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cgarner Jan 7, 2011 12:27 PM

I live in the Lansdale area and I know we have our “regular” spots that we go to grab a bite to eat. Nothing fancy, just good food.

Places where we’re regulars

Huey’s on Main Street Lansdale – Wednesday the special is Turkey dinner… I love their stuffing and it’s REAL turkey! Ok, so the veggie is usually over cooked and has too much butter and garlic on it, but who cares when you have that STUFFING!
Also, Clive the bartender works Wednesday nights and he’s an awesome mixologist. He specializes in the “old fashioned” style drinks. Let him be creative for you!

Friday nights, Vinny bartends… he’s got a great personality and makes a great Long Island Iced Tea! I don’t know what his secret it, but they’re better than most I’ve had (and, well, I’ve had a few LIT”s in my life)

Turkey Clubs are made from REAL turkey too, not the lunchmeat and they’re piled high
Chicken salad is home made and delicious!
Burgers are always very good
(if you’re getting anything with fries, tell them you want the fries “well done” otherwise they’ll come out looking pale and limp, sadly you have to TELL them well done fries to get nicely browned crispy fries)

Saigon@Main right across the street from Huey’s in Lansdale
I know the place gets mixed reviews here. We’ve been going since they opened and the owner treats us like old friends. Love their house three favorites appetizer platter and could scarf that as a meal to myself if I didn’t have my husband and daughter sticking their chop-sticks in to grab the beef wrapped in grape leaves, grilled meatballs and crispy spring rolls!
I also love their Deluxe Pho, but could do without the tripe in it. The tripe is like a rubber band… but the beef tendon… oh it’s almost a sexual experience for me eating Deluxe pho because of that unctuous tendon!
Their Grilled Pork Bun (vermicelli) is also REALLY good
OH and I can't forget the fish in clay pot! Oh! That's awesome
sweet/salty/spicy hits on all cylinders
put a little of the fish, some rice and a squeeze of sirachi on a spoon and pop that little bit o' love into your mouth (you'll thank me for it)

Los Sarapes, Chalfont PA
Wednesday night, is LADIES night! Cheap margaritas… and their house margarita is actually very good! I like mine blended with no salt, (I know, I know… not the way to have a REAL margarita… you say to-may-toh I say Toh-Mah_toh)
I have yet to try anything here I didn’t like
My “go to” dishes are
Carne tampaquena
Which are file strips marinated and grilled served w/ beans, rice, roasted poblanos pico de gallo and enchilada and I forget what else,

Puerco Oaxaqueno
Pork loin, so tender grilled and served in this amazingly dark colored/flavored sauce
It’s delicious, but not overpowering, you taste coffee or is that chocolate? All I know is that it tastes like MORE!

Flautas – Excellent and for the money you can’t beat the Mexican Combo platter which has enchilada, tacos and tostadas (I think beans and rice too, I could be wrong)

Ok, so give me your “regular” hangouts and tell me what you order there and why!

  1. AmblerGirl Jan 7, 2011 01:15 PM

    I like this post! I have a toddler now so I have to preface this by saying that my regular spots are much different now than they were pre-baby but here are our faves:

    Arpeggio in Springhouse - When the weather is nice the small patio is perfect for Sunday lunch, the arpeggio pizza (with whole wheat crust and fresh garlic) is the best, they do not even need to take our order when we show up. Pair it with a nice bottle of syrah, perfect Sunday!
    Wine Thief in Mount Airy - A great Sunday brunch spot, love their buffalo burder, love their steak frites, very affordable wine list so we always try a fun new carafe, great kids menu (complete with the best homemade applesauce I ever had!).
    Tamarindos - Free margaritas, nuff said! Love their pollo loco, and their cocinita pibil. They also make a great flan.
    KC's Alley in Ambler - Half price burgers on Monday and a $5 menu on Tuesday, gotta love it!

    My list was much longer pre-baby, but I digress...

