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fun, reasonably-priced dinner in philly

anj Apr 16, 2007 08:43 PM

hi --

boston hound here, looking for birthday dinner recs for a friday night. i'm looking for a place with great food, a fun atmosphere, and entrees under $20. i'd also like to be able to make reservations since it will be a group of about 8 or so. ideally, the restaurant would be in or close to center city, where i'll be staying.

thanks in advance for your help!

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  1. ellen4441 RE: anj Apr 16, 2007 09:22 PM

    how about Copacabana's on South St...?

    They have good burgers, "spanish" fries, homemade sangria,...........and it is reasonable

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      mazchristo RE: anj Apr 17, 2007 05:14 AM

      Try Vietnam. Excellent food, everyone will find something on the huge menu (even the pickiest of eaters, I know from big group experience), good service, great space. Three floors plus a neat little relatively undiscovered lounge/bar upstairs with delicious lemongrass martinis. In Chinatown on N. 11th past Race (convenient to Center City). www.eatatvietnam.com

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        lawgirl3278 RE: anj Apr 17, 2007 06:17 AM

        Jones is a fun place, Copa is good. There's a bunch of fun bars with great food all around the city...Where exactly are you staying? That would help narrow it down a bit.

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          anj RE: lawgirl3278 Apr 17, 2007 07:00 AM

          i'll be staying around rittenhouse sq, or just west of it. anything that comes to mind in that vicinity? thanks for your help so far!

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            Hardart RE: anj Apr 17, 2007 07:42 AM

            Well, part of the question is *which* Friday night, because the further from now it is, the more options you have. That said, I heartily second the Vietnam nomination.

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          lawgirl3278 RE: anj Apr 17, 2007 07:31 AM

          Hmm...not sure about the prices, but here's a few places near where you're staying that come to mind.

          Continental Midtown (fun, good drinks, sharing plates- type food)
          Devil's Alley (bar with decent far)
          Tir Na Nog (Irish pub)
          Copa Miami (like the Copa mentioned below, but with a Latin twist)
          Pietro's Coal Oven Pizzeria (good pizza and other Italian dishes)
          Genji (sushi/Japanese)

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            illafoodie RE: lawgirl3278 Apr 17, 2007 09:07 AM

            dmitris on 22nd and Pine has really great greek food with extremely reasonable prices, and it will give you a good flavor for the philadelphia byo scene (although this location serves wine). I'm not sure if they take reservations though...

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