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February 16, 2011
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PUT A LITTLE BUI BOOGY IN MY TUMMY.
2.16.11 D–GUIDE:
Reviews
mercato
khyber pass pub
famous 4th street deli
blackbird pizzeria
tartes fine cakes and
pastries
9 le castagne
10 king kebab/
dandelion
11 la dominique
creperie/the corner
12 Kaffa crossing
14 cafe de roma
15 L2
16 FEZ Moroccan
restaurant/rising tide
17 le pain quotidien
18 horizons/ moe's
hot dog house
20 sang kee noodle
house
21 Le VIRTU/MODO MIO
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I’m in love. I’m hopelessly, maddeningly
in love with a tin box on 38th Street.
What holds grip of my heart, you ask?
Well, it goes by a simple name, one that
brings joy to my heart and a skip to my
step. Just four little letters that can make
me swoon: B–U–I–S.
This home away from home and breakfast savior will forever be known in my
phone as “BUISS!!!!!!!!!” I even became the
mayor on FourSquare for three magical
months (damn you, Pat H.). It’s become
clear that I’m seriously addicted to an egg
sandwich.
The Friday morning cure doubles as a
Monday morning pick–me–up and the
constant friendly faces of the Bui family
always brighten my day. The quick stop
lunch truck is only a few blocks and a
short phone call away. They know my
name. They know my order and quite
simply, they know the key to my heart. I
walk up to the counter with a crisp five–
dollar bill and eagerly await the heavenly
pleasure of the perfect sandwich.
One bite of the cooked–just–right eggs
and turkey bacon pillowed in a crispy yet
soft roll is all it takes to get my stomach
feeling like a million bucks. Sigh.
But since we can’t run an entire 44–page
Dining Guide on the wonders of Bui’s
(trust me, if we could I would), you can
find the other gastro–wonders of Philadelphia within these pages. Restaurant
upon bar upon truck upon stand greet
you with open arms and tummies for a
mouth–watering reign of sumptuousness.
Enjoy and eat up.
Grandma and Grandpa Bui,
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FRESH FROM THE MERCATO
By Tucker johns
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Michelle fang
mercato
1216 Spruce St.
(215) 985–2962
Don't Miss: Delicious pastas
and vegetables
Skip: If you want a quick meal
$$$$$
and with no assigned waiter
and a packed house, there
was little to do but wait. The
Autumn Vegetable Risotto
($16) came first, followed
moments later by the Short
Rib Ragu ($23). Both were
half portions, thus half price,
but there was more than
enough to split between two
people.
The risotto was excellent,
cooked perfectly and smothered in Parmesan. The vegetables, a mix of crimini mushrooms, squash and leeks, were
well balanced and seasoned.
The ragu, a bowl of ricotta
gnocchi and broccoli rabe
covered in the hearty sauce,
was tasty but not without
flaws. The pillowy gnocchi
was delicious on its own, but
topped with the rich ragu, it
was completely overpowered.
The broccoli rabe was also
tasty, but it sat in a pile underneath the pasta and sauce,
like it was trying to hide. Individually, each component
was great, but together they
were out of sync.
Another long wait broke
up the pasta and entree
courses, but the sheer size of
the portions that eventually
arrived quickly erased any ill
feelings. Unfortunately, the
grilled petit tender filet ($25)
wasn’t even the star of it’s
own plate. That honor went
to the awesome side of brussel sprouts and bacon, which
easily trumped the ordinary
steak and mashed potatoes.
The tilapia special ($30) was
a much more harmonious
dish. The perfectly cooked
fish sat alongside refreshing
grilled asparagus and a sweet
potato mash that might have
been the highlight of the evening.
Considering the sheer
amount of food consumed,
dessert wasn’t a foregone
conclusion, but one shared
plate was the perfect end to
the meal. The Bittersweet
Molten Chocolate Cake ($9)
was a difficult choice on a
tantalizing menu, but it was
a winner. Gooey and dense,
a few bites would have been
perfect, but the whole thing
was too good to resist.
It’s clear that the focus of
Mercato is squarely on the
food. The space is basic, and
the service is somewhat inconsistent, but the cuisine
was, for the most part, fantas-
tic. With far more hits than
misses, Mercato is perfect for
a special occasion.
