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Sep 6, 2012 08:59 AM

Staying at the Sofitel, looking for nearby restaurant suggestions

We will be staying at the Sofitel for a weekend this month and I am seeking restaurant recommendations for two dinners and one lunch. Ideally, we would like to be able to walk to because we like to walk in the city.

We are open to any cuisine and we like a good wine list.

I was checking out a bunch of restaurant websites and one thing I saw was a lot of places offer a brunch menu on Saturdays, which doesn't interest us as we both prefer "regular" food for lunch as opposed to the more breakfast-style offerings on these brunch menus.

We have a 7 yo child who is accustomed to dining out (no kids menu needed and he sits as well as an adult for a multi-course meal) but we don't want to go too formal as our days will be active and we don't want to bring dressy attire.

We tried the Continental last trip and don't need to return there (too dirty) and had a good meal at Parc, which I would visit again.

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  1. if you want to avoid breakfast-y foods for brunch, id suggest la petite dauphine (esp if you liked parc) or kanella. both are byob- so no wine list, but you can pick up some good wine at the wine store instead garces trading company (11th and locust) or at one of the other state wine stores

    1. Both Tria (small plates) and Zavino (small plates and gourmet pizzas) have good wine lists. Tria is a block from the Sofitel (well half a block if you use the side entrance) and Zavino's about four blocks to the east.

      A lot of places that are decent in Philly that are open for lunch on Saturdays are really big on breakfast items as opposed to lunch cuisine. However, Parc does have a delicions lamb sandwich on their brunch menu and both Tria and Zavino are open for lunch on Saturdays. Another option would be the fish and chips at Dandelion (across the street from Tria) or hitting Reading Terminal Market for a roast pork sandwich (the best in America according to Adam Richman) on Saturday if you don't mind a bit of a wait.

      1. One possibility for dinner is Vernick Food and Drink, a new place that just got a fine review in the Phila Inquirer. It's walking distance - casual, excellent food. You can see the menu online.

        1. Check out Their Saturday menu might not be too brunch-y or you could do a dinner there.