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Nov 16, 2009 06:03 AM

Parents 35th Anniversary Dinner - Philadelphia

Good Morning Chowhounds -

My parents will be celebrating their 35th Wedding Anniversary this month, and my sister and I booked them a hotel in Philadelphia for the weekend after Thanksgiving to give them a mini weekend getaway. The hotel is on Locust & 13th - pretty much between Rittenhouse and Washington Square. (I want to mention that I am not too familiar with Philadelphia, nor are my parents.)

I would like to get some restaurant suggestions for them - dinner is my main concern, but perhaps a place for brunch as well.

As much as my mother enjoys a fine dining experience, my father is an Italian-American from Brooklyn and is not so much impressed with a restaurant that leaves him hungrier than when he arrived. We'll just say that my father likes a full meal... So I'd ultimately like to find a middle ground - if any. A byob may be too much to ask for also?

Thanks for any help you can give!

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  1. If he likes seafood (and you don't mind a bit pricy food) Estia has a number of varieties of extremely fresh fish, great grilled octopus, and some other things that are pretty food. It's located less than two blocks away from your hotel. I'd ask for a booth if I were you and would call for a reservation and let them know it's a special occasion. It's fancy but not stuffy or pretentious.

    1405 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

    1. Lacroix at the Rittenhouse Hotel has the best brunch in town. It's not cheap, but the food is exquisite and endless. Interesting small bites in the dining room through full-on carving stations in the kitchen. As others on this board have suggested in the past, a search on for lacroix brunch will turn up the pictures to prove it!

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      1. re: urbanfabric

        Matyson is a BYO near Rittenhouse Square which we've enjoyed and is recommended by lots of Chowhounds.

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

        1. re: Beulah

          Matyson looks beautiful, and BYO is a big plus. Now in regard to me confidently recommending this to my are portion sizes? :]

          1. re: cbean

            The portions are fine. Definitely not puny but not falling off the plate either. If you father won't be happy unless it's a giant portion I wouldn't recommend they go to Matyson. Perhaps Radicchio would be a better choice. Also a steak house might make him happy. Either Capital Grille or Prime Rib.

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

            Capital Grille
            1338 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107