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Little Fish Report

chrissiedee | Aug 30, 2007 07:19 AM

Hi Philly Hounds: I am a Baltimore Hound that is in Philadelphia Mon-Thurs every week for work through October-ish and I love exploring your dining scene. Per comments on this board I went to Little Fish last night and so far it is my favorite stop. Here's the rundown: I sat outside where there is admittedly little "scene" (I dine alone here so I like to people watch) but the neghborhood is cute and there were a few people out walking their dogs, etc. I was looking for a spot on the quiet side to decompress and read while I ate. I can't speak for the inside of Little Fish because as soon as I walked up to the door one of the staff came out and I asked for an outdoor table. The outside has 4 tables (2 2-tops, 2 4-tops) that wrap around the street corner. It was just what I was looking for.

I knew I was in for a good meal when the server brought the menu and it was hand written (scrawled) by the chef. It was a bit hard to read but the waitress explained the entries that I questioned and she obviously knew what she was talking about. She was also friendly and attentive without being annoying. Being from Baltimore I have a sick fascination with trying out other city's crabcakes despite knowing full well they won't measure up to Charm City's offerings (IMHO). I ordered one for an appetizer - it just sounded interesting and different. It was great! It had more "stuff" that Baltimore's typical crab cake but it worked well: it had chunks of mango on top with a few greens in a lemon viniagrette. There were a few dollops of sauce on the side that I couldn't identify but were tasty. Overall, it was very good and a nice combo of flavors. For dinner I had red snapper. It was pan seared and served over white beans and wilted greens. There was a tomato "marmalade" (I think that's how it was described on the menu) on top of the fish. It was light and flavorful. I had a hard time choosing there were so many fish entrees. Others that stood out to me were the Wahoo, Marlin, and Halibut. I skipped dessert so I don't have a report on that. The best part of the evening was meeting a couple sitting next to me. I asked them if they could tell me where to get a cab (not too many driving by at all) and then we got to talking about how I found this little gem that was so far from my hotel. I told them about Chowhound and how I love to dine out and explore. They told me that they too are foodies and go out every night. The husband then proceeded to write down a list of their favorite Philly restys for me. I almost asked them to adopt me. They were such friendly Philly foodies. I look forward to trying out their favorite spots and also to returning to Little Fish...

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