We came, we ate, we enjoyed!
Thanks to all who responded to my request for help for a Friday evening meal in Philly. We arrived at our hotel near Rittenhouse Square around 2:00 and were famished. Instead of just having a small snack so we could partake of one of the suggested restaurants, we headed over to Reading Terminal Market as directed by most of you. I had the pork sandwich at DiNic's and thought it was just ok, nothing life changing, in fact, I didn't really like it that much, too bitter and cheesy for my taste buds, but I ate it nonetheless. The ladies had a salmon curry dish from a Thai booth that was absolutely delicious for only $6.50! I think it was without a doubt the best dish/value for the 3 days we were there. We also grazed our way around the market, so by the time we finished we didn't have much room or desire for a large dinner. Our bad. We did make our way to Nam Phoung on Washington Avenue for Bun and Pho and a Crepe. I'd avoid the Crepe next time, but the House Special Vermicelli was fantastic. The Pho was good too, but not as good as the Bun. I'd go back for more. Saturday I ate a passable hamberger at a gorgeous old home/restaurant in New Hope for lunch. Good, but certainly not $14 good. Guess I'm a cheapskate at heart, but for that price I'd expect some fries maybe, not the home made creole chips that came with the burger. It was ok, the ride there was terrific! Dinner was the star of the day, and maybe the trip, at Tre Scalini. There were 10 of us and we brought 6 bottles of wine so I'm not sure if it was the wine or the food, but a great time was had by all. I enjoyed a Ricotto Salad, fried eggplant in a red sauce, Pasta Nera alla Pescareccia, and a gorgeous Veal chop. I'd recommend them all. I've had better chops, but this was an 8 on a 10 scale. No dessert for us, since it was a birthday party and there was cake and icecream for the birthday boy at his house afterwards. Still, it was an excellent Italian restaurant and one that I would recommend if asked. Sunday we brunched at Fork which was quite good. I had the poached farm eggs with a bechamel sauce, ham, spinich over sourdough bread. It was excellent, although I couldn't possibly have eaten it all. Finally, we ate dinner that evening at The Continental. I thought it was fantastic. I actually enjoyed it more than any of the other spots, including Tre Scalini. I sampled the Onion Soup dumplings, the Calamari Salad, and the Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps. I wished I had saved room for more, since everything that came out of the kitchen looked exquisite, especially the Szechuan Shoestring Fries. They looked amazing! I really liked the place and would go back in a heart beat! Monday was a travel day, so all we ate were a couple of Philadelphia Pretzel Company pretzels which were great, and coffee from Le Colombe Torrefaction, which was a pleasant respite from Star Bucks. We were lucky, we got there just time to miss the mad rush! The line was non-existent when we arrived, and out the door by the time we left. We enjoyed our time in your fine city a great deal and will be back again soon, I hope. Now if I can just figure out how to lose these 5 pounds I seem to have put on! Thanks again, and if you are ever in Austin let me know, I'll steer you right, I promise.