Need reccs - downtown Philly (but this time with young kids)
I'm bring my girls (wife and 5 and 3 year olds) to Philly for a conference from Monday evening-Wed afternoon. We're staying in Penn's Landing but are willing to roam around downtown (walk or cab). I figure we'll have to do the Reading Terminal Market and I just learned that Tarte's bakery is near our hotel. Can you recommend any other good bakeries, coffeehouses, and places to have lunch/dinner that are relatively kid friendly (the girls are pretty well-behaved)?
Reading Terminal Market
51 N 12th St # 2, Philadelphia, PA
I tend to think of Jones as kid friendly, but good for adults too. It's basically well executed American comfort food. It's at 7th and Chestnut, which is not too far afield. It would be good for lunch or dinner.
November may not be the most appealing time for gelato, but a good gelato place that the family might enjoy is Capogiro, which is at 13th and Sansom. They also have a few sandwiches.
At Penn's Landing you're not too far from the South Street area. I would recommend Steven Starr's new pizza restaurant, Stella, at 2nd and Lombard. Another good place for pizza is La Fourno, which is on South Street at about 6th Street.
In the South Street area, there's also a sort of sweet, old-fashioned bakery with tables called The Pink Rose. It's at 4th and Bainbridge. Good muffins, should you go there at breakfast time. A coffeehouse with good coffee is Philadelphia Java Company (which I think has good food also - pastries, sandwiches, yogurt parfaits, etc.),on 4th between South and Lombard.
Philadelphia Java Company
852 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Update - thanks Hansel, we ended up at La Fourno, decent nice place, good service. The fettuccine and especially the veal parmigiana were very good, but I had the margharita pizza and the crust was too dry and flaky (I've had much better thin crust pizza). As for dessert, the tiramisu was too soft and sweet...