Thanks to much good advice on this board, we had three (and one-half, actually) great days in Philly last week. Here's what we experienced, chow-wise:
Amada (Old City): Excellent tapas lunch, with an excellent Rioja Riserva by the glass. The crabmeat-stuffed piquillos rellenos were particularly notworthy, as was the grilled chorizo.
We did observe a difficulty at the adjoining table, where the customer had advance-ordered a paella to celebrate her guest's birthday, only to be told on arrival that they don't do paella at lunch. She was unhappy, but management apologetically comp'ed the entire lunch for the two of them. I suppose the moral is, if you order in advance, confirm the order again before you arrive.
Belgian Cafe (Fairmount): Grubby surroundings, good mussels, but almost all the preparations seemed on the heavy side, with none in a Provencal style (I know, Provence is not in Belgium, but still). And although the beer selection is vast, the wine list is minimal and poor quality. Aren't half the Belgians Francophone wine drinkers?
More to follow.