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May 7, 2009 01:06 PM

Layover Lunch Spot

I've got a long layover in Philly coming up, and want to find a nice spot to treat myself to a lovely lunch. I'm envisioning an upscale but casual spot where I can cozy up to the bar with a book & glass of wine. Any recommendations that aren't a huge hike from the airport?

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  1. The Marriott right in the airport has a fairly decent restaurant/lounge.

    1. Define 'long' layover.. the city is very close to the airport but it kind of depends on how long you have.

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      1. re: Buckethead

        I arrive at 7am and leave at 4pm.

        1. re: kristing

          Your best bet for leaving and returning to the airport is SEPTA's R1 Airport Line. You can catch it right at the airport and it will drop you in Center City in about 20 minutes. Quick and much cheaper than a cab. Schedule here...

          As for lunch recommendations, I think Amada fits your description. It's a Spanish tapas place so you can order a few plates at the bar as well as your glass of wine. The chef, Jose Garces, recently won a James Beard award for best Mid-Atlantic chef.

          1. re: Philly Ray

            If you take the train there are plenty of places by Suburban Station (walk south) or by Market East (walk East). If you take a cab you can get more specific.
            Good recs here so far. I'd add Tinto to the list, as well as Table 31 if it's nice outside (right next to Suburban station).

      2. Take cab to Johns Roast Pork. it will change your life

        1. With such a long layover, you might consider taking the R1 train to 11th Street and eating breakfast at the Reading Terminal Market (12th Street just north of Market). If you're coming on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday, I suggest the Dutch Eating Place for a unique Philadelphia experience. On other days, you can go to the Down Home Diner or whatever strikes your fancy.

          You could then mozy over to Amada for lunch later with your book and glass of wine.

          The trains to the airport run every half hour.

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          1. re: Seeker19104

            There's always Tria, a few blocks from Suburban Station (probably the third stop from the airport on SEPTA's R-1

            I'd second the recommendation to visit Reading Terminal (connected to the Market East Station). You can get some good snacks for the trip home

          2. Parc. Ideal for wine, food, people watching and the type of atmos where you can be as involved or detatched as you please. It's a French Bistro on Rittenhouse Square (just a block or so from the afforementioned Tria), owned by Stephen Starr but not like his typical place. Very authentic.