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post #31 of 53
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Thanks for all the replies. One last bump before I head out.

Bad news: Monk's is closed (at least for now). There was a fatality last week (?) when a young lady fell to her death from the apartment complex above the building. The city shut down the building and forced Monk's to close temporarily.

My recommendation is you go to the Belgian Cafe, which I believe is run by the same owner as Monk's. It features the same mussels and a smaller Belgian beer selection. It is near 21st and Green streets (Art Museum area).

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I've heard good things about Tria, Nodding Head Brewery, Bridget Foy's, Tamarind, Pietro's, Bridgid's, Standard Tap, and The Foodery (suggested if going to any BYOB places)

Shopping: Rittenhouse Square


Thumbs up to Tria and Nodding Head. Standard Tap is not in a great part of town (Northern Liberties), even though most people allege that that area is "gentrifying" (try telling that to the cocaine mule who was murdered in a hit about a month ago in a posh condo complex up that way). Even so, Standard Tap is a good bar if you don't mind the locale.

The Foodery, if you didn't know, is not a bar. I used to live a block away from the Pine Street location. It's more of a small hole-in-the-wall deli that sports a wide variety of domestic and import beers.

Rittenhouse Square itself doesn't have great shopping, but is close to some good places. You would do well by starting in the Square and walking on Walnut Street east. If you are the MC type, stop by Boyd's on Chestnut near 19th. The only premium denim place is Matthew Izzo on Walnut near 12th Street and I thought they moved so you may want to check if they are still there. Tria and Nodding Head are both near Rittenhouse so you can mix it up while you're shopping.
post #32 of 53
I would make Philly a 1 day trip and then 2 days for DC.
post #33 of 53
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Thanks for all the replies. One last bump before I head out.

Might be a little late for your trip, but just saw that you were looking for shopping in Boston. The new Unique Boutique just opened north of the city, and if you are into custom clothing it is worth it to check out. They have the Intellifit bodyscanner there where you can get bodyscanned then go online to shop.

Location http://www.uniqueboutiqueboston.com/
Main company / brand listing http://www.uniquescan.com/


Happy travels


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post #34 of 53
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I've done a fair amount of research so far and have an extensive list of things to check out, but I'm open to other suggestions as well.

Philadelphia

Day 1
lunch: Gino's AND Pat's
touristy stuff: sights, Mutter Museum
dinner: Morimoto Prepare for a stunning bill.
drinks: Monk's Cafe, Eulogy, The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co
hotel: Rodeway Inn, cheap, and seems within close proximity of everything

As someone else mentioned, Monks is closed. If you have some money, go to Le Bar Lyonnais, below Le Bec Fin. The food is great. Also, Le Bec Fin has a prix fixe lunch for $35. It is an excellent deal for perfectly executed French food.

Day 2 - no idea, completely open to suggestions
breakfast: Rockets on South Street
lunch: Cafe Mixto (12th St & Pine - great Cuban food, lots for ur $$); 4 Seasons Hotel or the Museum of Fine Arts has a decent foor service
dinner: Budakhan - excellent!! (or if you want to go a bit more $$'s Duex Cheminay or Striped Bass or [at top dollar] - Le Bec Fin)
drinks: Anywhere!!

Skip Rockets and go to the Morning Glory Diner at 10th and Fitzwater. It's cheap and great--a true gem in the city. Fitzwater is a few blocks south of south.

Buddakan is a nice experience, but the food is not all it's cracked up to be. Save lots of money and go to Lee How Fook or the Vietnam Palace in Chinatown. If you want an expensive dinner, book a table at Vetri. For something at a moderate price, try the bar at the Bellevue hotel on Broad street. The raw seafood is great, and the views of the city are spectacular. Another fun place is the Continental at 2nd and Market.

Lunch at the Phila Museum of Art is nice but a bit expensive. The food in the Museum cafeteria is fairly good.


Don't forget to visit Capogiro for gelato and nice sandwiches/salad (13th & Sansom; 20th & Sansom), and consider breakfast or lunch at DiBruno's on Chestnut between 17th & 18th.

I've heard good things about Tria, Nodding Head Brewery, Bridget Foy's, Tamarind, Pietro's, Bridgid's, Standard Tap, and The Foodery (suggested if going to any BYOB places)

Tria is mediocre in my view. Bridget Foy's is for drunck college students and 20-somethings in loud striped shirts. Standard Tap is in a crappy neighborhood, but it's fun. One of the best Italian places in the city, Modo Mio (Girard between 2nd and Front) is also in a crap neighborhood, but plenty of rich suburbanites eat at this divine byob (there are plenty of state liquor stores in center city). take a cab. Dinner is $35 for four terrific courses. Reservations are a must.
Shopping: Rittenhouse Square or try the Galleria Mall - in the heart of the City.

Tom

Hope this helps!
post #35 of 53
We need reviews, Wayfarer!
post #36 of 53
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We need reviews, Wayfarer!

Second that motion!

Last time I was in Boston I saw the distance from the train station to my Zip Car. (Although the financial district was quite lovely. Much greener than Toronto's). If anyone is traveling just north of the city there is a great French restaurant in Lowell called Laboniche.

