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Hi everybody. I'm in Manhattan and will be doing business in Philly about once a week starting in mid-September. Can anyone reccommend favorite dishes (appetizers, entrees, desserts, snacks, anything) at restaurant around Rittenhouse Square--want to try as much Philly food as possible! Thanks.

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  1. Some of my favorites: burger at Rouge, pizza at Pietro's, whatever suits your fancy at DiBruno's, gelato (esp. bitter chocolate) at Capogiro. Try to make some time for the Reading Terminal Market; not that close to Rittenhouse Square, but well worth a long lunch, as others here will tell you.

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    1. re: Elaine

      I'm going to have to disagree about Rouge. Their burger is one of the most overrated food items in the city. It's good, but definitely not $15 worth of good, and not as good as, say, Rembrandt's or the Black Door. Capogiro, though, that's good stuff. Get the rosemary honey goat's milk if they have it.

      If you're on an expense account, there's always the $100 cheesesteak at Barclay Prime..

      1. re: Buckethead

        I actually loved the burger at Rouge when I had it, have not been to the others you mentioned though. You mentioned that $15 is pricey for the burger & then suggested the $100 cheesesteak! (which comes with alcohol- so might not work for some during business)but I do love Barclay Prime!

    2. There are a lot of great things in that area. Matyson is great for lunch or dinner. The menu changes fairly often, so I can't recomment a specific dish.

      Tria is great to grab a glass of wine and some small plates. You can make a meal of it there, but I think of it more as a cocktail kind of place.

      1. Good Dog (224 South 15th) has the best burger in the city. Stuffed with blue cheese which bursts out with your first bite. Served with carmelized onions on brioche. Solid beer and wine list as well.

        Di Bruno Bros., Rittenhouse Square (1730 Chestnut Street) - Gourmet store offering cheeses, hams, pates, along with pizzas, ready made pasta dishes, sandwiches, smoked fish, spreads, olive oils, etc. Upstairs seating for lunch/brunch.

        Miel Patisserie (204 South 17th Street) - Outstanding artisanal pastries, muffins, chocolates, desserts, cakes, etc.

        Monks Cafe (16th & Spruce) - Believe the hype. This national recognized restaurant has a mind blowing beer selection and an interesting menu which includes Lapin a la Gueze and Veal Cheeks both of which I really enjoy. Checkout the whisky selection in the back too.

        Cafe Habana (102 S 21st St) - Small Cuban spot with a fantastic Sunday brunch and very friendly service. Try the Arepas with beans, cheese and eggs.

        Friday Saturday Sunday (261 S 21st St) - Part of the Philly food revolution of the 70s (and still looking that way, but in a good way) the food is alway on the mark and the wine list is good and affordable. Knowledgable staff. Get seated upstairs (and drift off into space).

        Also try: Brasserie Perrier, La Bar Lyonnaise (basement of Le Bec Fin), and Loie.

        1. I strongly disagree with Friday Saturday Sunday - I feel it's past it's prime.

          1. Ditto on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Loved it years ago. Went back last year and was very disappointed. Too warm red wine, too small glasses, poor service... Plus the place now looks a bit seedy and the food was nothing to talk about. If I went, I'd sit at the tank bar and have a drink. Otherwise, avoid the place.