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Oyster House on Sansom

Turns out they are not taking reservations for 2, but say it should not be a problem, so we'll see! I am really psyched for some delicious oysters and perhaps a lobster roll or stew, so I hope we can get in without a problem. Thanks for the suggestions!

Sep 25, 2009
PhillyLaura in Pennsylvania

No reservations - Philly BYOB recommendation for Saturday?

I would have recommended Kanella as well, but check to see if they are open this weekend...I believe they are on vacation through 9/30.

Others to consider might be Little Fish (on 6th St near Catherine) for seafood, Bindi on 13th for Indian, Dmitri's at 3rd & Catherine for Greek/Fish, or Melagrano on Sansom near 20th (I think?) for Italian.

Sep 25, 2009
PhillyLaura in Pennsylvania

Oyster House on Sansom

Thinking of dinner there before a show. Will it be crowded enough on a Friday evening to require a reservation? Any not to be missed items on the menu?

Thanks in advance!

Sep 25, 2009
PhillyLaura in Pennsylvania

Osteria or Bibou??

Thanks for your recommendation...we had a STELLAR meal at Bibou this weekend. Based on the reviews I'd read here, we asked about the tasting menu option (which is not on the menu and was not initially offered by our server) and went with it. The food was out of this world good and included:

- Chilled cantaloupe soup with slivers of smoked duck breast. I likened it to the classic prosciutto and melon, reduced to its essence in a bowl. Delicious
- Quail mousse, with a side of pickled cabbage and frisse salad. light and airy with a lovely texture and great poultry taste
- Bone marrow in the horizontally split "brontosaurus" bone. I'd never had marrow before, so don't have a point of comparison, but this was very addictive and tasted a bit like the best thanksgiving stuffing ever
- Halibut in a red wine sauce over artichoke fricasse. the sauce was extremely light and a nice complement to the mild fish and the delish artichokes
- Foie Gras for me, scallop for my husband, both superb. The Foie was served with a bit of pumpkin bread and a plum chutney, which had almost a tomato sense due to its high acidity. The scallop was served still attached to its shell, with a beautiful broth.
- veal medallions served over a narrow fettuccine in sage sauce. This was an entree special for the evening and was just excellent
- dessert of apple tart for hubby, chocolate cake for me, both really nice and accompanied by a pot of french press coffee and madeleines.

I was struck by how comfortable and warm the atmosphere at the restaurant was. All the diners seemed relaxed and there was alot of (unobtrusive) talking and sharing of wines among tables. We and several other couples were seated at 4-tops, so we had plenty of room to relax and did not feel like we were on top of our neighbors. And both the chef and his wife are incredibly gracious and generous with their time.

All in all, a spectacular meal...best we have had in Philadelphia (on par with Vetri) and among the top 5 anywhere. I was so pleased with our choice, consider the $70 pp for the tasting menu a true bargain, and am heartily recommending Bibou to anyone who will listen!

Jul 14, 2009
PhillyLaura in Pennsylvania

Osteria or Bibou??

Many thanks for your thoughtful replies! Looks like we will be dining at Bibou. The warm service, excellent food, and walkability...combined with the promise of a great bottle (or two) from the cellar...make it a perfect choice. I can't wait and will report back!!

Jul 08, 2009
PhillyLaura in Pennsylvania

Osteria or Bibou??

Occasion is a birthday dinner (mine) and I am having trouble deciding which of these choices is best for my husband and I this weekend. We have been to neither restaurant and I was certain that Osteria was my preference because I love italian food, have wanted eat there since before it opened (been to and LOVED Vetri), and need a good excuse to venture up to N Broad but I am now having second thoughts. Bibou sounds wonderful in terms of food, service and location (walkable from our house) and has the benefit of being a BYO, which sits well with my with my wine-loving husband (who still bristles at the markups at PA restaurants after 4 years here).

At the risk of asking you to compare apples and oranges, which would you choose and why?

Thanks in advance for any insights and advice!

Jul 06, 2009
PhillyLaura in Pennsylvania

Looking for tea in CC Philly

Try Steap on 18th between Chestnut and Walnut

Jan 06, 2009
PhillyLaura in Pennsylvania

Only Time for One Philly Hoagie -- Which One?

DiNic's Roast Pork with provolone and greens (spinach or rabe, your choice) at Reading Terminal Market. Add a soft, straight out of the oven pretzel from Fisher's. Yum

Apr 18, 2008
PhillyLaura in Pennsylvania

Saturday Night Dinner for 7 in CC Phila - BYO possible?

We have a friends/family coming from out of town next Saturday. This is somewhat last minute, but I am hoping we can get a reservation at a BYO for dinner. The ideal place would have excellent food, be priced at no more than $35-$40 pp, possibly have outside seating, tolerate some boisterousness (i.e., be "fun" for a small crowd), and be walking distance from queen village (2nd st/Catherine). We took 2 members of the group to Cochon previously and loved it, so that is a possibility (tho no outdoor seating, and I'd like to branch out). We'd be willing to cab it if the right place was across town, and might consider a non-byo that was fun/good food and walkable.

Is this an impossible dream? Where would you go? Any suggestions?

Apr 18, 2008
PhillyLaura in Pennsylvania