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Good seafood restaurant in Center City.

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TammyTopsy Sep 7, 2006 02:07 PM

I'm originally from Philly, but have not been back too often in many years. The restaurant scene has changed incredibly -for the better!!I need a really good seafood restaurant in Center City. All suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks!

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    JanR RE: TammyTopsy Sep 7, 2006 02:12 PM

    Never been there but people here seem to like Estia.

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      TammyTopsy RE: JanR Sep 7, 2006 02:24 PM

      Thanks!! I'll check it out.

    2. bluehensfan RE: TammyTopsy Sep 7, 2006 02:31 PM

      Estia is good. I'd pass on going there for lunch though...the selection's much more limited and the fish not quite as fresh at lunch. At dinner, though it's by far the best fish in the area, very fresh tasting, albeit at a steep price.

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        TammyTopsy RE: bluehensfan Sep 7, 2006 02:50 PM

        Thanks so much!

      2. JugglerDave RE: TammyTopsy Sep 7, 2006 02:49 PM

        People always seem to like Sansom Street Oyster House -- been there forever it seems.

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          TammyTopsy RE: JugglerDave Sep 7, 2006 03:20 PM

          Thanks a lot!!

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          DanielleM RE: TammyTopsy Sep 7, 2006 03:09 PM

          Dmitri's. It is a great seafood standby.

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            TammyTopsy RE: DanielleM Sep 7, 2006 03:20 PM

            I appreciate the info!!

          2. bluehensfan RE: TammyTopsy Sep 7, 2006 03:45 PM

            Dmitri's is good too but can get very crowded (either location). It's not as fancy as Estia and Dmitri's does not take reservations.

            Based upon my last meal at Samson St., I would characterize the fish as being below average. Thye do have a great selection of raw oysters though.

            Philadelphia Fish and Co. was very good our last visit a few months ago and they too have a decent oyster selection. Fancier than Dmitri's but less so than Estia.

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              TammyTopsy RE: bluehensfan Sep 7, 2006 04:09 PM

              I've heard the Fish company is good!
              Do you know anyone who's liked Striped Bass?

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                FlyerFanX RE: TammyTopsy Sep 7, 2006 08:56 PM

                Striped Bass is great - the room is incredible. It's a special occasion place for me though - a little heavy on the wallet! Try the skate w/braised short ribs....pretty special!

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                  TammyTopsy RE: FlyerFanX Sep 8, 2006 01:41 PM

                  Thank you very much!

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                    TammyTopsy RE: FlyerFanX Sep 8, 2006 01:41 PM

                    Hey-Thanks a lot!!!

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                  DanielleM RE: bluehensfan Sep 7, 2006 09:12 PM

                  Yes, Dmitris does get crowded and the wait can sometimes be ridiculous. The space is small -- but it is also crowded because it is consistently GREAT and CHEAP. I was there last weekend, my DH and I shared an app of octopus, he had lamb and I had grilled scallops. The bill was $45 -- hard to beat.

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                    JanR RE: DanielleM Sep 8, 2006 05:46 PM

                    Heard that Dimitri's is closing (or at least selling the building). Anyone know anything about this?

                3. bluehensfan RE: TammyTopsy Sep 8, 2006 05:49 PM

                  Which one?

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                    JanR RE: TammyTopsy Sep 8, 2006 05:56 PM

                    3rd & Catharaine.

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                      rumdrinks RE: TammyTopsy Sep 8, 2006 06:17 PM

                      saw that listing on fox roach website - there was something about the "tenant" downstairs (Dmitri's) still having 1 yr remaining on their lease (so they'd have to stay even with the new owners and then they have first option for renewal...or something.

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