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  1. Went up to Philly for the Harry Potter exhibition at the Franklin Institute with the kids. Wanted good food and not overly expensive. General Tsao's House fit the bill. When we arrived at noon on Sunday, it was completely dead. A couple of tables did arrive shortly after us. We had (i) scallion pancakes $4, (ii) chicken potstickers $6, (iii) soup dumplings $8, (iv) pork dumplings with chili oil $7, (v) stir fried bok choy $11. The prices are on par or cheaper than Hong Kong Palace which is located in 7 Corners. I don't know how they do it. To be fair, the scallion pancakes and potstickers may have been from a grocery store but the soup dumplings and the pork dumplings were delicious.
  2. I don't think I'd consider Parc essential - especially given the proliferation of brasseries in DC. They do what they do very well, but if you're staying off Rittenhouse it's really better suited as an option for breakfast, lunch or (even better) a spontaneous glass of bubbles in the afternoon.
  3. #pvpizzaclass!! Pizza after dark is a series of classes held each month that offers an opportunity to learn how to make pizza from the venerable Marc Vetri. The price of the class is $85. The class includes 2 pizzas and toppings, a carafe of wine or pitcher of beer, dessert, instruction, and service. I asked the event organizer if this will be offered at the DC location, and it will not be offered as of yet. So maybe with increasing interests, they will begin these pops up at their DC location. pizza, pizza, kat
  4. Decided to give The Dandelion Pub's brunch a try largely based on location and the inability to get a reservation at Starr sister restaurant Parc. Dandelion is housed in what seems to be an old Philadelphia home and was delightfully cozy on a chilly fall morning with a fire burning in the fireplace. It was actually a little difficult to identify the restaurant from the street because there wasn't a prominent sign. I was glad I'd kept the street address in my phone. Two of us went with traditional breakfast fare enjoying the 2 inch high, fluffy Brioche french toast and Eggs Benedict. I was pleasantly surprised to receive two poached eggs over perfect English muffins, rather than just one that it seems many restaurants think constitute a full entree. The other half the group went with more traditional pub menu of fish and chips and Shepherd's pie. Both were given high marks and really hit the spot on a morning that felt like fall had definitely arrived. The bloody mary's were just as spicy as requested and the service unrushed. The house has several small dining areas and fusty English vibe. The bar area has a couple of spectacular mounted boar's heads if you're into that sort of thing. A good solid choice of standard brunch food....but nicely matched with pub classics.
  5. I may have the opportunity to write an collection of places not to be missed in Philly. With the wealth of the posters in this forum, I am asking for a little help. Please chime in where I should visit, and places that are not to be missed. The spots can range from where to eat, where to dine, where the best public bathroom is , think unusual, think funky, think like a local. Please and thank you for all your suggestions. Once I am chosen to write this book, I will personally throw a party and invite everyone to celebrate my very first publication. This is our opportunity to go public. It is with the support of everyone that I have met along the way, including a few of you in this forum, that will encourage me to crush this challenge. I plan on KILLIN' It. 1st time, kat
  6. Headed there for two nights this weekend. Staying in Rittenhouse Sq. Hope to visit some museums, the Chinese Lanterns, maybe see the fireworks over the river on Sunday night. We have two breakfasts, two lunches, and two dinners to eat. I am overwhelmed by the choices. Zahav intrigues me as I love Middle Eastern Food, but we would have to walk-in. I am open to most any other must-eats...
  7. Is Kevin Sbraga going to be opening an outpost of Sbraga in Washington, DC? Source: Eater Philly Eater DC is reporting that Philly Top Chef champ Kevin Sbraga is opening an outpost of Sbraga in the nation's capital. Apparently Sbraga & Co. are looking at sites in D.C. proper for the restaurant, with the hope of getting something signed before 2013 closes out. In the meantime, Sbraga is finishing up work on The Fat Ham, his ode to Southern cuisine in UCity. Read full article >>
  8. My friend Katie Loeb runs the bar program at Oyster House (1516 Sansom Street), so I'm not completely unbiased, but I very much enjoy both raw and cooked options there. One of their specialties is fried oysters with chicken salad, a Philly tradition dating from a time when oysters were cheap and chicken was expensive. Or something like that. Food's good, drinks are good, there's pretty much always a cask beer on. And Nodding Head brewpub upstairs makes exceptional, moderate alcohol beers for pre- or post-imbibification.
