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ladydisdain Dec 9, 2007 09:37 AM

My husband and I are moving to St. Louis around the end of June/beginning of July and are trying to make a list of everything we want to do before we go. We have a toddler, so these things need to be planned out in advance as much as possible or we won't fit them all in! We're trying to make sure we get in all the meals we want to try (or have again) before we go, both places we can take Molly and places for which we'll need to leave her with my mom. We live in Ardmore and are not just looking for city recs. You can assume that if it's local enough to us (Haverford, Bryn Mawr, Wynnewood, Ardmore, Havertown, Media, Springfield, Villanova etc) that we have already tried it.

Places we have never been that are already under consideration:

1. Le Bec Fin for lunch (I've never been; planning to go with a girlfriend who's also never been; husband has no interest)
2. Alison's in Blue Bell
2. Talula's Table for the Sunday night tasting dinner
3. Morimoto
4. Standard Tap
5. Alma de Cuba

Places we have been in the last year or so: Amada, Naked Chocolate Cafe, Jones, Sabrina's Cafe, the Classic Diner in Malvern, Rx, Pat's, La Lupe, Tango in Bryn Mawr, Tria, Reading Terminal

Places I have never been but my husband has (for business) and I am mildly interested in but he would rather not (so talk me into it if it's a must-eat): Taquet, 333 Belrose, Susanna Foo, Pond/Cassis, Nectar, Striped Bass

Help! More ideas, please. Where would you go if you knew you were moving soon? What are your can't misses for the area - both dirt cheap and overpriced? Do you think one of our considered meals is undeserving of the list? Talk me out of it! Help me, Chowhound, you're my only hope.

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    cussbucket RE: ladydisdain Dec 9, 2007 10:17 AM

    See if you can get a reservation at Vetri. Sometimes you can get them within a day or two when people have canceled on opentable.com (or just call and beg--that worked for us once).

    Le Bec Fin is overpriced and snobby.

    Have you been to Fountain? It's a nice dinner, if you can't get Vetri.

    Talula's Table will be an impossible reservation to get.

    Standard Tap is fine, but definitely not a "end-of-Philly" experience.

    Lolita is lovely Mexican and I've seen many children there.

    Hope that helps!

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      EastCoastWineMan RE: cussbucket Dec 9, 2007 07:10 PM

      call talula's and tell them the circumstances...they are awesome...i'm sure they will get you in there by June!!! talk about a destination dinner

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        ladydisdain RE: cussbucket Dec 10, 2007 07:31 PM

        The menu at Vetri is, unfortunately, full of things my husband will not eat; if I can talk a friend into going, I may end up there. Otherwise, probably not. Le Bec Fin is a definite, though; the friend and I have wanted to go for years. Fountain is definitely a possibility and I totally forgot about Lolita, which has been top of our list for months.

        I'm planning to beg a little on the phone with Talula's, but if it doesn't happen, it doesn't happen.

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          sballard RE: ladydisdain Dec 12, 2007 09:25 AM

          If you can't get a reservation at Talula's, it is still worth a visit. You can then head over to Avondale for a wine tasting at Va La Vineyards. That would make for a nice day, and I think both places are unique to the area.

          Later...Shawn

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            spyturtle008 RE: sballard Dec 13, 2007 08:05 AM

            Yes! And you may want to loop in a visit to Longwood Gardens, if you've never been. They have a Children's garden that just opened up, which may be a bonus for you, and the Christmas decorations are lovely.

            If you can't get in at Talula's and are looking for an alternate, we love Sovana Bistro (no reservations, BYO) for special occasions.

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          Chinon00 RE: cussbucket Dec 11, 2007 04:57 AM

          Wondering, why would you consider Standard not to be an "end of Philly" experience? They were the first and are still commited to serving only local beer and I personally believe that they still provide the best combination of great food and unique decor/ atmosphere versus the city's other gastropubs.

          Thanks

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            Buckethead RE: Chinon00 Dec 11, 2007 06:00 AM

            Personally I think the food there is just slightly above average. Also, their ridiculous free-for-all seating practice is incredibly annoying.

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              Chinon00 RE: Buckethead Dec 12, 2007 10:25 AM

              Not to get too off topic but what Philly gastropub would you suggest for food and what particular dishes?

              Thanks!

