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Feb 21, 2008 02:20 PM

Need dinner restaurant near Sofitel in Philly

I am from Los Angeles and will be in Philadelphia next week for businsess and don't have much time to research. I will be there with a colleague and will be staying at the Sofitel (120 South 17th St.). We are looking for a moderately priced restaurant within a block or two of the hotel. We eat all kinds of food. Do you have any suggestions? Anything unique to Philadelphia? Thanks in advance.

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  1. Tinto is a great place for tapas and is about 3 blocks away from you. And you can stop by Capogiro for amazing gelato for dessert. It is across the street from Tinto. Literally right across the street from the Sofitel is Davios which is Italian. If you can, try to make it during the day to the Reading Terminal for a true Philadelphia experience. It is about 7 blocks away from the Sofitel. Enjoy your stay.

    1. yep, i'll second capogiro (even in the winter!!) and add on tria. great little corner wine/cheese/beer bar with some tasty snacks you can make a meal of.

      1. I've always enjoyed the Happy Rooster which is only a block away at 16th and Sansom. You must try the poached mozzarella if it is available. It is one of my favorite dishes.

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        1. re: artgary

          Alma de Cuba is just a few blocks away and has great Cuban food, particularly the pork lechon, arepas, vaca frita, ceviches, and good desserts, especially the homemade ice creams. It's on Walnut between 15th and 16th.

          You still should try to make it to Reading Terminal Market for lunch or breakfast. It's a few blocks away, uniquely Philly, and well worth the walk. It is at 12th and Arch a few blocks northeast of City Hall.

          Also about four blocks away from the Sofitel (which is a great place to stay by the way) is the Naked Chocolate Cafe for wonderful Aztec hot chocolate and other confections It's at Walnut and 13th.

          Finally, DiBruno brothers has a fabulous store a few blocks away across from Liberty Place on Chestunt and 17th. Literally hundreds of cheeses, charcuterie, prepared meals, gourmet foods and desserts, and a cafe upstairs.

        2. The Sofitel is right in the middle of things, so it will be really easy to go anywhere. I second what people have suggested though I note that Tinto and Davios aren't all that moderately priced (depending on what you consider moderate). Another suggestion would be Monk's a great casual Belgium place that's more bar with good food than restaurant its on 16th and Spruce, so very near by. Definitely hit Capogiro, there are two about equi-distant from where you will be staying.

          1. If a BYOB is okay, then you are near an excellent one: Branzino, on 17th St just north of Spruce, which is very close. Delicious food, nice ambience, moderate prices. Bring your own wine, no corkage fee.
            Philly is known for its great BYOB's.
            I think the other places suggested all have bars, if that is what you prefer.