The restaurants that put Dan Stern on our culinary map—Gayle and Rae—may now be closed, but this new pub in West Philly keeps his vision alive: The wide-ranging menu (with snacks and starters, shellfish, specials, sandwiches and mixed grills) is reminiscent of Rae, while the cheeky menu items (like the “pig wings”—deep-fried pork shoulder chunks tossed in a tangy sauce) are pure Gayle. Some dishes are a bit heavy on salt and sauce—which, of course, is just what you want when the beer is flowing. Insider tip: Get a group of 10 to 14 friends together for one of Stern’s communal dinners, to feast on suckling pig ($900) or a decadent lobster spread ($1,100).
What is not to love about Mid-Atlantic? House-made everything...a committment to buying local (from urban farms, no less) and a nice vibe. The price point is fair, the portions decent in size, and best of all, everything is very flavorful. My sole recommendation would be a better wine list with some well-sourced LI North Fork and Finger Lakes quality wines. That would be most appropriate to the name and the mid-Atlantic focus. The drinks are wonderful, though, and the food fantastic. Posted by Jean: Aug. August 16th, 2011 at 3:00 PM
I have had the pleasure of experiencing the service and culinary delights of MidAtlantic four times. The service is consitentally excellent with the waiters really contributing to your dining experience. The food is very original - I loved the crab scrapple and butterscotch bread pudding! The atmosphere is delightful. I'll continue to be a big fan of MidAtlantic! Posted by Tony: May. May 26th, 2010 at 11:46 AM