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Oct 25, 2012 04:37 PM

3 quick questions: Breakfast, Reading Terminal Market, Butcher & Singer

We're going to Philadelphia this weekend, staying at the Palomar at 17th and Walnut.

We have most things figured out, but I have two questions:

1. Can you recommend somewhere to get a breakfast in that area? Looking for something light and probably grab-and-go -- maybe a bakery or along those lines.

2. I lived in Philly from 2001-2004 but haven't really been back since. RTM is a must-visit for me because I loved it so much when I lived there ... is there anything new there that we should be sure to check out?

3. We're going to Butcher & Singer for dinner one night. There will be four of us in our mid-30s. I'll probably wear a dress, but would nice jeans, button-down shirts, and dress shoes be okay for the men, or do they need to wear dress pants?

Thanks so much!

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  1. Metropolitan Bakery or Le Petite Dauphine are both good choices near there. You can get breakfast at Parc or as well they are more sit down.

    RTMThe biergarten is gone and replaces with Molly Molloys, an irish themed restaurant.
    DiNics moved and is bigger.
    I would say stick with what you know and just wander around.

    Butcher and Singer.Dress code is very loose in Philadelphia. They could get away with jeans. Most places do not even enforce Business Casual.

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    1. re: cwdonald

      Thanks so much! Metropolitan Bakery was one of my thoughts -- it was a favorite when I lived only 2 blocks away... will also look into Le Petite Dauphine.

      I'm glad to hear that DiNic's has grown. That's the lunch plan for Saturday. And Parc is the plan for Sunday!

      1. re: wvvm

        LPD is great! i much prefer that to metro bakery- and i live one block away from metro. i just find their service to be a bit too terse for my liking.

        there's also miel patisserie on 17th (and locust, i think) but i prefer LPD. im happy grabbing a coffee and some macarons at LPD and heading into the park.

        if youre in the mood for something a bit heartier, theres always spread bagelry at 20th and locust- ppl love the montreal bagels- i think this place is overrated and prefer to spend less than $7 for my bkfast sandwiches but spread does have its fans (as evidenced by the long lines on saturday and sunday mornings)

      2. re: cwdonald

        Elixr coffee just off Walnut between 15th & 16th has fantastic coffee, havent tried the food items but might be a good spot for breakfast if you like good espresso or pour-over coffee.

        1. re: barryg

          I haven't been to the new location yet Barry. Is it big enough that you can get a seat at any time? My only complaint about the old location was that it was so small.

          1. re: cwdonald

            I haven't been but a friend was recently griping that it s impossible to get a seat there even relatively early in the morning. She said it was even busier than the old location.

            1. re: cwdonald

              It is much bigger but yes it is also busy.

        2. Hi wvvm -

          What not just enjoy RTM and grab something there? Last time my family was there, everyone ate way too much but all were happy and the variety was great! Prices were higher than I remember but what prices aren't?

          Enjoy your trip!

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          1. re: cabinsink

            The only reason we aren't doing that is because we're going there for lunch :)

            1. re: wvvm

              Could you post if the Amish Bakery counter is still in operation? I still have delicious memories of their chocolate chip muffins - light as air, not too sweet, and the amount of chips were just perfect!!

              I ended up buying the RTM cookbook because there were so many delights that I wanted to be able to make myself along with the Amish cookbook along with the ... I admit to being a cookbook collector but at least it is a working collection - otherwise out they go (to be soon replaced with another!! :)).

              Hope you have a wonderful time!

              1. re: cabinsink

                Beiler's (the Amish bakery) is still in business. And they have really good corn muffins too!