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Caribou Cafe - RstWkRvw

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Caribou Cafe - RstWkRvw

Capaneus | Jan 30, 2005 08:51 PM

It was perfectly fine. Really.

Problem is, it really wasn't much better than that. I got to tast the escargot and tuna appetizers, and the scallop and "striploin" entrees. And the winner is... Miel's caramel ice cream. Seriously though, folks, take my wife - please...

Nothing was bad, as such. The sauces in the escargot and scallop dishes were not what they might have been, heavy and a bit overwhelming, both some sort of variation on Bearnaise (I thought so, at least - though they claimed "parsley cream" for the snails); and although the scallops were tasty enough to shine through, the escargots were not. The steak was a bit gristly, and not terribly flavorful, and the foie gras in the end hadn't much to add. All the sides were very good, the brussels sprouts surprisingly so, and the tuna was actually very very tasty. And the Miel caramel ice cream was delicious.

Service was friendly and professional, if a bit overwhelmed - a couple of wine questions took a while to answer. And the wine list is exceptional for our city, with any number of eminently drinkable bottles for under $40, and a few under $30. If I might quibble, listing the wines-by-the-glass by varietal is a twee affectation, and leaves the drinker with either a difficult matching game or a painful twenty-questions one to play in order to figure out what they're ordering. Gives the wine (and the vintage. Please give us the vintage).

All in all, it was probably the closest thing I've found in Philly to a real bistro. For good and ill.

Gawd, I just re-read the above, and I *am* a jackass. I *liked* the place. All the faults above are true, but it was a pleasant meal, and a really, truly good wine list, of a sort (inexpensive, that is) you won't find many places. Go. Try it. Make your own call. For pete's sake don't listen to cranky people writing anonymous reviews on websites.

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