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Lunch near International House/University City

picapau Jan 30, 2013 02:13 PM

We're not familiar with the area but will be travelling there for an event soon and would like to find a good place for lunch. Budget is not an issue but we are adventurous eaters and would like something out of the ordinary so no cheesesteaks, not that there's anything wrong with that. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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    barryg RE: picapau Jan 30, 2013 02:46 PM

    Not the greatest area for blowout or innovative meals, especially at lunchtime, but Distrito on 40th St offers a $30pp tasting menu at lunch. It's a high end Mexican restaurant from Jose Garces. The lunch menu is tamer than the dinner menu but they might do more interesting stuff if you do the tasting.

    Also check out Han Dynasty (University City location) for serious Szechuan Chinese food (very spicy).

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      cwdonald RE: barryg Jan 30, 2013 03:55 PM

      Pod for Sushi on a conveyer belt can be fun... Its in the Hotel very close to International House.

      Marigold Kitchen does some nice stuff (BYO)


      White Dog Cafe is nice, a bit of a organic natural place, definite choice if you are looking for vegetarian offerings.

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        barryg RE: cwdonald Jan 30, 2013 04:31 PM

        Wrong Marigold Kitchen... the one in UC is doing lots of interesting stuff but dinner only (and I think I read recently only doing prix-fixe despite the a la carte menu on the website).

        It's also a bit of a hike on foot from the International House at over a mile.

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      BelgianBeerMistress RE: picapau Jan 31, 2013 05:51 AM

      +1 Distrito. Really great Sangria too and a fun atmostphere.

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        Hungryin theBurbs RE: picapau Jan 31, 2013 07:24 AM

        I agree. Distrito is the perfect choice for something like this. Mexican flavor profiles, but a little more creative and upscale than your typical Mexican.

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