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  1. Joining the party late: Katie, you may recall that I stopped in with two fellow PGMC board members in tow not long after the official opening, on the fourth Wednesday in June, after we had offically given our concert season a grand sendoff that included a dunk in the pool for me and my cell phone. (That occurred the Saturday prior to when you saw me.) Patrick Hagerty and I are a little miffed, for we returned as we said we would the following Friday to see you, only you weren't there. It's all good, though, as we had ourselves libations -- I tried the Blonde Caesar before switching to beer;
  2. Fellow I spoke with as I walked past there on the way to jury duty this morning estimated they'd be out of commission a week. He was wearing an apron, as were the girls with him, and he answered my questions using the first person plural, so I'm guessing he worked there.
  3. As Holly already said, there's really no bad places to eat at the RTM, and most of the eateries have something to recommend them, so it depends on what you want most. I'd second his endorsement of Tommy DiNic's roast pork sandwiches and Bassett's ice cream as the lunch to have if you're having only one, but if roast pork isn't what you're in the mood for, here are some other places you should put at the top of your list: --For hoagies: Salumeria and Carmen's, in that order --Soul food: Delilah's at the Terminal --Homestyle cooking: If you're there on a Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday
  4. In the space most recently occupied by Crescent City. Funny, but I didn't find the ribs I had at Q late last month dry and tough -- and I did smell smoke coming from somewhere in the restaurant's bowels, though there was no telltale smoke ring on the ribs. Maybe the cook was having a rare on night? (The waitress wasn't, at least not at first, but then again, this was a Philadelphia Speaks meetup, and we are a large and unruly bunch.)
  5. I do love Taconelli's but I'd put it in round two. If the mission is to go to Philadelphia for the stuff that's better than New York, the list is fairly short -- at least based on what I've experienced in Philadelphia thanks to guidance from several Philadelphia-based eG people. If it's more a question of going to Philadelphia to experience a variant of something both cities do well, then the list gets a lot longer and includes Taconelli's and a lot of the other suggestions that have been made on this topic. ← I don't know whether you followed my aborted "Best of Philly Review Tour" of two
  6. What's the Ethiopian dining scene in New York like? We have a few decent ones in West Philadelphia. Dahlak at 47th and Baltimore is one of the best known, but I haven't been there in a while and have heard it's slipped a bit. Then there's the place at 45th and Locust that has gone by various names; I knew it last as the Red Sea, but I think it goes by another name now. West African immigrants are making their presence felt in Southwest Philly too -- it's not a part of town most visitors venture to (or care to), but ISTR Craig LaBan visiting an eatery in that part of town run by Liberians and
  7. While you're up in the vicinity of Steve's Prince of Steaks, you might want to check out an example of a great value for your money: Churrascuria at Picanha Grill. Ambience is 1970s diner (which is what this place was before Brazilian immigrants took it over), salad bar is a mixed bag (iceberg lettuce on the garden salad and bottled dressings from the Save-a-Lot in the next block south of the restaurant, but the house-made items are generally quite good), but the meat is every bit as delicious and just as copious as what you'll find at Fogo de Chao -- for less than half the price of dinner at
  8. The tide of media opinion is apparently turning towards those who argue that the roast pork Italian is -- or ought to be -- the signature sandwich of Philadelphia. The issue was joined this morning in this Inquirer article. It's not the first time someone has raised the issue in the Inky's pages: columnist Karen Heller argued for the cheesesteak's replacement last summer. But she's since been joined in print -- and on the plate -- by others, including out-of-town judges, several of whom are cited here. It's now only a matter of time, folks, before Tony Luke's becomes a tourist trap too.
  9. Didn't know SL's served baby backs. Those you usually don't find at Q joints. Spareribs, yes -- whole racks, half racks, St. Louis-style, or just a few on a combo platter. But baby backs, no.
  10. Clearly not St. Louis-style there. Think I'll have to check this place out next time I'm on 9th Street. With all these new places opening, it struck me that we seem to have developed a wavelike barbecue cycle here: A raft of places open, and suddenly, barbecue is on everyone's lips (and the sauce is on their fingers); then, the weak fall by the wayside and the strong survive and either continue to prosper or fall into a comfortable rut. Tommy Gunn's (remember them?) and Sweet Lucy's are the residue of previous waves. Another wave appears to be cresting right about now. Anyone care to pred
  11. It was the former I was thinking of. I read the Wikipedia article after making my prior post. After reading it, I will allow that they do barbecue in St. Louis, but I still maintain that the city lacks the barbecue history, tradition and culture of Kansas City. (Not to mention the molasses in the sauce -- though my favorite Kansas City sauce, Gates', eschews that ingredient completely; their "Sweet & Mild" sauce is a late addition to their product line, and their regular sauce is tangier, tarter, and a little more peppery than people have come to expect from Kansas City sauce.* I prefer
  12. I have already commented on the growing misuse of the term "St. Louis-style ribs." Consider this another warning. Now that I think of it, I may have been to this place in a previous incarnation. Fixing another omission: Nearest SEPTA service: Trolley Route 10 (City Hall to 63d and Malvern via Lancaster and Lansdowne avenues) to 48th and Lancaster.
