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In town for one dinner: need one amazing tasting menu

ah6tyfour | Nov 21, 201409:09 PM

Hi Philly Chowhounds! I've been doing a ton of traveling (not for pleasure) and my two week roundabout tour concludes in Philly for a night (11/25) before I fly home for thanksgiving.

I'm traveling alone and have time for one dinner. I want the biggest most impressive/creative meal possible. I haven't had much free time, but I did spend a little time browsing the forums. So far, I have not been able to narrow it down to a single option. Anyone want to chime in?

I have no reservations. I would rather sit at a bar, but I don't mind sitting at a two-top by myself. No vegetarian/vegan menus, but besides that, I have no preference for type of cuisine. Cost is not an issue (especially in Philly where food seems to be cheap compared to LA/NY).

My last time in Philly, I had the tasting menu at Laurel one month after he won Top Chef. It was an excellent meal. But I assume a seat for one would be impossible to get on a few days notice.

I was planning on Vetri, but there are no openings per OpenTable. Fond is also booked full. Also thought about going to Sbraga, but they only take reservations for parties of two of more. Any use in calling any of these places to see if they might be able to accommodate one extra? Do restaurants in Philly general make all their tables available on OpenTable or do they hold some back for those who call in?

Probably should have planned earlier, but been so busy going from place to place that it never occurred to me that I finally had a free evening to myself.

Any help would be appreciated!

Actually, it doesn't even necessarily need to be a tasting menu, but I do prefer them. I wouldn't mind just ordering a bunch of dishes off the menu if there's no tasting menu offered at a great place. One such place would be Vernick, but again, they're booked.

Vetri Cucina,
Pizzeria Vetri,
Vernick Food & Drink
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