I'm a DC hound spending the end of next week in Philadelphia. I'll be staying at the Sofitel downtown on Thursday and Friday nights, and then spending the day on Saturday before returning home. I need advice for the following things:
1) A place to meet some friends, eat & drink beer on Thursday night. Hopefully within subway or walking of Sofitel. I visited some Belgian-abbey-monk-cellar place last time, and liked it a lot, particularly the beer selection. Any new places like that I should try?
2) A place to eat dinner with the wife on Friday. During last year's trip, we ate at Fork and again, liked it a lot [good advice from the board]. The wife doesn't get into Philly until later, around 9:30 p.m., so it would have to be a late night spot.
3) A place to eat lunch near the zoo or the Sofitel. Maybe a recommendation for a good cheesteak, which I cannot obtain in DC? Or a good place in Little Italy, which also does not exist in DC. Not necessarily an expensive place; a good storefront place would be dandy.
Any help appreciated.