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Casual in DT Philly -- pref not BYOB

Ruth Lafler | May 7, 200805:32 PM

San Francisco hound here making plans to spend a few days in Philly leading up to Fourth of July. I'm flying in Tuesday, and by the time I get to my hotel -- the Doubletree on S. Broad, that's near Rittenhouse Square, right? -- it's going to be close to 9 pm and I will probably be tired and frazzled. I'd like something (1) walking distance, (2) relaxing, not a scene, (3) where a casually dressed woman dining alone will feel comfortable, (4) where I can get a drink or a glass of wine, (5) reasonably priced -- entrees $20 or less, (6) serving food after 10 pm on a Tuesday. Within those parameters, I'd expect the food to be good, but I'm not expecting transcendence. Italian would be great, especially old-school Italian-American (lots of "authentic" regional Italian in SF these days, but very little "red-sauce Italian"). Coming from SF, I'm not particularly interested in Asian, fusion, or Mexican/Latin American.

I've been poking around this board and nothing I've seen seems quite right. I may just order room service, but I'd like to have at least one outside option since I'll still be on Pacific time and not ready for bed, and after a day on a plane, a walk to stretch my legs might be welcome.


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