A recent dish at Conshohocken’s Blackfish | Photo via Blackfish
In years past, there always seemed to be a few suburban spots we could depend on to crack our list of the best restaurants in Philly—places that were worth the drive and the time it took to step outside the echo chamber of Philly’s urban restaurant scene.
This year, though, was tougher. We lost a couple places that were always solid, saw some brave, pioneering chefs looking outside the more traditional restaurant neighborhoods, and decided that while not really strong enough yet to deserve a full list of its own, the suburban scene was sufficiently interesting to stand slightly apart from the main catalog of the 50 Best Restaurants.
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Australian black truffles.
Need we say more?
Tuesday, August 26th, Blackfish invites you to their Australian Black Truffle Dinner. The tasting menu is comprised of four dishes featuring the prized ingredient. Guests will start with duck and truffle rillettes, followed by truffle dumpling, albacore and truffle ballontine and finish with beef and truffle parfait.
The dinner, curated by chef and owner Chip Roman with the help of chef de cuisine, Yianni Arhontoulis is $65 per person.
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The search term Downton Abbey regularly brings Googlers to Foobooz. It’s all because of a Downton Abbey dinner party that chef/owner Chip Roman threw last February at Blackfish in Conshohocken. On Sunday nights the traffic to the page skyrockets, often pushing the story back into the Most Popular Foobooz stories box. It even tricked our Social Media team, which posted the Downton Abbey dinner post this past Monday as if it were new. People immediately started calling Blackfish looking to book their table.
There was enough of a groundswell that Roman has decided to bring back the event. On Monday, February 24th. The dinner will be similar to last year and the price will be $100 per head.
To reserve your table, call Blackfish promptly at 610-397-0888.
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Are you just a huge fan of the movie A Christmas Story? On Christmas Eve, Chip Roman’s Blackfish is hosting a dinner inspired by the classic holiday movie. All the dishes served from “Flick’s Frozen Tongue” (corned veal tongue) to “Don’t Forget Your Ovaltine” (Ovaltine mousse) are clearly inspired by the movie. The dinner is $55 per person and hopefully the Bumpus hounds don’t get to the turkey before you do.
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Photo by Samuel Markey.
Back in the day Conshohocken’s Blackfish offered lunch with a much-praised burger. Beginning tomorrow lunch returns to Chip Roman’s BYOB. And yes, there’s a burger on the menu. In fact there are two of them. Other highlights include French onion soup, chicken pot pie, roasted skate and four salads.
Lunch is offered Tuesday through Friday.
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Last week, culinary pioneer, chef and restaurateur Charlie Trotter passed away. We’ve already seen a special meal at Will over the weekend and it looks like we’ll see some more commemorative dinners this week.
Matyson is dedicating its weekly tasting menu to the Chicago restaurateur. Tonight through Thursday the “Grand Finale Tribute to Charlie Trotter will be offered for $45 per person.
Chip Roman, who first heard about Charlie Trotter when he was 19 and working in Marc Vetri’s kitchen is hosting a special tribute dinner tomorrow, November 12th. Roman bought all of Trotter’s books which he says were “very out of my league at the time.” But tomorrow he looks to heed Trotter’s advice about balance in his special $45 per person dinner at Conshohocken’s Blackfish.
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Blackfish is offering lobster for Halloween | Photo by Samuel Markey.
Chip Roman’s Blackfish and Mica as well as Ben Puchowitz’s Matyson are offering up special Halloween themed menus this week.
At Blackfish the menu is all about lobster. And if lobster doesn’t scare you, maybe the vampire squid will. No? OK, how about the price? $45 for a four-course lobster tasting dinner? Nope, ok maybe Blackfish isn’t so scary.
At Mica it’s a foie gras-centric menu. Ewww, liver. No? Not scared? Well at least the Hanibal Lector first course and bloody beet ravioli fit the season.
Matyson is going with a Franken-food theme. Puchowitz and his staff are combining unusual ingredients to make winning combinations. Eating anything named “Fnocchi” takes some bravery.
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Soft shells with shoshito and honey at Stateside
We here at Foobooz World Headquarters have a soft spot for soft shell crabs. Some might get bummed out by the thought of biting through a shell, devouring a whole animal and all that. But us, we love the idea of crabby taste without the hustle or frustration of shucking anything. And softshell season is officially upon us. The delicious creatures have been showing up on more menus around town over recent days.
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You a fan of Downton Abbey? Or maybe just enamored of turn-of-the-last-century England with all its frills, stately manors and crippling class system? Or perhaps you just really have a taste for sweet pea veloute and a floating island for dessert.
In any event, if any of those descriptions apply to you, you’re gonna want to mark off Sunday, February 24 on your calendar because that’s the day that Blackfish in Conshohocken will be hosting an ambitious 7-course Downton Abbey-themed dinner that’s being pitched as a haute 1920’s garden party. According to chef Chip Roman: ““I want a guest to feel like an invitee to a Crawley garden party, to expect haute-service and cuisine reflective of that time, and to dine like a wealthy patron who frequented gatherings at estates like Downton Abbey. It’s about capturing the spirit of such a feast. The music, the dress of our staff, and the plating will harken back to the ‘20s, when prosperity in technology, industry and lifestyle reigned.”
Okay, that actually sounds just bonkers enough to be cool. And the menu is pretty killer, too, with at least a couple dishes represented that you might never see cooked again in your lifetime. Check out the full board after the jump.
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50 Best Restaurants will be in the January issue of Philadelphia magazine, hitting newsstands on Wednesday, December 26th.