We had a great trip to Philly over the Thanksgiving Holiday. It was the first time that we had been to Philly but it won't be the last.. The recs posted on the Philly forum were the basis for our dining\gorging choices and we had absolutely no letdowns. Excuse the spelling\grammar but here's a brief overview.
Arrived on tuesday around noon and went to Reading Terminal Market for a Dinics roast pork and broccoli rabe sandwich. Great sandwich and enough to split with the wife. Tried a pretzel from Miller's Twist and a beef hotdog from an Amish stand with unpasteurized brie from another vendor. After that a few local beers at Molly Malloy's (Walt Wit and Lancaster Milk Stout). Dinner was at Zahav's where we had the tasting menu. Great service and food. The salatim, fried haloumi and cauliflower were standouts as was the lamb tartare. The waitstaff was outstanding including our server Stefan.
Wed was breakfast at APJ Texas wieners for chili dogs and grilled cheese. Fun spot and nice chat with the wait staff to start the day. A not so light lunch of pastrami on rye at Herschel's East in the RTM followed by more beer at Molly Malloy's (Victory Hopdevil & Stoudt's) . Dinner at Osteria for some awesome pasta (casoncelli and ribiola francobolli). Okay pizza and very nice desserts including the polenta budino.
Thursday for some reason we weren't all that hungry. Thanksgiving parade was followed by window shopping and lunch at Au Pain ??? Dinner was in Chinatown at E Mei for szechuan. Again a very tasty meal with $2.50 Tsingtao.
Friday starts with a little bit of a hangover so I have a whole cheese steak in the RTM. The SOB was good but I don't remember the name of the place. Came back with the wife later for pastry from the Metropolitan Bakery and the coffee shop next door. After such a light start to the day we had the tasting menu at Le-Bec Fin. Great food, service and ambiance. And how can you not be grateful for three dessert selections after the first four courses?
Saturday was a day trip to Vineland NJ to visit family with local treats and dinner in Millville. Nice dinner with family at Dori's.
Sunday back to work dining in Phiily. Trip to the RTM for light snacks from various food stalls then the Italian market area. A slice at Lorenzos, tastes at Claudio's and other shops then more beer and sandwiches at Lickety Splits. Dinner at Bibou which was the highlight of the trip. Repeat of above: great food, ambiance and service. The foie gras duo with caramelized seckel pear, and escargot ragout were great and also the mains of olive oil poached tile fish with carrot emulsion, and hanger steak..
Monday started the dining taper prior to flying out on tues. Pastry and coffee in the RTM then sightseeing, then to Monks Cafe for mussels in saffron broth with chorizo, frites, belgium beers, hamburgers and more beer. It seems like the older you get the tapers take longer. The final dinner was at Barbuzzo for lardo pizza, pig popcorn, beet salad with kale and maybe something else but we were fading fast.
Tues was a quick trip to Claudio's for sampling of speck, sopresseta, rosemary infused ham, piave, rochetta, etc. Left with a great assortment for the trip home expertly vacuum bagged at no extra charge. Then chocolates from Anthony's and another trip through the RTM including snacks from Tremini.
Again thanks for all the great information and such a warm reception from all we meet.
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