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Reasonable Dinner and a walk?

I'm planning a date night for Saturday 7/13 and was thinking of either going to the Rittenhouse Square area or East Passyunk area for dinner and stroll around the area for coffee or dessert afterwards. Looking for places to eat that aren't too pricey (entrees around $20). Any particular places stick out and best itinerary for dinner and coffee/dessert? Preferably no Italian or Asian.
Thanks in advance!

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  1. Close to E. Passyunk, reasonable, byob and good: August.

    1. It's not strictly Italian.

      1. I've been going to the new place on Passyunk, Noord, quite a lot lately. It's BYO, which keeps the price down, though entrees start around $17 they range to the upper $20s. I've enjoyed the appetizers more than the entrees though, if I were you I'd get the bitterballen and the smorrebrod and whatever other appetizers look good to you and skip entrees entirely. Desserts there are very good too, get the butter cake.

        Noord is also right on the Fountain and has windows that open to the street, so if the weather is not too hot, the windows will be open and it can be nice to hear the crowd outside.

        1. A great place to stroll to after dinner (if you are in the Rittenhouse area) would be Magpie on South around 16th. If you like the idea of a pie-destined stroll, then you need to find a place within a few blocks of there. If 8 blocks is ok for you, I'd recommend Kanella at 10th and Spruce. The entrees are a tiny bit above your price point but you can make a meal of the starters (or share an entree). The manti, for example, are wonderful, filling, and approx $10.

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          1. re: fava_bean

            My preferred destination for dessert in this horrid weather would be Capogiro. So you have choices up around 20th as well as on 13th.

            Jamonera might work, though you would probably limit yourselves to about 5 plates (~ dollar a plate) for Tapas, with Capogiro right down the street.

            El Rey, or El Vez would fit in the price range, El Rey being much closer to the Rittenhouse area, and closer to the 20th st Capogiro.

            For a light supper, Tria makes great salads, and would be close to Capogiro.

            Or if you want inexpensive/healthy you have the Mama's Vegetarian or Hip City Vedge Options.

            If you want Lobster within your budget, you could do Luke's Lobster Rolls (shrimp and crab also available). No atmosphere but would be a low key kind of place. I had wanted to also suggest the Oyster House but entrees are on average 5 dollars above your price point, but you could go there if you stuck to their small plate menu.

            1. re: cwdonald

              Near the 13th st capogiro is the new Inde Blue. I haven't been and don't see any comments here. Has anyone been?

          2. Tria locations just off Rittenhouse or Washington Square has an good number of item within your price range and the Squares provide offer great strolling.

            1. $20-$25 is our range and sharing plates and apps are fine, we do not necessarily need to eat entrees. We don't want to be overstuffed while going on a stroll.

              When I first brought up Rittenhouse, Capogiro was in the forefront of my mind. Wasn't sure what E. Passyunk had to offer in regards to notable dessert/coffee places.

              Keep all the suggestions coming!!

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                1. re: paychecktoday

                  There's a Capogiro down here too, though the ones on Sansom are better. Fond also has a bar now, if there are seats available you can get dessert there (right across the street from Noord).

                  1. re: Buckethead

                    Right. The Capogiro on Passyunk (at least the one time I visited) was poor.

                2. What about Estia which is not all that far from Capogiro? It is Greek Seafood oriented and there are a lot of less expensive appetizers for you to choose from instead of entrees.

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                  1. re: arepo

                    " Looking for places to eat that aren't too pricey (entrees around $20)"

                  2. Does anyone know of any places either around Rittenhouse or E. Passyunk that does a good grilled calamari/squid dish (NOT octopus nor any fried dishes). I saw that Serafina has a dish like that (calamari alla griglia) but have read some mixed reviews about them on the boards.

                    My wife is requesting to go somewhere that would have it as either an appetizer or entree. Her favorite has been found at Fellini's in Media if that gives an idea what I am looking for.


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                    1. re: paychecktoday

                      Jamonera had a great grilled squid. They appear to have switched to a calimari in its own ink.

                      Dimitris on 22nd and Pine has a good version.

                      Branzino and Vernick have grilled octopus.

                      1. re: cwdonald

                        From what I saw on Vernick and Jamonera's websites, both have octopus, which my wife is not looking for. There are other items that do look appealing though that could override her request.

                        Dimitri's also looks good but not sure if no reservations is going to be an issue.

                        How are these places in regards to walking afterwards?

                        1. re: paychecktoday

                          Well Capogiro is about a 10 minute walk from Dimitris... You also have the Swiss Haus Bakery about as far.

                          Melograno has a sauteed calimari that is pretty good.

                          Amada has a calamari a la plancha.

                          Bar Ferdinand has a calimari in its own squid ink, similar to Jamonera.

                          Bellini Grill right off Rittenhouse has it too. Have not had it there.

                          1. re: cwdonald

                            anyone know how melograno's prefix menu works and the price?

                          2. re: paychecktoday

                            Dimitri's is right by Fitler Square which is a very nice little park.