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Graduation Lunch Center City Area

coldbeer May 13, 2014 06:30 AM

Any thoughts on a good spot for 10-12 people to sit between 1-3pm ? Most of the places I'd like to go to don't serve a lunch. Looking to avoid the chain-type places and tourist traps. It would be on a Friday...

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  1. sal_acid RE: coldbeer May 13, 2014 06:39 AM

    Amada has big tables and a festive air.

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      Bacchus101 RE: sal_acid May 16, 2014 06:47 AM

      Just a brief comment on Amada. It had been one of our favorites as we always enjoyed their interesting and tasty selections of small plates. Last week at lunch everything ordered with the exception of the salad verde and the desert was not good. They offered a very limited menu for lunch that day, indicating that they are significantly scaled down for weekday lunches. Even the special cocktail was impossibly tasteless. We have loved dinners there and will return for their small plate offerings again some evening. Interestingly with few wait staff on hand the service was excellent.

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      cwdonald RE: coldbeer May 13, 2014 06:44 AM

      Book early (you already may be late... ). Oyster House on Sansom could accommodate.

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        alex1018 RE: coldbeer May 13, 2014 07:17 AM

        parc, dandelion

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          bumble RE: coldbeer May 13, 2014 08:13 AM

          Lacroix is an option.

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              bumble RE: coldbeer May 13, 2014 11:05 AM

              Perhaps Le Cheri? They just started lunch service and if the weather is nice, they have that lovely garden.

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                bluehensfan RE: bumble May 13, 2014 11:42 AM

                Estia is nice too.

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                cwdonald RE: coldbeer May 13, 2014 12:16 PM

                BTW what institution is graduating?

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                  PattiCakes RE: cwdonald May 13, 2014 01:08 PM

                  Pretty much all of them this time of year : )

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                  dndicicco RE: coldbeer May 13, 2014 01:23 PM

                  What kind of crowd?

                  If you're catering to the college graduates themselves, and they're guys check out Dandelion.

                  If you're catering to a more worldly crowd, try Amada for something fun and different.

                  If foodies and appreciate French cuisine, Le Cheri is the way to go now.

                  Older crowd, Estia.

                  Ultra hip, Morimoto.

                  Hope this helps. Can't go wrong with any of the suggestions below, either.

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                    coldbeer RE: dndicicco May 13, 2014 01:34 PM

                    It's a mix of Grandparents, parents, and Drexel's latest gift to the soon to be working (i hope) world. Is La Scala any good? Thank you all for the responses!

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                      lowereastrittenhouse RE: coldbeer May 13, 2014 02:09 PM

                      Not really - but more mediocre than outright bad.

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                        bluehensfan RE: lowereastrittenhouse May 14, 2014 10:44 AM

                        If you're thinking LaScala you may want to look at Barbuzzo or Little Nonna's.

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                        JTPhilly RE: coldbeer May 14, 2014 10:53 AM

                        La Scala is nothing special - but big, fairly comfortable and able to accommodate groups well - also the menu is broad and familiar - I would consider it a safe harbor for a group. Its not where I would take a group of foodies but...

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                          coldbeer RE: JTPhilly May 14, 2014 11:35 AM

                          Yes...pretty much need a big table and safe options for college kids used to mac and cheese, but also something for the more sophisticated palates. I loved Barbuzzo, but remember it being a little cramped.

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                            Bigley9 RE: coldbeer May 15, 2014 10:29 AM

                            You might consider Beau Monde Creperie at 6th and Bainbridge. You can usually get street parking but there is a lot nearby and you can build your own crepes as well as have salads and some appetizers. I have always been able to feed everyone in the crowd there, but people with more sophisticated palates can make some interesting combos.

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                              coldbeer RE: Bigley9 May 15, 2014 10:39 AM

                              are those the Tavern on the Green guys?

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                                cwdonald RE: coldbeer May 15, 2014 01:30 PM

                                No .. Tavern on the Green are the Beau Monde guys ;-) But yes...

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                              bluehensfan RE: coldbeer May 16, 2014 05:39 AM

                              Barbuzzo is indeed cramped. Little Nonna's does have a patio (and the foods not all that different) and you may be able to reserve it?

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                                Bacchus101 RE: bluehensfan May 16, 2014 06:51 AM

                                Yes Barbuzzo is indeed cramped and that is a kind observation of conditions there. We love Little Nonna's , which is also tight, but some how it does not annoy us quite as much as Barbuzzo and Nonna's patio is now open.

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                            sockii RE: coldbeer May 16, 2014 03:52 PM

                            Another thought: Roberto Cafe at 22nd and South. It's smallish but open for lunch; if you called in advance you could probably easily get a table for 10-12.

                            It's very good classic, simple Italian and surely would have something for most everyone (I've taken a lot of different friends from out of town there who all loved it.) Prices are reasonable and while the lunch menu is limited, they've always allowed me to order some favorite apps from their dinner menu as well. Also, not that far from Drexel.


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