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My 2.5 days in Philly

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My 2.5 days in Philly

Joanie | Jul 16, 2002 01:32 PM

It was a pretty haphazard eating time. Thought I'd be able to squeeze in a snack after my train got in at 9PM on Fri. But by the time I showered and went back out to see my friends' band, only to find out the show had been moved, I just sat with them in a bar and nibbled on some party mix and a few fries from a horrible looking appetizer plate (that the waitress gave them for free). Sat. I wandered around Reading Terminal and got an okay scone from Le Bus then after some more walking, tried the cheesesteak at Jim's even tho I wasn't really craving it. Just seemed like a good time since there was barely a line. I didn't have a true Philly style w/ cheesewiz and maybe that's why it didn't seem that great. I think I can get as good if not better up here for $2 less. They don't leave the provolone on long enough to melt it and even tho it wasn't that crowded, I felt so rushed that I didn't think of everything I needed. So I was left to put mayonaise on with my finger. The fun part of that was seeing Food Network/Rachel Ray in there doing $40 a Day. We'll see if she takes my Boston tips for next season. Got a water ice at John's on my way to the Italian market. Cheaper than Boston's.

Sat. dinner was at Rouge on S. 18th by Walnut. We got a nice outside table shortly after getting our drinks at the bar. I'd read that it was a "happening" spot and it had a good variety of people sitting in a very dark room (a common problem these days). I'd also read that entrees were under $20 but only two were. We both got tuna and they switched side dishes for me which was nice, but it seemed like they changed the tuna from the menu description cuz it sure didn't look like my friend's (which of course looked better). The waitress maybe thought she was a little too beautiful, but glasses of wine weren't too overpriced, the bread was good, can't comment on apps and dessert. We had quite a show tho as I think every bicycle cop in Phil. came to try to get this guy out of his car, then the cars and paddy wagon came. Then the plainclothes detectives. It was pretty interesting. We then walked to Sugar Mom's cuz Tattoo Mom's on South St. was closed due to that Greek thing. There were another million cops there and that also provided entertainment. We heard one guy say "Good to see some crackers around here" as we walked by.

Sun. I got breakfast at the Silk City Diner, it was a decent enough bacon/cheese omelette. Some loud talking idiot next to me had a magazine of Russian mail order brides. Another ice at the place across from Anthony's on 9th St. then dinner at the New Wave Cafe on 3rd St. I'd read that this was a great neighborhood bar/cafe and it had potential altho my dish wasn't wonderful. I should have known that a caesar salad w/ sundried tomatoes and olives wasn't really my thing, I prefer a basic preparation w/ real parmesan not out of those cans. Plus there was too much dressing but the fried calamari that came on top were pretty nice in their cornmeal coating (a good deal at $8). I'd read about their risotto crabcakes which sounded great but I just wasn't as hungry as usual (even tho I think I walked about 6 miles a day).

Got breakfast at the Downhome Diner in Reading Terminal, mostly cuz they had biscuits and gravy which I wasn't able to find on my trip to NC/VA. They were pretty good altho the sausage patty was tough. Got a cookie at Metropolitan Bakery and a turkey sandwich from that turkey place to take on the train. So even tho I hardly ate any cheesesteaks, I had a good time and thanks for the suggestions. Someone on the Boston board had suggested Fork on Market St. and that did look good. Anyone here like that place? Maybe next time.

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