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Good casual Soul Food/Comfort Food/Italian Food on Sunday


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Good casual Soul Food/Comfort Food/Italian Food on Sunday

bakersma | Feb 26, 2011 04:17 PM

We are driving down to Philadelphia next Sunday for the opening day of the Flower Show. Typically, we go get lunch at one of the Reading Terminal Market stands and that's our big meal of the day.

My wife had heard all the Oprah hype about Delilah's macaroni & cheese, but let's just say I am more of a natural skeptic (particularly when Oprah is involved) and researched it a bit. Sounds like my instinct was correct. LOL.

Anyhow, I was thinking that we could get some food after we leave the show about 5 PM or so. And if we could get some decent local soul food/comfort food worth the effort that would be great. Even some good Italian sandwiches or homemade pasta would be fine although I'm not sure how many of those establishments are open on Sunday.

However, I did some checking online and was simultaneously overwhelmed & underwhelmed. Everytime I found a place which looked interesting, and there were more than a few, the reviews were, ummmm, mixed. Also a lot of the reviews seemed rather out-of-date with respect to 2011.

Criteria --- someplace which has a counter or tables or dining room, don't want take-out as we have a longish drive home and eating in the car isn't all that practicable. Easy parking a plus, but when isn't that the case ? Casual [not fancy, no dress-up coats & ties required, not stuffy] although I suspect that would fit most any of these establishments. We're not usually drinkers, and anyhow I'll be driving, so liquor license or BYO not a factor. Price not really a concern, as long as it's reasonable value. Most important is good alacarte food in a genuinely interesting 'local' setting that we'll want to revisit on future trips....and someplace that we won't be embarassed the next day to tell those 'in the know' that we ate there (e.g., no tourist traps or ptomaine palaces or chains).

Can anyone help with suggestions ? Thanks !

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