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Aug 1, 2013 07:14 AM

5 days in Philly - looking for feedback

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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  1. 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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    1. re: Buckethead

      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.

    2. 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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      1. re: Delucacheesemonger

        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.

      2. 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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        1. re: bluehensfan

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

          1. re: bluehensfan

            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).

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

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              1. re: reedsox

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


                1. re: reedsox

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

                  1. re: reedsox

                    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.

                    1. re: Buckethead

                      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.

                      1. re: bluehensfan

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

                        1. re: Bob Loblaw

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

                    2. re: reedsox

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