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Lunch near Eastern State Penitentiary

bhein Jan 23, 2010 06:40 AM

Can anyone recommend a good place for lunch tomorrow near Eastern State Penitentiary? Good for both picky adults and children? Thank you!

  1. Gwendolen Jan 23, 2010 06:59 AM

    Try Jack's Firehouse. It's across the street from the ESP.


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    1. re: Gwendolen
      cwdonald Jan 23, 2010 07:59 AM

      In that area you have....

      Rembrandts (good pizza .. )
      Londons (so so food.. decent beer selection)
      Belgian Cafe
      Illuminare (decent pizza)
      Kite and Key (good pub food)
      Rose Tattoo (funky Philadelphia institution)

      I probably would go Kite and Key or Brigids..

      1. re: cwdonald
        Bigley9 Jan 23, 2010 01:13 PM

        I was at the London recently and thought they had stepped it up a good bit from my last visit. Menu is probably a good fit for picky eaters and kids. Does picky mean limited or will only eat the best? I hate that term

        1. re: Bigley9
          Bashful3 Jan 23, 2010 02:13 PM

          We live in the area, and would add another place to your list. Right across the street is Zorba's, which is a pleasant family owned/operated Greek restaurant. Oddly enough I have never been to Jack's Firehouse, but there is so much game on their menu, that a picky eater might be turned off. Zorba's is very kid-friendly, reasonably quiet, and most accomodating.

          1. re: Bashful3
            cwdonald Jan 23, 2010 04:46 PM

            During lunch time on weekends Jacks is serving brunch. So you are going to find everything from pancakes, omlettes, to the burgers and pulled pork, along with salads.

          2. re: Bigley9
            bhein Jan 23, 2010 03:58 PM

            Adults=picky about quality, Kids= picky about choices. (If they were my kids I'd make them deal, but they're my sister's kids, so I have to humor them!)

            1. re: bhein
              Bigley9 Jan 24, 2010 06:46 AM

              I humored my sister's kids who were limited eaters, but always told them when they grew up all their friends would be going out to dinner and wouldn't invite them because it was too hard to find someplace they'd eat. Must have worked - this holiday season (they are 23 - 28 now) they all at least tried (and some liked) the Cape May Salts I was shucking for my Mom and I!

          3. re: cwdonald
            jujuthomas Jan 26, 2010 11:45 AM

            we had a group lunch at Rembrandt's recently. The food was ok, but they kept coming to the table saying they ran out of different things people ordered. (scallops I can understand, but they were out of vanilla ice cream?) The service was TERRIBLE.

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