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Heading to Philadelphia for 2 days ONLY - have done research! Advice Rq Pls


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Heading to Philadelphia for 2 days ONLY - have done research! Advice Rq Pls

BokChoi | Nov 17, 2009 01:05 PM

Hello fellow Chowhounds,

I have done some research, but was hoping for some feedback on my choices. As my time in your fine city is limited, I don't want to waste too much time hitting places that aren't going to 'blow me away'. Therefore, I was hoping that you fine folks would help me streamline my itinerary. I will be staying near Reading Terminal Market at the Marriott for two evenings next week. I have made a couple of reservations, but I would like to know if I've done well, or if there's anything within walking distance I have missed.

This will be the second stop on my eating trip this upcoming Thanksgiving week (I will have hit NYC the weekend before for 3 days of all out gluttony). As a result, my wallet and stomach capacity will be limited. Here is what I have booked thus far:

Lunch Day 1: Lacroix (I plan to do one meal of the recession buster menu, and one a la carte with my Significant Other)
Dinner Day 1: Amada (if we have no space left in our stomachs/money left in our wallets, tapas is a bit more flexible)

Dinner Day 2: Vetri (I love pastas more than carne/pesce dishes usually when I go to Italian restaurants, but I am open to suggestions on what to order. We're planning to do a la carte, not the tasting menu)

We of course plan to do a bit of 'touristy' things between meals/snacks, but plan to stay within the historical district, or 1 hr walking radius from our Hotel. If anyone has any tips of 'must-try' foodie stops near tourist areas, that would be great!

Also in our line of sight:

Gelato at Capogiro
Reading Terminal Market (we plan to go Wednesday so that we may see the Amish vendors) - any recommended stalls to visit? We also plan to snack there (DiNic's/Amish Pretzel Place). Any other suggestions?
Italian Market

At a loss/Need Assistance:

I was hoping to get to try one of the "BEST LIST" Philly Cheesesteaks, but most of them are in South Philly, or not within walking distance (Tony Luke's, John's, Paesano's, etc.). Did I miss something that would be near us, or near a tourist-worthy destination? I'm reading mixed reviews about Penn's Landing - thoughts? Anything to eat there? I couldn't find much about whether it's worth the visit for our foodie tour. Food near Fairmount Park would be appreciated as well. A suggestion near the hotel for breakfast would be great as well - or should we just stick with something in Reading Terminal?

Thanks in Advance

Cheers & Happy Eating!

Reading Terminal Market
51 N 12th St # 2, Philadelphia, PA

Vetri Restaurant
1312 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

1 E Main St, New Freedom, PA 17349

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