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Visiting near Rittenhouse Square and Need Recommendations!

herculesmulligan Jan 23, 2007 12:06 PM

Folks: I'm visiting from the West Coast and was hoping someone might make a good restaurant recommendation within walking distance to Rittenhouse Square. Thanks!

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  1. saturninus Jan 23, 2007 12:27 PM

    For lunch/ dinner? Price range? BYO?

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      tilemaker Jan 23, 2007 01:37 PM

      I just had a great meal at Loie on 19th street between Samson and Walnut. Lovely decor and nothing is over 20 bucks.

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        joypirate Jan 25, 2007 10:17 AM

        Loie just began serving lunch, per a sign I saw the other day.

      2. Den Jan 23, 2007 01:42 PM

        Lacroix, simply one of the best restaurants in Phila. It's in the Rittenhouse Hotel on the west side of the square.

        1. Chinon00 Jan 23, 2007 02:42 PM

          Monk's Cafe - Belgian Beer Emporium and Restaurant, 626 S 16th St, Philadelphia, PA. A must for any beer lover in town. Terrific Belgian draft selection and WIDE selection in bottles from all over. Their pub grub is above average (Veal Cheek, Rabbit in Geuze Sauce, Pomme Frites, Mussels, Burgers, etc). One of the great beers of the world (Rodenbach Grand Cru) is on tap there now.

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            armartin Jan 24, 2007 04:02 AM

            I will second the vote for Loie. My husband and I had a lovely dinner there this past weekend. The wait staff was especially gracious and helpful. You can tell they really have pride in their menu and food. Affordable!
            At the same price scale is Monks Cafe. Monks does have the BEST burgers in Philly, IMHO. And, if you like mussels - yummy! Plus, a big draw is their huge selection of beers and ale. But, unlike Loie, they do not take reservations. Every time we have been there on the weekend (even at unlikely dining hours) we have had to wait in a crowded bar for at least half an hour.
            Have fun!

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            1. re: armartin
              Buckethead Jan 25, 2007 10:25 AM

              You should try the lamb burger at the Black Door, 2nd and Bainbridge. It beats the pants off Monk's. Their mussels are good, and they have better fries, too. They don't have as wide a beer selection, of course.

              1. re: Buckethead
                Buckethead Jan 25, 2007 05:26 PM

                This thread got me in the mood to revisit the Black Door this evening, and while the burgers are as good as they ever were, the fries were a bit lackluster. Still pretty good, mind you, but not as good (on this particular visit) as Monk's.

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              steelydad Jan 25, 2007 10:20 AM

              Go over to Jims on South Street and have a cheese steak, and you will have had a taste of REAL Philly food. Maybe wash it down with a cherry coke and end with some chocolate cream filled Tastykakes.

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                sylviag Jan 25, 2007 10:23 AM

                We have some terrific BYOB's (bring your own wine, no corkage fee) within walking distance. Some favorites:

                Matyson, on 19th St.
                Branzino, on 17th St.
                Caffe Casta Diva, on 20th St.

                These places are very popular; you need to reserve in advance. You may be able to make a same-day reservation if it's during the week.
                For upscale, Lacroix in the Rittenhouse Hotel is really special.

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                  jonnyblueshoes Jan 25, 2007 04:46 PM

                  1st try snackbar (20th between locust and spruce) then try snackbar, maybe finish up with snackbar.
                  it is an awesome small plate (very creative), no reservation, moderatly priced, super hip / romatic place. i think they serve continuosly from lunch through late night... check it out...

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                  1. re: jonnyblueshoes
                    Hungryin theBurbs Jan 25, 2007 06:32 PM

                    I second the snackbar recommendation. It's a fabulous place for a drink and late afternoon "snack" of wonderful, creative food. It is also the kind of place you could easily have lunch or dinner, either alone or with others. It is hip, but also easy to be casual. It seems to attract different crowds at different times of day, and all sorts of people seem very comfortable there.

                  2. joluvscards Jan 26, 2007 02:47 AM


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                    1. re: joluvscards
                      PhillyFoodDoc Jan 26, 2007 02:57 AM

                      Le Castagne, Lacroix, Beasserie Perrier, Le Bec, Mattyson, Rouge

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                      jessiefoodie Jan 28, 2007 04:33 PM

                      FridaySaturdaySunday is a charming little restaurant with wonderful food. The staff is a bit snooty and arrogant, but the food is worth it. Philly SnackBar just opened and is a tapas-type place with reasonably priced drinks. Audrey Claire is just fair, as is Twenty Manning. For dessert, do not miss out on Capogiro which has gelato in great flavors. For more mainstream, Lacroix, Brasserie Perrior, Matyson--all are great, out of the three, I'd recommend Matyson... there's also Alma de Cuba if you're a fan of Cuban.

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