Week end in Philly
We will be near the Italian Market area, but can walk or ride to a restaurant. We would prefer moderately priced as we are treating two others. One is a vegetarian who does eat fish. We like most foods but would prefer American with atmosphere for one of our dinners. We do love ethnic food as well. Also we know there are so many wonderful chefs with small restaurants in the city that we would love to experience one.
I second the Mildred recommendation. Perhaps also Southwark (esp if you enjoy a cocktail with or pre-meal) and Bistrot La Minette which is French, but bistro food so very accessible. The alternative would be to look at recommendations for East Passyunk Ave - just south of the Italian Market area
Especially enlightening is the first discussion of the restaurant where people actually discuss dishes.
I have been there, and thoroughly enjoyed the menu. It is small plates, so if that is not the format that you like you will not be happy. Nice cocktail list and small wine list.
Small space that some have complained about the noise. It is a hard reservation to get, so if that is where you want to go, check open table or better yet call the restaurant directly immediately.
A few good spots of high recognition, frequent national awards or popularity.
Tria- small interesting menu, european feel, good beer, wine
Nonna's - Old school Italian American- new & fun
Vedge- no meat or dairy- national rec.
Fountian Room 4 Seasons - some rank best in Phila
Zahav - Best new chef award -National Rec-Local favorite
Amada- Small plate Tapas- busy local favorite-casual
The Prime Rib - high end steak house - some rank best here
Dandilion- English, great decor with renditions of british fare
Barbazzo- eclectic -busy- noisy-fun
Wiskey Village - great burgers-casual - good fun
Parc- nice venue French bistro
Oyster House- you guessed it
All mentioned might require reservation. I am sure you will get many more options from local hounds.