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New, Exciting, Philly Area?

Bashful3 Feb 11, 2009 04:37 PM

Need some inspiration please. I've been suffering (trust me!) with whooping cough for so many weeks that the very thought of food grosses me out. But, I am finally getting better, and could use some suggestions for a shared birthday dinner in March with a good friend.

Our only restriction is that the restaurant chosen has to be NEW to both of us--no matter how much we might like a place, we always try someplace neither of has ever eaten at before.

We like seafood, ethnic other than Mexican or INdian; have eaten at many of the great Philly standbys, and would like some suggestions of a place a tad under the radar. Have car; we both live near Center City, but would be free to travel further afield for a great meal.

Looking forward to your ideas! Thanks in advance.

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    Hungryin theBurbs RE: Bashful3 Feb 11, 2009 05:28 PM

    If it was me, I'd head directly to Chifa, Jose Garces new place. I can't wait to try it!

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      sylviag RE: Bashful3 Feb 11, 2009 06:05 PM

      Have you been to Bar Ferdinand?
      We were introduced to it a few months ago and have been back four times.
      Love it, love it, love it!
      If you haven't been there, I will post about it and tell you some of our favorites.

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        Bashful3 RE: sylviag Feb 12, 2009 12:41 AM

        You are the best, Chowhounds, but please keep 'em coming. My friend and I have never been to Bar Ferdinand or Chifa, and they both sound great. Tell me more!

      2. joluvscards RE: Bashful3 Feb 12, 2009 05:34 AM

        Second Bar Ferdinand also Tria is another new fav.

        1. smackdown RE: Bashful3 Feb 12, 2009 05:52 AM

          We ate at Chifa on Tuesday night (opening night - though by the service, food, ambiance...you'd never know it was the first night) It was excellent - Chef Garces has another huge hit on his hands.
          The idea for the food comes from Peruvian-Cantonese (a lot of Chinese influence in Peru). Every dish we had was fantastic, although my personal standouts were the Lobster Noodles, the lamb empanada, the aji mushrooms served in a puff pastry of sorts, and the Kobe ceviche.
          Here's a link to the menu:

          They also do a $65 chef's tasting - everyone at the table must participate - but seems like a fantastic deal since in general the Chef will pick something from each area on the menu.

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            rabidog RE: smackdown Feb 12, 2009 06:47 AM

            I WANT that salt baked fish! that menu makes me hungry even though i just ate a huge breakfast!

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