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Nov 8, 2013 05:13 AM

Need a place for a long, quiet lunch

Request from my dad: he's meeting a potential client in Philadelphia, looking for a place to meet for lunch where they can stay and discuss work for 2-3 hours. Price under $40. Any type of food, but he has never met this client so I suppose 'American' is safest. Any ideas?

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  1. Get some nice deli sandwiches and salads and go up around the old Eastern State Penitentiary. Real quiet up there.

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    1. re: mrbigshotno.1

      Its 40 degrees outside...

      I would suggest that you look to restaurants that cater to the business crowd. Palm, Capitol Grille, etc would fit the bill.

    2. La Croix would be quiet, elegant, nice view, great service,
      less 'bustly" at lunch.

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      1. re: Bashful3

        I second Lacrox. With the view of the park this time of year with the leaves changing colors it would be nice.

      2. I've taken a client to Dandelion and it's fairly cozy and quiet during the day.

        1. Victoria Freehouse is British, but would probably work very well. It's very nice and clean, quiet for lunch, and not too expensive. They've also got plenty of pub snacks on the menu, in case your dad and his client get hungry again after a couple of hours of talking.

          Scroll down on their site for the menu:

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          1. re: gina

            Will need to pop in on my next Philadelphia visit. To illuminate the distinction between Freehouse, Public House, Ale House and Tavern here is an informative link,

            1. re: Edwardrae

              The use of freehouse really has no meaning in this country.. if a bar is tied to anything, they are tied to their local distributor rather than the brewery!

              The other term that developed from freehouse is the concept of a guest beer or ale a beer often not affiliated to the brewery that the bar is tied...

              These days in the US we see it at smaller brewpubs that stock their own beer and sometimes serve others as well (example is Earth Bread and Brewery... )

              1. re: cwdonald

                Thanks for the explanation of the term Freehouse in the states. I had only frequently encounter the name in the states and did understand that the meaning was not the same as in Britain. I did find the explanation provided at the link interesting as to the origins of that term and other Pub related British Terms. The single source provider concept at many managed pubs has met with distain: I enjoy the U.S brew pub concept which is also usually single provider but understandable as it is brewed in house. Even more enjoyable is the Pub's in the US that offer many different drafts and bottles, lovely experience.

          2. I go along with cw's suggestion of Capital Grille or the Palm. They are both comfortable, quiet, have a rather traditional menu with good food, and are used to people doing business lunches. It doesn't sound like a situation that calls for elegant.