I've been here a couple of times and can't help but think that for the price, the BBQ could be much better. The meats are served cafeteria-style, but they are not cheap, with most options in the $18-22/lb range. That would be OK if the meats were not so dry. The pork belly was actually OK, but both the beef brisket and the pulled pork were parched. I felt so thirsty after eating them, as if they absorbed all of the water in my body.
Our side of mac n' cheese was OK in flavor, but it was also dry and not very warm when we got it. I felt like all of the food had been sitting in the window for a while. They did not have corn bread or collard greens, which I usually get when I get BBQ.
On top of all that, it did not help that the line moved at a snail's pace. It's understandable that a place like this would be packed on a Saturday night, but there has to be a more efficient way to deal with the crowds so that people don't have to wait over an hour in line (we got there at 7:30pm and were still in line past 8:30pm). While the staff was very pleasant and professional, I probably won't return (unless I am dragged here somehow) due to the operational issues mentioned above.
This is the place to go for a taste of specialty beers and brick oven-fired pizza in West Philly, and possibly in all of Philly. The prices are better than at Nomad's, while the quality is comparable (the style is slightly different). The individual sized pizzas are $9-10 and the toppings are delicious. (Large pizzas are about twice the cost.)
I've been here many times and have always had consistently great experiences. I have introduced this place to many friends, none of whom have ever been unimpressed. My personal favorite pizzas are the Parma, the Flammenkuche, the Sicilian, the A La Cocca... oh wait, I just realized I was about to name the entire pizza menu. I guess you can't go wrong with any of them. The crust is perfectly charred and the amount of toppings is just right. This place has ruined regular take-out pizza for me. I really can't go back.
The other foods here are also good. They have a decent selection of appetizers, salads, and sandwiches. They also have dessert. I've never had anything here that made me regret my decision to come in, but given that you can get similar non-pizza items elsewhere, I would stick with the pizzas when dining here.
The pricing may be a bit high for a Chinatown spot, but I really enjoyed my chocolate nut party crepe and was satisfied with the service. The chocolate ganache filling and scoop of dark chocolate ice cream on top were both silky, creamy, and delicious - a pleasant surprise, as I was expecting to taste Asian market-quality chocolate. The space is clean and there's a variety of seating options. They remain open pretty late, so it's a great stop for dessert after a meal in Chinatown. I would definitely come back to try some of their other sweet crepes.
This experience was very bittersweet for me. On one hand, the venue was fantastic and I was really impressed by the offerings. On the other hand, I am grieving that the place is not closer to Philly (where most of my happenings take place).
Arriving at the Montgomery Mall after being stuck in traffic for 2 hours, I was unsure of what to expect. It was dark, rainy, and gloomy out in the parking lot. However, upon entering, I was greeted by a very friendly server and shown into a warm and jovial atmosphere where other Yelp Elites were enjoying food and beverages family-style. I saw some familiar faces and met some awesome new friends.
We got to try a large selection of appetizers, salads, burgers, drinks, and shakes. We were warned to take only one bite of each item, but the food was so delicious it was very difficult to keep the bite count to just one per item :( As a result, I could barely walk when the event was over. (The owner was kind enough to offer us wheelchairs.) All of their burgers are solid, with very creative toppings. They are ground in-house and it's very easy to notice the freshness of ingredients. Their drinks are also freshly made, and I absolutely love their fries and onion rings. This would be a great place to bring a group of friends and enjoy drinks and burgers in their very chill atmosphere.
The restaurant owners and the staff were so wonderful. They offered top-notch service and ensured every individual was taken care of. Many thanks to Michelle and Maggie and everyone else involved for creating this experience.
This place is a must-try if you find yourself wandering the streets of Old San Juan, whether you like chocolate or not. The chocolate is so good I am willing to bet non-chocolate lovers will forget they don't eat chocolate.
It's a full-service restaurant with a full bar. It's beautiful and comfortable, the service is great, and the offerings are delicious, ranging from coffee and breakfast pastries to savory items and desserts. I did not try the chocolate croissant because I wanted to save my appetite for lunch, but I hear it's amazing.
The iced chocolate shakes here are the best frozen drinks I've had. I got the coconut chocolate shake before I realized there was one with rum, but the coconut one did not disappoint. You can tell it's made of high quality chocolate, and even though it's huge, it did not make me feel gross afterwards (thank you, lack of high-fructose corn syrup).
