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Aug 2, 2007 12:41 PM

Bistro 7 for Dinner

Is the food well prepared & tasty? Anything special?

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  1. For my taste, no and no. I'm not a fan, tho I'm sure you'll hear from others who like it. I find the food oversalted and otherwise unremarkable.

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    1. re: Elaine

      Ok, We are staying in Old City & we are planning on the Continental & Reading Market for two lunches, but we need two dinner ideas. We went to Jones last year & nothing special. We would like Italian food, but don't want to go to a tourist trap. Great American or new American is also an option. It seems everybody has their favorite pasta place, any suggestions for really good & unique? We are Chowbabies from NYC.

        1. re: Hondo3777

          Will you have a car, or do you take long walks?
          If so, go to Radicchio at 4th and Wood. BYOB, no reservations.
          One of our best.
          And if you like fish, their grilled Dover sole (or other special fish, they always have the sole) is exceptional. Moderate prices, casual.

          1. re: sylviag

            I absolutely agree with Radicchio, about a 12 minute walk from the Continental in Old City. Closer is Mandoline, another favorite of ours. For creative American, Chloe.

              1. re: saturninus

                3rd on Mandoline. Doesn't get the hype of some of the other BYOs in town, but I've always had very good to excellent New American food every time we've gone. Good service as well.

      1. I really like La Locanda (Italian BYO) on 2nd between Arch and Race St. Not only is the food good, but the atmosphere and servers are fun. First Friday is tonight so if you do not call ahead for reservations (soon) you are going to be out of luck.

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        1. For Bistro 7, I'd have to say yes on all counts. I highly recommend the gnocchi with morels, duck mousse and pastrami (apps), and the flatiron steak with vidalia onion rings.

          Mandoline is also wonderful. La Locanda del Ghiottone is very good.

          1. We've eaten there twice in the past year. The food was interesting, well prepared and quite tasty. The service was excellent and it was relatively quiet even when the restaurant was full. I highly recommend Bistro 7.