Thursday, May 10, 2012
Patch contributor Lauren Avellino Turton reviews State Street’s Mediterranean "street food" restaurant and market.
Restaurant: Desert Rose Mediterranean Cuisine & Specialty Market Address: 305 West State St., Media, PA 19063 Rating: (out of 5 stars): ★★★★ Style: BYOB; Sit-down or take-out for lunch and dinner (outdoor seating coming this summer) Food: Traditional Mediterranean cuisine Atmosphere: Casual, clean, and bright Parking: Street parking Service: Friendly, fast, and casual Price Range: Affordable Unique Feature: Traditional Mediterranean “street food” is unique to the State Street restaurant scene. In my never-ending quest to find snacks that are satisfying, but also healthy, my go-to-choice the past several years has become hummus and pita. Generally, it’s low in fat and calories, and packed with protein. I’ve tried many varieties of hummus …
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Patch contributor Lauren Avellino Turton serves up a review of Trattoria Giuseppe in Edgemont.
Restaurant: Trattoria Giuseppe Address: 4799 West Chester Pike, Edgemont, PA 19073 Rating: (out of 5 stars): ★★★★ Style: Sit-down restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating Food: Traditional Italian dishes, Paninis, pizza and salads Atmosphere: Casual, comfortable setting with Old World charm Parking: Ample parking lot Service: Friendly and casual Price Range: Moderate Unique Feature: Early three-course dinner (4 to 6 p.m.) for $39.95; Lunch combos for $9.95; Lobster Night on Tuesday and Wednesday for $31.95 Having grown up in a traditional Italian family, and having spent years feasting on traditional foods, I like to think I’ve developed quite the taste for the real deal. Trattoria Giuseppe is the real deal. When driving down West …
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Sit down with Patch contributor Lauren Avellino Turton who reviews Media Family Diner & Restaurant in Middletown.
Restaurant: Media Family Diner & Restaurant Address: 8 S. Middletown Rd., Media, PA 19063 Rating: (out of 5 stars): ★★★1/2 Style: Sit-down diner, take-out available Food: Breakfast, lunch and dinner selections Atmosphere: Colorful ambiance with typical diner decor Parking: Mid-size lot Service: Friendly, quick and casual Price Range: Inexpensive Unique Features: Open 24/7; Breakfast served all day; Special kids’ meals I have a soft spot for the all-American diner. There’s nothing better than home-cooked comfort foods and juicy burgers to fill a hungry tummy and brighten a day. Pull up a seat at Media Family Diner & Restaurant. Chances are you might not even know it’s there. Last August, this eatery took over the Denny’s located at Routes…
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Check out this Springfield Patch restaurant review of Heng’s Thai Cuisine in Springfield.
The spiciest dish on the menu—Drunken Noodles, had this restaurant reviewer sweating. The Drunken Noodles had chewy egg noodles and tender chicken were a variety of crunchy vegetables: shredded and decoratively cut carrots, broccoli, snow peas, onions, green peppers and a big slice of tomato. The initial first few bites were a little bit of a shock because they were very spicy—I forgot to ask for a specific level of spice ranging from one to four, so I guess my plate contained a moderate amount of spice. Read the full restaurant review here on Springfield Patch and find out more about the chef and owner of Heng’s Thai, too.
Thursday, February 9, 2012
This week food writer Clara Park reviews Georgio's Pizza & Burgers in Middletown Township.
Restaurant: Georgio’s Pizza & Burgers Address: 20 S. Pennell Rd., Media, PA 19063 Rating: (out of 5 stars): ★★★ Style: Pizzeria Food: Pizza, burgers and fries Atmosphere: Neighborhood pizza shop Parking: Small lot Service: Friendly and accommodating Price Range: Many items are under $10 Unique Features: Daily specials and coupons When I hear Georgio, I think of the famous designer Giorgio Armani or George Clooney (that’s what they call him in Lake Como). Georgio’s Pizza & Burgers in Middletown, doesn’t really have much in common with those two superstars. The name of the business sums it up nicely—they serve pizza and burgers. The fare and décor are simple but pleasant. I met up with a friend for a weekday lunch and we noticed a decent …
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Check out this Marple Newtown Patch restaurant review of Luigi and Giovanni in Newtown Square.