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      givemecarbs Jan 8, 2011 02:53 PM

      Great idea for a thread cgarner!
      Ray's in bluebell John and I have been going to Ray's in bluebell lately after our card tourney. They are open 24 hours. The service is friendly and attentive, and even though we get there around 11 pm my one friend manages to snag the last of the soup du jour. Last night it was chicken noodle and he enjoyed it. John got a scrapple omelette which he inhaled and I got a cheeseburger with nuttin' on it and was very satisfied. (I added a little ketchup) Last time I got a creamy chocolate shake but last night it was just too cold out so I got hot chocolate. This is the second time I've gotten the cheeseburger and they have been consistently yummy.
      Smoke Daddy's Gotta head over there soon for brisket and chicken. Smoke Daddy is experimenting with a new rub and there will be free samples of bbq spam on crackers. Plus I love his weekly newsletters.
      El Cactus in souderton Don't get there as often as I would like but I am addicted to their beef chimichangas. Could use some chicken tortilla soup tonight too. Their flan is yummy but I always have to get it to go. Friendly impressive service. As a former waitress I am in awe of how she handles so many tables with grace.
      R and S Keystone Diner Sellersville I could write pages about this place. They treat their senior citizen customers like royalty. Love almost all their soups, love their desserts, especially that bread pudding (pumpkin and regular) I usually get broiled salmon with real mashed potatoes and the salad bar, but sometimes they have a particularly yummy special. I also like their liver and onions with mashed and gravy. Their meat loaf is a bit too bland for me but they are catering to the older crowd that they cherish so. R and S is the only place I will stand in line for. They keep that line moving and it is really worth the short wait. Breakfasts are yummy too with attention to detail like bringing a little cup of apple butter with your side of scrapple. The owner can often be seen pitching in where ever needed during their rushes, seating people, taking drink orders, running the register. When she asks you how everything is she really wants to know. Thursday is prime rib night, and I think also potato soup night. Would write more but Smoke Daddy's is open despite the snow and I got me a date with some bbq.

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        givemecarbs Jan 10, 2011 05:55 PM

        Smoke Daddy's Okay the smoked barbecued spam was delicious! My heart belongs to Daddy!
        Eastern Dragon My friend and I are regulars at the Eastern Dragon in the dying towamencin shopping center. It is peaceful there, they do a lot of take out business, and the food is satisfying. When we go there we are usually in the mood for comfort food like chicken and broccoli or pork fried rice. The small order of chicken and broccoli on the to go menu is a generous meal for one at a good price.
        Thai Spice I would like to become regulars at Thai Spice in Doylestown. Their pad thai is really tasty and I think I've already mentioned the elephant shaped tea pot. But Doylestown is just a bit too far to drive there once a week what with time constraints, cold weather, price of gas blah blah blah. Gonna make an effort to go there more often as my last meal there made me really happy.
        Costco food court okay don't know how chow worthy this is but just had a very pleasant meal there, the Italian sausage sandwich with peppers and onions and my friend got the chicken caesar salad. Talk about a value meal. Costco shopping just drains me and my wallet too so sitting there on a quiet monday night and watching the other shoppers parade by with their laden carts gives my batteries a chance to recharge. And if someone sits near us with screaming kids we can always beat feet. It's no street side table in Paris but for January in the North East with only eight dollars cash on me it's the best I can do. And I managed to resist buying a thirty dollar orchid plant there even though they looked lovely.

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        jujuthomas Jan 10, 2011 09:00 AM

        Our list is much shorter since we started weight watchers, LOL!

        East Cuisine for most of our chinese/japanese/thai cravings. we love their sushi and the thai style sweet and spicy chicken. YUM! It's also just about 5 minutes from home.

        Andy's Diner mostly for breakfast foods, but I love their soups, and their burgers. We go there enough that many of the staff recognize us - especially those who were at blue bell diner before Andy's opened.

