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Oct 23, 2007 01:50 PM

Lunch in Philadelphia

I will be attending a function a Temple University on Friday, November 2nd. I would like to take my family out to lunch after the ceremony. I would prefer not to head into center city traffic, but will for the right spot. I am not interested in to formal of a place nor a burger place or dump. Something moderately upscale and relatively casual. One place that popped into mind was Jack's Firehouse.

Any sggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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    1. re: bluehensfan

      i had a way overcooked meal at honey's the other night... my second and final disappointment there...

      tonight i had an excellent dinner at modo mio - $30 for a nice four-course meal with lots of extras!! it's italian, BYO (a block from the state store though), and cash only. still verrrry full. i'm about to go write about it in another thread since someone had just asked.

    2. My favorite place for lunch lately is at Boyd's (yes, the clothing store) on Chestnut between 18th and 19th. They have a parking lot across the street and will validate your parking ticket.
      It's on the mezzanine and is comfortable and attractive. I love the panini stuffed with eggplant and other stuff or their crabmeat and avocado salad. Good desserts, too, and good service. (It's run by Le Bec Fin.) Prices are not high.

      Another place that we like very much for lunch is Nan, at 40th and Chestnut. Delicious pad thai, crab cake, soups, salads, etc. It's French/Thai. Street parking.

      We're not fans of Jack's Firehouse, but some people love it. You better check if they are open for lunch.

      The Waterworks is popular for lunch, and has a parking lot. Prices might be a little higher; I don't remember, but it is pleasant and attractive.

      1. Osteria does lunch and is between Temple and center city.

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        1. re: DaisyM

          Osteria would meet all your criteria. Relatively easy parking on side streets also.

        2. Since you specifically mentioned that you did not want to drive into center city, it would be crazy to drive to Boyds. Even to get to Nan from Temple would be a hassle. All the resturants in Fairmount would work for you, but the best idea is Osteria. Just make sure they are open for lunch.