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Stopover in Philly - where to eat?

jubilant cerise Jan 9, 2014 03:20 PM

I'm excited to be visiting for the first time! Unfortunately it's short - an evening plus the next day before heading out again in the late afternoon. Where can this lone traveller get some tasty and reasonably affordable eats? Recs for local coffee/tea shops, bakeries and delis/ethnic grocery shops are welcome as well.

My hotel is near Center City and I don't drive, so walking distance is preferable. I will be in the Kensington area for part of my stopover as well, so if it's along the public transit routes between these areas that would work, too.

Thanks in advance for your recs!

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    barryg RE: jubilant cerise Jan 9, 2014 03:52 PM

    Where roughly near Center City, and where in Kensington will you be going? Kensington is an umbrella neighborhood that encompasses a lot of smaller neighborhood.

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      jubilant cerise RE: barryg Jan 14, 2014 07:33 PM

      Hotel in Centre City is near North Broad and Vine St.

      In Kensington I'll be around in Fish Town - the sculpture gym looks neat!

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        Buckethead RE: jubilant cerise Jan 14, 2014 07:37 PM

        Broad and Vine is very close to Philly's Chinatown, we don't have many great places there but Rangoon is one of them, I'd recommend it. Get the firecracker lentil fritters and thousand layer bread.

        1. re: Buckethead
          jubilant cerise RE: Buckethead Jan 14, 2014 07:59 PM

          Yes, I saw from the map of the area I'd be near Chinatown so thanks for the Rangoon recommendation, excited to check it out!

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      dndicicco RE: jubilant cerise Jan 9, 2014 06:37 PM

      Center city is pretty big, but let's assume you're willing to walk to Rittenhouse, which is one of the nicer areas of the city.

      I'd recommend Elixir for coffee, Parc for lunch (it's a French bistro), DiBruno Bros for the gourmet deli vibe, and Vernick's for affordable yet super cool dinner scene. It can be a little hard to get a reservation there, but there are tons of other good reasonably priced options in the center, too. You really can't go wrong. I haven't tried it yet, but another hot restaurant is Le Cheri which is French and I think most entrees are like $26. Finally, my favorite is Vedge, but that's vegan so not sure if it's your thing, but eminently delicious and not expensive.

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      1. re: dndicicco
        jubilant cerise RE: dndicicco Jan 14, 2014 07:49 PM

        I'm omnivore and open to trying all cuisines. I've been checking out your recs and they look like a great start, thank you!

      2. bluehensfan RE: jubilant cerise Jan 10, 2014 10:51 AM

        For the second day, get breakfast and or lunch at http://www.readingterminalmarket.org/ It's a few blocks northeast of City Hall.

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          cwdonald RE: bluehensfan Jan 10, 2014 05:26 PM

          I heartily second the recommendation there. For breakfast go to Dutch Eating place for great pancakes, or if you want something different, you will find the lamb hash at the Border Springs Lamb Stall to be fantastic.

          Lunch, you have the roast pork and broccoli rabe sandwich at DiNics (get it wet). Beck's Cajun Cafe serves a good muffaletta, po boys, jambalaya, and a cajun version of the Philly Cheesesteak. Sang Kee has a decent dumpling soup there that will be big enough to fill you up for about five dollars. Other snacks there include Millers Twist handmade pretzels, beilers doughnuts, Bassetts Ice Cream, hoagies at Salumeria. This is all under one roof and at very reasonable prices. Depending where you are in CC you could take regional rail from Suburban Station to Market East. RTM is 1 block away from the Market East train station. You are also close to Chinatown there, where there are lots of options..

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            Worldwide Diner RE: cwdonald Jan 10, 2014 06:22 PM

            The parking is free at Reading if you buy $12 of stuff, iirc.

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              Delucacheesemonger RE: Worldwide Diner Jan 10, 2014 06:36 PM

              $ 4 with $10 purchase

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                cwdonald RE: Delucacheesemonger Jan 10, 2014 09:58 PM

                not on weekends

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                  Bigley9 RE: cwdonald Jan 11, 2014 10:24 AM

                  It is still $4 with $10 purchase on weekends

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              jubilant cerise RE: cwdonald Jan 14, 2014 07:54 PM

              Your recs sound fabulous too, cwdonald - it sounds like I'm headed for some great eats!

            3. re: bluehensfan
              jubilant cerise RE: bluehensfan Jan 14, 2014 07:51 PM

              Thanks, bluehensfan! This is pretty much around the corner from my hotel, so this is perfect.

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