Good dinner near airport on Monday
Ended up going to Bistro La Minette (South Street district), which according to Google was 17 minutes drive from the airport.
At 8:45PM on a rainy Monday we litterally had the restaurant to ourselves (there was one other table occupied when we arrived). Parking was easy in the public lot ~1 block behind the restaurant.
La Minette is still serving their Restaurant Week menu and it was excellent. Unlike a lot of RW offerings, this didn't seem to be a poor man's version of their regular menu. We tried all the items, and they were all great. They were also not small dishes and the 3 courses completely satisfied us (the size of the brulee made us laugh considering how stuffed we were!).
Salmon tartar with lentils and blood orange vinaigrette
Pea soup with bacon -- succulent bits of bacon floating in a silky pea soup--more proof, if you needed it, that bacon makes everything better!
Trout, fingerling potatoes, green beans, toasted almonds -- a huge dish, with 3 or 4 fillets, perfectly crisped skin
Chicken breast stuffed with julienned vegetables, potato puree -- moist, lovely crisp skin, and the stuffing was a surprise inside that took it to the next level (Julia Child would have liked this dish and I'm going to have to figure out how to stuff a breast so perfectly at home)
Vanilla creme brulee -- as mentioned, definitely a worthy brulee, size-wise
Molten chocolate cake with raspberries and vanilla ice cream -- nice, but probably the least interesting dish we had
And, as apparently is their wont, there was also an amuse bouche (cheesie puff pastry) at the start, and chocolates at the end of the meal. The bread (and soft butter!--hard butter is a pet peeve) was also particularly good.
House white and reds were serviceable.
For my first time there, and for a restaurant week menu (which often leave me feeling cheated), I was very impressed. Definitely going to return and try their a la carte menu. Also, it was very relaxing to dine late on a quiet Monday with easy parking (they are open to 10:30PM and we stayed to 11, which wasn't a problem). Beautiful bistro-ey interior.
For my first month in Philly, I've been blown away by the food here! (Amada, La Bec Fin, Smoke Daddy's, Matyson, Bibou, Cuba Libre, Bistro La Minette, Lai Lai Brothers...looking forward to Blackfish's venison tasting menu next week...)