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Update: NY in Philadelphia during Labor Day Weekend

Jason | Sep 3, 2002 11:44 AM

First of all, thanks to everyone who gave suggestions for our trip. We had a great weekend in Philly (and fell in love with the place as well!)

I'm not going to go into deep details about the whole trip - but here's a quick summary of the food highlights:

Best breakfast - Dutch diner in Reading Terminal Market - wow - speedy service, and great food. Unfortunately they had run out of the scrapple by the time we got there, but my wife had blueberry pancakes from heaven! Wonderful stuff.

Best dinner - Cuba Libre - Didn't read much about this place before we went, however a friend of ours had been there before. Despite the place being extremely crowded, and having an initial wait - we had made reservations - we finally got seated upstairs. I must say that despite this inconvience, the host was very apologetic about the delay, and kept us up to date on what was happen - a nice change from some of the restaurants here in NY! Food was wonderful - I had the Pan Seared Salmon, which was delicious - had a nice sauce, and served on top of a bed of shrimp paella.

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Worst dining experience - Well, I'm British, and on the cold, rainy Sunday evening, we just wanted something simple, close to our hotel (we were staying at the Warwick on 18th). My wife found the 'Elephant & Castle' - suggesting a little home-style comfort food :) Well, the experience was like this: food was ok - we both had the Roast Beef in Yorkshire Pudding (up to the standard of any city centre pub in England!), however the service was appalling. After waiting a while for service, finally the host informed a waitress that she would be looking after us. The first thing the waitress said was that she was rushed of her feet, and, in a hurreid tone, hoped we were easy customers and knew what we wanted - the only thing was, the place was pretty empty! I hate feeling rushed when I'm in a restaurant, and that was exactly the feeling I got. We ended up having to grab other staff to ask for water etc, as our 'waitress' had disappeared. The final nail in the coffin was just as we finished our meals, she came up, asked if we wanted anything else to eat, and before we could finish saying 'no', she blurted out that she'd get the check, and immediately disappeared. We were considering staying for another beer, but at that point, our minds had already been made up!

Ok, that's the end of my venting ;)

Despite that, we had a fabulous time in Philly, and really look forward to coming back some time in the future - next time we'll bring some wine and check out some of the BYOBs.

Thanks again!

Jason

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