Thursday, April 17, 2014
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It Girl's Tasty Fast Lunch

Bargain canneles bordelais and delish Salade Lyonnaise...the new go-to girl's restaurant in town is Garces Trading Company.

It Girl's Tasty Fast Lunch

With a delightfully enticing menu, nicely reasonable prices, and a handsome wait staff, Garces Trading Company just may be my new go-to spot for on-the-go double espressos, grocery-shopping, or even a leisurely Sunday supper with husband and baby.
With a delightfully enticing menu, nicely reasonable prices, and a handsome wait staff, Garces Trading Company just may be my new go-to spot for on-the-go double espressos, grocery-shopping, or even a leisurely Sunday supper with husband and baby.

Bargain canneles bordelais and delish Salade Lyonnaise...the new go-to girl's restaurant in town is Garces Trading Company.

Exhausted from a production shoot at Mercato Restaurant BYOB (the oven caught on fire, but otherwise, the shoot went off without a hitch), my assistant and I walked two blocks over to Iron Chef Jose Garces' Garces Trading Company for a power lunch at 1111 Locust Street.

Along with being an upscale casual restaurant, GTC is also a marketplace with a supplementary charcuterie and cheese counter, a pastry and coffee corner, flowers for sale and even an impressive wine store right inside!  (An impressive bottle of Rioja for under $15?  Yes, please!)

My assistant and I decided to ride high in the communal high-chair seating -- surprisingly comfortable, by the way -- and found ourselves lavished with delicious sourdough bread and olive oils by a hunky (just like the bread) server.  I had the Lyonnaise Duck Salad while my assistant had a cappuccino and a half dozen cannel's bordelais (a true bargain at a dollar each), all of which were sublime!

With a delightfully enticing menu, nicely reasonable prices, and a handsome wait staff, GTC just may be my new go-to spot for on-the-go double espressos, grocery-shopping, or even a leisurely Sunday supper with husband and baby.  Oh, and if you are very lucky, you just may catch a glimpse of the genius Iron Chef Garces at work.

And, I got a parking ticket for lingering too long, but it was worth it.

Cynthia Gouw
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She’s walked the catwalk in Paris, Los Angeles and New York and appeared in fashion magazines, in her 20s, with Elite Model Management and again, (“miraculously”, she says) in her 40s, with Wilhelmina Models. Now, she's excited to be the Host and Executive Producer of SnapGlow.TV on Philly.com, the only place dedicated to celebrating the glamour of real Philadelphia women. Reach Cynthia at cgouw@philly.com.

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