Trattoria San Nicola, Paoli

Enjoyed a tasty lunch at Trattoria San Nicola in Paoli, PA, USA. Of course, this is an Italian spot, one I’ve passed many times. At last, stopped in and was impressed by both the food and service. Started with some salads, one a simple mixed greens you see here:

Mixed green salad at San Nicola.

Mixed green salad at San Nicola.

The other salad featured roasted peppers and sun-dried tomatoes that you see next:

Roasted peppers and sun-dried tomato salad at San Nicola.

Roasted peppers and sun-dried tomato salad at San Nicola.

Moving on to the entrees, let’s begin with the grilled swordfish that you see here:

Grilled swordfish with a Stella on the side at San Nicola.

Grilled swordfish with a Stella on the side at San Nicola.

And finally, a tried and true veal parm with veggies on the side:

Veal parm at San Nicola.

Veal parm at San Nicola.

Service for the whole meal was attentive, friendly, and knowledgeable. I look forward to returning to San Nicola for a supper to try other dishes and maybe some wine. There’s ample parking and the place is easy to find along Route 30. Enjoy every meal. (Next time I’ll be sure to take the Nikon 1 AW to snap photos. These were taken with the iPhone and leave much to be desired.)

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Published in: on October 8, 2015 at 12:44 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Lo Spiedo, Philadelphia

At the gate of the former Philadelphia Navy Yard, you’ll find Lo Spiedo, a restaurant that has repurposed one of the buildings.

Exterior of Lo Spiedo restaurant at the gate to the former Philadelphia Navy Yard.

Exterior of Lo Spiedo restaurant at the gate to the former Philadelphia Navy Yard.

You’ll find seating outside and inside on two levels. Here’s a look at the upstairs.

Upstairs at Lo Spiedo, Philadelphia.

Upstairs at Lo Spiedo, Philadelphia.

And here’s a look at one of the menu.

Menu at Lo Spiedo, Philadelphia.

Menu at Lo Spiedo, Philadelphia.

So let’s get a look at the food, the whole meal in a single shot, which was for two people.

Lunch for two at Lo Spiedo, Philadelphia.

Lunch for two at Lo Spiedo, Philadelphia.

That was the full brisket order, fries, tangy popcorn, squid, and beer. Phew! Lots to eat. Both the brisket and the squid were delicious and cooked perfectly. There’s a lot to eat with that amount of brisket. I’d probably go with the sandwich option next time. Prices here are steep, but the quality backs them up. Lots of on-site parking. Enjoy every meal.

Barbacoa, Ardmore, PA, USA

Barbacoa serves up your favorite smoked and/or roasted meats. Everything from chicken to pulled pork to brisket is on the menu, along with all the sides you love, including mac and cheese, fries, slaw, and the works. As you can see in the next photo, this is a small joint where you can BYOB.

Barbacoa, Ardmore, PA, USA.

Barbacoa, Ardmore, PA, USA.

Inside you find several tables for 2 and 4 persons. They also do take out, satisfying that need for a party or social gathering. Let’s take a look at the 1/2 pound brisket platter:

1/2 pound brisket platter at Barbacoa, Ardmore, PA.

1/2 pound brisket platter at Barbacoa, Ardmore, PA.

That is more than enough for two people to share, especially if you add some sides. And here is the salmon burger:

Salmon burger at Barbacoa, Ardmore, PA.

Salmon burger at Barbacoa, Ardmore, PA.

What a feed! Seriously, this was a hearty meal at a very fair price served by friendly staff. I’ll be back here often.

Published in: on April 15, 2015 at 1:11 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Loveless Cafe, 2014

The Loveless Cafe is an institution from the 1950’s that still serves country favorites, drawing people from around the USA and the world. Located just west of Nashville, Tennessee, you’ll find friendly service as well as lots of tasty menu options.

Neon sign for the Loveless Cafe.

Neon sign for the Loveless Cafe.

Of course, this place is famous for it’s biscuits. They’re light, fluffy, delicious. Check them out here:

Biscuits and homemade preserves at Loveless Cafe.

Biscuits and homemade preserves at Loveless Cafe.

The homemade preserves really hit the spot, too! Try them all. You can also buy them to take home. Now, here’s the fried chicken, the 1/4 white version:

Fried chicken at Loveless Cafe.

Fried chicken at Loveless Cafe.

Wow, what a feed! That coleslaw was also perfect. As you can see, a variety of sides round out this meal. Don’t forget the local beer. Prices are reasonable so don’t worry about the budget. Loveless Cafe is that rare joint that has grown over the years but retains its charm and dignity. Give it a try as soon as you can. I overheard staff talking about smoked ribs with watermelon sauce. I might be driving back there tomorrow.

Published in: on December 11, 2014 at 1:27 pm  Leave a Comment  
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