Dear Philly, Here I Come With A 1 Year Old
I'll be in town this week with my wife and our 1 year old. Probably once a day it'll just be me and the kid eating lunch at a restaurant. He does pretty well at restaurants as long as the wait isn't absurd for seats or food. He also is a pretty flexible eater. I'm open to eating anything too.
Quick breakfast options are welcome as well.
We'll be mostly in the convention center/ city hall area, but are willing to walk and have a car as well.
We might hit up the Please Touch museum, zoo, or aquarium, so options near those work too.
So where should I go, Philly?
Reading Terminal Market http://www.readingterminalmarket.org at 12th and Filbert Sts is a must do for breakfasts and lunch. My favorites are the pancakes at the Dutch Eating Place, muffins and apple fritters at Beiler's, and roast pork sandwiches at DiNic's. There is ample seating at the market and kids would do fine here and like to "feed the pig." Do hit the market between Wednesday and Saturday when the Amish merchants are open (including the Dutch Eating Place and Beiler's).
There is literally zilch to eat near the Please Touch Museum, the zoo, and the aquarium unless you're overly adventurous and willing to walk a lot and/or enter a sketchy area.
We ate at a.kitchen the other night. around the last place i'd have thought of bringing a baby, but there was 1 there (in a restaurant-supplied high chair) and a few other kids under 5.
I agree on Reading Terminal Market. Many options for breakfast and lunch, and not far from the convention center. You are also very near Chinatown, which gives you good lunch and/or dinner options, and almost everyplace there is kid-friendly. I particularly recommend Rangoon (Burmese cuisine) everyone I ever send there loves it,.
Last year I went to the Reading Terminal Market with my then 1 and 2 year old boys. It was great. The pork sandwiches at DiNic's are amazing! And so many options for a treat like cookies, candy, etc. We shared an apple fritter type thing from one Amish store. Would highly recommend going to RTM at least once. Your son will love it.
Reading Terminal, as others have said, plus Chinatown. You're pretty much in it/at the edge of it at the convention center.
I love Vietnam Palace and the service there is always fast and, from what I've observed, family-with-kids friendly.