We're bringing our 5 year old semi chowpup to Philly for a few days over the first weekend in April. We're driving down from NY and staying at the Marriott Courtyard by City Hall.
I'm assuming we'll go to Reading Terminal Market for breakfast. The Dutch Eating Place on Saturday. I know it's not open on Sun or Mon. If we just want bread/muffin/pastry and coffee or juice on Sunday and Monday, how are Flying Monkey, Le Bus or Metropolitan? Or should we just stop at the Starbucks near the hotel? (Just stop. Yes, I like their coffee, the food is adequate for the purpose and my husband and my son are perfectly happy there.)
Saturday, we'll be at the Franklin Institute and Sunday we'll be at the 33rd St. Armory for the craft show and I'm figuring we'll just suck it up and have a mediocre lunch of whatever's on site at both places. Of course, if you have something very close by (for a 5 year old on foot) either one to recommend, we'd love to hear about it.
Dinner. The big question. I've done my research and I've got a list, on which I'd like advice. We'll be there Fri, Sat and Sun. We'd like delicious, not crazily priced (see the list) and either walkable or, if we're going to drive, a decent neighborhood and reasonable parking. We like lots of different kinds of restaurants, but Japanese, mid-eastern and vegetarian aren't usually our first choices.
I'm little concerned about the number of times I've read on this board that either I need reservations way in advance or they don't take reservations and I can expect a wait. I'd rather not commit to things days ahead, as sometimes decisions are best made when we can see what kind of shape my son is in and whether we need very quick and casual or whether he's up to coping with a more upscale place. But, we tend to go to dinner early, 5:30 or 6. Where will be able to just walk in and sit right down or call at 3 PM for a 5:30 table?
Also, what's the deal with smoking in Philly restaurants? Do places at least have NS sections? We'd probably rather order in mediocre pizza to the room than sit in a stinking restaurant.
OK, so here's what I'm thinking about.
Alma de Cuba
Friday Saturday Sunday
very good? well behaved kid friendly? easy to get an early table? non stinky?