34TH STREET Magazine February 16, 2011
rom the outside, you
may easily walk by
Mercato. The small
restaurant is nestled on an
unassuming corner in Washington Square West, not exactly calling out to passerbys.
Don’t think, though, that this
exterior modesty at all reflects
the “new Italian–American”
cuisine prepared inside. Early
on a Friday night, the tables
were packed, the BYOB wine
was flowing and the food was
delicious. It was as if one had
invaded an Italian family reunion with some really good
cooks, which is certainly not
a bad place to be.
Instead of a single waiter
assigned to a table, a team
of servers presides over the
entire restaurant, constantly
pouring water and taking orders. There is both the rather
extensive traditional menu,
with appetizers, pastas and
entrees, and an entirely separate antipasti menu, with
cured meats and cheeses and
a full olive oil list. Sharing is
encouraged, and the kitchen
is happy to make half portions of any of the pasta dishes as well.
The servers bring by crusty
bread and a delicious homemade olive butter. It’s difficult not to ask for seconds,
but the waitress warns that
the portions are “hearty,” so
it’s time to order. Before any
food arrives, a metal mixing
bowl appears in the center of
the table sans explanation.
Minutes later, however, the
shared appetizer, the Whole
Grilled Artichoke ($12), arrived. Although a better explanation of how exactly to
tackle this dish would have
been appreciated, it was delicious nonetheless. The creaminess of the accompanying
citrus aioli perfectly offset the
smokiness of the artichoke,
making this labor–intensive
dish absolutely worthwhile.
There was a long delay before the pasta dishes arrived,
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KHYBER PASSES WITH FLYING COLORS
Dive bar turned gastropub serves up great soul food.
L
egendary Philadelphia
music venue (and filthy
dive bar) the Khyber
was reborn a few months ago
as the Khyber Pass Pub, serving up an array of cajun and
southern food. The owners of
Cantina Dos Segundos and Los
Caballitos as well as the Royal
Tavern have transformed this
space into a model similar to
their other restaurants: affordable large portions, plenty of
vegan options and an extensive
drink menu, in this case, playing host to 20 rotating beers on
tap.
The sandwich menu offers
the most bang for your buck;
other options include hickory
smoked barbeque ($14–18)
and fried chicken ($15). The
BBQ Beef Brisket and North
By GRACE AMBROSE
khyber pass pub
56 S. 2nd St.
(215) 238–5888
Don't Miss: BBQ Beef Brisket
Skip: The Half and Half
$$$$$
Carolina–style BBQ pulled
Pork sandwiches (both $10)
showcase the hickory smoked
barbeque and homemade
sauces. The pulled pork packs
a bit of a punch, but the spice
is countered with the coleslaw
that comes heaped on top. The
brisket presented a different
mix of flavors, the sweetness of
its sauce cut by the accompanying horseradish. Both sandwiches came on soft brioche
rolls that held up well given the
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large portions of juicy meat.
Thick–cut Benton’s bacon
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seem to be the sides, almost
all of which are vegetarian;
you get the choice of any side
with your sandwich order. The
baked mac and cheese was rich
with a crispy breadcrumb top.
The fries were crispy and wellseasoned and the addition of
smoked cheddar made for a
classier version of cheese fries.
The “big ass biscuits,” moist
and buttery without being too
dense, are the perfect accompaniment to a plate of barbecue.
Khyber is the perfect place
to grab an inexpensive — and
huge — meal after an an afternoon in Old City. The Pub has
risen to the heights of its sister
restaurants.
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Green Tomato BLT ($10).
Accompanied by a Tabasco remoulade and thick, cornmeal–
encrusted green tomatoes, this
dish was an interesting and effective take on the classic sandwich.
A large portion of the menu
is made up of po’boys, the staple New Orleans sandwiches.
The Half and Half ($15) featured fried oysters and shrimp
dressed with lettuce, tomatoes,
pickles and mayo on a long
crusty roll. The shrimp were
firm, with a crispy outer layer,
but the oysters suffered, their
cornmeal coating lacking the
crispness of the shrimp’s.
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FAMOUS DELI MEATS
New location offers quality Jewish fare.
By BRETTE WARSHAW
T
o me, ‘deli’ means turkey sandwiches, piled
high on thick rye bread.
It means full–sour pickles, pickles that hold true to their name,
pickles that make me both
pucker my lips and grin simultaneously. It means fluffy matzoh balls submerged in golden
broth, dill lily–pads floating lazily on the surface.
