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What to do in Philadelphia this weekend?

As far as desserts I recommend donuts from Beilers, apple dumplings from the Dutch Eating Place, chocolate covered peanut butter pretzels from Chocolate By Mueller, soft prezels or cinnamon soft pretzel sticks from Miller's Twist, cannoli or torrone from Termini's, and chocolate chip cookies from Fourth St.

You can also get deconstructed pork sandwiches to go (in plastic containers) from DiNic's if you ask nicely and they are not too crowded. They can also do to-go gyros at Olymia as well.

Feb 20, 2015
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What to do in Philadelphia this weekend?

Look at phillyfunguide.com for events. There is a lot to do and see.

If you have been to the big museums, consider Mutter. It's a lot of fun. Also I would consider PAFA and the Fabric Museum. And NJAMH is free all month.

Finally, Reading Terminal Market is having a big party for the Market tomorrow night. Tickets are either $75 or $175 per person (see their website).

Feb 20, 2015
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Weekend in March

You'd be remiss if you did not hit Reading Terminal Market on Saturday and get a roast pork sandwich at DiNic's. Much better than any cheesesteak anywhere.

Restaurant Suggestions Near Kimmel Center

Le Cheri? Never been though...

But I do like Estia if you get the $30 price fixe.

Feb 19, 2015
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Weekend in March

I would try to stay in the Rittenhouse Vicinity if you can. The Sofitel and Palomar are nice and if you can afford to splurge, The Rittenhouse. If these options are too high end, something like the Loews or the Marriott in Center City would work.

Where to find Bamba, the Jewish peanut snack

I'd call the closest Wegman's and ask.

Feb 18, 2015
bluehensfan in Philadelphia

Weekend in March

Here is more of what I like dessert wise (and a few dont's):

The cupcakes and banana pudding at Sweet Box Bakery on 13th and Pine are very good. They also have interesting cake-y donuts that are baked and not fried and have really good lemon bars if you are into that thing.

Not a fan of most varieties of Federal Donuts. I do like their marshmallow squared donut but I am not sure it is still being made.

Great pretzels and cinnamon pretzel sticks at Miller's Twist in RTM. Think Auntie Anne's but 100 times better.

Magpie on South Street near 16th? has good butterscotch bourbon pie but some of their other varieties are just so-so.

Brown Betty has really good pumpkin and red velvet cupcakes. They are in Liberty Place on 17th left of the Westin Hotel.

Good chocolate chip cookies (get them warm) at Fourth Street Cookies at Reading Terminal. Don't go to Insomnia Cookies unless you have an affinity for microwaved lardy-tasting things.

Shane's Chocolate and a few doors down the Franklin Fountain (on Market near 2nd St in Old City) has good ice cream creations. I know it's cold but they have a new chocolate drinking bar which is supposedly good at Shane's.

Potito's Bakery on Walnut and Juniper also has really good cannoli.

I like the napoleons at Isgro's (a bit of a hike in the Italian Market section).

The molasses cookies at Tartes Bakery on Arch between 2nd and 3rd in Old City are really good as are their mini coconut cream pies.

Lore's on 8th between Market and Chestnut Streets has really good coconut creams (and with Easter coming up coconut cream eggs).

I know it's cold but the bacio gelato at Capogiro is really good.

Good Stuff Eatery (a burger joint) has really good toasted marshmallow milkshakes.

The hot chocolate is really good at Lacroix.

As much as I love Zahav (especially their lamb) I have never been much of a fan for their desserts.

I second the apple dumplins at the Dutch Eating Place at RTM. People also like the donuts next door at Beiler's and they have good cinnamon buns there too.

The budino dessert at Barbuzzo on 13th is really good.

Great local honey can be found at Bee Natural in RTM.
That should keep you busy :)

Weekend in March

You're also close to Dizengoff at 17th & Sansom. It's a tiny hummusaya from the Zahav folks with delicious toppings and house-made pitas. It's open for lunch everyday but they do a Sunday brunch. All menu items range from about $9 to $14 and are very filling. And if you are hungry for dessert Federal Donuts (also owned by the Zahav folks) is right across the street.

As far as desserts, I could go on for hours about this topic but I still really like the chocolate peanut butter covered pretzels at Mueller's at Reading Terminal. Gelato at Capogiro is always good. And I do like the butter cookies at Swiss Haus and the donuts at Potito's.

Feb 02, 2015
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Me Again: Quiet Lunch on a Saturday, must have parking or be very close to Market St.

Matyson's not open for lunch on Saturdays :(

Jan 28, 2015
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Me Again: Quiet Lunch on a Saturday, must have parking or be very close to Market St.

Fork's not open for lunch on Saturdays (but the Market at High St. is). Estia's always quiet for lunch on Saturdays but is pricy even with the lunch deals.

Amada is open for brunch and it's relatively quiet.

Jan 27, 2015
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Quiet, Lunch, Center City or Nearby Parkiing

Bashful3, If you are ever looking for cheap parking on a Saturday, PPA has all day parking at certain lots for $8 on Saturdays. I know they have a lot at 8th & Market that runs this special if you ever wanted to go back to Nonna's and walk off that cannoli. http://www.philapark.org/

By the way, any seafood there with the white beans is really good as is the garlic bread.

Jan 16, 2015
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Quiet, Lunch, Center City or Nearby Parkiing

I second Estia. The booths are very quiet and there is a parking garage next door at the Bellevue. They also have a great three course business lunch for $30 pp. Ask for Saki to be your server if you go.

Jan 14, 2015
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The Olde Bar Opens ...

I doubt it. That's more like a Talulah's thing.

Jan 09, 2015
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The Olde Bar Opens ...

