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Sep 2, 2010 07:15 PM

Dinner near Wachovia Center for a party of 12.

We are looking to go out to dinner in between sessions of a conference we are attending at Wachovia Center. We have from about 5:30 until 8pm to eat and get back for the evening presentations. Any suggestions for something decent, not too pricey and quick, but not fast food or dives?

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  1. There is nothing near the Wachovia center. Will you have a car? Either way, my recommendation is the same: South Philly Tap Room at 15th and Mifflin. The Broad Street subway stops near there.

    1. You could go to Criniti's on Broad just north of Oregon Ave (one subway stop from the Center). If you are not from the Philadelphia area, Criniti's is a fine example of "red gravy" Italian. Round trip and dinner should be easily doable in your time frame. Not sure if they accept reservations, but if you call and explain your situation, they might be able to accommodate you.

      And just so you are aware, the Wachovia Center has recently been renamed as the Wells Fargo Center.

      1. if this is a mid-week meeting, you should all get on the broad street line and head into center city. there is nothing within walking distance of the wells fargo (fka wachovia center) and the ride only takes 10-15 minutes and you will have tons of options. i would also recommend places that take reservations so that you can stick to your schedule.

        now what sort of foods would appeal to your group? asian, latin, american, upscale pub food, steaks (maybe too pricey), italian.....?

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        1. re: mazza3

          Thanks for your suggestions! We will be there on a Friday evening- we need to leave the conference at 5:30pm, travel to/ find the restaurant, eat dinner and get back by 8 pm. Ha ha ha, I had no idea it's called the Wells Fargo Center now- make sense, of course, but it's still listed as Wachovia in my conference literature.
          Anyhow, it's a religious group and I'd guess that half are on a tight budget- probably Italian or American would fit the group just fine. I am probably the most adventuresome eater and most willing to spend money on food. I just don't want to hear gasping at prices when they open the menus. I doubt they'd be comfortable in a rowdy bar scene. I mean, we're not the Amish or anything,(not that there's anything wrong with that)...but...And it needs to be relatively safe location. How's the subway at that hour on a Friday?