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John Lowrey Jul 10, 2008 07:14 AM

A couple of San Francsico 'hounds plus another couple are going to the Barnes Museum on a Saturday in August. We will want lunch after our visit. Any suggestions? We have a car, price is not a problem but no Asian food as there is plenty of that where we are from.
Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

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    LaurCar Jul 10, 2008 10:45 AM

    What part of the state is the Barnes Museum?

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      John Lowrey Jul 10, 2008 11:13 AM

      Sorry--Barnes is near Philly in the town of Merion

    2. mschow Jul 10, 2008 01:02 PM

      One suggestions is to drive over into Manayunk (which is an area of Philadelphia), and go to Jakes. The food is very good, and it is quite nice for lunch. Just be aware of the lunch hours.
      http://www.jakesrestaurant.com/

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        sylviag Jul 10, 2008 01:39 PM

        Unfortunately, there is really nothing good very close to the Barnes.
        The suggestion of Jakes in Manayunk is a good one; I just don't know if they are open on Saturdays. Many places aren't.
        Another option would be to go towards downtown and eat at somewhere like the Waterworks, which is next to the Art Museum. There is free valet parking, and it has nice ambience. It would only be about ten minutes away.
        To go into the center of town doesn't make much sense unless you plan to spend time there. Parking is pricey, and most of the good places aren't open on Saturdays.

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          crazyspice Jul 10, 2008 01:59 PM

          Have you been to Waterworks lately? I have not heard anything positive.

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            mschow Jul 10, 2008 02:33 PM

            I did check the website for Jakes and it is open on Saturdays for lunch, but only until 2:30. You are right, there really is nothing close to the Barnes for lunch. The reviews for Waterworks continue to be poor, and a friend who ate there 6 months ago was very disappointed in the food and the service. It's a shame because the location is so beautiful.

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            fission1 Jul 10, 2008 06:16 PM

            Philly is known for BYOB's. Sola is a small BYOB about a 10 minute drive up Lancaster Ave. Great food, just check to see if they are open for lunch.

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              FoolForFood Jul 11, 2008 07:49 AM

              I'm in the minority, but I love Hymie's Deli. It's the only Jewish-style dive deli in the greater Phila area that reminds me of Carnegie Deli. And it's a 5 minute drive from the Barnes.

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                sylviag Jul 11, 2008 08:46 AM

                You're not in the minority. I love their cabbage borsht.
                If these visitors are in the mood for a deli, that's certainly an option - and yes, very close.

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              heartdoc Jul 11, 2008 08:28 AM

              Aldars bistro is good, its mediterranean food and its very close by. Manayunkl is worth a visit and a stroll too.

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