115 King St.bet. Lee & Union Sts.
Alexandria, VA 22314
We waited to be seated although there were many empty tables. We were seated in a rear room with no windows, adjacent to the smoking-allowed bar. Throughout the meal cigarette smoke pumped into the room by the breezes coming through the open window's in the front of the restaurant. You could see the smoke in the shafts of light from floodlights aimed at the artwork. Food was fine (although too salty). Service was friendly. We skipped dessert.
1734 E. Passyunk Ave.Moore St.
Philadelphia, PA 19148
Our prior good experiences fly out the window after tonight's meal. Food good (never great but solidly good, although they did bring my side of meatballs out with my appetizer and later returned them cold)... but the service was abominable. Our server stood in a tight circle of other servers just outside the kitchen and ate and talked and had a grand (and extended) old time... repeatedly... while tables languished for service. The only people working hard are the busboys who REALLY do the brunt of the work and have to field requests that are clearly the purview of servers. We were sad.
Living in Old City, Dined at Market St. at request of a friend here for the Army-Navy Game. Felt I was in a restaurant-strictly-for-tourists. Not to slight tourists...we love them in Philly...but they eat & leave...& if they had a bad meal their opinion back in Seattle doesn't effect the restaurant here. Prices: high relative to value...service: I-am-doing-you-a-favor. food: pedestrian at best. They added 20% tip to our table of 5 (Me: "Five? Isn't it six?" Server: "All restaurants in Old City do this." Me: "No they don't. I LIVE in Old City." She thought I was a tourist who wouldn't know! )