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Weekend in Philly with Family?

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My fiancee and I will be taking a trip to Philly next weekend with both sets of parents (don't worry, we all get along great!) and are looking for some eating recommendations. Particularly, we want to find a great place for dinner Saturday night, as well as a nice spot for brunch on Sunday. Here are the conditions:

1. No mostly- or only-seafood places. I know Philly has some good ones, but one parent is allergic to shellfish and won't go near it, and a few others just don't really like it.

2. Since we're a group of 6, we want somewhere that's family-friendly -- accommodating for big groups, not noisy/smokey, etc.

3. Price-wise, we're thinking mid-range. (Think $35-$55 for a three-course dinner + drink.)

We're staying near UPenn in the Inn at Penn Quarter, but will probably drive over the river into downtown for dinner.

Let the suggestions fly!

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  1. No need to come over the river for dinner, Marigold Kitchen is close by there and fits your needs perfectly. It's BYO, so you'll need to pick up a couple bottles of wine before you go.

    Smoking is prohibited in all restaurants in Philadelphia, and almost every bar.

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    1. re: Buckethead

      In that area Nan is another suggestion.
      You could also sit in a Pod at POD which is a fun experience. (Asian food)
      If you decide to traverse to the big city, I recommend Bliss across the street from the Academy of Music.

      1. re: Buckethead

        This Boston Hound is heading your way next week . We were so happy to see a 21 Century smoking policy and that we don't have to go back to the dark ages of smoky bars.

        Just wanted to thank the Philadelphia hounds in advance. I didn't have to post a question because you were all giving great replies to other visitors.

        We have reservations at Tinto and will play the rest by ear based on where we are at the moment and what great places from your recommendations are near us.

      2. Nan, at 40th and Chestnut. BYOB. Plenty of non-fish/seafood. I love the duck breast, always a special. Good rack of lamb, steak, etc.
        Don't miss the cold cucumber soup, if they have it.
        Walking distance.