visiting from boston during miserable heat wave, we had terrific food experiences in philly.
Lolita- 10 for food; such robust flavors, generous portions, handsome presentations: quac and assorted chips; spiced chicken( and SO much more) tamal;chorizo-stuffed squid, steamed salmon entree; pork entree; chevre cheese cake. not one of the dishes missed a beat. only negative- very unpleasant co-owner/front of house, and waiter w/ attitude('i know best').and cash only which really threw difficulty into our cash supply for vacation.
Django- small portions of terrific food: short ribs w/ polenta; orrechietti w/ wine braised octopus and chorizo,etc. lovely room, lovely waitresses; HUNK of a chef/owner.
fork- beautiful room, disappointing food.
lacroix- beautiful inventive food. lovely room and view, very friendly, attractive Ron waiter and ditto chef lacroix. i just had to have a second helping of SMOKED cured foie gras, shaved and served with avocado puree and raspberry sorbet!!because i knew i would never see SMOKED foie gras again, and it was truly ethereal.ditto response to the hamachi dish. the $50 brunch the next day was worth it -if just for the amazing hors d'oeuvre table (foie gras custard with plum compote!) and the caviar and oysters in abundance.
Buddakan-8-9 for food and an exquisite room and very knowledgable waitress., and best margarita of the trip.
and best-i've- had Beef Patties(take-out) from jamaican hut? on south st( and 14th?)thank you philly, you handsome old city with so many talented chefs; we look forward to returning soon.