Philadelphia, PA - Realtor Dana Friedman invited me to an event that entrepreneur Kysha Woods owner of Lux Lab Philly Spalon, was having at the talented Jewelry designer Ann King Lagos's beautiful Realm studio in Northern Liberties.
LMNO In Fishtown The Mexican-themed, Multi-discipline Venue.
Since I knew that Stephen Starr's Lmno Restaurant was nearby in Fishtown, I suggested we go to LNNO for an early dinner. Chef Frankie Ramirez had been the head chef at Tredici in Bryn Mawr for years, and I was fond of him and his food. LMNO is located at 1749 N. Front St. Philadelphia, PA 19122. I have wanted to eat here since they opened in October 2021. I am a very picky eater, and Frankie knows what I like.
Chef Frankie Ramirez recommended that we start with the Coal-Roasted Oysters roasted garlic aioli, chiltepin, and tomatillo-chile relish. It was amazing and clearly both Danas and my favorite! For appetizers, we also had the Carne Asada Vampiro grilled steak, crispy melted cheese, salsa verde, salsa Roja, cilantro & onions on a blue corn tostada dried over coal embers.
Our waitress Natalie Ott was very fun. She has a background in fashion design. I'm hoping that she gets into Elissa Bloom's fashion incubator program.
We also met the Executive Chef of all Stephen Starr restaurants' Steven Menter! What a nice guy! He has been with Starr restaurants since El Vez in 2014!
Dana and my second favorite were the Steak Aguachile Sliced 18 oz bone-in ribeye, salsas negras, cucumber, and grilled avocado, which I loved, and picked out flour tortillas which we both skipped, served with a refreshing green papaya salad. The sauce was excellent. Since I love lobster, I dipped my lobster tails in the butter from the Lobster Puerto Nuevo pan-fried lobster tails, drawn butter, refritos, white rice with peas & carrots, and flour tortillas. This dish is fun for the person who wants to build their own. Frankie sent over the Grilled Esquites grilled sweet corn, epazote, mayo, queso fresco, tajin, chile de arbol, and lime which was also very good.
Instead of my usual Hat Lady Drink, I ordered the frozen red sangria because they didn't have Roses grenadine; Dana had traditional margaritas with salt.
It was another fun adventure, and happy to see Chef Frankie!!
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Michelle Leonard - Your Main Line Realtor AKA The Hat Lady and Mainline Socialite.