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.
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
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.
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
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.