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          Betharu Jan 10, 2011 09:49 AM

          Bocelli's - El Sarape but my "go-to, I want consistently good food and treated like a regular" -

          Mirna's in Blue Bell

          Always pleasant, attentive service - good food. My go to place for grabbing a bottle of wine out of the wine collection and meeting friends spur of the moment.

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            paychecktoday Jan 11, 2011 09:27 AM

            Fellini's (Media) -- excellent italian in the heart of Delaware County. BYOB and very good service. Don't go to any of the other Fellini's in the area, because they all aren't the same. The Media location is by far the best. I am in LOOOOOOOOVE with their grilled calamari appetizer

            From the Boot (Lafayette Hills) -- Same as Fellini's, excellent Italian BYOB. It's a little loud, and it stinks they don't do resos at this location. Still haven't tried the Ambler location yet, but will eventually head out that way. Only had their pastas and as good as it gets for a suburban spot.

            Little Saigon (Upper Darby) -- This is a GOOD local place for some authentic Vietnamese food. Never busy, and the food is always consistent. I wouldn't get the pho here though, it's not as good as many other places. If you want pho, go around the corner to Cafe Anh Hong. If you want anything else, go here. Not as good as Nam Phuong or Vietnam, but beats driving into the city.

            Taqueria Moroleon (Avondale) - I consider this the best Mexican place in the area. My reg spot for mexican and I live almost 45 mins away!! Well worth the drive.

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              cgarner Jan 11, 2011 09:41 AM

              Betharu, google map show's Mirna's on campus of Montco.... I've heard so many great things about this place... can you tell me where it is on 202?

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                gaffk Jan 11, 2011 10:11 AM

                Well, I'm not Beth, but I go to Mirna's often, so I'll answer for her. It's on 202 right above Skippack Pike. In the same shopping center as Radicce--across from PJ Whelihan's.

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                  Betharu Jan 11, 2011 01:51 PM

                  Thanks gaffk! I was stuck at work all day - no Internet access!

                  Cgarner - I am sure you will love it. The food is always good - I LOVE their soft shell crabs when they are in season. The veal and pasta dishes are also excellent. The portions are very generous - always enough to bring home for lunch the next day!

                  Enjoy!

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                    gaffk Jan 11, 2011 02:32 PM

                    My friend's son and I are pretty addicted to their penne chicken, but really everything is good. My friend has recently been disappointed, though, as they revamped the menu and her favorite duck wrap was dropped.

                    The filet sandwich is also awesome. But for me this is pretty much a lunch spot (1/2 way between 2 sites of my company). I don't think I have ever had dinner here.

                    Beth-How's dinner? I now not only work, but live, in the area but never think of Mirna's for dinner.

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                      Betharu Jan 11, 2011 05:58 PM

                      I love dinner there - am never disappointed. My good friends live up the road - off of Morris - so I usually swing by and pick them up spur of the moment. Since we are regulars - we usually get a comped appetizer or salad every visit. Sometimes, if we politely decline dessert, a piece of cake will come out anyway! I love their Veal Saltimbocca, soft shell crabs, and Penne Vodka. They also were running a great dinner special - soup, salad and entree (from a selection of 5 or so) for $19.95. Can't beat it!

                      Our sole mission for 2011 is to keep them in business - especially with the Craig Laban 3 bell favorite child in the same complex! I am sure the rent is pretty high in their space but I have heard they do a good lunch crowd as well.

                      P.S. Tell your friend to ask about the Duck Wrap - the owners are always very accomodating and maybe she could get it back!

                      P.S. Where do you live? Maybe we could organize a meetup!

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                        gaffk Jan 12, 2011 04:58 AM

                        I'll have to tell my friend about the duck--we usually meet once a month for a lunch at Mirna's.

                        I'm in Montgomeryville and always looking for an excuse for a dinner out.

