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Dec 27, 2010 05:09 AM

Where Do You Want to Go in 2011?

My list include Koo-Zee-Doo, Cantina Feliz, Dettera, and Garces Trading Company. What's on your list?

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  1. Fish, Amis, and Village Whiskey (for the burger). I'm pretty sure we'll be going to Garces Trading Co in a couple of weeks after we see In The Heights (got tix for my wife for Christmas).

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    1. re: Philly Ray

      I think I want to add Catahoula to my list too.

      1. re: Philly Ray

        I keep trying to get to Catahoula - and now Kennett as well (just my "in the neighborhood" choices!)

        1. re: Bigley9

          Went to Kennett soon after they opened-had the lamb burger and the risotto. Great beer/cocktail list.

    2. Still haven't made it to Village Whiskey or Han Dynasty. I want to get to JG Domestic, too.

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      1. re: barryg

        I want to go to Village Whiskey, but what's the secret to actually getting a table?

        1. re: DaisyM

          Go in the middle of the afternoon. Around 3 pm you will have a much easier time.

        2. re: barryg

          Duck fat fries at JG Domestic are delicious!

        3. I need to make it out to Franklin Investment, or Village Whiskey for the cocktails.

          Any other suggestions for new spins on classic cocktails, or classics done right?

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          1. re: cwheeley

            Ditto: Village Whiskey for the burger AND fried chicken. I am scheduled for Barbuzzo in January, and for the rest of the year: Speck, Garces Trading Company, Amis, South Philly Tap Room, Meritage, Le Virtu, Adsum and . . . Obviously, I have a lot of eating to do in 2011.

            1. re: cwheeley

              Ranstead Room and Chick's are both great as well.

              1. re: barryg

                chick's is the perennially most underrated bar / restaurant in Philly

                1. re: FattyFatMan

                  I love Chick's, and it doesn't have all the schtick of Franklin and Ranstead. I like that sometimes, but not all the time. The food is not bad but I think it's a bit expensive for what it is.

                  1. re: barryg

                    Agreed. The food is there to accompany the drinks. I wouldn't go to Chick's hungry. But given that all it needs to do for me is buffer three or four or five delicious drinks, it's much better than it needs to be.

            2. I still haven't made it to Honey in Doylestown. Can't seem to figure out exactly where it is even though I used to live in Doylestown. Blush. In this economy I hope I get around to it as times are tough for restaurants. Want to hit the Princeton TJ's too and can't really say why when there is a lovely TJ's right near me. Wink. :)

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              1. re: givemecarbs

                Carbs, Honey is on Sewell, just around the corner from Lily's. I am happy to be going to Blackfish in January!

              2. Back to Bibou. Went there this summer with another couple and none of our meals were outstanding and one was even awful. The only thing that stood out as delicious was a scallop special. Having read of Robert Parker's declaration of it being one of the top 10 French bistros, we decided to give it a rare second chance...with our foodie friends who went the first time.

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                1. re: cook262

                  I think this is the first time that I've read anything that wasn't a rave about Bibou. But that was our experience, too. We went a few months after we had come back from Paris and thought maybe our expectations were too high.

                  1. re: DaisyM

                    i was also disappointed by bibou but only bc my expectations were way too high. i didnt love the pied au porc, but my scallops were awesome.

                    i want to go back. absurdly high expectations can ruin many wonderful things