Wine Dinner at Fitler Dining Room

fitler-dining-room-400Tomorrow, February 5th, Fitler Dining Room is welcoming wine consultant David McDuff for a special four-course wine dinner featuring wines from the Savoie region of France. Before Fitler Dining Room opened, chef Robert Marzinsky toured through France and Savoie  in particular. For this dinner he’ll be highlighting the region’s cuisine with gruyere souffle, musssel cream soup and spiced duck breast. 

There will be two seatings, 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Dinner is $85 per person and includes wine pairings (but not including tax and gratuity).

Reservations are required and can be made by calling 215.732.3331.

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Fitler Dining Room Hosting a Cider Dinner Tonight


Despite the snow, Fitler Dining Room is still hosting its cider dinner tonight with Sam Brouwer of Frecon Farms and Catoctin Creek Distilling.

The four-course dinner will have two seatings (6-6:30 p.m. and 8-8:30 p.m.) and will cost $55 per person. Each course is paired with Frecon Farms cider. Call 215-732-3331 for reservations.

Frecon Cider Dinner Menu (PDF)
Fitler Dining Room [Foobooz]

Tonight: Alla Spina Hosts Fitler Dining Room for Industry Night

marzinsky-kielbasa-squareIt’s a week later than usual this month but Alla Spina is hosting Fitler Dining Room this evening. Fitler chef, Rob Marzinsky will be turning out a Polish feast of kielbasa, pierogies and galumpkis (Polish stuffed cabbage).

Alla Spina’s crew will be turning out a Thanksgiving feast of turkey gobbler sandwiches, sweet potato gratin, soft pretzel stuffing and more.

The drinks will include a tap takeover from Deschutes Brewery and cocktails made from the organic cold-pressed juices of Pure Sweets and Co.

As always, the fun starts at 10 p.m. with the food being free and the drinks being on special. Current pay stub and valid ID are necessary for admittance.

Alla Spina [Foobooz]
Fitler Dining Room [Foobooz]

Fitler Dining Room Expands To Seven Days a Week

Months ago one of the dogs vanished. Now its back and Fitler Dining Room is open seven days a week.

The dogs are back in front of Fitler Dining Room.

Fitler Dining Room at 22nd and Spruce had been open Wednesday through Sunday since the restaurant’s opening. But starting this evening, Rob Marzinsky and company will be serving up his menu seven nights a week.

Also back at Fitler Dining Room, the pair of dog statues. When the restaurant opened the corner door was flanked by two dog statues. But then one went missing. Now we’re happy to see they’ve been reunited.

Fitler Dining Room [f8b8z]

Fitler Dining Room: Ghosts of Dining Rooms Past


Every so often I’m asked how often the opinions of Craig LaBan and Trey Popp differ. Here’s one such case. LaBan heaped the praise on chef Rob Marzinsky and Fitler Dining Room. Trey Popp? Well, not so much.

But when I returned later for a second meal, those hints of magic turned halfway black. First, dynamite buttermilk-sauced beets with crispy maitakes and onion rings—then mealy carrots with a merely fine braised beef cheek. Here were outstanding ginger-sparked oysters; there was a tagliatelle too scarcely sprinkled with peas, nettles and ramps to maintain interest. And the walnut-oiled beef tartare with pickled chanterelles I’d loved before came out this time crudely cut and faintly slimy under a slush of grated raw turnip. It tasted like a punishment.

One-and-a-half stars – Fair to Good

Philadelphia Restaurant Review: Fickle Fare at Fitler Dining Room [Philadelphia Magazine]
Fitler Dining Room [Official Site]

Philadelphia Restaurant Review: Fickle Fare at Fitler Dining Room

Fitler Dining Room restaurant in Philadelphia. Photograph by Jason Varney for the July 2013 issue of Philadelphia magazine.

Some food corners are cursed. A property will pass from owner to owner, concept to concept, and nobody can make it work. Part of succeeding in the restaurant business is steering clear of haunted houses.

But there’s another risk with real estate: the curse of fond memories. And Fitler Dining Room ran into it the minute Dan Clark signed the lease for 2201 Spruce Street. Because this corner’s former tenants—Melograno and Mémé—have saddled the tiny space with outsize expectations.

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Weekend: Memorial Day Edition


Celebrate Johnny Brenda’s reopening after their unfortunate water main break with a local beer.

If you are down the shore this weekend, try to get a table at The Diving Horse in Avalon.

Red Owl Tavern’s Sausage cart debuts today.


Champions League soccer final serves as a good reason to start drinking early.

Consider a BYO dinner at Ants Pants Cafe. Check out the dinner specials.


Enjoy brunch at Fitler Dining Room. Maybe it will be possible to grab a table with everyone leaving the city for the weekend.

Bainbridge Street Barrel House is shutting down Bainbridge Street for their first ever street festival.


Enjoy Memorial Day with brunch at Local 44. Also, take advantage of their cantastic savings all weekend long.

Have a great holiday weekend.

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