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Mar 9, 1999 08:52 PM

Philadelphia Eats

  • j

Off to Philadelphia for a couple of days and am
looking for Chowhound and other interesting food
possibilities....Local specialities, ethnic food, or
just good cooking are my criteria; moderate prices are
a plus, but I will pay for a special experience;
casual dress and relaxed atmosphere appreciated. Food
quality is the key; ambiance is a distant second.

I am staying downtown and will not have access to a

Jim Zurer -- Washington DC

PS A line on cheesesteaks will also be appreciated.

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  1. You will need to catch a cab to Overtures at 609
    Passyunk. It is a small place and you would be wise to
    call for a reservation. Interesting atmosphere in an
    old building. Extremely friendly and good service. We
    have never been disappointed in the food. The menu is
    quite varied and there are always interesing specials.

    3 Replies
    1. re: N. Patrick

      I will also be in Philadelphia this Saturday. What
      kind of food does Overtures have? Italian? French?
      American? Price range? Any other dining suggestions
      are greatly appreciated.
      Also, what's good at the Reading Terminal Market for
      lunch (sit down or take away). Thanks.

      1. re: Mara

        I had a great cheesesteak in the Reading Terminal Market, I think at a stall on the west side, but that was a couple of years ago. Let us know what you find.

        1. re: steve d.

          this is too late for all on this string,however,
          please know that if you e-mail i will be happy to
          tailor a restaurant guide for you in exp.-mod-inexp-
          cheap ranges. jim's steaks on south street is realy
          the very best for cheesesteaks - do not, under any
          circumstance, be tempted by the cheesesteak stand at
          the reading temrinal - if you're there, for to the
          south side, by george! across from iovine's produce
          stand for italian specialties, or walk two blocks to
          chinatown and go to vietnam palace or thai garden east
          on 11th street. for roast duck, sang kee on ninth,
          for dimsum lunch, ocean city also on ninth. rangoon
          on ninth is good burmese. (this is all around the
          terminal) there are many moderate italian places
          insouth philly, and a fair number of reasonable spots
          on old city as well. in center city, good buys and
          good food can be found at circa (walnut st., friday,
          saturday, sunday, astral plane, L2, beaujolais. go to
          art muserum area for great bargains - london grill,
          cuvee notre dame ($5 for duck confit salad or mussels
          and pommes frites for lunch!), zola, rembrandts, rose
          tattoo. feel free to e-mail, as i said.

    2. howdy jim, for cheesesteaks hit jim's steaks south st and 4th I believe. also good are pats, and gino's for cheesesteaks. susanna foos for chineese, striped bass for fish , chanterelle for fusion, enjoy, walk around south st while in philly

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      1. re: stephen kaye

        Thanks for the cheesesteak recommendations....but I
        should have made clear that I am on travel with my
        Department of Labor colleagues and "moderate" cost is
        an important consideration.....I don't think they will
        cotton to Striped Bass or even Suzanna Foo on
        pocketbook grounds.

        Lower end recommendations are what I am really looking


        Jim Zurer - Washington DC

      2. Have you checked out Philly food websites? I think
        UPenn students operate a fairly extensive one with
        lists and reviews on it which might be helpful.
        When we visited the market, it was on a Saturday
        aftern0on, and most of the Pa Dutch vendors were
        closed. Early on a weekday (lunch at latest) is
        probably best there.
        There are several well regarded new places in Philly,
        including one on a moored boat (but the name escapes
        me) Chef cooked at the Beard House this fall. Le Bec
        Fin has a walk-in cafe operation as well as good lunch
        deals in their main restaurant (reservations needed
        for latter) They have a web site.

        1 Reply
        1. re: jen kalb

          sorry, the restaurant-on-a-boat is called The Mosholu
          and the website is

        2. Run, or preferably, gallop to Le Bar Lyonnais
          underneath Le Bec Fin on Walnut Street between 15th &

          Chef Perrier is consistently as one of America's finest
          and this is the only way to experience his cuisine is a
          less formal environment than the exceptional (and worth
          every penny!) Le Bec Fin upstairs. If you order
          anything that every swam you'll be astonished as just
          how remarkably good "bistro food" can be.

          The only bad news is that there are a grand total of a
          half dozen tables and, after 9:00PM, Le Bar Lyonnais
          doubles as a cigar eat early!