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1905 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
  • Other appetizers we've enjoyed include potsticker steamed dumplings filled with minced chicken or vegetables, gingery fried shrimp toast, and chopped shrimp and chicken wrapped in a green seaweed paper roll and deep-fried
  • For entrees, Square serves a full range of beef, poultry, and seafood dishes (Pork fanciers will be disappointed) and dresses them in a rainbow of sauces--orange, garlic, scallion, mango, red or white wine, smoky or sweet or sour, spicy or mild
  • Our meals at Square, with beers and tips included, have never cost us more than $60.00

    • by philberg
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      Chinese restaurants abound in Philadelphia–I stopped counting after the first hundred listed in the telephone directory and on-line–and they offer far more than the usual Cantonese fare. Szechuan, Shanghai, Hunan, Hakka, and still other regional Chinese cuisines are represented, and represented surpassingly well. Scores of those restaurants are situated in the city’s Chinatown, in the vicinity of the spectacular red-and-gold “Friendship Gate” at 10th and Arch Streets, a neighborhood that in addition to serving good food invites hours of window shopping for exotic jewelry, silks, porcelain, and intricate ivory carving or metalware. My wife and I also enjoy visiting a Chinatown hairdressing salon, where we can have our hair shampooed and cut or set and blow-dried, with a vigorous shoulder-and-neck massage thrown in, for less than half what we’d pay for such

      services elsewhere in town–and minus massage.

      One of our favorite Chinese restaurants, however, is located well to the west of the Friendship Gate, in the Rittenhouse Square district. The Square on Square Restaurant is not, strictly speaking, “on” Rittenhouse, but it’s near enough to that elegant green park to claim an association. Moreover, the Square Restaurant’s cooking doesn’t suffer in comparison to the much pricier fare served at dining spots on the Square proper.

      Square on Square offers dine-in, take-out, or home-delivered specialties at modest prices, and the quality of the dishes is consistently superior whether one dines on the premises or in one’s home after a crosstown delivery. Except in bad weather, we like to relax for dinner in the restaurant’s comfortable dining room, enjoy the attentions of ...


      • the friendly and efficient serving staff, and watch the shoppers on busy Chestnut Street–special windowglass and artful lighting let us see out, but passersby can’t see in.

        The small but well-stocked bar offers cocktails, but we prefer a dry Chinese beer with our meal, which we like to begin with crispy spring rolls. These aren’t the conventional egg rolls with thick, leathery skins but cylinders of light, flaky pastry stuffed to bursting with chopped shrimp, chicken, and mixed vegetables. Other appetizers we’ve enjoyed include “potsticker” steamed dumplings filled with minced chicken or vegetables, gingery fried shrimp toast, and chopped shrimp and chicken wrapped in a green “seaweed paper” roll and deep-fried. Our hands-down favorite second course is the “house special” seafood soup, a savory broth so thick with shrimp, crab meat, and vegetables

        that it might be better described as a “stew.”

        For entrees, Square serves a full range of beef, poultry, and seafood dishes (Pork fanciers will be disappointed) and dresses them in a rainbow of sauces–orange, garlic, scallion, mango, red or white wine, smoky or sweet or sour, spicy or mild. We’ve enjoyed every one of the many dishes we’ve sampled, but tend to favor the seared scallops in garlic sauce and the plump fried soft shell crabs bedded in steamed rice. We’ve never finished a meal, and have never left the restaurant without bringing home enough styrofoam-packed leftovers to satisfy us both at our next evening’s dinner.

        Our meals at Square, with beers and tips included, have never cost us more than $60.00. For the equivalent of four good dinners, that’s a square deal, indeed.




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