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Apr 18, 2011 09:43 AM

Horizon's Closing

Because what Philly really needs is another pizza joint:

Ridiculously sad.

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  1. Did you read the part where they are opening another restaurant in Center City? We are really net one restaurant in this development.

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    1. re: barryg

      Yes, but it makes me sad (and angry) that this change seems to be borne out of the impression that the food at Horizon's was somehow not 'accessible' enough. A Beard-celebrated restaurant, consistently mentioned as one of the best in the city, and that's not 'accessible'?

      I'll definitely be there to try their new venture when it opens and wish them lots of success, but... 'accessible small plates' doesn't exactly leave me super psyched.

      1. re: spyturtle008

        "A Beard-celebrated restaurant, consistently mentioned as one of the best in the city, and that's not 'accessible'?"

        Well, you left out the reason that some people consider it that, which is that it's vegan.

        I think this is great news. My least favorite dishes at Horizons were always the ones that tried to imitate meat (seitan, tempeh, etc). The pure veggie dishes have almost always been much more delicious and interesting, I like that they'll be focusing more on those things. Also, that location was kind of out of the way and not all that ped-friendly. It sounds like they're moving into a better neighborhood.

        And it sounds like the new pizza place that's moving in is going to be good.

        Horizons is supposed to stay open until July, so you can still go..

        1. re: Buckethead

          Horizons is also kind of in the fine dining game. Like James, given the economy and the competition in the city, I think finding people to fill up restaurants at that price point in an out of the way neighborhood is just hard. The fact they are "moving up" to Center City (even with a more casual concept) and that the space is being immediately filled by another restaurant indicates a healthy dining scene.

          In addition, the chef has been doing this concept for many years; I think a change will be good for him and probably be good for his customers--fresh ideas and creativity.

          1. re: Buckethead

            My wife is a veggie-vore therefore I do have some experience eating the cuisine. I could not agree more regarding imitation meat dishes being mostly very bad! We have liked Blue Sage which does not try to do make believe meat! We have noticed some slippage in the food quality at the Sage recently, sad to say. The new Horizons is a definate must do for us. If any hounds get there we would love to hear from you.

            1. re: Bacchus101

              I really agree with you about the poor preparations of tempeh and seitan. I must say thought one of the best versions of seitan I ever had was a version of Beef Stroganoff made with seitan. But perhaps that was because I was a poor college student at the time...

              1. re: cwdonald

                For great tempeh, try it at Hardena. It's a native Indonesian ingredient, bastardized by Western veggies.

                1. re: barryg

                  does anyone remember the GREAT veggie restararnt attached to a health food store in chesterbrook long ago????? they made THE BEST veggie rueben sandwiches with tempeh......miss them!

      2. But the nice thing is that the Nomad people are puting out some serious pizza in NJ. This place will compete with Osteria, Zavino, Barbuzzo and Stella. So if Horizons is just relocating (and maybe tweeking their concept), this is a net win just like BarryG said!

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        1. re: cwdonald

          I truly hope that's the case. But the fact that you mentioned four other very good spots for a great pizza, while a phenomenal, unique restaurant needs to tweak its concept to stay in the game... still sad.