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Feb 15, 2012 06:23 PM

Hey Philadelphia Hounds! What's good?

My husband and I will be in the Philadelphia area for the next week. Any suggestions for some fun places to eat? We lived in Narberth for 12 years but we left in 2000 so I'm sure there have been lots of changes. Anywhere in Center City or on the Main Line? We'll actually be staying at a friend's house in Rydal so anything up in that area would be okay too. Looking for casual places with a great atmosphere and great food. We like all kinds of food.

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  1. I clicked on your name and it looks like you are in Western MA. Since I am originally from there, I'll give you my best tip! Center City, Han Dynasty. Get a bunch of appetizers and skip the entrees. Load up on dan dan noodles, spicy cucumber, and the dumplings in chili oil.

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    1. re: Abner Kravitz

      Thanks, Abner. Yes, moved to western MA - not exactly s hot bed for fine dining! Thanks for the Chinese rec.

      1. re: Abner Kravitz

        Another Asian restaurant that you may or may not remember is Rangoon in Chinatown.

        Burmese food is not readily available in most cities. Everyone I've taken there from Massachusetts has been favorably impressed with the food and the prices.

        PS They have a bar license. No need to BYO.

        1. re: Seeker19104

          I love the Burmese restaurant. We used to take our visitors from MA there too! And then we would go to Ray's (?) for the coffee, tea and dessert. I'm so glad to hear it's still there. You're right, most people have never heard of a Burmese restaurant. Maybe we will go for old times sake. Thanks for the reminder!

      2. I always have fun at Varga Bar. They have a great beer and cocktail list and the food is really delicious. Really good brunch too. The kobe hot dog is my husband's favorite.

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        1. re: BelgianBeerMistress

          Thanks! We could definitely go for great hot dog. Brunch too.

        2. There's nothing much to get excited about in Rydal and environs, sadly. In the city, I'd recommend checking out Barbuzzo, which is new since you've left. Browse around the board and you'll see a lot of consistent recommendations for great places, really just depends what you are looking for.

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          1. re: Hungryin theBurbs

            Thanks. I had seen Barbuzzo in another thread. It definitely looks worth checking out. I also found a Philly "hot list' that had a lot of places I have never heard of on it. Actually driving down 611, around Doylestown maybe, we passed a BBQ place that looked kind of interesting. I don't remember there being any great BBQ in Philadelphia when I lived here. Having lived in San Francisco, we're always on the look out for good Mexican food. Dos Segundos (from the hot list) looked like it might serve the kind of Mexican food we like. I don't care much for "new" Mexican. The words duck, rabbit, and truffles should not show up on the menu of a Mexican restaurant - in my opinion.

            1. re: JunieB

              For the best authentic Mexican, head to South Philly, where there are a bunch of authentic taquerias. My favorite is Los Taquitos De Puebla. Here's a link with several great places:


              1. re: Hungryin theBurbs

                Mmmmm! Thanks for the list! We will definitely be hitting up one of these places! Tortilla Press, which is on this list, had the #1 spot on the Philly Hot List, but it's in NJ:)

                1. re: Hungryin theBurbs

                  It's so good to see good authentic Mexican food finally making its way to the East Coast. It's been a long time coming!