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Looking for moderately priced "unique to Philly" Saturday lunch recs.

avi Jan 30, 2007 08:19 AM

Hi, I'm looking for a "unique to Philly" moderatly priced or less restaurant for a liesurley Saturday lunch get together with a couple of friends, preferrably close to downtown. Thanks

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  1. bluehensfan RE: avi Jan 30, 2007 10:12 AM

    Not many good lunch places in CC are open on Saturday. Assuming that you don't want the very unique to Philly Reading Terminal Market, there are possibilities like El Vez (granted it's not all that unique), cheesesteaks, burgers at Monks, or a fancier brunch at one of a number of places in town. Another possibility would be a restaurant in Chinatown if you are ok with that type of cuisine.

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      Susan H RE: avi Jan 31, 2007 02:15 PM

      If you want to try dim sum, go to Lakeside Deli (really), which is on the east side of 9th St. between Race and Vine. They won't rush you out, the food is great, and the prices low. Zero ambience. Or go to Reading Terminal Market, get the roast pork at Dinics and camp out at a table in the center court. Another good possibility (a bit pricier, but you'll have doggy bags) is Honey's Sit n' Eat.

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        jfr RE: avi Jan 31, 2007 04:55 PM

        For Saturday lunch, my wife and I on occasion would go to Brasserie Perrier (unique to Philly based on ownership), sit in the bar area for an appetizer or soup or salad and dessert. Sometimes a French beer to accompany the lunch rather than coffee. It costs more, obviously, to have an entree, etc., in the dining room. I enjoy Reading Terminal Market, too, but not for a leisurely lunch. It always seems hectic or rushed. Another place to consider is the bar at the Sofitel Hotel for the soup etc. lunch, though this may not be unique to Philly. Yes, Saturday lunch in CC can be tough to do.

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          mazchristo RE: avi Jan 31, 2007 04:55 PM

          Not a ton open Sat afternoon but here are some options:
          Vietnam on east side of 11th north of Race (there are two- I prefer the one on the right side as you head north on 11th rather than the one across the street with the green neon sign)
          Caribou Cafe Walnut btwn 11th and 12th. Good crab cakes, french bistro, Stella on tap, etc.
          Farmicia on 3rd btwn Market and Chestnut
          Society Hill on the corner of 3rd and Chestnut
          Sabrina's in the Italian Market, 9th and Christian (get the polenta fries). BYO
          Waterworks- offers brunch, the ambiance/view is nice though the menu/food isn't superb. The desserts are great, though (get the ice cream which is all made in house)

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            brightman RE: avi Feb 2, 2007 06:42 AM

            Go to Good Dog on 15th St. Great burger, good selection of beers on tap, friendly staff, reasonable prices...

            1. bluehensfan RE: avi Feb 5, 2007 04:30 AM

              I know for sure that Good Dog is closed for lunch on Saturdays as is Water Works to the best of my knowledge so you may want to take that into account...

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                hungry100 RE: avi Feb 6, 2007 09:45 AM

                For a real downhome Philly experience, try Shank's and Evelyn's in South Philly: http://www.philadelphiaweekly.com/vie...

                or Tony Luke's original spot on Oregon Ave:

                or The Standard Tap in Northern Liberties or Brigid's near the Art Museum...

                or, for a fabulous hoagie -- Chickie's (not Chickie's and Pete's) in South Philly

                for something a little (ok, much) more upscale, try Cafe Nineteen in the Bellevue.

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                  phillyjazz RE: hungry100 Apr 8, 2007 03:42 PM

                  Did Standard Tap start opening for lunch ???

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                    marianne215 RE: phillyjazz Apr 12, 2007 05:55 PM

                    They do brunch on the weekends from 11 to 3:30. They're usually busy, and I recommend getting there before 1 to get the best selection. (They only make a limited number of most dishes, and start running out around then.)

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