  13. Walnut and Locust. Outstanding burger, $10. Rest of the menu that price or lower. Loud when it's busy. Lawyers and bike messengers routinely rub shoulders here.
  14. Haven't had to dine there in a hurry, but Ted's Montana Grill is right across the street and not that expensive. Further afield from the Kimmel Center, there's Minar Palace (really good, really cheap Indian) in the 1300 block of Walnut and More Than Just Ice Cream in the 1200 block of Locust (no liquor license). Both are within a 10-minute walk of the Kimmel. I've heard good things about Du Jour in the Symphony House, but I've never eaten there so can't recommend it. The reborn Girasole is probably above your pay grade for this event. Copa Too! on 15th btw Locust & Spruce was good, but I
  15. I can think of more than a few movie references that probably reinforce the idea that a "dry martini" contains nearly indetectible amounts of vermouth. One is from a film in which the character requesting the martini says, "Spray vermouth in the room and walk through it." A similar line in another movie instructed, "Whisper 'vermouth' over the glass." Get exposed to this enough and you too will misunderstand. Perhaps a counterpropaganda campaign is needed, both for the benefit of the bartending profession and of those who truly prefer just a hint of vermouth in their martinis. Back to Parc f
  16. Which raises this question: What are the truly superlative local seafood restaurants? You can find in Philadelphia superior local examples of just about every other genre of chain restaurant, from steak to Mexican to Italian to casual to even barbecue, but with the Fishmarket long gone and Philadelphia Fish & Company recently joining it in the dustbin of history, what's our winner (what are our winners?) in the seafood category now?
  17. Flashback to the 1980s, which PGMC reprised two weekends ago: "It's a really big bun." "Yes, it's definitely a big bun." "Where's the beef?" Philly's own version of the dreaded Bridge & Tunnel crowd. ← Thought those were the despised "Yellow Tags" who clog your part of town, Katie. But I guess we should have something more distinctively Philadelphian, for New York gets those too. It would be most Philadelphian for our obnoxious louts to come from the upper and not the lower middle class.
  18. A few random comments: --Had the occasion to dine at Devil's Alley a few weeks ago (when the carpenters weren't picketing) and was underwhelmed. The ribs tasted grilled, not smoked. The sauce was OK, though. (The carpenters were picketing because the owners are using nonunion labor on their forthcoming restaurant @ 11th and Sansom. Despite my experience at Devil's Alley, I will probably give the new place a try when it opens. --Sounds like I need to head out to Dante's soon -- looks like a worthy successor to Dwight's, which was (is still?) in that same area. --Of course, I'm sensitive to
  19. Oh, it's a pretty good soul food menu if it's Louisiana soul you're talkin' 'bout. With a few extras (pan seared salmon, strip steak, arugula...) tossed in. Shoot, my dad passed on some Cajun dishes to me along with stories about some lost relatives in Louisiana as I was growing up. Though I note that the chef-owners are at pains to point out that their menu is Creole, not Cajun. (Gumbo -- a dish whose required vegetable is of African origin, or at least whose name is a corruption of a Yoruba word for said vegetable -- is common to both.) Though I will admit that when I perused the menu, my
  20. MarketStEl

    Brussels Sprouts

    Well, last night, after perusing the early posts on this thread again, I decided to try a variant on the basic roasted Brussels sprouts recipe. I had bought some very young sprouts at the Reading Terminal Market the previous Saturday: there were almost no loose leaves to remove from these, and they were about half the size of the mature sprouts I usually see. So I just sliced off a little of the stem end and otherwise left them whole. I then sauteed them in butter with crushed garlic, as philadining recommended, but did not remove the crushed garlic from the pan before drizzling Japanese miri
  21. Doesn't look too bad -- looks handmade, in fact, which is a good thing. What's it look like on the bottom?
  22. Before that happens, Apple will come out with the first circular laptop computer, the Apple pi.
  23. Sorry I missed this. By the time I arrived here, an Ethiopian restaurant, Cafe Nyala, occupied the space. OTOH, that place gave me my first taste of Ethiopian fare, which is still one of the best ways to entertain and feed a large group of people simultaneously.
  24. Well, I will agree that they were rougher than they should have been in dealing with Rick, but if the "end" is to preserve the Market as a fresh food source first and foremost, then...while I wouldn't go the Malcolm X route and say that they should preserve that function "by any means necessary," I don't think that subsidizing the lower-margin fresh food vendors out of the profits of the prepared-foods sellers is all that outlandish, and it's my understanding that Rick was a real PITA on this point, carrying on the fight past the point where it should probably have ended. The RTM having much l
  25. If the Food Court at the Bellevue closes at 6 pm, then its hours and the Reading Terminal Market's are in sync. Rick Oliveri won't lose business due to shorter hours there. He won't, however, have tourist and conventioneer traffic to bolster his bottom line at the Bellevue. I hope there are enough office workers chowing down there at lunchtime to make up for the loss. I finally got around to reading the PhillyMag article. (Note to self: I should give Steve Volk a call and see how he's doing.) From what I know of Steve, he generally tends to sympathize with the "little guy" in a dispute be
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