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Saturday lunch and dinner in Philly

vega4933 Dec 10, 2009 03:01 PM

Foodie from D.C. sightseeing in Philly and looking for a nice lunch and dinner spot. My hotel is on Spruce and 12th and I am able to taxi, but not interested in traveling too far. I am looking for smaller restaurants with great American or European cuisine. I am probably not up for ethnic (asian, indian, thai,...) unless it's an outstanding "can't miss" place. I am not opposed to finer dining, but I am not looking for anything too formal. Any suggestions are really appreciated.

  1. sockii Dec 11, 2009 01:02 PM

    Mercato is right near where you'll be at and I've enjoyed a number of dinners there. No reservations, though, and it's BYOB, cash only.

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      nwinkler Dec 11, 2009 10:48 AM

      Given your interests, I enthusiastically second Meme, Fork and Kanella, and add Melograno, a moderately priced but consistently good Italian trattoria.

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        urbanfabric Dec 11, 2009 07:46 AM

        I'd recommend Kanella, it's Greek Cypriot and open for both brunch/lunch and dinner on Saturday. It's 2 blocks from your hotel. It's a BYOB.

        If you're going for dinner, you'll need reservations. Another dinner suggestion is Cochon, not too far of a walk, or a quick cab ride from your hotel. It's also BYOB and cash only.

        Your closest, largest state-run wine and liquor store will be on the 1200 block of Chestnut, an easy 5-block walk from your hotel.

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          barryg Dec 10, 2009 03:23 PM

          Fork, Matyson, and Meme are good New American spots. All are open for lunch besides Meme. You also might like Good Dog, Pub & Kitchen and Varga Bar for high quality pub food and good beer.

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            bluehensfan Dec 10, 2009 04:25 PM

            Fork and Matyson are not open for lunch on Saturday actually/unfortunately but make good dinner spots. Close to your hotel is Estia which has great seafood flown in from Greece (and a $30 three course business lunch special they serve on Saturday). Tria has small plates that are excellent and is close by as well.

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