After traveling to the 19th
street location of the Famous
4th Street Deli, however, I
came to an earth–shattering re-
alization: deli does not mean the
same thing to everybody.
To some, it means whitefish
salad on a toasted everything
bagel (whitefish salad? Hello,
it wasn’t Sunday morning). It
means blintzes (blasphemous!
Dairy at the deli?). It means
“health salad” (whatever that
means. “Health” does not translate within these walls!).
It was clear after walking
into this “Famous” deli, however, that my companions and
I could all agree on one thing:
what ‘deli’ did not mean. It
did not mean an empty room.
It did not mean pristine floors
and countertops. It did not
mean the smell of ammonia.
It did not mean the absence of
black–and–white cookies by the
register.
It was, as my grandmother
would call it in Yiddish, a shandeh: a shame. What was a deli
without loud, playful banter,
without tables straining under
the weight of their load, without old men and toddlers fighting over latkes? I was biased; I
wanted to turn my nose up and
walk away. But despite how
much I truly wanted to hate it,
the Famous 4th Street Deli delivered.
Delivered quite a lot, actually.
Delivered platters and platters
of sky–high sandwiches with
fillings that spanned the length
of the meat rainbow: ruby–red
pastrami, snow–white turkey
and every beige and brown in
between. Delivered piles of
fries ($5.50) whose peaks were
even higher than those of the
sandwiches, fat, thick fries, salty
fries, potatoes in their highest
form. Delivered steaming bowls
of soup ($6.75), thick hunks of
carrots and celery bobbing in
Thomas jansen
FAMOUS 4th street
delicatessen
38 S. 19th St.
(215) 568–3271
Don't Miss: Corned beef reuben, hot pastrami sandwich
Skip: Biscuit
$$$$$
unison. Delivered that whitefish salad ($9.50), happily oozing out of the sides of the bagel,
mocking my skepticism.
The best of all: the meat. Latticed onto thick, hearty slices of
rye and multigrain, they at first
posed a challenge: how could
one possibly open her mouth
wide enough to get started? I
opened up the sandwich, took
out a hunk of meat: still, no
change. But miraculously, it all
got eaten.
Hot, enthusiastically–spiced
pastrami ($14.50) dipped into
dishes of faintly spicy mustard.
Corned beef ($14.50), in all
its slightly stringy, generously
gamey glory, nestled onto a
nub of rye. Moist, silky turkey
($13.50) lathered with Russian
dressing, heaped onto a scrap of
that multigrain toast. Leftovers?
Not a problem. This meat is
so good, you will dream about
it, and then you will stumble
down to your refrigerator at
four in the morning for one last,
lingering bite.
The whitefish salad, too, was
a success; sweet, smoky, proud.
Far from fishy or slimy, this was
a revelation. So, too, was the
Matzoh Brei ($12), something
I would have never thought to
order outside of Passover. Sprinkled with cinnamon, drizzled
with syrup: I had discovered the
Jewish version of pancakes. But
this had texture, this had soul,
this had an eggy bite to it that
a mere pancake could not replicate.
Happily entranced in my
food–induced reverie, I barely
noticed those dishes that at once
fell flat. But the blitzes ($4.25),
in hindsight, were too thick, too
sweet, too soggy; they lacked
any sort of punch. So, too, did
the coleslaw ($3.50); its sweetness and wetness was at once
unappetizing, only palatable
with a quick bite of a sour pickle. The potato pancakes ($4.25)
were a textural bore, the outside
lacking a sturdy crust, the inside
a solid, dense mass, far from the
feathery, pillowy ones of my
childhood.
But my stomach was too full
to mourn these shortcomings,
and the sweet, smoky smell of
our table overpowered any lingering stench of ammonia. I was
warm; I was full; I was happy.
And, most surprisingly, I had
yet another definition of ‘deli’
to add to my list.
Vegan cuisine that's as tasty as the original. By LUCY Mcguigan
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blackbird Pizzeria
507 S. 6th St.
(215) 625–6660
Don't Miss: Seitan cheesesteak
Skip: French fries
$$$$$
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flavorful seitan sausage with
fennel, fried eggplant and
broccoli rabe over a base of
Daiya and sauce. The true curiosity behind the glass casing,
however, is the Yukon ($2.50
per slice), an intricate landscape of thin–sliced Yukon
Gold potatoes smothered in
rosemary and olive oil. Slightly unattractive at first glace,
with odd greenish brown hues
where the potatoes have taken
a bit too enthusiastically to
the oil, the unorthodox pizza
is surprisingly delicious, full of
flavor and ideal in texture.
