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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....
              CP

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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.

                http://bananaleafphilly.com/

                And Rangoon for Burmese food.

                1. re: cwdonald

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

                  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.

                2. If by any chance you are in town a night Shola has a StudioKitchen dinner planned, I'd grab those seats in a heartbeat. (http://www.studiokitchen.com/taste)

                  1. Wakano in South Philly has a lot of very unusual items, I've had a bowl of duck tounges and whole baby frogs deep fried. Yummy.

                    1. Indonesia on Snyder is dirt cheap, and has lots of things that can be shared (adverturesome and no-so-much) but very good and exotic.

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                      1. re: MainLiner

                        If you're going to come all the way down to Snyder Ave, I would recommend Hardena for Indonesian. It is such a bargain and definitely more "adventuresome" in my book.

                        Plus Hardena's rendang blows Indonesia's out of the water.

                        1. re: Philly Ray

                          Wow !! I never thought much of the Rendang at Inodnesia, but dug their other dishes. Rendang is kind of a litmus test, though.. Will def try Hardena.

                      2. Morimoto has exotic. Sit at the sushi bar and ask for crab brains and cod semen sacs

                        1. David Ansill does some adventurous stuff and if you happen to be in Philly next Thursday, you would probably love this chef collaboration at Bar Ferdinand:
                          http://www.barferdinand.com/Chef_Cola...

                          1. If your road trip will take you near Chadds Ford, PA, there's a new restaurant owned by a chef who used to work for Garces: Junto, in the Old Ridge Village on Route 202 south of Route 1.

                            Rabbit is one of the five or six entree items. Beef and skate cheeks are on the appetizer menu. We've only had brunch there -- outstanding -- but we definitely are going back for dinner.

                            If you're not from around here, and scrapple would be "adventurous," Junto has a very nice brunch with scrapple and excellent bacon.