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Planning help for Philly trip

Bdav1818 | Oct 25, 2011 05:48 PM

My partner and I are coming from Chicago for a long weekend of eating and drinking and would love some input on what we have planned. We are staying at the Palomar in the beginning of December and won't be renting a car. We will mostly be walking or taking short cab rides, but we don't mind going a bit further if it's for something that really shouldn't be missed. We have been to Philly a few times before, but it's been a couple of years.

We will be staying for 4 nights and so far are planning dinners at Amada, Fish, and Osteria, and a lunch at Barbuzzo. The only one of these we've been to before is Amada- we love it and go back every time we're in town. We already have reservations for all but Osteria, as it seems on Opentable, they don't start taking reservations this far in advance. Anything here we should consider changing, omitting, or adding?

Most of our other plans are still up in the air, but we're thinking about hitting up Ranstead Room, Franklin Mortgage, Oyster House, etc for cocktails. We really want to try Zahav, so were thinking of doing a Friday or Monday Happy Hour for drinks and appetizers.

Places we are on the fence about are Fork, Tria, Supper, and Garces Trading Co. Also, I was positive I wanted to do Talula's Garden, but then read some very mixed things about it- has anyone been there recently that can tell me how they liked it? The menu LOOKS great, but you never know.

We also need a possible great brunch spot, and maybe a couple lunches. We've done cheese steaks before, and are probably going to skip that this time and try DiNic's at RTM for roast pork.

We'd appreciate any input- thanks so much!

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