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A month in Philly

Good afternoon to you all,

I'll be in Philly for most of February and some of March. I'm coming out from Seattle and will be working throughout the day but my evenings will be free. I'll be staying downtown and like to put some miles on my shoes though I'll also have a car available if there are some recommendations that require traveling. What I am looking for is a variety to keep me interested throughout the month. I'll have enough time to write my own best of cheesesteaks, pizzas, pork roast sandwiches, or any other dish that begs to be sampled from multiple venues. Any help or directions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

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  1. had a fantastic 3 course italian meal at modo mia (I think it was $30). food was great, waiters very professional, plus it is byob which is a bonus. We didnt know so our waiter was kind enough to pay it forward with a 3/4 corked bottle of red left over from last night by someone. nice gesture and it was good wine and delish. Bread is homemade and crusty chewwy and great for sopping up one of their sauces. Go early in the month since I bet you will likely go back. Stay hungry my friend

    1. Sunday Brunch at Lacroix. Just amazing!

      1. Broad question. You'll get good suggestions here but you ought to read old threads on the board, particularly ones from visitors. Here's a couple to get you started:
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/736204
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/697725

        You also might want to follow some food blogs while you're here, or look over older posts. Check out:
        http://www.foobooz.com
        http://citypaper.net/blogs/mealticket/
        You'll get a lot of ideas by browsing those.

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          1. re: crazyspice

            Hit Reading Terminal Market, preferably on a Wednesday through Saturday when the Amish merchants are open (BTW Miller's Twist is now open on Monday and Tuesday) and before the Flower Show starts on March 5th. A good place to start your roast pork journey is DiNic's at the market. http://www.readingterminalmarket.org

            Also try places like Amada for tapas, Zahav for Israeli food (get the Mesibah to enjoy the lamb), Amis and Osteria for Italian (not the red gravy style mind you), pizzas at Zavino, gelato at Capogiro.

            1. re: bluehensfan

              I can't remember who steered me to DiNic's when I was there for the weekend but I still crave that damn sandwich 3 years later!

        1. Amada, Vetri, Le Bec Fin, Lacroix, Osteria, Fountain Room

          Han Dynasty, Morimoto...maybe Buddakan

          Food trucks at Penn, Tony Luke's, Pats Steaks,

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          1. re: gfweb1

            Thanks for all the help to start. So far I think I'll be searching out Paesano's, Termini Brothers, Amada, Monk's Cafe, Willage Whiskey, Vetri, Kanela, and the Han Dynasty (will have to order from the authentic menu as I just got back from Chengdu).

            Unfortunately work will keep me busy from 6:30am-6:30pm just about everyday I am there which will rule out the great looking brunch at Lacroix and the Market. Hopefully I'll be able to free up a bit of time for the Market.

            1. re: jgoran

              The Paesano's on 9th and Christian is relocating and temporarily closed, so depending on their time frame, you might have to visit their outpost on Girard Ave.

          2. I'd also recommend Rangoon for excellent Burmese food and Banana Leaf for excellent Malaysian food.