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

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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  1. 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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    1. re: Beulah

      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.

      1. re: Beulah

        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

        1. re: Delucacheesemonger

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

      2. 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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        1. re: Cruz

          Yes, good choice. I forgot about those 2.

          1. re: middleagedfoodie

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

            1. re: bluehensfan

              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.

              1. re: middleagedfoodie

                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.

                1. re: bluehensfan

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

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