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Apr 22, 2007 07:12 PM

Philadelphia Eateries

The other day I asked for places to eat while visiting the Franklin Institute. Received "0" replies. Does this mean there are no Chowhound-worthy places to eat if Philly? Should I pack my own lunch?

we are visiting Philly next week to see King Tut and his artifacts. Looking for some nice places to eat near the Franklin Institute. We like steak,seafood, Mediterranean or perhaps Egyptian! What can you suggest? Also, who has the best philly cheesesteaks???? All suggestions appreciated. Thanks Peter

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  1. There aren't really any great places that I know of directly near the Franklin Institute, but closer to center city (probably a 15-20 minute or so walk from the museum or a very quick cab ride) there are a number of amazingy BYOs. I would recommend Audrey Claire (amazing mediterranean- 20th and spruce), Melograno (Italian- 22nd and spruce), or Dmitri's (wonderful greek food/ seafood, not byo- 22nd and pine). Because the weather is beautiful now, the walk to center city would be nice... so check out the other boards for this area. I've heard great things about Mercato and Matyson as well.

    1. The Franklin Institute's caterer (Frog Commissary) has provided a Tut-themed cafe that may be your best bet. There is not much within walking distance, but you are so close to Center City that that your choices are many if you don't mind a 10 minute cab ride. I suggest the Reading Terminal Market.

      1. I suggest you walk north on 21st St until you get to the Fairmount neighborhood where there are lots of resturants, including Zorba, Jakes Firehouse, London Grill, Rembrant's, etc. I suspect locals have "cheese steak fatigue". Do a search on cheese steak and you will see exactly 12.54325,423,943245 responses!

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        1. re: OlderPhiladelphian

          I would suggest taking the Phlash tourist loop buses that stop on the side of the Franklin Institute and head to the Reading Terminal Market (at 12th and Arch, a block north of Market St.) for a culinary smorgasboard no other city can match.

        2. I don't know what your budget is but right near the Franklin Institute is The Fountain restaurant in the Four Seasons hotel at the corner of 18th and the Parkway. It's excellent but expensive.

          1. about 2 blocks away is:
            should be a crowd pleaser