Based on the recommendations of my fellow hounds, I made a reservation at August this weekend (when people say something is a hidden gem, my ears perk up). But I took a look at the menu on their website last night, and frankly was underwhelmed. Now, I know that menu descriptions can't accurately convey the dining experience ... but aside from the few classics on the menu which I can only assume are done right (gnocchi, bolognese), very little sparked my interest. Most items seemed either like standard semi-modern-continental-BYO fare (the ubiquitous spinach salad with fruit, candided nuts, and cheese; pasta with crab in a creamy sauce; steak/filet with mashed potatoes) or like a bad idea (angel hair pasta spring rolls?).
If you've been to August recently, I'd love to hear your opinion. Is the overall food/experience better than the menu sounds? Am I just unfairly judging a book by its cover? To give you an idea of what I like, Marigold Kitchen is probably my favorite local restaurant, and I love love love Lolita. Other favorite BYOs include Pif, Little Fish, Effie's, etc. In contrast, a number of the "tried and true" BYOs in Philly have left me disappointed (i.e., Audrey Claire, Valentino's, Ristorante la Buca), as well as a lot of popular newer restaurants (El Vez, Continental, Crescent City).
Thanks in advance for your responses.