Old City Dinner Recommendations
I'm helping to plan a bachelorette party for about 6 people and we're looking for a mid-priced restaurant (somewhere between $30-40/person for dinner, not including drinks) thats good for special occasions, has a fun yet nicer atmosphere, and is located in Old City near the Holiday Inn.
So far I have the following on my list for suggestions: Farmacia, Zahav, Kanella and Armada...any other recommendations?
I would say that amada, zahav, and kanella blow farmacia out of the water. After that, it's really about what kind of set up you want. Both amada and zahav do smaller plates for sharing and serve alcohol. Kanella is byob, not exactly in Old City (but a quick cab ride away) and smaller. If you don't mind the small plates, you might also look at Chifa, just outside of OC and also a Garces rsstaurant.
imo, chifa serves the worse food out of all the restaurants in the garces empire. if small plates interest you, amada and zahav are good recommendations. both are within your budget and both are lively, yet nice.
kanella is byob and much smaller- not great for big groups. how many ppl are in your party?
agreed on Chifa. plus if you are at all familiar with vietnamese food it's hard to take pho and banh mi that are smaller and less good than those sold in actual vietnamese places.
OP, Kanella should have no prob with 6 people (especially if you make reservations) and has a rustic, homey feel vs. the others which are more upscale/formal. Also agreed that you should take Farmacia off your list. Another place to consider (mainly if you can't get reservations at the others) is Fork - nice French/American food in an informal but elegant spot, and in your price range - their coffee shop next door is a nice place for breakfast as well if you want to leave the hotel.