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We loved Zahav. We stayed aat Loew's Philadelphia Hotel, original the PSFS Building, a national historic landmark that was the first International Style building constructed in the U.S., designed by Gordon Howe and Williams Lescaze. We found it comfortable as well as beautiful.

Thanks, but we're going to skip Solomonov's place this time around. Not only is it very hard to get into, but he co-chef'fed a meal at La Vara this past year that was great & we're fine with having been to that. Again, thanks (we might go look at the building though).

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I spent 2 days in Philadelphia,a city that I've always liked for its' friendliness and bits of eccentricity....and went to two restaurants which I'd planned ahead to visit;Vetri a small Italian restau

Go to Zahav and get the mesibah (and be sure to reserve the lamb shoulder in advance), or go to Kanella.

Thanks, but we're going to skip Solomonov's place this time around. Not only is it very hard to get into, but he co-chef'fed a meal at La Vara this past year that was great & we're fine with havi

We're thinking about spending a long weekend in Philly end of May, beginning of June. Working on hotels and restaurants. Anyone know anything about "Mr. Martino's Trattoria", "Le Virtu", or "Russet"?

 

eta: just re-read another Philly thread and noticed that wingding liked Le Virtu several years ago.

Just saw your post. You probably have your plans set but thought I’d mention these restaurants we liked the last time we were in Philly: Kanella (Greek), Bibou (French bistro), and The Dandelion (British). We stayed at the Kimpton Palomar.

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We're thinking about spending a long weekend in Philly end of May, beginning of June. Working on hotels and restaurants. Anyone know anything about "Mr. Martino's Trattoria", "Le Virtu", or "Russet"?

 

eta: just re-read another Philly thread and noticed that wingding liked Le Virtu several years ago.

 

Just got back from 4 days/nights in Philly. Stayed at the Alexander Inn on 12th and Spruce. Not much on water pressure and had a room a/c that was a little loud, and an elevator that was a little shaky. But the location, charm and friendliness more than made up for it & we'd definitely stay again. The city reminded me a lot of Bklyn and we walked everywhere. Lots of walking. We ate at Russet (ok enough, but the flavors didn't zing), Mr. Martino's Trattoria (a charming friendly place with very good home cooking), Effie's Greek Restaurant (again, good home cooking) & Le Virtu. We'd go back to Mr. Martino and Effie's for good meals in warm, homey rooms, but we'd go back to Le Virtu for that plus some excellent cooking. The pasta especially were great. This was the only non-BYOB of the 4, but the bottle of Aglianico was reasonably priced at $45 so it remained very nicely priced. All in all, a very good long weekend. Ginny got to get me into museums, I got to city walk (I love doing that) in a new place & time flew by. No cheesesteak, but a nice pastrami on rye from Herschel's Deli in the Reading Market. Only their sports teams annoy me.

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A quick visit to Philly.  My current dietary disposition counsels against hoagies, but I was lucky enough to happen on this
Dietz & Watson pop-up store on its very last day.  In addition to some very creative and amusing merchandise, it was stocked heavily with meat and cheese, all 25% off.  I came away with a loaf of scrapple, several bags of Dietz Nuts (actually sausage bites), and with a pack of turkey breast thrown in for free.

 

A random dinner choice, after the first option turned out to have been taken over by a Harry Potter bar crawl (yes), was a casual Mexican, Lucha Cartel.  On the basis of a quick meal, it was unusually good.  Lechon couldn't have been better, and had the added attraction of the waiter actually pouring rich jus over it from a little jug, just like this was Le Coucou or something.

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Barbuzzo does really nice stuff with vegetables and pasta.  Pizza with squash blossoms and prosciutto was good too.

 

This may be controversial but I had a burger at that old mainstay The Continental (the near the water location) and it was the best burger I’ve had in quite some time.  Pretty much the Platonic ideal of a cheeseburger.

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Itinerary solo in Philly means I'm meeting up with old art/band friends and going for the formica tables and fluorescent lighting places. But the food is good: can recommend Nan Zhou Hand Drawn Noodle House on 10th and Race, as well as Casa México (new sister restaurant of South Philly Barbacoa) near 9th and Ellsworth.  As for the latter, I'm not big on desserts and I never liked tres leches...but their version, wow. 

Also inexplicably ended up "French Bisto"ing it at Parc (18th & Locust) and Louie Louie (Penn Campus). Re Parc, I guess I find Steven Starr places weirdly kitschy, in that they attempt to fully and earnestly replicate something without any kind of self-irony. Food was meh generally but the frites were good. Louie Louie has a more modern look, and seems to be explicitly targeting the instagram crowd. Like, literally suggesting dishes that look good on instagram. The food was inoffensive (I could do at home better) but very reasonably priced for happy hour. The cocktails read so sweet on the menu that I just got a beer. 

I like that they put up picnic tables and a bar at City Hall! I don't care if it is overpriced, the atmosphere in the evening and the people watching are totally worth it. 

Let's see if I can convince my mom to hit Desi Chaat House with me for lunch.

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Visited Philly a couple weeks ago with wife and kids -- Good King Tavern just off South St is a charming, low key bistro that's better than you'd expect. Worth a detour if you're in Center City, I'd say. And as good as the food was, the bar was admirably (and quirkily) stocked. Would've been fun to hang at the bar and play with options.

The best find, though, was Okee Dokey Donuts, which does fresh GF donuts daily. (Both my boys have Celiac, so having that kind of treat is aMAZing. Because while we've made donuts at home from time to time, it's such a freaking pain.) 

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Oh, Good King Tavern is a good one. Was there on a previous visit. Shot Tower Coffee in that neighbourhood is also not bad. I'll keep the donut place in mind for a future visit. 

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