Twelve Philadelphia Restaurants Make OpenTable Best Restaurants List

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Today, OpenTable revealed its Top 100 restaurants “fit for foodies” in America. The list was determined by OpenTable’s analysis of more than five million reviews of more than 20,000 restaurants across the country. The list includes twelve restaurants from Philadelphia, the second most restaurants from one city, only Portland, Oregon had more.

The list includes a high concentration of restaurants from California, Oregon and Pennsylvania but not as many from traditional restaurant cities like Chicago (five restaurants), Los Angeles (five), New York (four) and San Francisco (one).

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Fond Turns Five

Opening night at Fond's current location.

Opening night at Fond’s current location.

Hard to believe that Fond is already five years old. But when you figure they’ve already moved, added a liquor license, a marriage and a baby, it’s kind of hard to believe it has only been five years.

Join Lee Styer, his wife Jesse Prawlucki and partner Tory Keomanivong at their East Passyunk restaurant as they celebrate this milestone by offering a Sparkling Celebration Cocktail and bar snacks for just $5 all week.

The Fond team has also rolled out their late summer menu complete with rock shrimp ceviche, heirloom tomato salad and skate wing with corn risotto.

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Georges Perrier at Fond for Bastille Day

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On Monday, July 14th, Fond is hosting the legendary Georges Perrier, as he and chef Lee Styer prepare a collaborative dinner. The five-course menu will feature Perrier’s classic French cuisine in celebration of Bastille Day.

Reservations are limited, as there will only be one seating at 7 p.m., so call now. The five-course dinner is $90 and there is also an optional wine pairing. 

Bastile Day Menu with Georges Perrier (PDF)

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Fond Shows Off Its New Spring Menu

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Lee Styer has rolled out his spring 2014 menu at Fond. The East Passyunk eatery’s menu now offers signs of spring like yellowfin tuna crudo with mango, cilantro, yogurt, jicama and plantains as well as beef sirloin served with roasted beets, farro, goat cheese and sauce Bordelaise.

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The Noord/Fond Passyunk Pig Dinner

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You’d think with the amount of restaurants jammed onto East Passyunk, there’d be a less familial approach between owners. But Passyunk is proud, and they are proud together—the competition is never hostile. So when Joncarl Lachman and Bob Moysan came into town, they joined the Passyunk family, and Fond, right across the street, welcomed them with open arms. The hugging hasn’t stopped since.

To wit: On January 27th, they’ll be cooperatively bringing in a giant Gloucester Old Spot (that’s a kind of pig) and they’ll let you choose your own adventure…

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New Food and Drink Menus at Fond

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Fond Night, Crayola SuperTips on paper – By Mundie Art

Fond is debuting its new food and drink menus for fall. Among the appetizer highlights; escargot with bacon, apple and butternut squash and crispy veal sweetbreads with sweet and sour eggplants and yogurt. This seasons risotto, which if you’re in the know, you know is a must order, is with truffle, maitake and hazelnut. For main courses, the sea scallops with fregola sarda, summer squash and piquillo pepper stand out, as does the pork belly with Okinawan sweet potatoes, escarole and Dijon jus.

The cocktail list is also revamped for fall. The spiced pumpkin martini sounds of the season but we’re probably ordering The Southern (Bulleit bourbon, Averna Amaro and Port) first.

In addition to a la carte, Fond offers two tasting menu options. Five courses for $57 (wine pairing for $25) or seven courses for $67 (wine pairing for $30).

Fond Fall 2013 Food Menu (PDF)
Fond Fall 2013 Drink Menu (PDF)

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Fond Has a New Summer Menu

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Fond posted on Facebook last night that Lee Styer would be rolling out a new summer menu starting today. But since that was probably posted somewhere east of Broad Street, Facebook said it was posted near Camden. Which is technically correct but manages to piss me off everytime I see it.

What doesn’t piss me off is Lee Styer nor Fond. So without further ado, the latest from the Passyunk Avenue restaurant.

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Craig LaBan Re-Reviews Fond

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Craig LaBan decides to revisit Lee Styer’s Fond since it has moved and added a liquor license. What he finds is that the marginally bigger restaurant still delivers in big ways.

We had only one real clunker course: a thin and one-dimensional foie gras soup. The special just lacked spark – especially beside his stunning appetizer of crisply seared foie, warm and creamy over cool carrots in gingery caramel with cardamom-spiced cream cheese sauce.

That indulgence was in perfect contrast to the elegance of tuna crudo tiled over piquillo peppers with a white miso aioli, or the beautifully browned swordfish over ivory vichyssoise sauce with tart bursts of grapefruit, bitter watercress, and the salty pop of paddlefish roe. Big, gorgeous sea scallops channeled a Spanish mood over saffron paella rice with smoky chorizo. And the chicken, roasted on the carcass before being deboned and finished with duck-fat-braised Savoy cabbage, was excellent.

Three Bells – Excellent

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