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your best dining experience of 2009?

what was your favorite dining experience this year?

favorite dish?

favorite drink? 

new foods tried?

other:  

Re: your best dining experience of 2009?

  • what was your favorite dining experience this year?

    hands down Le Bec Fin. I went there for the first time and it was amazing. 

    favorite dish? tie between the cheese and dessert cart there. 

    favorite drink?

    james-hattan at James was my fav of 2009 

    new foods tried? Pho! and i love it

    other:  

    I am happy that the Ugly American is still around, after a scare, and their steak is still awesome.

    la forna still has my favorite shrimp scampi in the city.

    the bellevue is my favorite 'space' so pretty!

    lazy brunch sundays at the cantina this summer were a great time. 

    glad sushi planet opened on 3rd and bainbridge. very cool twists, good too, and friendly staff.  

  • what was your favorite dining experience this year? Osteria

    favorite dish? Salt & Pepper Shrimp - Vietnam

    favorite drink? still good ole pinot gris

    new foods tried? Wabbit

    other:  I just ate at Butcher & Singer for lunch, really want to try for dinner sometime. The Butcher salad was great.

  • what was your favorite dining experience this year? Majolica; each of the 3 times we dined.

    favorite dish? Most recently, the Cassoulet they had on Majolica's menu was to.die.for. ***eta: with duck confit, which I had never tasted***

    favorite drink?  Beer. Good, strong, dark beer. Like an Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout or B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Imperial Oatmeal Stout.

    new foods tried? More vegetables than I can ever name because of our summer and winter participation in CSAs.  Kohilrabi, radishes, mache, turnips.  See above re: the cassoulet.

    other:  I'm very proud of my cooking skills and my ability to be creative and unafraid to prepare veggies I have never tasted before b/c of our CSA. I think we started eating better foods in '09 and expanded our horizons greatly.

  • new foods tried? More vegetables than I can ever name because of our summer and winter participation in CSAs.  Kohilrabi, radishes, mache, turnips. 

     oh! yes this. me too. it was the summer of kale and weirdo dinosaur looking leafy greens! 


  • what was your favorite dining experience this year? Vetri. 

    favorite dish? Halibut on a zucchini fritter, from Vetri. 

    favorite drink? Calvados Sidecar from Parc.  Root.

    new foods tried? I tried foie gras a couple more times, still no go.

    other:  really good meatball sandwich from Pastrami and things.  Welcome Slice pizza into my world.  I need more chinatown.

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  • what was your favorite dining experience this year? We just went to Butcher & Singer on Saturday, it was awesome.

    favorite dish? Oddly enough, I had the best gnocchi ever at a casino in West Virginia.  Nothing has yet to compare (and I've tried).

    favorite drink? My favorite new drink this year: Pineapple martini from RedStone, my favorite overall: tequila, anything with tequila.

    new foods tried? Too many new ones to recall

    other:  Jessh has expanded my city dining significantly, so thanks to her.

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  • fun!

    favorite dish? "crack rolls" from Chifa, B&S burger/Village Whiskey burger, and hummus from Zahav

    favorite drink? new for me in '09 was the "filthy goose" - extra dirty grey goose vodka martini, heavy on the olives.

    new foods tried? Chicken korma @ Indebleu. 

    other: cannot wait for all the new places in "midtown village" to open in 2010.

  • what was your favorite dining experience this year? Amada for our anniversary (for a fancy meal) or L'Angolo (for casual italian)

    favorite dish? I ate so much at Amada I can't remember (but I loved everything).

    favorite drink? vodka tonics

    new foods tried? Don't laugh, but I drank coffee for the first time this year (I'm a tea drinker). I would sometimes take sips of other people's coffees, but I started ordering my own. I load it with milk and sugar and caramel, but it was still a new thing for me.

    Grilled romaine is also something new I tried. I never thought to grill my lettuce but it ended up being my favorite summer meal.

    other:  

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    what was your favorite dining experience this year? We just went to Butcher & Singer on Saturday, it was awesome.

    Oh good! I couldn't remember when you were going, but I'm glad you liked it!

  • what was your favorite dining experience this year? I would have to say Butcher & Singer, back in January with my girlfriends.

    favorite dish? Filet from B&S. Outside of Philly, there was a restaurant on our honeymoon that had the most phenomenal mussels in red sauce. Mmm.

    favorite drink? I'm with Pfeif - the pineapple infused vodka martini at Redstone Grill.

    new foods tried? I tried bone marrow at Distrito.

    other: My list of restaurants continues to expand at a faster rate than I can actually cross any of them out. Oh, and Del Friscos sucked over the weekend. Don't go there.

  • I'm assuming we're giving Philly answers because I went to San Francisco, Berkeley and Napa in August and could really give some off the wall answers (Chez Panisse, Bouchon Bakery...almost accidentally ate pig's blood at dim sum!) 

     In Philly, however...

    what was your favorite dining experience this year? DIning outdoors with our dog at Fond the week that it opened.  Awesome food, awesome vibe, awesome wine.  Loved everything about it.

    favorite dish? I could eat Vietnam's char grilled chicken over vermicelli every single day.  Otherwise, probably the sweet corn risotto at Fond, the brisket sandwich at DiNic's, the char grilled lemony artichokes at l'Angolo, or the tartufo pizza at Stella or maybe even a Wawa hoagie.  I'm not very good at this game :)

    favorite drink? Dirty vodka martini at James with hand stuffed bleu cheese olives

    new foods tried?  Sweetbreads.  No thank you.

    other: I only recently started eating meat, so this has been a carnivorous year for me!

  • what was your favorite dining experience this year? Union Trust

    favorite dish? don't really have one.

    favorite drink? margarita

    new foods tried? not that I can recall

    other:  

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