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post #37 of 53
I suppose it's too late, but for those of you looking for Philly reviews, I just had a very pleasant experience at the newly-opened Village Whiskey, located next to one of Garces' other joints, Tinto. Very large collection of whiskeys, obviously, but also some very nice other spirits and bartenders who know their stuff. The food ain't bad either. Check it out!
post #38 of 53
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Just got in, I've a bit of unpacking to do still, so I'll keep this abridged for now and may elaborate later on. Boston: Beautiful city. Stayed at the Colonnade in what is usually a $400 room, but was heavily discounted for some reason. Thoroughly enjoyed Cigar Masters and Bukowksi's, regrettably missed out on the Oak Room. Hit the MFA and Gardner. Had a fantastic Eggs Benny and Bloody Mary at Upstairs on the Square in Cambridge. Walked around the Harvard campus a bit, wanting to impregnate most every woman I saw and wishing child support worked in reverse. Philly: In the epic battling of Pat's vs. Geno's, Pat's won me over on both quality and quantity. Though, I must note I wanted Geno's to win if only for the audacity of the place. I quickly discovered Philly reeks of piss, almost ubiquitously. I would never live there, but I appreciate all there is to do and wouldn't mind visiting on a fairly regular basis. Loved both Monk's Cafe (reopened by the time I got there) and Eulogy. Nodding Head was cool. Wandered into Triumph after Eulogy, nice enough place, but terrible beer. Also swung by Eulogy's sister establishment Beneluxx for flights of cheese, chocolate, and beer. Biggest disappoint of the trip was missing out on Franklin Mortgage and Investment. I tried twice, and they were closed both nights I was in town. After a pricey cab ride over there only to be met by an empty venue, I hung my head in shame and went over to Tria instead where I had an alright time. I also made an attempt at Southwark, but it too was closed. Cocktail bliss in Philly escaped me this trip, it seems. I will return, if only for that. Finally, Morimoto's was rad, and yes, I most certainly suffered the most expensive bill for dinner I had ever received up until that point. It was the $120 omakase, flight of drinks, and assorted small plates that did me in. DC: With the aforementioned still in mind, Minibar beat out Morimoto's on that same honor just a few days later. Great dining experience, and about as close to El Bulli as I will be getting for awhile. After Minibar, we hit District Chophouse for some drinks. Decent beer, went with a flight of 6, but our bartender kept hitting me off with full sized tastings of all their other beers, and then a number noteworthy Scotches I had never tried -- for no additional charge. She let me drink an obscene amount of alcohol for free. With a salad, my bill was ~$12, I tipped about the same. Only had time for the National Gallery of Art earlier in the day, glad to have caught a few key pieces of interest. I really need to make it back and spend more time at the other museums. Ended up staying at Hotel Helix. It was, uhh... something. Hyper themed, while teetering on tacky, and I'm not even certain if it's in a self-aware/tongue-in-cheek sort of way.
post #39 of 53
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Here's a suggested itinerary:

Grab a pre-dinner cocktail at Sei (recommended drink: Liquid Wasabi) or Zengo (recommended drink: Mojito Cuzco). Walk to dinner at Minibar. After dinner, walk to District Chophouse (microbrews on tap) or RFD (great selection of bottles and drafts) for a few rounds. Hop on the metrorail at Gallery Place and take the Green/Yellow line to U Street for a nightcap at Gibson. If you've still got energy at this point, head next door to Marvin to lounge and people watch.

The quintessential DC nightspot is probably the Eighteenth Street Lounge, but it's a bit out of the way in relation to Minibar. Marvin is a good substitute, as it's owned by the owner of ESL and has a similar feel.

Haven't been in a long time, are they still dicks at the door?
post #40 of 53
For future reference, the Harpoon brewery has a tasting most afternoons from 4-5pm where they pour as many samples as you can drink. In addition to the not bad IPA they sell everywhere they have a selection of brews they only serve there or are rarely released. Try the Black Bavarian beer.
post #41 of 53
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Haven't been in a long time, are they still dicks at the door?

Very much so. I was there on saturday and wanted to punch the guy in the face.
post #42 of 53
Interesting, Wayfarer and thank you. Sorry about the Franklin -- have heard good things. You were in Philly over Labor Day weekend, yes? I was in NYC and many of the best bars there were also closed. Wonder what was up with that? ~ H
post #43 of 53
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I quickly discovered Philly reeks of piss, almost ubiquitously.

You should try the Green Line SEPTA stops. It's a pungent scent of urine that you won't soon forget!

I'm glad Monk's reopened by the time you arrived. It's definitely a great experience.
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You should try the Green Line SEPTA stops. It's a pungent scent of urine that you won't soon forget! I'm glad Monk's reopened by the time you arrived. It's definitely a great experience.
In a wonderfully drunken state, I went on at great length to my girlfriend about how great I thought the place was and deemed it necessary to bring the concept back to Columbus with me. Whether that involved Monk's opening their own location here, or convincing a bank to give me a loan in order to open my own Belgian tavern, I didn't care either way. I settled on stealing a menu.
post #45 of 53
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On that same thievery note, I also stole a Yuengling glass from some dive we hit on the way back to the hotel. I was so impressed with how cheaply awesome Yuengling was (my first time ever tasting), I felt compelled to bring that little trophy back with me as well.

Apparently I'm a bit of a klepto after a few drinks when I'm on vacation.
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