrote:
sdm wrote:
Looking for any place that has a make your own stir fry bar, e.g., Big Bowl or Fire&Ice?

Not in the neighborhood, but there's a decent and very cheap place in South Philly next to the AAA office. Standard Chinese Buffet but also what you're looking for - and only about $7 at lunch.

The AAA down off of Oregon Ave?

Yes, that one.

"I like my way of doing it better than your way of not doing it." - D.L. Moody

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Thanks for the heads-up on this place (La Esquina del Bronco), th. I catch the bus home on that corner three or four times a week, and never knew about it until now. I'm gonna stop in on Friday around 4 for an early dinner. Did a quick walk-in on Tuesday (smelled great!), and was told that their hours are Monday through Saturday, 11 - 7:30. Will follow up with thoughts.

I've long been intrigued by that 'taco bar' on the other corner of that same block, too.

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Was trying to link an article about Maryland Blue Crabs being bigger and more plentiful, and cheaper, than they have been for years.
Great news for your belly and for the bay.

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Well, went to Modo Mio last night...and that's something for me, to go somewhere that's not going to have a burger to fall back onto.
We wanted to have the escargot, but the menu on the website wasn't updated, so they didn't have them.
I had instead the Sformato, which was a little cloud of riccotta with lump crab meat, and it was delish.
My companion had what appeared to be a salad with some shreaded pork in it...not quite sure what it was, but it was good.
For the pasta course, we tried the cavatelli, with some peppers and maybe an anchovy, I really couldn't tell what was in there, but it was really good.
I had the rabbit ravioli, and having never tasted rabbit, that was a big deal for me. It tasted strangely enough like some kind of sausage to me, but it could have been the sage...it was good, the pasta itself was beautiful, light and airy...
I had the veal for an entree, (had intended on having the crispy duck breast, but it wasn't on the menu, only a duck leg, so I passed on the duck)...the veal was magnificent. Veal is one of my favorites anyway, but this was really spectacular. If I was forced to find fault, the only thing I could think of was a little too much pancetta on it, so that its salty smoky taste almost overtook the delicate veal...but it was great.
We also ordered the ribeye steak, and I don't have any idea what was going on in that dish, but it was also excellent.
A square of flourless chocolate cake, (great) and a kind of fig tartlet, or something similar were had for dessert. The cake was also very good, and the only complaint about the fig thing was the crust was so hard you couldn't break it with a fork...we scooped out the insides and loved it.
The kitchen also sent our a nice amuse bouche when we got there, with some gorgonzola, walnuts and figs on bread, that was also very, very good. The food has so much going on, so many different ingredients, that I'm really not sure exactly what everything had with it, but it was very, very good.
I recommend the Turista menu, where for $35 you get to select one of each of the three courses, with plates the same size as if you ordered ala carte...big enough, but not too much...
Total bill was $88.00 with dessert and coffee after, and it was worth every single penny.
The place really isn't too big, and the only down side I found was the noise level was very high. You're also packed in there pretty good, so with fellow diners so close to you, you don't want to really shout your conversation across the table...but the food was good enough, that I can overlook that.

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I'd like to go back there and give it a 2nd chance, but only if I can get confirmation that our hostess from last time has been fired.

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They didn't hurry us up at all, and it was packed in there. Hostess only seated us, and really never bothered us again the rest of the night..

Atomic Larry's picture

That turista menu might be the best bargain in the city. MM is probably my fav restaurant anywhere, top 3 anyway. Certainly for the Quality to Price ratio (on the food) it can't be beat.

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McAndrews definitely got it right with Modo Mio and Paesanos. I would steer clear of Popolino though. Not horrible but nowhere near the standard he set at the other spots. I ordered the Roman gnocchi and it can best be described as potatoes in a bed of hot bubbling oil. Looking forward to going back to MM soon.

