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chowhounder411 Jan 24, 2012 08:40 PM

I'm only going to be able to get one dinner in Philly. Considering Distrito or Amada. Not sure I can get into Vetri this late, but I would try. So... What's the don't miss dinner in Philly? (thanks)

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    chowhounder411 Jan 30, 2012 05:04 PM

    Hey everybody, thanks for your help. I regrettably went to Amada anyway. Osteria is definitely in order for my next visit to the city and possibly Lacroix brunch and Tony Luke's for cheesesteaks. I commented on the places I visited here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/831040

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      Hungryin theBurbs Jan 25, 2012 04:24 AM

      The Vetri restaurants don't do RW. It never hurts to call Vetri directly to see if they have any openings. If you can't get in, Osteria is also excellent, though more casual than Vetri. They just rolled out some new menu items that look great.

      For something a little different, check out Tashan--upscale Indian, also not participating in RW. If you don't mind BYOB, and if you can get in, I think Bibou is a can't miss Philly restaurant.

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      1. re: Hungryin theBurbs
        urbanfabric Jan 25, 2012 05:56 AM

        There's no RW on Saturday night (it skips Sat. and starts back up on Sun), so if that's the night you're looking for a reservation, you should be okay (well, other than waiting until a few nights before a Saturday to make a reservation). Looking at OpenTable.com, Kanella still has great times for Saturday. Some of the other great places are down to early and late reservations only (Osteria, Zahav, Farm and Fisherman, Fond).

        1. re: urbanfabric
          chowhounder411 Jan 25, 2012 03:10 PM

          I'm OK with waiting for tables or taking last rez times. Thanks for the suggestions all

          1. re: urbanfabric
            chowhounder411 Jan 26, 2012 08:47 AM

            I called Amada and the hostess said all of Garces restaurants are honoring restaurant week Saturday night except Village Whiskey

            1. re: chowhounder411
              Philly Ray Jan 26, 2012 10:32 AM

              What about Vetri and his restaurants? They don't do RW. Maybe they have availability.

              1. re: Philly Ray
                cwdonald Jan 26, 2012 10:33 AM

                Osteria would probably be the easiest one to get in. They have the counter, and frankly I almost prefer eating at the bar when I am alone or with only one other guest.

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          Philly Ray Jan 24, 2012 08:43 PM

          I would also consider Lacroix (in the Rittenhouse hotel).

          But when will you be here? This week and next week are Restaurant Week. Most downtown places are not serving their regular menus. But if you can get into Vetri, they do not participate in Rest. Week.

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          1. re: Philly Ray
            chowhounder411 Jan 24, 2012 09:30 PM

            For this weekend. That's disappointing news... I enjoy dinners during restaurant weeks just slightly more than New Year's Eve - not much

            I'm coming from New York City just for the weekend however. I can go anytime. But I was thinking this weekend. Not sure now.

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