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Aug 26, 2008 07:00 AM

Quiet Restaurant Near Academy of Music

I need recommendations for this Sunday after Spamalot.

Because of the group (4 people), I need your help thinking of a place that is a short walking distance away, not expensive (under $18 an entree) with vegetarian options and not very loud.

One of our group members has trouble walking and they are not adventurous eaters.

Any ideas? Ted's Montana is not an option because I am a vegetarian.

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  1. Estia (across the side of the Academy of Music ) on Locust has great seafood (especially the octopus) and enough vegetarian items that should suffice. They do have a pre-theater menu, and a $17 three course lunch deal (if you're seeing Spamalot at 2). I think they have validated parking at the lot above the restaurant (it's connected to the Bellevue Stratford), and they have an elevator for the restrooms (and banquet area) below ground. My only concerns about Estia would be the price, and how many vegetarian options you want, but the restaurant is very close, beautiful, and has great food. Either way here is the info:

    Whatever you do, don't go to Ted's. It's probably one of the worst meals I have ever had in Philly.

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    1. re: bluehensfan

      I would love to go to Estia but I know our dining companions aren't comfortable with even a $30 three course menu plus the dinner theater menu doesn't have a vegetarian entree. I forsee them only ordering entrees that are under $18.

      Help! Are we going to end up at Applebees?

      1. re: saturninus

        Mercato is pretty close to there, on Spruce between 12th and 13th. Kanella is a little further away at 10th and Spruce. Both are very good and have entrees under $18 (though most are over $18), including vegetarian options at both (the Athenian pepper at Kanella is fantastic). They're also both BYO, which keeps the overall price down. Mercato isn't exactly quiet but shouldn't be too bad on a Sunday evening.

        1. re: Buckethead

          Can they walk to Tria or is that too far?

          1. re: bluehensfan

            Way too far. The person's mobility is limited to 3 blocks or less.

          2. re: Buckethead

            Is there any place you can think of where all entrees are under $18? It could make them very uncomfortable as we are being treated and they rarely spend much on food.

            BTW I LOVE Kanella.

            1. re: saturninus

              Is La Viola (16th between Spruce and Locust) too far? The only other good place I can think of under that price point is the Good Dog, which is more bar than restaurant, and not quiet. Actually La Viola isn't very quiet either.

              If they don't consider Japanese/sushi 'adventurous', Misso is pretty good, inexpensive, and close by, on Spruce between 13th and Broad. Vegetarian options are kinda limited there, though.

              1. re: saturninus

                Not to change the topic, but what's good at Kanella? We're going Friday!

        2. There's Du Jour Cafe in the Symphony House--Broad and either Spruce or Pine, I believe. Very good food, relatively inexpensive, and several veg options. Should be fairly quiet on a Sunday night. There is also outdoor seating, if the weather's nice.

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          1. Italian Bistro? I think that might work for you re price and location.

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            1. re: DaisyM

              I hate to say it, but I think DaisyM is right about the Italian Bistro. I think it might be your best bet... BTW: what are you doing taking my mom and dad out for dinner? This sounds like them. They like nothing either. Though they are willing to spend much more, I think they would easily find something to eat there. I feel your pain!! But, on the bright side, you can get a drink at Italian Bistro to dull the pain of the boring meal. Sometimes you just have to suck it up, unfortunately.

              1. re: mschow

                Yikes. Is Italian Bistro really that bad? How can someplace that you have to suck it up to go to be anyone's best bet?

                1. re: gina

                  ristorante valentino, 13th & Pine. BYOB. Good pasta dishes at a reasonable price. I wish I could give you the web site, but it appears to be down.

            2. I agree with the people who suggested Italian Bistro. It is pleasant, friendly, and has good service. Hot garlic bread right away. I think a salad comes with everything. I remember (it's been a while) having a pasta with spinach - maybe a cannelini - that was tasty.

              It's very close - practically across the street.

              Sometimes people don't need a gourmet suggestion, they need something practical that will satisfy the group. This should be fine. And you can get some wine or a cocktail!

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