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Jun 4, 2013 08:34 AM

Dinner with children near emgbassy suites center city

Any recommendations? Looking for an early dinner with 2 kids under the age of 5 for a Saturday night.

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  1. It all depends whether you are willing to walk/drive or just need something close to your hotel. Closest to your hotel are Asia on the Parkway, and an irish pub Con Murphys. Neither have children menus but both have things that children could eat. Con Murphys serves as the restaurant for a nearby hotel so its not just a smokey bar...

    Just up the block is the Public House in 2 Logan Square, and you also have the option of eating at the Four Seasons which is across the street from your hotel as well.
    Further afield, Marathon Grile, Pietro's Coal fired pizza and Max Brenners all cater well to kids. El Rey at 20th street is a decent mexican restaurant that I have seen families with young children in. And if you have a hankering for great gelato (saw your post on NOLA) you should try to get to Capogiro, its a five minute walk (sans children) from your hotel.

    The following link is to a foobooz article on where to eat with kids in the greater Philadelphia area:

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    1. re: cwdonald

      Also, for more casual counter service on 20th St, Shake Shack (across from Capogiro). Would recommend Mama's Vegetarian (Israeli-style falafel, hummus, pita) but closed on Saturdays as it is Kosher.

      Also maybe Famous Fourth Street deli on 19th St -- no kids menu, but you could order a hot dog, knish, pizza bagel or something like that. Also could just share the grown up meal, if they will eat it, as the portions are enormous. Good Jewish deli food.

      1. re: barryg

        Um.. you had me at Max Brenner. Everytime I try to get into the one in NYC it's packed. My 4 year old would love this place. You think if we went at 5:30 the wait would be reasonable? Is parking an issue in Philly?

        1. re: daynasch

          There's a parking deck next-door to Max Brenner - on street parking is always touch and go in that part of town but you might get lucky. Also, a cab to and from might actually be cheaper than parking in a deck.

          1. re: daynasch

            Check the online website to see if they take online reservations for that time. Otherwise its first come first serve, and you probably should be ok. If you are don't mind the cost of a lot, there is one on the same block as Max Brenner on 15th Street. Parking will probably run you twenty six dollars or so. Street parking is not always easy to find You could just cab it from the hotel. You are .6 miles from the restaurant from your hotel. Cab ride each way is probably 10 dollars or less. Not sure what rules there are about car seats and kids. There is a queue of cabs right behind the hotel because they are waiting for folks from the Four Seasons, so you should have no problem getting one from the hotel, and I am sure Max Brenner's could arrange for a cab back to the hotel.


            1. re: cwdonald

              Yeah for shooting around Center City, cabs are much easier unless there is a reason you really need a car (like child seats). You can easily hail one any time of day on 15th St or Walnut St, where Max Brenner is located, so no need to worry about that.

        2. re: cwdonald

          I can't believe nobody mentioned Jones. Think comfort food in a Brady Bunch setting.

          1. re: bluehensfan

            FWIW Jones is mentioned in the Foobooz article on places to eat with kids in the Philadelphia area.

            1. re: bluehensfan

              I know everyone brings up Jones for dining with kids, but when my kids were small, they did not like Jones at all. Even now that they are much more flexible, my pickier child only likes the matzoh ball soup and tater tots on the brunch menu. the mac & cheese and other kid oriented foods are too fancified for many kids.

              1. re: Hungryin theBurbs

                Yeah the place clearly is geared towards adults reliving their youth rather than children -- hence the Brady Bunch theme. And last time I ate there (which was some time ago) the food was just bad all around.

                1. re: barryg

                  We used to love Jones - but had brunch there last month and were really disappointed with the quality of the food. And as far as kid-friendliness goes, they do not have changing tables in any of their restrooms.

            2. I'm going to suggest a kid centered experience: Chinese food
              can't be beat. Asia is the only one within walking distance;
              might be better choices worth a couple of short cab rides to
              Chinatown, but it's never too early to build a Chinese food love in your children. (I started at 4, Ruby Foos in NYC)

              1. You could also go to the Sabrina's on 18th & Callowhill. It's in walking distance from the Embassy Suites.