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Here in Philly one night - (staying in Glen Mills) where should we go?

dondmon Jan 19, 2012 05:31 AM

Looking for a great hole in the wall restaurant that accepts credit cards where we can go tonight for our one night in Philadelphia - suggestions? Would like to stay below $50/person. Thanks!

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    cwdonald RE: dondmon Jan 19, 2012 05:37 AM

    Do you want to go into Philadelphia or stay in the Glen Mills area?

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      Buckethead RE: dondmon Jan 19, 2012 05:48 AM

      Glen Mills is pretty far from the city, if you want to stay in that area you may want to post this question on the Pennsylvania board as well. Avalon in West Chester is close by and very good. If you want to go out in the city some more information would be helpful.

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        CindyJ RE: Buckethead Jan 19, 2012 06:25 AM

        Glen Mills is well within the area covered by the Philadelphia board. Avalon is a good choice and an easy 10-minute drive. It's also BYO. It's not what I'd call a "hole in the wall" but they serve really good food at reasonable prices. I don't think they accept credit cards, though.

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          Buckethead RE: CindyJ Jan 19, 2012 07:57 AM

          You're right, I just checked their website and it's cash (or check, which is strange) only. I agree the philly board is appropriate, I just that they might get additional responses on the PA board.

          I agree with the recs for Masamoto and Bistro on the Brandywine. The Blue Pear Bistro is also not far away but might push the $50pp price point if you're counting tax and tip in the $50. If you're going into the city Kanella is fantastic, of course you'll have a better meal if you head into the city but it's a good 45 minute drive at least.

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            CindyJ RE: Buckethead Jan 19, 2012 03:21 PM

            They have (or used to have) an ATM right in the entryway of the restaurant. I'm sure many folks don't become aware of their "no credit cards" policy until the check arrives, although I DO believe they mention that when you phone for a reservation. They gladly accept checks, though.

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        dondcook RE: dondmon Jan 19, 2012 06:00 AM

        Try the Mile High on Baltimore Pike.

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          barryg RE: dondmon Jan 19, 2012 06:06 AM

          If you want to drive into the city and spend less than $50pp at a cozy place that takes credit cards, I'd say go to Kanella--Cypriot food, a blend of Greek and Turkish . It's BYOB so bring your own wine or beer. You can have a great meal for $30pp+tip/tax or less if you skip app/dessert. It's not a hole in the wall but is small and (mostly) personable. I'd recommend a reservation though.

          1. FrancisdeR RE: dondmon Jan 19, 2012 06:08 AM

            Masamoto on Rte 202 just south of Rte 1, if you are in any way sushi / shashimi-oriented.

            1. CindyJ RE: dondmon Jan 19, 2012 06:34 AM

              I can't think of any "great hole in the wall" restaurants in the area of Glen Mills, but there are some locally popular spots that are within your budget that are worth a visit. Avalon, recommended by Buckethead, is one. Also, just a short distance south on Rt. 1 in Chadds Ford, Bistro on the Brandywine is quite good. http://www.bistroonthebrandywine.com/...

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                cwdonald RE: CindyJ Jan 19, 2012 06:39 AM

                For a country like experience go to the Whip Tavern. English pub food, good beer, and you will feel like you are in the hinterlands of Yorkshire.

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                  CindyJ RE: cwdonald Jan 19, 2012 07:30 AM

                  Agreed -- LOADS of atmosphere in horsey country!

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