OK - so the best friend and her hubby are coming to Philly for the holidays and spending at little QT with their favorite doxie and his mom. Just so happens the friends hubby's 40th falls that week, and I'd like to take them someplace special that they haven't been, and not too pretentious. Don't get me wrong, I am all about pretentious on certain occassions, but this is not that audience. They have been to and loved: Le Castagne, Matyson (we go there everyt time they visit), Estia, Monk's, Modo Mio and Las Cazeulas. Was thinking about Speck, but the Studio Kitchen thing doesn't look like its ever going to happen. Was also thinking about a Garces Place, Maybe Amada or Distrito? They didn't like Chifa (although I do).
Any suggestions from my fellow hounders would be appreciated.