there may be hidden jems in your area...

I get asked by friends, family, and just about anyone... "Where do you find these places?!?" Well, I tend to want to walk places once I get to the area I'm driving to.

Now, I'm not a "foodie", or at least I don't consider myself one. But, I love food, and I love sharing my food experiences with people. Food is a type of glue, when you really look at what happes over food... Both truths and lies are told over it, but if nothing else it brings people together.

the list:


cuisine: japanese

With all the different cuisines of the world, I'd have to say that my favorite is Japanese. The freshness, the subtle flavors, the decor (take a look at a bento box sometime, and you'll see what I mean), and the amount of effort put in every bite. Japanese food is not just sushi. There's a LOT more. If you've been toying with the idea of going to have some Japanese food, you should check out the places listed below. Pagoda is an Asian fusion cafe done by Asians, and should not be missed. If authenticity is what you're looking for, then You Zen, and Hikaru is where I'd suggest. But, which ever one you choose, prepare for a really oishii — which is 'delicious' in Japanese — meal!
  • Pagoda Noodle House • Philadelphia, PA (map)
  • You Zen • Philadelphia, PA (Northeast Philadelphia) (map)
  • Hikaru Japanese Restaurant • Philadelphia, PA (map)
  • Kiku (formerly Sango) • Abington, PA (map)
  • Ooka • Willow Grove, PA (map)
  • Asian Taste Inn • Huntingdon Valley, PA (map)
  • Jannie • Warrington, PA (map)


cuisine: chinese

Many people have a favorite Chinese restaurant that they eat at, but there are just too many for me to just list one favorite. As you can see, Pagoda is listed in both the Japanese food, as well as the Chinese. You'll have to go and see for yourself why this is. Best place I've found in New Jersey happens to be Joe's Peking Duck House right off of Route 73. If your looking for King Tien, I regret to inform you, that they are no longer in business. They had been there for 31 years too!
  • Pagoda Noodle House • Philadelphia, PA (map)
  • Joe's Peking Duck House • Marlton, NJ (map)
  • Asian Taste Inn • Huntingdon Valley, PA (map)
  • Jannie • Warrington, PA (map)
  • King Tien • Dresher, PA (map) (site)


cuisine: italian

Now, I remember having some really good Italian food in New York, but that was quite some time ago, and the place (from what I hear) is no longer there. It was called "Il Pomodoro", and I think it was near Central Park. The places listed below are the general fair, but I'm always on the lookout for ones that are off the beaten path.
  • Carrabba's Italian Grill • Various (site)
  • Romano's Macaroni Grill • Various (site)
  • Olive Garden • Various (site)


cuisine: american

Well, I'm saving this section for all the Diners, and little "hole in the wall" places I've eaten at. So many places, and such good dishes.