Good eats near the Alexander Inn in Philly
- txgoddess Oct 4, 2009 02:26 PM
we will be in town for just one night and would love recommendations for dinner that are within walking distance of the Alexander Inn.
Monk's is already on the list for brews & appetizers.
no dietary restrictions and open to all types of food, moderately priced is good.
Estia - Excellent but a bit pricey. Figure 150 for two with a bottle of wine.
Effies - another Greek - But BYOB
La Castagne - High end Italian.
Davio's - High end N. Italian/steak place. Also pricey
Il Portico - Italian
MY Personal Fav - Branzino - BYOB - but you will need a reservation
Great call on Monk's. I probably wouldn't venture too far away from the mussels and the beer, but both the offerings and final results were generally outstanding (altho I'd drop the "Ghent Mussels" from my list; Bacon, cheese, and mussels might be a good combo, but not when they're steamed together--anyway, there was enough of the garlicky kind in other buckets to make up for it.) The place has a nice dark-woody-neighborhood vibe about it, too.
If I were in Philly only one night Monk's would not be on my list, largely because of the above limitations. If I were there 2+ nights it definitely would be considered. (It's not far from Capogiro, too, so that takes care of dessert.)
If I had only one night in the area, tho, I might very well return to Branzino -- mentioned above -- which produced excellent results for us a couple of years back.
261 S 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
This is a pretty broad request as the Alexander Inn is centrally located downtown, meaning that there are scores of high quality restaurants within walking distance.
Here are a few moderately priced BYO places within a couple blocks of the Inn:
- Kanella, Cypriot cuisine (think Greek with a twist), BYOB. I just had an excellent dinner there. Definitely get a reservation if its the weekend. They do a good brunch/lunch, too, so that is another option.
- Lolita, "haute" Mexican, BYOT--bring your own tequila and they will mix up a fine margarita. They don't take reservations so expect a long wait on the weekends during peak time, but they will take your cellphone number and call you--it's around the corner from your hotel so that may work out well.
- Mercato, Italian, BYOB. I haven't been here in a while but it's a favorite of many. They also don't take reservations on the weekend; not sure about during the week but again they will call your cell when the table is ready.
All of the above have entrees +/- $20. If I had to pick one, I would choose Kanella in a heartbeat.
If you want to have beer with dinner, there is a great take out beer store at 10th & Pine called the Foodery that stocks 100+ bottles and you can make your own mixed six pack.
Also, to add to this growing list, Bindi -- modern Indian (not traditional), BYOB; El Vez -- upscale Mexican, a bit pricey; Raw -- sushi.
Estia is a must-do for fresh fish and octopus. Lolita and Bindi are both good (and there's a Capogiro right there for dessert) as is Alma de Cuba for nuevo latin cuisine. Do hit the Reading Terminal Market for breakfast or lunch (especially Wednesday through Saturday when the Amish merchants are in town) and there is a great Moroccan hole in the wall called Argan a block south of the Sofitel (on either 18th or 17th) that serves wickedly good pita-type sandwiches. My favorite is the tangy, juicy, lamb with roasted eggplant, tomatoes, and greens. I see someone the previous poster recommended Raw for sushi but it seems to be going downhill as of late which is very disappointing because it's a great place visually and the service is good.
Something worth bearing in mind is that from the Alexander Inn you're under a mile from anywhere in center city Philadelphia. You'll be able to walk just about anywhere you want to go as long as you can handle 3/4 mile in nice weather. (Kanella, Mercato, Lolita, Bindi are all good and no more than a 5 minute walk away - tria, across the street from the Alexader Inn has great cheeses from Murray's in NYC and a good selection of wine & beer too.)