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Insider's Philadelphia

A travel journal to Philadelphia by Tuono

Quote: Philadelphia is an increasingly popular destination as people discover the history, art, gastronomy, shopping and entertainment that Philly has to offer.

Insider's Philadelphia

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Overview

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Philadelphia is treasure trove art, history and culinary surprises. Yes, Philadelphia makes a damn good cheesesteak. Many visitors are however surprised at the high quality and diversity of the restaurants. Philadelphia also has some serious roots in fashion. Urban Outfitters and Betsy Johnson got started here, and Jones of New York is ironically headquartered near Philly. Philadelphia is a very walkable city and the smaller streets allow the pedestrian to easily navigate the colonial areas of Society and the Victorian brownstones near Rittenhouse Square.Quick Tips: Divide the city into sections, and explore that section for part or all of that day. Start with a visit to Independence Ha...Read More
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I recently had guests fly in for a wedding, and I reserved a room for them at the historic Shippen Way Inn. The owners lovingly restored this circa 1750 rowhouse; each room is unique and transports you back to Colonial times. Antique furniture and handmade quilts adorn the rooms, which range from tiny to master-size. My friend reserved the most popular room; it had a four-poster bed, a working fireplace, and a view of the Inn's peaceful backyard garden. The owners are gracious and warm. The breakfast features muffins, granola and fresh fruit, and is served in the kitchen's nook or on the white wrought-iron tables on the patio. They serve wine and cheese in the afternoon. The location ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 11, 2002

Shippen Way Inn
418 Bainbridge Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147
(215) 627-7266

Beau Monde

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Restaurant

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This romantic eatery serves fine, overstuffed Breton style crepes. The restaurant features mahogany doors and windows, gold-leaf panels, and a fireplace. In warmer weather, there is outdoor seating. And the crepes. Most diners are often overwhelmed by the number of choices of fillings, such as coq au vin, goat cheese and beef bourgingnon. The crepes are large and substantial. When I go out with friends, we often stop in for dessert crepes such as the one filled with chestnut paste and chocolate. They also make great salads. I almost always return for the roasted pear and roquefort salad with spiced pecans. They flavors meld perfectly in that salad and it is big enough for two people....Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 21, 2002

Beau Monde
624 S 6th Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147
(215) 592-0656

Overtures Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Haute South Street Dining"

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Just off to the side of hustling South Street, this quiet and elegant restaurant will astound you with their cuisine and presentation. The unassuming facade rests quietly across the street from a dry cleaning shop and one half block from Fat Tuesday's and a condom store. Once inside however, one experiences an oasis of fresh flower arrangement, tromp d'oileal murals, and upholstered semi-circular dining booths. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, this restaurant offers a bargain three-course prix fixe menu for $20.00. Reservations are required for those days because this menu is popular. Additionally, this restaurant is b.y.o. (which mean that you must bring your own wine if you desire it)...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 21, 2002

Overtures Restaurant
609 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147
(215) 627-3455

Gianfranco Pizza Rustica

Restaurant | "Gianfranco's Pizza - Olde City"

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If you get a yen for pizza while exploring Betsy Ross House or Olde City, one could do no better than Gianfranco's Pizza. The best way to describe the crust is plump but crunchy on the bottom. They make the tomato sauce on the premises and they use the finest imported cheeses. The owner is from Sicily, Italy. They offer at least ten different kinds of pizza by the slice, including sauteed Italian Market sausage, broccoli rabe, prosciutto, artichoke, sauteed peppers and onions, ricotta, potato, mushroom, and more. My favorite is their plain tomato pie that they drizzle with basil and olive oil and sprinkle with pecorino romano cheese. They also make HUGE hoagies and cheesesteaks that they serve o...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 10, 2002

Gianfranco Pizza Rustica
6 No. 3rd Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
(215) 592-0048

Dinardo's Famous Crabs

Restaurant | "DiNardo's Famous Seafood"

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Philadelphia was once well-known for its seafood because it was and still is a port town. The city was particularly famous for its crab and oysters. DiNardo's has been a part of that tradition for many years. Located near the Betsy Ross House, this is an excellent place to relax with your family or friends. It is a large sit-down restaurant decorated in a seafaring style. They have checkered tablecloths with oyster crackers and horseradish on the table. I recently went with my office and I ordered the mixed seafood salad. I received a huge salad bowl topped with lots of shrimp, scallops and lumps of crabmeat. My co-workers ordered the sauteed soft-shelled crab which they thought were quite goo...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 10, 2002

Dinardo's Famous Crabs
312 Race St.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
(215) 925-5115

La Colombe Torrefaction

Restaurant | "La Colombe Panini--Best Coffee"

