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  1. I say Zahav to Southwark to Capogiro, for the full compare-and-contrast effect - and to see the comical look of excruciating agony on the wrist-disabled bartenders' faces!
  2. Second Vedge, which also has a really good wine list. How's this for geek cred: three La Clarine bottlings on the list, including a white available by the glass; a Pineau d'Aunis, also by the glass. And the list's sweet-spot is around $55-$60, which for Philly is practically free!
  3. Are you coming into town? I'm working in can't-muck-about mode, but if you guys are planning on serious drinking after midnight, let me know, I could probably swing a nightcap...
  4. I hope you can, because that's my plan as well. As far as I can tell, that's the only payment method as of now.
  5. I'd like to attend the meals, Zahav, RTM, Han, but probably not the tours. If I'm still in time, that is. Have actual times been set? Didn't see any on a quick browse of the thread...
  6. No more a lawyer than you, but... A lease, like any contract, lays out each party's rights and obligations. Each tenant has a right to expect the landlord to respect their rights as specified, and to meet the landlord's obligations. But no-one gets any say on whether or not you go above and beyond those. In other words, the Market cannot short-change a tenant, but I think they can give preferential treatment, as long as that does not impinge on other tenants' rights. I imagine that can get murky, though: marketing Ochs could be argued to work against Martin's or Giunta's interests, for instance.
  7. I think management's obligation is to maintain, if possible improve, the identity of the market, as a market. It's not a museum, and individual merchants are not objets d'art, prized in themselves. Last time around, we ended up with a better market, as Fair Food Farmstand greatly expanded its offerings, replacing a very average cheesesteak vendor - and as it turned out, others filled in that loss more than competently. And to me, that means management did their job (albeit largely accidentally). This time, we lost one of several butchers, and one who obviously was failing to reach market-goers. It isn't fair to the merchants who are succeeding to have Ochs be subsidized - because all you suggest would have been a subsidy, in one form or another. And I find it hard to see what we lost - longevity in and of itself isn't terribly valuable to me.
  8. For leftover sandwiches, my hands-down favorite would be a Muffuleta from the Khyber, assuming you have the ability to toast it the next morning. I think I actually prefer it that way. I really like their take on NOLa food overall, even if it's not Philadelphia-native. I went there soon after a recent trip to New Orleans, and I thought their po-boys stacked up nicely against Johnny's, which are supposedly among the better ones down there. Other than that toasted Muffuleta, I think it's generally true that the bread on any sandwich is going to suffer for the wait: even if it doesn't get soggy, it'll lose its snap a bit. The only places I can think of that will feed you at that time are Pat's and Geno's, which I can't in good conscience recommend: I understand the anthropological argument, but no-one has ever asked me to eat Lascaux cave paintings.
  9. John's is the only cheesesteak I've ever actively liked - otherwise, I'm far into the roast pork camp. As for most of the more popular stands, I've only ever been able to understand them as nostalgia food: people love them because they have great memories attached. Same category as most mass-market candy.
  10. How do you figure, Holly? I'm a longtime La Colombe fan (the comment about motor oil pretty much summarizes my feelings about this Third Wave nonsense), but I spotted no dis from the LaBan. In fact, even the subjects seemed mostly respectful, if defiant.
  11. I'd say the Monday dinners are a great introduction to Han Dinasty, and Sichuan food in general: you get to try a boatload of stuff, find out what you like really fast, and don't need a second mortgage to do it. But I'll agree that I'd rather go with a smaller group (even if I did eat for two weeks on $25, last time I did the Monday dinner...), and find new things on Han's say-so.
  12. Bibou is already at an extremely high level: Charlotte handles a room as well as anyone I've ever seen, and that's a lot of pretty good people. But Bibou can't be Le Bec-Fin because, well, Bibou isn't Le Bec. Completely different restaurant, completely different service paradigm. I had my seminal food moment at LBF, and some of my greatest dining experiences in the intervening years. I'll miss the place, and I regret not having gone more often. Maybe I still can.
  13. Yeah, that's just crazy talk: there's no way they have any crack left after they make the goat tacos and the empanadas!
  14. And did these arrangements involve a pecuniary consideration?
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