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lillotis Oct 28, 2008 08:06 AM

Any cuisine... Which 5 would be on your top sepcial occasion dining list?

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  1. smackdown RE: lillotis Oct 28, 2008 08:09 AM

    easy -

    Lacroix
    Vetri
    The Fountain at the Four Seasons
    Amada
    Osteria

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      Beulah RE: smackdown Oct 28, 2008 09:36 AM

      Vetri
      Le Bec Fin
      The Fountain at the Four Seasons (altho haven't been there with new chef)
      La Famiglia
      Amada/Osteria

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        Cruz RE: smackdown Oct 29, 2008 06:52 PM

        A word of caution is due about the Four Seasons. Marty Hamann left (for the Union League) a few weeks ago. I can't say whether that's had any effect on the quality, but they are between chefs for the moment.

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        Bigley9 RE: lillotis Oct 28, 2008 03:09 PM

        Vetri
        Lacroix
        La Famiglia
        The last two are hard....
        Southwark
        Paradiso

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          christie21 RE: lillotis Oct 28, 2008 05:56 PM

          Vetri
          Lacroix
          The Fountain
          Le Bec Fin

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            Hungryin theBurbs RE: lillotis Oct 29, 2008 09:54 PM

            1. Vetri
            2. LaCroix
            3. Amada/Tinto
            4. Osteria
            5. Matyson (I know, BYO and not super-high end, but some of my favorite food in the city)

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              Major504 RE: Hungryin theBurbs Oct 30, 2008 02:59 PM

              1 Vetri
              2 Vetri
              3 Amada
              4 Lacroix
              5 La Famiglia

              Rumors I've heard agree with Cruz....stay away from the Four Seasons for a bit....It'll still be great, but give the new guy some time to make his presence known.

              With regard to the Union League...forget what you've heard or experienced. This is one of the scariest kitchens in Philadelphia. Hopefully Hamann can pull it together.

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                Bigley9 RE: Major504 Nov 1, 2008 01:34 PM

                Going with you on the first two Major! (and actually #5 too, haven't been recently so it didn't come to mind)

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              normalheightsfoodie RE: lillotis Oct 30, 2008 03:02 PM

              Ginos and a bottle of Dom or Opus.

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                Bob Loblaw RE: lillotis Oct 31, 2008 03:00 PM

                I've not eaten at most of the top-level philly places.
                But i have a hard time believing that Morimoto wouldn't be in the mix.
                That was the best meal I've had in Philly, by far.
                Amada would be 2nd.

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                  bigdog2084 RE: lillotis Oct 31, 2008 05:10 PM

                  1. Lacroix
                  2. Lacroix
                  3. Lacroix
                  4. Lacroix
                  5. Lacroix

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                    lillotis RE: lillotis Nov 3, 2008 05:13 AM

                    How about outside of the city? Anyone have a top 3 for that?

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