The pizzeria isn’t a one trick
pony; Horizons Restaurant
veteran and owner Mark Bebus constructs mouthwatering
sandwiches with all the dexterity of Philadelphia’s famous
cheesesteak joints.
Blackbird’s version of the
native fare ($8) might just be
the best sandwich I’ve eaten
in months, even including
my pre–vegan samplings.
The seitan is chewy but not
too rubbery, the exact consistency of a perfect steak. Oozing with the juices of crimini
mushrooms, onions, peppers
and a smattering of Daiya, the
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grinder an excellent antidote
to grease–withdrawal.
Similarly, the giant Marinated Tofu Cubano ($8),
while less meat emulating,
packs a creamy punch with a
mélange of Dijon aioli, seitan
pepperoni, caramelized onions
and pickles. For those seeking
a greener option, veggie–filled
salads are available. Go for the
Caesar, because the creamy
dressing is almost indistinguishable from the mayo–
based original. And don’t
worry about the trek. The
best thing about Blackbird is
that with a $15 minimum on
delivery, you can enjoy all the
vegan goodness without ever
leaving the house.
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Monday through Thursday.
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ith the ever–increasing trendiness
of animal rights
activism, things have gotten
pretty sweet for today’s urban vegan. On campus, one
is rarely a stone’s throw away
from a good vegan meal.
For the most part, however,
in the Philadelphia culinary
scene the egg–and–dairy–free
offerings tend to be concentrated among ethnic restaurants. Though eating vegan is
relatively easy if one sticks to
the Asian, Indian or Mediterranean venues, things get a bit
trickier when one starts craving pub fare and Super Bowl
snacks.
Thankfully, with the development of Daiya, a new
soy–based cheese substitute
that melts and stretches like
the real deal, vegan iterations
of the classic college staple,
pizza, taste just as good as a
slice from Allegro. While local
favorites like Ed’s and Dock
Street Brewing Co. have vegan pies on the menu, toppings
are limited to the vegetables
in the stockroom; meat substitutes are nowhere to be
found.
Blackbird Pizzeria, though
a bit of a hike from campus,
goes the extra mile to craft artisan ‘za with a multitude of
creative accoutrements. Having just opened in September,
the new joint nonetheless has
a devoted clientele, many of
whom are converts from the
recently–closed Gianna’s.
The South Philly ($3.75 per
slice), for instance, combines
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POP TARTES
Great desserts through a window.
By eesha sardesai
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ending that is easily foregone 212 Arch St.
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stuffed after a series of soups,
Don't Miss: Plum and Ginger
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($1.75). Its golden, puffy interior was soft and sweet with
a hint of vanilla: a perfect,
melt–in–your–mouth texture
and flavor. Given that it was
a snickerdoodle, though, the
proof had to be in the cookie’s
signature, crackly cinnamon–
sugar topping — and Tartes
didn’t disappoint.
I moved on to what would
be the 'piece de resistance' of
my meal: a 4–inch, Plum and
Ginger Brown Butter Tarte
($5.75). The entire dessert was
extraordinary, but the crust
was the standout: a sweet,
buttery pastry that is soft and
flaky on the sides, and just a bit
thicker on the bottom to give it
a softer textural layer that you
can really bite into. The slight
tartness of the juicy plum slices
complemented the sweetness
of the crust, and both of these
components were delicately
unified with a suffusion of ginger.
The Lemon Bar ($2.25) also
proved a solid choice. Bordering on the sweet side, with
a thick blanket of powdered
sugar coating the lemon curd
filling, the bars are nonetheless chock–full of lemon flavor. The gooey, lemon–y interior pairs nicely with a buttery
shortbread crust that is just as
magnificent as that of the plum
tarte.
A Chocolate Cupcake with
Vanilla Buttercream Frosting ($2.50) was pleasant (and
decorated with festive heart–
shaped sprinkles), though it
fell short of reaching the same
glorious heights as its predecessors. Together, the cake and
the icing complemented each
other well, but they probably
would not be so successful as
standalones. The cake had a
wonderfully deep chocolate
flavor but was a bit dense for
my taste. Tthe icing, meanwhile, lacked notable flavor.
