I think the people that panned this restaurant must be employees of other places on Main Street and are trying to downplay a fantastic eatery. We have been to Bourbon Blue on 2 occasions for dinner and both times the food, service, and staff have been above outstanding. Tonight I had the Red Snapper BLT and it rivaled the Texas Redfish I had at Emeril's. The fish was cooked so delicately that it literally melted in my mouth and the seasoning on it was superb. My wife had the Pork Roulade which also was worthy of being called true New Orleans style cuisine. Having been to the Big Easy itself numerous times, Bourbon Blue is the closest thing to actually being there without leaving the area. Kudos to the chef for bringing the tastes of New Orleans to a local restaurant.
Since I've met my GF, we have been going out to eat late night dinner 3 to 4 times a week. Mai Lai Wah is one of the best spots in Chinatown. We went to several other restaurants past midnight and the crowds are usually small. The news is out that Mai Lai Wah has the best crowd and good food at the most reasonable prices. Every time, we are there at either 1am or 2am, there is still a big crowd. We feel right at home and the staff recognized us after our 10th visits in 3 weeks. Our favorites are the clam with X.O. sauce and soft tofu sauteed with Chinese vegetable. Highly recommended! N. Tien
The back room is like stepping into a bar in Brugge, Belgium. Old wood walls, tapestries, old light fixtures, etc. The only thing different from being in Brugge is that the beer selection at Monk's is much more extensive than all but one or two bars in Brugges. Great mussels and frites and authentic Belgian cuisine a la biere. I like the Ghent mussels made with bleu cheese, bacon & leeks. The staff knows the beers well (over 200 bottled beers and 20ish draft lines). The food is great, personable staff and amazing beers. This is the longest running Belgian bar in Philadelphia, maybe the US.