Seeking Diverse Philly Food Suggestions!
Gothamite Will Visit City of Brotherly Love Next Weekend
Dear Fellow Hounds:
Next weekend, I'll be in Philly for an art tour (Barnes Foundation & Philly Art Museum) and I'd like to get your recs for brunches, bakeries, tea houses, and dinners. If you could give me about 3 options in each category, I'd be most grateful. I love both sweet and savory foods (inc. eggs), but I've a penchant for the sugar/carbs, i.e., french toast, pancakes, scones, and multigrain bread, etc. Re: cuisine, I fancy Italian, French, American Creative/Eclectic, Surf-n-Turf, and Pan Asian/Fusion. Thank you in advance for your invaluable input!
Let's start with the Barnes area:
For brunches or lunches I would suggest Murrays or Hymie's delicatessen, Aldar -- Mediterranean (also for dinner), Tavern (American) for lunch or dinner. If you are willing to drive about 10 minutes farther, Jake's in Manayunk has the most delectable Sunday brunch. (Their dinners are also among my very favorites too. Extremely creative chef.)
The only bakery in the Barnes area is Viking which is pretty good (ignore the indifferent staff)
Now for the Art Museum area:
The Museum itself has a lovely dining restaurant for lunch but you do need a reservation. Right nearby is the Water Works for lunch. The Cira Center is also pretty close by and is a snazzy looking, New York kind of place, good for lunch as well.
As for dinners in the Art Museum area or fairly close by:
Matyson - Eclectic
Branzino - Italian
Caffe Castadiva - Italian (all BYOB's which is very nice)
My favorite spot (but at Broad & Locust) is a Greek seafood place called Estia (pricey)
For Asian fusion - Susannah Foo's at 1512 Walnut Street (also pricey)
Bon Appetit and enjoy Philly's wonderful Art places.
Thanks for all the tips! Unfortunately, I won't have a car. However, I'm willing to go anywhere w/in reason for good grub on public transport. Is all the hype about Honey's really true? How about Sabrina's Cafe and La Croix Rittenhouse. What's your take on the following places? I've seen them on previous posts: Osteria; Le Bec Fin; Vetri; Modomio; Ansill; Tinto; Amada; and Mama Maria's? Also, what bakeries are in the central Philly area? Thanks so much!