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I just wanted local Foodies opinions on Starr. I know the board is speckled with Starr references, but I just wanted to amalgamate opinions to develop some trends, be it positive or negative.
My own opinion: the man has certainly helped Philly's social scene and has attracted a number of talented chefs to the area, and that is not to be scoffed at...
As for his restaurants, well, it depends on your view of dining out. He has a wide range, which I think accomodates all types of diners, foodies to hipsters. Some are too glamy, but others are just goof fun.
Specifically - I think Buddakan is a tasty restaurant foremost, but it's also an enjoyable evening. The food is not excellent across the board (I really thought the fried rice was overpriced for its simplicity), but pick the right dishes (see appetizers) and you'll have an excellent meal.
Although I've heard some people have merely passable meals at El Vez, my own experience there has been excellent. I specifically remember a cheese and chorizo dish being especially tasty, along with mahi-mahi tacos. It's also quite fun. If you want a cozy restaurant experience, simply walk across the street and plant yourself in Lolita.
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