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Old 02-22-2013, 06:50 PM
 
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I always thought Le Bec Fin or Fountain Restaurant or Lacroix were the finest restaurants in Philadelphia.

Elsewhere in PA at the Nemacolin Resort you can dine at Lautrec or Aqueous.

However, a recent survey called The 101 Best Restaurants in America 2013 chose:

# 76) Zahav, Philadelphia
A "modern Israeli" restaurant in Philadelphia? Just what does that entail? A melting pot of Middle Eastern and Central European cuisines, woven together with a fine hand into a feast of flavors.

# 33) Vetri, Philadelphia
In this little jewel box of a place, chef Marc Vetri offers diners sophisticated, hand-crafted Italian and Italianate specialties .


Are these two places really the best?
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Old 02-22-2013, 06:53 PM
 
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Word to the wise: Never put much stock in these endless random lists and rankings by attention-hungry websites and publications.
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Old 02-22-2013, 07:07 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia,New Jersey, NYC!
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the two places anthony bourdain visited..hmmm
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Old 02-22-2013, 07:54 PM
 
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I love them both.
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Old 02-22-2013, 09:02 PM
 
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Default Zahav menu

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Originally Posted by newmarlig View Post
I love them both.
The review for Zahav mentions

Starters
hummus and house-baked laffa flatbread or
persimmon salad with Bulgarian feta and olives or
house-smoked sable with challah and fried egg, then sample

Entrees
ground lamb kebabs with pistachios and turnips,
braised beef cheeks with chestnuts and pumpkin rice, or
crispy branzino with braised chickpeas and okra.

Desert
almond semifreddo,
cardamom-vanilla custard, or
date and hazelnut rugelach.

Drinks
Israeli Goldstar beer,
imaginative cocktails, and
one of the largest arrays of boutique Israeli wines outside the country itself complete the picture.


Anything to add?
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Old 02-22-2013, 10:56 PM
 
Location: Bridesburg, soon to be Chinatown
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Word to the wise: Never put much stock in these endless random lists and rankings by attention-hungry websites and publications.
Awesome advice! I've found some good places on Yelp, though. If a large majority of reviewers say a place is good, it usually is.
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Old 02-22-2013, 10:58 PM
 
Location: Bridesburg, soon to be Chinatown
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The review for Zahav mentions

Starters
hummus and house-baked laffa flatbread or
persimmon salad with Bulgarian feta and olives or
house-smoked sable with challah and fried egg, then sample

Entrees
ground lamb kebabs with pistachios and turnips,
braised beef cheeks with chestnuts and pumpkin rice, or
crispy branzino with braised chickpeas and okra.

Desert
almond semifreddo,
cardamom-vanilla custard, or
date and hazelnut rugelach.

Drinks
Israeli Goldstar beer,
imaginative cocktails, and
one of the largest arrays of boutique Israeli wines outside the country itself complete the picture.


Anything to add?
How much on average per couple?
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Old 02-23-2013, 07:43 AM
 
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Awesome advice! I've found some good places on Yelp, though. If a large majority of reviewers say a place is good, it usually is.
Yelp is great.
Ground-level reviews that help you make your own decisions, as opposed to random ranking lists made by magazine interns trying to fill space.
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Old 02-23-2013, 07:49 AM
 
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Yelp is great if there are a fair number of reviews. The first ones are usually really high and I always wonder if they are friends of the owners.
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Old 02-23-2013, 08:06 PM
 
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That's true. But you can kind of get a sense of reviews that have an agenda.
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