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Philadelphia Restaurants

Continental Mid-town

Updated 05/19/2011

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You're not sure what decade you're in once you enter the vast, retro playground that shares a name with the Old City martini lounge, also from blockbuster restaurateur Stephen Starr. Line up for a spot on the popular rooftop lounge or sit inside, in a swinging wicker basket chair, a sunken banquette, or a baby-blue vinyl booth. The global tapas menu includes shoestring fries drizzled with Chinese mustard, a gargantuan crispy calamari salad, and a cheesesteak egg roll.

Of the retro cocktails, the most popular is the Tang-rimmed Buzz Aldrin.

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Restaurant Information

Address:

1801 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103, USA

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215-567–1800

Restaurant Details:

  • Credit cards accepted

Updated 05/19/2011

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Apr 5, 2010

Continental Midtown Review

Spent a beautiful sunny morning outside this trendy restaurant, easily identified by the huge olive on top. I had been to its Old City counterpart for cocktails, and was pleasantly surprised to find this place did breakfast.... and how. With a fellow foodie, we sampled the Tiramisu waffle (stellar, and not too sweet), French Onion Soup dumplings (an interesting albeit chewy take on the infamous soup), and my favorite: Chicken Biscuit. Sounds pretty

pedestrian, but it is easily one of the best things I ate all weekend. A fluffy biscuit, fried chicken, and an onion bacon orange marmalade. It was both parts sweet and savory, and went well with the Wake & Bacon Mary - a spicy take on the traditional Bloody Mary, made with "bacon infused tomato vodka". Don't knock it 'til you try it! Super affordable with knowledgeable / friendly staff and rooftop seating (May-September).

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