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Fine Food in Philly

Amada Barb

Bar in Amada Restaurant, Philadelphia (photo credit: Amada restaurant)

The Browns are gathering in Philadelphia this weekend to celebrate the wedding of Julia – the daughter of our dear friends Ellen and Lundy Pentz –  and Barry Katz.  Claire arrives from the west coast late tonight, while Andrew arrives mid-day tomorrow, after recovering from the adrenaline rush of attending tonight’s Beyoncé concert in Baltimore.  (Can we say “excited?!”)

That left Candice and me to our own devices today.  Naturally, we found some fine Philadelphia food.

Julia and Barry had included Chef Jose Garces’ Amada restaurant in their list of recommended places to eat near the hotel.  We checked out the web site and jumped on it.  Here’s the site’s description of Chef Garces:

“Since opening Amada in Philadelphia in 2005, Chef Jose Garces has emerged as an enormous talent and one of the nation’s most gifted chefs and restaurateurs. Today, he is the owner and operator of more than a dozen restaurants across the country, plus a thriving event planning division and 40-acre Luna Farm. He is a 2009 winner of the James Beard Foundation’s prestigious “Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic” award and one of only a few chefs in the country to hold the coveted title of Iron Chef. “

We love new takes on traditional tapas, and Amada didn’t disappoint.

Roasted Eggplant

Berenjenas (Roasted Eggplant, Whipped Goat Cheese, Raisin Escabeche) at Amada

Candice and I are big fans of small plates, because when it comes to food we share just about everything.  Tonight we sampled six of Amada’s tapas, including the delicious Berenjenas (roasted eggplant), octopus (with potatoes and chorizo), and Gambas Al Ajillo (or Garlic Shrimp). 

Garlic shrimp

Garlic shrimp

We felt very virtuous after walking ten blocks to-and-from the restaurant on a glorious summer evening. So virtuous, in fact, that we went to the “Bank and Bourbon” bar in our hotel for a nightcap!

Philly – located between the twin “mountains of conceit” that are New York and Washington – is often overlooked in the discussion of places to enjoy.  But Amada’s reminded us once again that there is some fine food in Philly.

More to come…


This entry was posted in: Family, Heritage Travel, Random DJB Thoughts


I am David J. Brown (hence the DJB) and I originally created this personal blog more than ten years ago as a way to capture photos and memories from a family vacation. After the trip was over I simply continued writing. Over the years the blog has changed to have a more definite focus aligned with my interest in places that matter, reading well, roots music, and more. My professional background is as a national nonprofit leader with a four-decade record of growing and strengthening organizations at local, state, and national levels. This work has been driven by my passion for connecting people in thriving, sustainable, and vibrant communities.

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