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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

                2. most definitely koo zee doo! i have no excuse - i live in the neighborhood, i've heard awesome things. why haven't i been there yet?!

                  i also want to do an oyster bike tour around the city. (in the warmer months!!!) i haven't figured out the logistics yet, but i'll work it out once i come out of my winter hibernation. :)

                  i've been trying to get back to fish for months now, but every time i make plans they get foiled. i miss fish!

                  and hopefully i will have the foresight to make at least a few tacconelli's reservations throughout 2011. i am craving good pizza like no other.

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                  1. re: rabidog

                    Well - my one pick for 2010 was disappointing - Radice.

                    For 2011 -

                    [1] Mina's in Springhouse - everyone raves about it but have not managed to get there.
                    [2] The new Garces protege restaurant in the Alison 2 space
                    [3] Marsha Brown in New Hope - I had reservations a few years ago with a friend but, due to a snowstorm, we cancelled them.

                    I am also excited because I believe a group of friends and I will be attending the Philly Wine Festival in May. I've heard great things about the event!

                    1. re: Betharu

                      The new place is called Cantina Feliz and I'm waiting for it to open, too.

                  2. Catahoula, Han Dynasty (Old City), Vetri, Butcher &Singer. I can cross Ocean Harbor for dim sum off my list. Finally got there today. Meh! Chicken Feet were excellent but everything else was so-so.

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                    1. re: Rondo

                      what was your thought on Ocean Harbor's dim sum?

                    2. My top three are Catahoula, Bistro La Minette and Adsum...Fish and Barbuzzo are up there, too.

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                      1. re: gina

                        Skate wing at Fish is mind blowing.

                      2. Fish and/or Little Fish and Bibou are at the top of my list for Philadelphia. Heading to Barbuzzo next Sunday for dinner, but that was also definitely on the list. I'd love to make it over to Vetri, but that may have to wait until 2012 (aka done with culinary school!).

                        My NYC list is long and intimidating, but near the top is Ippudo, since good ramen is so hard to find in Philly.

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                        1. re: malkazanie

                          Ended 2010 at Little Fish and want to go there a lot in 2011. Would like to go to Monsu when it opens and 943 (same).