LOL. And I misspelled lobster too. Must be bleary eyed checking out all of the booze options?

The Olde Bar Opens ...

I hope it works. I saw the menu. It was interesting. Some raw bar items, some snakes, five mains, three lobtser dishes, a dessert (for two) and *10* pages of drinks :)

I kid you not:
http://theoldebar.com/assets/pdf/theo...

Jan 09, 2015
bluehensfan in Philadelphia

Saturday lunch spot in the city

Lots of good lunch/brunch options in town these days. Near Rittenhouse Parc is also a good option, Lacroix and Le Cheri are open for lunch, as is Tria, Dandelion, and Estia. In Midtown, there are lots of options such as Little Nonna's, Zavino, Barbuzzo, Lolita, Varga Bar and you have Amada in Old City. While I do like the dips at Kanella, the problem I have with them is their main courses seem to be variable and it's oten crowded for Lunch on Saturdays (but then again so is Parc).

Have fun!

Jan 09, 2015
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Philadelphia Mag.-Top 50

Cheu is tiny but worth it. Try to sit at the counter and watch the chefs cook up things. My favorite is the lamb neck torn noodles. The pig tails and brussells sprouts are good too.

Jan 08, 2015
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Junto

I finally tried Junto. I totally agree with sal_acid in that something's missing. While our meal was generally good, especially the sturgeon and beef cheeks appetizer, the portion sizes were tiny and a number of our dishes were served lukewarm. The dessert (flourless chocolate cake with white wine flavored gelee and peppercorn flavored merengue) was pretty bad. The cake was flavorless and the stuff it was served with was really odd and discordant. The kicker was that we had two apps, four entrees, a dessert, and two bottles of sparking water and our bill with tip was over $200 and we left hungry.

Although I would not return there because of the poor value, if I were to go back I'd recommend the tasting menu. At $55 per person it's probably a good deal since it involves about nine courses and unless you are being served a thimble of food per dish, you'd probably wind up saving money and not leave hungry.

Jan 07, 2015
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Center City Restaurant Week - Jan 18-30 - What's the best option?

Not a big fan of RW. That being said, what I *do* like about RW is that Positano Coast runs RW specials *every* day from the 18th to the 30th. That means on Fridays and Saturdays, even for lunch!

Here's a link to the menu: https://www.lambertis.com/emailimages...

Jan 07, 2015
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Philadelphia Mag.-Top 50

Hey how good is Square Pie? I haven't made it there yet but loved Blue Belly.

Jan 07, 2015
bluehensfan in Philadelphia

Kid Friendly Restaurants.in Philadelphia

I was surprised by the lack of Jones too, especially since they had every other Steven Starr restaurant (just about) on the list. It also seemed like mostly pizza places too (but oddly enough no Pizzeria Vetri which is always full of little kids).

Jan 02, 2015
bluehensfan in Philadelphia

Lunch near the Academy of Music NYE Day

If Saki is at Estia, make sure you ask for him. He's an excellent waiter!

Dec 29, 2014
bluehensfan in Philadelphia

Eating near the ICA?

Lately I have been going to Zavino at 34th & Market. It's roomy and open during the holiday break.

Dec 24, 2014
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Lunch near Macy's...it's complicated

Lunch on NYE should be quiet I think but 7 at Zavino is a big number. Maybe it will be warm enough to dine outside although I can' remember if the tables are still outside...

Dec 23, 2014
bluehensfan in Philadelphia

Lunch near Macy's...it's complicated

Zavino does not take reservations :(

Dec 23, 2014
bluehensfan in Philadelphia

Lunch near Macy's...it's complicated

I was thinking Zavino too. Or even Little Nonna's. I have never been to Bru but I have seen their waitresses go in and out of the store...I'd be worried what your in-laws might think :)

Dec 22, 2014
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Go-to options for last-minute

Zavino does not take reservations so that might work. Also, remember that places like Barbuzzo, Little Nonna's, and Lolita have tables at the bar/chef's counter so if you want to get a good meal and some entertainment, they are good options and I am not sure that anyone reserves them. Well except me...

Dec 18, 2014
bluehensfan in Philadelphia

Speaking of Pancakes: Johnnycakes anywhere in PHilly area?

When I think of johnny cakes I think of those cinnamony airy pita-shaped breads they used to have at the Jamaican place in Wlimo before it shut down.

Dec 15, 2014
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best pancakes

Varga Bar has carmelized banana and milk chocolate chip pancakes. I have eaten the pancakes there and they are really good, and I am sure you can get them without the bananas.

Problem is they open at 11 AM on Saturdays though...

Dec 11, 2014
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best pancakes

The Dutch Eating Place has chocolate chip pancakes as a special now and then (along with banana, strawberry, pumpkin, and egg nog). They would be crowded indeed at 9 AM on a Saturday but the line generally moves quickly and you can do take out there. And if you bring in your own chips, they would make them for you!

I would go just about anywhere in the city other than Max Brenner to eat. The last time I went there it was horrible. We tried to get served at the Hot Chocolate Bar but never got anyone to help us despite having seats. Nor could the housekeeping staff get around to cleaning up the vomit on the floor from one of the kids who was there either. So understandably, I would never return. It's full of tourists anyway and the food is comparable to what you'd get at a TGIFridays.

If you don't want to wait at the Dutch Eating Place, there is Sabrina's, which is good, but like Green Eggs Cafe usually is crowded and has a long line also. If you are really averse to waiting you could always get decent-enough pancakes at a place like Parc or (don't laugh) Varga Bar, or even Morning Glory Diner, but I dunno if they have chocolate chip ones.

Oh yeah, avoid the Down Home Diner at RTM's pancakes.

Dec 11, 2014
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