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Jul 4, 2007 05:29 PM

Restaurants near Philly Marriott Downtown


I am attending a conference in a few weeks that will be held at the Marriott in downtown Philly.

Any great places to eat lunch and dinner?

Thanks so much.

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  1. In terms of lunch the Marriott is basically across the street from the Reading Terminal. Great lunch ideas there include a pork, provolone and roast pepper sandwich at Di Nics, Bassetts Ice Cream, a soft pretzel at Fishers, etc. There are also good hoagies to be had at several places there as well as excellent chocolate chip cookies.

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    1. re: FayeD

      I'd second the Reading Terminal Market and suggest you try the Amish vendors there from Wednesdays through Saturday, especially the Dutch Eating Place for pancakes and cinnamon buns at Beiler's. DiNic's has great roast pork sandiches, particularly with greens and provolone.

    2. You'll be surrounded by crappy chains like Maggiano's and Hard Rock Cafe so resist those. RTM is great as others have pointed out but they close around 6 so dinner is out.
      You're right on the edge of chinatown. Lot's of great places there.

      My favorite is Szechuan Tasty House on Arch near 9th.

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      1. re: rockhopper

        For dinner, a great BYOB a few blocks to the south is Lolita at 106 S. 13th St. Also, El Vez has pretty good Mexican cuisineat 121 S.13th St. While you're in the area, you may also want to hit the Naked Chocolate Cafe for dessert

      2. Any other suggestions?

        We'll be there the end of the month and are willing to walk.

        1. We have some terrific BYOB's - bring your own wine, no corkage fee. There are wine/liquor stores in town.
          Some of our best are: Matyson, on 19th St. between Market and Chestnut; Branzino, on 17th St. just north of Spruce; Melograno, at 22nd and Spruce. You need a reservation. People have also been raving about Mercato, on Spruce near 12th. I think they take reservations during the week.
          All of these can be walking distance. I'm not sure which are open for lunch - I know that Matyson is.

          Not BYOB is Estia, on Locust St. near Broad - love fish/seafood restaurant with beautiful ambience. Valanni, Mediterranean/continental, is on Spruce between 12th & 13th is good.

          In Chinatown, Lee How Fook, on 11th north of Race, is a favorite. Next door is Vietnam, one of our best Vietnamese restaurants.

          If you browse our Board, you will see reports about these and other places. Lots of good ones!

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          1. re: sylviag

            It might not sound too exciting, but don't rule out the steakhouse in the Marriott! The executive chef of the whole hotel is actually very good. He isn't the typical hotel chef, he's been cooking at 3 and 4 star places in Manhattan and San Francisco then turned to the hotel world. May be worth checking out?