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Visiting Philadelphia

kelly Feb 2, 2006 09:45 PM

Hi -

I know that there are a lot of 'visiting Philly' posts but I am having a hard time sorting through all the restaurant options. My boyfriend and I will be in Philadelphia from February, Friday the 10th to Sunday the 12th. We're staying at the Hyatt Downtown. I'm looking for: affordable ($25 - $35 pp) BYOB; Italian, New American, bistro, and anything specifically Philadelphia. We eat a lot of sushi, Thai, Chinese in NYC so not really looking for that. By the price we're not looking for 'fancy' but charming is always nice. It seems like Chloe and Marigold may fit our budget and desires and just wondering what everyone thinks. Also, breakfast recommendations. We like to walk and have no problem cabbing it around. Also, willing to go a little above $ range but don't want to spend more than $100 pre-tip (we're poor grad students)

Thanks and I'm looking forward to visiting Philadelphia!

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    Chefboy RE: kelly Feb 2, 2006 11:00 PM

    Chloe is great but they do not take resos so you might wait. Pumpkin at 17th and south is good. Dmitri's at 3rd st is another good one but no resos there either. Breakfast not really sure, haven't worked in the city in some time.

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      chefboy RE: kelly Feb 2, 2006 11:05 PM

      chloe is good and so is dmitri's at 3rd but neither take reservaions so u might wait. Pumpkin is good at 17th and south. not sure about breakfast.

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        Bluehensfan RE: kelly Feb 3, 2006 09:48 AM

        Try breakfast at least one day (Fri or Sat) at the Dutch Eating Place at Reading Terminal Market on 12th and Filbert Sts. Awesome, big, fluffy pancakes that can't be missed.

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          jessicheese RE: Bluehensfan Feb 3, 2006 04:38 PM

          ....and the best creamed chipped beef EVER

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          Dennis RE: kelly Feb 3, 2006 10:53 AM

          A favorite BYOB is Tre Scalini on 11th Street. If you get a chance, go to Tony Luke's on Oregon Avenue and get an Italian roast pork sandwich with broccoli rabe and sharp provolone.

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            biglube RE: kelly Nov 14, 2006 02:56 AM

            Pumpkin is better than good. It's affordable and has a fabulous menu that changes daily. It's the best restaurant in the city. Forget the "big names" and hotel restaurants, this place is a charming, friendly byob with lots to offer!

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              adamlouis RE: kelly Nov 14, 2006 04:35 PM

              Italian BYOB: Ava, Caffe Casta Diva, Melograno
              Breakfast: has gotta be Sabrina's right in the Italian Market. HUGE slabs of French toast stuffed with Mascarpone and an array of toppings (Nutella, Golden Grahams, plums, lavender, etc) that change weekly. As long as you go any day but Monday, you can do some shopping in the Market.

              1. joluvscards RE: kelly Nov 14, 2006 04:51 PM

                For Italian try Radicchio in Old City. Very affordable and BYO. No reservations tho. Another good one is Branzino on 16th st. They do take reservations. They are slightly more expensive than Radicchio.

                Don't miss the reading terminal.

                1. bluehensfan RE: kelly Nov 14, 2006 06:29 PM

                  I think we're all too late...apparently this is an old post (not that your suggestions aren't great ones!)

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