A funky bistro whose idea of comfort food is black cod with ginger, sweet potato mash and crispy long beans, West Philly’s Rx (say it “R.X.”) is the new canteen for yuppies and Penn professors who’ve moved into the neighborhood in recent years. Owner Greg Salisbury, who’s worked at the Ritz-Carlton in Philadelphia, poured his life savings into converting this former drugstore into a nouveau American restaurant, painstakingly preserving a mahogany display case that runs the full length of one side.
I took my wife to Rx this week because we've been looking for more restaurants who get their meat, dairy and eggs from what we'd consider "ethically treated animals". We're used to making small exceptions in quality but Rx proved to us that we need make no exceptions. It is my new favorite restaurant in the city. I know the small space and quaint set up, utilizing the old apothecary décor, will not please everyone but I found it lovely- a fitting setting to sit down with a great bottle of wine and enjoy the best meal I've had this year.
We each sampled each others choices and I suggest you do the same. The Mussels were better than monks, the Tamal de pollo tasted straight from Guatemala, the skate melted in my mouth overwhelming me with flavor and the parsley pesto Steak, while incredible; it would be an insult to the chef if I were to discuss it without mentioning the bacony greens and rich risotto which I would have taken as a full entrée sans steak. Luckily we did have steak though, as this Rx is made with ethically treated animal products. Dessert was decadent- 200 word limit Posted by Anthony: Jul. July 30th, 2009 at 9:20 AM