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Favorite Philadelphia Lunch & Dinner Eats

14 Dec 2009  Philadelphia Destination Expert
5.0 of 5 bubbles based on 7 votes

Destination Experts and regulars share their favorite places to eat lunch and dinner in Philadelphia.

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  • 1. Reading Terminal Market

    For lunch, JUG11 likes to head over to Reading Terminal Market. "There's nothing better than walking around Reading Terminal Market & seeing what's available." With over 30 food stalls, from Mexican to sushi, NY style deli to PA Dutch cooking, and hoagies to gyros, there's something for everyone at the RTM. Loonbeam recommends the roast pork sandwich at DiNic's. Try it with sharp provolone cheese and greens.

  • 2. European Republic

    Tom's discovered a great new lunch spot in Old City: European Republic. Good wraps, soups and wonderful Belgian frites served in a paper cone, with 20 different kinds of sauces to go with them. Yum!

  • 3. Lunch Carts

    In true Philadelphia style, AERULES prefers to grab a quick, cheap lunch from a street vendor. You can find lunch carts all around the city, serving up everthing from cheesesteaks, hot dogs, Chinese food, to fruit salad. AERULES recommends the cheesesteaks and soft pretzels from the lunch cart located on 9th Street, about 20 feet from the SW corner of 9th and Market Sts.

  • 4. Su Xing House

    For vegetarian/vegan lunch or dinner, owlyn's favorite is Su Xing House at 1508 Sansom Street. The menu is extensive and the prices are moderate with lunch specials priced around $7 or less. "Even their tea is excellent (jasmine tea made with rosewater)."

  • 5. Vietnam

    Chinatown has some great lunch spots. Lynn recommends Vietnam. "My favorite dish is charbroiled chicken on rice vermicelli with a spring roll added." Vietnam is an excellent choice for dinner too.

  • 6. Di Bruno Brothers

    For lunch, Mr. Stylz likes DiBruno's Brothers on Chestnut Street or the "amazing meat, cheese, bread, and overall lunch selection." The Chestnut St. location has an extensive gourmet market downstairs and a gourmet style cafeteria upstairs.

  • 7. Pari Cafe Creperie

    For lunch, Mr. Stylz also suggests the Pari Cafe Creperie on Penn's campus, in Houston Hall - about 34th/Spruce. The crepes come in several varieities, which vary from eggs, ham, cheese to chicken, steak, lamb, vegatable and just about anything in between. "The owner is extremely friendly and loves to talk to customers. Just bring an appetite because they are pretty large."

  • 8. Parc

    When the weather is nice, rocknroll52 suggests lunch at a sidewalk table at Parc for French bistro food and great people watching on Rittenhouse Square. It's a little pricey, but includes an unimited basket of delicious fresh bread.

  • 9. Swann Lounge at the Four Seasons

    Suzanne's choice for lunch is the classy Swann Lounge at the Four Seasons Hotel. "They have a great lunchtime buffet that is a bargain for 24.95/pp."

  • 10. Caribou Cafe

    momstravel enjoys lunch at the Caribou Cafe. "I always feel like I am dining on the Left Bank of Paris." She also loves the selection of beer, which ranges from US microbrews, to Belgian and French.

  • 11. Fork

    Tom recommends dinner at Fork in Old City, where Chef Terrence Fleury cooks up new American bistro fare. "The food is consistently tasty, the prices not out-of-sight, the service is attentive and professional without being stuffy." Lynn likes Fork for lunch, citing its "delicious and varied lunch menu" and great desserts.

  • 12. Amada

    Loonbeam's choice for a special dinner is authentic Spanish tapas from Iron Chef Jose Garces at his Old City restaurant, Amada. Small plates let you try lots of different things. Order a la carte or try the chef''s selection (priced at $45, $55 or $65 per person).

  • 13. Monk's Cafe

    For a casual, moderately priced dinner of mussels, frites and Belgian beer, rocknroll52 recomends Monk's Cafe on 16th St. near Spruce. Mr. Stylz likes its "European feel." With more than a dozen Belgian brews on tap, and hundreds more in bottles, this is a beer lover's paradise!

  • 14. Friday Saturday Sunday

    Suzanne's longtime favorite dinner spot is Friday Saturday Sunday, a cozy, romantic restaurant near Rittenhouse Square with a cool "Tank Bar" upstairs.. Suzanne raves about the "consistently excellent food" and "wonderful" service. She loves the new wine policy. . ."you can now BYOB or they have a great wine list where every bottle is just $10 over cost. "

  • 15. Estia

    paris7002 recommends dinner at Estia, a Greek restaurant specializing in grilled fish. "It's a very beautiful restaurant, very romantic and elegant. Ask for a booth, they are cozier and more private. " Mr. Stylz praises "the amazing Mediterranean cuisine and atmosphere." The 3-course prix fix dinner is a bargain at $30.

  • 16. Vetri

    Named by Gourmet magazine as one of America's top 50 restaurants, Lynn recommends Vetri for a "truly transporting dining experience." The grand tasting menu will set you back $135pp.

  • 17. The Capital Grille

    Mr. Stylz' favorite steak-house is the Capital Grille. "Aside from the fabulous steak and wine list, the atmosphere is a bit more laid back than a lot of the other steak places in town. It has a less stuffy feel."

  • 18. Alma De Cuba

    momstravel admits " I am a sucker for Alma de Cuba. The drinks, the cuisine, the ambiance, it is all excellent." Just steps away from Rittenhouse square and only open for dinner.