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Mar 25, 2008 08:07 PM

Dinner Recs Near Reading Market

Will be working in Philly for a week and the hotel is across from the Market. I have tons of deli recommendations, but am looking for good dinner recs within walking distance. Less interested in fancy, expensive dinners, and am more interested in the good eats that I shouldn't miss near this area (inexpensive to moderate are good price points). Thanks for your suggestions!
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  1. Like Chinese? Philly's Chinatown is a very short walk from RTM.

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    1. re: hveagle

      I would definitely like to get some good chinese food while there at least once...any places that stand out?

      Can you tell me which neighborhoods are short walking distance from here? I don't know Philly at all and knowing which neighborhoods are closer will make it helpful in finding good chow. Thanks!

      1. re: AndreaD

        I'd search the boards. For Chinatown, Shiao Lang Kun and Vietnam are pretty popular. There's a noodle place around 10th & Arch (Lan Zhou, methinks) that has good hand-drawn noodles. Sang Kee is another good one, but the wait is so hideous that I haven't sat down there in 1.5 yrs.

        If you're next to Chinatown, that means you're also near the Rittenhouse area, which has lots of good food that probably falls into your "fancy, expensive dinners" category but will also fall into the "good eats that I shouldn't miss near this area" category. From your hotel, walk south to Walnut/Chestnut - if you walk [west] along these streets, you'll find a lot (and also just north or south off of them).

        Past Chinatown is the Old City area with quite a few good spots (but can also be nightmare-ish at night on weekends when it turns into one giant party spot).

        You're near-ish to Good Dog with their great burgers - 15th St, I think above Sansom. It's a long-ish walk but not impossible by any means.

    2. If you walk straight down 13th st, you'll get to Lolita (BYO Mexican) and the new Bindi (BYO Indian). Both are moderate-plus in price, but not fancy. Capogiro gelato (13th/Sansom) is a fantastic snack or dessert before or after or really anytime.

      Down at 1126 Walnut St. is Caribou Cafe, a French Bistro which is moderate and somewhat casual. Not a "shouldn't miss" but decent food and pleasant.

      1. If you walk south of 12th St to Spruce, you can get to Mercato, at 1216 Spruce, which is a very good Italian BYOB. Small, crowded, delicious food.

        One of our favorite restaurants in Chinatown is Lee How Fook, on 11th St between Race and Vine. (Walk north.) Next door to it is Vietnam, for good Vietnamese food. Someone mentioned Shiao Lang Kun, also very good. It's on Race St, between 9th and 10th.

        1. Also in Chinatown is Rangoon on 9th street between Arch and Race. It is Burmese - don't miss the 7 layer bread!

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          1. re: Bigley9

            or either of the dueling vietnamese places on 11th! (not really dueling, they're just uncomfortably close, across the street from one another on the northernmost edge of chinatown. funny in the same way the dueling passport photo trucks on ?callowhill? west of broad are funny) their names are vietnam and vietnam palace. personally, i prefer the latter though the general consensus here would disagree i think.

            1. re: rabidog

              I have been to VP and loved it, but haven't been to the other one because it looks so upscale from outside we're afraid to take junior there. My childfree friends all love it, though. Plus once we get to LHF there's some kind of vaccum force that draws us in, even when we'd planned to get out of our rut.

              I like the suggestions so far, and I also speculate all of them would be good places to eat alone, which is such a thing on business trips.

              1. re: Mawrter

                nah, you'd totally be fine in vietnam with the young'un. i would say it's the same price as vietnam palace (and pretty much the same menu for that matter) the major difference being vietnam palace has more of a modern twist while vietnam is a little more traditional looking what with the wood details (much like lee how fook).

                1. re: rabidog

                  Ah, thanks. I really appreciate the "soft" info! :-)

                  1. re: rabidog

                    I agree. We've been their with our kids many times. They don't have high chairs, and I'm not sure about boosters, but if you are fine with a chair, you are good to go. My kids love Vietnamese. We order the big appetizer sampler platter and the kids eat from that as their meal, while we order whatever else we want.

                    1. re: Hungryin theBurbs

                      Thanks! Great to hear that from the POV of another parent. That's a great idea about the appetizer platter since Vietnamese places often have such great, kid-appealing, finger foodish apps.