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Restaurant near the Academy of Music in Philadelphia.

NikkiNoodle Nov 24, 2009 03:08 PM

Looking for a nice, but inexpensive ($20 and under for entree) restaurant with great food. Near Broad and Locust Streets in Philadelphia, walking distance preferably. But will be willing to travel a little further away if it is worth it. Any type of food, looking for a fun experience with my younger sisters (ages 19 and 21). We will be going for dinner and then seeing Wicked. Please help!

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    barryg RE: NikkiNoodle Nov 25, 2009 06:32 AM

    Given the ages and price constraints, you might like El Vez, the Mexican spot over on 13th St which is not far at all. It's a fun place. You also might like Jones (comfort food is a Brady Brunch kind of atmosphere) but that is a little further at 7th & Chestnut.

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      bluehensfan RE: barryg Nov 25, 2009 06:46 AM

      Estia http://www.estiarestaurant.com/menu_v... is across the street from the Academy of Music (on Locust) and has a $30 3 course pre-fixe theater menu. They have great grilled fish and octopus. I think the food is better than El Vez IMO but El Vez may be more appealing to your sisters because it's definitely more funky and more of a visual treat. Whatever you do resist the temptation to go to Ted's Montana Grill a few blocks south.

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        sockii RE: bluehensfan Nov 25, 2009 03:24 PM

        I've always enjoyed Ted's outside of Philly...sometimes while on the road for work I've found that a stiff, well made drink at their bar and a decent bison burger is heaven on earth. It might not be my first choice in Philly, but is there a specific issue with the Broad St. location?

        But I'd probably second the El Vez rec... I love their nachos and some of their other dishes, and it would probably appeal given the age group. There's also Raw for some really nice sushi.

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      gfweb1 RE: NikkiNoodle Nov 25, 2009 05:19 PM

      Upstairs at Varalli is close and not too pricey.

      1. Gwendolen RE: NikkiNoodle Nov 28, 2009 03:22 PM

        Fado's irish Pub and Restaurant is right around the corner from the Academy of Music. You can get a very good meal for under $20.

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          NikkiNoodle RE: Gwendolen Dec 17, 2009 04:15 PM

          Thanks everyone for the reply. A friend of mine suggested Fado. So it looks like we will either go there or El Vez. I can't resist good nachos!

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