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Where to eat near Mann Center for Performing Arts

cebaldino Jun 8, 2011 05:30 PM

Hey there - taking a 2.5 hour trip down to see a concert this weekend, and am wondering where to eat...any suggestions for food either close by or at site? We're Philly newbies....

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    cwdonald RE: cebaldino Jun 8, 2011 06:05 PM

    From a website ....


    Wolfgang Puck Catering has replaced Stephen Starr Catering this year. Crescendo restaurant, which is a 180-seat buffet tent offering will become a first come, first serve lounge on rock show nights so you don’t need reservations. But for all other concerts, reservations start at 6 p.m. Call (215) 546-7900 ext. 123.

    In addition, there are three bars throughout the grounds; one at Crescendo, one at PECO Plaza and another down by the press gate. Other concessions include Independence Grill, which serves burgers and other American fare, all catered by Wolfgang Puck as well.

    The Mann is the in the middle of Fairmount park (Philadelphia's answer to Central Park) and there are no food venues very close. So either eat before or eat at the limited concessions listed above. SOme folks can give you some suggestions for places in the Art Museum area or in West Philadelphia closer to the venue.

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    1. re: cwdonald
      writergeek313 RE: cwdonald Jun 8, 2011 09:12 PM

      I got an email from the Mann Center today advertising a $39 buffet at Crescendo that I could make reservations for and prepay. Here's the menu: http://manncenter.org/sites/default/f...

      I'm guessing you're coming to town for the same concert Friday night that I am. I'm coming from four hours away, and I usually just get something on the road when I go to the Mann Center. Hopefully you get some good suggestions before I hit the road Friday afternoon!

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      leepinleemur RE: cebaldino Jun 8, 2011 08:08 PM

      I suspect http://www.lecochonnoir.com/ is closest. I haven't been there but there are some threads about it.

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        elmom RE: cebaldino Jun 9, 2011 07:58 AM

        if you sit on the grass or do that before you go to your seats --you can bring a picnic to the Mann. that's what lots of people do for the orchestra concerts... that may be your best bet

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          cwdonald RE: elmom Jun 9, 2011 08:49 AM

          There are different rules for orchestra and non orchestra concerts. The latter you are not allowed to bring your own food or beverages in.

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