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My boyfriend and I are mid to late twentysomethings that are going to be in Philly, this weekend. We are staying at a hotel in Old City and would like to visit Chinatown, Old City, and South Street. We especially enjoy ethnic foods including Thai, Japanese, Indian, Vietnamese, and Mexican, but would be willing to go somewhere that has great drinks. Thanks!

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  1. In Chinatown, I love Vietnam on 11th near Race St., and Banana Leaf (Malaysian) on Arch St. between 10th and 11th.

    For great Mexican, I recommend Plaza Garibaldi (BYO) in South Philly--Washington Ave. between 9th and 10th. There's a Mexican spot in Old City called Mexican Post that's a fun place to have Margaritas, but the food is not very interesting.

    The lunch buffet at Karma (Indian) in Old City is delicious and a good value.

    1. Try tapas at Amada in Old City. Great bar area with full service. The sangria is excellent.
      http://www.amadarestaurant.com/

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      1. re: monavano

        Thanks for your suggestions! I should have mentioned that we would also appreciate recommendations for getting a great cheesesteak, in the area.

      2. Eulogy at 2nd & Chestnut has a lot of Belgian beers and decent food. The mussels were a little gritty, but maybe it was a fluke - I've only been there once. Good frites (of course) and I really liked the game sausage trio.

        The Plough and The Stars is a few doors up 2nd. I thought the "haute Irish" food could be a little more Irish and a little less haute, but it was good either way. Seems like it turns into a meat market later in the evening. I'm not sure if it gets like that on weeknights but I once went there for "drinks" on a Friday or Saturday night and couldn't believe it was the same place I'd had a quiet romantic dinner before!

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        1. re: jzerocsk

          I LOVE eulogy, the fries are (in my opinion) the best in Philadelphia. The beer selection is also amazing. You will also find a much better atmosphere than most bars in Philadelphia.

        2. All good and accurate comments so far. For cheesesteak in the area, Campo's is probably the best but Sonny's is a close second -- both on Market around 3rd Street. A lot of people like Jim's on South Street, but, I have to confess that I haven't been there. A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I stopped at Tangerine for drinks and samplings from the bar menu (Moroccan). Then, we walked to Front Street to Swanky Bubbles and sat at the bar for a glass of champagne and shared the chocolate fondue. Not your standard Chowhound recommendation but we had fun. For martinis, we still prefer the Continental at Market and Second (with an order of bread pudding to have something to eat with the martinis). I don't know about the others but I would be interested in hearing what you thought about your hotel after the weekend. Enjoy.

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          1. re: jfr

            Unfortunately, Sonny's will still be closed this weekend for repairs, due to a nearby nightclub fire a couple of weeks ago. Their cheesesteaks are my favorite, and I am really missing them!

          2. OK- Eulogy- excellent, see previous post, Chloe- soooo good, no reservations, cash only BYOB- plan on $80 w/ tip, best scallops I ever had- if you head to Chinatown, Vietnam is excellent and for Chinese my personal fav is Sang Kee (again no res, cash, BYOB about $30) Philly is a great city, hope you have an outstanding weekend!