Thursday, December 23, 2010

Here's just the top 10 but please do check out #35!
1. Blackfish Conshohocken | New American
Yes, it’s a BYOB. And yes, it’s in Conshy.

2. Vetri Midtown Village | Italian
As Marc Vetri and Jeff Benjamin continue to expand their Italian-restaurant empire, their original 13-year-old fine-dining.

3. Bibou Bella Vista | French
Pierre Calmels’s cooking is as heartfelt as his wife Charlotte’s warm hospitality at this very tiny, very Gallic BYOB.

4. Bistrot La Minette Queen Village | French
Polished service, chef-owner Peter Woolsey’s superior food and a dreamy, authentically Parisian atmosphere make this hidden Queen Village spot.

5. Lacroix Rittenhouse Square | New American
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Creative plates, flawless execution.

6. Osteria Fairmount | Italian
There’s still so much to love about Jeff Michaud’s cooking at this evergreen Italian outpost on North Broad-Vetri-quality pastas, perfect pizzas.

7. Fish Rittenhouse Square | Seafood
Mike Stollenwerk’s Little Fish sequel gives him room to craft even bigger and more baroque flavors around his namesake ingredient.

8. Oyster House Center City | Seafood
Everyone loves a comeback, and the return of Sansom Street’s Oyster House, under its original owners, the Mink family, is a knockout.

9. Fountain Restaurant Center City | Continental
It’s not reinventing the wheel, because it is the wheel. In an era when so few proper fine-dining restaurants.

10. Barbuzzo Midtown Village | Mediterranean
Chef-owner Marcie Turney and partner Valerie Safran have hit the sweet spot here, with decor (sophisticated farmhouse), food (lip-smacking

35. Parc Rittenhouse Square | French
You’re not coming here for the food – although it’s perfectly respectable. You’re coming here for the people-watching, the ambience, the other words, all the reasons you usually go to a great Stephen Starr restaurant. Drink this: The basilicum cocktail (vodka over muddled cucumber and basil). It’s a salad and a drink, so it’s practically health food. Don’t miss: Anything from the pastry department – baguettes, the buttery tomato tarte, profiteroles. Fun fact: On a weekend day in fine weather, the restaurant serves up to 1,700 guests. If only: All of the food here were as craveable as the bread products. 227 South 18th Street, 215-545 2262,

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