The chocolate mole Cuban I had took a bit of getting used to, but I really loved it. It was made with fresh toasted bread, caramelized onions and mushrooms (in wine sauce, if I recall correctly), a generous amount of very tender and flavorful pulled pork, gruyere, mustard, and a side of kettle cooked chips. The mallorca with jamon Iberico was also very tasty (LOVED the guava spread in it). Delicious, fresh ingredients without the pretentiousness I find with a lot of restaurants in the northeast U.S.
This place really understands and appreciates chocolate and offers an immersive chocolate experience that the Max Brenner peeps try and fail to create (due to their lackluster food/chocolate compensated for by flashy packaging/brilliant marketing efforts with little substance). Casa Cortes ChocoBar offers a genuine magical experience. I truly encourage everyone to check it out.
Cronuts might be the least healthy type of food ever created.
However, if you're going to eat one, you might as well get it here! (They're good and #YOLO)
That aside, this location is a bit under stocked compared to the others I've been to, but the quality still seems to be consistent. It's also a bit overpriced, but I typically go to Manhattan expecting to pay astronomical prices anyway. So 4 stars seems reasonable for now.
This place may possibly be OK for a sit-down meal, but I was not very impressed by their happy hour offerings. The HH margarita tasted fine, but it was basically a glass packed with ice, filled 3/4 with actual margarita.
Aside from the margarita, I also had an order of yucca fries and a guava pastry. While the pricing was not ridiculous, I felt like these items were a bit over-priced due to their size. Also, while the yucca fries were nicely seasoned, the pieces I had were very fibrous. It was kind of like eating straw. I spent a lot of time wondering if the next piece was going to be as fibrous and chewy as the last. The filling in the guava pastry was tasty and reminded me of some items I had in Puerto Rico, but the "pastry" part was very dry and crumbly.
The pricing is not over-the-top for its Rittenhouse location, the decor is nice, and it's possible that a complete sit-down meal might be better. However, for happy hour, this place did not really stand out compared to other spots in this neighborhood.
This was my very first Big Primpin' Yelp event! I was also very excited to try out Beauty Is salon. The staff is very kind and talented - I will have to come back on a regular day. We got to choose between eyebrow/facial waxing and a selection of hair-styling options. I got some curls and they were beautiful! The hair products they use also seem very natural. I also got a chance to meet some cool new Yelpers while sipping on a delicious passionfruit cocktail. I learned of some new restaurants or upcoming events to check out. Thanks Michelle C. and to Beauty Is for organizing and hosting!
The relatively nondescript exterior of this place (and of 11th street) can be deceiving, because the beautiful decor and warmth that radiates from the interior really transport you to a different place. I came here on Wednesday night. The restaurant was probably about half full. It's not very loud, so it was a great choice for a small gathering with friends. I'm thinking of bringing my family here next time they are in town.
The service was very smooth, and I felt the food was very authentic. Having well traveled and tried a great variety of different ethnic foods, I was pleasantly surprised at the large selection of new food items they had that I've never heard of or seen in Philly.
We had the Thai Sampler and the sticky rice with beef jerky as appetizers. They were both delicious, all coupled with some very good sauces. As entrees, we had some curry dishes, Laab Chicken, and the Ratchada Duck. My dish was the duck, which had very crispy skin and very great flavor. This duck is better prepared than some of the Peking duck dishes I've tried in some Chinatown restaurants. I did not really get a chance to try the other entrees at my table, but I heard a lot of compliments about them.
For dessert, we had the mango sticky rice, Thai tea ice cream, and fried bananas and chocolate. The ice cream, while served in a very cool-looking glass, was very icy and only faintly tasted like Thai tea. However, the mango sticky rice and fried banana rolls were tasty and different from typical dessert offerings. I really enjoyed my meal here and look forward to coming back at some point soon!
It's not easy to find a place in Philly that serves excellent kebabs, but I believe I have found one. I came here with a good friend on a Monday night, and it was pretty quiet in the restaurant. It's not a huge place, but it has a very open and nicely decorated layout, which can be good for a dinner gathering with friends or a date. The atmosphere is classy, yet casual, and the pricing is reasonable.
The Isot Kofte was ok - but that may be because it was my first time trying this kind of kofte and the flavor seems like an acquired taste. However, the Adana Kebab was delicious - grilled tender and flavorful skewers of ground beef and lamb, finished with a nice char, and nicely balanced with generous sides of bulgur and vegetables. I was full AND didn't feel terrible after my meal, which is a rare event. For dessert, I highly recommend their baklava, which is very fresh and well-made. The service was a bit clunky when I was there, but the food more than made up for it. I definitely want to go back to try some of their other dishes.