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Foody in Philly. Where to go? Morimoto? Amada? *Urgent*

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Hey all,

I am going to be in Philly tomorrow and would like some suggestions for lunch and dinner. Lunch is pretty open. I would like to do a tasting or something around lunch time at a top-notch restaurant but havent heard great things about Morimoto' s 80-dollar tasting. It also seems like a lot for a lunch tasting. And i saw that Amada has a tasting/pre-fix but dont know how much 35 is going to get me. So, any suggestions for lunch?

Also, my girlfriend is meeting my dad tomorrow night and i would like to go to a nice restaurant but money is an object. We dont want to spend 100 dollars per person for dinner. But, at the same time i want to try and hit a popular spot or nice spot because i am in the Philly area rarely and want to try some of the best.

Please, any suggestions and comments help.

Morimoto Restaurant
723 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA

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  1. Meme for dinner. Tomorrow is their prix fix...$38 for 4 courses. Add a bottle of wine and you're still under $50 a head (excepting tax and tip).

    You can't lose on that one. David is a killer cook.

    I will say though, that the one time I've had the omakase at Morimoto for lunch, I ate so much I didn't need dinner at all. You might want a lighter lunch. I'd suggest something lighter. Perhaps something at Parc.

    Morimoto Restaurant
    723 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA

    227 South 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

    1. Monday is a little tough, a lot of places are closed. Where are you staying? It's pretty hard to spend $100 per person on dinner in Philadelphia, so that won't be much of a limitation. Amada's lunch is good, I wouldn't bother with the tasting menu there though, it's just items from the regular menu. You're usually better off just ordering what sounds good to you. I'd send you to Kanella if it were open, but it's not.

      For dinner tomorrow, go to Zahav. It's one of the city's best restaurants, is definitely popular right now, the food is fantastic, and the prices are reasonable. There's a $36 prix fixe that includes everything I'd want to order if I was ordering a la carte. And they have tables tomorrow night.

      266 S 10th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

      237 St James Place, Philadelphia, PA 19106

      1. I second Zahav for dinner. I was just there last monday. The prix fixe for $36pp is more than enough food, and allows you to try a great variety of dishes. The Israeli cabernet they are featuring is excellent too, and it's a nice place--lively vibe, nice for an occasion.

        I think Amada is great for lunch. For a completely different direction, go to the Reading Terminal Market (one of the biggest and best indoor markets in the country) and eat your way through it. I particularly recommend the roast pork sandwich with greens and provoline from Dinic's. That's a real Philly eating experience.

        Reading Terminal Market
        51 N 12th St # 2, Philadelphia, PA

        237 St James Place, Philadelphia, PA 19106

        1. Matyson has a nice tasting menu and they are open for dinner on Mondays.

          $45 for 5 courses

          Matyson Restaurant
          37 South 19th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103