Attention Rick - solo diner in Philly
- Katie Benes
Check my last posted reply of 2/1/01 to your original thread. I have a personal contact for you at Striped Bass if you're still interested in checking it out.
Thanks for the heads-up on the recent closing of Fishmarket. Your "personal contact" at Striped Bass is very thoughtful. Honestly, I think that dining in a restaurant of that caliber might be better left for another visit, when I'm not traveling alone on business. I guess my focus for this visit will be on less glamorous dining, without sacrificing my chowhound tendencies! Sansom Street Oyster House is still in contention as one possibility.
Fork is FABULOUS! Truly one of my favorite restaurants in the city, but I didn't mention it at first because it's slightly further away from the Convention Center. Certainly it's about a 10 block walk and totally do-able. I took the liberty of calling and checking and they *do* serve dinner at the bar. The bar is "first come, first served" but there are small tables in the bar area that are part of the reservation system. You can feel free to call up and make a reservation for one person or just walk in if you prefer (don't try this on a weekend night). One of my favorite things about Fork is that the side dishes are all delicious and very well matched to the entrees they accompany. Very fresh, eclectic and seasonal dishes are their forte. They used to serve a side dish of Brussel sprouts that I absolutely adored - if veggies all tasted like that there would be no problem getting children to eat them! Also the selection of wines by the glass (as well as the bottle list) is one of the better ones in town, and not as overpriced as some of their competitors. Great service and a nice atmophere too. I'm certain you'll enjoy it immensely.
Best regards and let me know where you ended up and what you thought.