Continental a ‘Starr’

Clarissa Gabriel

There’s a new dining hotspot in the greater Philadelphia area – no, it’s not the Corner Grille or Campus Corner (or any “corner,” for that matter).

If you’re looking for a new Saturday night dining experience that will thrill the taste buds and provide an atmosphere that is aesthetically pleasing, here’s one of Philadelphia’s hidden secrets: The Continental Midtown.

Chic, sophisticated and entirely original – restaurant entrepreneur Stephen Starr’s restaurant does everything right to a T.

The initial ambiance is that of a cool, cutting-edge lounge, complete with a 3D, five-foot-tall olive smack on the side of the restaurant. The furniture includes faux-leather booths, hanging swing-styled egg chairs and sunken luxurious lounge seats.

The tapestry around the restaurant is lit with multi-colored orbs, while the bathrooms are jokes-waiting-to-happen due to the double-sided mirrors.

However, the “look” is not the only aspect that keeps the customers coming.

It’s the food. If you’re sick of the typical “Philly cheesesteak,” The Continental provides the variety you’ve been waiting for with options that you’ve probably never considered but will surely crave after one taste.

Classics take a delicious twist with options such as phenomenal wasabi mashed potatoes, lobster mac ‘n’ cheese, teriyaki filet mignon and mini mint chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches, among other delicious and mouth-watering creations of executive chef Michael Dean Hazen.

Situated one block from Market East Station, The Continental is on the corner of Chestnut and 18th Street, easily accessible for those on campus, with or without cars.

If you’re looking for the perfect Philadelphia group dining experience or the setting for a fun date, look no further.

The Continental aims to please and succeeds at that.

Dig in!