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                Buckethead RE: Chinon00 Dec 12, 2007 10:45 AM

                - Any sausage sandwich at the Grace Tavern
                - Pizza at the Dock Street Brewery
                - A burger and fries at the Good Dog, easily the best burger I've had in the city since the Black Door closed
                - Empanadas at Cantina los Cababallitos (although last time I had them they weren't that good)
                - Mac and cheese at the Latest Dish (not really a gastropub, but they do have some great beers on draft and the bar dominates the place)

                The Good Dog burger is the only one I'd recommend to the OP though.

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                  Chinon00 RE: Buckethead Dec 12, 2007 11:43 AM

                  I agree with just about all of the above (haven't been to the Latest Dish or Dock Street though). I love Cantina, really like Good Dog and just like Grace. The last time I had both the Royal (tavern) burger and the "Standard" burger they were quite memorable.

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                  rabidog RE: Chinon00 Dec 12, 2007 07:18 PM

                  there are few things better in this world than a great gastropub, i've been convinced since moving to philly... standard tap's a great experience, but i have to stay for at least three beers to fully appreciate it and soak it all in. otherwise, i'm likely to get annoyed by the aforementioned free-for-all seating... but i find the longer you stay, you can settle in quite nicely and are certainly never rushed to leave. their beers are great. the fries are good there when they're not overdone, and in the summer they have an awesome tomato / moz salad. and mmmm, fireplace in the winter...

                  at the risk of sounding like a broken record, i prefer north third (a block over and down) even a notch above the standard tap. similar dark ambiance. i wish they had the same beer selection... but what i like most about them is that everything is extreme. the dressing on the salad, the mayo sauce with the fries, the pierogies... things there are cooked with love (and butter). always very satisfying food-wise.

                  the abbaye, another block down from north third, has a good beer selection, but the food there i feel is usually average. nothing's stood out yet.

                  and then there's eulogy in old city... love their beers, and love their food... fish n chips are awesome with a couple belgian beers whose names i can never recall the next time around, so i end up ordering something different but equally delicious...

                  those are my four most frequented. personally, if i had to rate them, i'd go north third, eulogy, standard tap, abbaye. there should really be a rate-our-gastropubs thread here, if there isn't already.

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                    Schpsychman RE: rabidog Dec 13, 2007 09:29 AM

                    "there are few things better in this world than a great gastropub", very much agreed rabidog! At the risk of starting a new post, I'd add a few to your very good selection. While not really a "pub" per se, I have really come to like Zot for their food and beer selection. Recently had an excellent dinner there along with some great Belgian beers. The waiter really helped pair the food I was having with an appropriate beer selection. Plus, where else can you find Delerium Tremens on tap???They have a quiet front bar area for sipping wine, a very nice bar with an immense selection of beers, and a very nice eating area with exposed brick wall and nice lighting. It really is a nice place.

                    Then I would also add The Bishops Collar to your list, one of my favorite neighborhood jaunts. You can get some great sandwiches (warm proscuitto and mozzarella on a soft, chewy roll) and other good pub fare along with a good selection of beers and very friendly service. Not a dining destination by any means, but a great place to kick back and relax (the outside tables in the warm weather are a great way to watch the city go by).

                    Finally, I like Black Sheep Pub as well. Nice little cozy pub in a very old building. Decent food and good beer selection, a nice place for brunch too.

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                      rabidog RE: Schpsychman Dec 16, 2007 05:54 PM

                      oooh, good to know... bishops collar and zot were next on my list to try, anyway. after i visit those i'll have to start a gastropubs thread... i used to live by mannequin pis in the DC area which was owned by the same guy that owns zot, so i'm looking really forward to trying this one!

                      never heard of black sheep pub, but when i embark on my gastro-pub-crawl i'll have to add them to the list as well! (...i'm going to have to buy bigger pants...)

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                      Chinon00 RE: rabidog Dec 24, 2007 06:17 AM

                      I want to appreciate the annoying quality of the "free-for-all" seating at Tap but it is a (gastro)pub afterall (i.e. a pub with heightened attention to cuisine). Therefore, I don't think that it shoud be all that off-putting considering that fact.

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                      cussbucket RE: Chinon00 Dec 18, 2007 05:44 PM

                      I agree with Buckethead...the food is okay (and, I'll admit, their burger is good) but not fantastic. If you are leaving the city, never to return, I just find you can get better food elsewhere--not necessarily at a gastropub (though I think Good Dog may give 'em a run for the money on food and service)--but in general. I'll take dinner at Gayle, drinks at Tria, and seafood at Branzino any day.