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            givemecarbs Jan 12, 2011 05:01 PM

            Baja Fresh Three of us went there tonight. Was gonna try the new pho place but got outvoted. I always forget about Baja Fresh and it is a real value eatery.
            My friend got the chicken tortilla soup which was very good. Not as good as El Cactus but decent. Even came with avocado slices floating on top. I was kind of shocked.
            My other friend and I got taco platters. He got chicken and pork tacos and said the chicken taco was even better than the pork taco, and this guy is a real pork lover. I couldn't resist getting the fried mahi mahi tacos and they were tasty. There were fresh lime slices, cilantro, pineapple salsa, and a new cranberry salsa at the free salsa bar and all of us devoured our free containers of tortilla chips. They just started a special where you can get a chicken faluta for 1.49 with the purchase of an entree. The chicken falutas were tasty, freshly made and not greasy. Kudos to the management on on running a tight ship, I'll bet all the locations are not as good as the montgomeryville/north wales one.

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              rutabaga Jan 12, 2011 06:24 PM

              A Country Place in Perkasie. NOT special, but it's nearby and cheap, and if you order carefully it's not bad. You can get a strip steak dinner with two sides for ten dollars. Salmon dinner with two sides is $7.95. Cheesesteaks are like $2.50.

            2. Tir_na_nOg Jan 13, 2011 02:56 AM

              Blackfish on Tuesday and Smoke Daddy's on Friday or Saturday. I guess that comes as no surprise to anyone who reads this board. Clearly I need to get out more and find some restaurants for the other nights of the week.

              Come to think of it, Sunday is usually leftovers from Smoke Daddy's, so I just need to fill in Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday...

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                Bashful3 Jan 13, 2011 04:16 AM

                I have two very different 'go to' places. Chun Hing, in Bala, next to Pathmark off Monument Road is old time familiar: reliable Chinese food, same ownership for the last 40 years or so. Whenever I don't feel like cooking, this is my favorite destination. Love the pork/turnip soup, any dish with lobster when I am in splurge mood, but never doing without the best fried dumplings in or out of Chinatown.

                The other is not at all close to home: Fuji in Haddonfield is a different experience altogether. My friend and I go there often, but I wish it were more often. We sit at the sushi bar; do not order, but depend on Matt, the owner/chef to amaze us with what is fresh, unusual, whatever he is experimenting with. He knows our need to avoid certain foods; he manages to rarely serve the same dishes twice. The joy that never gets stale.

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                givemecarbs Jan 13, 2011 11:17 AM

                Wegman's food court in Warrington. My friend and I hit there once a week. I love to go there when I am in a bad mood and hungry. I usually get the salmon or a crab cake with mac and cheese or mashed potatoes and a veggie after staring at the Indian food on the hot bar. My friend is in love with Wegman's hot soups. We could get wine or beer with our meals but have not as yet. Maybe when John comes with.
                There is also a Wegman's in Collegeville with a food court and a restaurant but I like the warrington wegman's better because you can sit on the second story and look out over the supermarket. The one time I ate at the Collegeville one it seemed claustrophobic by comparison.
                After we eat I can shop in a much better mood and not overspend due to being ravenous. Sometimes I overspend anyway but at least I eliminated one factor.

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                  brianaface Jan 25, 2011 10:13 AM

                  Chicks Wine Bar- A great wine, beer, and cheese selection. As well as the best steak I have had in a long time. Great bartenders, and a very cute, dim atmosphere that never feels crowded.

                  Southwark- Another place with dim lighting and a cute atmosphere. The servers are a little brisk but friendly and make amazing old fashion cocktails. They have the best selection of Rye Whiskey around. Their food is great as well. Locally sources and they recently added their own smoke room.

                  Vietnam Palace- A go to place for a pho need. Cheap, friendly service who remembers what we like everytime we go in. Yes, duck and bamboo shoot pho!

