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lillotis Nov 27, 2012 09:07 AM

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.

  1. JanR Nov 29, 2012 06:20 AM

    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
      bluehensfan Nov 30, 2012 08:26 AM

      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
        lillotis Nov 30, 2012 11:58 AM

        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?

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          Buckethead Nov 30, 2012 12:29 PM

          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
            cocobinga Nov 30, 2012 01:29 PM

            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.

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        sylviag Nov 27, 2012 09:32 AM

        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
          arepo Nov 28, 2012 06:34 PM

          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.

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          Buckethead Nov 27, 2012 09:23 AM

          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.

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            cwdonald Nov 27, 2012 09:12 AM

            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.

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