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  1. I don't know if there's been much discussion on CH about it, but here's the recent review from the Phila. Inquirer...


    1. I tried it shortly after it opened and didn't like it much.

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      1. re: Buckethead

        Can I ask what you didn't like? I haven't been but am considering trying it soon.

        1. re: Bigley9

          - The pig trotter dish featured potatoes that were waaay underdone. Nothing else was particularly memorable.

          - Service was very slow and obviously paying way more attention to another table than to us.

          - The room is not very comfortable, which is annoying because they obviously spent some time remodeling it from when it was James but the interior is a step down from James. They should have just left it alone. I know you were a fan of James, you probably aren't going to like what they've done with the space (especially the bar area, which I used to love for a drink before dinner at Bibou).

          It wasn't terrible or anything, but I didn't like it enough to warrant a return visit. I was there the week after they opened though, maybe it's improved since then. If you were thinking of trying it you may want to stop in at the bar so you can try some things without committing to a full dinner. The pig trotter dish is on the bar menu, if it weren't for the undercooked potatoes I'd recommend that dish.

          1. re: Buckethead

            Thanks Buckethead! I had heard the interior wasn't great which is a shame - I loved James in the winter (Jameshattan at the fireplace)! I haven't seen any food reviews from people whose palate I trust/know. I like your bar suggestion.

            1. re: Bigley9

              I think my first post may have come across as overly harsh, what I was trying to convey was that their food, on the whole, fell into the same category that a lot of restaurant food all over the city falls in: not bad, but not good enough to justify going back when there are so many other options. If it was closer to my house and/or slightly less expensive I'd probably give it another try. Let us know what you think if you do go.

            2. re: Buckethead

              James is before my time, but I stopped in recently for a cocktail before dinner at Bibou and thought the space was very attractive. The specialty cocktail was also quite good (can't remember which one).

              But when we asked, they didn't seem particularly open to BYOBing (the old BS about "our wines are specifically chosen to match our food", yada, yada, yada...), and there is a $35 corkage fee (if I remember correctly). So not rushing to go back for dinner.

              1. re: PhillyBestBYOB

                Are you familiar with PA's Liquor Control Board? It sounds like you moved here recently. The reason that we have so many BYOBs, and that the Mildred (or most places with a liquor license) won't let you BYO, is that the government of Pennsylvania controls and sells ALL wine and spirits sold throughout the entire state via the PA LCB, the state-run monopoly. Liquor licenses are in limited supply and are ridiculously expensive to acquire, so smaller restaurants often don't have them and restaurants that do have them aren't usually inclined to let people BYO. Mildred is quite normal in that respect.

                1. re: Buckethead

                  Yes, I'm quite familiar with the PLCB, having lived here for several years. I was only commenting that the person I talked to at The Mildred seemed to strike a condescending attitude when I asked if they allowed BYOB, which just amused me and doesn't further entice me to rush back, corkage or not.

        2. Thanks guys, already committed for a friends birthday will report back.

          1. We ate there on Sunday 10 days ago and enjoyed it very much. They have a $38 prix fixe on Sunday with 2 choices for each course. We had the gnudi and the daurade -- both were excellent. For dessert they served each couple one lemon napoleon and one chocolate mousse cake, which we shared. Both were very good. They seated us in the bar area not far from the fireplace which was nice on a cold night. We thought the service was very good.

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            1. re: Beulah

              How many courses Beulah? And are you saying that each couple had to share on dessert? Thanks.

            2. Four of us ate there last night. Great service, the food was very good and it had a very nice ambiance...not too noisy.

              1. went for an anniversary dinner a few weeks ago and i could not have loved it more. upscale but homey neighborhood spot style food - they really seem to be aware of location and priced meals accordingly.

                most of the menu is fired in a wood oven and the food is super comforting. the servers and host were awesome and really charming without being annoying, brought us 2 glasses of comp champagne right away and left a really sweet handwritten note with the check thanking us for celebrating with them.

                we split 3 apps and 1 main which was almost too much food:

                chestnut soup with glazed sweetbreads & fried chestnuts - the soup was simple and tasty but the star was the most tender sweetbreads. there were 3 which definitely blurred the line between garnish and actual food component. wish i could just get a whole plate of them. awesome.

                hand-spun chitarra with braised cockles, bacon & beer - this was good but not as good as the other dishes. pasta tasted of the ocean rather than the tasty bacon flavor in the cockles

                braised oxtail with barley and parsnip risotto - i want to eat this all winter. so warm and comforting.

                slow braised rib of beef with broiled parmesan macaroni & caramelized romanesco - i have never had beef so deliciously melty. my bf said he wished the mac was more cheesy, but it was all baked off in a staub iron casserole so i think it was just a product of how it was cooked. loved this.

                my one complaint (which I dont even care much about) is the walls seemed really stark. the spot is lit nicely and has homey exposed beams so the bare walls stuck out and looked like they needed some art on them

                we had a lovely meal and it is definitely on my short list to return

                1. There were 4 of us On the Friday before Christmas with reservations at 7:00PM we were warmly greeted, shown to a table in the bar area but asked for something a little more quiet and ended up in the back room which was fine, only a couple tables occupied volume was low at this point. I was sick as a dog but my wife insisted we go we were celebrating a friend’s Birthday. We ordered wines by the glass and the service was great bringing the bottles to the table and letting us taste before pouring. My friend was impressed with the list being a sales rep for a large distributor in Jersey.

                  Not feeling very well I ordered two apps - the cow’s milk ricotta gnudi with roasted heirloom squash and cider sabayon and the confit potato with tender pig trotter, watercress salad & grain mustard.Both were great where the Ricotta gnudie almost reminded of flavors in mac and cheese that I make , the confit was cooked perfectly as well.

                  Other choices were the hand-spun chitarra with braised cockles, bacon & beer, braised oxtail with barley and parsnip risotto, the pan roasted terres major with mushroom condiment & duchesse potato, crisped daurade with bok choy, hazelnuts, capers, brown butter & citrus. Everything was raved about by our table. All of us cook and our friends whose birthday it was is great cook from Milan, Italy and she loved the daurade.

                  As it got later the noise level went up so an early reservation is the way to go if you want to talk.

                  All vowed to go back.

                  One last thing as I was looking for parking and drove up to the restaurant and they have $8.00 valet which was great

                  1. Has anyone been recently? Thinking of stopping by for their happy hour - bar menu is half off, including those pig trotters!