Please critique my itinerary
Serious Food Itinerary:
9 Days: lunch and dinner
Not concerned about cost as much as quality
Already committed to:
Talula's Table (in the kitchen)
Need help choosing a couple of Asian places:
Mai Lai Wah
Joy Tsin Lau
Dim Sum Garden
koo zee doo
(i know it's a lot but Philly has a lot of restaurants!)
need recommendations for:
best brunch and
Thanks in advance for any assistance.
Dim Sum Garden
my favs from your consider list:
I'd also consider:
Philly Ray is right, best brunch is Lacroix, but I also like Kanella, Cafe Estelle, and Supper.
What kind of Mexican do you want? There are some great Taquerias around 9th and Washington. I hit Los Taquitos de Puebla most often.
For 6 more dinners, I'd go to Bibou (by far the best place on your list), Osteria, Vedge (not on your list), Kanella, Koo Zee Doo, and Fond. Fork and Modo Mio are very good too. I'd drop the rest from consideration, not that they're bad or anything but they're not on the same level as the other places. Amis is definitely my least favorite Vetri restaurant, and if you're already going to Vetri and Osteria it would really be pointless.
Fuji is great. Sagami and MIkado in NJ are good, but Fuji is outstanding.
We don't currently favor any of the Chinese restaurants in Chinatown. If you're driving around near Bryn Mawr, we go regularly to Yang Ming. Always good.
We have so many good places in Philly! We have not been to Fond but it's high on our list; several foodie friends have told us they love it.
Brunch at Lacroix is wonderful.
Recent disappointment at Amis - good food, but we were in and out in 45 minutes. Rushed service, high noise level - we'll stay away for awhile.
Fuji is far and away the best Japanese restaurant in the Delaware valley. We only go to Amis when we can eat outside because it's so loud! We like Dim Sum Garden -- Han Dynasty is too spicy for our elderly digestive systems. Bibou, Vetri and Osteria are our faves -- we concentrate on pizza, appetizers and pasta at Osteria -- forget the entrees and desserts!
Sylvia, I'm with you on Amis. Love the food, but you do feel rushed. We often go pre-theatre. We get there relatively early, and tell the waitperson when we need to leave. But we always get the food all at once. We have taken to ordering one thing at a time, but they still rush you, even when the place is less than half full.
Thanks everyone for all your contributions. Keep 'em comin'! The only problem is now I'm adding more places instead of reducing the number.
Think I almost have it figured out...
Any opinions on Federal Donuts Chicken? Also, I really want to try soup dumplings...Dim Sum Garden for those?
How about John's Roast Pork? better cheesesteak than Pat's?
I haven't been to Philly to eat in about a decade and there are a lot more options now. I'll post my actual itinerary when I get it all nailed down.
You're planning on dining at Talulah's Table (in Kennett) not Talulah's Garden (in Washington Square) right?
Zahav and Vetri are great choices and as mentioned before La Croix has a great brunch.
You should stop for a meal or two at Reading Terminal Market, especially Wednesday through Saturday when the Amish merchants are there.
Amis and Dandelion are both decent...
OK, here's what I've got it down to (unless some of you kind people talk me out of it)...
Distrito (mainly b/c I will be boarding a train at 30th St Station during my trip)
John's Roast Pork
Federal Donuts (early for chicken) & Oyster House (later for happy hour-i need oysters badly!)
Blackfish (a friend is organizing a lunch)
2X for Sagami (sentimental attachment and I dream about the agedashi dofu)
Koo Zee Doo
Lacroix for Brunch
I'm also going to try to duck into Sakura Mandarin for soup dumplings and if I'm near Dandelion, maybe some fish & chips.
One last thing, how are the burgers at Squareburger in Franklin Square? Any casual place near there that is better?
Distrito is a great restaurant but still a bit of a ways from the station. If you want something IN 30th street station the JG DOmestic is right there and is a garces restaurant. Everything looks great. I would comment that Blackfish for lunch is not the same as the dinner experience. It is good but not superlative.