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Jul 30, 2007 03:55 PM

Saturday lunch near Franklin Institute?

A friend and I are going to see the King Tut exhibit at 3:30, and I'd like to find a fun place for lunch within walking distance. Nothing too expensive, but good food and a fun atmosphere. Any cuisine would probably work. One place I was thinking was Tir Na Nog, but I wasn't sure how close it was.

I live in Wilmington, DE, and he is coming from Bayonne, NJ, so neither of us are too familiar with the area. I've been to Philly a few times, though, and I'd feel comfortable walking around trying to find a restaurant.

Thank you!

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  1. Sabrina's Cafe opened a branch not too far away from FI that is sure to be good. If you were willing to walk to Tir Na Nog, why not walk a little further (or take the Tut Trolley for a $1 a ride that stops at the side of the Franklin Institute) and go to someplace good like the Reading Terminal Market.

    By the way, they do have $6.50 parking all day on Saturday at the lot near Tir Na Nog at 15th and Arch.

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    1. re: bluehensfan

      Sounds like Waterworks would be perfect (right behind the Art Museum) but you may have a devil of a time getting a reservation.

      1. re: idia

        Unfortunately, Waterworks is not open for lunch on Saturdays. Even harder to get a reservation!

      2. re: bluehensfan

        I didn't know that - that's good news! Where's the branch of Sabrina's located?

        1. re: lauracohenromano

          Sabrina's Café and Spencer's Too
          1804 Callowhill St.
          Tue.-Sat., 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun.-Mon., 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

      3. There are lots of good lunch places just north of the FI. Walk right up 21st St till you get to Fairmount ave, turn left and you will see Jacks Firehouse, London Grill, Rembrandt's, and others. Everyone thinks center city, but fairmount is closer.

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        1. re: OlderPhiladelphian

          I would recommend Rembrandts and London Grill over Jacks- I have a number of really negative service issues with Jacks and the food is fair. Bishops Collar is also really nice.

        2. Don't scoff but the Art Museum has a lovely dining room with either a buffet table redolent with goodies, or a menu choice if you prefer.
          And it is right across the street.
          As it is very popular, reservations are a must!
          Extra added plus is that you could take some extra time to peruse the wonders of art!

          1. The Continental Midtown is a fun place - small plates meant for sharing, and a pretty cool atmosphere. I'm not totally sure about the timing, but it's on 18th and Chestnut, so only a few blocks away... They have a website w/ hours and menus.

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            1. re: becky315

              A few blocks away? I think more like 14-16 blocks away!

              1. re: OlderPhiladelphian

                Really? My bad - we walked from the Continental to the King Tut exhibit, and it didn't seem that bad...guess we were enjoying the conversation too much - sorry for the misinformation!

                1. re: becky315

                  OK - just checked - it's .6 miles, unsure of the exact amount blocks, but it's 2 blocks West to 20th, and and maybe 7-8 blocks north...just FYI...

                2. re: OlderPhiladelphian

                  You're thinking of the original Continental in Old City. The Continental Midtown is at 18th and Chestnut, as becky315 says, about half a mile from the Franklin Institute.

              2. A fun place in Fairmount is Bridgid's. It's definitely more "fun" and casual than Rembrandt's, the food is good, the prices are very reasonable, and they have a good beer list, heavy on the Belgians. (They get extra points in my book for being non-smoking years before Phila. finally caught up.)