i've been in and out of philadelphia for business over the past couple of years but it looks like my final trip out will be in a couple of weeks (july 20-24) and so i want to make the best of it and take advantage of all those experiences i let slip by. i will only have dinners from mon-thurs available and my best guess is that i wont' be able to make it out to most restaurants until 8pm. i will also mostly be using public transportation.
so my first question is, during that week are there any events i should should look into or avoid? we have something like restaurant week in my home city and it is just a disastrous affair.
this is where i've been ( think there's a review post somewhere but i can't find it):
ansill - great meal, one small miss but otherwise great atmosphere and food
good dog bar - the state of burgers in my home town is sad and this is a fantastic option, but have been many times now
white dog cafe - have had ups and downs but mostly palatable, have been more times than i can count
bar ferdinand - tasty but didn't wow me.
reading terminal market - fun and i'm going to get beans from old city coffee delivered to my hotel
naked chocolate - nice euro-style hot chocolate
standard tap - great!
beer store at 10th and Pine - nice selection!
this is where i'd really like to go over 4 nights:
morimoto - for omakase (best to go thurs night since they close at 11pm and draw out the experience?)
jim's steaks on south st and buying beer to take home at 10th and pine - favourite cheesesteak after a far flung search around the city
little fish - seafood state in my home city is pretty sad, this sounds delicious, is it worth it?
matyson - seems like a must do for philadelphia
le bec fin - a nice standard
tria - another good standard
distrito - seems like a must do as well
amada - not super keen but sounds tasty
capogiro - can do before or after a meal, which is the best combo with restaurant (ideally a place that doesn't do great desserts)
are there any worthwhile grocery stores open late to pick up generally awesome food products? (we don't have trader joes so i might just head there)
also, to finish off this terribly wordy post.... so you know my tastes, i eat anything and everything. snout to tail, whiz wit', mirugai sashimi, fried chicken and collard greens, etc etc. if you know of something awesome i am glad to hear of it. i am reluctant to eat chinese (mostly canton or northern), vietnamese, and ethiopian as i feel i have a good base of this at home.
thanks so much for any help! i know it's just another "tourist" post but i'd really love to make the best of this experience. if you're ever in toronto, drop me an email and i'd be happy to do the same.