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  1. I suspect that many good Chinatown restaurants would welcome families with well-behaved young children. And I suspect that most 2-year-olds would not love spicy Szechuan foods. So that leaves, among many others, Nam Wah Tea Parlor, Dim Sum Garden, Tom's Dim Sum, Sakura Mandarin, Nan Zhou Hand Drawn Noodle House, Shiao Lan Kung, Ting Wong . . .
  2. If you're thinking Katz's in New York, Philly will probably be a disappointment. Of the three delicatessens that I know -- Schlesinger's, Herschel's East Side Deli and Famous Fourth Street -- I'd guess that Famous Fourth probably comes closest to what you want. The 19th Street branch of Famous Fourth Street has a new owner and is called Kaufman's; I've not been there yet.
  3. Can anyone report about the food at Rittenhouse Tavern since Nicholas Elmi left earlier this summer? Staff there said that his replacement was to be a woman. Do you know anything about her? Thanks, Tom
  4. We'd be grateful for suggestions of good brunch or lunch places around Millburn or Short Hills for Saturday after Thanksgiving, 11/24/12. We're not interested in malls or other crowded spots on Black Friday weekend. Our out-of-town guests are probably not adventuresome, but they likely respect locally grown and well-cooked food . . . some place like Bekta in Ottowa or Pumpkin in Philadelphia or Castagna in Portland. Many thanks, Tom
  5. Many thanks for all the good ideas . . . in this topic and others. We had a wonderful trip during the French Quarter Festival . . . visiting the Quarter, taking the ferry to Algiers Point, walking the Botanical Gardens, swinging at the clubs on Frenchmen Street and much more. Eating, as it often is for us, was the highlight . . . and here are those highlights. We owe a big shout out to Corbin Evans, now Executive Chef at the Inn at Ole Miss, formerly Chef at Lulu's in NOLA, for his suggestions. Dooky Chase 2301 Orleans Ave 504-821-0600 Gumbo, fried chicken, rice and beans with sausage. Brigsten's 723 Dante St 504-861-7610 shrimp remoulade, seafood platter, soft-shell crab (maybe the best dish of our trip), pecan pie with caramel sauce (second-best dish) Cafe du Monde 800 Decatur Street 504-525-4544 The beignets and chicory coffee are a tradition, but not as good as we remembered. Notable for the waitress from Vietnam who promised us either monkey brains or monkey bottom if we'd come back the next day. Bayona 430 Dauphine St 504-525-4455 Greek salad, sea scallops with bacon and leek puree Marigny Brasserie 640 Frenchmen Street 504-945-4472 Crispy goat cheese cake with strawberry sauce, crab cake, BBQ shrimp with cheese grits and slow-cooked andouille collards, Mahoneys Po'boys 3454 Magazine St. 504-899-3374 fried green tomatoes, the Peacemaker (fried oysters, bacon, cheddar cheese, dressed), fried oyster, soft-shell crab Cochon Our favorite restaurant 930 Tchoupitoulas Street 504-588-2123 grilled drum fish, duck, chocolate pecan tart, lemon pie Franky and Johnny's 321 Arabella Street (504) 899-9146 boiled crawfish!, grilled shrimp
  6. To my surprise, our guest decided on Tashan, where we had a delicious lunch. Thanks again for the suggestions
  7. Unless we move to New Orleans, we'll never be able to visit all the restaurants that look great. We're going to be in New Orleans for five days, two during the French Quarter Festival. Thanks to your comments, we've tentatively planned our meals. Some of these places are higher end than we'd normally choose, so comparable food for less money would be helpful. We'd be very grateful for your comments. breakfast: Cafe du Monde, The Coffee Pot lunches: Dooky Chase (or Bon Ton Cafe), Bayona, Mahoneys (or Tracey's or Mother's), Acme (or Casamento or Franky and Johnny's) dinners: Brigsten's, Marigny Brasserie, Cochon, Herbsaint Thanks for your improvements! Tom
  8. Excellent suggestions! I'll let you know how it goes. Katie, thanks especially for suggesting JG Domestic, the only one of these places I don't know. And if Terence is in the kitchen at lunch, Fork would be perfectly appropriate.
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    You heard it here first!
