Lunch near HUP on Thursday
I need a place for lunch Thursday near the u of p hospital. Have been to La terrasse (awful) . Will eat anything. I just want it to be good!!! Should I just stick to White Dog Cafe. It'll be a long morning and something fun would be nice.
Top choice: Distrito -- great food, great drinks, and a fun vibe. Distrito is not in the heart of "campus", but it's only a couple of blocks away.
Far from fine dining, but really good:
Bobby Flay's Burger Palace on 40th and Walnut
Beijing on 37th and Spruce -- the new "healthy" menu is mighty tasty and better for you than the usual Chinese fare
New Delhi Indian Restaurant on 40th and Chestnut
Save room for: Capogiro for awesome gelato -- right near Bobby's Burger Palace on Walnut between 39th and 40th
IMO, Pod is mediocre at best.
RX was also good in the Hood (44th and Spruce - now replaced by Local44 - worth checking out, I'd say).
POD - I'm not a fan -- it's very high concept + changing light colors + not relaxing IMHO if you're looking for a break from HUP. White Dog - agreed - a has been, and very uninspired, traditional fare at best.
Midatlantic just opened at ~33rd on Market + might also be worth checking out. Otherwise - yup I'd have to agree Distrito is your best bet in this neck of the woods.
If you want to go a little further outside the campus (maybe a 10-15 min walk), Marigold Kitchen is incredible! It's in the first floor of an old house, with great service and yummy food.
I am also a fan of Distrito, but it can be expensive for the amount of food you get. However, I maintain that their "El Fuerte" dessert (chocolate cake, caramel and chocolate sauce, pretzel crumbs) is one of the BEST desserts I've ever had, and I'm a serious dessert person :)
Just for the sake of searchability, the South Street Bridge will reopen next month, Resurrection Ale House will be a quick shot over there. Some of the bet pub grub I've had in a while. It gives Pub & Kitchen a run for its money, IMO. It's still not far to go over the 38th st. Bridge, but it'll be much more convenient once the bridge reopens.