I'm in Philly right now and I just wanted to give a few brief reviews of the places I've been to so far (thanks for all of your help).
Matyson - I had their tasting menu (theme: summer produce) and it was very good. I had corn bisque with blueberries (very light), lobster and avocado salad, swordfish with pesto sauce, lamb chops and a jersey peach shortcake. These were all pretty small dishes, but I left feeling very satisfied, not full - a pleasant feeling. I don't think any dish other than the dessert made me go "wow", but then - I'm not sure they were supposed to. The dishes were not spectacular, but rather simple - with fantastic ingredients. I loved my meal and would definitely go back.
Bibou - wow, wow. This was one of the best meals I've ever had. Charlotte is a doll. LOL my cab dropped me off a block away and I sort of got lost. I called her on my cell phone twice, after the 2nd time, she had to stand outside the restaurant and wave me in. What a sweet, warm person she is. I had a wonderful cucumber soup to start (with some smoked salmon) - it was cool, refreshing, tangy and light. Then as an entree, I had rabbit patties (they aren't called patties, but I forgot the french word for them - they were stuffed with cauliflower) with some greens, creamy polenta and wild plums. Yum .... I had the chocolate cake for dessert. The chef stopped by and told me that the recipe for the peach pie came from the sous-chef's grandmother and the cake from Charlotte's grandmotjher (which I already knew). Dueling grandmas, lol. Pierre was so sweet - I didn't realize he'd worked for Daniel Boulud. Charlotte told me that they actually own the retaurant (they aren't just renting it) ,so they are in this for the long haul. Man, did i love Bibou - you were all so right about it.
Osteria - well, I just got back from dinner and what a bummer. It's not their fault but I was deflated as soon as I saw the pastas. I don't eat carbonara (too rich), mushrooms, goat cheese, pork necks, etc......There were literally no pastas that I could eat - and given that I'd heard how good their pasta was and given that I would kill for pasta, I was disappointed to say the least. I didn't feel like having any of the main courses - nothing called out to me and I was too bummed about the pasta, so I just ended up ordering the Lombardo pizza. I don't get why so many think it's a transcendent pie. It was good, but I got tired of it after a couple of slices. The crust was great, but my overall thought was that this was a pie that looked like any old pizzeria could have turned out. (the tomato sauce was nothing special). I ended up getting a half portion of pasta with tomato sauce (and I appreciate the chef doing that for me) because I was starving after eating only 3 slices. The saving grace of the meal was the polenta budino with hazlenut mousse........wow, that was good.
I had Capogiro today - big mistake getting a large. The fiore de latte, dark chocolate and straciatella were terrifict, but I barely ate any of it - it was soooo rich.
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