Where to eat in Downtown Philadelphia?
Folks, I am attending a convention at the downtown Marriot in Philadelphia. I would like to patronize some nearby restaraunts (by taxi) that epitomize the Philly dining experience. I am on an expense account, so cost is no issue (within reason). Your suggestions are welcome. Thanks
You have two different issues here.
The "Philly dining experience" is not usuallly like an expense account dinner. If you browse this Board, you will see that the BBYO's, which are less expensive, are very much talked about.
We have some terrific ones, often with chef/owners.
Marigold Kitchen and Matyson are two that are consistently good. They are also popular - not easy to get a reservation, especially if it's a weekend.
Some excellent places are not particularly representative of Philadelphia. Why should they be? The ingredients most restaurants use here are similar to what's available in NY or California.
Estia is a beautiful place to enjoy fresh fish - walking distance. I haven't been to Barclay Prime, but from what I hear, it's the preferred place for steak.
Vetri is upscale Italian - definitely for an expense account, if you can get a reservation. The more "typical" places are mostly BYOB. One of our favorites is Tre Scalini, in South Philly.
If you want to stay in town, you could try Branzino, on 17th St, also BYOB.
Enjoy our great city!
There are many good places to eat in Philly. However do make sure you walk a block from your hotel and check out the Reading Terminal Market. It's a paradise for foodies that is inexpensive, seemingly endless, and is uniquely Philly. A good start to your day would be to join the line at the Dutch Eating Place for pancakes.
As far as other places to eat, are you looking for the cheesteak end of things or more (ahem) haute cuisine?