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You can find probably the best coffee in America at La Colombe. This coffee beat out Illy in taste tests and is served in some of New York and Philadelphia's toniest restaurants--Daniel's, Essex House & Le Bec Fin, to name a few. This particular coffeehouse is located near Rittenhouse Square and is decorated with overstuffed sofas; there are plenty of magazines and newspapers to read while you sip. Many of Rittenhouse Square's hip residents and UPenn students frequent this place. Even if you can't get to Rittenhouse Square, many of the city's independent coffeehouse serve La Colombe. Among the city's great coffee roasters, I think this is the best and I always have a bag of this coffee at hom...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 10, 2002

La Colombe Torrefaction
130 S 19th St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19134
(215) 563-0860

Chlöe

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Restaurant | "Chloe"

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This restaurant is across from the Betsy Ross House in Olde City and is very quaint and tiny. Chloe does not accept reservations, so you must arrive there by 7 pm on weeknights or 6 pm on weekends if you want to get a table. The menu selections were creative and utilized fruit in their appetizers and entrees. I ordered the house salad which was dressed in an orange and hot pepper vinaigrette topped with panko crusted goat cheese. The flavors of onion, pepper, and the hint of orange blended nicely with the salad and the goat cheese. My friend ordered the roasted tomato and chipolte soup. It was a cold soup and was very flavorful. Also, it had just the right level of heat (you knew the chipolte w...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 16, 2002

Chlöe
232 Arch St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
+1 215 629 2337

Pif

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Restaurant

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I just had one of the best dining experiences of my life. I had heard from friends about this tiny byo that is owned and operated by a lovely couple from Vittel, France. Vittel is in the northeast region of France. The place is tiny, so reservations are essential. Within one-half block of arriving, I could smell the butter wafting through the air. The neighborhood is not that pretty, and the decor is bare-bones. But ooh, the food! My friend and I each started with the escargots appetizer. The escargots were already taken out of their shell and stuffed in a bulb of garlic. The tender and delicately flavored morsels were bathed in a garlic butter finished with a hint of Pernod. The hazelnuts a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 9, 2002

Pif
1009 S. Eighth St.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147
(215) 625-2923

Founders at the Bellevue

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Restaurant | "Founders "

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Founders is an elegant restaurant located inside an old beautiful Philadelphia hotel. The official name of this hotel is Park Hyatt at the Bellevue, but Philadelphians remember it as the Bellevue Stratford. The Founders Restaurant is on the top floor in a rococco style room with views looking out at the Philadelphia skyline. The waitstaff was charming. Our waiter, Eric, was from Strousberg, France. A pianist plays in the front room while a magician does tricks for tables with children. We took our mother for the Sunday brunch buffet. The offerings include omelettes made to order and sausage, blitzes and bacon. They had cold shrimp cocktail that were five inches each, New Zealand mussels, and v...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 13, 2002

Founders at the Bellevue
Broad & Walnut St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102
(215) 893-1234

Independence Hall

Attraction

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The very first sight that anyone should see in Philadelphia is Independence Hall. In 1776, our founding fathers ratified and read aloud the Declaration of Independence here. It has been a world heritage sight since 1979. The original furniture is gone, but the rooms are decorated in the original colonial style. You need a ticket to get in, and now they give timed entry tickets. The ticket includes an informative tour about the history of the building. You may obtain a ticket at a "will call" window at a white mobile home office located at 6th and Market. I have driven by this office and the lines seem awfully long. Since the summers in Philadelphia can be quite hot, you might want to pre-order...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 12, 2002

Independence Hall
500 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
215/597-8974

The Curtis Building

Attraction | "The Dream Garden Mosaic by Louis Comfort Tiffany"

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Across from Independence Hall on 6th Street, in the Curtis Building, is one of three mosaics done by Louis Comfort Tiffany. The Curtis Building houses this lovely grand mosaic and was the publishing headquarters for the Saturday Evening Post. Inside the cool and airy marble interior, there is a stunning autumn landscape mosaic that is a masterpieces. It is 15 feet high by 49 feet long, and consists of 100,000 pieces of hand fired glass that range into 260 different colortones. The mosaic is based on a painting by Maxfield Parrish and is set in front of a small reflecting pool with fountains that add to the sense of tranquility. The building is open 8 am to 5 pm on weekdays. If the building is clo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 12, 2002

The Curtis Building
NW corner of S 6TH ST and WALNUT ST
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Elfreth's Alley

Attraction

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This is the oldest continuously inhabited street in the United States. My co-worker calls it the street of the little people because the houses are so small. Step back in time and imagine city life in the early 1700's as you gaze up Georgian style homes known locally as "trinity" style. Trinity style is named such because of having one room per floor and is likened to the religious trinity--Father, Son and Holy Ghost. These narrow tall buildings have a kitchen in the basement, a living area on the ground floor, and a bedroom on the top floor. A visit to the gift shop shows you how tiny these homes are. Make sure to go deep into the street to see Bladen's court. This is an alley within an alley ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 22, 2002

Elfreth's Alley
100 Elfreth Alley
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
+1 215 574 0560