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Coder wrote:
Was trying to link an article about Maryland Blue Crabs being bigger and more plentiful, and cheaper, than they have been for years.
Great news for your belly and for the bay.

I have noticed live blue crab prices have been dropping. In fact, you can pick up a half bushel of #2 males (5.5-6.5 inches) for a measly $35. That's about 4 dozen. Wacky low these days.

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Cutter wrote:
Coder wrote:
Was trying to link an article about Maryland Blue Crabs being bigger and more plentiful, and cheaper, than they have been for years.
Great news for your belly and for the bay.

I have noticed live blue crab prices have been dropping. In fact, you can pick up a half bushel of #2 males (5.5-6.5 inches) for a measly $35. That's about 4 dozen. Wacky low these days.

I wonder if it was all the warm water? I remember reading earlier in the year that Maine was beset by a glut of lobsters which had matured too quickly.

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ronchito wrote:
McAndrews definitely got it right with Modo Mio and Paesanos. I would steer clear of Popolino though. Not horrible but nowhere near the standard he set at the other spots. I ordered the Roman gnocchi and it can best be described as potatoes in a bed of hot bubbling oil. Looking forward to going back to MM soon.

I had a decent meal at Popolino a couple months ago but, yes, it certainly wasnt as good as Modo Mio and was more expensive. Craig Leban kinda trashed it in his review last week. The text of the review was accurate but I think it deserved 2 bells instead of 1. Maybe it's just slipped that far? ...given the fact that it's pretty tough to get a table at Modo Mio, he should open Modo Mio II at that location!

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I enjoyed Popolino, but not enough that I felt like a HAVE to back there. We went there on a whim because we were too lazy to make dinner and wanted to go somewhere a little different in the area. For that purpose, it was a really good meal.

I don't recall it being more expensive than Modo Mio I remember the turista menu being the same price. But I agree with Larry, at least when it comes to the meal I had, one bell is harsh, should have been two. Maybe the meal I had there was better than average because McAndrews was actually in the kitchen that night.

dan

falcon wrote:
Has anyone been to the new Cuban restaurant on Kensington Ave. Awesome cuban sandwich.

Where is it located?

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bonzombiekitty wrote:
I enjoyed Popolino, but not enough that I felt like a HAVE to back there. We went there on a whim because we were too lazy to make dinner and wanted to go somewhere a little different in the area. For that purpose, it was a really good meal.

I don't recall it being more expensive than Modo Mio I remember the turista menu being the same price. But I agree with Larry, at least when it comes to the meal I had, one bell is harsh, should have been two. Maybe the meal I had there was better than average because McAndrews was actually in the kitchen that night.

I'm about to give Modo Mio a second chance. I really want lasagna but due to a recent hand injury it's not the easiest thing to make at home right now.

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sdm wrote:
I'm about to give Modo Mio a second chance. I really want lasagna but due to a recent hand injury it's not the easiest thing to make at home right now.

I love Modo Mio, but the service there does seem to be a recurring issue - not so much in my experience, but from what I have heard from others. Personally, I think the food more than outweighs any sort of service issue.

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Yeah, I had no issue with the service...very crowded, yet they served the food on schedule, came out perfect, no long wait inbetween courses, etc...and most of all, I did not feel hurried at all.
@sdm...what happened to your hand? Wear it out?

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Coder wrote:
Yeah, I had no issue with the service...very crowded, yet they served the food on schedule, came out perfect, no long wait inbetween courses, etc...and most of all, I did not feel hurried at all.
@sdm...what happened to your hand? Wear it out?

Our hostess was trying to push us out the door before we were even seated.

Some sort of nerve damage, they don't know a cause. I have an EMG scheduled later this week.

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sdm wrote:
bonzombiekitty wrote:
I enjoyed Popolino, but not enough that I felt like a HAVE to back there. We went there on a whim because we were too lazy to make dinner and wanted to go somewhere a little different in the area. For that purpose, it was a really good meal.

