Appetizer: Lobster and shrimp California rolls, Short ribs, and edamame.
Dinner: Braised beef in a wine sauce with mash potatoes, broccoli rabe and carrots, ahi tuna, butterfish, salmon and wild rice.
Dessert: CHOCOLATE SOUFFLE with vanilla ice cream drizzled in a raspberry sauce!
This is the first thing we thought about this past Sunday morning, in anticipation of the WONDERFUL dinner we were going to have later that day. However, that meal was never had! We woke up this past Sunday to some very disturbing news. We began our day attempting to make reservations to our favorite restaurant on earth…ROY’S. Not like we needed an excuse, but this time we were going for Bern’s parent’s 29th anniversary. That’s a long time you say? YES it is, and what better way to celebrate than to enjoy a nice meal at one of the best places on earth. The ambiance, the food and the staff make it an enjoyable experience whenever we visit (which was quite often I must say, LOL!)
We digress, back to the story. Things took a turn for the worst when we called Roy’s (which we tried for almost half of the day on Saturday) and continually received a busy signal. We thought something was definitely wrong, but we will try again in the morning. Now it is Sunday morning, we thought maybe it was too early to call, but we tried anyway hoping to at least get an answering service, right? Well we didn’t! We then decided to google the restaurant and that’s when it hit us like a ton of bricks. This is how we found out the one place we could count on for comfort when things got a little rough, to celebrate special occasions or to simply enjoy ourselves, had closed its doors here in Philadelphia for good!!! HOW COULD THEY…..they didn’t so much as give us a call, shoot us an email, or even send a courier to inform us of this most disturbing news. Devastated we wondered, how will we celebrate special occasions, anniversaries, and basic TGIF moments? Where will we be able to get such tasty Butterfish, such mouth watering tender slow braised beef, or the greatest chocolate soufflé we have ever tasted??? Our sadness turned to anger, when we realized we didn’t get a chance to have at least one last goodbye meal. Our morning was crushed as was the rest of the family joining us for dinner, who also knew of the wonderfulness (is that a word?), that is Roy’s.
We immediately looked up the next closest Roy’s location to Philadelphia. There had previously been one in NY, so we figured that wasn’t too far, we can use that location. Our hearts sank further when we saw Roy’s NY was also closed and the closest location to us is now in Baltimore, Maryland, near the Harbor. Coincidentally, we will be shooting a wedding in October in Baltimore, so rain or shine guess where we will be having dinner the very next day??? You better believe it. ROY’S!!!! There is a rainbow at the end of this storm cloud!
Until then, we are seeking suggestions for a possible replacement. (As if anything can replace Roy’s, smh, but we can try.) Let us know what your favorite restaurant is. We will try and do some restaurant hopping over the next few weeks and maybe select our favorite. Whoever’s restaurant is chosen will get dinner on us. Let us know!