Matyson: Good for gluten-free
This week I had lunch with a work colleague at Matyson at 37 S. 19th Street in Center City Philadelphia. It has a great atmosphere, and the wait staff are very hip to gluten-free. My lunch companion is a regular there -- her window table preference was listed on her reservation (nice!) -- but the menu had changed so we asked a lot of questions that the server handled with aplomb.
They are all about seasonal and local, so it makes sense that the menu had changed. I had the soup of the day, which was a creamy curried zucchini soup (made with creme fraiche) and the tomato and watermelon salad, hold the feta. The soup was very good, and the salad was good but weird, as one would expect when one combines watermelon, tomatoes, mint and pickled red chilis. The iced tea was delicious. All in all, the experience was nice, the price would have been a splurge for my budget (I think my lunch came to about $25), but my companion was nice enough to treat. The wait staff was knowledgeable and very helpful in modifying menu items to be gluten-free.
Matyson is a nice place, well-suited to business lunches, with interesting fare and excellent attention to gluten-free handling. Check it out.
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