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

    1. 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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      1. re: sylviag

        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. Second Bar Ferdinand also Tria is another new fav.

        1. 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:
          http://foobooz.com/wp-content/uploads...

          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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          1. re: smackdown

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