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Lunch recommendation in Philadelphia (City Center)

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Please recommend a good place to eat lunch (walking distance) from the Downtown Marriott.

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  1. Walk to the middle of the Reading Terminal Market (right across from your hotel), close your eyes and spin around three times. Open your eyes and whatever vendor you are looking at will be good, in all likelihood.

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    1. re: Philly Ray

      Especially if you join the line at DiNics...

      1. re: Philly Ray

        LOL Philly Ray; hysterical, I am already dizzy from reading your rec ---- I have been there many times and end up buying something at the bakery and shoving it into my suit case to bring back to S. Florida. I was thinking about a place to sit and eat.

        1. re: travelinggirl

          There is a wonderful biergarten in the RTM that you can take your purchased food and sit and eat.

          Depending on what you are in the mood for, Chinatown is right next to your hotel as well. Rangoon is a Burmese restaurant, which is not all that common (though perhaps its more common on the Left Coast.).

          I second the recommendation for Barbuzzo or Zavino. My only issue with the former is the noise level, and whether you have enough time to eat.

          1. re: cwdonald

            Can you take food into the bar since it changed ownership and starting serving food? Someone on here said that changed.

            1. re: barryg

              You can't take outside food in because they serve their own stuff at Molly Malloy's at the Market.

              I love Zavino, especially their small plates (try the short rib if they have it) and their margherita pie. My one trip to Barbuzzo was hit or miss. Like the antipasto but not the pizza. The budino's always good though. They are only open for lunch during weekdays if it matters.

            2. re: cwdonald

              cwdonald: thank you so much for the recs - both Barbuzzo and Zavino look awesome.

        2. Walk a couple blocks down 13th St. between Chestnut and Sansom. There are a bunch of good places there. I'd choose Barbuzzo, but Zavino is also delicious. There's also The corner, which I haven't been to, but heard good things about. Look at the menus online and see what appeals.

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          1. re: Hungryin theBurbs

            hungryin theBurbs: thank you for the rec - I just saw your post. I enjoy going to Philadelphia, so much to see and do.

            1. re: travelinggirl

              Barbuzzo was awesome! The cured meat board and Margherita pizza were delicious; and the service was fantastic. Thank you for the recommendation!