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Philadelphia Restaurant Recs

Looking for advice on a restaurant in the city.  Two couples, want to catch up (so nothing too loud), price isn't overly important, any type of food, any area.  BYOB's are greatly welcome, but anything works.  We are in our mid 30's if that matters :)

TIA! 

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    SteveandKrisSteveandKris member
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    edited December 2011
    Jack's Firehouse and London Grill (Both in Fairmount, near Eastern State)
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    CaitC21CaitC21 member
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    edited December 2011
    There is a great little Italian BYOB on South Street, I will try and get them name for you today!
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    Cackle6Cackle6 member
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    edited December 2011
    I am the BYOB queen. We go out for a ladies night once a month and we always go to a BYOB. And we are in our early and mid 30's as well. :)

    BYOB's
    Old City:
    Farmiciahttp://www.farmiciarestaurant.com  - the food is AMAZING, all farm fresh and really really yummy. And the atmosphere is pretty chill, although it can get crazy during First Friday. The steaks here are better than some of the steakhouses I've been to. :)

    Center City:
    Bellini Grillhttp://www.bellinigrill.com/  - best Italian food in the city, IMHO. I've never had a bad dish here. The Penne Bellini is my fav, the Lobster Ravioli is my SO's fav. The staff is amazing, super friendly, and the atmosphere is laid back, although it can get a little noisy later in the evening on Friday's and Saturday's when it gets busy

    Garces Trading Compnayhttp://www.garcestradingcompany.com/  - A restaurant by Iron Chef Garces. Everything was AMAZING. The atmosphere was fun, it's almost like a fancy deli. And it has a state wine store attached to it, so you can pick up a bottle on  your way in. 

    Lolitahttp://www.lolitabyob.com/lolita/  - a little on the spendy side, but if you like mexican food, this is a great BYOB. You can also BYOTequila and they have margarita mixes. It's a little on the trendy side, but we enjoyed it.

    China Town:
    Lee How Fookhttp://www.leehowfook.com/  - now the atmosphere at the Fook does leave a little to be desired, but the food (and prices) make up for it. The pork fried rice is the best I've had pretty much anywhere, and the orange beef is crispy and delicious

    Banana Leafhttp://www.phillybananaleaf.com/   - the menu is huge, is a mix of a few different Asian cusines, but it's all so yummy. It can get a little loud, but the atmosphere is better than at Lee How Fooks. Plus the people watching is fun, heh

    South Street:
    Pad Thai http://www.padthaiphilly.com/   I've never been in here when it's been busy, so it's usually fairly quiet and easy to talk. But don't let the lack of people fool you - the food is amazing if you like Thai food. I think a lot of their business is from their take out - we get it pretty much once a week. :)

    And a few non-BYOB:

    Center City:
    El Vezhttp://www.elvezrestaurant.com/ - very fun and upbeat, def make reservations, this place gets busy. Ask for a booth towards the back - it can get very noisy near the front of the restaurant by the bar. The food is outstanding. It's a little pricy, but well worth it. The pomegrante margarita's are my fav. :)

    South Philly
    Cantinahttp://www.cantinaloscaballitos.com/main.html   - it can get a little noisy, but the food and drinks are amazing! The margarita's are ridiculous. This is one of my top 5 restaurants in the city. It's a good mix of people, and it's a very fun atmosphere.

    I could go on and on and on, but I'll stop for now. :-P Can you tell I'm a total foodie? Hee hee.
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    Stacylynn702Stacylynn702 member
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    edited December 2011
    There are tons of cute little places on or around 9th st.  Ralphs, Villa de Roma, Victors (further south) to name a few.
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    edited December 2011
    from Cackles post I second Belline and Lolita both great BYOs!!
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    edited December 2011
    I like all of Cakcle's suggestions, except we were at Garces Trading Company on Thursday night and it was LOUD! The food is amazing but it is super loud in there.
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    Bean32Bean32 member
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    edited December 2011
    Ooooo I third Bellini Grill!! (Though I have to disagree with Cackle on it being the best Italian in Philly. In my opinion, nothing can beat La Famiglia.)
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    CaitC21CaitC21 member
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    edited December 2011
    Got the name for you
    Its Roberto Cafe
    http://www.robertocafe.us/

    Super cute place and the food was awesome!

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    (215) 545-0793
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    cutiepie75cutiepie75 member
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    edited December 2011
    Thank you all very much!  You ladies are GREAT!  Much appreciated.
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    edited December 2011
    I'll throw Jones out there because for a Stephen Starr place you can't beat the price.  It's also wlaking distance from the Liberty Bell, so good location.  They serve comfort food gourmet style - the mac and cheese is to die for. The whole restaurant looks like the Bradys' living room, too - shag carpet, stone fireplaces, kitschy night lights at the tables.  Fun stuff :)
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