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Lunch in Philadelphia

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#1 Tom

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 11:44 AM

I'd be grateful for suggestions for lunch in a place that serves delicious food (our guest is a former restaurant reviewer) in a room quiet enough for conversation. No stairs (or at most one small step); no stool seats. Any cuisine -- although French-influenced is preferred, as are local, organic and sustainable sources. A restaurant opened in the last year would be good.

I had Fare in mind until LaBan's review. a.kitchen is probably too noisy after noon. I've not been to J.G. Domestic, Tashan or 943. What am I missing?


#2 gfweb

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 12:17 PM

Le Bec Fin is quiet and French. LaCroix too

#3 Tom

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 09:19 PM

Le Bec Fin is quiet and French. LaCroix too

Thanks for the good ideas. I'm hoping for some place a little newer. Any suggestions?

#4 KatieLoeb

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 01:42 AM

Unfortunately, most of your better French options aren't necessarily open for lunch, lest you consider Le Bec Fin or the hotel restaurants like the Fountain, 10 Arts or Lacroix. If you care to expand your horizons, either Amada, Garces Trading Company or JG Domestic would be good choices. If BYO isn't an issue for you, Matyson does a lovely and affordable lunch with an intriguing menu. Fork has an innovative menu and an excellent chef. No one place hits the bullseye for all of your criteria, but if you aren't stuck on having a French lunch, then you will do fine if you can be more flexible. Unfortunately the most intriguing option, the Farm and the Fisherman, is only open for dinner. Not French, but incredibly fresh farm-to-table cuisine in a lovely and quiet atmosphere. I'm certain your friend would be impressed with that.

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#5 wkl

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 11:03 AM

parc bistro on rittenhouse square has been open a few years now but has good food. its a big enough place that there are probably some quiet areas if you request such.

#6 Tom

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 07:05 PM

Excellent suggestions! I'll let you know how it goes.

Katie, thanks especially for suggesting JG Domestic, the only one of these places I don't know. And if Terence is in the kitchen at lunch, Fork would be perfectly appropriate.

#7 Tom

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 11:42 AM

To my surprise, our guest decided on Tashan, where we had a delicious lunch.

Thanks again for the suggestions