My sweet girlfriend proposed a few days before the New Year, but her family is from Sao Paulo, Brasil, so we decided to wait to make the announcement public until her family could come to the states. Despite the fact that we've been together 4 years, our respective parents have not yet met, so the occasion of the announcement will also be the first time that they meet in person (although they've spoken on the phone). We live in Center City and were hoping that the combined brains of the chowhound crowd could help us come up with a place that we can fill our parents with delicious food before telling them the good news. We tend to eat in little BYOs/Reading Terminal or cook at home so were feeling stumped as to where might be good for the occasion.
-Great food (duh).
-Able to accommodate a group of 7-8 on a Sat/Sun.
-Several in the party are vegetarian/fish eaters; others are seriously carne-craving Brasilians.
-In Center City (defined pretty broadly - don't make us cross any rivers or get too close to Temple or the Airport and we're pretty happy).
Not mandatory, but would be great if:
-Open on either a Saturday or Sunday afternoon - my family will likely be driving back to DC that night.
-Not SUPER swank, as my parents are financially strapped artist types and will likely be overwhelmed by the pomp & circumstances of somewhere like, say, Le Bec Fin or even Buddakan.