I love Mayuree. It's a tiny, cosy, somewhat romantic mom & pop Thai BYOB. Located in an obscure shopping center on Lancaster Avenue, they serve extremely fresh, well-executed Thai dishes and lovely, traditional Continental choices that are welcome for the less-adventurous diner or just because you have a taste for that sort of thing.
We typically order Pad Pug (Thai all veggie stir-fry over rice) and one of the Rack of Lamb preparations to share family-style. Soups, rolls and dumplings are appealing appetizer choices.
The menu offerings, even the Thai ones, are different from what I've seen at other Thai restaurants, and even the same selections differ (for example, Mayuree's Pad Thai vs. Pad Thai at other places). I honestly don't know Thai food well enough to know if that's a a difference of region, authenticity, personal style, or what. The chef worked in a Western-owned hotel before coming to the United States, so maybe that changed how she thinks about food. At any rate, I really like the food.
The owners are the only staff and they work really hard. He works the front of the house while she cooks; he's warm and personable. They really care about their business, about the food and about his customers, and it shows. If they are very, VERY busy, you could be in for a substantial wait because everything is cooked fresh to order. I find this normal -- we just talk and drink some wine -- but avoid arriving already desperately hungry.
Everything is very clean; parking is ample. Lights are low; lots of pretty things form Thailand including many many Buddhas. I consider Mayuree to be a stand-out value. Please don't make it trendy and over-crowded or you will just annoy me at my favorite neighborhood joint - just a nice steady stream of revenue so they stay there. :-)
Dr. McKee is all you could want in a pediatric dentist. Smart, detail-focused, extremely kid-friendly, talks to parents like -gasp!- adults. A serious diagnostician, he also discusses the "gray areas" of current thinking about dental health that concern parents, like high fructose corn syrup, the chemicals in sealants, flouride, x-rays, etc.
The dental hygienist was efficient and friendly, kindly and clearly explaining the ins and outs of flossing at both a kid-appropriate level *and* a mom-appropirate level (important since flossing another person's teeth is tough stuff!).
The office staff is probably the best of any HCP I deal with - and they're friendly and polite, as well. TIP: It never hurts to arrive early or stay late - your kids will likely want tp play with the fabulous toys and read the stories. Super-clean and pleasant waiting room, adequate parking, *seamless* insurance processing.
This pace is to die for. If you want greasy rice and those silly crunchy noodles, skip it. If you want real Chinese food prepared immaculately, read on.
BYOB. Simple decor. VERY family friendly. Owner very present; answers questions, makes recommendations. This place is the real deal. There is a "regular" menu and a Chinese menu (with English, sort of).
Lionhead meatballs. Whole fish. Tripe. All sorts of other foods I've either never had or only could score in Chinatown. Amazing flavors and textures. Delicious, very obviously from-scratch broth. Noodles - made by hand fresh daily (not on the premises). Many varied pork dishes - everything I've had has been ***excellent***.
My suggestion would be to order something you know you'll like and extend yourself by trying something you've never had. Do make an effort to order some vegetable dishes or sides as well since this is a pretty meat-centric menu and the entrees don't automatically come with veggies.
Excellent value. We drive past 10 Chinese restaurants, easily, to get here. Take-out is probably not such a hot idea since these foods should be eaten fresh and hot.
My favorite local restaurant, hands down. Many items on the menu are from local, sustainable producers and the quality shows in the foods.
Alba is a BYOB. Despite steps taken to reduce ambient noise level, it is... kinda loud. Servers are extremely professional and seem to really know and care about the food.
From the gratis amuse-bouche, we were hooked. Many grilled items and many slow-braised meats; sauces are bright, nuanced & obviously made from scratch with real ingredients. Vegetables make interesting pairings that complement the main dish. Italian sensibility. Appetizers, especially the sampler plate, are tiny jewels; multi-leveled food ideas - not esoteric, just provocative.
Truly good food - if you really cook, you'll find yourself thinking about what you ate at Alba for weeks afterward. While this place is no cheap night out, the value they deliver for what you spend is unmatched.
Independently owned, heavy on the organic & local ingredients, *real* barrista moves, tucked away in the storefront of the Bryn Mawr movie theatre. I like their lavender chamomile herbal teas & I love their -fairly serious- espresso. Good snack opportunities. If you have kids, there are board games, kid-friendly food & drink, and the occasional appearance of Miss Scherling (local kid music act). Just a block east of That Very Famous Coffee Chain, but oh so different - in a good way.