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Nov 14, 2006 07:44 PM

Dinner Suggestions Near World Cafe Live (University of Pennsylvania)

Hello all - my wife and I are looking for some recommendations for dinner tomorrow night before a concert we are catching at the World Cafe Live. Doesn't have to be super-close, as we are driving up from northern Maryland anyway. Any/all suggestions are greatly appreciated!

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  1. You won't be far from Nan, at 40th and Chestnut. BYOB. Fusion - kind of continental/asian. The talented chef/owner was from Alouette, a long-time French favorite. Lots of good menu choices. Street parking, moderate prices.

      1. re: isadorasmama

        I just ate at White Dog Cafe for the first time since University City Dining Days from 2 years ago.

        It was much better!

        I love the atmosphere. I ordered the fall vegetable salad and the kung pao tofu. My only complaint is that the rice in the entree was crunchy (not fully cooked) but other than that a good meal. Then again, it wasn't on my dime. If it was, I might have been more critical of the value.

      2. I haven't been in a while but the food at the World Cafe was pretty good and reasonably priced. I recall a great roasted tomato soup and a fabulous mac and cheese. It might be worth trying.

        1. I know that Pod has always been very good and has a cool atmosphere. I have not been to the White Dog in many years because it was mediocre at best. I hear a lot of good things about Marigold but have never been there yet.

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          1. re: bluehensfan

            After a couple of disappointments, Pod recently redeemed itself to me when we had a wonderful time there for a friend's birthday. We had plenty of maki and other sushi. They managed to turn even vegetable rolls into a gustatory delight. If you sit at the sushi bar, don't be afraid to order above and beyond what goes by on the conveyor belt. In my experience, the stuff that goes by on the plates tends to pale in comparison to placed orders. Be warned, however, that Pod's chic- retro- futuristic atmosphere isn't for everyone.

            1. re: gmiles

              Places I'd second:

              Pod is good for funky Asian with a Japanese leaning. I agree that the quality varies.

              White Dog is an institution in that area and is definitely good. It has a locally-grown organic-y thing going on if you're into that. It's over hyped but still good.

              Marigold is a little farther out but has gotten consistently good reviews by everyone but me (their food was fine but for some reason... perhaps the fact that I look pretty young... my table was completely ignored when I went there).

              Another possibility is Rx, which is an American BYO that's pretty reasonable. I've always really enjoyed Rx.

          2. Picnic (3131 Walnut; 215-222-1608) is supposed to be good but call ahead to check hours. Also, there is Bistro St. Tropez on the top floor of the design center at 2400 Market/Chestnut (enter either side;
            And I also vote for eating at the World Cafe.