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Help needed for a graduation weekend in Philadelphia

JasmineG | Apr 16, 200810:20 PM

I'm the cruise director for assorted family and friends for my little sister's graduation weekend coming up next month, and am currently attempting to nail down reservations for all of the relevant nights, and I have a few of questions for you all.

First, the big graduation dinner for approximately 12 (we're all coming from the SF Bay Area): My sister really wanted to go to Continental Mid-town for her graduation dinner with everyone on Saturday night, but unfortunately they only take large parties for 5 or 5:30 reservations on Saturday nights, and that doesn't give us enough time to get from the Main Line after the festivities on campus there. We may try to do that Sunday night if her heart is set on it, or we may just do a smaller dinner there on Friday (I know they don't take reservations for smaller parties). She suggested Alma de Cuba as an alternative, but it seems a little pricey -- they don't have their prices on the website, but that in itself tells me something, and I've reaad some not so great reviews here. Also, grandma will be there, and well, I'm not sure how grandma will do with Cuban food. After doing some research here and elsewhere, we now have a reservation at Ansill for Saturday night, and I'm hoping that will please the chowhounds in the group and the more conservative eaters. In case the timing doesn't work out or that gets vetoed, are there any suggestions for places that you all think would be good for a group, good for more conservative diners, and yet with still good food? Price range is probably no more than in the low $20s for the entrees.

Now Sunday night dinner: we would want to do that somewhere relatively close to Bryn Mawr. My sister suggested the possibility of Carmine's Creole Cafe -- we went there when I went out to visit her once, and it was great, but I think that that was in the old location, and I read a report here that said that it's gone downhill since, any more thoughts on that? That's the kind of food where we wouldn't have to worry about whether grandma will like it (she's originally from Louisiana), but will the rest of us? If the food is still at least pretty good, this is definitely the easiest option for us for that night. Any other good suggestions nearby? Sola looked great, but it's not open on Sundays.

As for the other meals: I currently have a reservation for just me and my mom for Amada on Thursday night after seeing great reviews here, and Friday night may be Continental with just a handful of us. Another possibility for Friday night is Tinto, but I wasn't sure if Tinto would be too similar to Amada? And any suggestions for a great breakfast or bakery on the Main Line for Friday or Saturday morning?

I'm not going to have time to do much chowhouding what with all of the graduation festivities, but I'm dying to go to the Reading Terminal market, so I'm going to try to convince my mom and sister to go on Friday.

Thanks for any help you can give me!

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