(Closed) Need suggestions for rehearsal dinner around Inn at Penn

posted 7 years ago in Philadelphia
Post # 4
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13 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@finkybloom:  There’s not much that’s good and super-casual near the Inn. The White Dog Cafe on Sansom is awesome- started off the locavore movement in Philly years and years ago. It’s delicious, and their bar food is reasonable, but I think actual dinner in the dining room can get pricey. There’s also Lemon Grass- an awesome Thai restaurant on Lancaster Ave. Zocalo is around the corner from Lemon Grass and has really good Mexican. Those might be your best bets.

Further West (only like a mile or 2) into West Philly the food gets better (and yes, it’s still safe- lots of grad students and professors live out there, it’s just undergrads who are too scared to venture past 40th street). There’s lots of awesome Ethiopian restuarants- check out Abyssinia and Dalak. Vien Tien is an AMAZING Laotian-Thai BYOB on Baltimore. Vietnam Cafe is beautiful but if you have any Vietnamese conoisseurs, they’ll think the food is just eh. As they’re 1-2miles away, it’s about 20-30min walk or a quick ride on the 34 trolley to these spots.

PM me know if you have any more University City questions 🙂

Post # 5
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492 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Some other thoughts are Pizza Rustica at 36th and Chestnut or New Deck Tavern on Sansom near 34th.  Both are very casual.  Distrito is a fun and trendy Mexican restaurant from Iron Chef Jose Garces at 40th and Chestnut, but would likely be more expensive than the others.

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