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Aug 15, 2007 07:42 AM

Casual Dinner in Philly Friday night

First time in Philly...looking for good casual dining without the need for reservations. Brew pubs, burgers, crab cakes, fish and chips with a Philly flair. We will be staying at Loews Hotel which I think is near the Reading Terminal. We will probably be out and about looking at the historical sites and such. Any recs?

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  1. Nodding Head (great fish & chips and burgers)
    Good Dog (great burgers and make a great cheesesteak egg roll)

    Tir Na Nog & Public House are both not bad, but can get crowded during happy hour.

    1. Don't know how you are traveling (cab, car, PT, etc) but Northern Liberties is the neighborhood just North of Old City where all the historic sites are located. They have a number of great gastro-pubs in that area - Standard Tap being the first that comes to mind.

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      1. re: Bigley9

        If you're in Northern Liberties, I'd also recommend N. 3rd.

      2. In Center City, Good Dog has some of the best burgers you can get, as does Black Sheep Pub (and don't miss their mac 'n' cheese).

        Great burgers and fish & chips can be had at Society Hill Hotel Bar, in Old City.

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        1. re: gina

          I'd second the Society Hill Hotel Bar

        2. I like Jones (7th and Chestnut). Located sort of between your hotel and the Independence park sites. They have solid American food, the place is spacious and I've rarely had to wait too long for a table. There is outside sidewalk seating as well. The bar area is lively and the prices are good, though it can get loud. Service is efficient and friendly and they have fish&chips, burgers, crab cakes, and good fried chicken. The website is fun too:

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          1. re: naneharvey

            21st & Fairmont.
            Expect noise.

            1. re: naneharvey

              Naneharvey, on what nights do you not have to wait long? Every time I've been to Jones on a Friday night, it's been packed to the gills, and the wait for a table has been quite long.

              1. re: naneharvey

                stay away from can do alot better service wise and food wise...i'm pretty sure you could make the same stuff Jones does at home...