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Two lunches and one dinner in Philly

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Hi all - I'm headed to Philly Tuesday to see a concert. My partner and I will be staying at The Independent. My gameplan is lunch on Tuesday in an area nearby the hotel where we can window shop afterward we eat. Then, I was thinking an early dinner and drinks before heading to the Wachovia Center that night. I'd like a brasserie-type restaurant with a lot of energy that offers great wine and mid-price food. Lastly, we want to spend Wendesday in a fun area where we can eat lunch, linger, watch people and then walk around for a while. Any and all suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated!

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  1. Not going to get into specific restaurant recommendations, but here are some neighborhood ideas.

    The stretch of 13th Street between Walnut and Chestnut (around the corner from the hotel) has some good restaurants, bars, and shopping (some places on Sansom right by there, too). Not a huge strip, and not sure what's open for lunch, but definitely check it out. Make sure you get gelato at Capogiro.

    For Wednesday, I recommend strolling down Walnut Street to Rittenhouse Square. Great shopping and people watching. If it's a nice day, there is some good al fresco on the park.

    1. I have no idea where the independent is but Zinc is a good bistro. http://www.zincbarphilly.com/

      1. For Wednesday, I would suggest maybe going down to Old City. They have a wonderful variety of places and I feel like it has a more laid-back environment. And there's a lot of cute shops! Plus, you could always take a trip to Penns Landing or South St. (it's a bit of a hike, but if you want some exercise...)

        Anyway, I like Mexican Post and Joe's Peking Duck House. They are both located on Chestnut St. between 2nd and Front Sts. and have some great food for cheap prices.

        1. Parc is the ultimate French brasserie with a buzzing atmosphere. I have eaten at Zinc too. It is much smaller & a bit more expensive than Parc. Yould could also consider the Caribou Cafe (same owners as Zinc but less pricey).

          1. Where's the Independent? I've never heard of it. Parc is the new big brasserie here. It's right across from Rittenhouse Square so it's a perfect place to people-watch.

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            1. re: lawgirl3278

              Hi all - thanks so much for the recs! The Independent is located at 1234 Locust St. and is fairly new. I believe it opened in August '08. I'll report back!