Among the restaurants in Philly that you've been to, which ones would you drop everything (eg, change plans, cancel other reservations, etc.) to eat at one more time if you found out they were closing, and why?
Number one for me would be Spasso in Old City simply for the reason that it was the first restaurant my wife and I ate at when we met. It was also the restaurant we ate at the night I proposed (I did not propose in the restaurant). I could also say Marrakesh for similar reasons.
As for others, it appears that The Fountain will be closing in its current location and with the uncertainty that it will be reopening in the hotel in the new Comcast building, we plan on visiting it one more time.
Also on the list would be Vetri, Paradiso, and The Pub (in Pennsauken). Vetri because we would want to experience it one last time. Paradiso because they have been very good to us over the years, and The Pub because I have very fond memories of it from my youth.
Yes, do visit the Fountain. It is as close to a sure thing as one can get. As I am hardly a Four Seasons insider I have no knowledge of the timing for the closing of the current Fountain venue. With the hard won and long time excellent reputation of the Fountain it seem strange to me that a new venue would not include a Fountain Room or perhaps clone.
There is nothing definite about it closing. All the Four Seasons announced was it was not moving to the new hotel (which is two years out at the minimum.) There is nothing stopping JW Marriott from keeping the restaurant/staff/chef. All we know is the new Four Seasons will not have a restaurant named the Fountain.
That sounds like another way of asking what your top 5 faves are -- (subject to change upon whim):
Bistrot la Minette(but the chef is leaving)
Spring Mill Cafe
Also ran: Birchrunville Cafe
In all cases service was the deciding factor after the wow meal. With the exception of Estia, all others were small and intimate, which is my preference when dining out.
Morimoto -- I have spent the most time there and both my wife and I have fond memories there. Nothing comes close to its level of sushi in the city.
Zahav -- All-star chef, I'd be bummed since it's such a fun atmosphere and a star in our culinary scene
BLM -- I have warm feelings for this place, and think the head chef and his wife are great
Bibou -- I'm not as big a fan of Le Cheri, so I'd want to do the smaller, BYOB space at least one more time
Vedge -- Another unique restaurant; places such as Blue Sage and Sprig & Vine don't hold a candle to it
Probably only two, for entirely sentimental reasons:
Friday Saturday Sunday and Roberto Cafe: because my sweetie and I had so many of our early dates at each. And I'm sad that a few other places we used to regularly go to are no longer there.
Okay also Vietnam Palace, because I'd need to have the Vermicelli Combo plate just One. More. Time. My most favorite and epic eat in all of Philly.
re: Philly Ray
Huh. I've been meaning to go, but I'm not a big fan of 'modern' food, whatever it is. I guess that means I don't know whether I'm a fan or not. On reading the article, I thought, I should go soon, but then I wondered, really? Why? I dunno. Maybe I'm losing my curiosity about new places as I keep enjoying the places I know I like. Hm.