close to the Kimmel Center
Just a brief report on places near the Kimmel Center where we've been recently:
Russet - one block away, at 1521 Spruce
It was lovely. Food was delicious, creative, well-prepared. My husband (the cook) thought his Striped Bass was outstanding. My duck breast was excellent, with a great accompanying sauce.
Only criticism might be that the menu is very small and might not have something for everyone.
It changes frequently; you can check it on their website. byob.
Hadn't been there for a while, but it was as good as ever. Only two and a half blocks away. Food and service were a pleasure. byob.
Shiroi Hana - two blocks away, on 15th Street
Always dependable, sushi is fresh, fried oysters quite good, service excellent.
No reservations but we have never had a problem. As always, terrific!
Wonderful chowder, oysters fresh or fried, etc.
We would love to have more reasonably priced places to go before our concerts,
but so far there is limited choice. We will be returning to the ones listed above.
I've sat at the bar at Sbraga once and sat at a table once. When I was at the bar I ordered one dish (it was after an unsatisfying meal somewhere else). When I was at a table we ordered the prix fixe but were able to add a couple dishes a la carte (in addition to the prix fixe dishes). There was another menu, same dishes as the tasting menu but with prices listed individually. So I don't know if you can order a la carte ONLY at a table but I was able to order extra things. It's worth calling to find out.
Thanks for posting this Sylvia. I go to the Kimmel frequently as well and we are always looking for reasonably priced places to eat and drink before/after shows. The only one of your places I have been to recently is Russet (not for a show)--I agree with your assessment, it was very food.
Usually we only want a drink and a snack or two, so we hit the surrounding bars a lot where we can just get apps served quickly. All are reasonably priced.
Great beer list, always good and interesting stuff on tap. Food is hit-or-miss; we have enjoyed the nachos and empanadas. Can get crowded on Fri and Sat nights, but we've always been able to find a spot at the upstairs bar. Only problem is that the bartender upstairs is inattentive.
Small and decent beer list, sometimes they have brewery nights with special brews on draft or cask which can be very good and interesting. Food is mostly disappointing but the cheesesteak empanadas, signature stuffed burger, and fries are all awesome. Gets very crowded, finding a seat can be a crapshoot.
With the exception of a lamb burger special they had once, we have struck out badly on food so we basically gave up. Regular burgers are probably fine. However they have a good beer and whiskey list and the atmosphere is comfortable. Bar area can be crowded but never had trouble getting a table.