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Jan 9, 2008 11:40 AM

A week in Philadelphia

I will be in Philadelphia for a week in late March/early April. What are some good breakfast, lunch and dinner spots? I am staying downtown, but can travel throughout the city. Price is not too much of an issue, but dinner for one without drinks for $35-$40 is about as high as I can go. I don't eat red meat or pork, but can do anything else and any ethnicity.

Any recs?

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  1. You;re going to hear this over and over, but you should make the Reading Terminal Market one of your frequent breakfast/lunch spots if you are staying in the area nearby. Great breakfasts at the Dutch (Amish) counter. For lunch, there are many different food choices inside the terminal. I like DiNics for pork sandwiches, 12th St Cantina for Tex Mex, Salumeria for sandwiches. But there are plenty of other choices in the terminal as well.
    What hotel are you staying at? That would better assist people in suggesting restaurants within walking distance.

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    1. re: mschow

      Get yourself a bottle of your favorite wine and hightail it to Caffe Casta Diva on 20th & Spruce. A lovely Italian restaurant.

      1. re: mschow

        I will be staying at the Mariot in Center City, but can travel around the city.

      2. By downtown to you mean Center City?

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        1. re: saturninus

          The Marriott's within sneezing distance of Reading Terminal so I'd second breakfasts there at the Dutch Eating Place (Weds through Sat only). Given the dietary restrictions, Estia has great but pricey extremely fresh, simply prepared fish and grilled octopus. It's only a few blocks to the south. I'd also hit the Naked Chocolate Cafe for hot chocolate, which is also only a few blocks away.

        2. Just had a marvelous French toast at Honey's Sit n Eat at 4th and Brown. My friend had whole wheat pancakes that she enjoyed. We were there at lunchtime. Not walking distance.

          For dinner, some excellent BYOB's in the area - walk or short cab or bus - are
          Branzino, 17th just north of Spruce - delicious pasta, fish, etc. - reserve
          Mercato, Spruce near 12th - reservations during the week pre-theater
          (These two are walking distance.)

          Matyson - 19th south or Market - very popular, reserve
          Radicchio, 4th and Wood - not walking distance, no reservations - great grilled Dover sole
          Not byob: Estia, on Broad St., has a prix-fixe if you go early - I think before 6:30 or 7, not sure -lovely and really good grilled fish