Just decided to move to Philly in August. In Chicago I love the food scene, have done some of the big meals in the city, used to work at Avenues with graham elliot and know where to get the best baked goods as well as the yummiest sloppy slice of pizza.
so sad to lose all my culinary touchstones. wondering if philly chowhounds would rec some easy-to-love, easy-to-get-a-reservation spots in & around center city that i can drop by on the weekend of april 17th-20th, my first visit to the city.
any other thoughts contrasting chicago&philly, or just places that you think might remind me of home would be appreciated. (ps. i love good pizza & cheesesteaks but i cant get enough of the kind of creative spins on classic that chicago has become known for of late. also, my ideal food is graham elliot's: insanely fabulous ingredients plated artfully, but flavors that blend naturally---no mental effort required to understand the appeal.