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Misha 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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    barryg Jul 31, 2012 07:25 AM

    Did you make it? It's just closed last night.


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      phillybakingqueen Jul 31, 2012 07:33 AM

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

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        barryg Jul 31, 2012 07:37 AM

        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.

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        Boognish Jul 31, 2012 09:24 AM

        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.

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          Misha Aug 3, 2012 06:12 AM

          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.

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            Buckethead Aug 3, 2012 06:30 AM

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

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              Beulah Aug 3, 2012 09:18 AM

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

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                Buckethead Aug 3, 2012 09:39 AM

                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).

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                  Misha Aug 4, 2012 06:42 AM

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

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                    cwdonald Aug 4, 2012 07:14 AM

                    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.

      3. JanR Jul 21, 2012 06:12 AM

        Love Meme. Had a great Bronzino there.

        1. phillybakingqueen Jul 20, 2012 11:38 AM

          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!

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            Boognish Jul 20, 2012 06:26 AM

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

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

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