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Posted by MOAF on 12/15/2011
It was Mama’s birthday on Sunday and the family decided to go to Caribou Café to celebrate her XXth birthday (After a certain age, women of a certain status remain ageless. They do however, still expect elegant gifts). The suggestion was made by my brother and I have always admired the Parisian style café on the corner of 12 and Walnut for its warm lighting, colorful art décor posters and simple furnishings that was easy on the eyes. Our reservation was promptly confirmed at the door and we were seated shortly upstairs in a corner table. My eyes lustfully wandered over the menu, so many choices, so little stomach space. I had already regretted eating that horrible spinach and cheese crepe at IKEA earlier. I really need to learn how to say no. An aperitif to simulate my appetite, I order the Doubonnet fortified wine ($8), its light sweet taste reminding me of a good port and got me pondering whether to start with the cheese plate ($16 for 4 cheese) or the pâté du jour ($9.50). In the end, the choice was obvious. I got both. Stop giving me that you-are-a-fatty-look. I was going to share anyways.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/19/2010
I went here with my girlfriend one weekend for a late lunch, not knowing what to expect. We were pleasently suprised! The food was very good, a decent beer selection, decent prices, and a great atmosphere! The food is more traditional rather than new or exotic, but still good!
Posted by foodie on 01/15/2008
This is definately a decent little place. I have been here on numerous occasions and though the food is not outstanding, it is *good* , if perhaps a tad overpriced. But I like the atmosphere, I always end up with a nice glass or bottle of wine and for lunch downtown, I am always pleased. I would not give it a five star rating, but a 3.5 or 4 would do.
Posted by Gilles on 10/03/2007
Do not take your business meeting here- you will regret it! Service people are extremely rude- not elegant or refreshing the way it ought to be.
Posted by juman23 on 08/25/2007
Went for late lunch. The croque monseiur was pretty good, as was the salad that came with it. My girl ordered the chicken and spinach sandwich, though the goat cheese seemed to be missing. The fries with the sandwich were top notch. Crepe dessert was filling and the latte topped off a nice late lunch!
Posted by Eatter on 02/28/2007
Had a great meal here last summer, and can't wait to go back! The actual restaurant is as close to Paris as one might encounter in Philly (Rittenhouse Square restaurants included!). The food was held up to the same standards, and proved to be of fine value, even if the portions were slightly skewed towards the small end. Still-- for sitting outside and people watching while enjoying a stellar meal-- this place is hard to beat!
Posted by Anonymous on 11/08/2006
Caribou has bistro classics like steak frites and poulet roti, a decent wine list and a good location in downtown Philly. It's a good place.