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Jan 13, 2008 06:39 PM

Chow-Worthy Ideas..Staying This Weekend At Sofitel On 17th

Would love some ideas of things not to miss in that area...
Please share..

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  1. Reading Terminal Market is great. There are a number of threads that list the things worth chowing on.

    1. DiBruno Bros is around the corner on Chestnut.

      1. Great burgers at Good Dog or Rouge are 2 blocks from the hotel.

        1. You'll be pretty close to Monk's, a Philly institution. Great mussels, burgers, frites, and beer list. also, they serve between lunch and dinner and until late (I think around 1).

          You're also not far from Tria, a great place to grab a drink and a

          1. DiBruno's is definitely worth visiting. I would also throw out Nodding Head, a microbrewery with good beer and fries, esp if you can't get into Monk's which tends to get VERY crowded. I believe it's east on Sansom from where the Sofitel is.

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            1. re: cwatts

              Must give the big "thumbs down" to Nodding Head. Not just mediocre, but poor beer and merely passable food in my experience. No destination IMO.

              1. re: Chinon00

                I have never eaten at Nodding Head but I have had some very good beers there. When I am in town, I generally drop in for a pint to see what they have on tap. Their BPA and 3C Extreme are top contenders in the APA and DIPA styles.

                1. re: brentk

                  Top contenders according to whom?

                  1. re: Chinon00

                    The judges at the Great American Beer Festival where they've won numerous medals over the years.

                    Take that for what you will.

                2. re: Chinon00

                  Have to 2nd this. The food is certainly edible, but I am not a fan of the beers of the message on the beer list that basically states - if you don't like it, it must be you, not our beer. No returns.

                  1. re: saturninus

                    to be fair, it says something along the lines of, "you're welcome to have a taste of the beer before ordering" before saying "but if you order it and don't like it, it's not us, it's you."

                    that said, i've had some very good beers there. some not so good, some very good. it's a good place, with ok food. wouldn't put it on a must-see or a must-avoid list.

                    1. re: saturninus

                      Yeah, that sign is one reason I never go there. Supposedly they put it up because they get a lot of Bud-drinking types who don't know that beer is supposed to have a flavor. To me it says 'we are full of ourselves and think our beer is much better than it actually is'.

                      Good Dog is far superior, although they don't brew their own beers.

                    2. re: Chinon00

                      Oh well! OP, I think the beers at Nodding Head are interesting and delicious. I guess I'm not at the same connoisseur level as some of these other posters. I also like to recommend places that serve local beers because I feel fortunate that Philly has the local beer scene that it does. Anyway just my .02!

                      Chinon00, do you have any suggestions for the OP?

                      1. re: cwatts

                        The Philadelphia region has many outstanding, interesting and successful breweries such as Victory, Dogfish Head, Weyerbacher, Slyfox, and Stoudt's, to only name a few. So for me Nodding Head doesn't get on the radar screen that often. Have been to the place a dozen times or so over the years. I really like fresh brewed beer so I keep giving it a shot but I just have never been really impressed with Nodding Head's beer.
                        The OP asked for a "not to miss in that area". I would never consider Nodding Head as a "not to miss". For "not to miss" I would suggest as others have: DiBruno's, Monk's and definitely Good Dog (good local beer selection IIRC).