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Has anyone tried WineO?

sweet_polly Apr 28, 2010 06:56 PM

We'll be in Philly next week, and the hub-unit and I love wine bars. They have a deal on restaurant.com (which, I know, often bodes poorly), but I am reading mixed reviews (good service/bad service; cozy/dirty; good food/bad food, etc.). If the food isn't reasonably good, the wine won't make up for it as we're concerned. Can anyone help me out, here? TIA! :)

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    barryg Apr 28, 2010 07:41 PM

    Go to Chick's on S. 7th St.

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      Hungryin theBurbs Apr 28, 2010 08:21 PM

      I know nothing about WineO, but Tria is a terrific wine bar. Two locations in the city.

      http://www.triacafe.com/

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        urbanfabric Apr 29, 2010 07:10 AM

        Agree with Chick's and Tria. I'd never heard of WineO, and I think you are right that the restaurant.com deal does not bode well.
        If you want a deal, go to Tria on a Sunday when they have their "Sunday School" specials and feature a wine, beer, and cheese for half off (one each per guest). A much better deal, I think, than the restaurant.com gift certs that you usually can't use on alcohol.

      2. sweet_polly May 3, 2010 10:38 AM

        Thank you for your feedback and alternative suggestions, everyone! I've decided to abort the WineO idea...too much great food in downtown Philly to settle for potential mediocrity (or worse). The Tria on Spruce is only about 1/4 mile from our hotel, so we'll check that one out. :)

        1. sweet_polly May 8, 2010 04:31 PM

          Just wanted to pop in and thank the Philly hounds again for the Tria suggestion. My husband and I absolutely LOVED it. We went to the Spruce St. location, and it was charming. There was a wonderful, extensive list of wines by the glass, and each of the tapas we sampled was outstanding. We had the Spicy Tuna and Chickpea Stuffed Piquillo Peppers (my fave); Warm Tuscan White Bean Spread with Baguette; Warm Poached Black Mission Figs with Gorgonzola and Prosciutto di Parma (the hub-unit's fave); Sliced Italian Meats served with Balsamic Red Pepper, Caper Berries and Spicy Garlic Oil; a wedge of artisan bleu cheese (can't remember the name) with baguette slices and blackberry compote; and we finished with Banana, Goat’s Milk Caramel and Mascarpone Panino. All that, plus three glasses of wine apiece set up back around $100. Plates are small, but priced accordingly...we left feeling quite full, slightly buzzed, and very happy!

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          1. re: sweet_polly
            rabidog May 10, 2010 07:51 AM

            i live around the corner from wineo and i pay them a visit in two situations: one, on a friday or saturday night when i don't want to deal with the usual northern liberties or center city packed bar, and two, when there is an ice or snow storm and i get cabin fever. not that they're bad: the calamari appetizer is actually pretty delicious. but the wine list is so-so and the music there can get quite obnoxious IMO.

            my favorite place to go when i'm in a wine mood is zahav. their weekday happy hour at the bar from 5-7 is just amazing. the bartenders are awesome, the food is delicious (the hummus is half price at happy hour) and the wines are tasty and $3 off at happy hour (i love the pinotage).

            1. re: rabidog
              sweet_polly May 10, 2010 10:21 AM

              I live in Tampa, FL which doesn't come anywhere close to having a food and wine culture like Philadelphia's (wine bars of ANY caliber are few and far between)...so Tria was pretty exciting for us. lol There was no noticeable music, but we were there very early in the evening.

              Good to know about Zahav. We're back home now, but we get up to Philly once or twice a year so I'll check it out on a future visit. :)

              1. re: sweet_polly
                rabidog May 22, 2010 09:58 PM

                oh, no, tria's great... it was wineo i was referring to in my post. very different scene. i don't know if tria plays music at all (or at least i've never noticed it) which is one of the things i love about it. that and the dessert grilled cheese (or, that's what i call it anyway) - a sweet panini with mascarpone and ?caramel? sauce - it's been a long time since i've had it. an interesting thing about tria: i don't think they have a stove or a conventional oven. i think it's all done with a toaster oven and the panini thinger, which inspires me to get more creative in my own kitchen on hot summer days! glad you liked philly!

                1. re: rabidog
                  sweet_polly May 23, 2010 09:39 AM

                  Doh! I was having a blonde moment, there. You DID say "WineO". lol

                  Yeah, that banana, marscarpone and goat's milk caramel panini was to die for. I have a picture of it in my blog. :) I, too, noticed that they didn't have a kitchen. Amazing.

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