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Jul 19, 2012 04:58 PM


A friend wants to go to Meme for his birthday dinner. Haven't heard much about the place in a long while (except for their lunchtime Fried Chicken) and have never been there myself. Is it still good? Any recommendations on what to order?

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  1. It's excellent. David hasn't lost his chops in the last few years.

    Don't expect Le Bec's not his style. He does solid American food with panache.

    1. Yes, the food at Meme is still (very) good! I can't go there without ordering the mussels, but there are many excellent choices.... Enjoy!

      1. Love Meme. Had a great Bronzino there.

          1. re: barryg

            Barryg, I just saw the news that last night was the last night. Bummer. Curious departure.....

            1. re: phillybakingqueen

              I have no idea what happened but if you compare Morgans Pier and Meme is it obvious which one is pulling in more revenue... probably by an order of magnitude. I love Philly's small chef driven restaurants, and they are a great way for a young talent to get known, but it's a really tough way to make a living.

            2. re: barryg

              So sad. Glad we went for brunch on Sunday.

              We had our wedding rehearsal dinner there a few years ago. Sooooo good.

              Goodbye meme. I will miss your fried chicken, foie gras, and sizzling mussels.

              Best of luck to you David. I hope you find some great things.

              1. re: Boognish

                We were scheduled to go this coming Thursday. Had a reservation and everything. Fortunately, a friend who was also attending saw the item in Michael Klein's column because no one from Meme bothered to let me know (I left a contact number when I made the reservation over the phone).

                We're now planning on Tashan. Hope that's a good choice. Been wanting to try the place.

                1. re: Misha

                  Do you have any other places you've been wanting to try? I didn't like Tashan enough to justify the price.

                  1. re: Buckethead

                    We tried Tashan a month or so ago and liked it a lot -- didn't mind the prices becuase of the quality.

                    1. re: Beulah

                      Maybe it's gotten better, I went a while ago. How was the service? That's another thing I had a big problem with (at those prices). I don't mind paying for quality but I do mind paying for it and not getting it (which I didn't on my first visit).

                      1. re: Buckethead

                        We were also considering Russet. Any word on that one?

                        1. re: Misha

                          I dined at Russet on Thursday. Space is nice, though a bit dimly lit. Food selection is not huge. About five apps and five entrees. I had a cucumber honeydew gazpacho with house made prosciutto, and almonds. Very good. My entree was a bit disappointing. Seared Scallops on corn cakes with grilled summer squash and red okra. Was a bit heavier than I would have liked. Dessert was a peach financier with home made ice cream that was very good. This place is also not cheap, soup was 10 dollars, and entree 30. I would go back but I was not blown away by the food.