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Seafood Borgata - Old City, Philadelphia

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Seafood Borgata - Old City, Philadelphia

shannon o'rourke | Jul 13, 2004 10:32 PM

On the whole, cheap and tasty!

I got the clam strip platter ($5.99; comes with 2 vegetables), he got the a la carte jumbo fried butterfly shrimp (6 for $5.50; comes with fries) and a small clam chowder ($2.95).

I wouldn't get the platter again; I would go a la carte. The veg of the day, broccoli, was grayish and gross, and the cole slaw was kind of eh. But the clam strips. Ah, the clam strips. Light, tender, without a speck of grease. I couldn't resist junking some of them up with the subpar tartar sauce, but the result was my fault, not the clams'.

Ditto for the fried shrimp, which my husband prudently ate with their cocktail sauce - much better than their tartar sauce. He also said the fries were good.

The (white) clam chowder seemed a little - how to say this - clammy. Like you know how fresh fish isn't supposed to smell fishy? The opposite of that, not that it had gone bad or anything, I hasten to say. But I'm so used to clam chowder which is basically a flavorless bowl of warm cream, maybe I don't know what's good anymore.

I also got some seafood salad to go (1/2 lb. for $3.25), and it's really nice - not too mayonnaisey, with tasty chopped green onion.

If I could walk here, I would proabably be here a lot. You can eat in as we did, get food to go (of course), or just buy your breaded or stuffed or whatever seafood out of the fridge case and take it home to cook yourself. They also deliver with a $10 minimum order.

But for me it's a bit of a trek from Manayunk, and parking's brutal, so I think I'll probably just go back if I'm already in the area.

7 N. 3rd St, at Market
215-931-1560

Link: http://citypaper.net/articles/2004-06...

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