Planning a trip to Philly for my birthday weekend in April and I am AMAZED at the leaps and bounds by which the restaurant scene has changed since I went to college here 10 years ago. Please help with advice and further recommendations!
Arriving Fri aftn with a plan to walk around and stop at Reading Term for a pretzel. Considering Alma de Cuba for an appetizer of ceviche if they have a bar? For dinner considering Buddakan -- at first I wasn't planning on doing Asian as we have a fine selection of haute Asian at home, but the reviews make it sound phenomenal.
Saturday morning/lunch will be Italian market. I've seen lots of great recs for Cucina Forte and the husband loves good gnocci -- are they really all that? Does anyone have experience in making reservations for lunch at Cucina Forte as I've read that they do lunch "by request only" -- ??
Saturday dinner, I currently have reservations at Marigold Kitchen, but after reading on the board I'm starting to lean towards Matyson assuming I can get reservations. Comments? I'd also consider Django except I understand they don't take reservations. We want to have at least one meal at a very fine BYO place (what a wonderful concept!)
We'll probably leave Sun afternoon so we're still up in the air for other meals, but would appreciate suggestions for great brunch or Italian places serving lunch. Also considering Mama Palma's for pizza, Mixto for latin, Cuba Libre for "tropical brunch" -- and I have a nostalgic soft spot for White Dog, does it remain as good as it was?
Clearly we have a week's worth of eating currently on the table, so please recommend away!