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Casual dinner in South Philly without reservations required?

Will be picking up my son at the airport around 7-8 pm on a Saturday evening. He will be dressed VERY causally (read... shorts, jeans/ T-shirt) Thought dinner in South Philly would be a good idea as he will be famished(leaves Seattle @ 6am with bad connections)All ideas are greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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  1. The South Philadelphia Tap Room @ 15th and Mifflin is a fun, friendly, casual spot.

    1. Criniti's on Broad St. just north of Oregon Ave. would be convenient for you. It's only a few blocks north of the Broad St exit of I-95 as you head back into the city from the airport.
      On a Saturday night without a reservation (Actually, I'm not even sure if they take them), you might have a short wait but it is a very casual place.

      1. I suggest Marra's, at 1734 E. Passyunk. Very popular, casual, good pizza, salads, and all the rest. You may have to wait, but it moves quickly.

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        1. re: sylviag

          Marra's was going to be my other suggestion, but at that time on a Saturday night, Criniti's might be a little easier to get into. Hard to go wrong with either place though.

        2. Tony Luke's is right at Front and Oregon - the original stand or the restaurant across the street

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          1. re: Bigley9

            yello'bar on 24th and catharine is just off 76 (university ave. exit)- good beer and food- casual

          2. 2nd the south philly taproom. Also, their chef specials are nothing short of inspired. Basically, the chef is sorta bored so some nights he sets up a $9, $12, and $15 chef special (you pick, higher quality ingredients as it goes higher). Tell him what you like and don't like (no shellfish, like it spicy, etc) and he'll play around and make you something awesome. I had a very, very good jambalaya-ish thing when I went. Unusually good beer selection, and very good vegetarian options.

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            1. re: joypirate

              That's interesting to hear joypirate. I just moved to the area. I should try this place!

            2. Saloon
              Paradiso

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              1. re: idia

                I don't think I'd visit either of those places in shorts and a t-shirt.

                1. re: Buckethead

                  We picked up our grandson from an Electric Factory concert -- and you KNOW how they dress at those things! -- and took him to the Saloon.
                  They are much more forgiving with kids and teenagers (especially in the summer)

              2. Thanks for everyone's suggestions! We sound up going to Marra's and had a delicious meal. Family antipasto was great and huge! Baked ziti, chicken cacciatore, and chicken marsala were all delicious!