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Jan 17, 2013 08:13 PM

Which Steven Starr restaurant has the best food?

I want to give a gift of $150 to spend at one Steven Starr restaurant. (I know that there are other wonderful restaurants in Philadelphia, but I have a particular reason for supporting the SS empire.) What do my fellow Chowhounds think offers the most well prepared meals of his restaurants? Notice that I didn't say the best dining experience. Thanks for your help!

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  1. I really think the best food is at Square Burger. I just don't know how long it would take you to spend $150 dollars on hot dogs and hamburgers.

    1. Any gift card you buy will be good at all Starr restaurants, so it doesn't really matter, the recipient can decide where to spend it.

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      1. re: barryg

        Ironically the only SS property that doesn't accept gift cards is Square Burger. lists all the properties including AC, NY and FL.

      2. If I had $150 to spend at a Starr restaurant, I would use it towards an omakase at Morimoto.

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        1. re: Philly Ray

          Parc is not bad either. I actually have a similar card and tried Continental Midtown once and found it to be decent.

          1. re: Philly Ray

            1) Of the Starr restaurants I've been to, Morimoto is head and shoulders, and probably most of the torso, above the rest. I've like the others (Parc, AdC, Jones, the North African place that closed, I think there's 1-2 more) but not at all at the same level. That said, it's probably the place where $150 goes the least far.
            2) I've received Starr gift cards as gifts before. They're not restaurant-specific.

          2. I really like the food at Dandelion, and I've heard good things about Il Pittore. The nice thing about the Starr cards is that the diner can choose, or use them at more than one place. My hubby got a very large card for his birthday and wants to use it at Barclay Prime. Wouldn't be my choice, but he loves it.

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            1. re: Hungryin theBurbs

              I forgot about Il Pittore. I heard it's very good.

            2. Aren't his gift cards applicable to all of his restaurants (except Square Burger)? Why restrict the lucky recipient to a single restaurant?