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Mar 13, 2014 04:35 PM

Linguafood and buttertart and a weekend in Philadelphia...

Lingua has been to Philadelphia a few times recently and has found some gems, but I was wondering if anyone had suggestions for Friday and Saturday lunch and dinner, and Sunday lunch? Staying near Reading Market, happy to travel for the good stuff. I would be thrilled to find a Cambodian place...Indonesian was mentioned below, I saw, but where?...any Asian cuisine interests...the usual European and American suspects would also be fine. Hope you wouldn't mind helping out-of-town hounds?

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  1. For Cambodian, Khmer Kitchen is on 6th & Morris Sts, a short cab ride from where you are staying. No website, but here is a review...

    For Indonesian, there is Hardena on 15th St near Moore St. This is a no-frills, rice table place. You get a paper plate with rice and then you choose two or three items from the steam table. All for the reasonable price of around 6 or 7 dollars.

    1. There's a great Cambodian place in Philly, Khmer Kitchen at 6th and Morris. They don't take reservations and it's small and tends to fill up during prime dinner hours, but they're open for lunch too. Make sure you make your spice level preferences known, in my experience they tend to turn the heat way, way down for their more pale-faced guests. It's also only a few blocks away from Termini's bakery, home of the city's best cannoli, if you've never had one of those I'd go there afterwards. The cannolis are filled fresh to order, it is not uncommon to enjoy them immediately in the small parking lot.

      We do have a very good Burmese place near the RTM, Rangoon, on 9th just north of Arch St. They're open for lunch too.

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      1. re: Buckethead

        I'm thinking we have to get to those too...especially the Khmer Kitchen. Thank you!!!

        1. re: Buckethead

          If Burmese would be new to you, I can't say enough about Rangoon. The confluence of Indian,Thai and Chinese flavors must be experienced. And the menu is overwhelming. Get a bunch of small plates and share.

          1. re: Chefpaulo

            We were there yesterday. Had eaten there the last time we were here and loved it. That's another cuisine that's not well represented in NYC.

        2. Well, dear buttertart (and as you already know), Friday and Saturday dinners have been booked: @Marigold Kitchen and Brauhaus Schmitz, respectively.

          Still need to cancel the Sbraga rez for Saturday.

          Any good dim sum recs for Sunday brunch? I'm a fan of Dim Sum Garden, but perhaps you Philly hounds know of some place better......

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          1. re: linguafood

            I'm looking fwd to reading your reports, buttertart & linguafood!

          2. Our husbands were at conferences, so some of this is joint and some not.
            The first night we ate at Sang Kee Peking Duck House, on the recommendation of my Singaporean hairdresser, who drives down from NJ to eat there. The duck was very good.
            The next day we had lunch at Rangoon, and particularly the tea leaf salad.
            That evening we had a tasting menu (together) at Marigold Café. The chestnut raviolo was my favorite. The cooking was inventive and fun, but I'll let Lingua give the whole rundown here. Beaucoup BYO wine was happily put away.
            The next day, lunch was Xi'an food at Sizzling Woks -- particularly enjoyed the liang pi, I had a dark chocolate and a pistachio ice cream at Bassett's on my way back to the hotel, and dinner was together at the Brauhaus. Very good German food and what a freaking beer list! (Meine Deutsche Freundin...details are yours...).
            Sunday, lunch at the Khmer Kitchen was the highlight for us -- chicken salad, grilled steak, quail, tart shrimp soup...could we have a Cambodian place here, PLEASE? Pics are from that meal. Un régal.

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            1. re: buttertart

              Sounds like a delicious time all around. The salads at Khmer Kitchen are great. Did you get the Prah-Hok Kahteeh, the ground pork dish?

              1. re: Buckethead

                No, we over ordered like crazy as it was! Reallly a great place.

              2. re: buttertart

                I think you mean Marigold Kitchen, not Cafe. The chestnut raviolo is my fav too.

                1. re: PhillyBestBYOB

                  You are right. My only beef with the food was that most of it was not hot enough. That raviolo certainly was, though.

                  1. re: buttertart

                    And the portions were questionable for several of the courses.

                    And having a cab called without prompting this to happen *immediately*.

                    Overall a weird experience and no way I'd ever go back.

                    Buttertart & her beau made the evening wonderful, of course :-)

                    1. re: linguafood

                      It was fun but the food was wildly uneven and too expensive for what it was. Had we been by ourselves, it would have been a big disappointment. Great company made it much more tolerable!