CT hound visiting Philly for three days
Hello, we're spending Labor day weekend in the city, staying at the Marriott. Usually we visit without kids, this time we will have the 7 year old. Any suggestons for family friendly dining? She's a steak lover, so any recommendations on that would be great! We've been eschewing NYC in favor of trips to Philly, what a great place to visit and CHOW!!
But first and foremost, make sure you get to the Reading Terminal Market. Huge variety there, and you can easily meet lots of different needs. If you want to experience the Amish merchants, go on Saturday, as they will not be there Sunday or Monday.DiNics roast pork was just featured on a national show about best sandwiches in the US. Search the board for RTM to see all the places in the terminal and what different people recommend.
Close to Marriott in Chinatown are lots of family friendly places.. Nan Zhou is a chinese restaurant known for its hand made noodles. Rangoon is a Burmese restaurant, a style you do not find many places in North America, (DC being the biggest exception.. ). Vietnam and Vietnam Cafe are adequate Vietnamese restaurants, and quiet used to handling children. Sang Kee Peking Duck House is fun for children if they like duck, and making "duck" burritos with the traditional pancakes.
Take a look at this thread. It applies to your situation as well. You are staying at a hotel East of City Hall wereas this thread speaks about places west of city hall, that are quite walkable from your hotel. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/864675
Also note that there is an event going on on the Franklin Parkway that you have to have tickets for, so you may see some areas roped off.
A warning about Labor Day weekend in Philly - there will be a huge event going on in the Parkway/Museum area. It is a paid music festival, and 50,000 people are expected.
Many streets in this area (west of City Hall) will be roped off; some are roped off already. The museums will have very difficult access.
You should be okay if you stick to the historic district and the area east of City Hall. However, there will be many more visitors here than usual, and restaurants may be more crowded.
There's a retro soda-fountain/ice cream place on Market St. called Franklin Fountain. It would probably be neat for the kid. The same folks also have a retro candy shop down the street.
(Don't worry about the upcoming "event." 50k is a small event for that location, relatively speaking, and the few street closures should only affect you if you're planning on going to one of the museums on the Parkway- in which case SEPTA and a walk will get you there easily enough.)
I agree with a lot of the recs. My kids love Jones, Parc, Rangoon, Sang Kee, and Sabrinas (great breakfast/brunch spot). Most places in Philly are casual enough that one well behaved shild will fit in just fine, as long as the menu has something to appeal. For more casual fare, there are also places like the new outpost of Shake Shack, Squareburger in Franklin Square, and Mama's falafel. In addition to Franklin Fountain, Capogiro is a must for cold treats. My kids love trying the different favors.