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  • Misha Mar 4, 2014 10:05 AM
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Looking for a fun but not pricey place to celebrate a family birthday in Philly/S. Philly/Northern Lib. Place must take reservations.

I was thinking of a newish gastro pub or some ethnic place since variety is key and among us is one vegetarian and two others who are fairly health conscious. The rest of us agree that fat equals flavor, lol.

Any suggestions are welcome.

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  1. What is your price point? Entrees under $ 20? Is BYO ok?

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    1. re: cwdonald

      Yes to both although a good beer selection or umbrella cocktails do have their place. And sharing dishes is good. (We've all been to Zahav, Amada, Tinto and Bar Ferdinand though.)

    2. How about South Philly Tap Room? Good food, good beer, fun spot!

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      1. re: Bigley9

        I don't believe they take reservations, but they might for a group of 8, it's worth calling to find out. SPTR is my favorite gastropub in the city. Khyber and Brauhaus are great too. I believe Brauhaus *does* take reservations for larger groups.

      2. In the gastropub realm, in additoin to SPTR which is a great suggestion, Alla Spina for italian inspired gastropub, Brauhaus Schmidtz for german, Danelion for english, and khyber pass for Cajun.

        Of all of those, I think that Khyber has the best options for a vegetarian but also some good flavorful food. Catahoula might be another option for Cajun food though they have fewer veggie friendly options.

        1. How about Vietnam?

          1. I have enjoyed El Camino Real in the Piazza, No Libs section of Philadelphia. This is a casual, inexpensive restaurant, but high on the fun meter and since it's in hipster central there are tons of vegetarian options even veggie "wings." Lots of gluttonous options to boot, but they do real tacos. :)

            http://www.elcaminophilly.com/menus.html

            One call out here is that we're talking about a crowd ranging from 20 to 40 somethings.

            1. Nomad Pizza and Nomad Roman Pizza both take reservations for groups that size. Plenty of meat and veg options.

              1. Looks like this place has got your name on it.
                Go for it and...
                buono appetito
                http://modomiorestaurant.com/popolino...

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                1. re: arepo

                  Actually, Modo Mio is an even better idea, if they can get a reservation.

                2. everybody loves Modo Mio but it is tiny reservations for 8 may be hard - also I don't really read it a fun big group type of place

                  I think Bar Ferdinand - tapas, right across from the suggested Camino Real is fun and pretty good - can definitely be comfortable for a group and provide variety and sharing. I think Tapas are always fun for the sharing.

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                  1. re: JTPhilly

                    The OP mentioned they had already been to Bar Ferdinand. Would you recommend a different small plate or tapas restaurant to go to?

                    1. re: cwdonald

                      oops I missed that reply. No I cant honestly, and I don't think too many of the smaller gastropubs take reservations

                      I guess get that Modo Mio reservation if you can.

                    2. re: JTPhilly

                      I did see a big group in there once (bigger than 8). They seemed to handle it well. Sooner the better with a reservation though. Btw, if you're going on a Sunday, I wouldn't recommend quite as highly. It's good but limited to Italian red gravy dishes.

                    3. how bout high st on market?

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                      1. re: alex1018

                        Great idea!

                      2. Thanks, all. I've been to most of the places you suggested (and agree that they're solid choices). Love Modo but think crowd might think too much food (as if!)

                        So leaning toward Vietnam though if anyone has a good read on Tesoro (a new tapas place in S. Philly) would be curious to hear.

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                        1. re: Misha

                          If you want to do Vietnamese in South Philly, there's always Nam Phuong.