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Brief trip report: Nan Zhou / Farmer's Cabinet / Koo Zee Doo

linguafood Mar 10, 2013 01:06 PM

Well, the Flyers sucked. Bummer.

Thankfully, we ate well. Nan Zhou for lunch on Friday, where we split 2 orders of the stir-fried noodles with roast pork between the 4 of us, and an order of fried chicken-curry-coconut dumplings (odd mix for Chinese, but whatevs). Lovely. Would go back again.

Farmer's Cabinet for pre-dinner cocktails -- also very nice, and a highly appealing menu. Honestly, if we hadn't had a rez at KZD, I would've been perfectly happy with eating here.

At KZD, we decided to go a la carte: appetizers were octopus gravy (great), seafood salad with spicy dressing (lovely), and a special of grilled quail (2 of them, which was perfect for 4), mains were the monkfish and the duck rice, which were also really delish.

The best part? $50/person including tip -- as opposed to $50 a pop for the tasting menu *plus* tip. Nice.

Stopped in at Chris' Jazz Cafe -- a bit of a tradition for us now -- and dumped some more money on martinis.

Di Bruno's to grab a sammich for the road & sausages, cheese & walnut mustard to take home.

Love me some Philly time...

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    Bigley9 Mar 10, 2013 01:14 PM

    Sounds great! Thanks for the report.

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      Steve Mar 10, 2013 02:41 PM

      If you are more than one person, a la carte always makes more sense than a tasting menu. That octopus gravy really is something special.

      1. Chemicalkinetics Mar 10, 2013 09:14 PM

        There are two Nan Zhou hand pulled restaurants in Chinatown. Both have very similar names in them (Nan Zhou vs Lan Zhou). Just want to point this out. Thanks for the update.

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        1. re: Chemicalkinetics
          linguafood Mar 10, 2013 09:35 PM

          I went to N, not L.

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