alexander inn, inexpensive to moderate, (215) 923-3535.
alexander's employees are so knowledgeable and helpful, you might
think they're on the payroll of the local tourist bureau. but it's
all just part of the quality experience you get at this 48-room
charmer in bustling center city. inside tip: if there's more than
one of you, ask for one of the larger rooms.
552 restaurant, expensive, (215) 968-5300. anticipating the
coming winter chill, we eat outside whenever possible. and there's
no more charming place to do so than the terrace at this
euro-american dining room occupying an old victorian farmhouse in
aji ichiban, inexpensive, (215) 629-1283. the food at this
new outpost of the japanese and chinese snack chain might remind
some of an episode of fear factor. but for others, the
serve-yourself containers boast a smorgasbord of exotic eats,
including oddities such as shredded squid, dried guava, plum
slices, chili olives, rose slim prunes, and mini fried-egg gummy
viv pickle, (215) 922-5904. ladies, can't find a handbag that
has you written all over it? we've got the solution: head to viv
pickle and design your own. you pick the shape, size, materials,
handle, etc., and their talented folks put it all together for you.
p.s. we've seen their new fall fabrics, and they're very
ubiq, (215) 988-0194. guys, we've got one of your obsessions
covered, as well: sneakers. from up-to-the-minute styles to
hard-to-find reissues (do you remember your first pair of air
jordans?), ubiq is a veritable museum of footwear. the store
carries clothing, too, for both men and women, but we must confess
that it's a little too young for our tastes. your 'tweens and teens
will love it, though.