I've just returned home and want to report on where I ate and what my impressions were of the food and beverages.
Started Sunday night at Monk's. Nice Belgian beers, but Monk's Sour Ale is too sour for my tastes. However, it does make a nice broth for the mussels. Was impressed with the number of mussels in the samll pot. Fries weren't Beligan fries, only disappointment.
Monday, I sneaked out of the conference and played tourist at Indepenedence Hall and the Seaport Museum.
Stopped for lunch at Campos. Had a Mamma Mia Hoagie on sesame roll. And Mamma Mia, what a hoagie! Good quality meat flavorful provolone. Absolutely the best sandwich I had in the city. Hank's Cream soda went well too.
Monday night, I wondered over to Tria, where I wanted to go on Sunday but never made it. Great friendly service. Staff took time to chat in lulls. I started off with a glass of Yards ESA. Very drinkable, cold and just a small head like I wanted. I had the smoked chicken salad with an Italian red wine. Lots of flavors:crispy procuitto, smoked chicken, various greens. A little heavier on the vinegarette than I usually eat, but not overpowering. For dessert, I had a pistachio cake. By myself, I was in the restaurant over an hour and half. Not rushed. Interesting conversation with the manager about the restaurant and their focus on cheese. Also enjoyed watching the high tech lava lamp screen on the bar.
Tuesday was taste of Philly at lunch at the conference.
Make your own cheesesteaks, Herr's chips, soft pretzels, Peanut Chews, Tasty Kakes, etc. While all the ingredients were there, meat, cheese goo, opnoins, peppers, mushrooms. Pulling things out of serving trays and putting them on a small baguette is not a cheessteak. The Soft Pretzels were starting to get a bit hard. No offense, but I'll pass on the peanut chews next time. And maybe I had too much food, but the butterscotch Tasty Kakes was just okay. I'm sure they're better as snacks than dessert.
Tuesday night we had a catered function at the Dali exhibit at the Musuem of Art. An array of interesting mixes of food. Not sure who the caterer was. Best things were the mussels and the sausages. Worst think was the attempt to make a drinkable cerviche. Very bland.
Wednesday I trotted over to Down Home for an overrated breakfast. Not sure what the appeal is here. Standard diner/coffee shop food, nothing special. Lunch was a DiNic's roast pork with peppers and strong provolone. A filling sandwich, with flavorful pork. Not as big as Campo's, but a good lunch. Topped off with 4th Street cookies, which provided sustance on the plane trip home.
I'll have to come back again and try some of the BYOBs which several in the Rittenhouse area looked busy and had interesting food being served.
Thanks to everyone for their suggestions. Chow down. tallyhound.