I know, the term "gem" is overused, but this little place on 3rd street has great food, well prepared. The menu changes often, but if you like the style you see in their on-line post, chances are you will like what they have on the day you visit. Coming in from the west coast, booking this small downtown restaurant was a long shot. But sometimes long shots do pay off.
Three of us dined together and we all enjoyed sharing. There was a lovely gazpacho with tomato sorbet that I absolutely loved, and I do not normally enjoy any cold soup. There was a gnocchi to die for on the appetizer menu. The scallops were perfectly prepared and delicious. I ordered and enjoyed chicken (which I seldom order) with lavender, honey and herbs.
Heads up, you need to bring your own wine, no license yet, but there is a shop that sells local vineyards right around the corner on Market Street.
Finally, the desserts were terrific. I had the cocoanut rice pudding and it just made my day!
We were on the road for over a week, and this is the best meal and the best prepared meal we had on the whole trip.
The menu is limited, you have to bring your own drinks, but if you have an evening free in Philly, skip the cheesesteak and head over to Bistro 7.