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Blanks Feb 7, 2007 10:55 AM

I am looking for a place near the TLA on South Street to take some friends for dinner before a show. There will be 6 people in total and we will only have an hour and a half. Only criteria is that we are looking for somewhere with sit down waitress service that serves alcohol. Can anyone help me? I was thinking of Copabanana, but thought I would ask around because I don't know the area that well. Thanks in advance for any help.

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    Chowtalk Feb 11, 2007 02:09 PM

    Ansill for sure.
    Overtures is in a time warp from 1970, Great small plates at Ansill. quick service.
    Creperie is mediocre, royal tavern just sells a bunch of fried food.

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      Bashful3 Feb 10, 2007 07:23 PM

      Overatures is near there; if you ask to be out in your time limit I'm sure they would accomodate. Specials can be outstanding values; very romantic, quiet lovely setting.

      1. Tonyjlive Feb 10, 2007 12:33 PM

        I think the Royal Tavern would be a good choice. It's a few blocks away from TLA but we had a good meal trhere, and it fits your criteria. It would fall under the gastropub theme not a traditional restaurant. Good drink selection and good food.

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          saturninus Feb 12, 2007 05:13 AM

          I think Royal Tavern isn't what it used to be a year ago. It's also not a walkable distance.

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          cpharbor Feb 10, 2007 06:05 AM

          If I'm that area I'd go to Gnocchi on Passayunk around 4th or 5th. Its a BYO, so do that. The place is great.

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            Adrienne Feb 10, 2007 07:45 PM

            I love Gnocchi. I might say the same of it as what Mazza said about Beau Monde above though, this might not be your night to go to Gnocchi.

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            hungry100 Feb 9, 2007 08:57 AM

            I second Beau Monde.

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              lauracohenromano Feb 7, 2007 03:12 PM

              I like Beau Monde very much, at 6th and Bainbridge; so has anyone else I've taken there. Delicous crepes of all kinds, and meets your criteria.

              1. saturninus Feb 7, 2007 12:18 PM

                I'd also like to throw in The Latest Dish, not as fancy/nice as Ansill but another option.

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                  Buckethead Feb 7, 2007 12:45 PM

                  Ah, I miss that place.. get the mac and cheese if you go, holy cow is that good. The chicken tacos are great, too, and they have lots of great beers on draft. It's a little small for a group of six, depends when the show is I guess.

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                    mazza3 Feb 9, 2007 12:11 PM

                    latest dish if you're going to a show. good base for the drinking, not little plates like ansill (tapas to most normal people). i've heard la fourno is good but have never been. if you like pub type food, the dark horse just off second and south (on 2nd between lombard and pine). they make good salads and lighter stuff and serve 20 oz pints. yum.

                    beau monde is delicious, but hardly the place to enjoy a drink before a show. definitely go there some other time.

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                  Buckethead Feb 7, 2007 12:05 PM

                  I'll second Ansill, I love that place. It's at 3rd and Bainbridge, very close to the TLA. You may also want to consider Southwark (4th and Bainbridge), it's very good and has a good wine and beer list. Avoid Copa at all costs. If you're looking for something more casual, there's Shouk, on 7th just south of South, it's a little further away but is also excellent.

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                    Buckethead Feb 7, 2007 03:44 PM

                    My mistake, Shouk is on 6th.

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                    Hardart Feb 7, 2007 11:55 AM

                    Ansill. It's so hot right now, and you can definitely get in and out in 90 minutes. Plenty of posts here about them.

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                      cussbucket Feb 7, 2007 11:17 AM

                      Well, the TLA is around 4th and South, so I'd suggest walking a flew blocks to 636 South Street -- La Fourno.

                      Yummy Italian (see also Messy and Picky's review: http://www.messyandpicky.com/index.ph...) and there may be some Chowhound reviews around here somewhere.

                      I love the chicken marsala, they make a mean pizza, and they do serve alcohol.

                      Also, they usually aren't swamped, so you should be able to be in and out in time. Call ahead, though, and ask for a reservation, if you can.

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