  9. I enjoyed a Sunday lunch Monk's Cafe this weekend. Charming little Belgian-ish bar with a gorgeous monster list of bottled beers and a few fine draught Belgians. Looks to be a regular pub, but the menu offers much more--mussels in a variety of broths, crepes, sandwiches (including boudin blanc and pulled pork), salads, and appetizers (including pate and rabbit terrine). My tuna steak sandwich was served on a very good roll, though it was alone on the plate except for a queer garnish of about four dressed field greens. Four. Imperfect service is made up for by genuine friendliness. Recommend the room in the way back. I'd be a regular if this joint were in my neighborhood.
  10. We really liked Le Chéri, a new restaurant by Executive Chef Pierre Calmels of Bibou, who seems to be spending most of his at Le Chéri these days, and Chef de Cuisine Val Stryjewski. In a weekend that also included Vetri and Bibou, I definitely preferred Le Chéri. The more updated and creative cuisine here appealed to me more than the more homey cooking at Vetri or Bibou. The restaurant itself is located in the Philadelphia Art Alliance building.The dining room and bar areas are quite dark and atmospheric. We were able to get seats at a high top in the bar area immediately, a little before prime Friday night dinner times. So the bar may be a good bet if they don't have space elsewhere in the dining room.
  11. Thanks! Had a lovely set of drinks at Franklin Mortgage. I would have had more but they didn't have much food available. Very nice set up.
  12. I am headed to Tinto with some friends tonight. They will probably want to order the tasting menu -- does it provide dishes that would ordinarily not be available, or is it simply a combination of various menu items without any logical progression?
  13. I've seen a few mentions of Continental Midtown on this board, while it may not be the finest dining in Phila, I always have a blast when I go. If you've never been , just imagine what Willy Wonka would do if he turned his hand to savory instead of sweet. One of my all-time favorite dishes there is the lobster mac n cheese. Our good friends and Conde Nast were kind enough to post the recipe for us and here's a link...My link [Editor's note: Cookie (along with Gourmet and Modern Bride) went out of business in October, 2009, and this link no longer exists - if anyone can find it in Conde Nast's site, please alert me and I will replace it. DR] Yes, it's enough cheese, cream and butter to choke an ox...but, so yummy! I can't wait to try this.
  14. I have a reservation at Striped Bass for New Years Eve. I've read mostly good reviews, but a few off ones. Good Choice?
  15. Pathetically replying to my own post....but with a follow up question. Actually, Django and Matyson both had reservations tomorrow, so I scooped both and wanted opinions on which you'd recommend first. Pax, Brian
  16. My lovely and accomplished daughter came up to Philadelphia on Sunday. We celebrated my birthday just a block down 16th Street from Monk's at The Warsaw Cafe. Unusual place that has served Eastern European (yes, Polish) food with a continental flair since 1979 - borscht, chilled berry soup, Russian crepes (stuffed with smoked salmon and topped with caviar), wiener schnitzel, crab cakes were all delicious. After walking around the Rittenhouse Square area, we went to Old City for ice cream at the Franklin Fountain, an old-fashioned ice cream parlor that serves homemade ice cream just down the block from the Continental. Wonderful way to spend a summer evening.
  17. heading up to philly presidents day weekend and wanted to have a nice dinner. had thought to settle on marigoild's kitchen or django, until i finished reading the thread. anyone have other recommendations?
  18. While I haven't revisited Marigold or Django lately, since they've had a chance to settle their chef and ownership changes, I'd say that Matyson is definitely at or near the top of the BYOB scene.
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