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Aug 19, 2010 08:55 AM

Recommendation for dinner after Sun Matinee at Forrest Theatre

We like Italian but willing to try something else. Really don't want to do a "frou frou" place like a Garces or Starr place (too much money). Any suggestions?


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  1. Not Italian but how about Vallani or Kanella

    1. Valanni would be perfect. It's on Spruce, between 12th and 13th. Interesting menu, very good food and drinks. Ask for the back room if you don't want to be part of a noisy bar scene. It's Mediterranean/Continental; you can see the menu online.

      1. I know you said no Garces, but what about the Garces Trading Company, it's BYOB, smaller plates, sandwiches, pizzas, salads (in addition to bigger dishes) and close by on Locust between 11th and 12th.

        I love Kanella, but if you think that all Garces and Starr places are too expensive, you will think this is too expensive too. What kind of prices are you aiming for?

        1. How much money is too much? All the places mentioned so far are comparable to a Starr or Garces place as far as price goes.

          Will you be drinking? Kanella, for example, is slightly less expensive than the typical Starr or Garces place but it's also BYO, which if you're drinking wine with dinner can make a lot of difference in the bill vs. a place that sells wine.

          1. coming from Jersey Boys with $200 ticket prices. Looking for a moderately priced restaurant priced in like outback range. Thanks for all of your help!