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I need suggestions for a restaurant that has CLOSE-by parking as I have difficulty with more than a half block's walk. I'm taking my grandson to dinner tomorrow.

Lately I've mostly gone to Sang Kee in Wynnewood, but would like to find a few more places. I live in East Falls, so center city, Manyunk > Chestnut Hill or the near Main Line are easily reached.

TIA for your help.

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  1. Lots of restaurants in center city have valet parking. How old is your grandson?

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    1. re: barryg

      He's 13. He's super-picky with a very limited range of foods that he'll eat, so I tend to take him to Vietnamese or Chinese restaurants: noodle dishes and short ribs are on his list.

      But I also go solo for weeknight meals occasionally, so no need to confine suggestions to meet his "palate."

      1. re: saucyknave

        Have you ever been to Fiorino, Italian BYOB in East Falls? It's very good and you can park on the street right in front of the place (assuming one of those spaces is open). It is on a bit of a steep hill though (Indian Queen Lane a block up from Ridge).

        1. re: Buckethead

          We have found parking for Fiorino very difficult - sometimes impossible without a 3 block walk.

    2. If I recall correctly (admittedly it's been a while) Cin Cin in Chestnut Hill has very good pan-Asian and Chinese/French fusion food.


      1. This is an issue that I also struggle with. Chun Hing near
        Pathmark off Monument Ave has excellent Chinese food
        choices, without the uncertainly of Chinatown parking.

        Something fun and different would be Little Pete's, reached from Fairmount Ave, between 24th and 23rd--parking on Fairmount Ave in that block, or in front of the Philadelphian on Pennsylvania Ave,which usually has a space if you just go around once or twice. Inexpensive; good quality, very different--not Chow, but reliable.

        Bar snacks between 5 and 6:30pm at Citron Rose would
        be fun for him--we took our 12 year old granddaughter, who sat at the bar (!) had a soft drink, and felt very sophisticated. On street parking, but not when there is ice or snow on the ground as it has been lately. There is a parking lot closer to Old Lancaster, but do NOT use the parking lot next to Citron and Rose--it is too steep and narrow. This would be COOL for a 13 year old. But, very expensive for dinner. Call ahead--see if they have 12oz
        Heavenly Burger on menu--$28, and quite divine.

        If I think of more I'll post.

        1. Paris Bistro in Chestnut Hill has a parking lot right behind it. They also serve short ribs.

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          1. re: JanR

            I just looked for a reservation at PB -- nothing for 8 weeks!

            1. re: Dempsey

              I just checked on Open Table. Paris Bistro has reservations, even for Saturday. Where did you look and how big is your party?

              1. re: JanR

                I think Open Table was having issues earlier today. I was looking for a weeknight and it only showed 8 restaurants. It seems to be working again now.

          2. Might not be suitable for your nephew, but Mica in Chestnut hill has a parking lot right behind it. There's a passageway between from the parking lot to the sidewalk in front.

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            1. re: PhillyBestBYOB

              Parking within a helf block for Stella Sera, in CH, Heirloom, Iron Hill Brewery, Campbell's Place. . . all kinds of choices, some suitable, some not so.

            2. Have you gone to In Riva? It is very close to you.
              They do have a parking lot, though it is small.
              Your grandson would love it there.
              Ask for a quiet table.

              1. Thank you all for your kind suggestions.

                My pet peeve is to go out for a meal and get something I could have done better myself at home. I enjoy places like Matyson but my gs would not. His favorite restaurant is the Vietnamese restaurant on the E side of 11th, but the last time I took him there I had a plateful of garbagy vegetable and dried out and probably too old shrimp.in a dismal sauce. I couldn't face that again.

                I'll let my him decide whether we go Italian or Chinese. I've been to Chun Hing which is much closer to me a few years ago (but not quite as good as Sang Kee unless it's improved.) Surely worth a try again. I think Riva will be our destination if he wants to do Italian.

                As I'm also fishing for midweek solo meals: I'm out at Villanova a few times a week and could do with some suggestions for the stretch between E Falls and there - even out past it a bit is okay.

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                1. re: saucyknave

                  For Vietnamese you could try Nam Phuong in south philly. It had a lot and it can get pretty full but mostly you will find a spot very close to the door.

                  1. re: saucyknave

                    If you are in Villanova, then Wayne is only a couple of miles down the road. The White dog has a parking lot. Its usually easy to park in front of Margaret Kuo's. There's also a big lot across the street from Theresa's and depending on the time, you can usually find a spot directly on Wayne avenue. Just be sure to feed the meters until 6. Meter guy in Wayne is rather enthusiastic about his job.

                    1. re: saucyknave

                      There's an Azie in Radnor that has serviceable sushi and parking just outside the restaurant (it's part of a strip mall with Staples and a Wine & Spirits store if I recall correctly)

                      Cerise and Fraschetta are both in Bryn Mawr, though I can't recall if there is a parking lot and/or street parking very close to those restaurants. I'm sure there is parking at most a couple blocks away, but that might be too far for you.

                      1. re: jhpark

                        The Bryn Mawr Trust lots (one adjacent to and one directly across from Fraschetta) are available after banking hours. (I know this from my visits to the Bryn Mawr Film Institute, which is more or less next door.)

                    2. There is a parking lot across the street from Rangoon (N. 9th street)

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                      1. re: Bigley9

                        In terms of center city, I was reminded by another post on here that there is a garage right across the street from Matyson. Whether that is the type of food you want to take your grandson for, I am not sure, but it is quite convenient.