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gwebber Oct 21, 2010 09:53 AM

So I've heard people mention here on the board that Horizons is pretty good, but I don't hear much else about it. What are people's thoughts? Is it good "for a vegan restaurant", or is it just good? What's good about it?

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    barryg RE: gwebber Oct 21, 2010 10:50 AM

    Good service, nice atmosphere, creative menu, excellent execution, good presentation, fair prices for the quality. It's just good.

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      60s Girl RE: gwebber Oct 21, 2010 10:55 AM

      I think the food at Horizons is stellar, but overpriced, especially in light of the ratcheting-down of the "fine dining environment." (no more tablecloths, etc.) IMHO we're paying fine-dining prices for a rather casual environment and approach to service. For this reason, we don't go very often. However, the food is excellent... whether you're looking for something vegan, or not.

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        barryg RE: 60s Girl Oct 21, 2010 12:38 PM

        I was last there in May or early June. I don't recall if there were tablecloths, but the experience felt like fine dining to me, including the service and food presentation. Has it changed since then? This was upstairs, not the downstairs bar/lounge.

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          60s Girl RE: barryg Oct 21, 2010 02:05 PM

          Hi Barry. Well, we were there in June (downstairs), which was ultra-casual and then specially requested to be seated upstairs in July, which was a shade less casual, but still a bit of a disappointment. I remember what it was like there when it first opened. Although the food is every bit as wonderful, I feel that the service and "fine dining" atmosphere are not the same. I don't think I'm overly sensitive to this kind of thing, honest! ;-)

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            AgentRed RE: 60s Girl Oct 21, 2010 06:20 PM

            barryg knows his stuff, but I'm going to say I was kind of unimpressed with Horizons. It's okay, overpriced. I would only go there again if my friend was vegan, but if they were vegetarian there are a bunch of places I would go first, like Amis and Osteria are both very veggie friendly, and can probably accommodate vegans.

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        restless RE: gwebber Nov 12, 2010 09:45 AM

        I love Horizons. I am a vegetarian, not a vegan. Every time I have been to Horizons, I am thrilled with the food. I also go to many other restaurants in Philly that have vegetarian options, but are not vegetarian, however, since there are so few vegetarian restaurants in Philly, I rarely get the thrill of opening a menu and having more than a handful of choices. It's always so special to have the entire menu to choose from.

        I like the atmosphere. The service is very good. It's not so fancy that I feel like I have to wear extra nice clothing. Business casual is fine. The food is fantastic. My meat eating friends joined me there for my birthday last year and they all loved it.

        The food tastes great, not just "great for vegan food". It's beautifully presented. The sauces and the seasonings are spot on. All of the side dishes that come with the entree and the extra sides on the menu are fantastic. How many times, vegetarians, do you go to a restaurant and order a couple sides as your meal and you find out that the chef doesn't know how to cook or season vegetables?

        I love every appetizer, salad, and entree that I have ordered there.

        That being said, I think the desserts are only OK. I am not a vegan. I do eat eggs, cheese, and milk....so, to me, the vegan desserts just don't measure up. Also, I'm a good baker from a family of good bakers. I know what a good dessert tastes like and I tend to be hard on desserts at restaurants in general. The last spectacular dessert I had in a restaurant was last year in a Wolfgang Puck restaurant....the chocolate souffle. So I may be particularly "hard" on restaurant desserts in general, not just vegan ones.

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          Beulah RE: restless Nov 14, 2010 11:43 AM

          I am neither a vegetarian nor a vegan and I think Horizons is just excellent. I do not eat seitan (my son went thru a vegetarian phase where he was making it himself) but everything else is excellent and their "cheesecake" is about the best I've ever eaten!

        2. Seeker19104 RE: gwebber Nov 12, 2010 04:26 PM

          While food was tasty, I fled Horizons last year before dessert when the noise level on the first floor near the bar reached a deafening level, rendering me unable to stay because of a pounding headache.

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            restless RE: Seeker19104 Nov 14, 2010 07:16 AM

            Wow, Seeker. I have never eaten at the bar or on the first floor at Horizons. I do know what you mean, though. I don't like a loud restaurant either, and when a restaurant gets too loud, I tend not to linger over dessert and coffee.

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              Buckethead RE: Seeker19104 Nov 14, 2010 08:41 AM

              I think the downstairs bar area is closed now, every time I walk by it's dark down there, I went there during prime dinner time last week and it was closed then as well.

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