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grownup55 Feb 13, 2009 01:45 PM

My softball team is planning a visit to Phila for a baseball game in July. We'll be about 8 people. Staying downtown in the stadium area

Would love to know the following:

1) A great place for breakfast
2) A signature place for Philadelphia for dinner price range to max out at around $75 per pp.
3) The best place for:
a) pizza
b) cheese steaks

And anything else that someone feels can't be missed on the trip

Thanks to all!!

  1. l
    lawgirl3278 Feb 25, 2009 01:23 PM

    Fogo de Chao is a chain isn't it?

    Here's an idea for your trip, if you have a car:

    Right off of Broad & Packer (near the stadium) is a small shopping center. Park there. Go to Celebre's for some great pizza (they have a sit down area) and then walk a couple of stores down to Termini's for some cannolis for later. Then go to the famous Chickie's & Pete's for some pre-game drinks (and the crab fries if you have the room!). Chickie's & Pete's offers a shuttle to the ballpark, so take the "Crab Bus" to the game. Enjoy!

    1. l
      lxs Feb 25, 2009 12:27 PM

      For dinner, I would to to Fogo De Chao at 1337 Chestnut Street. It's price fix, but they have a fabulous salad bar and all the meat products you can eat. You don't have to order, the waiters just keep bringing the roasted meats to your table. http://www.fogodechao.com/

      1. b
        bignickpsu Feb 15, 2009 09:54 AM

        I would suggest Reading Terminal Market to get all of the Philly staples and for the overall experience.

        Philly isn't really know for it's pizza. I don't know if there is a clear cut best pizza. As for cheesesteaks, you are going to get a lot of different opinions. Pat's and Geno's are the classics although most would say they are not the best. If you are in the stadium area, I would suggest Tony Luke's.

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        1. re: bignickpsu
          bnemes3343 Feb 25, 2009 12:34 PM

          I've been to Philly numerous times and, incredibly, never been to the Reading Terminal Market. Can you tell me if it's fully functional on a Saturday or Sunday? I'm only about 90 minutes away and seems like it would make a fun weekend day trip.

          1. re: bnemes3343
            Buckethead Feb 25, 2009 12:46 PM

            A lot of the vendors are closed on Sunday, you'd have to go on a Saturday to see everything. I love the RTM, but it's not really big enough to spend an entire day in. You can see the whole place in an hour or two depending on how often you stop to eat something.

            1. re: Buckethead
              bnemes3343 Feb 25, 2009 12:51 PM

              Thanks. Two hours would work for me; don't really need to spend the day there. The problem will be dragging my wife there (she's not a big fan of Philly). But maybe if we stop in Bucks County on the way, she'll go for it.

              1. re: Buckethead
                rabidog Feb 25, 2009 08:08 PM

                agree. go on a saturday, when it's most impressive. 2 hours is my upper limit, and that usually includes grocery shopping. bnemes, depending on what your wife likes i bet we could think of something before or after RTM. naked chocolate or capogiro are two thoughts... or a nice cup of la colombe coffee & hanging out in rittenhouse sq?

            2. re: bignickpsu
              Delucacheesemonger Feb 25, 2009 01:02 PM

              Been going to Tacconelli's for decades, IMHO it is wonderful.

              1. re: bignickpsu
                gina Feb 25, 2009 02:09 PM

                If you're at the Holiday Inn at 4th and Arch, then there is a good pizza place close by--Soho at Market and Strawberry (between 2nd and 3rd). And you can get good cheesesteaks on the same block, too, at Sonny's and/or Campo's

              2. r
                rsgdmd Feb 15, 2009 07:06 AM

                Where are you staying? The stadium area is Not downtown.

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                1. re: rsgdmd
                  grownup55 Feb 15, 2009 03:47 PM

                  Thanks I we're staying at the Holiday Inn in the Historic District.


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