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Mar 24, 2010 02:01 PM

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I will be in Phila. with my 10 year old grand son, to see the lion king. Any ideas for lunch?

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  1. What kind of food does your grand son like?

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    1. re: jaba

      Add-on questions to Jabba's: what is his/your tolerance for walking? That will give us a better idea of an acceptable radius. Are you driving in or coming via train? And what is the time of the show?

      BTW, I went to Lion King last night and was totally blown away. This will be an event for both of you to remember.

      1. re: PattiCakes

        PattiCakes, thank you for your questions. We'll be arriving by car and have arranged for parking next to the Academy. The show is at two o'clock and I thought we might go to lunch. My grandson lives in Louisville Kentucky, in the city, so he is pretty adventurous as far as dining. I would say I would like to stay within 10 blocks of the Academy of music. Thanks for your help.

    2. Well, noone has really helped you, just asked questions!! Try Giorgio on Pine (13th and Pine), Estia, there's a ton of places around there but am sure your grandson would like giorgio

      1. We had a great lunch recently at Devon, which is on 18th St - 4 blocks away. Many choices, and one of the best places we have been for lunch in that area. Also, since it is at Rittenhouse Square, it's a fun place for him to see.

        Parc is also on 18th - very lively, noisy French bistro with good food. Very popular.

        In fact, it's a good idea to make a reservation and allow plenty of time.

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        1. re: sylviag

          I'd second Esta for the great food (especially the fresh fish and the octopus) and the location (right across the street). They do have a $30 prefix menu as well.

        2. you should try Chew Man Chu - great affordable asian food about 2 blocks south of Kimmel

          1. Just so you don't get confused, Lion King is not actually at the Kimmel, it's at the Academy of Music, which is part of the Kimmel association of venues. Kimmel is at Broad and Spruce; the Academy is at Broad & Locust.

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            1. re: PattiCakes

              Since you are going to the 2 PM show, it may be helpful to know that Estia has a $30 prefix three course meal that they serve with excellent octopus, a whole grilled fish, and dessert:

              1. re: bluehensfan

                Estia is delicious, but I don't know that a 10 year old, even a sophisticated one, would enjoy it. If I was going to the Academy of Music with my 9 1/2 year old, I'd either go to Max Brenner at 15th & Walnut (for a fancier meal) or go to Five Guys (15th and Chestnut) for burgers, which is what my son would probably most prefer. Either one is a reasonable walk.

                1. re: Hungryin theBurbs

                  Good Dog, near 15th & Locust, might be another option, although you'd probably need to take a 10 year old upstairs instead of staying in the bar area. The funkiness of the place might appeal to a 10 year old.


                  1. re: PattiCakes

                    We love Good Dog. Are children allowed in bars?
                    I have no idea what the rules are these days.

                    1. re: sylviag

                      My son liked Estia when he was 10 (and even younger!). He likes Good Dog too (and kids are allowed there). You'd be surprised how sophisticated kids tastes can be these days. It's hard to tell what the OP is looking could just let him loose at Reading Terminal and find something he likes. It all depends on the kid.

                      1. re: bluehensfan

                        FYI, Estia does have a children's menu too, so if the 10 year-old is really picky, the OP could enjoy a meal there and he would still have more "normal" options.

                        Of course, at 10 I HATED kids menu options, but I know some kids are more inclined to like them.