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ISO cheap, fun, takes reservations near Convention Center

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Going down to Philly this weekend to see the flower show with friends. Show is at the Convention Center and we are staying at the Marriott.

We would like a non-chain restaurant where the four of us can enjoy two or three courses, some wine and lots of laughs for less than $200.

Tapas might be fun. Italian would be fine. So would any Asian, except sushi.

Thanks in advance

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  1. To keep the cost down, you might try a BYOB that takes reservations like Kanella at 10th and Spruce. Or, if you're willing to take a cab ride, try Cochon around 6th and Passyunk.

    For an adventure, try the new Garces Trading Company on Locust between 11th and 12th. They do not take reservations, however, but they do have a little wine store inside where you can buy a wine to have with your dinner.

    You are also close to Chinatown, but you may have trouble finding a spot that takes reservations.

    I can't guarantee you'd get out for under $200 at either Osteria or Amis, but both are wonderful Italian restaurants that are a quick trip (a walk to Amis or a cab to Osteria) from the Convention Center.

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    1. re: urbanfabric

      I'm also looking for a restaurant. It doesn't have to take reservations, but be a reasonably easy walk from the Convention Center. Have done the usual suspects -- Rangoon, Vietman, Penang...

    2. Rangoon might fit the ticket, if you're okay with not doing a BYOB.

      1. El Vez is always a good time! Good food, drinks & atmosphere

        1. If you don't mind a 4 block walk, you could try Valanni - on Spruce Street between 12th and 13th. Just walk south on 12th. It's Mediterranean/Continental, has small or large plates, a good bar, nice ambience.

          1. I think Vietnam and/or Vietnam Palace takes reservations. IMHO they're pretty much interchangeable; the upstairs room at Vietnam probably wins for decor.

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            1. re: drjane

              I was going to suggest Vietnam Palace myself. They definitely will take reservations in my experience, and it would probably take some serious, *serious* drinking to spend more than about 100-150 for 4 and be very well stuffed. Won't say they have much of a wine list, but the bartender is typically good so they offer a nice selection of cocktails.

            2. Might try El Vez, straight shot down 13th Street (@ Locust). Great Mexican food, fun atmosphere.

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              1. re: JanePond

                Hi, bgavin, Hope you have a great time!

                We just returned from the Flower Show last night.

                Here's one more 'must do' recommendation while visiting Philadelphia this spring:

                Be sure to go to the "Picasso Exhibit" at the Art museum. You can buy your tickets on line before hand. http://www.philamuseum.org/exhibition...

                Very beautiful and impressive. And a rare chance to see so much of his work together.

                We loved the Flower Show, too.

                For anyone interested, scroll down on this thread for out trip review: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/690294

                Have a great time!