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Vernick Food and Drink - has anyone been there?

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I guess I am really out of touch with the restaurant scene in Philadelphia. Living in the Western suburbs and retired from working in the city has resulted in my just being really out of date. I guess except for some lunches for restaurant week, several wonderful Bibou dinners, lunches and dinners at Matyson and La Famiglia and some dinners at Le Lirtu, I tend not to get into downtown much.

Anyway, when I was looking on Trip Advisor (where I tend to look when we are out of town) I noticed the following listed as the number one best restaurant - Vernick Food and Drink - but I don't really remember reading much about it here. Maybe I have just missed it but I was wondering if anyone has been? Thanks in advance.

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  1. Definitely go! It's terrific--some of the more inventive cooking going on right now, and the kitchen really knows how to coax flavor out of everyday ingredients. I've reliably liked just about everything I've had there over my several visits (peas & bacon toast, tuna poke, uni & eggs, maitake, brussels sprouts, ravioli & whole chicken, for instance, are not to be missed).

    1. Quite a few people have, it's very good:

      http://www.chow.com/search?query=vern...

      I don't know about best in the city but it's definitely in my top tier. If you haven't been to Vedge, that's another great, new-ish place.

      1. Menu looks really great -- problem is I tried to get a reservation through May for a Saturday night and they were already booked (except for 5 pm or 9:30) so I will have to wait till they open reservations for June and try then.

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        1. re: arepo

          We were so anxious to go, we ended up going in for an early dinner. The nice thing was that the noise level was perfect for having good conversation. And the food did not disappoint. I had the peas and bacon toast, the poke and the veal cheeks. Was great.

        2. For those still searching this board for info about Vernick, I want to share that my husband and I went there for the first time last night to celebrate our 14th wedding anniversary. The experience was wonderful. The food was delicious. I would go back in a heartbeat. I highly recommend it!

          1. We went to Vernick back in June for our anniversary and thought it was excellent. Every dish was delicious and fresh and the service was great as well. Some stand outs were the pea and bacon toasts and the tuna poke.

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            1. re: b1979

              Vernick is killer.

              If you can, get a seat at the kitchen counter. Plus, that room has a manageable noise level. The upstairs may be the noisiest space in Philly.

              1. re: PhillyBestBYOB

                wow... that's saying something. there are some seriously noisy restaurants here.

                  1. re: PhillyBestBYOB

                    If the window is open it is not as noisy. I find Amis, among other locations to be noisier. I never had an issue at Vernick where it was so loud the server got the order wrong because she couldn't hear. I had that happen at Amis.

                    1. re: cwdonald

                      The one time I was at Amis it wasn't noisy at all. But I guess the key there is that it was just one time.
                      Audrey Claire is probably the loudest I've been to. But some of the Starr restaurants are up there, too.

                      1. re: Bob Loblaw

                        I think you're absolutely right about not basing anything on one visit. When we were at Vernick on a Friday night in June, we sat by the window upstairs and had a peaceful, quiet meal. Evidently, we shouldn't base our future expectations on that one visit though.