Returned from my first visit to Philly and appreciated all the great suggestions I got here.
1. I went to El Vez for cocktails/apps Fri afternoon, but unfortunately they don't serve between 3-5 so we had to go elsewhere(Caribou--nice place to sit and chat and have a beer). El Vez looked like a great place though, so I'll try it next time
2. Dinner at Caffe Costa Diva was OUTSTANDING, and one I won't forget anytime soon. The food was amazing I ordered a delicious salad(citrus vinagrette, beets, pears, pistachios, etc.) that was great, a pasta dish kind or like manicotti but which they called something else that just melt in your mouth, with a wonderful
homemade pasta and cheese filling was so light and delicious it was amazing, and shared a choclate flourless cake for dessert that I believe was homemade and also superb. My companions food was equally delicious and the ambiance was extremely pleasant as well...intimate and lovely. Dinner for two (apps, entrees, shared dessert, coffee) was approx. $65 without tip and well worth it.
3. Brunch at Terminal Market was so good, perhaps because I knew to go to the Amish place for the warm apple dumpling...OMG, with coffee and the heavy cream they give you with the dumpling it is just heaven! I also went to Di Nics for the Roast Pork sandwich with provolone and greens (and peppers, too) and took it to go for a lunch later on...I loved it.
4. Went to an afghanistan rstaurant called Kabul for dinner, and the food was delicious. Tried a pumkin appetizer and cannot believe how good it was, the chicken kabob, very excellent, and some side dishes that included eggplant with a meat sauce and yogurt (so good!) and one with string beans and tomatoes (a little spicy for me but my companion loved it)...all in all it was a great place to go, and very reasonable, too. ($45 for two before tip)
The only thing I didn't like was the Turkish coffee, which was kind of bitter but maybe that is the way it is supposed to taste.
Thank you, Philly chowhounds...looking forward to my return!