  10. Thanks for the good ideas. I'm hoping for some place a little newer. Any suggestions?
  11. I'd be grateful for suggestions for lunch in a place that serves delicious food (our guest is a former restaurant reviewer) in a room quiet enough for conversation. No stairs (or at most one small step); no stool seats. Any cuisine -- although French-influenced is preferred, as are local, organic and sustainable sources. A restaurant opened in the last year would be good. I had Fare in mind until LaBan's review. a.kitchen is probably too noisy after noon. I've not been to J.G. Domestic, Tashan or 943. What am I missing? Thanks!
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    Four of us had a delicious dinner at Sbraga early last week. The foie gras soup, the sweetbreads, eggplant terrine got things off to a fine start. The artic char and meatloaf were favorites. The four of us split two wine pairings. But the meal was late and very slow. We had 8:30 reservations, were seated at 9:00 and courses appeared very slowly. The staff and chef were very apologetic, serving additional wine and, despite our protests, comping the whole meal. After the kinks are worked out, we will enthusiastically go back.
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    Yes, there's a new chef at Sakura Mandarin, but the soup dumplings are still on the menu and as good as ever. Our friend from Bonn was as pleased this trip as last.
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    Does anyone know for sure whether there's a new chef at Sakura Mandarin and whether they still serve soup dumplings? We're going with a friend from Germany who loved the restaurant when he was in town many months ago, but we've not been back since. He'll be disappointed if we can't get good soup dumplings at Sakura. (We could go back to Dim Sum Garden or try Red Kings, I guess.) Thanks for any news!
  15. Slow Food Philadelphia invites you to A Night in Venice Cichetteria 19 267 South 19th Street (215) 545-0441 7:00 p.m, Monday, October 11, 2010 Andrea Luca Rossi, raised in Venice and a long-time Slow Food advocate, now regularly serves a variety of traditional Venetian small plates (cichetti) at his Rittenhouse Square restaurant. He has designed a special menu for us, matching typical Venetian dishes with wines from Penns Woods Winery in Chadds Ford. Space is limited so secure your reservations early with a credit card by calling the restaurant at 215-545-0441 and referring to the Slow Food October 11 dinner. Please note: the optional vegetarian entrée must be ordered when you make your reservation. The restaurant will maintain a wait list. Dinner with wine pairings, including tax and tip, costs $60; without wine pairings, $45. Wine and beer are also available by the glass or bottle. For the menu and other details, please visit Slow Food Philadelphia. Host Note: Click here for the terms under which this event is posted.
  16. I've heard good things about Makiman Sushi, but I've never been there. 7324 Oxford Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19111-3021 (215) 722-8800 There are positive remarks on Chowhound and elsewhere.
  17. ---------------VOLUNTEERS NEEDED------------ Folks from eGullet have been among our best volunteers in past years. Great free food and complimentary beer! Not to mention supporting a good cause. Volunteer to help our local food community at Good Food, Good Beer and the Rest is History. Read on . . . Event Details: 6th Annual Good Food, Good Beer and the Rest Is History Saturday, July 17th, 2010 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm The Shambles (Headhouse Market) 2nd and Lombard Sts., Philadelphia More info at http://www.slowfoodphilly.org/ and at http://www.farmtocity.org/News.asp Volunteer Details: Several people have already volunteered, so let Maddie Chera know right away if you're available. Please tell her your first and second choices of the jobs and time slots listed below. Some shifts are before and after the event. At the conclusion of their shifts, 20 volunteers will get five free food tickets and complimentary beer. Madeline Chera Slow Food Philadelphia Steering Committee www.slowfoodphilly.org 610.247.3409 madeline.chera@gmail.com Tell your friends that they can get food tickets online at http://farmtocity.org/news.asp and www.slowfoodphilly.org. VOLUNTEER TASKS AND TIMES 1) Set up crew. When: 3:30 - 5:45 pm Set up tables and chairs for booths and guests. 2) Guide. When: 4:00 - 5:30. Direct restaurants and breweries to parking and tables. 3) Ticket table staff. When: Shifts 5:45 - 7:15. Give out reserved tickets; sell tickets to walk-ins. Check IDs, 4) Hosts. Shifts 6:00 - 7:30 or 7:30 - 9 pm. Monitor shambles and area outside. Clean up spilled food. Dispose of filled trash bags; replace with new. 5) Beer servers. Shifts 5:45-7:15 or 7:15 to 9:00. Assist brewers; draw, serve beer and describe various beers. 5) Clean up: When: 9:00 - 10:00 pm. Task: Take down tables, dispose of customer trash, clean up area.
