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Old 12-27-2018, 01:56 AM
 
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Any recommendations for the nicest restaurants, closest to the Philly International Airport. (Not IN the airport)

Personally I think that area is a restaurant No Man's Land, with nothing to offer. BUT, just in case I'm wrong, I thought I'd ask.

So far all I've come up with the the Ruby Tuesday on Bartram Avenue. (Actually I'd like a little nicer, but that's the best option that's close. You know it's bad when Ruby Tuesday is your best option)

Are any of the hotel eateries worth going to?
Lord knows I can't come up with anything in close-in DelCo there.
There is a steak house listed on Google, Lehman's on 291 in Essington? I doubt that would be what I'm looking for either but, could be.

Seems there's nothing that's nice until you get to So. Philadelphia, or all the way out to Swarthmore. Anything in Ridley Park? Glenolden has never wowed my with its places to eat.

But like I said maybe there's a place I don't know about.

Any suggestions?
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Old 12-27-2018, 10:40 AM
 
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You are correct that the area around the airport is a restaurant no man's land. I have eaten at the Ruby Tuesday's in question, and it's just that. To its credit, sometimes you just want a salad bar and cheap beers on the night before a flight. The crowd has a noticeable shift around 7pm when it's mostly locals beforehand, and traveling professionals afterwards.

For what it's worth, the "bistro" at the airport's Courtyard Marriott is mediocre and overpriced.

I haven't tried Lehman's (or was even aware of it) but I would say that Popi's in South Philly is a good option, and not that far from the airport.
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Old 12-27-2018, 11:02 AM
 
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My office is by the airport, and you're right, it's a terrible area for amenities.

The only other place I can think of offhand is Stingers Waterfront at the Ridley Marina. That's right off 95 just south of the airport, and is presented as a fairly "upscale" restaurant on the bay. Whether it succeeds is up to your interpretation, but it does try.
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Old 12-27-2018, 02:37 PM
 
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OP here, we just made it easy on ourselves and went to Ruby Tuesday. It wasn't bad at all. Not fancy. But not a dump either.
I live near there and have always wondered WHY there wasn't a more upscale option.

I think plenty of people would support that. Sure traveling business people want quick, "decent" options. But I also think enough locals and travelers would support "nicer" place as well.

Granted the restaurant business is one that takes a lot of money to launch a place, but I think the market is there. Right now Ruby Tuesday is the ONLY option. I know part of that business could be siphoned off.

Some entity is going to build something -- I don't know what -- over by the corner and block -- that runs from Island Avenue on Bartram on the east side, toward the 95 N onramp near Holstein and Essington Avenue. Maybe? a nice restaurant might be part of that development?

No sign of what that might be...more hotels? Parking? Anyone know?
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Old Today, 08:27 AM
 
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For more mainstream, probably stick with Cracker and Barrel.

Otherwise, try to go further out if you can.
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Old Today, 11:59 AM
 
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OP here, we just made it easy on ourselves and went to Ruby Tuesday. It wasn't bad at all. Not fancy. But not a dump either.
I live near there and have always wondered WHY there wasn't a more upscale option.

I think plenty of people would support that. Sure traveling business people want quick, "decent" options. But I also think enough locals and travelers would support "nicer" place as well.

Granted the restaurant business is one that takes a lot of money to launch a place, but I think the market is there. Right now Ruby Tuesday is the ONLY option. I know part of that business could be siphoned off.

Some entity is going to build something -- I don't know what -- over by the corner and block -- that runs from Island Avenue on Bartram on the east side, toward the 95 N onramp near Holstein and Essington Avenue. Maybe? a nice restaurant might be part of that development?

No sign of what that might be...more hotels? Parking? Anyone know?
My guess as to why there aren't more restaurants in the area:

There aren't that many residents in the area.

The office park where the Ruby Tuesday is located doesn't have an evening population, and many who work at the airport can eat at one of the better dining options within the security perimeter.

The neighborhood that used to sit next to the office park got obliterated in the 1970s or sometime around then. You can see bits and pieces of it near Eastwick Regional Rail station.

The people who live near there probably patronize the fast-food places and buffets that cluster around Island Avenue and Lindbergh Boulevard.

Aloft hotels don't have restaurants, but they do have bars (called w xyz, a play on the chain's affiliation with W Hotels). Isn't there a Four Points or something next to the Aloft?
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Old Today, 12:14 PM
 
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Yes there are two other hotels there for a total of 3), and one block upon Island Ave is the Marriott? that just opened last year.

MarketSt, if you hear about what's going in at that side of Bartram I mentioned, please let us know.
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