Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Chow Now: Szechuan Shoestring Fries from Continental

It has been a while since I’ve explored the restaurant scene in Philadelphia, but a group of friends and I found the perfect place this past weekend. Located at 1801 Chestnut Street, the Steven Starr restaurant “Continental” is an absolute gem for international dishes with a quirky flair. Our table ordered the Szechuan Shoestring Fries for our appetizer, which was listed under the “Classics” section of the menu. For just $8, you have to CHOW NOW on this incredible creation! The plate of shredded fries resembles a pile of hay, but it is the most delicious pile of hay you will ever find. The Continental twist for this dish, of course, is the hints of Asian flavoring with a classic American staple; the thin, crispy fries come with a special serving of “Chinese mustard sauce” which adds a tangy spice to the flavor of the fries. The thinness of the fries keeps the dish interesting as the fries melt in your mouth and give you the illusion that you haven’t actually eaten as many fries as you think you have, and the sauce (which is reminiscent of a light wasabi flavor) is the unique finishing touch. CHOW first on this appetizer and then proceed with delight to your main course options!

--Roopa Shankar


  1. It's pretty embarrassing when the writer opens the article saying "it's been awhile since I explored the restaurant scene in Philadelphia". Then reviews a dish that has been on the menu since 1996. Find some writers willing to push the envelope

  2. Considering that the writer is a college student and has not been living in Philadelphia since 1996... I don't think it's a big deal. Also, the readers are mostly college students who are looking for different things to try. I think the article is great.



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