  18. Celebrate delicious food and beer from local restaurants and microbreweries at Good Food, Good Beer and the Rest is History. On July 17, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm, refresh yourself with tasty dishes and beer provided by more than a dozen of the area's chefs and brewers who focus on local, organic and sustainable ingredients. This sixth annual fund-raiser for Slow Food Philadelphia and Farm to City offers complimentary beer, donated by the brewers, and food tastings in a range of prices. Look for restaurants like Fork and Penne; breweries like Victory, Stoudts, Earth Bread+Brewery. Tell your friends. (Volunteers are needed. See the next message.) Event Details: 6th Annual Good Food, Good Beer and the Rest Is History Saturday, July 17th, 2010 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm The Shambles (Headhouse Market) 2nd and Lombard Sts., Philadelphia Advance tickets available online at: http://farmtocity.org/news.asp and http://www.slowfoodphilly.org. $38 for 7 dishes, $32 for 5 dishes, $24 for 3 dishes. Cash only at the door. Beer available only to people 21 or over; ID required. Slow Food Philadelphia is a chapter of an international grassroots movement, represented in more than 130 countries, working to reconnect us with the people, traditions, plants, animals, fertile soils and waters that produce our food. We want to inspire a transformation in food policy, production practices and market forces so that they ensure equity, sustainability and pleasure in the food we eat. Farm to City is a Philadelphia- based program whose goal is to unite communities, families, and farmers year-round through good locally grown food. Farm to City envisions a city connected to its region through its farmers and their crops, a city rich with healthful and flavorful food choices - at outdoor markets, grocery stores, restaurants and schools. The Shambles, the long colonial market shed running between Pine and Lombard Street in the middle of 2nd Street, was the first public market place in Philadelphia dating from 1745. The brick colonnaded structure was built by the mayor of Philadelphia with his own money so he collected market rent from the farmers. Farmers arrived on Monday and Thursday nights for the Tuesday and Friday market days. The headhouse at the Pine Street end was built in 1805 to house volunteer fire companies as well as the bell to signal fires and the beginning of market day. 265 years later our event celebrates this old market place with some of the best food and drink Philadelphia has to offer. HOST'S NOTE: Click here for the terms under which this event is listed in eG Forums.
  19. I've heard from one person (a "regular," as much as one can be at Talula's Table) who said the food is just as good as it ever was and that the staff is much happier without the tension before Brian left.
  20. A disappointing note in the tune for Nick's Charcoal Pit. Although Nick's Special Sandwich was everything Holly promised, watching the cook spit, twice, into the garbage can by the cooktop spoiled the experience.
  21. Greg, the oyster stew, snapper soup, lobster roll . . . such a long list of delicious memories. We'll follow you if you tell us where. Thanks! Tom
  22. I think there are many local restaurants, like Rx and White Dog Cafe, serving grass-fed beef. You could probably find them in the Philadelphia Buy Fresh/Buy Local Philadelphia Local Food Guide.
  23. A German delicatessen, not a salumeria, Rieker's has, for starters, 4 different kinds of bratwurst as well as a wide variety of luncheon meats (like Berliner presskopf, red head cheese and souse), smoked treats (think cervelat, smoked kielbasa, landjagger), spreadable meats (including 4 kinds of liverwurst), and many roasts ready to eat or cook. Try, for example, the rouladen, "thin slice of beef is filled with seasoned ground beef, onion and bacon, and rolled. You brown it for ten minutes, add gravy, and then simmer it, covered, for thirty minutes before eating.") They also sell a variety of other goodies of which my favorite is a super sauerkraut. Much of what they offer is homemade.
  24. A little more expensive, but usually worth it: Mercato, a cash only byob that takes pre-theatre reservations Sunday through Friday and primarily sushi restaurant Misso (see the menu at MenuPages).
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    Has anyone been to Cafe Apamate lately? This thread's about 2 years old, and I'm interested. Thanks!
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