Well I had a great week in Philly and ate so well but there are still many places on my list to try and come back to. Here's where I ate...
Lacroix...I was disappointed here. I thought the menu was very well priced for the ultra-luxe setting. My dishes that night were less than stellar. One of my fish dishes had gone bad and I was overwhelmed by the ammonia. Luckily they quickly subistuted the carpaccio which was excellent but small. My other dishes have somewhat faded from my memory though they were good just not great. Dessert was a fig tart with the tiniest scoop of a lovely creme fraiche gelato. Service was stumbling at best--not what I was expecting. It was obvious they had been formally trained but they did not deliver.
Cibucan. Amazing! The decor is somewhat "Trading Spaces" but the food was sublime. I started with the ceviche of the day; a mix of octopus and crab with jalapenos, cilantro, sweet potatoes, beets, avocados, tomatoes, and more. Oh it was incredible. Then I had the seafood chowder and a great chile relleno-not fried, smoked and stuffed with goat cheese & sauteed mushrooms. Dessert was Capogiro gelato, burnt caramel & goats milk with rosemary & honey. Wow oh wow! I am still bummed I did not make it Capogiro itself but there is always a next trip.
Aden. Such a friendly little place and loved the artsy setting with open kitchen behind the bar, mosaics, and frescoes. Nice loaf of bread and eggplant spread served immediately, yummy. I started with a nice tomato curry soup-smooth even without cream. Then salmon topped with a tahini sauce. And ended with a great carrot cake.
Django. Trying to make a decision on that beautiful menu with all the amazing ingredients was torturous. Made even harder by the wonderful little starter of eggplant puree on a little cracker with bacon vinaigrette. I started with the lobster ravioli in a curry sauce. Then I had the venison loin in a bittersweet chocolate sauce similar to a mole with a melt in your mouth sweet potato gratin and ended with lovely hazelnut madeleines with coffee ice cream. What a charming spot.
Azafran. Yet another tiny BYOB with an artist's flair to the decor...and the most lovely restaurant bathroom I have ever seen. I had heard about their great ceviche but unfortunately the combo that night didn't appeal to me so I went for the beef empandas and the citrus maranated tuna. Both were excellent but the real stand out was the coffee tres leches cake.
Sabrina's Cafe...I had brunch after shopping for upholstery fabric on Fabric Row. Great chicken soup and challah french toast stuffed with farmer's cheese. Warm decor that was a mix of Grandma's and artsy Bohemian.
Also at the Italian market I had a roast pork sandwich at George's...the 2nd half was even better when I pulled it out of my cooler and reheated when I got home. Must come back and try more roast pork sandwiches they are amazing!
Also at the Italian Market I went to Superior Pasta Co & Tallutto's and brought home a cooler full of delicious raviolis, meatballs, and sauces. So good...especially the veal ravioli.
What a great eating town! So thanks, thanks, Philly...I will think of you as I try to run some of this off on the treadmill!
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