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Apr 19, 2012 06:44 AM

Please critique my itinerary

Serious Food Itinerary:

9 Days: lunch and dinner
Not concerned about cost as much as quality

Already committed to:

Talula's Table (in the kitchen)

Need help choosing a couple of Asian places:

Tai Lake
Mai Lai Wah
Joy Tsin Lau
Dim Sum Garden
Fuji (Haddonfield)
Sagami (Collingswood)

a. kitchen
koo zee doo
modo mio
the dandelion

(i know it's a lot but Philly has a lot of restaurants!)

need recommendations for:
best brunch and
best mexican

Thanks in advance for any assistance.

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  1. Best brunch is at Lacroix in the Rittenhouse Hotel.

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    1. re: Philly Ray

      Fuji over Sagami hands down.

      Sakura Mandarin is an alternative to Dim Sum Garden

      Han Dynasty in Old City if you like Sichuan.

      Mexican, you can go high end.. Distrito. Or you could go to one of a number of places in the Italian Market.

    2. for Asian:
      Han Dynasty
      Dim Sum Garden

      my favs from your consider list:

      I'd also consider:
      Little Fish

      Philly Ray is right, best brunch is Lacroix, but I also like Kanella, Cafe Estelle, and Supper.

      What kind of Mexican do you want? There are some great Taquerias around 9th and Washington. I hit Los Taquitos de Puebla most often.

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      1. re: urbanfabric

        Cochon does a pretty great brunch as well. There's a dish with slow-cooked pork and egg with mornay sauce over biscuits (no one in Philly cooks pork better), a crazy monte cristo and lots of good looking sweet stuff that I've never tried becuase I can't get past the pork.

      2. For 6 more dinners, I'd go to Bibou (by far the best place on your list), Osteria, Vedge (not on your list), Kanella, Koo Zee Doo, and Fond. Fork and Modo Mio are very good too. I'd drop the rest from consideration, not that they're bad or anything but they're not on the same level as the other places. Amis is definitely my least favorite Vetri restaurant, and if you're already going to Vetri and Osteria it would really be pointless.

        1. Fuji is great. Sagami and MIkado in NJ are good, but Fuji is outstanding.

          We don't currently favor any of the Chinese restaurants in Chinatown. If you're driving around near Bryn Mawr, we go regularly to Yang Ming. Always good.

          We have so many good places in Philly! We have not been to Fond but it's high on our list; several foodie friends have told us they love it.

          Brunch at Lacroix is wonderful.

          Recent disappointment at Amis - good food, but we were in and out in 45 minutes. Rushed service, high noise level - we'll stay away for awhile.

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          1. re: sylviag

            Fuji is far and away the best Japanese restaurant in the Delaware valley. We only go to Amis when we can eat outside because it's so loud! We like Dim Sum Garden -- Han Dynasty is too spicy for our elderly digestive systems. Bibou, Vetri and Osteria are our faves -- we concentrate on pizza, appetizers and pasta at Osteria -- forget the entrees and desserts!

            1. re: sylviag

              Sylvia, I'm with you on Amis. Love the food, but you do feel rushed. We often go pre-theatre. We get there relatively early, and tell the waitperson when we need to leave. But we always get the food all at once. We have taken to ordering one thing at a time, but they still rush you, even when the place is less than half full.

              1. re: sylviag

                Sylvia, we had the same experience of rushed service. My husband refuses to go back.

              2. Thanks everyone for all your contributions. Keep 'em comin'! The only problem is now I'm adding more places instead of reducing the number.

                Think I almost have it figured out...

                Any opinions on Federal Donuts Chicken? Also, I really want to try soup dumplings...Dim Sum Garden for those?

                How about John's Roast Pork? better cheesesteak than Pat's?

                I haven't been to Philly to eat in about a decade and there are a lot more options now. I'll post my actual itinerary when I get it all nailed down.

                Thanks again!

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                1. re: axachef

                  Soup dumplings your two best choices are dim sum garden or sakura mandarin. The latter has nicer atmosphere.

                  1. re: axachef

                    John's is bar far better than Pat's. They cook the steak when you order, no piles of meat sitting around the grill.

                    1. re: dfishhead

                      Been so long (and I usually order Pork anyway.. ) Does Tony Lukes steam or cook their steak?

                      1. re: cwdonald

                        You're planning on dining at Talulah's Table (in Kennett) not Talulah's Garden (in Washington Square) right?
                        Zahav and Vetri are great choices and as mentioned before La Croix has a great brunch.

                        You should stop for a meal or two at Reading Terminal Market, especially Wednesday through Saturday when the Amish merchants are there.

                        Amis and Dandelion are both decent...

                        1. re: bluehensfan

                          Yes, the one in Kennett Square.

                          I have the RTM worked in now for lunch.

                          1. re: axachef

                            OK good. The other Talulah is not as good. And you may want to think about pancakes at the Dutch Eating Place at the Market.