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hungryinwdc Apr 14, 2008 10:43 AM

I am going to Philly for the weekend to celebrate my anniversary. We're having dinner at Vetri Friday night -- looking for something great but low-key for Sat night. We have plenty of time to get a reservation... Any ideas?

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    SpdRcr069 Apr 15, 2008 10:59 AM

    James is excellent but not really low-key. Food and Wine Magazine gave the chef Best Chef 2008 award. Love that place definately top 5 fav. If you want to stick with Italian, Modo Mio in Northern Liberties (BYOB). Amada is good by I think Bar Ferdinand is much better (Tapas). If you want really lite (sandwiches, salads, cheese, wine, beer), then you have to check out Tria Cafe (two locations www.triacafe.com). Standard Tap (gastropub), great food from burgers to steaks, carpaccio, scallops, lamb shank...local artisenal beer on tap only no national brand beers...decent wine list, written up in Bon Apetit and Gourmet Mags....hmmm....

    1. saturninus Apr 14, 2008 02:29 PM

      I'd go in a different direction - what about

      Shiao Lan Kung
      Vietnam Restaurant

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      1. re: saturninus
        spyturtle008 Apr 14, 2008 04:30 PM

        I'll second Lolita -- although you'd def. want to go earlier than later to avoid a long wait. Excellent food, and you can bring your own tequila which will help keep things on a low(er)-key budget. I finally got around to trying it for the first time the other weekend for a late dinner, and the food was absolutely wonderful. However, it was mind-numbingly loud. I have a feeling this had a lot to do with the time we went -- next time, I will definitely make it a point to have an early-evening dinner. I think they also have a few outdoor tables when the weather's nice, which could be a good option.

        I haven't been to Shiao Lan Kung or Vietnam, but if you choose to go the Chinatown route, I'll toss Rangoon (Burmese cuisine) in for consideration. Def. low-key and low-budget, and unique as well as delish.

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        Hungryin theBurbs Apr 14, 2008 01:25 PM

        Can you say more about what you mean by low key? I'd probably recommend one of our many great BYOBs. My favorite is Matyson. it's got a nice, relatively quiet atmosphere and fantastic food:


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          hungryinwdc Apr 14, 2008 03:29 PM

          By low-key, I just mean not budget-blowing, crazy loud, or overwhelmingly heavy. Thanks!!

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          DaisyM Apr 14, 2008 12:32 PM

          Amada. Terrific tapas.

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          1. re: DaisyM
            Bigley9 Apr 14, 2008 01:04 PM

            Agree the food is exceptional but I don't think I'd call Amada low key!

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            CheesemongersWife Apr 14, 2008 12:05 PM

            JAMES!!!!!!!!! I had one of the best meals in a long time there. Located on 8th Street and Christian. AMAZING!!!!!!

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              Buckethead Apr 14, 2008 10:49 AM

              Ansill: http://www.ansillfoodandwine.com/

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