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Growing up in the early 80s, our local burger joint was Gino’s. It was literally 3 blocks from my parents house. I remember walking there on Saturday afternoons with my grandfather for burgers.

Being 4 or 5 years old when they closed, I can’t say I remember the food. But I definitely kept the memories.

Two years ago, discussing old restaurants with Jake, we both recalled the Gino’s franchise. Googling the restaurant yielded good news.

They were making a comeback.

… and today was the opening day.

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I remember reading about the Mandarin Garden in Philadelphia Magazine some years ago.  Larry Kane, in a 1994 interview, declared it “the best Chinese food in the world”.  That is probably an exaggeration, but it is very good and the menu has a larger than usual number of dishes that are not the “usual fare”.  You can get all the “usual” stuff (General Tso’s, Sweet and Sour this and that, Moo Shu, Lo Mein, etc.) but the variety of “specialty” dishes has impressed me on both visits.

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The Inn Flight has been operating since 1970 with locations in Abington, Colmar and Phoenixville.  I have always regarded it as one of my favorite casual dining establishments for quite a number of reasons.

If I were making my own menu for my own casual restaurant and bar it would look a lot like this menu.  It’s huge, with sandwiches, platters, appetizers, a healthy seafood selection and a handful of tasty desserts.

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