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ejohn May 5, 2011 08:21 PM

We arrive Sunday night, staying downtown, looooong flight in but arriving around 6 p.m.

We won't want fancy/expensive just good food with a decent bottle of wine. We eat anything except shellfish (allergic). (Please, something local, no chains.)

Also, how about breakfast downtown the next morning? Neither of us has been to Philadelphia before, so we know nothin'. Thanks for any suggestions.

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    potroastcat May 6, 2011 10:27 AM

    I've heard breakfast at Kanella is outstanding and not overpriced.

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      barryg May 6, 2011 10:29 AM

      Not open on Monday, unfortunately,

    2. JanR May 6, 2011 09:13 AM

      If you don't mind taking a cab to Bella Vista, Littlefish has a great Sunday night deal. $33 for an always wonderful 5 course meal. Just went last Sunday and the young sous chef just gets better and better. In the Graduate Hospital area, Pumpkin does a Sunday night prix fixe to at around the same price point. Another very good restaurant. I believe it is on 21st St., near South.

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        barryg May 6, 2011 09:23 AM

        The places are both BYOB so you'd need to bring your own wine. The Little Fish prix fixe fills up fast so you need reservations early. Pumpkin is on South St between 17th & 18th Sts.

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          JanR May 6, 2011 09:31 AM

          Good points. Thanks.

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          cwdonald May 6, 2011 10:54 AM

          Good luck getting ANY reservations at any place on Mother's Day.

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            Bigley9 May 6, 2011 11:02 AM

            Actually there is lots of availability on Sunday night as long as you aren't looking for a traditionalal mother's day spot. Luckily, my mom wants sushi. No problem getting into Matt Ito's Fuji when I called yesterday.

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            ejohn May 8, 2011 05:55 PM

            Sounds great and maybe we'll try it when we return to Philly a week later. But after 8 hours flying we probably don't want to sit down for a five-course meal. Looking for something casual.

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            Buckethead May 6, 2011 04:44 AM

            Need more information:

            Where exactly are you staying?
            What exactly is "expensive"?
            Any ethnic preferences/dislikes?

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              ejohn May 8, 2011 05:54 PM

              We will Priceline a downtown hotel when it gets closer, not until summer. Sunday night 4-star hotels are around $50 everywhere we've done it (SF, Seattle, Miami, Cleveland, Chicago, etc.). So wherever the Marriotts etc. are is where we'll be. We'll have a car. Expensive? We don't want a destination dining experience, we're tired, we just want to eat, we want good wine. I don't know what price to put on it. We have a lot of great Thai on the left coast so we'd skip that. Thanks.

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                barryg May 8, 2011 06:14 PM

                If you end up at one of the Mariotts near City Hall or the Convention Center, which is very possible, you're near a strip of restaurants on S. 13th St. Skipping over the BYOBs I'd recommend Barbuzzo (Mediterranean), Zavino (fancy pizza) and, a little further down, Amis (Roman Italian). All are casual and can get a little crowded or loud, but on a Sunday night it should be ok.

                For very casual, Fergie's Pub has a relaxed atmosphere and has fantastic pulled pork sandwiches (really), but I can't recommend much else on the menu besides the BBQ and the wine offerings are limited.

                If end up at one of the hotels on Ben Franklin Parkway you may need to get a cab to go anywhere decent, but 13th St is a cheap ride and easy to hail a cab from afterward.

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