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                        Chinon00 RE: cussbucket Dec 18, 2007 06:20 PM

                        Well, I would suggest Tap for a worthy final Philly beer experience. Granted, Monk's is nationally respected but what Tap offers in local draft beer is unmatched as far as I know in the Philadelphia metro region.

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                  jcmods RE: cussbucket Dec 31, 2007 09:47 AM

                  Roast Pork Italiano Sandwich at DiNics in the Reading Terminal Market. (Be sure to get sharp provolone and greens). I muffed it before I left and never got mine. However, I don't live so far that I will not be back to visit friends so I will get mine then.

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                  DaisyM RE: ladydisdain Dec 9, 2007 10:27 AM

                  Sunday Brunch at Lacroix! There's nothing else remotely like it in Philly.

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                    ladydisdain RE: DaisyM Dec 10, 2007 07:31 PM

                    Forgot about that! That's on our list too. Thanks for the reminder!

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                    Beulah RE: ladydisdain Dec 9, 2007 12:41 PM

                    Lunch at Le Bec Fin. Dinner is overpriced but lunch is not - you get 3 good courses including your choice of the dessert cart -- we usually choose 4 or 5 different ones each and split them!

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                      Philly Ray RE: ladydisdain Dec 9, 2007 01:15 PM

                      Try to squeeze in a visit to Capogiro (13th and Sansom) for gelato. Also, get to Marra's, Celebre's, or Tacconelli's for some pizza. While I know the BBQ is better in St. Louis, I doubt the pizza is.

                      If I were leaving Philly soon, I would head to John's Roast Pork and have a cheesesteak followed by a roast pork sandwich. If you and your husband go together, do what my wife and I do...order one of each and split them.

                      All of the above are places you can take Molly to.

                      For "adults only" I would strongly second Vetri, The Fountain, and Morimoto (if you can afford all of them, go for it!!). Vetri shouldn't be too hard to get into as long as you make your reservation exactly two months in advance (and if you shoot for a weeknight instead of the weekend). Since you have until June, you should be able to plan accordingly.

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                        idia RE: Philly Ray Dec 9, 2007 03:29 PM

                        Girlfriend lunch at Taquet on enclosed front porch. Awesome!
                        Sola in Bryn Mawr. Must not be missed.
                        Blush in Rosemont.
                        Gilmore's in West Chester

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                          ladydisdain RE: idia Dec 10, 2007 07:39 PM

                          Haven't done Sola yet; will probably try to get there. We ate at Blush and the service was horrifyingly bad. In fact, it was second only to the horrific service we had the one time we ate at Savona. And unfortunately everyone we know who has eaten at Gilmore's hated their meal, so we've crossed that off our list permanently.

                          I certainly won't be sorry to leave the Main Line's overhyped food options behind. We will, though, try Teresa's Next Door soon. And I still haven't had a cheesesteak at Pie In the Sky, which has been on our list for awhile. Need to eat a lot more ice cream at Handel's and Zwahlen's. I'd like to try brunch at Meridith's.

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                            rabidog RE: ladydisdain Dec 11, 2007 04:51 PM

                            ...i would skip meredith's...
                            i think what they're good at is hiring hot young male waiters tp please the primarily older female crowd... food, just so-so. i only go when i want to enjoy the weather outside at lunch with the guacamole (by no means the best, or even close to the best guac in town)...

                            speaking of guac, i don't know what STL specializes in as i haven't spent a whole lotta time there, but what about paying a visit to the south philly taquerias? veracruzana, los taquitos de pueblos... some seriously good, cheap grub, easily portable to take out, or to eat in...

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                              DanielleM RE: rabidog Dec 12, 2007 10:23 AM

                              yah, i had the worst brunch of my life at merediths. It took an hour to get some stinkin pancakes. They were good, but not that good.

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                              Major504 RE: ladydisdain Dec 18, 2007 08:44 AM

                              Please do not go to Meredith's.

                              Everyone

                              Please DO NOT GO TO Meredith's.

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                                EastCoastWineMan RE: Major504 Dec 18, 2007 12:22 PM

                                why such strong feelings??

