Trip Review: TInto, Capogiro, Naked City, Reading Terminal
Visiting Philly for a 2 day conference from NYC; while I didn't have a lot of chances to visit the options for eating out, I slipped out while I could!
The first night, I tried to head to Horizons based on reviews here. When I got there, though, the doors were locked-a call to their number later revealed that they were closed for the week (maybe because of the recent flash mob?) I instead headed back in the direction of my hotel and decided on Tinto. I had noted the mixed reviews, but since I was eating alone and I knew it had a bar where I could snack on small plates, I thought it would be a good choice.
The night began well enough. I started out with a complimentary amuse bouche, which was a nice surprise: parmesan crisps (sort of like flautas but thinner) served with a roasted tomato sauce. Overall well prepared and enjoyable, though I'm not a huge cheese lover. The first dish I ordered was the green beans with dates/almonds/orange segments, and it was a great combination-especially with the spark of some smoked paprika. The only frustrating thing was that it was served in a dish very awkward for cutting the green beans-it kept tipping over. But, not a huge deal. However, this was unfortunately the high point of my meal.
The next two dishes came within 5-10 minutes of my first, so I was at that point surrounded by 4 dishes as a lone diner, a bit awkward. Next I had the crab bruschetta, described as lump crab with chile and avocado. Unfortunately, it tasted like a pimento cheese salad on top of bruschetta, not exactly what I had hoped. I was hoping for better with the lamb skewers, which I was told was a favorite order. There were 3 shot glasses, each with a skewer of lamb and eggplant, wrapped in bacon. The lamb was nice and rare, perfect to appreciate the gaminess...except that the saltiness of the bacon and the accompanying sauce completely overwhelmed it. Needless to say, the eggplant was even further overwhelmed.
I would have to say that while Tinto had some promise, it had too many misses for me to desire trying it again.
After the meal, however, was a different story! With my eye across the street, I turned down dessert at Tinto and headed over to Capogiro after the meal. Trying a few samples, I decided on clove and "serious chocolate." I would have to say this rivals Jeni's ice cream from Columbus in having most inventive and intense flavors. It was quite a treat.
Just before making it back to my hotel, I found naked city chocolate. I couldn't handle an entire dessert, but I had to go in...so I picked out one of their chocolates to try. I had a green tea flavored one, as I wanted something light after the intense dark chocolate gelato. Different, but pleasant. I will definitely have to try more flavors on future visits.
The next day, I did make it back to naked city during the daytime, and I tried their oat-walnut-fruit bar (I believe it had cranberry but am embarrassed to say I can't remember. It was nicely done, not leaden or dry as those types of treats have a tendency to be.
I also made it over to the Reading Terminal Market just before heading over to the train station-oh why didn't I go there earlier in my trip? A highlight!!
I ended up grabbing some things to go, including some pumpkin butter and sliced turkey (very excited to have an alternative to a commercial brand) Also picked up some pickles as my pickle guys here in the city haven't been out in the farmers market yet. All fantastic, and I loved seeing all of the Pennsylvania Dutch shops.
All in all, while my one dinner was a bit disappointing, I look forward to some more trips to the city to explore more! Thanks to all the CHers whose posts I used for recommendations.