Rounding out my dessert
binge was a delightful little
treat: a Coconut Macaroon
with Chocolate Chips ($0.50).
The crispy, browned exterior
of fragrant baked coconut gave
way to a soft, chewy and equally “coconut–y” inside; mini
morsels of semisweet chocolate
served to balance the macaroon’s texture and sweetness.
If there’s one thing that
Tartes’ pastries can attest to,
it’s that dessert can and should
be a “meal” in its own right.
Perhaps we shouldn’t always
swap out lunch for a 5–course
track to a sugar coma like I did,
but dessert doesn’t always have
to be an after–dinner option.
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options like Tartes’ Plum and
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le castagne
1920 Chestnut St.
(215) 751–9913
Don't Miss: Mozzarella di bufala
Skip: Spaghetti alle castagne
$$$$$
spaghetti was not a bad
choice, the heavy cream
made it difficult to finish the dish, and the
cocoa powder did nothing for the flavor. An
appetizer–sized portion
would have definitely
been enough. The tagliolini with shrimp and
calamari was also an
okay choice, but nothing stood out about the
dish. It was certainly
not as flavorful as a
traditional spaghetti ai
frutti di mare. We were
hoping one of their
homemade
desserts
would make us leave on
a happier note, but the
chocolate parfait failed
to impress.
By no means would
I call our meal at Le
Castagne bad. It was
simply average. It cer-
tainly does not meet
what should be expected of a $50–plus
per person meal. If you
are okay with trying
decent, but somewhat
overpriced
northern
Italian cuisine I would
not shy away from Le
Castagne, but do not
expect to get the same
quality you would
from any other similarly priced Italian restaurant in Philadelphia.
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ith
the
amount of
Italian restaurants in Philadelphia, it would be hard
to recommend Le Castagne as a top choice.
The restaurant is located near Rittenhouse,
not far from campus on
21st and Chestnut in
a glass building. The
modern decor is immediately noticeable
because most Italian
restaurants in Philly are
often cheesily decorated
with over–the–top Italian themes.
Unfortunately, the
restaurant seemed to
be quite empty, with
only a few tables filled
with an older, business–like crowd. Despite the lack of guests,
my friend and I had to
wait for over five minutes to get the attention of a waiter, as the
hostess was nowhere to
be seen.
For our appetizers,
we asked the waiter for
his recommendation
between the smoked
salmon rolled with
goat cheese and a honey scallion vinaigrette
($13) and the Mozzarella di Bufala ($16)
wrapped with prosciutto finished with chili,
basil and olive oil. He
recommended the latter, and we were glad
to follow his advice, as
the mozzarella was certainly the highlight of
the night.
As a main course we
tried the Spaghetti alle
castagne ($21), which
came in a chestnut
cream sauce topped
with cocoa powder,
and the Tagliolini allo
scoglio ($21), topped
with calamari and rock
shrimp in a light saffron sauce. While the
spring dining guide
cast
adrift
Italian fare doesn't live up to its price.
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DANDY FARE FOR
AMERICAN FOLK
Kinda king
Flaming cart, average kabob.
I
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can think of many an appropriate royal analogy to go along
with this review, but truth be
told, King Kabob is not really worth
that much energy. King Kabob is
not the ultimate king of the kabobs.
It is more akin to an anemic distant
relative of the supposed King, but I
suppose on a campus with barely a
kabob in sight, this truck just about
satisfies the craving some of us have
for a juiced–up skewer.
January was a dreary month, made
slightly better by the punctuated return of that familiar yet pleasantly
garish truck. Now, jaunts along 38th
and Spruce streets bear more than
the familiar post–apocalyptic sights
of grey Wawa customers and even
greyer water spewing from oft–burst
pipes. This stretch of campus has
gained a fiercely flaming truck, a
razzmatazz vehicle doling out kabobs
to hungry passers–by. However, it
would seem that this truck is all razzle and no dazzle when it comes to its
own fare.
The man who works within King
Kabob’s confines was delightfully
chatty, but almost put a damper on
my appetite when he told me that until Feb. 14, the truck was only going
to serve a very limited menu. Therefore, with only chicken fajita, teriyaki
chicken or classic steak kabobs on offer, I chose the last, hoping it would
achieve delectable perfection in its
simple composition. Well, it did not.
