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WilliamTaylor21
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Going to Philadelphia this weekend, suggestions?
Never been before. Just me and the lady (no pics). Any suggestions on things to do, places to eat, etc.,?

We are going to the Lakers/76ers game Sunday, but we don’t really have anything set for Friday or Saturday.


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re: Going to Philadelphia this weekend, suggestions?
Independence square is packed but really cool if you are a history buff.

The Constitution museum is awesome.

You can eat at Pat's or Geno's if you want to say you did, but there are better cheese steaks around the city.


WilliamTaylor21
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re: Going to Philadelphia this weekend, suggestions?
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Independence square is packed but really cool if you are a history buff.
Not exactly a history buff, but it would be cool to see some of that stuff. We will probably check it out early Saturday.


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but there are better cheese steaks around the city.
Where would you go if you could only go to one place for a cheese steak?

Eating a damn good, authentic Philly cheese steak is something I have been looking forward to


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re: Going to Philadelphia this weekend, suggestions?
I'd ask the food board. We were visiting locals who took us to their favorite spots as well as Geno's. Geno's was good but the others were better. I don't remember any of the names though.

Surely someone here will offer a suggestion.


TheNolaClap
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re: Going to Philadelphia this weekend, suggestions?
Tony Luke's is solid, but for that traditional cheese steak I would still take a first timer to Pat's. The experience and history is great, and the steak is pretty damn good. Just order a whiz wit and be done with it.


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fatboydave
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re: Going to Philadelphia this weekend, suggestions?
Pat's and Geno's is not that far of a walk from the train. You will need tickets to get into Independence Hall. I think you stand in line to see the liberty bell. Check out Reading Market nearby.


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Suntiger
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re: Going to Philadelphia this weekend, suggestions?
Philadelphia Museum of Art is one of the best museums I’ve ever been to, if you’re into museums.

Reading Market is really cool.

I ate at Amada when I was there. Great tapas!


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biggsc
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re: Going to Philadelphia this weekend, suggestions?
Get a Philly Cheese Steak.


JW
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re: Going to Philadelphia this weekend, suggestions?
go the barnes museum if you are short on time
walk around that museum district to the row houses
lots of great food obviously for all taste


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TarponKing
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re: Going to Philadelphia this weekend, suggestions?
Pat's!


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re: Going to Philadelphia this weekend, suggestions?
El Vez


WilliamTaylor21
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re: Going to Philadelphia this weekend, suggestions?
Seems like I will be checking out Pat's

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El Vez

This one looks interesting. I don't really think Mexican food when I think Philly, but the pictures look really good. Any dish/item in particular?


LSUButt
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Philadelphia
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re: Going to Philadelphia this weekend, suggestions?
I live in Philly, it really depends on what you want to do.

Some of my recs:

For sure walk through Independence Square area. You need to book a time to go into Indy Hall, so in the visitor center you can book a time and come back another time. Liberty Bell is free but usually a wait (honestly, I would just look at it from the outside). Personally, I think it's cool just to walk through the area.

Friday seems like it may be shitty weather, but Saturday, although cold, should be nice and sunny. Old City is very nice, lots of old beautiful homes, great places to eat and drink.

I would say for sure walk through the Chinatown area, there are some great Dim Sum places if you like that type of food. Dim Sum Garden is my favorite. Lots of Ramen and Pho places too

Fish town area is cool, just go down Frankford Ave. NuNu is a new Japanese type of place with tons of Sake and good cocktails. Bottle Bar is a good place with tons and tons of beer, solid food. Garage Bar is fun, it's very open, in and old auto place. Barcade is fun, it has lots of old video games like an arcade. There are places also on Girard, and a few cool places on Front St.

Center City...I mean there are so many bars, so many restaurants, so many places to go. If you like Italian, my favorite is Little Nonna, but not sure if you'll need a reservation. El Vez is fun mexican, it's not like Tex-Mex, it's pricey but it's great. Vedge is a vegetarian restaurant that is absolutely incredible. As said before, Amada is terrific. By El Vez, there are 6-7 bar/restaurants that are great.

Sightseeing...do the Rocky Steps at the Museum of Art. The Museum itself is HUGE so unless you want to spend many hours in there, I wouldn't necessarily recommend it if you only have a few days. The best part of Philly is the history. You don't even need to go into places, just walk by and walk on the cobblestone streets and read all the history signs. Before the 6ers game, spend a little time in Xfinity Live. It's a bit of a shitshow but it is enormoussss and people can get rowdy before games.

Cheesesteaks are cheesesteaks. My favorite is Jims on South St, but that's also because its 1 block away from me


LSUButt
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re: Going to Philadelphia this weekend, suggestions?
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I don't really think Mexican food when I think Philly


In South Philly, a few blocks off of Washington Ave between roughly 6th-13th there is a STRONG Mexican population and there are incredible authentic restaurants there. I wouldn't recommend them for a weekend, but there are many immigrants in Philly, and that's what makes the food so great. Northeast Philly is very Polish, lots of Chinese/Vietnamese in Chinatown and South Philly, strong Mexican population, and of course the Italian Market.

The Italian Market in the late morning could be a fun thing to walk through. It's not quite the same as it used to be, but many people still shop there like their grandparents did.

Also, definitely go to Reading Terminal just to check it out


WG_Dawg
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re: Going to Philadelphia this weekend, suggestions?
would you mind C&P this into the thread i started? I started mine this morning then I see this current one got moved from another board so now it looks like I'm an idiot that didn't see this one

I'll be checking in on mine though over the coming months so would love to check back on these as a reference.

Also see my question to jmarto...I had planned to just book a relatively cheaper hotel in the old town area, is that not a good idea?


dirtbag lsu
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re: Going to Philadelphia this weekend, suggestions?
Take a ride out to Valley Forge.

It is amazing.........and well worth the drive out there.


nctiger71
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North Carolina
Member since Oct 2017
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re: Going to Philadelphia this weekend, suggestions?
We took the grandkids to The Academy of Natural Science Museum Nat Sci Museum5 years ago. It is located at Logan Square/Circle and there were several other museums/sites nearby.

The Franklin Institute The Franklin Institute
The Eastern State Penitentiary Easter State Pen
The Mutter Museum The Mutter Museum
The Rodin Museum The Rodin Museum

We have not been to any of these other places but have seen shows about the Penitentiary and the Mutter Museum. I think they are all within walking distance of Logan Circle.

We ate at Tony Luke's on W. Oregon Av. It was good.

We were just there for the day.


JodyPlauche
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re: Going to Philadelphia this weekend, suggestions?
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Take a ride out to Valley Forge.



Having lived in King of Prussia I agree. Valley Forge is beautiful.

If you do ride out to Valley Forge...grab a beer at The Great American Pub in Phoenixville.
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re: Going to Philadelphia this weekend, suggestions?
Butt I didn’t know you were in PHL

Gonna have to look ya up next time.

The enchiladas at el vez are on point. Ambiance inside is awesome.


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jmarto1
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re: Going to Philadelphia this weekend, suggestions?
Eastern state penitentiary is a good visit. Some decent bars right by it as well


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