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  1. Sorry! Hit the wrong key. We went to see our friend's jazz group perform at Tavern 17. It was a Friday night so we decided to eat dinner there. The service was AWFUL. We shared the calamari and it was just okay. Next we had salad. What can I say, at this moment, I can't even tell you what it was. My entree was the special of the evening. Cioppino. It was the saltiest food I have ever been served in my life. Additionally, the seafood was overcooked and most of the clam and mussel shells were empty. My husband ordered the Hanger Steak. It was cooked nicely. He asked for extra veggies and no mashed sweet potatoes. It came on top of a mound of cold potatoes. When I ordered my first glass of wine (no bottle, my husband was driving), it took 15 minutes for it to be served. I was not expecting an LBF experience, but please! It wasn't a cheap night out.

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    1. re: crazyspice

      sounds like my one and only experience there!! the waitress had NO idea about the wine flights, and plunked them down awkwardly without announcing what was what! never again.

      1. re: rabidog

        We do not travel down to the city often, and maybe my expectations are unrealistic, but how is that restaurant even still open? Our friend's band will be there probably for the next 2 months and we want to come down again. They start playing at 7:00. Since you appear to be the "resident" in town "been there done that". What would be a good choice within walking distance? We are not on a budget when it comes to good food.

        1. re: crazyspice

          honestly that's not my most-frequently visited area. i live east of broad, and i tend to stay east (places i can walk to). and then for budgetary reasons, i don't find myself around the rittenhouse area much at all, and many of the places i have been to i can't recommend. i like mama's vegetarian (felafel) on 20th just south of market, love tria at 18th and sansom, love capogiro - but none of those are really sit-down hearty meals. loved erawan at 23rd and walnut (or so) but haven't been in a looong time (have plans to revisit in the next week or so). i know matyson is nearby and is highly regarded here, but for some reason i've just never made it yet. or, hrm, i guess lolita wouldn't be too terribly far - they're quite good and i have plans to revisit on the very first day of the year that goes above 70 degrees! i haven't been to the terribly, terribly expensive places (most lack an appetizing sounding vegetarian menu) but places i have been, byblos, happy rooster, fellini - not into them. i just keep striking out in rittenhouse square.

          1. re: rabidog

            Apparently, it looks like I am as well! I will eat vegetarian, but my husband is a true carnivore. Also, we don't need hearty. I like the Tapas idea. I am a very light eater. I appreciate very much your comments.

            1. re: crazyspice

              If you like tapas you would probably like the newer sibling of Amada -- the name escapes me right now -- which is in the Rittenhouse area. The name begins with a T, I think.

              1. re: Beulah

                Are you thinking of Tinto by Jose Garces? It's a good spot, and I second that recommendation, if it was one. :)

          2. re: crazyspice

            Branzino is a nice option that isn't too far. 17th and Spruce, I think.