Facebook Page about going to Blackbird tonight, but one of our fans who works at Blackbird said they were closed for a private even tonight. We had to get our fix somehow, so we hit West Side Gravy for lunch today!
We walked in and were glad to see about 10 tables seated in the restaurant. This has been a topic of conversation in a few online forums, and someone actually wrote in to the Philly Inquirer about it, and the thread can be seen HERE. Unfortunately, I posted comments on this, but they have since been removed. I also received comments on our blog in my last West Side Gravy post, from fans of write Craig LaBan, saying that I shouldn't mess with Craig LaBan, because he will own me, as well as shut my blog down. WOW! People are ultra sensitive these days! Quite honestly, I am sure Craig LaBan has no idea who I am, nor does he care about what I have to say. Up until that point, I didn't know who he was either. But whatever, that is water under the bridge...nothing like censoring readers questions and comments do. That is one thing at least we do not do here!
Noelle greeted us as we came in and told us to grab a seat anywhere. We took a table in the back left hand corner of the restaurant near the kitchen. No reason for this really, other than the fact that we wanted to be away from the door as there was a bit of a chill in the air.
As we sat after lunch, out came Chef Capasso from the kitchen, and we shot the bull with him for a bit. It's always great to see him, and to hear that things are going well. We talked about all kinds of stuff, and as always he was very gracious! I asked him how Chef Allgood was doing, and he made that comment that she said that she was tired. He then made the comment saying that at least he knows he is getting his money's worth from her! I found this pretty amusing! For those of you who do not know who Chef Siobhan Allgood is, she was on Season 7 of Hell's Kitchen, and her fan page can be found HERE. She is a heck of a great chef, and has been a wonderful addition to Chef Capasso's empire!
All in all, well, I needed my Blackbird fix since they were booked solid both nights of the weekend to the point where we couldn't get in, so this was a heck of a worthy substitute! Another great meal at what I think is going to turn out to be our restaurant of the year! Time will tell, but as of right now, there is no competition anywhere close! Stay tuned! Cheers! -F. Scott
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