Passion Points: Food/Wine
You asked: “We will be in Philadelphia the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving. Any suggestions for casual lunches and not too fancy dinner two nights?”
Here are some restaurants that are open for lunch and dinner:
Rae At the Cira Centre, 2929 Arch Street 215-922-3839 www.raerestaurant.com
Situated in an open, airy space in the Cira Centre, Rae was named one of the best new restaurants of 2007 by Esquire. The lunch menu includes dishes like garlic shrimp with escarole and white beans, or chicken, prosciutto and fontina panini. For dinner, you might have braised short ribs or sautéed turbot.
Brasserie Perrier 1619 Walnut Street 215-568-3000 www.brasserieperrier.com
Chef George Perrier’s Mediterranean bistro is a favorite of Daniel Boulud. It offers a lunch prix fixe with entrees like duck confit and crispy sea bass, and a dinner menu with homemade pasta and grilled seafood.
707 707 Chestnut Street; 215-922-7770; www.707restaurant.com
Located in the Washington Square area and open all day (11:30 am to 10 p.m.), 707 specializes in American comfort food: thin crust pizzas, free-range chicken breast with Yukon gold mashed potatoes, pan-seared salmon with portabella mushrooms, as well as a range of salads and small plates.
Tinto 114 South 20th Street; 215-665-9150; www.tintorestaurant.com
The latest restaurant from chef Jose Garces, who also owns the popular Andalusian tapas bar Anada, Tinto offers traditional Basque cuisine with a variety of wines by the glass. Dishes, served tapas style, include: fava beans with caramelized pearl onions, morel mushrooms with asparagus, sea bass with salsa verde, and rack of lamb with artichoke puree.
Bistro St. Tropez 2400 Market Street, 4th floor, Marketplace Design Center; 215-569-9269; www.bistrosttropez.com
At this French bistro with city views, chef Patrice Rames executes both bistro standards (moules marinières) and such casual fare as a grilled swordfish sandwich with roasted tomato and herb goat cheese.
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