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BecomingAFoodie Oct 14, 2012 07:30 AM

My girl friends and I are looking for a good girls night out restaurant. We're looking for anything in Philadelphia or the philadelphia region. Preferably something with a dress code. Thanks!

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    cwdonald RE: BecomingAFoodie Oct 14, 2012 07:42 AM

    What kind of food do you want? What's your budget? Is the scene more important than food?

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      BecomingAFoodie RE: cwdonald Oct 14, 2012 08:15 AM

      we dont care what kind of food. We're open to mostly any kind of budget, but we'd prefer nothing over $30. I don't quite understand you but we still want good food. We dont care what kind of scene.

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        barryg RE: BecomingAFoodie Oct 14, 2012 08:54 AM

        So are you looking for somewhere classy or more loud and fun?

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          Hungryin theBurbs RE: BecomingAFoodie Oct 14, 2012 09:10 AM

          Sorry for all the questions, but your request is so broad it is hard to know what to recommend. Is the $30 for entrees, or for the whole meal? Many of the most upscale restaurants are kind of sedate, not necessarily what I think of for a girls' night out, and likely to push your budget. There are a lot of fun, lively places with great food, but they tend to be more casual.

          Also, many of the good food restaurants in Philly are BYO, but I'm guessing you'd like a place with a bar. I'd suggest checking out Parc, Alma de Cuba and Amada.

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            BecomingAFoodie RE: Hungryin theBurbs Oct 14, 2012 05:02 PM

            I guess my friends and i have a differnet kind of girls night out then youre think of. We like nice places that we can sit down, enjoy and good meal, and catch up all while looking great.

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        arepo RE: BecomingAFoodie Oct 14, 2012 09:02 AM

        Can't do any better than the venerable Le Bec Fin!! Your pocketbook will be thinner but you will be happier and look smashing.

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          arepo RE: arepo Oct 14, 2012 10:09 AM

          I thought the OP was quite specific actually. Unless I read her wrong, she wants good food (hopefully not over $30 for an entree but will do it as she states, "open to almost any budget"!) with fancy digs and couture clothing to show off with her friends in an upscale atmosphere.

          I didn't read bars and lively places from her. I might be wrong but she even stipulated a place with a dress code. That smacks of elegant to me.

          But, what do I know??

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            barryg RE: arepo Oct 14, 2012 01:20 PM

            Dunno about that, "girls night out" doesn't usually imply elegant and a lot of the clubby type places (like in old City) are some of the only places with real "dress codes" like no tank tops, Timberland boots, caps, etc. Of course these are almost all bad choices for dinner.

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              BecomingAFoodie RE: arepo Oct 14, 2012 05:01 PM

              thanks arepo! You actually interpreted everything right!

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              BecomingAFoodie RE: arepo Oct 14, 2012 05:00 PM

              thanks ill look into it!

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                arepo RE: BecomingAFoodie Oct 14, 2012 06:33 PM

                Takes one to know one!
                :-))

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                  cwdonald RE: arepo Oct 14, 2012 07:37 PM

                  No place with good food in Philadelphia has a dress code that is more than business casual. So rule that out as a criteria.

                  So if you want to go where the beautiful people go, perhaps go to Rouge, or Parc on Rittenhouse Square, or perhaps Morimoto for Japanese, or Amada in Old City.

                  If you want to go to a place with a dress code for drinks, go to Hop Sing.

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                    barryg RE: cwdonald Oct 14, 2012 08:08 PM

                    The restaurant in the Union League has a strict dress code and is good, but you need to go with a member.

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                      cwdonald RE: barryg Oct 14, 2012 08:11 PM

                      Fair point, and the Union League membership coordinator lives up here in Buckingham (and hangs out at a dive bar and has wings on wing night). They did a very nice Republican Fundraising event a few weeks ago. But getting in is definitely invitation only. Lots of local alumni groups hold events there, but all that said, probably is not an option for the hens night out.

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                      JanR RE: cwdonald Oct 15, 2012 03:34 AM

                      Good point cwdonald. That's the first thing I thought when I read the OP's post. Unfortunately, it's not always business casual. I dined at Vetri on a Saturday night and two people in jeans were sitting nearby. Call me a snob, but it took away the specialness of the evening for us. Or perhaps they were saying, Vetri is an everyday thing for them so why dress up. I've seen the same in a 3 star restaurant in Paris and I really dislike it. Business casual is fine though.

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                        Philly Ray RE: JanR Oct 15, 2012 04:37 AM

                        If you read Marc Vetri's Twitter feed, he recently told someone who asked that there isn't really a dress code at Vetri. He wrote, "whatever makes you feel good".

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