Restaurant: Luigi and Giovanni Address: 3601 Chapel Rd., Newtown Square, PA 19073 Rating (out of 5 stars): ★★★ 1/2 Style: Italian market and prepared foods counter Food: Italian Atmosphere: European market Parking: Lot Service: Friendly and efficient Price Range: Inexpensive Unique Features: Numerous types of Italian staples including olive oil, tomatoes, olives, balsamic vinegar, cheeses, cured meats, pastas and coffee. Walk into a place like Luigi and Giovanni and you're no longer in America–you feel as though you're in Italy. The shelves are stocked with endless varieties of olive oil, dry pasta, fresh pasta, porcini mushrooms, San Marzano tomatoes, amaretti, pignoli, tomato paste, freshly baked bread, olives, etc. Gorgeous pieces of …
Thursday, January 12, 2012
This week food writer Clara Park reviews House in Media.
Restaurant: House Address: 110 S. Jackson St., Media, PA 19063 Rating: (out of 5 stars): ★★★1/2 Style: Sit-down sandwich shop Food: Plenty of sandwiches, salads and soups Atmosphere: Brightly lit, cozy and colorful interior Parking: Metered street parking Service: Friendly and casual Price Range: Most items are under $10 Unique Feature: Kids’ menu, vegetarian options and seasonal offerings As a TV junkie, whenever I hear "House" I think of the brilliant misanthropic physician with the knack for difficult diagnoses. For those lucky inhabitants of Media, PA, House should conjure up images of sandwiches and soups. While a fan of the lovely tea shop next door, I was a stranger to the offerings of House. The restaurant is brightly lit and …
Thursday, December 29, 2011
This week food writer Clara Park reviews Casa Mia in Middletown Township.
Restaurant: Casa Mia Address: 1175 W. Baltimore Pk., Media, PA 19063 Rating: (out of 5 stars): ★★★1/2 Style: Bar and Grill Food: Italian offerings, sandwiches and burgers Atmosphere: Dimly lit interior with wooden fixtures Parking: Large lot Service: Warm and welcoming Price Range: Menu items range from $5-$25 Unique Feature: Quality beer list, Quizzo and karaoke nights Casa Mia means "my house" in Italian. While many of us may dream of having a fully functioning bar in our house, very few of us will see that wish fulfilled. Casa Mia is a bar and restaurant where the bar takes up about half of the space. Recently it has rebranded itself a bistro but the vibe of neighborhood bar and grill remains. We arrived for dinner after much holiday …
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Food writer Clara Park interviews Chef Takao Iinuma of Azie Restaurant.
Food writer Clara Park sat down with Chef Takao Iinuma of Azie Restaurant in Media and Villanova and learned a bit more about this talented and friendly Japanese born chef who has a penchant for Korean BBQ and making meat stocks. Name: Takao Iinuma Age: 39 Years in the Industry: 20 First Kitchen Job: Prep cook in a small Chinese restaurant in Tokyo. Earliest Cooking Memory: I was 9 or 10, making Japanese egg omelets for myself for breakfast. My mother is a great home cook, I learned from her. Favorite Thing to Cook: To make stocks from scratch, any [flavor]: fish, chicken, veal, lamb in the French, Japanese or Chinese method. If I have a good stock, it makes the next step in cooking so much easier/better. Advice for Home Cooks: Don't cook …
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Stop in for an old-fashioned ice cream sundae, delicious burger or both at this Media eatery.
Restaurant: Front Street Fountain Address: 1 W. Front St., Media, PA 19063 Rating: (out of 5 stars): ★★★1/2 Style: Old fashioned soda fountain serving ice cream and casual meals Food: Classic American burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches and salads Atmosphere: Colorful ambiance with a clean and well-lit interior Parking: Small lot Service: Friendly and casual Price Range: Inexpensive Unique Feature: Separate kids/family dining room and ice cream parlor When I feel like shouting, "rain, rain, go away..." my thoughts turn to comfort food like grilled cheese, homemade soup, roast chicken and burgers. While a burger is not typically considered comfort food I lump it in that category because eating one always lifts my spirits. As rainfall in the …