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Inexpensive Tasting Menu/Prix Fixe Option in Philadelphia

megmosa Feb 9, 2009 01:30 PM

Hi, I was wondering if anybody has ideas for a tasting menu or prix fixe menu. I'm looking for something preferably at a BYO for under $50 to go to this Friday or Sunday night. I don't need an extravagant tasting menu, just 4 or 5 courses. My mom will be in town and she hasn't done anything like that before.

I've done the tasting option at Marigold Kitchen and Valentino (I think it was Valentino?), and I would like to try something new.

I tried to get reservations at Little Fish, but it didn't happen. We are open to any type of food.

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    Boognish RE: megmosa Feb 10, 2009 06:59 AM


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      Carole RE: Boognish Feb 10, 2009 07:05 AM

      I don't think that Matyson has the tasting menu on Friday or Saturday nights. Otherwise they would be perfect!

      It's going to be hard to find many places that do.

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        Boognish RE: Carole Feb 10, 2009 08:28 AM

        ooooooh...you're right! I had no idea.

        Thanks for the headsup.

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      jl0328 RE: megmosa Feb 10, 2009 07:09 AM

      Modo Mio does a turista menu that is excellent!

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        juice RE: jl0328 Feb 10, 2009 08:55 AM

        2nd Modo Mio. 4 courses for $32 (cash only). Good luck on a Friday or Saturday. I went last weekend and for a 7:30 reservation and was lucky to get in by 9pm. Great spot though.

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          rabidog RE: juice Feb 11, 2009 01:18 PM

          3rd (or 4th) modo mio if you can get in. not open sunday.

          how far in advance does one need to make sunday night menu reservations at little fish? i want to take friends there.

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            megmosa RE: rabidog Feb 11, 2009 01:34 PM

            Usually at least a month they said....I need to figure out my schedule and make one.

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              rabidog RE: megmosa Feb 11, 2009 08:00 PM

              eek! i can't even seem to get my dough reserved 24 hrs in advance at tacconnelli's. not good with commitments. little fish's sunday dinner, if anything, might be what pushes me over the edge to put together some sort of plan, though.

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        urbanfabric RE: megmosa Feb 10, 2009 08:22 AM

        Lacroix has a Sunday and Monday night $35 prix fixe menu these days:
        That would be a lovely place to take your mom! (Not BYOB, but they have a wine deal too)

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          croutonpiggy RE: urbanfabric Feb 12, 2009 09:26 AM

          Lacroix is BYOB on Mondays, no corkage (!)

          I have a reservation for this Sunday. The $35 menu is offered and their wine list is half price. I was told that the dress code is business casual, although I'm requesting that my BF wear a jacket.

        2. Carole RE: megmosa Feb 10, 2009 08:29 AM

          Another option might be to go to a tapas-like place such as Zahav. Sorry, it's not a BYOB but is a fun place with small dishes and good food.

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            megmosa RE: megmosa Feb 10, 2009 10:48 AM

            These are all really great suggestions. I've really wanted to try Lacroix and Zahav. Modo Mio sounds good too.

            I was also wondering about Estia and their pre-theater dinner? How is that?

            Even after my mom has left, I am sure I will still use a lot of these recommendations...

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              Carole RE: megmosa Feb 10, 2009 11:02 AM

              I've had the pre-theater meal at Estia and it was very good. Especially the seafood. Not BYO, tho. I'd put that on my list for sure!

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              mazza3 RE: megmosa Feb 10, 2009 12:59 PM

              good luck getting in any of these places on valentine's day, but if you can score it, modo mio is the one that you want. :)

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                megmosa RE: mazza3 Feb 10, 2009 01:18 PM

                Oh God no, I'm not even attempting Valentine's day...

                Just looking for Friday or Sunday.

                I have a question about Estia though for anybody who might be able to answer it. How is the Sunday brunch with Jazz music?

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                percyn RE: megmosa Feb 11, 2009 06:34 AM

                All good suggestions. I would add Cochon in South Philly (http://www.cochonbyob.com/) to the list

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                  Bigley9 RE: percyn Feb 11, 2009 06:56 AM

                  do they do a tasting menu?

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                    percyn RE: Bigley9 Feb 11, 2009 07:55 AM

                    Sort of a mix between tasting and pre-fix. 4 courses for like $35 (if I remember correctly).

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                  carusoem RE: megmosa Feb 12, 2009 08:10 AM

                  We ate at Little Fish last night and it was fantastic. One of the best and most inventive seafood restaurants i've been to. They have a tasting menu every Sunday. Its tiny and a BYOB but I doubt you'll be disapointed. I had the Skate with truffled spaetzle and parmesan broth, my wife and I fought over sharing it, we kept swicthing!

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