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Nov 12, 2009 11:28 AM

Saturday night recommendation?

My significant other and I are planning a date but Bibou is completely booked on Saturday. Oh the tears I've cried! Now I'm looking for your recommendations of a favorite off-the-beaten-track Saturday night dinner for two adventurous eaters. Not necessarily looking for fancy; coming from South Philly; not terribly interested in going to West Philly. Some favorites: Melograno, Zahav, Kanella, La Locanda, Mercato.

2201 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA

266 S 10th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Mercato Restaurant
1216 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

1009 South 8th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

237 St James Place, Philadelphia, PA 19106

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  1. One of our favorites is Branzino, on 17th St. just above Spruce.
    If you're driving, call the restaurant - they will tell you about parking lots that will give you a good price when the restaurant validates your parking ticket. Of course, that implies that you can get a reservation. byob.

    Branzino Restaurant
    261 S 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

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    1. re: sylviag

      Thanks for the rec - I always forget about Branzino. Haven't been there yet, but I'll put it on the suggestion list!

      Branzino Restaurant
      261 S 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

    2. If you are thinking French, have you been to Bistro La Minette (6th between Bainbridge and South)? No off the beaten track, but frequently forgotten are James (8th st, Christian/Catherine) and Cucina Forte (same area,BYO). Definitely not off the beaten track, but off most folks go to lists recently, is Fork - Chef Feury has seriously re-vitalized the menu/food - go back soon!

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      1. re: Bigley9

        Bistro La Minette is charming. We wandered in there during their first week. I'd love to go back and see how they've grown. James has been so high on my list for so long but I just cannot make my significant other care about it, for whatever reason. I had written off Fork but I'm glad to hear that the changes they've made are good ones. Maybe we'll have to check it out again.

        1. re: bakerloo

          I had issues with them on our first visit (right after they opened) but have enjoyed subsequent visits!

      2. I went to fish. recently (new restaurant from Mike Stollenwark of Little Fish) and it was incredible. Highly recommended if you like seafood. Try to get there because this is going to be a 3-beller when Laban reviews it (assuming they get some service issues worked out; when I went it was a bit uneven but understandable as they had just opened).

        It's really hard to find info about it online (downside of having a name like "fish" I guess). Here is the site:

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        1. re: barryg

          That's in the old Astral Plane, right? Thank you for listing the site!

        2. We had a wonderful dinner recently at Bindi, which does not take reservations.

          105 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

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