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phatboy Dec 30, 2007 05:02 AM

Looking for a p/f with wine and like 6+ courses in and around philly.
any help?

  1. b
    brandesque Jan 1, 2008 11:48 AM

    I'd try a tapas style place, like Tinto or Kaizan. Other places will offer that to you if you just ask.

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      Bigley9 Jan 3, 2008 07:56 AM

      type of food? Price range?

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      1. re: Bigley9
        phatboy Jan 3, 2008 03:20 PM

        american, french, fusion, not picky. up scale

      2. FriskLamb Jan 4, 2008 09:32 AM

        We wnet to the Striped Bass a few years ago and had their tasteing menu paired with wines - and it was very good. May want to see if they still have...STRIPED BASS TASTING MENU
        Chefs Seasonal Five Course Tasting Menu
        Five Course Wine Pairing
        -Limited to the Entire Table-
        -Available to Tables of Six or Less-

        or on Sunday night Little Fish runs a course tasteing menu for $30 - which is a great value, and is BYO

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          Tay Jan 4, 2008 09:43 AM

          This is the most amazing place. A gourmet takeout by day, a private tasting service by night. Click on the "Farm Table Dinner" picture for the details. As an added bonus, it's a BYOB so it becomes extremely affordable. We drove from NY for dinner and it was well worth the trip.
          A unique setting + an outstanding meal= A memorable evening.
          If you can get a reservation and you go, please post your experience.
          Here's their site:

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          1. re: Tay
            Buckethead Jan 4, 2008 10:29 AM

            dinners at Talula's Table are at least a 6 month wait at this point.

            1. re: Buckethead
              Tay Jan 4, 2008 10:47 AM

              My philosophy:
              If it's worth waiting for at all, it' worth waiting a long time for. (Ending with a preposition notwithsatanding)
              The way I see it, 6 months will pass whether the OP makes a reservation or not, so he might as well make one. :-}

          2. rabidog Jan 5, 2008 05:09 PM

            does anyone know if carmine's creole cafe has brought back the tasting menu? wasn't offered last time i was there, but the tasting menu i did there in late 05 was one of my best meals in philly.

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            1. re: rabidog
              Major504 Jan 6, 2008 06:34 AM

              The tasting menu at Vetri may have been the best meal I've ever had.

              Talula's is worth the wait...make the reservation...if you don't want it then you could probably put it on Ebay.

              1. re: Major504
                Philly Ray Jan 6, 2008 07:31 AM

                I was just looking at Vetri's Winter 2008 menu and I believe the prices of the tasting menus have just gone up.

                They are now listed as:

                Tasting Menu $115
                Grand Tasting Menu $135

                1. re: Philly Ray
                  cwdonald Jan 6, 2008 08:05 PM

                  I had a wonderful tasting menu at James, paired with wines. I highly recommend it. Now is the time for the tagliattelle with duck rague and shaved chocolate!

                  824 S. 8th Street
                  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147

                  Monday - Thursday 5pm to 10pm
                  Friday & Saturday 5pm to 11pm
                  Closed on Sunday
                  Reservations desk: 215.629.4980

                  http://wwww.jameson8th.com. Tasting menu is available Monday through Thursday.

                  1. re: cwdonald
                    finka Jan 17, 2008 08:51 AM

                    I have to agree with CW. Tasting menu at James is strong to very strong. Just went the other night and got the five-course, w/o wine pairings ($70). Kitchen was very accomodating and worked around a vegeterian issue. They're also doing a smaller four-course tasting menu in January that has their "Greatest Hits," for $60.

                    1. re: finka
                      Buckethead Jan 17, 2008 09:52 AM

                      For $70 for five courses and no wine, I would hope they would accommodate a vegetarian!!

                      1. re: finka
                        Tay Jan 17, 2008 10:01 AM

                        Do you have a web link you could post?

                        1. re: finka
                          rabidog Jan 18, 2008 07:02 PM

                          what sorta vegetarian accommodations did they make? was just looking at their menu, noticed it leans pretty heavily (er, entirely?) on meats!

                        2. re: cwdonald
                          Tay Jan 17, 2008 10:01 AM

                          FYI.... This web link is not functioning... :-}

                          1. re: Tay
                            finka Jan 24, 2008 03:42 PM

                            Their website is jameson8th.com.

                            I should have been a little more specific about the veggie accommodation: my girlfriend eats fish and shellfish. Opening was a caviar appetizer, followed by scallops, [something I can't remember], and halibut, then dessert.

                            $70 was a good price for what was served. The caviar alone paid for the meal.

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                    Jcookn Jan 17, 2008 02:51 PM

                    Vetri is the place, worth every penny. Talula's Table is wonderful, worth the wait, James fantastic, Marigold, worth a try. Also OSTERIA, Vetri's new place.

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                      larrybard Mar 6, 2008 05:00 AM

                      Regrettably, having just visited Vetri this past Saturday for a late dinner, I feel obliged to chime in and report that my wife and I were extremely disappointed. We had the tasting menu; she also opted for the additional wine pairings. With a few exceptions -- the frequently noted favorites such as spinach gnocchi -- the offerings were unexceptional, even bland (e.g., roast baby goat). I will never eat there again.

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