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Jul 25, 2013 04:24 PM

early dinner with kids around the Market Street East station

2 moms, 4 kids, 5 to 10 yrs old and well-behaved, around 5 pm tomorrow night, Friday. We trying to avoid chain restaurants and we eat in Chinatown a lot so we're looking for some other options. Suggestions, please...

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    1. re: Chinon00

      Walking, and at the end of a long day. Taking the train home so we're trying to stay around Market East. We thought about the Reading Terminal market, but it closes at 6 pm.

      1. re: Meg Loves to Eat

        In the area that I've been to and like or heard good things:
        Fogo De Chão, 1337 Chestnut St
        Barbuzzo, 110 S 13th St
        Jamonera, 105 S 13th St

        1. re: Chinon00

          I would throw in Zavino, and TIme which are right around the corner from Barbuzzo. Sampan is right there as well.

          1. re: cwdonald

            I wouldn't take a group with 4 young kids to either Barbuzzo or Jamonera. Too small and cramped, and possibly nothing to appeal to kids that age. Zavino is a possibility, but really a pretty long walk to Market East, especially for a 5 year old.

            If you can't get to RTM on time, someplace in Chinatown is really your best bet. What about Banana Leaf? It's nearby, and the food is Malaysian, which is quite different than Chinese.

            1. re: Hungryin theBurbs

              I agree with you on the kid comments.

              I'll check into Banana Leaf. I also just thought of Pho. I think there are some places right out Chinatown. Thank you.

              1. re: Hungryin theBurbs

                We did go to Banana Leaf and we LOVED it! Just the right distance, and great food. I wish I could have had a glass of wine, but you can't get everything!

                1. re: Meg Loves to Eat

                  Meg thanks for reporting back. I would love to hear about what you ate, and even more important want your little men and women enjoyed. Thanks for sharing.

                  1. re: cwdonald

                    I have to start by saying that I had to order without reading the menu. We were walking into the setting sun for a several blocks, and when I tried to look at the menu, in dim light (and I'm in my 50's), I couldn't read it at all. So, I relied on the waitress. She did suggest a seafood stir-fry for the kids, so I did need to "redirect" her a little.

                    We started with an wonderful, and very different, chicken satay with peanut sauce. Everybody liked that. My friend had the Beef with Ginger and Scallion, that was very good. I had a nice spicy hot Basil Chicken that was the best dish on the table. Three kids shared a Fried Rice Noodle with chicken. It had a very dark sauce, but they all ate it happily. They also had a big bowl of Wonton Mee - chicken soup filled with skinny egg noodles and pork filled "wontons" that were more like a dumpling with a tail. Both dishes were very good. One of the girls is a vegetarian, and she had Vegetable Fried Rice, which was green when it was served, but she demolished it, so the color didn't deter her.

                    So, the restaurant was a hit, and we liked the friendly atmosphere and open kitchen too. We'll definitely go back! Thanks for the great suggestion.

                    1. re: Meg Loves to Eat

                      Oh, I'm so glad you liked it. It seemed to fit the circumstances you described, so I'm glad it worked out. My kids are fairly picky eaters, but we can always find something for them at places like this. Chicken satay is always a winner.

      2. there's smokin' bettys, at 11th and sansom. only ate there once, a while ago, but liked it.

        1. You could do Moriarity's or Maoz on the 1100 block of Walnut. Maoz is a chain but doesnt have the chain vibe like Applebees or something.

          Also, Continental Midtown seems to be good for kids. Not near Market East but a couple blocks from Suburban.

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          1. re: barryg

            Maoz is a great suggestion. It is fast food falafel. It has a great fixings bar that allow you to customize your sandwich or salad. They also have full and half size portions that might work well for smaller eaters. And their belgian style frites are pretty good too.


            1. re: cwdonald

              Zavino is great. Or spirng for El Vez if the kids like Mexican!