Need holiday lunch rec in CC -- 3 people $20 each
I'm a little stumped. Three of us would like to get together for lunch next Wednesday since our office is not having a holiday party this year. I'm looking to keep things "cheapish" ($20, no alcohol, an entree each with shared appetizer) but with a fun/festive or nicer-than-our-usual atmosphere.
We're right at Broad and Chesnut, so within walking distance would be a bonus. We've been to El Vez and Jones too many times, but something similar would work well. Right now I'm leaning towards Cuba Libre, but I can't remember their lunch prices and it would require taking a cab/bus.
On the other end of the spectrum...How is the bar at Nineteen (XIX)? The decor definitely fits the "nicer than our usual". Can it be done for $25?
we were just talking about the happy rooster on another recent thread - it seems to get high reviews, though i have not been there yet. they are open for lunch. 16th and sansom. looks like you might be able to find something in your price range. http://www.thehappyrooster.com/dining...
i loooooooove estia, but i just don't think it is do-able on that budget. have not visited for lunch, though, so don't know how the menu differs.
and i would avoid cuba libre like the plague. i hate that place; the food is mostly overrated and overpriced, their drinks are weak and overpriced, and their staff is comprised of a bunch of snots. sorry for the harsh words, but i really WANTED to like that place; went there four times i liked the ambiance so much... but the food, drinks and service cancel the cute interior right out. that place needs some new management.
I second the recommendation for Capital Grille. I go out for lunch occasionally with a small group and that is the preferred place. You should do it for that price.
If it is someone's birthday, tell them when you make a reservation (which is necessary) and you will get a free dessert - which you can then share.
Estia is lovely, but even with the prix-fixe, our lunch somehow became pricey with coffee and tax.
Matyson is great for lunch, but a little farther away. Another place where reservations are a must.
You might want to check out the review below involving the "scallop". After reading that I don't think I would go there. You are very close to Capital Grill which I think is a great place although I am not sure whether their prices are within your budget. Their on-line menu doesn't list prices. Why don't you stop by and ask to see a menu. Another possibility if you like Greek food is Estia which seems to have a special luncheon costing $17 for an appetizer and main course.