I don't recall it being more expensive than Modo Mio I remember the turista menu being the same price. But I agree with Larry, at least when it comes to the meal I had, one bell is harsh, should have been two. Maybe the meal I had there was better than average because McAndrews was actually in the kitchen that night.

I'm about to give Modo Mio a second chance. I really want lasagna but due to a recent hand injury it's not the easiest thing to make at home right now.

Just so you know, it's not like what you get at Maggiano's.

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Newcomer wrote:
sdm wrote:
bonzombiekitty wrote:
I enjoyed Popolino, but not enough that I felt like a HAVE to back there. We went there on a whim because we were too lazy to make dinner and wanted to go somewhere a little different in the area. For that purpose, it was a really good meal.

I don't recall it being more expensive than Modo Mio I remember the turista menu being the same price. But I agree with Larry, at least when it comes to the meal I had, one bell is harsh, should have been two. Maybe the meal I had there was better than average because McAndrews was actually in the kitchen that night.

I'm about to give Modo Mio a second chance. I really want lasagna but due to a recent hand injury it's not the easiest thing to make at home right now.

Just so you know, it's not like what you get at Maggiano's.

I've never had anything at Maggiano's other than chicken parm.

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Coder's picture

So we went to the Fishtown Tavern. I was really excited, as they had been sending out some nice pictures on the FaceBook, and I like going to places that are different, but familiar. I never frequented the place to drink, but when I was a kid, you’d stop there to use the bathroom on your way home from the stables.
I really wanted to like this place. But it didn’t start off well.
We walked in the door to meet the other three people in our party. They had drinks at the bar. We stood there for a minute, while a nice young lady told us that if we wanted to eat, the menu was on the wall, and she was going off, so she could put the order in and we could pay her and then the next people would take care of us. And, that they don’t have a paper menu so we would need to look up at the wall and make a decision. We did. We all put in money, if I’m not mistaken, I think it was close to $80.00, and I didn’t even have a seat or a drink yet.
We went in the back, with our five forks, and five knives and one plate, that had been given us, got ourselves seated and went back to the bar and got drinks. Out came some appetizers. Stuffed dates, with some kind of rich creamy cheese, maybe mascarpone with ricotta. Very nice, one was enough, but the serving had about five, maybe six. A very nice cheese and meat plate came out, with I’m not sure what kind of meat, maybe Sopressa, nice fresh mozzarella, marinated cherry tomatoes, and some bread that at one time was toasted, but now was just kind of soft. The bar nuts were great, with a nice herbed taste, still warm. I think it was rosemary I detected on them.
The first entrees that came out where a delicious roast beef sandwich, on a croissant, with caramelized onions, spinach, and goat cheese. Not so easy to eat, but the good ones never are. Very tasty. The BBQ Bacon Slider came out at the same time, as did the Buffalo Chicken Sliders. No complaints with either one. The Bacon Slider was like a cube of bacon, rendered, with a nice slice of apple on it, and I’m not sure what else. ( it was really dark in the back, and I hadn’t heard what anyone else had ordered) Turkey Chili with White Beans was also a hit
Then we waited a bit before the Smoked Salmon on Flatbread came out. It usually annoys me when entrees aren’t served together, but I could understand that the place has a small kitchen, and the people who waited on us were very nice, and helpful, and informative. They made you very comfortable. So the Salmon came and was wonderful, a nice smokey taste, with some good tomatoes, and a plentiful serving. They didn’t scrimp on the fish.
We couldn’t leave without trying the Baklava that had lured us in from FaceBook. When it came, I am sorry to say, it was the biggest disappointment of the evening. It was still very cold in the center and you couldn’t even get a fork into it. It was good, there was nothing wrong with the quality of it, but the condition of it when it was served was unfortunate. I had just spent some time at a Greek wedding, and I may be spoiled by the baklava I had there. I did mention it to the nice guy who was tending to us, and he did apologize and say he would inform the staff to either “keep it in longer“. or “do it longer”…not quite sure exactly what he said, but something to that effect. I just would have preferred it was fresh, not frozen or refrigerated. When you have such a smallish menu, it behooves you to do everything on the menu well.
All in all, I ended up liking this place. My only advice would be to probably print up some paper menus, and make everyone’s lives easier. It just seemed a little disconcerting when we first got there. But they did win us over with food and atmosphere.
Everything, even food I was told, is a dollar off during Happy Hour, before 7pm. The roast beef sandwich was $11, and I think the dessert was $7, and I’m not sure about anything else because of the way we just quickly ordered and paid. We had a second tab for the drinks that were furnished during the night.
I’d go there again, when I wanted something a little different. Not your typical bar food, but very nice accommodating place.

