Kate: Goat Cheese and Leek Tart and Mozzarella and Tomato Baguette
We ventured into Downtown Philly for the afternoon while visiting our friends in Jamison. There were SO many tasty looking places to choose from, but Parc was a personal favorite of Chris's, so that is where we landed for our lunch.
It is located on Rittenhouse Square, so it is a beautiful setting. And, as most of the places in Philly do, the front and sides of the place open up to allow for sidewalk seating as well as to let the fresh air into the place. We, of course, chose an outdoor table, perfectly shaded, and started perusing the menu.
This was another one of those times where I had trouble making up my mind. So many things on this menu sounded delicious. And, unlike what I can get at home, honestly. But, the Mozzarella and Tomato Baguette, though simply, just kept calling my name. I was super glad when Paul suggested ordering the Goat Cheese and Leek tart. I mean, we all know how I feel about goat cheese.
So, we sat in the shaded spot and had some of the BEST people watching ever. A wedding party came by to get pictures taken. We were right at a busy intersection so there were some interesting vehicles and vehicle conversations, if you will. So, we got some entertainment while we waited for our food.
The Tart came first, and man, was it delicious. On a light, flaky, phyllo crust, with the perfect combination of leeks and goat cheese. So tasty. I could have eaten a whole one of those by myself. But, I didn't. Because I knew what was coming.
Now, much like my friend and fellow blogger, Kristin, I am a sucker for a caprese salad. And, the combination of mozzarella and tomato is one of my faves. Then, add basil with it, and I'm in. Plus, it was all being served on a fresh french baguette. Seriously people. This is like my dream come true. And, Chris said it was one of his favorite things on the menu. And, I can see why. The bread was a little warm, and soft inside, and crusty on the outside. And, there were nice thick slices of both tomato and mozzarella. Oh. It was delicious.
But, despite the fact that the food was wonderful (and they had my favorite wine, the Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc on the menu), I am not I would go back. I mean, if I moved to Philly, I can see myself spending more time there, but there are so many other places to explore. Had the food knocked my socks off, I might be more inclined to revisit it, but, at least one sock was still on. Plus, it is a little pricey. I am sure everything in Philly is pricier than Kalamazoo, but the bill for that lunch was a little high that I would like to see. But, it is definitely worth checking out if you are around. And, given the chance, I would order something even a little more French the next time...
Now, the cannolli that we got at Termini Brothers to take back home with us... those knocked my socks off! WOAH! Check them out here:
four golden forks out of five.