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Wild game buffet ?

dockhl Nov 4, 2010 07:01 PM

A LONG time ago, when I was in school in Philly (1976-80) I used to go tot a restaurant that had a wild game buffet once, maybe several times per year. It was gourmet and extensive. Upstairs, they had a lounge/bar where you could play backgammon called "Above it all" or something like that.

I LOVED that place ! Does anyone remember it? Is it still there?

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    phillyjazz Nov 5, 2010 07:11 AM

    That was probably La Grolla. Giovanni's mom used to make gnocchi for him there. It was somewhere near Front and Queen ... that area.

    He retired a few years back. Kids didn't want to keep it going.

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      dockhl Nov 5, 2010 07:45 AM

      I don't think it was an Italian place. More like some woodsy place away from the city. Thanks.

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        phillyjazz Nov 5, 2010 08:21 AM

        La Grolla was pretty high-end Northern Italian. Not a red-gravy joint. There was a handmade backgammon board in the bar (the chef was a woodworker for a hobby.) The interior was very heavy wood paneling and rough-hewn beams.

        Definitely is was in town though... about twice a year he would have a "Jaegerfest" that was about a dozen courses of game.

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          Bigley9 Nov 5, 2010 08:39 AM

          and animal heads on the walls - 700 or so south 2nd - in the late 70's I doubt that area of town would have seemed like center city!

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            phillyjazz Nov 6, 2010 07:46 AM

            I went there at least into the mid-late 80's.

            Here is an old thread from the closing:

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/182300

    2. dockhl Nov 6, 2010 10:40 PM

      Hmm, I don't remember that at all. This was a place where the bar was upstairs and had several backgammon boards. More a lounge than a bar. I don't think I ever ate in the restaurant except for the game buffet which had rattlesnake, elk, venison, squirrel, alligator....I don't THINK bear (but I could be wrong) ....extensive. I went to school on the north suburbs (PA College of Optometry, Oak Lane area) . I don't think it was Germantown-ish, further out, but I don't know what direction ! (I didn't have a car, paid no attention....)It was NOT in the city.

      Also used to go to a place downtown where opera singers would stand up and sing during dinner. I still remember the Fettucini Del Mar.............

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        phillyjazz Nov 7, 2010 04:59 AM

        Victor Cafe' - 13th and Dickinson ?

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          Hungryin theBurbs Nov 7, 2010 05:03 AM

          I can't remember what it was called, but there used to be a place on South Street that served game and had live music. It had a sort of southwestern theme. It was somewhere fairly far east, maybe around 3rd or 4th St. and South. It was in the city, but would have been a drive from the northern burbs. Anyone remember what I'm talking about?

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            phillyjazz Nov 8, 2010 04:21 AM

            Manny Brown's ?? It was essentially a rib joint, but they grilled over Mesquite. They might have had some game, but it was essentially a SouthWestern joint.

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              barryg Nov 8, 2010 04:26 AM

              Think the place hungry means was on the north side and is no longer there. I can picture it, and I'm pretty sure the name started with an "A" and their logo had bull horns in it. The outside walls may have been painted orange, or maybe the lettering was orange. I can't remember the name, it's driving me nuts.

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                phillyjazz Nov 8, 2010 04:59 AM

                http://www.phillytown.com/abilene.htm

                Probably the short-lived Abilene ..

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                  barryg Nov 8, 2010 05:19 AM

                  YES

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                  Hungryin theBurbs Nov 8, 2010 05:30 AM

                  Yes, that's the place!

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