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

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ric z Jan 13, 2008 06:39 PM

Would love some ideas of things not to miss in that area...
Please share..
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  1. bluehensfan RE: ric z Jan 14, 2008 04:34 AM

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

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      wandasue RE: ric z Jan 14, 2008 11:52 AM

      DiBruno Bros is around the corner on Chestnut.

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        brightman RE: ric z Jan 14, 2008 12:45 PM

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

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          nc213 RE: ric z Jan 14, 2008 01:34 PM

          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).

          http://www.ripsneakers.com/monks/

          You're also not far from Tria, a great place to grab a drink and a snack.www.triacafe.com

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            cwatts RE: ric z Jan 15, 2008 10:57 AM

            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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              Chinon00 RE: cwatts Jan 15, 2008 11:26 AM

              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.

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                brentk RE: Chinon00 Jan 15, 2008 12:23 PM

                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.

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                  Chinon00 RE: brentk Jan 15, 2008 01:24 PM

                  Top contenders according to whom?

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                    Boognish RE: Chinon00 Jan 15, 2008 02:46 PM

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

                    Take that for what you will.

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                  saturninus RE: Chinon00 Jan 15, 2008 01:19 PM

                  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.

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                    Bob Loblaw RE: saturninus Jan 15, 2008 03:35 PM

                    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.

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                      Buckethead RE: saturninus Jan 16, 2008 07:00 AM

                      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.

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                      cwatts RE: Chinon00 Jan 16, 2008 06:14 AM

                      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?

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                        Chinon00 RE: cwatts Jan 16, 2008 07:04 AM

                        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).

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                    bumble RE: ric z Jan 15, 2008 11:04 AM

                    Capogiro's at 21st & Sansom for gelato.

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                      jl0328 RE: ric z Jan 15, 2008 11:17 AM

                      Definitely hit Good Dog - best burger and fries in the city!
                      Philly is known for BYOBS...grab a bottle and try out mercato, lolita or Bindi..enjoy!

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                        DaisyM RE: ric z Jan 15, 2008 12:00 PM

                        Literally across the street from the Sofitel as you head towards Walnut is Bonte. It is a little coffee house that sells real Belgium waffles...nice snack or quick breakfast.

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                          bluehensfan RE: DaisyM Jan 16, 2008 07:57 AM

                          The banana and chocolate waffles at Bonte are great. Also hit the Naked Chocolate Cafe on 13th and Juniper. I agree that DiBruno's is great but the food served upstairs can be variable...

                        2. hollyd RE: ric z Jan 16, 2008 09:23 AM

                          back on Topic. I second DiBruno and RTM, Good Dog for burgers. The owners of my favorite Italian place (L'Angolo) just opened a second location up there....can't remember the name....does anyone know?

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                            Adamlick RE: hollyd Jan 16, 2008 09:28 AM

                            Salento is the italian place. Matyson's is on 19th, between Chestnut and Market that is an excellent BYOB. I really like Tinto, the same owner as Amada and that is rgith across the street from Capogiro ... excellent sangria. You also have the best coffee shop in philly on 19th between Sansom and Walnut called La Colombe.

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