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Reporting third-hand:

Everything was great, very fresh, big crispy asparagus in a light tempura, great tomatoes on the burrata salad, the chili dog was loaded and delicious. The setting was very chic, a great place for ladies to lunch after a morning and afternoon spent at various hotel pools (nice view at the Doubletree, I hear).

Varga Bar Official Site

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matt o'hara

finding philly

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Looks good!

Varga Bar is brought to you by the folks who run Valanni and Mercato. If Valanni is, as I maintain, a "gay bar on the DL," then this is its "straight" cousin. Needless to say, the owners don't observe these distinctions - everyone's welcome at both establishments.

Think I need to schedule a visit soon.

Sandy Smith, Exile on Oxford Circle, Philadelphia

"95% of success in life is showing up." --Woody Allen

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Went to Varga a couple weeks ago with some girlfriends on a Friday night. We ordered some apps and a few glasses of wine.

The space is awesome - very open and airy. However, I'm not sure how it's going to work once the cold weather hits - the indoor part of the restaurant is pretty small.

I second the onion rings....they would have been fabulous with the sauce on the side. The sliders were juicy and good, if a bit over-cooked for my taste (definitely more on the medium-well side). The crab fries were a hit - crispy skin-on fries with big lumps of crab on the cheese topping.

I can see Varga being a frequent stop for those nights when you just want some nibbles and a beverage. Still need to go back and investigate the bar/cocktail offerings more thoroughly.

Sarah Fernandez aka "mssurgeon81"

Philadelphia, PA

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Second on those sliders. They're very tasty. Well chosen, albeit small wine by the glass list too. And I'm fussy about those things. :wink:

I definitely need to get back and check this place out again soon. This seems a great alternative for the late night nibble and Big Girl Drink.

Katie M. Loeb
Booze Muse, Spiritual Advisor

Author: Shake, Stir, Pour:Fresh Homegrown Cocktails

Cheers!
Bartendrix,Intoxicologist, Beverage Consultant, Philadelphia, PA
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