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Stopover in Philly - where to eat?

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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  1. 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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    1. re: barryg

      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!

      1. re: jubilant cerise

        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

          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!

    2. 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

        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. 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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        1. re: bluehensfan

          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..

          1. re: cwdonald

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

                1. re: cwdonald

                  It is still $4 with $10 purchase on weekends

            1. re: cwdonald

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

            2. re: bluehensfan

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