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Friday night dinner recommendation?

guenevere51 | Oct 17, 201109:50 AM

Hello Philly hounds!

My husband and I will be coming north from Baltimore to Philly this Friday & Saturday for a mini vacation and annual pilgrimage to the Italian market to stock up on kitchen essentials (olive oil, aged balsamic vinegar, etc.). We were hoping to try somewhere new for dinner Friday night but could use some advice. Here's what we're looking for:

*Casual and not too pricey, let's say $30-ish for the two of us excluding drinks.
*Vegetarian friendly but not exclusively veg, where a dedicated carnivore would also be happy. Style of cuisine isn't important apart from this; we're both adventurous eaters.
*Fairly easy to get to from downtown without a car. Walking or a short cab ride would be best, and we're staying at the Doubletree at Broad & Locust.
*Good beer would be nice but not essential, because we're planning to go out for drinks separately after dinner.
*Not super crowded for an early meal - we would prefer not to have to make a reservation so we can be flexible on time.

Monk's is probably going to be our fallback if a new place doesn't work out, and we're big fans of Monk's.

Thanks in advance!

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