                  Dirty Franks- Always dirty, always busy, always service with a half smile and a half Ill kick your ass attitude. I love this place more than almost any other. People of all walks, nothing pretentious and a lovely $2 dollar shelf of shame *but don't let sheila hear that*.

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                    padovana Jan 25, 2011 12:34 PM

                    Ah what fun!

                    Standard Tap-- any game meats (they seem to be prepared differently each time), the mussels

                    Ekta--anything extra spicy and garlic naan. such comfort food

                    Resurrection Ale House-- mostly for brunch because it's easier to get to at that time... the scone, gravy and biscuit, franziskaner mimosa!

                    Prohibition Tap room-- just the drinks (can't comment on the food) but just a nice relaxed place

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                      Vishne Feb 17, 2011 04:46 AM

                      Pub and Kitchen !! Especially on weeknights when the mob tends to thin out.

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                        malkazanie Feb 17, 2011 05:25 AM

                        HMart Food Court in Cheltenham - especially since moving to Elkins Park, I'm there easily weekly. I have a list of 5 or so regular items, but often branch out (mostly with good results - have run into a few things that are a little too spicy!) I also go to El Limon in Conshy fairly regularly, as it's about 5 minutes from my job.

                        When I'm in the city, I can't make myself stay away from Franklin Mortgage (for cocktails), and Pub and Kitchen (the Churchill has become my new favorite burger). I also love Village Whiskey and Zahav - find myself there every few months. I wish I went to SPTR and Royal Tavern more, because I always have an awesome time there.

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                          bluehensfan Feb 17, 2011 05:39 AM

                          I am eating pancakes at the Dutch Eating Place and taking DiNic's home from Reading Terminal Market like clockwork on Saturdays. And now I seem to be developing this bad Percy Street BBQ brisket habit too. Well maybe it's not all that bad...

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                            malkazanie Feb 17, 2011 06:36 AM

                            I hear you, I'll be working at the flower show in early March and it will take all of my willpower (and the high cholesterol diagnosis I just got, at age 30) to stop me from eating Dinic's every time I'm at the convention center.

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                          knappy123 Feb 18, 2011 06:08 PM

                          Our favorites (we live in Ambler):

                          Saffron --- Tikka masala is to die for, but I'm always impressed with their specials, too. Recently had a great shrimp dish in a spicy tomato based sauce that was wonderful.

                          Persian Grill --- I have eaten here probably 500 times over 20 yrs, & love the food as much now as I did when the original owners ran the place. Lunch is real steal here, especially the jumbo gyro which is 2 big kebobs on pita usually served with two sides....basmati rice & salad shirazi. The menu never changes, but that is not a bad thing here. comfort food personified.

                          the French bakery in Chestnut hill & Fairlane's grill in Flourtown...our two favorite brunch spots. Fairlanes is always packed while the french bakery is always relatively empty. Go to Fairlane's for great pancakes, killer homefries & a solid omelet. Go to the bakery for the ham & cheese on croissant & the oh-so-good soups.

                          Blackfish. Our favorite special occasion & date night place. We often take friends here when they visit from out-of-town, & no one leaves unimpressed.

                          Thai Orchid. Strip mall heaven. Consistently yummy. I've had everything on the menu, multiple times, and there is not a bad choice. Surprisingly, the crab cakes with curry sauce & the soft shells in the summer are some of the best choices.

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                            givemecarbs Feb 19, 2011 11:16 AM

                            Thanks for the info knappy! Almost ordered the crab cakes on my last visit, now I'm getting them for sure next time.

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                              Chefpaulo Feb 19, 2011 11:38 AM

                              I did not respond earlier as I could not think of a "regular spot." I like to try new and varied places but I guess Thai Orchid qualifies as the place I've frequented most over the past few years.

                              When the folks were still alive, Springhouse Tavern, Ristorante Dori, Crane's Tavern and Hotel Tremont were the preferred hangouts. As a kid, it was Rizzo's, Barson's (Ivy Hill) and Murray's (Baederwood) who saw us most often.

