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Nov 27, 2011 04:20 PM

In Philly for 3 days/nights, must try places?

Hi Everyone,

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):
Tommy Dinic
Pat's/Geno's (looking for other cheesesteak suggestions)
The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co
John's Roast Pork

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  1. 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...

    1. 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:

      1. Where are you from? Knowing this would help people know what to swear you towards Nd what to avoid. Ie would not suggest Dim Sum to someone from San Francisco.

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        1. re: cwdonald

          I'm from the San Francisco Bay Area and my cousin is from Texas (Houston/Austin).

          Yeah I've definitely had some good Dim Sum out here! =)

        2. Reading Terminal Market (DiNic's), John's Roast Pork (get a cheesesteak too), Zahav and South Philly TapRoom

          1. 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.

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            1. 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?

              1. re: PretzelGuy

                Walking-ins are non existent at Bibou. Small place and one of the top restaurants in the city. Suggestion if you have a choice between an early or late reservation, go early because then you won't have to worry about a dish being sold out.

                1. re: cwdonald

                  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.

                2. re: PretzelGuy

                  Dienners is good--I love their wings--but why not branch out from RTM for lunch, you could go to Barbuzzo or Kanella (only open for lunch Thurs-Sun).

                  1. re: barryg

                    I think Kanella stopped doing lunch on Thursdays, according to their site it's just Fri-Sun now.