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Gilmore’s – West Chester, PA

August 25th, 2006 | 1 Comment | Filed in BYOB, French

Gilmore’s

Food style/ethnicity: French, BYOB

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Hours: 6 – 10

Price: 20 – 40 ($)

Location:

133 East Gay Street

West Chester, PA 19380-3107

USA

Food rating: 3 out of 5

Decor rating: 4 out of 5

Service rating: 5 out of 5

I think I’m through with French restaurants. They just don’t do it for me. The food portions are small, they are swimming in heavy cream sauces and I’m generally disappointed. I’ve been to both Le Bec Fin and now Gilmore’s this year and both times I hungered for a big old cheese steak when I left.

I received a gift certificate to this restaurant for some computer work I did for a friend. I probably would not have chosen this restaurant by myself, but the gift certificate made it an easy choice.
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Lolita – Center City

August 15th, 2006 | Comments Off on Lolita – Center City | Filed in BYOB, Mexican

Lolita

Food style/ethnicity: Mexican

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Hours: 5 PM – 10:30 PM

Price: 10 – 25 ($)

Location:

106 S 13th St

Philadelphia, PA 19107

USA

Food rating: 3 out of 5

Decor rating: 4 out of 5

Service rating: 5 out of 5

This BYOT (Bring Your Own Tequila) is a real find. Located between Drury and Sansom Street, it contains about 25 tables inside and maybe 5 tables outside. I went to this restaurant with 6 other people and brought a LARGE bottle of Jose Cuervo to make the margaritas. They offered both watermelon and lime flavored ‘ritas, which are available in pitchers for the table. I didn’t enjoy the watermelon flavored, but the lime was excellent.

But how was the food, you ask?

We started with the guacamole special, which was very good. When we quickly ran out of homemade chips for the dip, they were quickly refilled. The guacamole was spicy and full of flavor.

But what about the main course, you ask?
Well, that is a tough question. I didn’t like mine very much. I went out on a limb and ordered a Hawaiian fish that I cannot recall its name. The fish was boring and flavorless. But, I tried two other people’s meals and they were excellent. They were spicy, cooked to perfection and were more traditional Mexican fare.

Ok, fine – how about desert?
Again, disappointing. I had the crème brule. Although the taste was OK, there were chunks of something (coconut, maybe?) in the desert which was not very appetizing. I finished it, after all who doesn’t finish desert, but it was not very good.

Overall, I think this place has alot of potential and I would probably go back, if only for the ‘ritas. Order the more traditional meals and avoid the crazy deserts and life will be good. Bring the bottle of tequila and make sure you have a designated driver!