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BRI328 Sep 25, 2007 08:17 AM

My partners birthday is today and we are looking for something new and trendy with
good food (moderate price) along the Main Line or surrounding area. Any suggestions?

We were going to do the Restaurant Week thing in the city, but the menus are basically the same thing... chicken, salmon, pasta dish.

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    the dog ate my homework Oct 27, 2007 08:32 AM

    Theresa's Next Door in Wayne: we went there last night and loved it. I have never been fond of the original Theresa's (not crazy about the menu, no reservations, nowhere to wait, unenthused greeters). But, Theresa's Next Door is a real treat. They specialize in Belgian beer and food -- it's a revelation in this area; such a change from the same old Italian and Asian food. The mussels are offered in about a half dozen ways and the fries that accompany them (with traditional Belgian mayo) are fabulous. the menu has tons more and it's tough to decide. I was there with my spouse, but it would be a great place to go with business associates or on a date because there's so much on the drink menu to discuss and it's a beautiful space with a killer bar. They boast no t.v. so guests can actually talk to each other. We got there early and got a table right away, so I'm not sure about their reservation policy. When they started construction, I had crabbily vowed to boycott the place because I loved the little old paint store that used to be there (!), but Theresa's next door is a winner.

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      squashchick Oct 2, 2007 04:44 PM

      I will also submit Susanna Foos in Radnor as a place you should try. It can be quite noisy during the heart of the evening, but their shrimp dumplings are heavenly.

      People are also giving Theresa's Next Door in Wayne good reviews, but i haven't tried it yet.

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        BRI328 Oct 3, 2007 07:08 AM

        I have heard good things about Theresa's Next Door. We may go this weekend.

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        actingout Oct 1, 2007 12:24 PM

        I know your partner's birthday has passed but for those who still might be interested....my .02:

        One of my favorite restaurants is in Malvern called Restaurant Alba. Get the daily changing antipasto platter. It's gigantic which is great to share and always delicious.

        Blackfish's food is very good however the last time I went there I had the worst service I've had in a long time in ANY restaurant. When I asked the server for his preference between two appetizers I was told. "Oh, I don't know. You pick, honey." Also, plates were cleared before everyone was finished eating and the waiter seemed annoyed we don't enjoy drinking our "byo" white wine in glasses filled nearly to the top. So, beware...

        Nectar is in a spectacular space and has a downtown ambiance but the food quality doesn't really match the high prices.

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          idia Oct 1, 2007 02:08 PM

          With all due respect, I disagree that Nectar (I dined there last night) doesn't have a high quality of food to match their prices.
          They are an upscale restaurant in the burbs. They never pretended to be anything else.
          For more reasonable prices, one might be interested in their sister restaurant, Yangming.

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            Carole Oct 1, 2007 05:23 PM

            I have to agree with actingout. Last time (only a couple of weeks ago – hadn't been there for a while) my husband and I ate at Nectar we were extremely disappointed. If the bill was cut in half it still wouldn't have been worth it and I would have still been very unhappy. Very basic blunders.

        2. rabidog Sep 25, 2007 12:02 PM

          check out this website i was delighted to find yesterday! http://www.mainlinedine.com/index.php

          i was actually going to poll the board but i will do it here --- i am planning a business dinner at susanna foo later this week (wayne location). has anyone been recently, and if so what do you recommend?

          my favorite rte-30 destination remains thai pepper. locations in ardmore and wayne, latter is the better IMHO. spicy noodles are awesome. not particularly new (though they do go by the new name "flavor by thai pepper"). the wayne location has more of a contemporary decor, the ardmore location is more traditional.

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            BRI328 Sep 25, 2007 12:24 PM

            We were at Susanna Foo when it first opened and it was good. We have driven by Thai Peppers numerous times, but have never stopped. We live in Wyomissing and shop at Whole Foods in Devon. Thanks for the link!

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              idia Sep 25, 2007 03:55 PM

              There's Pond/Mediterranean Grill/Nectar/Fleming's
              and then there's my favorite small BYOB in Bryn Mawr -- Sola.
              Wonderful!

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            Buckethead Sep 25, 2007 09:54 AM

            You could try Blackfish, but their menu does have chicken, salmon, and pasta on it.

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              BRI328 Sep 25, 2007 12:02 PM

              Thanks, that is on our list. The menus during Restaurant Week are boring. The chefs do not show their creativity. The restaurants should let you pick from their current menu (within reason). This will give you a better idea what talent the chef
              has to offer.

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                Buckethead Sep 25, 2007 12:15 PM

                Some places do let you pick from the regular menu, or at least some did the last time I went out for restaurant week. I agree that most places don't put their best foot forward during restaurant week though.

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                  rabidog Sep 25, 2007 12:59 PM

                  i totally agree with this. furthermore, servings are usually smaller than normal and sloppily presented. while the restaurant week advertisements usually con me into making a gazillion reservations, once in the restaurant i almost always order off the regular menu instead. therefore, restaurant week is always a very spendy week for me. this year, i am splurging *after* restaurant week when business cools down!

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