Urgent help needed. I'm going down to philly Wednesday-Saturday with my family to check out apts and the area. Can the philly folks recommend two or three restaurants that are must visits (especially on the parents' bill!)? Preferably one of them being an Italian place, if possible.
italian-- my new favorite italian is osteria-- http://www.osteriaphilly.com/--
its about 4 blocks north of city hall. not a typical restaurant area, but not hard to get to. totally worth it.
japanese-- morimoto -- http://www.morimotorestaurant.com/
"modern asian"-- buddakan-- http://www.buddakan.com/
gourmet mexican fusion- lolita-- http://www.lolitabyob.com/lolita/
(my favorite restaurant in town and, IMO-- best tenderloin
steak-- barclay prime, http://www.barclayprime.com/
. the 100$ cheesteak is tasty (kobe beef, butter poached lobster and gruyere, with a small bottle of veuve) but prob not worth 100$
west philly byo-- marigold-- http://www.marigoldkitchenbyob.com/
my favorite center city itialian inspired BYOs: mercato -- http://www.mercatobyob.com/
-- and melograno (make sure you get the papardelle tartufate-- amazing) 2201 Spruce St (215) 875-8116
Beers and burgers (and mussels)-- Monks-- http://www.ripsneakers.com/monks/
spanish tapas-- Amada--http://www.amadarestaurant.com/