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                            ladydisdain RE: Philly Ray Dec 10, 2007 07:33 PM

                            Oh, we've been to Capogiro a bazillion times - forgot to put that on the "ate there in the last year" (actually, the last month) list. The pizza not only isn't better in STL, it sucks. Haven't tried any of that pizza. Probably won't make it to all three - how should I prioritize?

                            The last time I was at John's was almost ten years ago. Don't think Greg has ever been. We'll definitely get back there. And Morimoto, yes; the Fountain, probably; Vetri...maybe not.

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                              Philly Ray RE: ladydisdain Dec 11, 2007 04:36 AM

                              Marra's not only has pizza, but is also a full service South Philly Italian restaurant (and a damn good one). So if you're looking for that experience before you go, make that #1.

                              Celebre's is more like a "pizza parlor." Aside from pizza, they serve stromboli and Italian sandwiches.

                              Honestly, I've never been to Tacconelli's. But I put it on the list since everyone always raves about the pizza. Personally, I can't get past the whole "reserve your dough" concept.

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                            JanR RE: ladydisdain Dec 10, 2007 05:20 AM

                            I agree with the Vetri suggestion. I don't think any of the places your husband would rather not revisit are must-eats.

                            1. saturninus RE: ladydisdain Dec 10, 2007 05:27 AM

                              If you enjoy beer, go to the Standard Tap. No reason to leave Philadelphia without enjoying some great Philadelphia beers.

                              Other places I love that are very Philadelphia:

                              Morning Glory
                              Radicchio
                              Dmitri's
                              Chloe
                              Tinto

                              From your list I wouldn't bother with:

                              Susanna Foo
                              Stripped Bass
                              Taquet

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                                idia RE: saturninus Dec 10, 2007 06:01 AM

                                If you really want a wow meal that is different, drive to Moro's in Wilmington. From the Main Line it is only 1/2 hr. to 40 minutes.
                                I gave Susannah Foo in Radnor another try after a first disappointment and they came through with flying colors.
                                Taquet is best for girl lunches which is also popular because of the spa across from it.

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                                  ladydisdain RE: saturninus Dec 10, 2007 07:40 PM

                                  We've eaten at Chloe twice and had excellent meals both times. The others I haven't tried, but will certainly add to my possibilities list.

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                                    Chinon00 RE: saturninus Dec 11, 2007 04:51 AM

                                    I enjoy Tinto as well but why exactly do you consider it "very Philadelphia"?

                                    Thanks!

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                                      saturninus RE: Chinon00 Dec 11, 2007 05:25 AM

                                      Because it's great and you can't get food like that everywhere.

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                                        Chinon00 RE: saturninus Dec 11, 2007 06:42 AM

                                        Ok, I thought that you were stating that it was somehow unique Philadelphia food.

                                        Thanks

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                                    Hungryin theBurbs RE: ladydisdain Dec 11, 2007 06:10 AM

                                    I take it you don't like Italian since there are no Italian places on your list and you have rejected Vetri, which is IMO not only the best restaurant in the city but one of the best I have been to anywhere, including NYC and Europe. If you are open to other Italian places, though, the Italian BYO is a quintessential Philly experience and there are many great ones--Caffe Casta Diva, Branzino, La Viola, Mr. Martino's, Melograno, and Salento, just to name a few.

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                                      ladydisdain RE: Hungryin theBurbs Dec 12, 2007 05:32 AM

                                      I love Italian. What I actually said about Vetri was:
                                      "The menu at Vetri is, unfortunately, full of things my husband will not eat; if I can talk a friend into going, I may end up there. Otherwise, probably not."

                                      My husband doesn't eat mushrooms, shellfish, fruit with meat and a few other things, so the menu at Vetri is canceled out almost entirely for him. Since these meals are supposed to be for the two of us primarily and our time is limited, I'm choosing to go to places at which we can both eat happily.

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                                        Hungryin theBurbs RE: ladydisdain Dec 12, 2007 05:50 AM

                                        Gotcha. Well then, I return to my suggestion to try one or more of the Italian BYOBs which are also excellent, and certainly have things your husband can eat.

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                                          ladydisdain RE: Hungryin theBurbs Dec 12, 2007 07:32 AM

                                          Do you have a couple of favorites?

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                                      bee cue RE: ladydisdain Dec 11, 2007 06:33 AM

                                      Ansil. I can't think of many places like it anywhere else, and the food is awesome. Get whatever variation of pork belly they have.

