In Philly for 3 days/nights, must try places?
I made a similar post on the DC forums as we are going to be there for 5 days/nights.
Me and my cousin are doing a trip to Philly in about a week (first time over to the eastcoast) and staying for 2 days/nights, we are looking for a variety of food from cheap lunch spots to a fancy dinner so please suggest away. We are also looking for possible interesting bars/nightlife places to check out a well.
Some of the places we were thinking about checking out (additional feedback on these locations would be helpful as well):
Pat's/Geno's (looking for other cheesesteak suggestions)
The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co
John's Roast Pork
Do get the roast pork with provolone and broccoli rate at DiNic's and spend some time at Reading Terminal while you are there. If you are only in town for two days, hitting John's for more roast pork may be a bit too much.
Cheesesteaks are not my forte but Pat's and Geno's are more atmosphere than good food. Not bad but not tops on my list. Oddly I have similar feelings about Morimoto but it costs a lot more there than Pat's or Geno's. I'd definitely pass on this one. If you want something fancier, consider a place like Zahav for Israeli cuisine, although there are many other fine dining places in town that I'd go to before Morimoto depending on what type of food you are trying to have.
Dunno much about Franklin Mortgage though...
Skip Morimoto and Pat's/Genos, get a cheesesteak at John's Roast Pork instead. Franklin is great for cocktails, as is Southwark (which also has great food).
Otherwise this topic is covered on a lot of other threads:
Reading Terminal Market (DiNic's), John's Roast Pork (get a cheesesteak too), Zahav and South Philly TapRoom
Yeah, I'd drop Morimoto. It is good, but you can get better on the West Coast. For your dinners, I'd think about:
Bibou (this one is a BYOB, terrific french food)
For the fancy dinner, do you want truly upscale atmosphere or are you more interested in the food?
Philly also has a great gastropub scene, which might meet your dinner and bar interests all in one. Check out South Philly Tap Room, which seems to be a current favorite. There are many others throughout the city: Monks, Standard Tap, Dandelion, Pub & Kitchen, among others. Village Whiskey is also great for a terrific upscale burger and drinks.
re: Hungryin theBurbs
Thanks for all the suggestions.
I really wish we had more time to explore all the food in Philly.
Our new revised plan looks like:
Lunches: Dinic's, John Roast Pork, Dienners Chicken (?)
Dinner: Amada, Bibou
It was really hard getting a reservation at Bibou for a good time, any idea on how walkins are?
I agree you can't get a walk-in at Bibou. If you follow them on Twitter, they tweet when they have last minute openings.
For lunch in the RTM, Dienner's is fine but not my favorite. I'd go for the boneless rib sandwich at the Rib Stand. I think it is one of Philly's underrated sandwiches.
talula's garden - excellent, not-too-precious farm to table
matyson - excellent new american byob, with weekly themed tasting menus (as well as a la carte)
paesano's - superlative italian subs and waaaay better than cheesesteaks, which i think suck
han dynasty - outstanding spicy schezuan cuisine. not kidding about "spicy"
manakeesh - cafe serving lebanese flatbreads. best i've had in the US
nhu y - banh mi shop in south philly's little vietnam. get the special
monsu - creative sicilian in the italian market area.
that's just a start.
Sort of neat how responses can vary
My must tries are:
Nick's Roast beef- 20th and Jackson
Tacconelli's pizza- East Somerville St
These two, a car would help, not far from City center, buy a car would help
Bibou- 8th and Washington
Modo Mio- First and Girard
Car would not hurt for these as well.
Are you on the right site? This is it: http://www.biboubyob.com/ , there's a Reserve Online button that takes you to Opentable. OT won't take a reservation more than 30 days in advance but if you call Charlotte at Bibou she'll take a reservation for a date beyond that, I've made reservations two months in advance.
Each restaurant can govern how far in advance they want to release tables to open table. I think you will find higher end restaurants, and smaller BYOs restrict the time frame. In general with OP, if you cannot find a table, always call the restaurant. OP does not always reflect table availability.