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Monday, April 27, 2009

An Evening with the Jones in Philly


Our dining experience in downtown Philadelphia was superb. My friend Stephanie was sweet enough to find us this wonderful place. As I walked into Jones, I couldn’t miss the enormous retro 1950’s beach scene that served as a back-drop to the bar. Everyone seemed so happy and vibrant as I watched laughing customers, in a variety of age groups, sitting in their seats, I knew this was going to be a fun place!


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I loved all the wonderful choices on the menu, and just like everywhere we went we asked them what their specialty was and they said we had to have the Mac and Cheese appetizer and like the food enthusiast we are we ordered it of course.

On the Menu there was a Cobb Salad and a Crispy Calamari Salad. Some of the entrees included Rigatoni, Thanksgiving Dinner, Meatloaf, and a Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie. But the menu also contained some sandwiches and smaller fare such as Chicken Noodle Soup, Tomato Soup with grilled cheese, a Beef Brisket Sandwich, and a Tuna Melt on rye. Many of these were child-friendly items, even though a children’s menu is not offered.


The Mac and Cheese had a very creamy texture, with a wonderful parmesan topping!


Cocktail names on the menu made me want to put flowers in my hair and walk barefoot in the sand: Proud Mary, Hound Dog, A Happy, Bug Juice, Cloud Nine. Matt wanted a tasty soft drink and was offered a Jones soda pop in three fun-filled flavors: Crushed Melon, Berry Lemonade, and Cream Soda. He opted for the Crushed Melon. I ordered an Original Sin, Cherry Cider Beer. It was quite delicious and I loved the mug they served it in.


We also split this humongous flipping plate of chicken nachos! It was piled with black refried beans, salsa, chicken, and cheese.


I had my fare share of course….


It took me a long time to figure out what I wanted for dinner. I loved this little orange clipboard they had to build your own salad, but I just wasn’t in the mood for a salad. 


I went with a portabella sandwich instead with a ton of grilled veggies. Instead of fries I had a large house salad. Why have I never ordered one of these?! The sandwich was juicy and more tasty then I expected, a masterpiece in my opinion.


If you ever have a chance to take a step back in time, book on over Jones at 700 Chestnut Street. Jones’s location, décor, and the upbeat, groovy staff, along with the individualized comfort-food menu make the restaurant a pleasant dining trip back in time for couples and families, as well as for those trendy single hipsters!


After dinner we swung by the indoor market, where we smelled the most amazing Philly cheese steaks, and food galore! If I lived here I would get some of the freshest produce around.

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We also got to tour the city a bit of course, look at the George Washington he is just so dignified.

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When we got back to New Jersey, Stephanie’s hubby Carl was so sweet and made us homemade chocolate hazelnut cookies. I enjoyed a couple more later on our trip of course;)


P.S. It’s not to late to enter my Birthday Giveaway!!!!


Pearl said...

ooh bobbi it looks like your trip was SO fun! chocolate & hazelnut cookies? how sweet of her hubby!

Lora said...

philly is one of my fav cities bc it is soooo overlooked in the NE states....NYC and boston tend to steal its glory. I love how philly is full of history! If you tour the Liberty Bell you will learn that the crack is actually a repair and not a crack---they were repairing it and thats how it ended up that way. lol. any marathons in the near future? maybe chicago in sept? i know Matt from Run, Live, Enjoy will be running it and Im doing the half :)

Meighan said...


I love the Reading Terminal. I used to work right next door and loved being able to get fresh fruit and veggies. But by far the Amish stands are the best!! If you had the time their breakfast at the diner in the back is AMAZING!!

Denise said...

Glad you enjoyed Philly. The Terminal Market is awesome!!

Run Sarah said...

sounds like you had a great time in Philly! I love the salad clipboard, what a fun idea!

D10 said...

Jones looks like a great place. Glad you had a blast.

Melissa @ For the Love of Health said...

Philly looks like a great time. I have always wanted to visit.

That Mac and Cheese looks divine!

redheadedjournal said...

That mac and cheese looks divine!

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N.D. said...

I love the reading market!! : ) And love how you are wearing your jacket around!

Barbara said...

looks yummy!

Fitnessista said...

looks like SO much fun! i've been wanting to take a trip out there forever. i've been to boston, but i was 16 and was only there for a long weekend- i'm definitely hankering to go back
i'm just now getting caught up on the blog world but wanted to say CONGRATULATIONS on the marathon! that is such a huge accomplishment. thanks for being my running inspiration :D
have a great night!

Mica said...

That Mac & Cheese is calling my name. (Like this, "Miiiica! Come eat me!")

And you look totally cute in Philly. I like your jacket muy much!

MyRunningJourney said...

The mac & cheese looks AMAZING!

ttfn300 said...

aaah, so glad you made it to reading terminal :) LOVE IT!!! and i've had take out from jones (yummy), but never made it there... too many places to try out!