I will be in philly this weekend and am looking for some sugestions of not to be missed places. We will be near the art museum to start. Looking for a festive dinner place cheap to moderate with vegetarian and/or seafood options as well as good bars.
Rembrandt's is probably the most all-encompassing place in that Fairmount area. You can go moderate/pubby all the way to upscale. I was there once with my son for a Halloween package deal with "Terror Behind the Walls," the annual horror-fest at the Eastern State Penitentiary down the street. Liked it. And the Fairmount neighborhood is one of the safest and most attractive in Philly, as far as I'm concerned.
Agreed - art museum area not known for really "chow"worthy places, that said - I'm in that area quite often and am quite addicted to the Bishop Collar's (23rd and Fairmount) $6 chicken quesadilla and $6 chili nachos - what I would honestly say are the best nachos in the city. This is also a great bar with a pretty good beer selection, always one or two yummy seasonals on tap. Other great bars, that have enjoyable food are Aspen (25th and Aspen) - I really like their mussels, and the Aspen Salad is $5 and a great size - and Brigid's (on 24th right before Aspen) - they have moderate priced food, and a great beer selection.
People might disagree, I think there are no great restaurants in the Art Museum area.
The best vegetarian restaurant at the city that is loved by carnivores as well is Horizons. A must go.
In Center City I reccomend Good Dog for cheap food and good drinks and Tria for moderate. There are plenty of bars to visit near there.