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Jun 17, 2014 07:51 AM

Best places for adventurous eaters in Philidelphia?

My dad and I are going to be staying in Philly for a day during our summer road trip. We like foods like sushi, rabbit, tartare , etc ( basically anything) and I was wondering what some of the best places are. Thanks!
Also, I was looking at Moshulu, are they any good or should we try somewhere else?

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  1. Stay away from the Mosholu. Tourist trap. Beautiful setting, mediocre food.

    Do you know where in Philadelphia you are staying? Do you want just one meal?

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    1. re: cwdonald

      We are staying at hotel Palomar and yes just for dinner

    2. i'd probably go to fork or high street on market if i had one meal in philly and was looking for that sort of thing. A lot of fermented, smoked, etc type of stuff. and all really delicious.

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      1. re: alex1018

        Thanks! I'll definitely look into them.

        1. re: alex1018

          Was at High Street a few nights ago looking very forward to some of the dishes on Laban's three bell rating. It was not to be.
          Menu had 6-8 apps and 4 pastas, that was it. As l don't often eat pasta l was SOL, one app and gone. None of the nightly additions were available.
          BTW new manager at High Street is Danielle, formerly of Modo Mio and Fork.
          She is great

        2. Zahav is really great, close to where you are staying, if you can get a reservation. I had some good lamb tartare there recently and whitefish toast with runny egg, etc. Good value too -- tasting menu for $39.

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            1. re: IanChaps

              Zahav has sweetbreads too...

              For the really weird stuff I'd head to Chinatown.

          1. If you need lunch at some point, head over to George's in the Italian Market for tripe sandwiches.

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            1. re: Philly Ray

              My dad loves tripe I'll tell him about it.

              1. re: IanChaps

                Le Virtu in South Philly has a great tripe dish too.

            2. What's the Malaysian place in Chinatown? I've been once and watched people eat things I didn't know crawled this planet. If you want adventurous....

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              1. re: Chefpaulo

                Banana Leaf? They have crispy pig inestines. And there is also Penang, which is a bit more Pan Asian fusion.


                And Rangoon for Burmese food.

                1. re: cwdonald

                  Yes, Penang. If you want esoteric, that's the place.

                  1. re: cwdonald

                    I've had some very good crispy pig intestines at E Mei as well. Very clean tasting, crispy coating, somewhat reminding me of cantonese style salt "baked"(aka salt and pepper) squid/pork/shrimp, but with intestines. It had minimal "funk" that you get from poorly cleaned intestines. Also, their shredded beef with long hots, while not unusual, is one of my favorite dishes in philly, let alone Chinatown.

                    And on the topic of Chinatown, Tasty place is a pretty interesting place to check out. It's underground in a mini-plaza. It's roughly inserted into the Asia Supermarket. However, despite its lack of ambiance, they have very well executed Cantonese fare. Their dry fried beef chow fun, salt and pepper wings are stellar, especially for the price. I don't think it's open very late, so maybe worthy of an early dinner/quick app, but if you are at all interested in lunch, it's a great option.