Had a great weekend in Philly, what a nice easy city to get around (and park) in. Got there Friday for our lunch at Rare, very nice, perfect for lunch, we split a flatbread and salad. Great location if you are heading to the museum (or prison).
Dinner that night was at Dandelion. Very, very fun place and loved all the different rooms. It really made you feel like you were dining in someone's home. We split deviled eggs and the foie gras (highly recommend, very generous portion), then I had the Berkshire Pork chop w/ prociutto wrapped asparagus. My friend had the fish/chips, which she enjoyed, her son the roast beef sandwich and the gf the beef and chips. For dessert we split the chocolate pot (nice and rich) and apple financier (this was the only dish that I wasn't wild about). All in all, enjoyable meal with great service.
For lunch on Sat. we ended up at the market (where else?), had the roast pork w/broccoli rabe from the really popular place with the lines, sorry, can't remember the name, except it started with a "D"? Very nice sandwich, my friend had the brisket. You are able to order 1/2 sandwich which we were happy about. Also enjoyed this market very much, it was fun to browse/graze through all the stands and I was able to do a little of my grocery shopping, always nice to travel with a cooler.
For dinner we ended up at Zahov, thank you for the recommendation, it was a fantastic choice. At first we were going to order a la carte but really wanted to try the lamb shoulder. The staff checked with the kitchen and told us we could order 1/2 a lamb shoulder, but then we figured we might as well do the whole thing. Very accommodating, I'm already impressed.
The mezzes (I'd go back for that cauliflower), hummas, salads and desserts all outstanding, but that lamb shoulder really was something else (even though most of it resides in my fridge right now). It's the type of diet I am trying to follow, more salads/vegetables, so this was perfect! U hockey, I am continually impressed by your appetite. We enjoyed sitting at the bar there, very friendly staff with great service. As I don't think we have a comparative place in NY, I'm glad we made this choice over Osteria (which I'm sure would have been good too, but we eat sooo much Italian here).
All in all, a really good eating/sightseeing trip to Philly.