Recomendation for Visitors
We will be in Philadelphia this coming weekend.(coming from Toronto) We will likely be staying downtown. Don't worry about location as we can always take a taxi. I am looking for a recommendation for a place to "dine" . What are your top restaurants? Thanking you in advance.
You are within easy walking distance of several of Philadelphia's finest restaurants: Le bec Fin, Il Portico, Pasion, Striped bass, Susanna Foo's, and a number of friendly neighborhood bistros; Monk's Inn, Sansom Street Oyster house, Ludwig's Garten, Nodding head Pub.
Le Bec Fin - fine French food - expensive, dressy
Il Portico - Italian/Jewish
Susanna Foo's - upscale Chinese
Pasion - South American
Striped bass - upscale seafood
Monk's has Belgian beers and food, Ludwig's has German food and beer, Sansom Street has a Philadelphia speciality - Snapper Soup and fresh seafood, Nodding head has it's own brews and pub grub.
hurrah, i've been meaning to post about my experiences in philly but have been a bit remiss. if you find my older post from a few weeks back you'll see i was seeking out some very specific suggestions.
our all out meal that week was at ansill, a really fantastic small plates experience with great wine available at a good price point. we were only disappointed with the scallions (overly greasy) and found a couple of dishes to lack more effective balance (very salty pork belly/spaetzle) but were stuffed (to the point of sickness) and ridiculously happy afterward for $130USD. shirred eggs with truffle and foie gras was probably the winner. they currently have an italian blue available in the cheese section that is just amazing. ask them to give you the honey instead of grapes and it's a great pairing.
you must check out the foodery, there are two locations... one in the more downtown area and another in north liberties. the beer selection in toronto is pitiful and the foodery is a haven of fantastic beers. the downtown one is very unassuming and looks like a convenience store while the one north is better laid out with food options.
i'm getting ahead of myself. enjoy and everything absolutely is a walk away... it's a very compact city.
Also, let us know where you are staying, because Philadelphia is a very walkable city. There will be an excellent restaurant within walking distance, I can assure you. You should avoid Philadelphia taxis because they are very expensive, much more expensive than in Toronto - save your $ for wining and dining.
Well, if money is no object, go to Le Bec Fin or the Fountain. I will envy you a ton, and hope you report back.
Philadelphia also has a ton of BYOB restaurants (means -- bring your own bottle) in a wide variety of cuisines, prices, and atmospheres.
Give us an idea of what kind of food you are looking for and your price range so we can guide you.....