13 The New Restaurant at the Marriott Hotel in Philadelphia

Thirteen is the main restaurant in the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, it had a “soft” opening in the begining of the summer; “soft” meaning, not a big party like say the Del Frisco’s Steakhouse in the Packard Bldg, as I wait by my mailbox for that invitation or Union Trust, which I no doubt will be partying at in November.

Serving breakfast, lunch & dinner daily, Thirteen is an ultra modern concept offering creative American cuisine served in a new and upbeat atmosphere. It has a great menu, and it’s not the kind of restaurant you would think was in a hotel; although the menu has the standard farePhilly fare Philadelphia Cheesecake and the Philly Original Root Beer Float, I do believe there will be more than enough surprises to keep you coming back for more like . Now the reason I was there last night …

was for a co-sponsored party held jointly by Where Magazine and The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) hosting the Philadelphia Concierge communityL-R Linda Hess, Laura Burkhardt, Jeff Guaracino, Caroline Bean, Morgan Obldowski and Cara Schneider. All of them are from GPTMC, except Laura who is the Publisher of Where Magazine. And all of the GPTMC folks are going to be super busy this week as they are responsible for a lot of the happenings associated with The National Constitution Center’s 2008 Liberty Medal which will be awarded to former Soviet leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Mikhail Gorbachev on Thursday. The reason behind the Concierge Party is to introduce the Philly hotel concierge to this hot new restaurant so they can recommend it to their guests if they so choose, and who wouldn’t after tasting their Pulled Pork sliders, Lobster BLT Salad and sushi. Now that is diverse. And check out the bar with the multiple TV’s and who needs to sit at the bar when every table also has a TV. It’s like working out at the gym, but instead you’re enjoying yourself and you don’t have to sweat. (Or of course if you’re really bored on your date, you could just watch TV, or if you are eating alone and you forgot your book it’s perfect. Or if you’re with your spouse of 15 years and everything has already been said, or just to get information on what’s going on in the world around us.)
Nassar A. Guins, Charles Gudy and Albert Lee (I worked hard on a few of these folks, well not these folks, but a couple at this event, to tip me off to the celebs that might be staying at their hotel’s in the future, no budging with them. I will still have to rely on well I can’t tell you who silly, but let’s just say I want to keep you coming back to Philly Chit Chat to see what you missed)Where Magazine folks Will Klein, Louise Castellano and Chris Matlack, Hyatt Regency Penns Landing

Two beautiful diva’s holding court last night: Ella Jones Brown and Zelinda O’Hara

Fran Nachman, Crowne Plaza, Glen Pappas, Hyatt Regency, Teresith M-Luz, Club Qtrs. and Maraj Metelsion, Sofitel (Now I may have botched these names, I think its good to get biz cards and next time I will)
Outdoor dining in any season. The heaters will be coming out soon, and you can enjoy alfresco dining through the fall. I am all about dining on the sidewalk, but you can’t beat patio dining with a little privacy while enjoying Saffron Steamed Mussels, Baked Onion Soup or Lancaster Chicken Pot Pie with a little chill in the air.
What you can’t see as well here is the over stuffed pillows covering the sofa’s and easy chairs where you can enjoy a lite snack and cocktails, amongst the table and chairs for the bigger meals you might not want to spill on your duds; I know if I sat in a easy chair I would easily spill half the mill on my lap.
Adjacent to Thirteen is Circ where you can enjoy premium & ultra premium martinis and cocktails
And what’s a party without a gift bag full of coupons, shampoo from Ettore and a Where Magazine – Stewart Bradley is on the cover!!