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Challenge: Taking a picky 10 year old for a "fancy" lunch.

Hungryin theBurbs Jun 11, 2013 09:05 PM

Ok, here's a challenge. I have to take a 10 year old, picky eater, for a special celebration lunch. She's a great kid, and deserves special treatment, wants to eat someplace fancy, but is very limited in what she will eat. Someplace that will make a plain burger, or pasta without sauce, something like that. Last time we did this, she ate, and loved the ham baguette (just meat and bread) at Parc.

Any good ideas for a place that might accommodate? I was thinking maybe a burger at Dandelion, pasta at Osteria or an Italian BYOB that is open for lunch. Around Rittenhouse would be great, but I'm open to just about anywhere.

Any ideas?

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    Raffles Feb 13, 2014 04:57 PM

    do not even try...

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      Hungryin theBurbs Feb 13, 2014 04:55 PM

      This was my thread way back when. Weird to see it popping back up. Why does that happen? Who would dredge this up just to reply?

      Anyway, for the sake of closure, we went to Osteria and my daughter loved it and felt very special. She had a margherita pizza.

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        sylviag Feb 13, 2014 01:42 PM

        This kid must really be hungry, not having eaten since last June!

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          PhillyBestBYOB Feb 13, 2014 02:05 PM

          An oldie, but a goodie. Let's all meet here again in a year.

          There seems to be a lot of this going on suddenly. Who's trying to learn how to use the search engine for the first time?

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          littlecmad Feb 12, 2014 04:05 PM

          How about Cake Restaurant in Chestnut Hill? I love this place and they have many nice sandwiches including a burger. I don't think Dandelion is really "fancy". Closer to Rittenhouse I would do Butcher&Singer or Capital Grille.

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            Bacchus101 Feb 13, 2014 01:33 PM

            On previous posts I have responded to Zombie threads thus I have been alerted checking dates. FYI this thread was initiated on June 11, 2013 one of the "Walking Dead".

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            sylviag Jun 13, 2013 04:47 PM

            If neither of you minds heights, take her to R2L at the top of Liberty Place. It's a big elevator ride and a terrific view.
            I'm sure they can make her a plain hamburger. In fact, a hamburger is what I have ordered there. It is different and will feel special.

            1. PattiCakes Jun 13, 2013 01:14 PM

              Near Rittenhouse Square: Pietros. Not as upscale as the other suggestions, but still an "adult" place and not fast food. Numerous places to go afterwards for a sweet treat.

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                bumble Jun 13, 2013 07:00 AM

                What about Max Brenner's?

                Both Lacroix and the Four Seasons have plain pasta, burger or chicken fingers on their kids menu.

                Davio's also has a kids menu with similar items.

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                  Hungryin theBurbs Jun 13, 2013 07:56 AM

                  Thanks! I can't stand Max Brenner (been there with her a couple times already). Likewise Jones. I think LaCroix might be the pick, though I will have to check out Davio's. I never think of it. OTOH, might end up going to Osteria, which is where I really want to go and just hope she will like the pizza there.

                  1. re: Hungryin theBurbs
                    cwdonald Jun 13, 2013 07:59 AM

                    The plain margarita pizza is very straight forward. You could also try getting one margherita with the roman crust and one Marinara with neopolitan crust... tell her she is doing an "experiment."

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                      barryg Jun 13, 2013 09:23 AM

                      Also I'm sure they can whip up some pasta with butter.

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                      HillJ Jun 13, 2013 09:00 AM

                      Curious, what didn't you enjoy about Jones?

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                        Hungryin theBurbs Jun 13, 2013 10:21 AM

                        Oh, Jones is fine, I just don't think it is anything special. The kids like a few things on the brunch menu, but overall, I don't find it particularly more "kid friendly" than anyplace else. People always recommend it for kids, I think because of the kitschy atmosphere, but I haven't found it easier to order for picky kids there than many other places. Mostly, though, it isn't "special" enough for this occasion.

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                          HillJ Jun 13, 2013 10:23 AM

                          I appreciate the reply. When I read picky 10 year old but wants a special location, I draw a bit of a blank. So I'm actually not doing you any good. I'm sure you'll find a place to your liking. Have fun.

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                        bluehensfan Feb 13, 2014 12:30 PM

                        Max Brenner is the pits. Sorry just had to add my two cents.

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                          PhillyBestBYOB Feb 13, 2014 12:31 PM

                          I know a 5 year old who thinks it's awesome.

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                            Philly Ray Feb 13, 2014 12:56 PM

                            Most 5 year olds think Chuck E Cheese is awesome too. Enough said...

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                              PhillyBestBYOB Feb 13, 2014 01:19 PM


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                                RocketJSquirrel Feb 13, 2014 05:20 PM

                                I know adults who would rate them as one of America's best. Makes me queasy just thinking about it.

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                        refinnej Jun 12, 2013 04:38 PM

                        We have successfully taken our picky eater niece to Beau Monde for crepes. Savory cheese crepe for dinner, sweet butter crepe with ice cream for dessert. Those are the very basic models, but could be easily customized with familiar ingredients. I think it is a very appealing place on the interior, but dining outdoors at 6th and Bainbridge is fun too!

                        1. bluehensfan Jun 12, 2013 06:05 AM

                          The burger at Lacroix is decent, they are accomodating, and the setting is pretty special.

                          1. HillJ Jun 11, 2013 09:34 PM

                            Jones is where I take my niece for lunch and she has a ball. Very much a kid friendly place but still feels grown up ish.
                            Most of the appetizers are large and would work as a main lunch item.
                            Funky, fun, good location.

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