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Need a place that is no more than a short walk from Broad and Lombard for an after theater dinner

middleagedfoodie Oct 6, 2013 08:58 AM

The couple who are joining us are on a limited budget and into plain(ish) food. The show should let out by 8:30. But, I don't want to spend more than 10 minutes at most walking there, so we don't end up eating closer to 9:00. Any suggestions for a reasonably priced place, quiet enough to have a conversation that meets these criteria? We're going on a week night, so a place that is somewhat noisy on the weekends but may be quieter during the week would work.

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    Beulah RE: middleagedfoodie Oct 6, 2013 09:16 AM

    There's a Japanese place on Spruce between Broad and 13th (don't remember the name) that could work. Also there's Effie's on Pine and just short of 12th Street -- that's only 2 blocks and it's very reasonable. In addition to Greek specials they have very nice fresh fish roasted or broiled.

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      middleagedfoodie RE: Beulah Oct 6, 2013 09:44 AM

      Japanese? You gotta be kidding! These people think neighborhood Chinese is exotic. Effies, yes that's a possibility although I am not a big fan. Thanks.

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        Delucacheesemonger RE: Beulah Oct 7, 2013 03:24 AM

        The Japanese is Makiman and they have a lot besides sushi, Effie's was the worst meal l have had in Philadelphia in 20 years.
        While probably out of your friend's budget, for the best 'plain' food around, Farm & Fisherman across the street from the afforementioned Effie's is my pick for best in city currently.
        If a meal of two of the non entree courses is enough for them they would get out for @ $30/pp

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          barryg RE: Delucacheesemonger Oct 7, 2013 04:56 AM

          Yeah Effie's is terrible. It is pretty cheap though.

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            Delucacheesemonger RE: barryg Oct 7, 2013 05:19 AM

            Therefore ?

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        Cruz RE: middleagedfoodie Oct 6, 2013 03:18 PM

        I would recommend La Viola (East or West) on 16th Street. While it can get noisy when crowded, that shouldn't be a problem on a weeknight after 8:30. Cuisine is good, straight forward Italian, with entrees topping out at about $18. Note that it's a BYOB and cash only.

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          middleagedfoodie RE: Cruz Oct 7, 2013 01:09 AM

          Yes, good choice. I forgot about those 2.

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            bluehensfan RE: middleagedfoodie Oct 7, 2013 10:20 AM

            How about Little Nonna's? Or is that too pricey?

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              middleagedfoodie RE: bluehensfan Oct 8, 2013 01:57 PM

              I actually made a res there and gave them a choice of that or Effies, providing a link for each. They picked Little Nonna's. Yeah! The menu looks good.

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                bluehensfan RE: middleagedfoodie Oct 8, 2013 02:46 PM

                You will have to let us know if it is good. I have not been to Little Nonna's yet but given M&V's other restaurants it should be good.

                And probably just about anything is better than Effie's.

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                  urbanfabric RE: bluehensfan Oct 9, 2013 05:20 AM

                  It's very good, yay! good choice! Get the head on shrimp scampi. That was my favorite

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          lbmsw RE: middleagedfoodie Oct 8, 2013 07:05 AM

          Perch Pub at Broad and Locust is pretty good. Certainly not outstanding, but should meet your requirements.

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