Yummy Food in Philly
I am going to be in Philly for about a day and a half next month to see the Decemberists at the Mann Center. Since this is sort of a birthday trip, we're making a stop at Morimoto, despite some mediocre reviews (but come on, Iron Chef Morimoto! How can we miss it?)...but what are some other good places? I am not necessarily talking expensive...some cool hole in the wall type places that locals tend to frequent would be great. We would need a place for breakfast and lunch and we are both adventurous eaters!
Are you looking for Philly type stuff or something else. I think the best hole in the wall type place in the entire city for a Philly lunch would be John's Roast Pork at Snyder & Weccecoe (Sp?). The cheesesteaks are awesome and the roast pork with broccoli rabe and sharp provolone is the best. I try to go 4 to 6 times a year and it never changes or dissappoints. The place can't be 300 square feet.
I ate at Moriomotos a few months ago. It's going to get a lot of criticism because it's pretty obvious, but it was probably the best meal i've even had. get the full taster's menu, with accompanying drinks. (we split the drinks btwn the 2 of us, it was plenty, but we're lightweights).
definitely go to reading terminal for lunch. lots of recs on this sight (sometimes listed as 'rtm').
Adventurous eaters should go to Ansill, 3rd and Bainbridge. Morimoto is very good but you should be aware that Masaharu Morimoto himself is very rarely there cooking.
For breakfast, I'd recommend Sabrina's, 9th and Christian.
I have eaten at Morimoto as well. We all thought the food was excellent and really fun and creative. There is always Buddakan; Striped Bass; Vetri. Vetri is very hard to get into. I've heard that one of the sous chef's from Vetri opened his own restaurant called Marigold's and it is supposed to be good.
If you had ALOT of time, there is a place, albeit, an hour drive for you from the city called the Birchrunville Store Cafe. It is one of the best restaurants we've ever eaten at anywhere. The chef is half French and half Italian and is wonderful. It is probably too fare for you to go, but try it another time. It is in Birchrunville, PA.
What type of food are you looking for?