I read the FAQ and dining articles and they are generally pretty good but I didn't see a recommendation for my question - after a day in central Philadelphia, are there any recommendations for a good restaurant for a family with kids (aged 7 to 12)?
I'm thinking of something that's probably not part of a chain, a sit-down and order from a waiter/waitress sort of place, neither fancy nor a splurge in terms of expenses but it doesn't have to be a bargain either. If it's decent food I'm OK with paying a little more than usual on a family vacation. It would be nice if we left with something to remember - either enjoyable food, or an interesting decor, or just a fun experience.
And the type of food is wide open, my kids are pretty open-minded about food. But we'll be at a Chinese banquet Sunday night, so that's crossed off the list for Saturday. :-)
Anywhere in the central part of the city would be great, but at the end of the day we'll be driving back to our hotel (in Radnor, for the banquet mentioned earlier) anyway so as long as the drive to dinner isn't an ordeal or hours out of our way, that would also be fine.
I like the ideas of mussels at Monk's and my kids would go for mussels and fries - is it a restaurant suitable for kids? I think that a place that mentions beer before food might not be. But if it's anything like Belgo Centraal in London, that would be a restaurant they'd talk about for ages.