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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Dining Room at Mica
Mica and Meritage have posted their tasting menus for the week and it’s a (sea)foodies dream. Make your reservations now and let the feasting begin.
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Photo by Samuel Markey
In 2014, getting brunch at Mica is going to be a lot easier. in 2013, Mica participated in Chestnut Hill’s Second Sunday food and shopping events but now the Germantown Avenue restaurant will be open every Saturday and Sunday for brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Expect brunch standards like eggs benedict, fritattas and pancakes. For something different, check out the spaghetti carbonara with applewood smoked bacon, parmesan cheese, black pepper and topped with a fried egg.
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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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Photo by Samuel Markey
Each week, Mica does a mid-week tasting menu and this one grabbed our attention because it is all about lobster. The four-course lobster tasting is available today through Friday for $45 per person.
And this Sunday is also Chestnut Hill’s Second Sunday promotion where shopping, strolling and brunching is on the agenda. Mica is one of about a dozen restaurants that participate. Check out Mica’s brunch menu here.
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Yes, we still have some time before the first episode of the new season of Top Chef, featuring Nick Elmi, Jason Cichonski and a bunch of other people who aren’t from Philly.
But for those of you out there who just can’t wait, we thought it might be nice to offer up a bit of history–a way for you to get a handle on our two hometown chefs and maybe come to understand, once the show starts, why this one is freaking out over his pork chops or why that one is doing that thing to that scallop. To that end, we’ve assembled a Six Pack of places where the two chefs trained, rose to prominence, made names for themselves or, in the case of Jason Cichonski, are still currently cooking (Elmi is unemployed at the moment, but working on opening his first restaurant–Laurel on East Passyunk).
It would make a helluva restaurant crawl. Or maybe something to do on the weekend before Top Chef premiers. But we’re not telling you how to live your life…
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This Sunday, July 14th, Chestnut Hill invites you to take a leisurely stroll through its charming neighborhood filled with boutique shops, art galleries, museums, theater and arboretums. It’s all a part of Chestnut Hill’s monthly Second Sunday and restaurants and retailers along Germantown Avenue are participating with special brunch promotions, events and entertainment. And there is pleny of free parking available.
Twelve Chestnut Hill restaurants are offering brunch including Mica, Iron Hill, Heirloom and Campbell’s Place.
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Hurry, the snails are coming. That’s right: on Wednesday, May 22nd and Thursday, May 23rd Mica in Chestnut Hill is hosting an Escargot tasting menu. For $45 patrons can dig into a four-course escargot extravaganza.
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Here’s Georges Perrier in the kitchen at Mica. Perrier has taken over Chip Roman’s kitchen all week.