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Aug 25, 2010 07:39 AM

Beef wellington?

I recently ran into a chef friend of mine who made me beef wellington for a birthday a couple years ago and it made me reminisce. Any place that might serve this?

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  1. It' such an old fashioned thing that you almost need a restaurant that caters to the blue hair set.

    In NY, that was "One if By Land, Two if By Sea", which did an excellent rendition. In Malvern, the General Warren Inne has it on the menu (I seldom go, and never tried it). In West Chester, the Dilworthtown Inn doesn't have it on the menu now, but I wouldn't be surprised to see it in winter; it's their style. Possibly Duling-Kurz too.

    I'm not sure which Phila restaurants would fit that description.

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    1. re: FrancisdeR

      I know it's a dated item, that's for sure. Blue hairs, that made me giggle. But I'm such a sucker for the flavor combinations. I've been wanting to head up to the Dilworthtown Inn actually and the Blue Pear. You're right, I'm sure I would have more luck in the cooler months.

      1. re: FrancisdeR

        Blue hair set? In yer ear, twerp! I'm in my 70s, and I can live without that condescension.

      2. At some point Time on Sansom St had a bison in puff pastry dish on the menu. I'm not sure if they called it a Wellington, but it was really good. The food there is a bit underrated I think. I recall it being a special but I'm not sure... I don't know if they would offer this dish in the summer.

        Did you check the menus of the steakhouses like Prime Rib, Butcher & Singer, Capital Grill?

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        1. re: barryg

          Time no longer has the item on the menu, but it looks like a very cool place. My brother has been looking for a place to have bone marrow. Has anyone ever tried that there? Or, have a place they rec?

          I checked the other steakhouses that barryg recommended and none of them have it either. But, Butcher and Singer looks incredible. I may have to tap into my inner Mad Men and go there for a baked alaska.

          Flemings price fix menu is worth checking out I think. They have the closest thing so far.

          1. re: in bocca

            It might be worth checking back with Time when it gets a little cooler, it could come back as a special. I remember it seeing it on their board more than a couple times.

            I also realized it may be worth checking with the Four Seasons too. Who would have thought it would be so hard to find a classic dish like this?

            1. re: in bocca

              Enjoyed reading your post "in bocca" Certainly brings back memories. I once made Meatloaf Wellington when we were first married. Never made it since then :) Wonder if anyone still offers Chateau Briand. We used to order that at the Homestead Inn in Horsham. Don't believe they are still in business. I did hear of an old fashioned place recently called The Virginville Hotel - up above Macungie on Route 143. After viewing their online menu, most of their offerings would appeal to the "blue hair set" We plan to take a ride up on the motorcycle sometime in September so I'll post a review on The Chow after we go. Hope you find your Beef Wellington venue soon.

              1. re: curly girl

                The Blue Bell Inn still offers Chateaubriand (for two), as they have for many decades. I haven't been there in about five years but I always order that entree when I go if I can talk a dinner companion into sharing one. Hmm, come to think about it, my birthday is coming up and The Blue Bell is due for a return visit.

                1. re: Kshell

                  I'd guess that the Dilworthtown Inn still has the Chateaubriand for two on their menu. I've had it there on several occasions and it really IS quite good.

          2. Through September 27th Flemings in Wayne has a special of something called Beef Flemington.

            Beef Flemington
            Filet Mignon with mushroom duxelle
            wrapped in puff pastry, madeira sauce
            with roasted baby carrots.

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            1. re: jimc

              The Beef Flemington sounds pretty close to Beef Wellington to me. Might be worth a try.

            2. Any quality restaurant/chef should be able to make the dish, they would need extra time to prepare it. Simply ask your favorite chef if he will do it for you.

              1. I have seen this classic dish off and on at various restaurants and had them at the Dilworthtown Inn and Duling Kurtz.

                However, I would encourage you to try this at home, it is not as difficult and it might initially appear, especially if you use store bought pastry.

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                1. re: percyn

                  Pity Philly doesn't a classic blue-blood restaurant like Boston's Locke Ober, which although modernized still serves classics like Beef Wellington, Lobster Thermidor, Clams Casino and the requisite bread pudding for dessert.

                  There's nothing better than a classic dish prepared to modern standards.