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Hungryin theBurbs Nov 2, 2009 03:13 AM

I'm not so familiar with the brunch offerings around Rittenhouse, but I need to find someplace where 4 adults and 2 kids (9 &6) can have a nice, leisurely meal on a Sunday at around 1:00. I want someplace not super-expensive (i.e. LaCroix), but with a good variety of food, including for one of the kids who is quite picky. All I can think of is Marathon. Any other ideas?

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    urbanfabric Nov 2, 2009 09:09 AM

    Continental Midtown? It's fun for the kids, brunch is pretty good there.
    Parc? Better food, but maybe too noisy/not great for kids? I'm not sure I haven't been for brunch.

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    Continental Midtown Restaurant
    1801 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

    Parc
    227 South 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

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      Hungryin theBurbs Nov 2, 2009 10:35 AM

      I was wondering about Parc too. My main worry is the noise, but I've never been for brunch. Anyone who has care to comment?

      I don't think of Continental as a "kid" place, but I'll check it out.

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      Parc
      227 South 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

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        lillotis Nov 2, 2009 11:14 AM

        We went to Parc for lunch yesterday for the first time. It was excellent. There were a few kids in there. The tables are really tiny and not super kid friendly. Little round tables that barely fit two- and they push 2 together for 4 (bistro type). The place is huge and I cannot believe when we went in at 12:30 for brunch there was a 20 minute wait, and when we left around 2, there was still a big wait. Our bill came to around 85 before tip for 2 of us, but we splurged and had 2 appetizers, 2 entrees, 2 glasses of wine, a delicous cocktail and coffee. They have french toast and omelettes on menu- kid friendly? And a pastry basket. It is loud in there- but I am unsure why that is bad for kids? I would never take my kids to a quiet place- I thought loud would be good.

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        Parc
        227 South 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

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          Hungryin theBurbs Nov 2, 2009 12:21 PM

          Thanks for the info. I didn't mean that it had to be super-quiet, just quiet enough to be able to hear each other. The one time I went to Parc in the evening the din was so loud I couldn't carry on a conversation. The adults are folks who haven't seen each other in a while, so we want to be able to talk. I agree that too quiet isn't good for kids, but my kids are old enough and well enough behaved that there shouldn't be any issues.

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          Parc
          227 South 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

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            rocknroll52 Nov 3, 2009 05:51 AM

            Hi Hungry! I agree with you about the noise level at Parc. It's not a good place for conversation. Moreover, I don't think that the food will be terribly appealing to the kids. I would try one of the other suggestions although your original thought of Marathon seems fine.

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            Parc
            227 South 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

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              Hungryin theBurbs Nov 3, 2009 05:59 AM

              Yeah, I think we'll probably end up at Marathon. The kids like it there, and we will be able to talk. I was just hoping to get a chance to try something different, as we almost never have brunch in the city. The next weekend we will be doing brunch at the Four Seasons, so I guess I shouldn't be too greedy.

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      rocknroll52 Nov 2, 2009 11:01 AM

      You might check out Slate...I had dinner there last week it was not at all crowded and you could hear yourself talk. I am not sure what the brunch menu is like but you could call them.

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        spicemistress Nov 2, 2009 02:33 PM

        Day by Day on the corner of 21sr and Sansom....great brunch!!

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        Day by Day
        2101 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

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        becky315 Nov 3, 2009 06:01 AM

        We went to Continental Midtown for brunch (w/ toddler in tow) and it was great. We were there on Mother's Day, and even though it was packed, I didn't find the noise level to be overwhelming. The food options there seem to be perfect for picky eaters and foodies alike. Although I don't know if they take reso's, you might want to call ahead since you'll have 6.

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        Continental Midtown Restaurant
        1801 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

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          sockii Nov 3, 2009 07:14 AM

          I'd second the Continental rec. I've definitely seen families with kids there on the weekend for brunch and it's a pretty wide menu.

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            PhillyA Nov 3, 2009 08:34 AM

            Agreed. I don't love Continental, but it's decent, lively but not that loud, and actually really family friendly for brunch. It's not at all the same scene as an evening, and I would think the kids would really enjoy the fun decor.

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          iamzorba Nov 3, 2009 07:30 PM

          I was faced with an almost identical situation (1 p.m. Sunday brunch, large party, kids) and solved it by going to Ted's Montana Grill at Broad and Spruce. They don't have a formal brunch, but when making my reservation I told them I had a party of 8 and one of us was celebrating a birthday. They put us in a nice separate room, with a big picture window overlooking Broad St., and although they don't sing happy birthday they did bring the birthday girl cookies and ice cream with a candle. We had the room all to ourselves. The food was good, the menu fairly extensive, and the service attentive. Now, Ted's aint the Ritz, but it's not a dive either. We had a great time. I'd do it again. Of course, their specialty is bison burgers, but you can get conventional meat too. Though four blocks from Rittenhouse Square, you might want to check it out.

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          Ted's Montana Grill
          1512 Main St, Warrington, PA 18976

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