I thnk it is mean spirited to pick on derek davis. Even if the places are overrated and I assume you refer to Arroyo Grille, KC Prime and Sonoma, it might be unfair to pick on him. I suppose neil stien is making a serious culinary contribution to philadelphia with rouge and avenue b?
Both restaurants are just as bad as the aformentioned manayunk places. Striped Bass claims to "let the natural flavor of the fish shine through"....guess what, for $43, i hope much more than that shines through. Susanna foo gets 4 bells in the inquirer, its just chinese food with a bit of window dressing (Broccoli pesto )... how funny.
Brasserie perrier just likes to use fancy words that contribute no flavor to a $35 entree (galanga sauce) , Pasion opened and basically ripped off every dish from douglas Rodriguez's cookbook..(best new chef), Blue angel, exact copy of balthazar, buddakan a morph of Felix in the Peninsula hotel, asia de cuba and tao, La famiglia. just plain overrated expensive food, sauces are a joke. Continental lobster mashed potatoes made with frozen freezer burned lobster but everyone likes it. tangerine, sweet overspiced food that is hardly morrocan.
The four seasons fountain, basically resting on its culinary laurels, food is hardly worth the price. Jones...comfort food ?, stouffers mac and cheese tastes better out of the microwave.
vallanni (medi-latin ????????), twenty manning, bad variations of Phillipe chins bad overrated food.
Jakes , silly fusion food, Novelty, a comedy of errors.
Whats my point ?
This city is loaded witha bunch of slightly hyped restaurants that care more about PR than food. Derek davis is no worse than any of those other operators out there.