March 9-15, 2006
304 South St., 215-925-4053This week marks the introduction of Pontiac's brand-new steak house menu. Look out for the all-under-$20 New York strip, double-cut pork chop and filet plates; Note the hearty salmon, swordfish and tuna steak choices as well. For those who fear change: They're still serving stuff off the old menu. Now eat flesh, pansies. Bite This: Seeking meaty goodness? The 16-ounce Southwestern rub cowboy steak is your best bet.
2001 Hamilton St., 215-569-1667Back in January, FF reported that this new-to-America Japanese franchise would debut in the latter part of that month. Owner Jake Takahashi ran into some construction snags, which delayed the opening until tomorrow. Takahashi plans to open four more Japanese restaurants in Greater Philly, including a second Goji in the fall. Bite This: The Japanese tonkatsu is made with black hog, which is like pig prime rib. So much meat this week.
Nineteen, an American Brasserie,
Park Hyatt at The Bellevue, 200 S. Broad St., 19th floor, 215-893-1234Right now, Nineteen is 66 percent there. The swank-for-daytime bar is open for business, and the dining room will come out to play on March 20. OK, so it's not fully Now Seating, but gimme a break. You can still, you know, sit there. Bite This: Fresh pecan rolls are a Nineteen highlight. I bet they totally follow those mysterious high-altitude baking rules.
122 S. 18th St.Owner/head chef Albert Paris of Zanzibar Blue plans to open this "Asian pub" by mid-April. For now, it's reading like the most inspired Frank Lloyd Wright napkin sketch ever: Bar and tabletops are wrought from 300-year-old wood, and there's an iridized stone mosaic on the walls. Rittenhousers will swoon over the unpretentious "Asian soul" cuisine. Bite This: The hand-ground "monsoon burger" is served on a home-baked sesame kaiser roll and topped with Paris' own seasoning, a tempura Vidalia onion and super-special ketchup.
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