Let me preface this post by saying that while I clearly am referencing the PhillyMag 50 lists of yesteryear, I do not intend for this to be a Food Media & News topic.
I am an ex-Philadelphian of five years returning for one day tomorrow after having relocated to New York one year ago.
For myself, I would like a meal that is either in University City or within a straightshot of the FML, Broad St, or SEPTA bus system. Bus back to NY is 9:00pm at 30th st. Lunch is Han Dynasty Univ City, so something 'different enough' is preferable. I would like something that showcases where Philadelphia has gone in the past twelve months. Right now, the restaurant that comes to mind is Ela, but it's closed Mondays.
2.) TO CONTINUE THE DISCUSSION:
Since I'll be back sooner or later with similar demands (as would others, I'm sure), I would appreciate the discussion extending beyond my one meal tomorrow. To elaborate a bit more on what type of restaurant I desire (both for tomorrow and for future trips)-- a restaurant that has emerged in the LTM and best showcases what Philadelphia has to offer, from the perspective of a now-New Yorker. IE, restaurants that would have made a new 'Philly 50' type list, had one been published. I had visited 35 of the 50 restaurants in the most recent PhillyMag 50 list, including (just about) all of the ones within the city.
Restaurants that I miss include Fond, fish, Cochon, Pumpkin, Matyson. Obviously Vetri and LBF are worth exploring again some time but it's really that mid-upper-level BYOB type of restaurant I yearn for.
In short, what's new and good?