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apcollins Mar 30, 2010 09:05 AM

I am hosting someone for lunch next week and am shuttling into Philadelphia for the afternoon.

I was wondering if someone could recommend a good lunch spot - I can cab it into Rittenhouse Square or Center City but am also open to anything close by to the airport.

Would like American cuisine and am not too concerned about price.



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    sylviag Mar 30, 2010 01:25 PM

    We had an excellent lunch at Devon recently. Plenty of menu choices, too. It's on Rittenhouse Square. Parc, though good, is very noisy.

    Capital Grille, on Broad St., is also good for lunch. Clubby atmosphere, big leather chairs, etc.

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    1. re: sylviag
      apcollins Mar 30, 2010 06:26 PM

      These are great suggestions - my wife and I actually ate at Rouge once before and loved it. How do people feel about XIX? (I know it is a different locale than Rittenhouse)

      1. re: apcollins
        urbanfabric Mar 31, 2010 01:03 PM

        I've heard really good things about XIX, but haven't tried it. I would add Lacroix at the Rittenhouse Hotel to the list of good, american lunch spots in that 'hood.

        Devon is nice, but it is a chain, so if you're looking for something unique to the City, I'd skip it.

        1. re: urbanfabric
          barryg Mar 31, 2010 02:40 PM

          True about Devon but there are only 4 locations nationwide, so it's not like going to Applebee's or Ruth's Chris.

          1. re: barryg
            micreynolds Mar 31, 2010 03:03 PM

            For the record, I have known several people that worked at Devon, and their paychecks were from Houlihans. So, it's a chain restaurant indirectly.

          2. re: urbanfabric
            Bigley9 Apr 1, 2010 09:14 AM

            I'd skip Devon as well. Estia comes to mind, but it is seafood.

            1. re: Bigley9
              bluehensfan Apr 1, 2010 10:53 AM

              Agreed. Estia is much better than Devon, chain or not. They do have decent chicken, lamb and other entrees, but the menu is Greek seafood-centric. Estia does have a $30 three course business lunch steal... http://www.estiarestaurant.com/menu_v...

              1. re: bluehensfan
                apcollins Apr 9, 2010 07:24 PM

                I ended up at XIX on Broad - not bad, cool view of the city, friendly service. It was a nice day and I think I would have rather dined at Rouge or Parc based on the open air nature of it all...

                Thanks for the tips and feedback!

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        truffles2 Mar 30, 2010 12:37 PM

        BTW - there is nothing, restaurant wise, near the airport

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          cwdonald Mar 30, 2010 12:03 PM

          If you are going into Rittenhouse, I would go to Rouge rather than Devon. They have a great burger.

          Also Parc is a great place to eat if the weather is nice.

          1. PattiCakes Mar 30, 2010 11:01 AM

            Lunch near Rittenhouse Square? Devon. Make as reservation, however.

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            1. re: PattiCakes
              Ali Mar 30, 2010 01:15 PM

              I'll second Devon as a good business lunch spot with American food. And the reservation thing is definitely needed - on OpenTable, though.

              My first thought was Davio's, but that's not exactly American (Italian steakhouse). Rouge's vibe, I don't think, works for a business lunch. And Parc is French bistro, which is yummy but but casual and no American.

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