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Help! Starving in Media....

Chowhounds please help. Just moved here from San Francisco. Spent a cold Saturday night walking State St. in Media looking for a quality place to eat that didn't charge NY or SF prices. Hard to find. Not a Yelp 4 star in the bunch. Actually most of the restaurants were 2.5 or 3 stars with $20 to $26 entrees- including for pasta!! Ended up going to Bonefish against my better judgement. Which by 9:30 p.m. tasted pretty good.

Any suggestions for a moderately priced (or less) dining establishment with an OK (or better) wine by the glass listing? Love local 'finds' and hole in the walls too.

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  1. If you like Indian, this place is supposed to be good:


    Also -- although not the best Italian in the world -- Fellini's isn't bad, has a nice atmosphere and is byob.

    For desserts, The Fountain House at Jackson and Front has old fashioned milshakes, banana splits, etc. Service is very nice and it is a good family place. They also serve creative grilled cheese sandwiches, hot dogs, cheesesteaks, etc.

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    1. re: JanR

      Thanks Jan. Sheree Punjab is on our list. Agree Fellini's is good (not great) but Opera Night is fun. I did find a bagel place we like very much - Custom Bagel's @ 15 S. Olive.

    2. Try Azie for sushi. They have wonderful service and the food is pretty good. http://www.azie-restaurant.com/
      House is nice for casual sandwiches. http://www.eatathouse.com/

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      1. re: leelabee

        Just a word of caution for anyone from the west coast who likes sushi.. east coast sushi is not the same. You pay more for lower quality. Frankly there are only about two places in the Philadelphia area that have great sushi, without going to NYC. And there you will spend upwards of 200 a person for great sushi. This is not to say Azie is not worth trying, but you should recalibrate your expectations.

        1. re: cwdonald

          Not sure why that is, as most of the fish in CA, AZ, CO, etc. all gets FedEx'd in. But I have heard that about NYC even. That there are very high end Sushi restaurants (Nabu...Awesome!), and low quality low priced establishments. I actually did wonder into the HMart, upstairs to Tomo's. Not bad at all for the money. $8.95 for a rainbow roll. I'm used to paying $16. Not as fresh, but a solid 'good' for me.

      2. Media tends to be so-so as far as restaurants. Shere-e-punjab is very good Indian. Desert Rose does some decent and low-key Middle Eastern dishes. I think you ought to check out Lotus Farm to Table. It had been just Ok and a bit precious besides, but the new chef Ryan Suklowski(?) has jumped it up several notches. In addition, and I almost hesitate to write this, they have a fabulous pastry chef. My wife and I had a vanilla olive oil cake with salt and pepper ice cream and blue cheese marshmallows. I know, it sounds awful, but, and I'm not a big dessert lover or ice cream guy, the salt and pepper ice cream blew us away. Alex Stupak in New York has nothing on this guy. Check it out, and splurge on this place, because word is going to spread.

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        1. re: jgilfoil

          Thanks for the info. Funny that you peg Lotus Farm to T. as 'precious'. That is a common gripe I have w/ many San Fran. restaurants. It is just food at the end of the day. I have eaten at LFtoT, and would absolutely agree with your assessment. It is very good, albeit a bit curious mixing of ingredients sometimes, but a bit too too precious. And expensive. Although I like the organic bent.

        2. Giuseppe's Trattoria in Edgemont (not too far from Media) serves up some good Italian fare but everyone else thinks so too so it can get abusively noisy unless you really go early.
          You can also BYOB I am not sure if there is a corkage fee or not.

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          1. re: arepo

            While the food is okay here, the attitude and the inability to keep reservations has made this establishment a 'nogo' for me.

            1. re: OM42Braz

              How about Peter McAndrew's place in Edgemont? Anyone been?

              1. re: JanR

                I haven't myself but friends have and they liked it. Good pizza, great Italian. Also a decent selection of beer and wine.

          2. Nadia's Noodi (I think that's the spelling) is a great casual Thai byob. Diego's has decent Mexican and good tequila selection, although probably a tough sell for a West Coaster. Margaret Kuo's is also supposed to be very good.

            If you like beer, Pinocchio's Pizza has a beer garden and a very nice selection.

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            1. re: lawgirl3278

              Thank you. Look like good suggestions. Looking forward to trying Nadia's. I checked out Margaret Kuo's menu and it looked way expensive for what it was. Also on a recent Saturday night when the town was hopping, they were practically empty. Tells me they probably need to ratchet back their price points. Just say'n.....

            2. My favorite spot in Media is Fellini's. They have a great artichoke with sundried tomato gnocchi but I ask them to make it for me with linguini.

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              1. re: musicalglow

                Thank you. I agree with you. Fellini's was one of the first restaurants I found in Media. Love the BYO and opera night. Good value, and massive proportions.

              2. I've eaten at La Porta (McAndrew's place) and found it good. I especially enjoyed my pasta and the meatball app.

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                1. re: Misha

                  OK, that looks awesome. #1 choice for my next night out.
                  Also heard good things about White Dog in Wayne. Any comments from the crowd?

                  Again, thanks all for the recs. Helps in the settling in process. On that note, what are your favorite Happy Hours?

                  1. re: Amishchow

                    Been to White Dog for lunch a number of times, never had dinner there. Everything I've had for lunch has been good-to-very good. I give it 2 thumbs up

                    1. re: Amishchow

                      OK, made it to La Porta. Had a fantastic chopped salad for under $9, a really great pasta w/ sausage, and the Rocket white cheese pizza which was incredible. In a very cozy side room with a fire to add to the ambiance. Went back to grab a pizza at the bar again last night. Great local crowd. Thanks for the rec., this will become regular haunt for sure.

                      1. re: Amishchow

                        Glad you enjoyed!

                        As for White Dog, been there a couple of times for dinner and each time the food was consistently good. Had the Lamb Bolognese and tuna app one time. Another time I had a fish special (rainbow trout?) served with fried kale. Also satisfying.

                        1. re: Misha

                          OK. That sounds pretty incredible. Will put that on the short list. Thx.

                      2. re: Amishchow

                        Went to White Dog for breakfast on Sunday...pretty great food but a little crowded.