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Looking for good restaurants in Delaware County. (We live in Lansdowne.) I've been in the area for several years but it's so hard to find the neighborhood places with great food. We've tried the chains like Bennigans all along Baltimore Pike but want something more. We have found Peking in Media (always great), Village Porch Bistro and one or two others. Any ideas? Can be a good burger/fries or more expensive restaurant. Any ideas would be great. Thanks....J

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  1. I am in Havertown and I struggle as well to find chow.

    BUT - here is something good on the near horizon: Owners of the former Xochimilco in Upper Darby will be opening a new place, Hidalgo, at Oak and Providence Road, which I guess is technically in Darby but might be Springfield? I''ll be keeping the board aprised of its opening. And, I'll cross fingers for the owners that they do well.

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    1. re: rumdrinks

      Oak and Providence is actually Aldan. Is it the shopping center with the Giant in it?

      1. re: girlgone

        dunno - haven't seen the site yet. i think i understood it to be property that was actually a standalone restaurant before - not necessarily in a strip mall. anyway, their mexican food, and hospitality was excellent so here's hoping the reincarnation is good too. will keep you posted.

      2. re: rumdrinks

        It's in a tiny strip mall with a CVS Pharmacy - on the left end where an Italian restaurant used to be. It's on Providence Road going eastbound on the right, past the shopping center with Giant, and past the beer/soda distributor, but before the strip mall with Caroline's and Zac's.

        1. re: Peter

          I just saw the sign this weekend. I'll definitely be stopping in soon. Not sure if it is open yet but I'll post a report once I go. Thanks!

          1. re: girlgone

            My husband and I were frequent diners at the late Xochimilco in Upper Darby, so we were pretty thrilled when we heard about Hidalgo and went to the grand opening, which was a lot of fun with a delicious---and filling---pre fixe menu. Hidalgo is trying to get a liqueur license:( But for now it is still BYOB and BYOT (for yummy margaritas). On our second visit, we were a little disappointed that the prices are slightly higher than at the Upper Darby location, but on the upside the service seems to be improving (still slow, though) and the space is more open, and (I'll let you be the judge) the sound system is louder, so that the restaurant's hostess is LOUDER;0

        2. re: rumdrinks

          We are always searching for a good local place - live in the Westbrook Park section of Clifton Heights - does anyone know what happened to the Painted Horse by the Westbrook Market?? - we also used to go to the Oakmont Pub in up on Eagle Road but have been very disappointed the last few times...

        3. Not necessarily great but we frequent Pica's in Upper Darby for pasta, the Trieste in Prospect Park for pasta (free face painting for the kids on Friday night), the Gateway Diner for breakfast in Holmes, the Dairy Cottage in Springfield for sandwiches, Nora Lees in Ridley for Cajun, the Erin Pub in Norwood, and all the various Media restaurants. Hope that helps!

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          1. re: girlgone

            I highly recommend Trieste in Prospect Park. It's a no-frills, down home italian joint with GOOD FOOD. My boyfriend and I are regulars. He loves the mussels and marinara and just about everything else on the menu. I tend to stick to spaghetti, ravioli and meatballs. We're never disappointed when we eat at Trieste.

          2. Roux 3 over in Newtown Square/Edgemont is excellent -- somewhat upscale and pricey but very good eclectic food. roux3.com

            Link: http://www.mainlinedine.com

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            1. re: grossbard

              Sadly, Roux 3 has closed it's doors. (11/2008)

            2. I've lived here for a while and I've found quite a bit of gems. Here are some of my favorites:

              1) Nora Lee's in Morton- Great cajun food, decent prices, BYOB

              2) Quotations in Media- Excellent beer list with really great food. I'm here about once a week.

              3) Cheng Hing in Swarthmore- Cute place with really good chinese food. They're not at Peking standards, but it's inexpensive and much much better than your random place.

              4) Trio's in Folsom- I LOVE this place. It's an Italian deli where you can get Sarcone Bread and great lunchmeat. They make hoagies, chicken cutlets, homemade meatballs, all kinds of stuff and it's all good. There's a restaurant area with kosher pickles on the tables and take out beer.

              5) Countryside Market in Swarthmore- Open for breakfast and lunch with lots of original sandwich options. The fries are extra, but worth it.

              6) Java Joe's in Folsom- Open for breakfast and lunch with lots of specialty items. Expect a line at the door.

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              1. re: jessicheese

                Wow, you beat me to it. Java Joe's and Countryside Market are two of my faves for brunch/lunch. I miss them now that I'm in Bucks.

                I'm surprised to see the Cheng Hing rec. Going to college at Swarthmore, I always saw it as a cheap place for dorm delivery, not a destination.

                Also in Media: Nadia's Thai (I think--formerly Noodi Bar) is great for a fast, cheap, delicios meal. Great Thai iced tea and pad thai.
                I like New Orleans Cafe for a nicer meal (I think a reservation is necessary for weekend dinner). Good Cajun food (I can't speak for the authenticity, but it seemed like a new, lighter take to me). It's been a while since I was last there, though.

                Belrose 333 in Radnor was my choice for a family birthday dinner and graduation celebration. If it's on the menu, their specialty, the Java pork, is a must. They have a beautiful garden, too.

                1. re: Eva and Ziv

                  "I'm surprised to see the Cheng Hing rec. Going to college at Swarthmore, I always saw it as a cheap place for dorm delivery, not a destination."

                  Ha--sentiment seconded, from a fresh graduate!

                2. re: jessicheese

                  Yes, definitely try Trio's. Good hoagies there!

                3. I've lived here for a while and I've found quite a bit of gems. Here are some of my favorites:

                  1) Nora Lee's in Morton- Great cajun food, decent prices, BYOB

                  2) Quotations in Media- Excellent beer list with really great food. I'm here about once a week.

                  3) Cheng Hing in Swarthmore- Cute place with really good chinese food. They're not at Peking standards, but it's inexpensive and much much better than your random place.

                  4) Trio's in Folsom- I LOVE this place. It's an Italian deli where you can get Sarcone Bread and great lunchmeat. They make hoagies, chicken cutlets, homemade meatballs, all kinds of stuff and it's all good. There's a restaurant area with kosher pickles on the tables and take out beer.

                  5) Countryside Market in Swarthmore- Open for breakfast and lunch with lots of original sandwich options. The fries are extra, but worth it.

                  6) Java Joe's in Folsom- Open for breakfast and lunch with lots of specialty items. Expect a line at the door.