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Gift Certificate in Philadelphia

samiam123 Dec 15, 2008 03:09 PM

Hi-I am a NYC chowhound and would love to get my parents a gift certificate to a great new place in Philly. They like all foods but something that has a little more senior appeal but no too sedate! Thanks for your help!

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    guanxi RE: samiam123 Dec 15, 2008 03:48 PM

    La Croix is fantastic. Upscale, but since you don't mention it I assume the exceptional prices are no object. Creative, exceptional food -- this (http://tinyurl.com/4axcr4) will give you an idea. Le Bec Fin is what most locals would associate with 'best restaurant', but I'm not sure it is; very good and very formal.

    I'm not quite sure what 'senior appeal' means. Earlybird special?

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      saturninus RE: guanxi Dec 16, 2008 07:30 AM

      Matt Levin has/is leaving. At such a high-end restaurant being between chefs might not be very appearling for the time being.

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        samiam123 RE: saturninus Dec 16, 2008 08:43 AM

        Where is Matt Levin the chef?

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          Buckethead RE: samiam123 Dec 16, 2008 09:02 AM

          Nowhere yet, he's opening a new place in NoLibs, supposedly:


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            Bigley9 RE: samiam123 Dec 17, 2008 12:32 PM

            he was at LaCroix

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        Bigley9 RE: samiam123 Dec 15, 2008 04:02 PM

        Vetri is likely the best restaurant in the city, but it is ten years old so not "new'. Many of the newer places, Osteria, Tinto, Distrito, etc are bustling, so perhaps not "appealing to seniors". What's new (1 year, 2)? How much do they go out? Where do they enjoy going? Do you want center city (Allison two comes to mind) That info might help us help you!

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          samiam123 RE: Bigley9 Dec 15, 2008 05:00 PM

          That's great-I was thinking of Vetri but I do believe my parents have eaten there. I will check out your other suggestions. Okay-so I guess I mean senior appeal as not 20 year olds-not too loud either. Certainly not early bird! I do think that the LeBecFin prices may be a little too rich for my blood this year so something a little less expensive. Keep the suggestions coming!

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            DaisyM RE: samiam123 Dec 15, 2008 05:41 PM

            A gift certificate for brunch at Lacroix. It is amazing.

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              Bigley9 RE: samiam123 Dec 15, 2008 06:50 PM

              Daisy is correct - Lacroix brunch is amazing if you want to go that route. If they are adventurous, consider Ansill - small plates, the less common plates are the best (marrow, etc). I also really enjoy Gayle - the menu doesn't do it justice - look for "translations" - I posted about a recent meal. Cochon and Bistrot Minette (4 months old) are good french bistros, Cochon is BYO. Jose Garces has Amada, Tinto and Distrito - all are excellent, all are pretty loud.
              If LeBec is too expensive, Vetri is as well. Actually, LeBec has recently changed its approach, returned its Michelin stars, and gone more casual (in comparison) so it might be better than you think as an option. I haven't been but there have been good reviews.
              Someone else will have to give you west of Broad street, I go there but east is my home so I am better versed

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                mazza3 RE: Bigley9 Dec 16, 2008 06:37 AM

                if your parents have a little bit of spunk osteria would definitely fit the bill. and i agree with everything bigley said. :)

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            rocknroll52 RE: samiam123 Dec 15, 2008 07:37 PM

            How about Devon Seafood Grille. I think it fits the bill for senior appeal, with a nice atmosphere that's not too loud, and reliably good selection of fish. Won't break the bank either.

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              FriedClamFanatic RE: samiam123 Dec 16, 2008 03:27 PM

              If they like Italian.........and it's been around a long time, La Famiglia is sedate with excellent food

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