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Nov 27, 2012 09:07 AM

Help again with anniversary dinner

Where should we go? Our favorite restaurants in Philly include Vetri, Osteria, Tallula's Garden, The Fountain, Lacroix, Parc. Majolica and Bibou. We want to do something different this year. Any favorites or newer choices we may not be thinking of? It does not have to be in city. We are open to suburbs too.

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  1. If you are fans of lamb, the mesibah tasting menu at Zahav is worth considering. They also have a special kitchen counter seating on Friday and Saturday which would be extra special though a hard reservation to snag.

    1. Vedge is a conspicuous omission from your list, so are Zahav and Kanella. A couple other new-ish picks (other than Vedge) are Vernick and Sbraga.

      1. We just took our daughter and son-in-law to Vernick to celebrate daughter's birthday and she said it was the best birthday dinner she ever had. All of us thought it was wonderful.
        Take a look at the menu.

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        1. re: sylviag

          Heirloom in Chestnut Hill. Even sometime frequenter George Perrier takes over the kitchen just for fun.
          Also try Bistrot La Minette in 6th & Bainbridge area.

        2. Don't know how far out your anniversary is, but Birchrunville Store Cafe is charming. It takes a couple months to get a weekend table .

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          1. re: JanR

            You could also do Talula's Table but good luck getting a reservation... Another vote for Zahav's lamb. You may even consider Estia at dinner. They have really fresh fish flow in in from Greece every day and octopus tenderized in a washing machine.

            1. re: bluehensfan

              We decided on Sbraga. I forgot about it and have been dying to try. Any recommendations on what to order and what not to order?

              1. re: lillotis

                It's pretty much all good, but they are rightfully famous for the foie gras soup, it's been on the menu since they opened, I'd definitely get that. I really liked the meatloaf and lamb dishes last time I was there but the preparations listed on their current menu (under third courses) look a little different from what I had. Specifically, the meatloaf I had had a great bacon marmalade on top. The bluefish dish is very good. I wasn't a huge fan of the country-fried lobster, I wouldn't even mention it but it's an extra $16 above and beyond the regular prix fixe if you want that dish, so I'd skip it.

                I'd recommend doing the drink pairings.

                1. re: lillotis

                  Assuming the menu is still the same as what's listed on the website:

                  First: Foie gras soup or foie and venison terrine
                  Second: Escargot-filled pumpkin tortellini
                  Third: Cornish hen with foie gras
                  Fourth: Coffee creme brulee and chocolate churros

                  I also had the pork belly and squid dish but would recommend the tortellini just because it's incredibly good. I REALLY loved my meal at Sbraga. - I think you'll have a great experience.