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Jan 20, 2009 11:51 AM

Good eats near Phl Academy of Music, Broad and Locust?

Not familiar w/ the area. Any suggestions?

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  1. Try Estia
    the food is fantastic nice atmosphere
    very good service
    Not inxpensive
    here is a link


    1. One of my favorites in the neighborhood is Monks Cafe...great if you like Belgian beer, mussels and frites!

      1. Valanni is also a great choice--more casual than Estia, fancier than Monks, quite a varied menu.

        1. There are so many places to eat around there, what are you looking for?

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          1. re: michyphilly

            Estia is verry good. Tria is good if you are looking for something lighter.

            1. re: michyphilly

              My neice will be w/ me and my sister-- so kid friendly is a plus. Nothing fancy--even suggestions of good ch steaks, pizza, chinese, bbq, diners would be a help. Thanks all for the suggestions of Estia, Monks, Valarri, and Tria. Next time!

              1. re: gbean

                Pietro's has pretty decent pizza on Walnut heading towards Rittenhouse. Very family friendly.

            2. you are also very close to chinatown (under a five minute taxi ride and an 8 block walk) if you want chinese, japanese, vietnamese, burmese, thai etc. food. almost all of the restaurants there are kid-friendly, as long as the child likes a variety of foods. el vez isn't so bad (people love it more than me) and it has a very fun vibe. serves mexican-ish food.

              the triumvirate of (boo!) italian chains are also close to broad and locust if you're in a bind. italian bistro is one very big step up if you are really are stuck.

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              1. re: mazza3

                I didn't know Chinatown was so close. I've never actually been to Ctown in Phl. Only NY and SF so that sounds great. I am a diehard dumpling fan and luckily my finicky neice likes them too! Any favorite spots?

                1. re: gbean

                  While you're in Chinatown, hit the Reading Terminal Market for a soft pretzel or ice cream!

                  1. re: bluehensfan

                    I've been there....didn't know it was located in Chinatown, though...LOL. Totally don't know my way around Philly, could ya tell?

                  2. re: gbean

                    chinatown will be very close to you and it's a fun place to explore if you haven't been. broad is the equivalent of 14th, and the center of chinatown runs from 9th to 11th, north of market to about vine (those are loose boundaries - it radiates a few blocks north and east and west, but most restaurants are located in that center area). at locust you're a few blocks south of market. depending on how long you're willing to walk - i'm guessing it's a 12-15 min walk, but it would be a very short cab ride.

                    i don't know much about dumplings specifically, but check out lee how fook for some nice chinese food, appropriate for kids. it's on 11th just north of race, i think. the two vietnamese places in that same area on 11th are both great as well.