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Best place to eat alone

JD12 Mar 6, 2010 02:46 PM

Will be in town for work and was wondering the best places in and around City Hall to eat alone. Somewhere that is lively and has great food.

  1. j
    JD12 Mar 18, 2010 06:52 AM

    Thanks for all your help! I will try these places this weekend!

    1. j
      JohnnyT Mar 17, 2010 09:32 PM

      Try the food court at the Bellview. Lots of good choices, and lots of attractive people to watch.

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      1. re: JohnnyT
        mazza3 Mar 18, 2010 01:13 PM

        or at the bellevue. :) i am not a stickler for spelling, but this 'un might confuse the OP.

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        kennedy1025 Mar 16, 2010 02:58 PM

        i imagine if you are in town for business you are looking mainly for lunch and dinner recs.

        For lunch:
        grocery on 13th for great soups
        reading terminal
        cafe old nelson (one right at broad and the other on 13th up from grocery)

        for dinner -
        good dog - on 15th great burger
        village whiskey - so much easier to get a seat at the bar if you are alone!
        el vez - decent mexican food and great bar placement for people watching
        rouge - friendly bar staff and great people watching

        hope this is not too late

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        1. re: kennedy1025
          Bigley9 Mar 18, 2010 10:36 AM

          First things that came to my mind: Good Dog if you want a beer with the meal, RTM if you don't!

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          Hansel Mar 13, 2010 08:29 PM

          OK, this is not super close to City Hall, but I think places where you can eat at the bar are fun when you're alone, and you can do so at Zahav and the food is good (middle eastern, small plates). Location is south of Walnut Street between 2nd and 3rd:


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          1. re: Hansel
            bonappetite Mar 14, 2010 05:45 AM

            Zahav is good, would also add bar at the Ritz 10 Arts, Chris's Jazz cafe

          2. thehungrything Mar 6, 2010 03:48 PM

            The Reading Terminal market is a 5 minute walk from city hall. It has a wide variety of food that is great from many vendors, it is lively and you are likely to catch some live music at lunch time.

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            1. re: thehungrything
              AgentRed Mar 6, 2010 08:08 PM

              Yeah thehungrything just gave the definitive answer.

              1. re: AgentRed
                Umami_G Mar 7, 2010 07:55 AM

                Agreed, There is no better place for "lunch".

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