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                                        Schpsychman RE: bee cue Dec 11, 2007 07:57 AM

                                        How about Lacroix for a multi-course lunch or dinner? Still a destination dinner?

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                                          saturninus RE: bee cue Dec 11, 2007 01:41 PM

                                          Am I crazy that I wasn't wowed at all by Ansill? I went this weekend and found it overpriced and my dishes were executed poorly. I actually found the tomato bread to be an insult.

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                                            Hendi RE: saturninus Dec 11, 2007 04:11 PM

                                            I had a similar experiance, Ansill was fine but it just wasn't as good or interesting as I was expecting after reading so much about it

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                                              Buckethead RE: saturninus Dec 11, 2007 05:17 PM

                                              I can't say whether you are sane in an insane world or what, but every meal I've ever had there has been fantastic with the lone exception of a valentine's day dinner, which frankly I shoulda known better. I agree about the tomato bread, it's nothing special. What other dishes did you try?

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                                                saturninus RE: Buckethead Dec 12, 2007 05:16 AM

                                                I don't eat meat but I had:

                                                Shirred Duck Egg (very overcooked, didn't taste much truffles)
                                                Roasted Beets (very good)
                                                Some type of goat cheese pastry dish (flavorless, too small)
                                                Olives (medium portion was miniscule and overpriced)
                                                Tomato Bread (rediculous, 3 pieces of grilled bread and 4 grape tomatoes)

                                                My friends ordered beef carpacio (they liked it), shrimp (they thought they smelled), burgers (way too rare), some beef dish they ordered medium but was raw.

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                                                  Buckethead RE: saturninus Dec 12, 2007 06:23 AM

                                                  That's weird, I've never heard those complaints about the place before. The shirred eggs are one of their best dishes (usually). In case you decide to give it another chance, the osso bucco is always great, they've made it with beef usually in the past but last time I was there it was lamb instead. The fingerling potatoes are always good, too.

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                                                    saturninus RE: Buckethead Dec 12, 2007 08:34 AM

                                                    I appreciate that but I don't eat meat - I'm a vegetarian. The fingerling pototoes have bacon in them.

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                                                      Buckethead RE: saturninus Dec 12, 2007 08:40 AM

                                                      Oh right, I forgot. A new record for me, considering you said so in the very message I was replying to...

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                                                bee cue RE: saturninus Dec 11, 2007 06:17 PM

                                                Maybe you caught a bad night? I've only been once, but it was with a group of 5 adventurous eaters, so we tried a ton of stuff, and everything was from very good to great (the aforementioned pork belly, shirred eggs and a lamb's tongue dish being standouts). David Ansill was there, overseeing everything and stopping by every table, so maybe that had something to do with it.

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                                              sylviag RE: ladydisdain Dec 11, 2007 01:20 PM

                                              My favorite celebration meals have been at LaCroix. This year, we will be going to the Sunday brunch, which is at the top of my list. You can get the menu online - wow! From everything I've heard, it's really special.
                                              We've been to Le Bec Fin, Vetri, and some of the other places - all excellent, but for me, LaCroix is my "return to" place.

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                                                baekster RE: ladydisdain Dec 11, 2007 05:03 PM

                                                Morimoto is worth going cause of its name and if you're an iron chef fan. Even when I wasn't living in Philly, if I were to visit Philly, I wanted to go there. It's very overpriced, of course. :) But you have to get the expensive omakase, or else it's not worth it.

                                                I'm not sure what places are really unique to Philly.

                                                I second Lolita for gourmet Mexican meal. I'm no expert in Mexican, but the place has some dishes I've never seen before.

                                                Raddichio Cafe is one of my favorite places to go for Italian.

                                                1. FriskLamb RE: ladydisdain Dec 12, 2007 07:37 AM

                                                  I would add Little Fish, which I think is one of the more romantic restaurants, and the food has gone up a notch since the new owners took over. Their selection of fish is quite unique, and it is all well cooked. Their Sunday night 5 course set menu is particularly good.

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                                                    Schpsychman RE: FriskLamb Dec 12, 2007 07:46 AM

                                                    I would agree. Recent meal there was fantastic and the Sunday night dinner is all of $29pp, quite a deal for quite a meal!