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                                givemecarbs Feb 19, 2011 01:34 PM

                                Ever go to the Halloween costume contest at the Tremont CP? It used to be quite the event. Won a bottle of wine once there. We ran into some friends at Thai Orchid recently and asked about what they usual order. One girl said she always got the pad thai. That stuff is addicting!

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                                  Chefpaulo Feb 19, 2011 02:16 PM

                                  Nope, never did the Tremont party. I should have gone as owner, Marcel, and staggered around with a glass of red wine patting ladies butts and see if he caught the humor.

                                  Your friend should branch out and try other stuff at Thai Orchid. I'm a fan of the Pernicious Jungle Vixen (or something like that). But their Pad Thai is the best around.
                                  CP

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                                  cgarner Mar 1, 2011 08:30 AM

                                  CP Dori's brings back great memories! My Dad bartended there for a short time and we'd go for dinners and I'd scarf up the fried hot peppers they set out on the table. They used to have that lounge singer on Friday nights, too. It was quite "the scene" in its day

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                                  JanR Feb 20, 2011 04:44 AM

                                  Agreed on Fairlane and Blackfish knappy123!

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                                  sandlansd Feb 19, 2011 09:38 PM

                                  Anyone check out Umai in Lansdale? BYOB Sushi place.

                                  Best sushi in the Philadelphia Area.

                                  Way better than Bluefin and slightly better than Morimoto.

                                  Their fish is so fresh and Chef Ray is a total master and is always coming up with new / creative ideas for special rolls.

                                  The best thing to do is tell Chef Ray how much you want to spend, any particular likes & dislikes, and then let him craft a menu for you. You won't regret it.

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                                    Kater Feb 20, 2011 05:23 AM

                                    Great thread - it reminds me that we need to get to Umai. We love Blue Fin but don't go as often as we once did because I keep forgetting to make a reservation.

                                    A lot of our usual stops have been mentioned. We love Tamarindo's for Mexican - the whole red snapper is so YUM!

                                    Also, Saigon on Main is a favorite despite some service challenges. It is time for them to bring in a few more servers on Friday and Saturday evenings.

                                    Our new favorite, Olce, is great mid week and on the weekend. That is the artisan pizza place in Cedars on the way to Skippack Village. Delicious and different pizzas - including apple pie pizza for dessert.

                                    Bonjung in Collegeville is another favorite. Their maki are awesome and they also have some really nice Korean dishes. They make something called a Samurai roll that is filled and topped with spicy crunchy softshell crab. It is so good.

                                    We used to go to Korea Garden all the time but have changed over to Gaya. The atmosphere at Gaya is more relaxing, service is much better and they have better food. The Korean barbecue there is great and so is the pork and kimchi.

                                    Desi Villages rounds out the list. Now, we do hit Aman's for Indian fairly often and really love to have it nearby. However the food at Desi Villages in KOP is superior and much less greasy. Their special baigan bartha, a spicy eggplant dish, is outstanding. One odd thing is that they ask if you want American Spicy or Indian Spicy (or American mild/Indian mild) which can be a little confusing. The first time we went we asked for American Spicy but now we ask for Indian spicy.

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                                      knappy123 Feb 22, 2011 05:49 PM

                                      Kater, thanks for the recommendations. We keep meaning to go to Gaya, which I hear great things about from my Korean friends. We'll have to give Olce a try, too, based on your (& others') recommendation. We like the other choices on your list, although we will probably hit up Cantina Feliz now more often than Tamarindo's since we have a little one dining with us nowadays. We'll miss the free margaritas!

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                                      neener41 Mar 1, 2011 09:05 AM

                                      I have to say I was disappointed with Olce. I don't know what he does with the dough but it tastes like chlorine. My go to spots lately have been Cantina Feliz, El Limon, Majolica, and Blue Fin. I usually try new places all the time, but these are the few that I keep going back to.

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