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Starbux Jun 25, 2008 08:58 AM

We are coming into town Friday night (seeing Les Mis Saturday, yay!) and staying at Sofitel. I have narrowed down my list to four restaurants in the neighborhood, we won't be getting there until late and want to keep it close to the hotel. (but not interested in the French restaurant inside)

Friday Saturday Sunday
Supper
McCormick & Schmick's Seafood
Tir Na Nog (Irish place, different, looks cute)

SO what are your thoughts? I am clueless, I'd love them all!

TIA!

Kelly

PS - We plan on hitting the Reading Terminal Market Saturday am. Is this a good idea? Any other suggestions?

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    nns Jun 25, 2008 09:15 AM

    Of that list, I'd choose Supper, hands down. It's a 10 minute walk from the Sofitel, and the creative, delicious menu is absolutely worth it. I tend to judge restaurants by whether or not they serve food of higher quality/creativity than I could make myself at home, and Supper is the only one on your list that satisfies that criterion.

    As to the others: Friday, Saturday, Sunday I admittedly haven't been to in about two years, but my understanding from those who have is that not much has changed -- it's fine, and comfortable, but won't blow you away. McCormick & Schmicks is chain food, completely not worthwhile. Tir Na Nog is a bar with actually a pretty interesting and varied menu, but the execution is just so-so (good shepherd's pie, though).

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      cwdonald Jun 25, 2008 09:20 AM

      Tir Na Nog is actually a chain, with branches in NY (opposite Penn Station) and one in Baltimore. Food is good not great. I would second the Supper recommendation. McCormick is chain food. Friday Sat Sunday is good, but more as a local comfortable place to eat, as opposed to a dining experience.

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        CPaul Jun 25, 2008 09:24 AM

        Hitting the Reading Terminal Market Saturday is a VERY good idea, probably a lot better than the restaurant selections listed above.

        Friday Saturday Sunday was prety decent when I went there 5 or 6 years ago. Nice, but not outstanding.

        McCormick & Schmick's Seafood ... chain food. Really dissapointed with their sole when I went there. Should've ordered a steak. Their apps are good, especally soup when the weather is cold.

        Tir Na Nog (Irish place) Decent, tasty food. But almost always noisy becasue lots of drinkers standing around like sardines. Yuppie mosh pit, better go at lunch instead.

        Don't know Supper, but Matyson, Genji, or Seafood Unlimited are other good options in the area

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        1. re: CPaul
          bluehensfan Jun 25, 2008 09:31 AM

          I'm not all that familar with your choices, but from what I've heard, supper is probably the best bet. That being said, Tria http://www.triacafe.com is very close to the Sofitel and has great food and you can get a bunch of small bites to eat. Also Estia http://www.estiaestiatorio.com is very close as well if you want great seafood. It's a much better choice than McCormick and Schmick's (and even closer).

          Reading Terminal Market is great on Saturdays in the morning. We go every week, it is that good. The best bets are pancakes at the Dutch Eating Place, soft pretzel's from Fisher's, and roast pork sandwiches from DiNic's. Avoid the Down Home Diner for breakfast and the cupcakes at the Flying Monkey Patisserie though.

          1. re: bluehensfan
            saturninus Jun 26, 2008 09:25 AM

            You would be MUCH BETTER OFF at Estia, Tria, Matyson or Tinto. All are near your hotel and the show and have GREAT food.

            Supper might be decent but it's no where near the show. The rest are just sub-par to awful.

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          Buckethead Jun 25, 2008 09:35 AM

          Yeah, Supper is the best of those four by far.

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            Starbux Jun 25, 2008 09:51 AM

            Great, this is exactly the input I need!

            I am not interested in a chain, so definitely Supper is the choice so far - unless anyone can recommend something better close to the Sofitel?

            And THANKS for the Reading Terminal Market tips! Keep em coming! :)

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            1. re: Starbux
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              Hungryin theBurbs Jun 25, 2008 10:29 AM

              There are a lot of terrific restaurants w/in a short walk of Sofitel. Say a little more about what kind of food/atmosphere/price you like and we can steer you in the right direction.

              The top of my list in that general vicinity would be Tria, Tinto and Matyson. They all have great reviews on this board if you do a search. They also all list their menus on-line.

              http://www.matyson.com/

              http://www.triacafe.com/

              http://www.tintorestaurant.com/

              1. re: Hungryin theBurbs
                rabidog Jun 27, 2008 12:52 PM

                i heartily second any one of these three choices (matyson, tinto, tria)! all are a quick walk and excellent. matyson is a BYO. you could combine pre- or after-drinks at tria with any of the other two.

              2. re: Starbux
                bluehensfan Jun 25, 2008 10:33 AM

                What type of food is it that you're looking for?

                There are many restaurants very very close to the Sofitel (including gelato from Capogiro http://www.capogirogelato.com) depending on what you want including:
                Snack Bar http://www.phillysnackbar.com/
                Tinto http://www.tintorestaurant.com/
                Matyson http://www.matyson.com/
                Apamate http://www.cafeapamate.com/
                Alma de Cuba http://www.almadecubarestaurant.com/
                ...the list goes on!

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                  jp32 Jun 25, 2008 11:27 AM

                  If it was me...I'd be going to either Tinto or Matyson (assuming reservations were available at either)

                2. re: Starbux
                  PSZaas Jun 27, 2008 04:01 AM

                  When I stay at the Sofitel, which is about twice a year, I try to have at least one meal at the Happy Rooster, one block away. Really good kitchen, really friendly place, open late.

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                  Happy Rooster
                  118 S 16th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

                3. crazyspice Jun 25, 2008 10:46 AM

                  Supper definitely gets my vote!

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                    Latzo81 Jun 25, 2008 12:51 PM

                    Supper its not near the Sofitel at all. Tinto is down the street and one of the top 5 in the city go there. It may take you less then 5 minutes to walk there.

                    1. hollyd Jun 26, 2008 07:13 AM

                      From your list: supper. Other place close by:
                      what about Audrey Claire? I haven't been there in about a year. Any comments on how they've been lately?

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                        pazos Jun 27, 2008 03:50 AM

                        I have to say Matyson, no-brianer there. Definitely do not miss trying the gelatos at Capogiro!

                        Enjoy the show & dinner,

                        AP

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                          joan1725 Jun 27, 2008 01:23 PM

                          Tinto is 3 blocks away and is wonderful. Then accross the street for gelato

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                            efitz83 Jun 27, 2008 07:41 PM

                            As far as McCormicks, Tir Na Nog and Fri Sat Sun, I'm non plused about those choices.

                            I've recently eaten at both supper and Matyson and was blown out of the water. Both offer smart interesting food. Tinto is a mob scene on the weekends. Supper has two floors to ease the blow of weekend traffic. Good Luck!

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