dan

Excellent review, Coder. Has me wanting to go there ASAP.

"I like my way of doing it better than your way of not doing it." - D.L. Moody

Coder's picture

I didn't seem that long when I was typing.
I have to add, that it was very dark in there, and the menu didn't specify what exactly was on everything.
I didn't know exactly what was on my sammich until I got it, tasted stuff, and opened it up.

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Denny's used to make customers [black] pay upfront too. But that's a little odd because you normally tip the person you paid but you hadn't been served anything at that point? Still, nice review though I think $7 for baklava is steep.

Coder's picture

Newcomer wrote:
Denny's used to make customers [black] pay upfront too. But that's a little odd because you normally tip the person you paid but you hadn't been served anything at that point? Still, nice review though I think $7 for baklava is steep.

Menu prices I did remember were grilled cheese for $8, the nuts I thought were $14, but it ended up being a chalk smudge and they were $4...grilled cheese with lobster was $14, and I think the salmon was $14.
There's a dichotomy there. They have a good bar, and good food, but they're not exactly connecting.
Yes, and $7 for the bakalava was high, for a little cup thing about 2.5x2.5 inches with two pieces in it.
So...at $3.50 each , I'd rather wait for Zynnie to open the bakery and get them there, where they would be fresher, and no doubt better.

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Re: Modo Mio.

First time on Saturday, 945 PM seating (staff already exhausted). We got a waitress who had just been given a $.10 tip. I expected the worst.

They sat an absolutely raucous party of 16 at the same time (seriously, who brings red bull and vodka to a BYOB). But ... our service was excellent (party of 4). No wine butchering. Extremely attentive, if anything they cleared plates too fast. Apparently the portion sizes on the turista are the same if you ordered a la carte.

Standouts, I tried everything that came to the table: Calimari (very tender, not breaded), califlower ravioli, a pasta (dont remember the name) with duck ragu, tiramisu. Oh and the BREAD. My word the bread.

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Went to Fette Sau the night before Thanksgiving last week. It was completely empty at 6pm. My friend & I split four 1/4lb meats (ribs, pork belly, turkey, and brisket), small portions of potato salad, baked beans, and slaw, plus four Martins rolls. Total came to $14/each. We both really enjoyed everything and left pretty full. I've had $14 meals elsewhere that left me still hungry so I felt like it was pretty reasonable portion-to-price. I'm no expert at BBQ but nothing was slathered in sauce like many ribs or pulled pork sandwiches I've had in the past. They have 3 mystery sauces at the table -- the reddest one was my favorite, the others being a little too vinegary? Some folks have mentioned that the temperature of the meats is not up to par. I wonder if this partially has to do with the two-part food & bar ordering process? It took us maybe an extra 5 minutes or so (after we got our food) to decide on beers, get them, sit down, get our utensils, etc. By then the food was a bit room temperature but didn't affect the taste at all. I'd definitely go again but hopefully it will feel a bit more alive next time -- we wondered where all those folks who've been clamoring for BBQ are?! (yes it was a holiday eve but JBs was doing a nice business at the same time -- we had a beer there prior to FS)