                                                  2. spyturtle008 RE: ladydisdain Dec 13, 2007 09:41 AM

                                                    How about Horizon's? Even if you're not vegetarian, it is often cited as the top (or one of the top) veg'n restaurants in the States. I've been there with carnivorous friends and they've really appreciated the creativity that went into the dishes. Truly an outstanding restaurant -- can def. stand it's own ground next to other spots already mentioned in this thread.

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                                                      rabidog RE: spyturtle008 Dec 16, 2007 05:55 PM

                                                      agree with horizons! the seitan jerk bbq is one of the best things i've ever eaten... and their capirinha is now my favorite drink...

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                                                      Aloo0628 RE: ladydisdain Dec 16, 2007 06:22 PM

                                                      Morning Glory. If possible, go on a weekday to avoid the crowd. Have one of their biscuits with their homemade jam. Also their roasted/breakfast potatoes with their homemade "ketchup." (It's consistency is more like an herbed tomato dipping sauce, but regardless, really goes perfectly w/ their potatoes). Their muffins are pretty to-die-for as well. I've heard the fritattas (sp?) are amazing, but I'm not a huge egg fan, so can't vouch for them personally. The mac and cheese is usually quite tasty too.

                                                      Franklin Fountain. Plan to spend a little time there and order the hot waffle ice cream sandwich. It takes 15 minutes for them to make it, and it's worth every second. In fact, you could use that time to get Molly started on her ice cream so that you can enjoy your waffle concoction in a bit more peace :-). All of their ice cream flavors are amazing, even their plain vanilla (nothing plain about it - some of the most flavorful ice cream I've ever had). They're pretty generous with samples, so try whatever catches your fancy.

                                                      Enjoy your final months in Philly!

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                                                        ladydisdain RE: Aloo0628 Dec 16, 2007 07:49 PM

                                                        We looooove FF, but thanks for the reminder about Morning Glory, where we've always meant to go and never have.

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                                                          Philly Ray RE: ladydisdain Dec 16, 2007 07:54 PM

                                                          I have to say that I was never impressed with Morning Glory. For brunch, I would recommend Sabrina's, but also not on the weekends. I mean it's good, but not "wait for over an hour" good.

                                                          Ditto on Franklin Fountain and the waffle sandwich.

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                                                            Aloo0628 RE: Philly Ray Dec 16, 2007 09:07 PM

                                                            On Morning Glory: it seems to me that a lot of the stuff they do is average, or maybe a bit better than average at best. But the things I mentioned in my post above are, in my opinion, exceptional. Especially their jam - yum.

                                                            And yeah, the FF waffle sandwich is really one of the best desserts I've ever had. And I'm really really into desserts. :-) Glad I'm not the only one who has discovered it!

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                                                              Buckethead RE: Aloo0628 Dec 17, 2007 06:53 AM

                                                              You can also get a nice helping of philly attytood from Morning Glory's servers before you move away. I'd head to Sabrina's instead, just get there before 9:30.

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                                                              saturninus RE: Philly Ray Dec 18, 2007 08:09 AM

                                                              I prefer Morning Glory's breakfast over Sabrina's by a lot.

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                                                          phungi RE: ladydisdain Dec 17, 2007 11:46 AM

                                                          No suggestion for Taconelli's? Truly a Philadelphia institution!

                                                          I had one of the most mediocre over-priced meals at Le Bec Fin, so I look forward to hearing your opinion. IMNSHO, for the price, you can have 2 great meals elsewhere.

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                                                            Aloo0628 RE: phungi Dec 17, 2007 06:46 PM

                                                            Wow I can't believe I forgot Taconelli's - good catch! I love love love their margherita pizza.

                                                            Buckethead: I've found the service and Sabrina's to be comparable to that at Glory, but I think the folks at Glory semi-recognize my BF and I now, so maybe they're a little nicer to us than usual? Who knows. Either way, I definitely think the potatoes, muffins, and biscuits at Glory top Sabrina's' offerings, and their jam is really one-of-a-kind. Sabrina's does win on ambience/decor though :-)

                                                          2. Den RE: ladydisdain Dec 17, 2007 02:39 PM

                                                            St Louis has an Italian section like 9th street but I won't mention that. Anyway, If I was in your position, I would focus on the local or ethnic foods of Philly if I was leaving. If I'm in just about any big city I can find fine dining spots. I would try to get as much Philly food before I left as possible...of course cheesesteaks, roast pork, sausage from the Italian market, etc.

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