Sunday, August 24, 2008

Delightful Devon

On Friday night we dined at Devon Seafoord Grill on Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia.
It was a cool summer evening and the square was teeming with diners, mostly young. The restaurants that line the 18th Street side of the square (Rouge, Devon and Steven Starr's new Parc) were all maxed out with crowds that spilled out into the street and filled every available sidewalk table as well.
Fortunately we had a reservation and we arrived right on schedule and were escorted to our table. We enjoyed a wonderful prix fixed menu that included New England clam chowder, Devon's heavenly crab cakes and a dessert of key lime pie. And yes, the martini was quite satisfying, thank you.
One of the great attractions of Devon is their sweet biscuits. They are always warm and always fresh and we dare you to eat just one. Other house favorites include a San Francisco style Cioppinno with shrimp, scallops, mussels, clams, fresh catch and red wine tomato sauce; and chipotle grilled shrimp enchiladas with pico de gallo. Seafood choices change with the season. Right now Devon features broiled, pan-seared and grilled fish, Costa Rican tilapia, Alaskan halibut, Block Island swordfish, Canadian walleye, Atlantic salmon and Mahi Mahi.

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