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20th & Sansom, Any recs?

Main Line Tracey Aug 24, 2006 02:55 PM

We are going to be around 20th & Sansom on Saturday night and wondered if there were any reasonably priced good restaurants in the area. Any recs?

My husband had noticed a restaurant (begins w/P) in the area that seems to have been there a while. Sorry for the sketchy info. Anyone know about it though.

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    Bride of the Juggler RE: Main Line Tracey Aug 24, 2006 03:40 PM

    Porcini is an Italian BYO on that block. I haven't been in a while, but it was very good last time I went.

    Capogiro gelato is also on that corner.

    Cafe Habana is a good Cuban restaurant at 21st and Sansom, with an interesting menu and great mojitos.

    Thank you.

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      Main Line Tracey RE: Bride of the Juggler Aug 24, 2006 04:43 PM

      Porcini! That was the one that he mentioned. So it's very good?
      And Caffe Casta Diva or Tria. I am not familiar with either of those.

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        joypirate RE: Main Line Tracey Aug 24, 2006 06:29 PM

        you might have a wait at Tria, but it is very, very good.


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          Elaine RE: Main Line Tracey Aug 24, 2006 09:01 PM

          Yes, Porcini is very good. It's tiny, tho, and as I recall, they don't take reservations, so if that's your choice, try to get there early. We also liked Goia Mia, across the street, but haven't been there in about a year.

      2. joypirate RE: Main Line Tracey Aug 24, 2006 03:43 PM

        Caffe Casta Diva's only 2 blocks away.

        1. G Goo RE: Main Line Tracey Aug 24, 2006 03:46 PM

          Tria. Small plates, but large enough for dinner, great beer and wine list. Extensive cheese selection. No reservations. 18th and Sansom, I think.

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            Main Line Tracey RE: Main Line Tracey Aug 24, 2006 09:19 PM

            The menu for Tria looks great. I love tapas style because I can order many different things and just get small tastes. Amada is fabulous, but Tria looks like an American style, casual restaurant (the prices are great).

            We will probably go there. I will give a report either way. Any recs on what to order at Tria?

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              G Goo RE: Main Line Tracey Aug 25, 2006 12:34 PM

              The Truffled Egg Toast with Fontina Cheese is a delicious starter. I've tried most of the sandwiches and enjoyed them all. As for beer and wine.....be daring. Tria is a great place to try things you wouldn't normally try. They have Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA on tap which is like heaven for a guy like me. And the staff is very knowledgeable about their wines and beer (and cheese!).

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                clovis RE: G Goo Aug 28, 2006 02:04 AM

                if you like the 90 minute dogfish, try the 120 minute IPA. i'm a real hop head. the mo' bitta, the mo' betta.

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                  G Goo RE: clovis Sep 1, 2006 02:48 PM

                  I have tried the 120 minute and I found the alcohol content too overpowering of, well, everything else including the hop flavors. I find the 90 minute to be the perfect balance between alcohol strength and hoppiness. And this is coming from a fellow hop-head. My favorite IPA is Russian River Pliny the Elder (90 minute is a close second)......I believe Tria carries Russian River brews. Keep your eyes peeled.

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                    clovis RE: G Goo Sep 8, 2006 01:48 AM

                    thanks. we may be there for dinner tomorrow or saturday.

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                kd592 RE: Main Line Tracey Aug 25, 2006 08:40 PM

                sundried tomato bruschetta, the veggie panini, beets w/ feta, and fig/gorgonzola bruschetta are some of my faves... fyi draft beers are a good price for the serving too. enjoy!

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                Main Line Tracey RE: Main Line Tracey Aug 25, 2006 06:09 PM

                I was looking at the Truffled egg toast! (and many others). I will definitely report.

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                  Main Line Tracey RE: Main Line Tracey Aug 27, 2006 03:28 PM

                  Thank you for recommending Tria. It was very nice (and our bill was only $35 with non-alcoholic drinks and tip!). We had the truffled egg toast (large cube of bread with fontina cheese melted on top and a semi-soft egg served over greens), Piquillo peppers stuffed with lump crab salad over Basil Pesto Oil, Roasted beets with feta, Bruschetta: gorgonzola w/fig jam, goat cheese/roasted garlic/pesto and truffled mushroom with fontina.

                  The truffled egg toast was ok, the piquillo peppers were wonderful!, the beets were ok, the gorgonzola/fig bruchetta was very nice, the goat cheese pesto bruchetta was great (the waitress said that they make the pesto fresh daily) and the mushroom fontina bruchetta was very nice.

                  I would have to say that it was very good, considering the price and that they don't have a full kitchen.

                  We went to Capirogiro afterwards. They were out of the bitter chocolate (darn!) but we enjoyed the coffee and the peach procecco flavors.

                  Thanks again to all for the recs. The Helium comedy club was great as well.

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                    newbatgirl RE: Main Line Tracey Mar 9, 2007 01:57 PM

                    MLT, I'm going to Helium tomorrow for a show and I'm glad you started this thread and got these good recs. Now I know I won't have to settle for the club fare. :)


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                    Main Line Tracey RE: Main Line Tracey Mar 10, 2007 08:11 AM

                    How funny! I am going too! We have tickets to see Jake Johannsen. We are going to try out Porcini this time (and Capogiro of course!)

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                      newbatgirl RE: Main Line Tracey Mar 11, 2007 04:39 PM

                      Oh, man, I'm sorry I did not see this post until today. We could have intro'd ourselves! We went last night, 8 PM show. Was that the show you went to? He was awesome. He's one of my favorite comics... but I digress. We didn't eat out, though. My mother-in-law came to babysit our toddler so we ended up cooking for her and eating at home before we left.

                      I did stop in front of Porcini on the way to check out the menu. It looked good. How was it? I know that I'll be heading to Helium in the future and I'd love to eat in the area.

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