I decided to return recently to an oldie but a goodie – Barclay Prime – in Center City Philadelphia. I hadn’t been there in some time, and fellow eater had never been, so it was quite a treat for both of us. It’s one of those places that isn’t always on my radar screen because it sits just off of restaurant row on Rittenhouse Square. The entrance to the restaurant is also very discreet so it isn’t always top of mind when I walk around the area.
First off, I have to mention our server Glenn. He has helped me before on other visits and continues to delight. Unassuming and overjoyed to describe the menu offerings, he is a pure gentleman and placed Barclay Prime as our best server experience anywhere we’ve visited. I’ll be certain to request Glenn anytime we visit in future. He really made us feel special and welcomed, even though he had many other diners to attend to. Mr. Starr – please treasure Glenn and don’t let him retire!
Secondly, the food was amazing. We had the tater tots as an appetizer. They were great but probably my least favorite dish of the night (only because everything else was over the top). FE was thrilled because, come on, they’re fried potatoes with ketchup! BP also serves what are called popovers as the bread course. These were delicious but beware because you can fill up on those and not have space for the rest of the meal. I believe they’re made with gruyere cheese. Whatever it was, it was delicious. I could have eaten another one but I was saving room for dessert.
I had the 8 oz. filet mignon. I’m not a huge meat eater but it’s a steakhouse, so when in Rome, do as the Romans do. The steak was great – cooked perfectly, quality ingredients – one of the best I’ve ever eaten. FE had the 18 oz. ribeye which he (almost) destroyed. Needless to say, we had some meat leftovers.
We shared the truffle macaroni and cheese as a side. This was our favorite dish of the night. You could tell it was rich but it was impossible to stop eating it. Definitely getting it again when we return.
The capper was dessert. We ordered the warm cookie with double chocolate chip ice cream. The cookie was actually three flavors in one – chocolate chip, sugar, and oatmeal raisin. If not for the mac and cheese, this would have been my favorite. Definitely getting it again when we return.
Finally, the restaurant itself is timeless. The dining room is beautiful, especially when the lights are dimmed. You can tell as soon as you walk in that you’re going to have a special experience. What more can you ask for?