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Old 07-12-2009, 11:17 PM
 
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Hi,

I will be visiting Philadelphia for the first time in August, with a large group for a convention. Can you help me out with restaurant recommendations within walking distance of the 5th @ Market St. area? I would also be interested in hearing about any fun local hangouts/bars in that area as well.

Thanks!
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Old 07-13-2009, 09:31 AM
 
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There are dozens of great restaurants in that area with all kinds of cuisines. Recommendations would depend on your tastes and budget. Some of my favorites include Fork (New American), Tangerine(Moroccan/Mediteranean), Buddakan (Asain fusion), Amada (tapas), Zahav (Israeli), Spasso (Italian), but if you have preferences, we can give you more suggestions.

For drinks, the Continental, Cubra Libra, Plough and Stars or the brewpub, Triumph Brewing Company are possibilities.

You can google any of these names for menus.
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Old 07-13-2009, 04:11 PM
 
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Hey Bookmen,

Thank you for your help. I don't really have any specific types of cuisine in mind since this is for a group of around 25 - 30. We don't plan on having everyone eat at the same restaurant, but we will be in that area that night and want to give everyone a list of a few good options they can choose from in the vicinity. This is a great start.

I would say the budget is probably in the $15-$25 per person range, but nothing like a $50 steakhouse.

I also wondered if there were any good local restaurants around that have a really local feel to them where you can get a good Philly Cheesesteak (or anything other foods Philadelphia is known for... I've read good things about soft pretzels).

Thanks again for the help
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Old 07-14-2009, 07:49 AM
 
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a new german beerhall opened on 7th and South Street. i went this past weekend and enjoyed it. it has a lot of space and may accommodate a group your size. but you may want to call ahead of time to reserve some space.

Brauhaus Schmitz

also, while you're already on South St, you can stroll downt to 4th and get some authentic cheese steaks at Jim's. btw, South is about 7-8 blocks south of Market if you're in the mood for a stroll.
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Old 07-14-2009, 08:04 AM
 
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also, while you're already on South St, you can stroll downt to 4th and get some authentic cheese steaks at Jim's. btw, South is about 7-8 blocks south of Market if you're in the mood for a stroll.
I also like Steaks on South on South Street (though I have to say that I've never been to Jim's). Pretzels you can usually buy on the street, but if you look up locations for the Philadelphia Pretzel Factory you can go get them while they're warm. The one on 11th Street is probably the closest.
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Old 07-14-2009, 09:59 AM
 
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If your schedule allows, you should go to Reading Terminal Market to sample the local food scene. It's only open until 6, so it's not an option for dinner. Although cheesesteaks have become more famous, pork sandwiches are a local favorite and DiNic's in RTM are very good. You can also get soft pretzels there at one of the Amish stands. (The Amish places are open Wed-Sat only.) For cheesesteaks at the RTM, try Carmen's or Spataro's where you can also get Italian hoagies (don't call them subs in Philly). Reading Terminal Market › Home

Jim's at 4th and South gets the nod for the best cheesesteaks from most of the people I know. Campo's on Market near 2nd is another favorite.

As for dinner, you may be in for some sticker shock. It will be difficult to manage dinner in a good restaurant here for under $25 per person. That's the least you can probably expect, more if you add wine or drinks. For comparison, you would expect to pay $75-$100 at a steakhouse here.
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Old 07-14-2009, 10:59 AM
 
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I would say the budget is probably in the $15-$25 per person range, but nothing like a $50 steakhouse.

I also wondered if there were any good local restaurants around that have a really local feel to them where you can get a good Philly Cheesesteak (or anything other foods Philadelphia is known for... I've read good things about soft pretzels).

Thanks again for the help
Sonny's Famous Steaks - Old City Philadelphia
pretty close to where you'll be
also, a nearby old fashioned ice cream place for dessert
Franklin Fountain: Home

sonny's is a cheesesteak place, not a restaurant per se. I mean, you don't have a waiter or waitress, you wait in line, order your steak and drink, and take it to your seat...which is how most of us eat our cheesesteaks...or from a vendor.
there's also this place
The City Tavern Restaurant And Online Store, Philadelphia Pennsylvania

my vote for soft pretzels goes to the Reading Terminal Market.
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Old 07-16-2009, 07:21 PM
 
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There really is more to the Philly food scene than the requisite Cheesesteaks and Soft Pretzels. If you really feel the need to that, I'd limit it to lunch. A great Philly-centric restaurant style is the BYOB. The premise being the restaurant operates without a liquor license, so you can bring your own bottle(s), usually wine, and have a great dinner at a reduced cost. Some of the best, more exciting food is being served in these style of restaurants with some younger up and coming chefs. A few worth checking out in your target area are:

Chloe @ 232 Arch Street Chloe: New American BYOB
Bistro 7 @ 7 North 3rd Street Bistro 7
Fork @ 306 Market Street Fork Restaurant

Though not a BYOB, I heavily recommend:

Southwark @ 701 South 4th Street SouthwarK 4th and Bainbridge - Philadelphia (excellent food, classic cocktails and professional service in a nice atmosphere that's good for groups also)

Have fun!
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