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good lunch spot within walking distance of Basilica

KayMae Sep 12, 2011 04:23 PM

I grew up in Philly and will be there in a few weeks (RW will be over) for a service at the Cathedral,
mid-week, mid-day. Friend and I will both be hungry for lunch afterwards. He is not an adventurous
eater; I do not eat red meat but eat everything else and really want good quality fresh food. I live in NYC and like Union Square Cafe for lunch, so something like that (if you are familiar with it). Suggestions?

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    doxiemom Sep 15, 2011 02:29 PM

    Le castagne at 19th and Chestnit is very good, and their house specials are delicious and consistently good deals. If it's nice and you enjoy a stroll, Rittenhouse Square has many many options, but if your like Union Square Cafe, you may enjoy Le Castagne.


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    1. re: doxiemom
      KayMae Sep 16, 2011 01:19 PM

      Thanks for letting me know they are there (I am Italian-American, aware of the Sena's long history, etc)... but truly that lunch menu is heavy on the meat, the cream sauce, the whole nine yards. I think Swann would probably be best in this instance. [BTW -- despite its pasta offerings, I really think of Union Square Cafe (where I have dined a gezillion times) as a restaurant that serves good American food. When my friend visited a long time ago, he had their BLT for lunch. I had the yellowfin tunaburger. ] But thanks.

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      rocknroll52 Sep 13, 2011 11:25 AM

      Kae Mae- one other thought it Davio's on 17th St.

      1. Bacchus101 Sep 13, 2011 06:14 AM

        +1 on the Swann Cafe at the Four Seasons, perfect location, good food and great service all with in the shadow of the Basilica.

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          KayMae Sep 13, 2011 06:50 AM

          Thanks to both respondents; am staying at FS, so considered that, but wanted to hear some other choices. We did Matyson last time, it was fine but I checked out their current lunch menu & I don't think my friend is going to like it; I'd like something more straightforward at lunch too.

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          rocknroll52 Sep 12, 2011 06:33 PM

          As long as you are not in a big hurry, Table 31 is a decent upscale lunch spot near there. The Swann Cafe at the Four Seasons is always excellent as well. I think the menus at either place will be pleasing to both of you.

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