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Art Museum-Fairmount

We will be visiting Philly this weekend to see the Tutankhamun exhibit. Plan on eating somewhere in the Art Museum-Fairmount area on Friday night. I've read about London Grill,Illuminare,Rambrandt's. Does anyone have any recommendations?

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  1. London Grill is no longer recommended highly around here. Evidently has declined.
    Illuminaire is attractive but considered too pricey for what it is. They have good small individual pizzas there.
    I would choose Rembrandt's. Pleasant place, nice varied menu, good service.
    Rose Tattoo is considered good, but more expensive and noisy.
    For home-style Greek food, many people around here go to Zorba's.
    I have friends who swear by Figs, on 25th St. - mideastern/mediterranean, BYOB.

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    1. re: sylviag

      Thank you, sylviag.We plan on going to Reading Market after seeing King Tut and then down to South Philly to pick up some veal and Italian sausage.Where should I get my cheesesteak fix?

      1. re: benkar

        Reading Terminal closes around 5:00 or 6:00. If that is not too early, you might want a DiNics Roast Porkw/greens & Broccoli Rabe instead of a Cheese Steak. Better get there early though as they have been known to run out around 3pm.

      2. re: sylviag

        Another fave in the neighborhood is Trio, which I believe is on the corner of 26th and Brown. Very nice Thai fusion; reasonable, lovely service. Two floors--upstairs possibly prettier, but we favor downstairs. Their food is so good I have even ordered takeout and enjoyed at home.

      3. I agree about The London. Iused to LOVE the place but I have had nothing but AWFUL meals and service the last 2 or 3 times their. Rose Tattoo is a good choice and if you have the wallet there is always the Fountain or the less expensive Swann Lounge in the Four Seasons Hotel

        1. I would recommend Brigid's. Nothing fancy, just cheap, tasty food in a homey, comfortable space. Great beer also. It's one of my "go to" restaurants. I've never been disappointed.

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          1. re: G Goo

            Actually, Bridgid's was on my list along with Aspen,Figs, Bishops Collor and Jack's Firehouse. Was interested in a good blue jeans type of place,actually.

            1. re: benkar

              We absolutely love Figs. Second choice would be Trio. Not a fan of Brigids unless you are looking for a bang for your buck. Figs is a cute medi byo. Very casual. You can get anything from pasta with shrimp to duck to steak. They always have a fresh fish special. Last time we went we got salmon stuffed with crab in a lemon butter sauce. Prices for entrees hover around $20 some less and a few more. When the owner Moustapha is in the house the food is superb. At other times it is more variable but always good.

              1. re: joluvscards

                i completely agree with this poster on everything. figs is delicious, trio is very good and brigids, while i do enjoy it, is indeed over-rated. it offers filling meals for relatively inexpensive prices, but crabcakes i ordered there (after specifically asking if they were lump or mixed with filling, to which they replied no filler), were terrible, the consistency of moist bread. but their good beer selection makes up for it and figs is a byo.

              2. re: benkar

                Bridgid's is awesome, especially if you are a fan of great beers. Their food is consistenly good. Also, consider Mission Grill (19th & Arch), although it's a little pricey.

            2. I would recommend Osteria or Aspen Grill. Osteria is on Broad and Wallace, and Aspen is on 25th and Aspen Sts. Figs is also good.

              1. Try the Waterworks Restaurant. It is close to the Art Museum, has outdoor dining and overlooks the Schuylkill River. You can walk to it from the Art Museum.

                1. My two cents...if you are looking for a "good blue jeans type of place", I would highly recommend Rembrandt's for their cafe menu...they have a more formal dining room and then a cafe section. They put out an amazing wood-fired pizza that's nicely charred on the bottom, crisp but still chewy, with great toppings. They also have a decent burger and ribeye steak at reasonable prices. The beer selection isn't as wide as Brigid's or Bishop's Collar but decent. Also has a little bit more relaxed vibe than London, and not as populated with the happy hour crowd that populates Bishop's Collar.

                  1. A few months ago I visited the recently opened L'Oca on Fairmount and Corinthian. It's a BYO serving northern italian food. I highly highly recommend it.

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                    1. re: Marianna215

                      L/Oca has the making of a great place, but there have been some problems with noise. Big time noise. Eating really early would be my way of enjoyed L'Oca.

                      1. re: Bashful3

                        I also find it overpriced and am not 100% sure about their claim that there pasta is fresh. You can find the same quality for a lot less elsewhere.