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Rx in Philly is still a winner

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Rx in Philly is still a winner

South Jersey Epicurean | Feb 9, 2003 09:48 AM

Business is down; haven't seen many people in the place... These may be correct observations, but that did not deter me and my family from trying this well-reviewed Craig LeBan place after a year. (P.S. I have no financial stake in this restaurant or any other restaurant in the entire universe..)

I went to Rx last night (Feb 8) for dinner with my family. The first dinner reservation was at 5:30. It was packed from then on. We spoke to the owner who said business is generally slow in January and the
inclement weather doesn't help either. He also said that if a new restaurant lasts over a year, it IS a success!! (However, he still keeps his dayjob as an editor at the Jewish Exponent.) He did indicate that Rx is still in a "not-for-profit" status...i.e. it ain't in the black yet!!

As for the food, YUM!!!!

The menu changes daily on everything.... There were crab spring roles, mussels, escargot as appetizers; shad, venison , pork chop, NY strip steak all in neat sauces with unusaal side stuff....

I had Branzino (what the hell is that?); like a Mediterranean Sea Bass with head and tail with herbs & spices grilled on the skin. It was moist and flavorful, especially when you dipped in the accompanying
tzatziki sauce (chunky style) served with Greek condiments (eggplant, grilled tomato and roasted red pepper, feta cheese over cous-cous with currants.)

The salad had spring greens, apple, spiced nuts and gorgonzola in a "I can't place the vinegrette" dressing.

3 people had the grilled free range chicken---breat and leg over a potato confitt with perfectly cooked haricot verts & carrots; tender, moist flavorful

also tried the rare ahi-tuna in a caper, brown butter sauce;

Desserts: homemade Brown-sugar cinnamon ice cream, apple cobbler, chocolate bread pudding; the cobbler was to die for especially when combined with that ice cream!!!

WINNER!!!

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