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Visiting Philly from NYC

Hi there, I've been perusing the topics for Philly, and it sounds like Le Bec Fin, Vetri, and (I'll be on an expense account) the Saloon are all possible options. Am I missing anything that should really be in a "top three" list where an epiphany experience is driving the list?
I'm hoping to find a gem of a restaurant that I can talk about when I get back home. This will be my first trip to Philly. (This doesn't have to be an expensive dinner, just a really amazing one!).
Thanks for your two cents!

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  1. check out Paloma in Northeast Philadelphia.. it IS a gem... french mexican fusion.
    serious orgasm on a plate dining; NOT inexpensive, however. also, consider osteria - marc vetri's other restaurant

    1. With all of the terrific restaurants in Philadelphia, I would not put the Saloon in the top three. I doubt very much you would have an epiphany experience there. Can't speak about LBF because I haven't been there in years, but Vetri should definitely be on your list. Philadelphia is noted for it's byob's. I nominate Modo Mio (a northern Italian in Fishtown). It is not expensive but it is delicious. If you do a search, you will find other positive comments about it on this board. Welcome to Philadelphia.

      1. My personal top 2 are Ansill and Osteria, after that there are lots of fantastic places that could be #3. Are you going to be here for three meals, or just one? I can't tell. Saloon isn't in the top 300.

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        1. re: Buckethead

          I'm from the area and have not heard of the Saloon. What the heck is it?

          1. re: bluehensfan

            The Saloon is on 7th Street around Catherine/Fitzwater. It is a mix of Italian and Steak House, big on the list for power business dinners for years when Phila had no Steak Houses or good hotel restaurants. It is expensive and IMHO the food is mediocre. My most recent experience also included service that could have been better as well

        2. I would include Tinto. I love it there.

          1. My favorites are Amada and Osteria (the second restaurant from Marc Vetri). I think you could have a great experience at either one, especially on an expense account as it can add up quite quickly. These two spots are not fancy, white glove types of places so it depends on exactly what you're looking for. Additionally, you can't go wrong with Le Bec Fin or Vetri.