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MaTi Jul 30, 2008 02:13 PM

I am planning a trip to philly and was wondering does anyone have reviews on the restraunts there?

Thanks as always to my fellow Chowheads.

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    Prettypoodle Jul 30, 2008 08:56 PM

    I like Mama's Grill (meat) http://www.mamasgrill.net/


    New Harmony (vegan!) http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?...

    Both are good casual choices.

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    1. re: Prettypoodle
      larry321 Jul 31, 2008 02:35 PM

      Are there any decent high end Kosher places anywhere in the Philly metro area?

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      momrn Jul 31, 2008 06:08 PM

      We really enjoy Espresso Cafe in North Philadelphia. The owner,Sharon, truly aims to please. He is especially good at aiming to please children. My 9 yr old has loved his food. We go whenever we get to Philadelphia. Yi Tsi Peking in Bala Cynwyd is very good. There is also a dairy place in Bala Cynwyd that used to be in Great Kosher Restaurants. It was pretty good. Mama's Vegetarian in downtown Philadelpia on s. 20 st has very good falafel. Friends of mine liked Maccabeem on S. 12 St in downtown Philadelphia. It is a meat Israeli place.

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        tdg Aug 8, 2008 09:21 AM

        Maccabeam is no longer kosher (or at least no longer supervised by Community Kashrus of Greater Philadelphia).

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          zsero Aug 8, 2008 12:15 PM

          Any idea whether the new owner is going to keep it kosher under a different supervision, or take it officially treif?

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            tdg Aug 11, 2008 11:59 AM

            Don't know.

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              tdg Sep 11, 2008 10:03 AM

              Apparently the answer is yes. Maccabeam is once again under the Community Kashrus of Greater Philadelphia.

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        momrn Jul 31, 2008 06:12 PM

        There is a good dairy place in Bala Cywyd called Cafe Shira. It is at 134 Bala Avenue . We went last summer and enjoyed .

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          Bzdhkap Jul 31, 2008 08:32 PM

          Does anyone have any recent reviews of "Max and David's" in Elkins Park?

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            tomby Aug 5, 2008 12:35 AM

            Max and David's is excellent! Did you search on it? I went just a few months ago.

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              Buckethead Aug 6, 2008 01:43 PM

              I was there a few months ago and I thought it sucked, from the service to the food. The only thing I had that was worth eating were the fries. I don't practice kosher though.

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              Bride of the Juggler Aug 1, 2008 12:40 PM

              Lin Glatt in Cherry Hill NJ is pretty good. I hear the lunch special (weekdays only) is a real steal. Mama's vegetarian has great falafel in fluffy homemade pita bread (get it with the eggplant spread). New Harmony is my favorite of the kosher vegetarian Chinese places, but Kingdom of vegetarians is also good, especially their dim sum (not sure if the hashgachah is conservative on these two). The take-out fried chicken at the Acme in Narberth is very good. Thank you.

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                momrn Aug 3, 2008 05:24 AM

                Yes,Mama's falafel is very good. Between three of us, we tried almost everything they served and enjoyed it all.

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                  tdg Aug 4, 2008 02:12 PM

                  Mama's is excellent. I moved from Philly and miss it a lot.
                  In my opinion, the fried chicken at Acme is brutal.

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                  Prettypoodle Aug 6, 2008 03:14 PM

                  I like the Acme fried chicken but it is no where near as good as Kosher Bites in Baltimore. IMO that is the very best I have ever eatten ANYWHERE! (kosher or not) It is honestly worth the drive.
                  Yi Tsi Peking is also very good! MMMMMMMMM Gotta go there again soon!

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                    MaTi Aug 13, 2008 02:36 PM

                    Wanted to report on my trip

                    Mamas Veg was very good. everything is made by them including the whole wheat pita

                    Max and David's was excellent. Much better selection than any place here in NY.
                    got to their website and see.

                    Was not inpresed at all with Holy Land grill.

                    Rita ices is definitley something to try. Its like a thicker slurpee with pieces of fruit in it.

                    Thanks again for your help.

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                      Prettypoodle Aug 13, 2008 09:53 PM

                      What an interesting way to describe Ritas! What flavor(s) did you try?

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                        MaTi Aug 14, 2008 03:47 PM

                        I just had the Cherry. I asked the girl at the counter which one she reccomended.

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                          Prettypoodle Aug 14, 2008 07:28 PM

                          Mmmm good choice as is LEMON (a long time favorite) and watermelon and blueberry! In the blueberry one you get whole frozen blueberries every so often. MMMMMMMMMMMM!

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                            TampaAurora Dec 30, 2008 07:05 PM

                            Wild Cherry is delicious. Lemon is great. Chocolate and root beer are interesting - but a memory of childhood.

                    2. DJMarilyn Dec 30, 2008 04:32 PM

                      Hey folks,
                      I'm living back in Philly and not sure what supermarkets carry kosher meats. Also, are their any straight up kosher food markets in Philly?


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                        vallevin Dec 31, 2008 04:42 AM

                        DJ- What part of Philly? Most of the kosher scene is now in the Lower Merion area. I believe Best Value up in the NE closed. For meats, you have the Acme on City Line and Genuardi's in Wynnewood.

                        Try this link:

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                          Bride of the Juggler Dec 31, 2008 06:34 AM

                          We actually drive to the Kosher Experience in Shop Rite in Cherry Hill NJ for kosher meat, they have a full butcher and kosher supermarket within a supermarket. Trader Joes carries some kosher chicken, turkey and steaks. Thank you.

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