Visiting Philly with family..need suggestions
I am visiting Philadelphia next weekend with my family (including one 5 year old niece) and I need some suggestions for restaurants that are not chain/touristy, but are still family friendly and not terribly expensive. We are staying close to Market Street in the historic district.
Also if anyoen has suggestions on good museums, or other types of family activities that would be great.
In terms of dinner, I would say go to Chinatown. Restaurants there tend to be tasty and reasonably priced. Check out Banana Leaf, Lee How Fook, Lakeside Chinese Deli, and the Sang Kee Duck House. Definitely try Reading Terminal Market for lunch, but be prepared to brave the crowds. I've heard the Please Touch Museum is a great place to bring kids.
Franklin Fountain is great for dessert and in Old City.
Jones is family-friendly, not overboard expensive, and tasty. It has a varied menu...I don't consider Stephen Starr chain.
You can always head to Reading Terminal for breakfast/brunch that won't break the bank. If you're driving, they have $2 parking there, too. Another good breakfast/brunch/lunch spot is Ants Pants...they're a bit futher west, but they're usually quite accomodating.
Lakeside Deli in Chinatown has great dim sum. It's low on atmosphere (VERY low on atmosphere) but the food's great, the service is kind, and they have enough on their menu you can eat there and never have the same thing twice. Cheap, too.
Grab a cheesesteak somewhere (I'll let someone else hash out which place is better). You can always grab one at Pat's, Geno's, John's Roast Pork, etc...
I recently had family in town. We had fun at the Franklin Institute, Art Museum (may be a bit boring for 5 year old?), We Rode the Ducks (expensive, but kind of fun), and the Mutter Museum (I don't care what anyone says, that place is COOL).
Have a great time.