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Jul 23, 2013 06:16 AM

Perch Pub or other casual near Doubletree?

Hi, the husband is in the city for work and staying at the Doubletree on S. Broad St. He suggested I bring the kids in and spend the night there to take them to the Franklin Institute and anything else they want to do. He has corporate obligations Wed. evening, so I was looking for a moderately priced, casual restaurant near the hotel for just the 3 of us.

How about Perch Pub? Kids are 10 and 12. We don't need a kids menu, but they also won't want to have to change their clothes or be in a quiet place with long waits for food with fancy sauces. We go to pubs frequently at home, as pub food almost always satisfies them and the atmosphere is appropriately casual and noisy. And mom can get a decent beer.

So, thoughts on this place (it is practically across the street from the hotel, as far as I can tell) or other ideas?


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  1. If you want something kid oriented, you are within easy walking distance to Max Brenner on Walnut. Of course you would have to like chocolate....

    1. The food at Perch Pub is pretty mediocre or worse. It's a good place for beers and whiskey but that isn't too relevant when it comes to kids. It's not terrible but I wouldn't make it a first choice.

      There are a lot of restaurants on 13th St, very close to the hotel. A couple ideas:
      Zavino for pizza. The pastas are also good and they have wine and beer. No reservations and tiny, so try to get there on the early side. Shouldnt be too bad on a Wednesday in the summer.

      El Vez, Mexican. I dont love the food but it's a fun atmosphere, you and the kids will like it. There's a bike hanging from the ceiling, a photo booth, etc. Capogiro across the street has great gelato for dessert.

      One thing to watch out for is that Wednesday evenings are "Center City Sips," a city-wide happy hour promotion, and the bar at places like El Vez can be a little crazy. Once you get seated it should be fine. I don't think Zavino or Max Brenner attract a happy hour crowd like that.

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      1. re: barryg

        I like the El Vez/Capogiro combination. As barryg said, the food isn't stellar but it's good and the atmosphere is good for kids. Another place near there that is pretty good is Time (gastropub), I haven't been in a while but I've been there a few times and the food is good and so is the draft list.

        1. re: barryg

          Just to clarify the good recs for the OP: Capogiro is also across the street from Zavino (i.e. they're all at the same intersection) so both fit with the gelato desert.

        2. Never been to the Perch but the reviews I have seen are good enough. Perhaps you could consider Monk's Cafe at S. 16th and Spruce. It is a neighborhood cafe with a reasonable burger and fresh cut fries or other more upscale selections. The atmosphere is casual and friendly serving beers from around the world including 25 Belgian beers on tap.

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          1. re: Bacchus101

            I love the suggestion of Monks, but what always keeps me from going there more often is how crowded it always seems unless you go in the middle of the afternoon. The crowds there keep me from going there but once a year, because I don't want to wait standing for a table sometimes in excess of an hour.

            Zavino is great, Love the pizza and the salads there and they do not take reservations so its first come first served.

            I am wondering about any other places just off of Broad, maybe Giorgios on Pine (BYO) or perhaps Time which is around the corner from Zavino.

          2. I am also worried about crowds at Monks, just from things I've heard. Husband is in town regularly for work, and they have been there. I'm sure it's reputation as a great pub is for good reason, but it seems it has become so famous that lots of people go just for the "experience." That would be fine for me and Mr. CentralPA on a late night of fun, but not sure I want to deal with that with the kids.

            Max Brenner is one I will put on the list for all four of us Thurs. evening before we leave town. We don't do much in the way of sweets and I think my kids would be so overwhelmed by that chocolate menu that I will need the back up of another adult!

            Center City Sips is something to think about, especially if it makes El Vez too crazy. ... I think I'm leaning toward Zavino's right now. Will it be a long wait on a week night since they don't take reservations? If we make an effort to be back from Franklin Institute by 6, would it be easier to get a table?

            CW, I'll look at the other places you mentioned. Really just looking for casual, decent food, and family friendly.

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            1. re: centralpadiner

              It's hard to know with Zavino, since it is very small. I have been there and just walked in, and also had long waits. I agree that it is a great choice with kids, and with Capogiro across the street (my kids are also 10 & 12 and love both places).

              If you end up wanting something even faster and easier, there are a bunch of good burger joints in the area. There is a place called 500 Degrees at 15th and Sansom, and a Five Guys at 15th and Chestnut. I know it is basically fast food, but it's good, and sometimes with tired kids, that's what you need.

              1. re: Hungryin theBurbs

                500 Degrees looks like it might be a perfect place for lunch on our way to the Franklin Institute after we arrive in town!

                I'm thinking that I may want a place that I can relax a bit after what will likely be a fairly long day. LOL! Maybe I should just order room service and a good movie for the kids on pay-per-view and call it a night while we wait for dad to be done at his business dinner!

                1. re: centralpadiner

                  One other consideration would be to go to a place that is closer to the Franklin Institute before you return to the hotel. Dandelion Pub would be a good place, that has burgers fish and chips and you can relax with an adult beverage.

                  1. re: cwdonald

                    Our son is 8yo and we go to Philly two or three times a year. If you want to work you way back from the Franklin Institute, we have had decent meals at Continental Mid-Town, Parc, and Dandelion for lunch. That operation seems to know how to turn the tables so you won't be sitting any longer than you want to.

                    Parc is right on Rittenhouse Square and there is outside seating.

                    We are walkers and stumbled upon Tria (Washington) and had a nice lunch and wine at an outside table -

                    1. re: cleobeach

                      I like the Zavino and Capogiro plan. Do make sure to go to Reading Terminal Market too. It's a short walk from your hotel. Great for lunch or breakfast...

            2. What about Le Pain Quotidien on Walnut and 15th?
              Garces Trading Company at 11th & Locust?
              Or Luke's Lobsters if you want to do movie night in the hotel room.

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              1. re: bumble

                Garces Trading Co. sounds like a good bet. Maybe I should just play it by ear depending on how we feel Wed. after the F.I.?