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Fancy pre-theater lunch rec for 8-yr-old? (Saturday)?

mgejee Mar 30, 2011 02:05 PM

Fondly remembering my grandmother taking me to Wanamaker's Tea Room for fancy lunch before the theater, I'm looking to recreate the same experience for my granddaughter. Any recommendations for 'fancy' lunch on Saturday near the Academy of Music? Tks ...

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    ilovesummer RE: mgejee Mar 30, 2011 02:06 PM

    I took my mom to the Ritz for tea on her 80th and we LOVED it....sure it would just as much fun with an 8 year old...lots of wonderful memories...and within walking distance!
    have fun!

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      mgejee RE: ilovesummer Mar 31, 2011 09:11 AM

      Thank you for the idea ... that sounds wonderful ... and, perhaps we'll change from lunch before to tea after ... it was very kind of you to take the time to reply.

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      pamd RE: mgejee Mar 30, 2011 02:09 PM

      Don't know the real details (times available), but is this like what you're looking for?http://www.rittenhousehotel.com/weddi...

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        mgejee RE: pamd Mar 31, 2011 09:12 AM

        Wow, that certainly looks beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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        BelgianBeerMistress RE: mgejee Mar 30, 2011 05:47 PM

        XIX at the Bellvue does it too:

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          mgejee RE: BelgianBeerMistress Mar 31, 2011 09:13 AM

          BelgianBeerMistress ... thank you for the idea ... I took her to XIX last year and she enjoyed it greatly ... although her refined palate prefers Kraft Mac & Cheez to the chef's :D Oh well, we keep trying. I appreciate you taking the time to answer my query.

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          raclette RE: mgejee Mar 30, 2011 06:28 PM

          If you're looking for lunch and not tea, Estia right across from the Academy on Locust is a good choice. We went there recently after Mary Poppins with my mother and my 8 and 5 year olds. We had a lovely meal. We went there once before a show as well for lunch. Both times it's been a really great experience. They have a kids menu.

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            mgejee RE: raclette Mar 31, 2011 09:14 AM

            I wouldn't have thought of Estia having a children's menu ... although I don't know why. I'll check it out. Thank you for the idea ...

          2. Seeker19104 RE: mgejee Mar 30, 2011 08:28 PM

            I used to have "Culture Vulture" weekends with my niece when she was a preteen. We ate at a Mexican restaurant and then saw "To Kill a [Tequila] Mockingbird." We had tea at the Bellevue after seeing "My Fair Lady."

            Tying the eating experience with the show (however silly) made it a theme that stood out in her memory and was a lot of fun for both of us.

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              Philly Ray RE: Seeker19104 Mar 30, 2011 08:29 PM

              In this case, if the show is Mary Poppins, head over to Dandelion.

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                bluehensfan RE: Philly Ray Mar 31, 2011 04:01 AM

                Estia is great and fancy and right next door. Also Parc (which will be crowded) and Dandelion are two other options depending on what type of food you are looking for.

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                  cwdonald RE: bluehensfan Mar 31, 2011 04:58 AM

                  And Dandelion also does an afternoon tea from 3-5 if you are looking for that sort of experience.

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                    mgejee RE: bluehensfan Mar 31, 2011 09:15 AM

                    Thanks for 3 great recommendations to check out. I didn't think of Estia for children and I don't know Parc or Dandelion. Thank you for the recommendations, I really appreciate you taking the time to respond.

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                  mgejee RE: Seeker19104 Mar 31, 2011 09:10 AM

                  Dear Seeker ... I love your theme approach ... so very very fun !!! I don't know if it will be this time, but matching show and restaurant themes is just wonderful ... Thank you ...

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                  Hungryin theBurbs RE: mgejee Mar 31, 2011 04:58 AM

                  It might be more fun than fancy, but my kids (7 & 10) think that going to Max Brenner is about the most special restaurant experience they have had. We go for lunch/brunch after Sat. morning concerts at the Kimmel Center.

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                    mgejee RE: Hungryin theBurbs Mar 31, 2011 09:16 AM

                    I've not heard of Max Brenner ... I'll have to check it out. Thank you so much for taking the time to share ... Fun is as good as (and often better than) fancy.

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                      Hungryin theBurbs RE: mgejee Mar 31, 2011 09:32 AM

                      If she likes chocolate, she'll like Max Brenner. The food isn't that great (non-chocolate items, that is), and it's pricey, but the multiple kid-oriented chocolate items and "Willy Wonka-esque" atmosphere really entrances the kids.

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                        mgejee RE: Hungryin theBurbs Mar 31, 2011 09:38 AM

                        I was just online looking at Max Brenner when you replied to me ... I think she'd have a ball there. It looks like we have a major contender on our hands. Thank you again ...

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