My wife has decided to change careers and go back to school, so we have just start to discover University City (we moved to Center City 4 years ago). For her first week, I decided to take her to Distrito mostly because we are Chef Jose Garces fans (Amada and Tinto). I have to say the location décor is like blend of Continnetal and El Vez. It’s a fun place but is border line in the too much and exuberant decoration. We had the Tacos Carnitas, Queso Fundido, Ceviche de Camarones, Platanos con Crema, and the Chilango. Food quality and the all ingredients used are top notch, great taste. Overall: the food is great. Service is terrific and our waitress was sweet, no rush, and very professional. But the food portions are ridiculous small. I know the concept is similar to a tapas place and I am a big fan of Amada (despite their prices will make any Spaniard to cry) and I visit Barcelona twice a year for business so I eat a lot of tapas. I have to say their portions are by far smallest tapas or dishes I have seen in a while. Margaritas are good and even the dessert (we had the flan) was great. However, the flan was so small that we barely felt we had any. Just work in the portions especially you are located in University City. We paid around $85 and we were ok because I am used to Amada and Center City prices, but I am not sure students would be able to catch up if the portion is so small.
My husband and I were going to attend a function at one of the sports arenas, so I did an online search for a place to have dinner. Since we were driving from Allentown to South Philadelphia, we wanted to have a specific destination in mind and since it was our 27th wedding anniversary, we wanted a 'sit down meal' not a 'cheesesteak wit'. The review I read stated this establishment would make you feel at home. This was more than accurate. From the owner on down to the bus boys were on the spot with what we needed before we knew what we needed. My husband, never a big pasta eater, had a chicken and sausage scallopini dish with penne and even he wanted more. My veal parm, was thin, succulent and melt in your mouth good. And, when over heard by waitstaff that it was our anniversary, the owner himself wished us well. Well worth the excursion down the Turnpike, Blue Route AND Surekill Expressway for this meal alone.
The food here is best I've tasted. The Jerk chicken will hve you thinking you were actually in jamica mon'. I travel from my home in Sharon Hill no matter what to get the food here. I've even taken orders from my work place to get their food for my co-workers because they don't deliver. I wish they would deliver to my job because they will definely make a killing(a lot of money)there. J&J Restaurant is the bomb!!!! I go there at least 2-3 times a week.