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Any suggestions for dinner tonight near Plymouth Meeting? Not sure of the time we'll actually get there, so no reservations. Hope there are options other then Cracker Barrel. Thank you!

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  1. How near is "near"? If you head northwest on Germantown Pike about 2 miles from the mall there's Aman's, a very good Indian restaurant. About 2 miles southeast of the mall on Germantown Pike is the Persian Grille, http://www.persiangrille.net/ .

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    1. re: Buckethead

      I was just thinking about the Persian Grille which is between our home and Plymouth Meeting. We haven't been there in a long time. I've not heard of Aman's. Would you consider it better then Tiffin?

      1. re: DaisyM

        I haven't been to Tiffin in years thanks to a couple not-so-great meals there (and no reports that it's improved), and I haven't been to Aman's in months, but based on my most recent visits to each place, yes, Aman's is better.

        1. re: Buckethead

          Thank you! I agree about Tiffin going down hill, but several months ago we tried it again and it had improved significantly. I wouldn't say it was as good as when they first opened, but still good.

          1. re: DaisyM

            Little further away Blue Fin (up Germantown pike now in East Norriton) is a worthy destination. Redstone Grille in the Plymouth Meeting mall is not that bad, though the parking situation there is a nightmare. Pf Changs is next door, though I am not a big fan of it. Plaza Azteca is an ok Tex Mex restaurant (small east coast chain). Further along Germantown Ave Capones is a nice family run restaurant with a world class beer selection. Burgers are good there, as are crab cakes, salads, and mussels.

            1. re: cwdonald

              CW, I've heard of Blue Fin but have never been there. Can you tell me how it compares to Osaka?

              1. re: DaisyM

                Daisy please excuse the lateness of the reply. Blue Fin has been regarded by many as the best sushi bar in the suburbs. I have not dined at Osaka in Chestnut Hill so it will be hard for me to compare with them. They are still BYO which is one of the benefits. They used to be a very small strip mall operation, until late last year they moved to a space in a larger shopping center on Germantown Pike. The atmosphere is modern, and the noise level moderate. I appreciate their sushi and their update appetizers (tuna sundae or an updated tuna tataki for example.) as well as a few more traditional Japanese entrees, (tempura, udon etc). Comparing the Osaka menu to Blue Fin Blue Fin has many fewer entrees, and emphasizes sushi ore.

                For me the best way to experience this (and most) sushi restaurant is to sit at the sushi bar and interact with the chefs, as the sushi is so much fresher that way... It used to be very difficult to get sushi bar seats as they were so small and had a huge number of regulars. The increased size has ameliorated that to some respect.

                All in all if you are up that way and looking for sushi you cannot do much better in my opinion.

                1. re: cwdonald

                  Thanks, CW. I'll put it on our list. The Tuna sundae sounds great.

                  1. re: DaisyM

                    Where did you end up?

                    1. re: Buckethead

                      We went to the Persian Grille.

                      1. re: DaisyM

                        What did you order? Did you enjoy it Daisy?

                        1. re: givemecarbs

                          I've been reluctant to talk about this because it is a restaurant that I have been to before and enjoyed. The food was good with excellent rice dishes with candied orange peels topped wtih roasted capon. Also, shish kebabs of chicken and beef over rice. Again food was good solid Persian cooking. (although my college Persian boyfriend did better. Service was warm and friendly. My issue and it gave me an uneasy feeling with a group of patrons who were sitting near us. The snippets of their conversation seemed to be anti american. Again, these were patrons...not the owners. I've been particuarly upset about the situation in the Middle East and having to hear thsi didn't make it better. I in no way want to suggest that the management or staff had anything to do with these people. It was only once after having eaten there probably a dozen times over the years. I'm just very worried about what is happening and this didn't help.

                          1. re: DaisyM

                            Thanks for your answer, DaisyM. I, too, was wondering what you'd had!

                            Would you mind telling me about the portion sizes there? I was disappointed by the poor value at Ali Baba Palace in Manayunk and have been waiting to get over my disappointment to try elsewhere (eg, chicken fesenjan was about a 1-cup portion with another 1-cup portion of rice for $19). Although the food was delicious, I think we spent close to $80 for three of us and were nowhere close to being full.

                            1. re: mookleknuck

                              The portions are quite large. I could only eat one of the two kebabs that were with my entree. The rice with orange peel is so excellent that accompaines the cornish hen. The appetizer of roasted egglant with shredded chicken was enough for two. Persian food is fantastic. Don't ever pass up the opportunity to have a homecooked Persian meal....great food....and hospitality.

                              1. re: DaisyM

                                Thanks for the info, DaisyM! I'll have to try the Persian Grille when I'm over my Ali Baba disappointment.

                            2. re: DaisyM

                              My family ate at Persian Grill last night and had a lovely time. It was bustling on a Saturday around 7 p.m., and the atmosphere was extremely friendly. Nothing like what you describe. There were a wide variety of patrons - families, couples, larger groups. Service was professional and everything was tasty. We had the hummus appetizer and everyone had some kind of kebabs. Portions are quite large, but I still find it a little pricy for the type of food and location. I hadn't been in years, and it was the first time my kids were there, and we all loved it and look forward to going back soon.

                    2. re: cwdonald

                      CW, thank you! We went to Blue Fin and loved it. The tuna sundae was excellent. We ordered several specials including a roll with scallops and spring roll with lobster. It felt like center city quality food, if you know what I mean. I wish it was just a little less noisy. But we will absolutely be going back. Thanks again, CW you always give great advice. BTW, much better then Osaka.

                      1. re: DaisyM

                        So glad you had a good experience there. It is a bit loud, but the food is definitely top notch.

                        1. re: cwdonald

                          CW, I had completely missed knowing about Blue Fin...anyplace else of that quality here in the burbs? The only other I can think of is Mica. It would be nice not to always have to schlep to center city on a Saturday night for a great dinner.

                          1. re: DaisyM

                            I saw this thread too late to recommend 2 winners for you, both on Germantown Ave. in Chestnut Hill:
                            Heirloom and Stella Sera.
                            Both are BYOB's.

                            1. re: arepo

                              When Heirloom first opened I heard mixed reviews. Have they ironed out the kinks?

                              1. re: DaisyM

                                We've been to Heirloom several times since they opened -- both early on and recently. It has always been very good. Probably one of the best restaurants in this area.

                                1. re: JanR

                                  Thanks, we'll go.

                                  1. re: DaisyM

                                    Daisy: Heirloom is a clear winner to me albeit a bit noisy if you don't go early.

                                    That chef definitely has some unique talents.

                                    Do try Stella Sera as well. It's also a BYOB. I'll be there myself this weekend.

                                    1. re: arepo

                                      Thank you...we're going to try both! I'll listen to you regarding an early reservation at Heirloom. I just can't stand trying to have a conversation in a noisy restaurant.