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Hello,

The Mimik will be in Philadelphia at the end of the month for 5 days during the TG weekend. I wanted to know if anyone has any recommendations for wine stores that are worth visiting. I am aware that like Quebec, Pennsylvania has a liquor monopoly so I am looking for their flagship store where I could find interesting items.

Any recos on must dining? I am not staying in the city per se but in a nearby city/suburb.

Thanks in advance.
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Originally posted by futronic:
You're better off driving into NJ to go shopping. If you want to shop at the PCLB, then there's a flagship store on 12th/Chestnut. Don't go to any non-flagship store as the storage conditions are quite poor for the most part.

It's been a few years, but I've enjoyed meals at Matyson on several occasions. BYO.


Futronic, which restaurant were we at when we had some many wines showing so poorly in Philly?
Mimik, where are you going to be? I grew up in the Philly suburbs (Plymouth Meeting/King of Prussia area) and may be able to help you with wine stores. I'm not current on restaurants though. I'm assuming that you'll have a car?

I had the opportunity to view the Barnes collection about 20 yrs ago and have to agree that it is an extremely impressive collection. If you have the opportunity to see it, I would definitely do it.
If you are looking for a nice place for a starter cocktail hour, go to R2L in Liberty Place towers.

Last time I was there they were pouring anything on the wine menu in half bottle decanters, think this is still the case -- nice list too.

Food is good, if a bit pricey.

12th and Chestnut has the biggest selection in town, Garces Trading has a wine store in it, first of its kind. 99% European wine, only cold room, I am sure you could find something interesting there.

AND if you like burgers, Whiskey Village off Rittenhouse. Bar none, best burger ever.
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Originally posted by jqmunro:
Mimik, what are your plans during your trip to Philly?


No real plans. Visiting friends. Will be there from the Wednesday 24th to the Monday the 29th.

I will be staying in Downingtown, PA but I will be going into town often.

Joe, I'll definitely check out your blog.

Thanks all for your recos. Would be interested in meeting for an offline if there are any Phili forumites but I don't see many online.
It looks like the closest premium collection store is in Exton.

LIONVILLE SHOPPING CTR.
162 EAGLEVIEW BLVD.
EXTON, PA 19341-0000


It maybe just as easy to pickup something at the previously recommended Chestnut st store while you are downtown though.

There is also an option to order on line and pick up at the local PLCB store. I've never tried doing it though.
Don't waste your time at the state stores. Drive across the bridge to Jersey at hit Moore Brothers in Pennsauken, Canal's on Route 38 in Pennsauken, Canal's Bottlestop at the 70/73 circle in Marlton, and even Total Wine in Cherry Hill on Route 38.

Great recs on Jose Garces restaurants. We love Garces Trading Co (byo but they also have a state store inside) as well as Tinto. Village Whiskey is worth the trip as well.

If you want to meet up for dinner in Philly, Lambertville, or even Doylestown, say the word! Have wine, will travel! -mJ
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Originally posted by Jersey Foodies:
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Originally posted by jqmunro:
Canal's Marlton has the best selection, IMO.


Usually, but I have gotten some killer deals at Canal's on 38 in Pennsauken. Have you ever been upstairs there? They have some true gems in that tiny space! Gotten some killer deals on first growths there! -mJ


Upstairs where? The one in Pennsauken?
Yes, Pennsauken! When you are walking towards the back of the store where the NY wines are, there is a tiny, rickety stairwell. You have to ask first, and act as though you have been up there before. The wines upstairs have high turnover, and there are some serious gems. It's been about 2 months since we have been upstairs there, so I have no idea what they may have right now. Picked up some killer 'Burgs up there though, as well as some great Bordeaux. -mJ
If you are adventerous, try going to Moore Brothers in Pennsauken (just over the Ben Franklin bridge) and picking up some of their Rieslings ($16 - $40)then go to Sagami (an excellent Japanese Susi restaurant-Zagat rated). For the next night, get some Bordeauxs ($15-55) or a very nice CDP again from Moore Brothers then go to Phila's best French restaurant called Bibou in Old City.
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Originally posted by ratso:
If you are adventerous, try going to Moore Brothers in Pennsauken (just over the Ben Franklin bridge) and picking up some of their Rieslings ($16 - $40)then go to Sagami (an excellent Japanese Susi restaurant-Zagat rated). For the next night, get some Bordeauxs ($15-55) or a very nice CDP again from Moore Brothers then go to Phila's best French restaurant called Bibou in Old City.


I agree with Sagami, very good sushi, but make sure you call ahead of time for reservations. If you don't sometimes you end up waiting a while. Also, I'd pick up some Champagne instead of Riesling, but that's just me. Wink
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Originally posted by jqmunro:
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Originally posted by ratso:
If you are adventerous, try going to Moore Brothers in Pennsauken (just over the Ben Franklin bridge) and picking up some of their Rieslings ($16 - $40)then go to Sagami (an excellent Japanese Susi restaurant-Zagat rated). For the next night, get some Bordeauxs ($15-55) or a very nice CDP again from Moore Brothers then go to Phila's best French restaurant called Bibou in Old City.


I agree with Sagami, very good sushi, but make sure you call ahead of time for reservations. If you don't sometimes you end up waiting a while. Also, I'd pick up some Champagne instead of Riesling, but that's just me. Wink


Champagne and Pinot Gris. Smile
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by jqmunro:
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Originally posted by ratso:
If you are adventerous, try going to Moore Brothers in Pennsauken (just over the Ben Franklin bridge) and picking up some of their Rieslings ($16 - $40)then go to Sagami (an excellent Japanese Susi restaurant-Zagat rated). For the next night, get some Bordeauxs ($15-55) or a very nice CDP again from Moore Brothers then go to Phila's best French restaurant called Bibou in Old City.


I agree with Sagami, very good sushi, but make sure you call ahead of time for reservations. If you don't sometimes you end up waiting a while. Also, I'd pick up some Champagne instead of Riesling, but that's just me. Wink


Champagne and Pinot Gris. Smile


Any specific pinot gris that you recommend?
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by jqmunro:
Hah, I obviously don't know him that well.


You will enjoy Mim's, and you will laugh often.


Mostly at my expense. Wink

I didn't know I had to reserve tickets but I'll get on it right away.

jqmunro, no plans yet but Wednesday, as it is my first day there, maybe busy. Sunday looks good.
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by jqmunro:
Hah, I obviously don't know him that well.


You will enjoy Mim's, and you will laugh often.

Big Grin Excellent summation, w+a.

Yes, mostly it will indeed be at his own expense, and he hadles that better than anyone I know.
You can not break him. Trust me, steve8 tries often. Big Grin

A heart of gold. He truly is loved up here in the North. Cool

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