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reedsox Aug 1, 2013 07:14 AM

Hi Philly. Each summer my wife and I and 2 sons (11-9) visit a city for a ballgame and good food. this summer we are coming to Philly. We have enlisted chowhounders from san fransisco, seattle, toronto etc to help us out with whats new and interesting/funky in town. Our boys are experienced "foodies in training" and are well behaved and adventurous eaters. Our overwhelming majority experience is that servers like to see well mannered, respectful young people. So, that is some backround info, and this is what we have planned so far. please look at the post and chime in if you want and feel free to make suggestions. Also we are staying in city center, taking transportation is not a big deal, just easier if closer
We have reservations at Osteria and Farm & Fisherman
We are going to spend time tooling around Reading Terminal market
We are going to hit Capogiro at some point
We are looking at Village Whiskey for happy hour
We are looking at Tinto, Amada etc for tapas at some point.

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    FriedClamFanatic Aug 18, 2013 03:58 PM

    RTM can consume several trips! I also expect you are going to throw in a cheesesteak or 2.

    Not knowing where your home is.......several places offer great crabcakes...but if you like Shellfish and seafood, the Sansome St. Oysterhouse might be added to your list.

    And you should enjoy Tinto's....maybe not your kids. It is a noisy upscale bar/food place where most of the crowd seems to be on the make. Amada, owned by the same guy is a tiny bit quieter.

    Also for the kids.there's a dave and busters in Philly...roomy and fun..although they actually don't want kids there.

    Jack's Firehouse serves good food.and is what it says...an old firehouse.complete with pole..........No, the kids can't slide down it. Located right near the old penitentiary, now a museum

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      reedsox Aug 12, 2013 08:21 AM

      Thanks for all the feedback, haven't seen any feedback on Serpico, Bru or Cheu Noodle Bar which have been on some new/hot lists,

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        gaffk Aug 12, 2013 02:07 PM

        There is a current discussion underway regarding Serpico.

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/906379

        Sorry, I'm not familiar with Bru or Cheu.

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          barryg Aug 12, 2013 06:22 PM

          Bru is ok, not a destination but if you're in the neighborhood and want a beer it's fine for that.

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          urbanfabric Aug 18, 2013 03:40 PM

          I think Cheu is really great. Not strictly asian, although inspired by... we had some fantastic liver and onion dumplings there recently along with a fish "rib" that really impressed me. Great for a weekend lunch and less busy than dinner.

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          reedsox Aug 7, 2013 06:46 AM

          read a couple of old posts about George Sabitino ex chef at Stateside leaving to open his own spot. Did he open one? is Stateside still good?

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            Buckethead Aug 7, 2013 07:29 AM

            He didn't open a new place of his own but he did leave Stateside a few months back to become the chef at Morgan's Pier, an outdoor bar/restaurant on the waterfront. I haven't read anything one way or the other about Stateside since he left, the menu looks decent but I haven't been brave enough to try it yet. The food at Morgan's Pier is pretty good.

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              Bob Loblaw Aug 7, 2013 05:36 PM

              LaBan reviewed the place on Morgan's Pier, and, IIRC, generally liked it.

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                barryg Aug 8, 2013 06:13 AM

                It's a great atmosphere too, as long as you go early enough to avoid the dance parties. I wouldn't go exclusively for the food but it's really nice to dine along the river and not pay high prices for boring food like at Chart House.

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            reedsox Aug 7, 2013 06:30 AM

            thanks for all of your input, what can you tell me about Stateside, Percy st BBQ, Will and Standard Tap?

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              Philly Ray Aug 7, 2013 06:38 AM

              In that neighborhood, I would go to Fond over Will.

              http://fondphilly.com/

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                barryg Aug 7, 2013 07:34 AM

                Standard Tap and Percy St are nothing special. Haven't been to Sateside since Sabatino left.

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                  Buckethead Aug 7, 2013 07:58 AM

                  Will is very good but is closed for vacation until the 20th. I wouldn't go to Standard Tap. Percy St. is good but I wouldn't recommend it if you've never been to Philly before.

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                    bluehensfan Aug 7, 2013 08:35 AM

                    Percy St. used to be better before they redid the menu. I would not rush there myself either (see other BBQ posting if you are interested in that...)

                    Standard Tap is pretty....standard.

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                      Bob Loblaw Aug 7, 2013 05:34 PM

                      I thought I was the only person who didn't like standard tap. nice to see i've got company.

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                        cwdonald Aug 7, 2013 08:47 PM

                        Go to standard tap for the smelt... the beer is ordinary.. the better beer is across the street.. at the Foodery

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                    gina Aug 12, 2013 05:33 PM

                    I like Percy St. but for BBQ, these days Fete Sau would be my first pick.

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                    arepo Aug 4, 2013 07:11 AM

                    I would be remiss not to add my out and out favorite city restaurant Bistrot La Minette.
                    Dinner Friday night was a magical experience (once again!) and at the same time one feels transported to a small cafe in Paris.

                    1. bluehensfan Aug 1, 2013 08:00 AM

                      I'd add Vernick and the Mesibah at Zahav as dinner choices (but make reservations!) and you may want to hit places like Federal Donuts for a treat. Don't do Max Brenner!

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                        Delucacheesemonger Aug 1, 2013 09:23 AM

                        Never ever do Max Brenner, an old apartment was across from his Union Square location, and l never got it at any level.

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                          JanR Aug 3, 2013 11:35 AM

                          Kids love it.

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                          fava_bean Aug 10, 2013 06:34 PM

                          You can go to Federal Donuts at the ballpark, but the selection (and in my opinion the quality) doesn't match what you will get at the original location on 2nd near Federal (or the second location on Sansom near 16th).

                        3. Delucacheesemonger Aug 1, 2013 07:56 AM

                          In the best tradition of different flavors for different people, l feel Farm & Fisherman is the best this city currently offers and feel that a miss at Osteria would be fine as well.
                          When at F& F ask the hostess Judy for anything and she will treat you like family.

                          Would consider Nick;s Roast Beef at 20th & Jackson, Paesano's on 9th st, and Sarcones, Chickie's, or Cosmi's for a great hoagie, Tacconelli's for pizza,
                          Brunch at LaCroix is a worthwhile splurge on Sun morning, or if counting pennies, Honey sit n' eat does a nice standard breakfast as well.
                          If your hometown lacks a deli, either Hymies in Merion or Famous at 4th and Bainbridge work just fine as well.

                          If you do not have a great Chinatown in your hometown, there are decent ones here, do a search on Philadelphia Chowhound for them

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                            Nancy S. Aug 5, 2013 05:34 PM

                            Agree that the Farm and the Fisherman is exceptional. it rivals the best of farm to table in NYC, and elsewhere, especially for the price.

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                            Buckethead Aug 1, 2013 07:42 AM

                            You'll be here for five days but only have two dinner reservations, do you have dinner plans for the other days? Personally I'd skip Farm and Fisherman. Osteria is excellent. Some other places you may want to consider include Vedge, Zahav, Fork, Fitler Dining Room, Noord (convenient to the subway on the way to the stadiums), Kanella, and Fond.

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                              fava_bean Aug 10, 2013 06:38 PM

                              Buckethead has a great list. Not sure where you are from reedsox (boston), but even not knowing, I can predict that the food at Vedge, Zahav, or Noord would be both new and impressive. And not just to the kids.

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