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Jan 26, 2011 07:07 PM

Lunch or dinner for two friends writing this off as a "business meeting", suggestions?

Ok so a friend of mine is allowed to take me out for a "business lunch or dinner" and she said I could choose wherever I want but I don't want to be obnoxious and say Le Bec Fin. I'd like to pick something that's going to be worth getting the free meal but not have to get dolled up for and since we will be actually talking, not too loud either.

As for food limits, I will eat anything, but she (the paying one) eats vegetarian and occasionally seafood, so some place that will offer her a great meal as well.

We'd like to stay near the Center City area. Right now, I'm thinking of Fish (mainly bc i just read a post about it) but I'm not sure if they offer lunch too.

If I think of anything else, I will post back.


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  1. It seems like Garces Trading Co might be a good consideration as well given your outlines above. If Fish does lunch that's probably your winner though.

    1. For seafood, also consider Devon Seafood Grille, which is a place I would actually pick for a real business meeting. it is nice enough but not over the top.l Also Oyster House Philly, which is a little more casual..

      1. If she is a vegetarian, she would probably like Horizons. I hear that it is also very popular with non-vegetarians. Otherwise, I suggest you go with Fish.

        1. Fish, which is excellent, is not open for lunch.
          Devon is a pleasant place for lunch, with good fresh cheese biscuits.
          If she eats pasta, Branzino, a byob on 17th St. just north of Spruce, is another enjoyable option. They always have fish/seafood on the menu.

          By the way, you don't have to be "dolled up" for hardly anyplace these days. I did suggest to someone that she not wear sneakers to an upscale hotel, but even that would probably have been okay.

          1. I'll cast a vote for Estia