MARAC in Philadelphia: Dine Around

by Alexis Antracoli, Local Arrangements Committee

   I hope everyone is excited about arriving in Philadelphia soon for the fall MARAC meeting! To help introduce visiting archivists to Philadelphia and each other, the Local Arrangements Committee has planned a dine around for Thursday November 7, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Participants will have the opportunity to try a local Philadelphia restaurant with a small group of other conference attendees. If you are interested in attending, look for the sign-up sheet when you register on November 6th or 7th. To help you make your choice, you will find brief descriptions of the restaurant options, along with links to websites and menus below. The Local Arrangements Committee is excited to welcome you to Philadelphia and introduce you to some of the great food our city has to offer.
Han Dynasty at 108 Chestnut Street in Old City
Han Dynasty is a Sichuan Chinese restaurant with several locations in the Philadelphia area. It has been voted one of the top 50 Chinese restaurants in the United States. Many of the dishes are spicy, and the Dan Dan Noodles are a customer favorite. You can check out the menu at on their website
Marrakesh at 517 S Leithgow St.
Marrakesh is a Moroccan restaurant located just south of Old City in Philadelphia’s Society Hill neighborhood. Dishes include a number of meat and vegetarian options and are served over seven courses. A sample menu is available on their website:
City Tavern at 138 S. 2nd Street
City Tavern is located in the heart of Old City near many of Philadelphia’s historical sites. The restaurant serves classic American dishes and locally-brewed beer in an 18th-century tavern environment. You can try the Taste of History beer sampler or turkey pot. Their website provides more information:
El Vez at 121 S. 13th St.
El Vez is a bright and lively Mexican restaurant in Center City, located near Market East. Try their tacos or enchiladas or sample their guacamole menu! El Vez also has vegetarian options. Check it out at: .
Karma at 112 Chestnut St.
Karma is an Indian restaurant in Old City located very close to the conference hotel that and has been featured on the tv show Best of Philadelphia. The menu includes a full range of vegetarian and meat dishes. Check out their offerings at .
Sampan at 124 S. 13th St.
Sampan is a contemporary Asian restaurant in Midtown Village, which include small and large plates. In addition to their regular dinner menu, Sampan also features separate vegetarian and gluten free menus. You can browse the options at
Dandelion Pub at 124 S. 18th St.
A classic English pub near Rittenhouse Square, the Dandelion is a great place to get fish and chips and a pint. You can browse their full menu at:
Percy Street BBQ at 900 South St.
Located on bustling South Street, Percy Street BBQ is exactly what you would expect, a great place for ribs and brisket. To see their full menu visit
La Famiglia at 8 South Front Street
A classic Italian restaurant in Old City, La Famiglia features a range of seafood and meat options, with antipasti and pasta courses as well. The menu is available on their website:
Continental at 138 Market Street
Continental presents global tapas in a funky atmosphere at the corner of Market and 2nd Street. A short walk from the hotel, it’s a fun place to grab a drink and try a variety of dishes. Check out their menu at:


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