The classic steak kabob ($5) came on
a skewer with onions and grilled bell
peppers. I opted to have my kabob
served on a bed of rice (for an additional $1) rather than wrapped in
a pita. It was nice to be asked how I
liked my meat cooked, for that is a
definite rarity.
The kabob itself was tasty, although
slightly chewy for a medium–cooked
piece of meat. However, there was a
definitive lack of seasoning. The King
Kabob special sauce is only applied
to the dish as an afterthought, so the
10 potential of the sauce penetrating the
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By raya jalabi
king kabob
38th and Spruce St.
Don't Miss: Chatting with the dude
who works there. He's got a great
tattoo of the Philly skyline…
Skip: The classic steak kabob
$$$$$
meat and bathing it in a bold flavor
was a missed opportunity. Rather, the
special sauce — which, by the way, is
KK’s flamboyant naming of a basic
BBQ sauce — overpowered the meat
and rice. Although I finished my kabob, I found myself looking for the
remnants of sauce to add any semblance of flavor to the dish, finding
the leftover rice to be bland in taste.
The teriyaki chicken wrapped in pita
($5.50) had somewhat of a stronger
flavor, although it wasn’t overwhelmingly better.
King Kabob emphasizes the freshness of its fare, easy to do when you
get the kabobs assembled and the
accoutrements prepared off–site and
delivered daily by a catering company. Some of the regal mysticism is
maintained when you see the kabobs
cooked in front of your very eyes, but
that wears when you’re faced with a
slightly longer wait than you had previously anticipated.
Sure, the kabobs were fine, and the
rice they were served on was fine, and
the pita was fine and the prospect of
a peach kabob ($3 but not on offer
till the 14th) was fine, but nothing
wowed me. Perhaps it was due to the
freezing weather on the day I sauntered over to the truck. Or perhaps
my disappointment stemmed from
the ridiculously high kabob standards
I set, a vestige of my Middle Eastern
roots. However, I am sad to say that
king of the kabobs King Kabob was
not. But I will concede that it can
definitely hold its ground as a viable
alternative to the breakfast sandwich
trucks littering the block and provide
a satisfactory meal for those in need
of something mildly different.
Not Your average
fish and chips. By
jessica goodman
S
tephen Starr’s latest, the Dandelion
Pub, opened with a
splash on New Year’s Eve.
The British–style gastropub is in a mansion–like
building that takes up the
entire corner of 18th and
Sansom Streets. The restaurant looks like the inside of a classy taxidermist’s
home: charming old world
portraits hang on the wall,
stuffed animals (not the
teddy bear kind) line mantles and dim lights haunt
the three–floor manor. No
wonder, as Starr paid a rumored $3.5 million for the
place.
Aside from the almost
creepy decor, Starr hit a
surprisingly new note on
the interior. The towering
restaurant is refreshingly
homey, unlike some of his
other hot spots. Roomy
tables and an inviting bar
inhabit the many nooks
and crannies of the building. The setting itself is
enough to transport diners
to a classy London pub.
However, it’s unclear
why Starr decided to tackle
English grub; the Brits are
not known for gastro greatness. Still, Dandelion is
simply British, complete
with shrines to dogs and
beer casks as well as a vibrant menu boasting modern takes on English classics.
We started with fish
cakes ($5), three fried balls
of poached cod and peekytoe crab offset by a lemon–
garlic mayonnaise and a
tomato–horseradish dip.
Both sauces complimented
the cakes, which had a
potato–like texture. The
flavor was spot on.
Surprised to see scallops
adrian franco
Dandelion pub
18th and Sansom St.
(215) 558–2500
Don't Miss: Chips
Skip: Scallops
$$$$$
on a British menu, we proceeded with caution. The
seared scallops ($15) sat
atop black pudding, braised
Brussels sprouts and a balsamic jus. The dish seemed
out of place on the menu
and proved to be out of
place in our mouths as well.
The scallops were salty and
the dish felt schizophrenic.
The main course menu
boasts many a classic English
fare: fish and chips ($21),
lamb shepherd’s pie ($16)
and Cumberland sausages
($14). We chose one of the
house specialties, rabbit pie
($19) and a home–style favorite, macaroni and cheese
($9). The rabbit pie was
reminiscent of chicken pot
pie with a perfectly cooked
pastry puff leading entry to
a creamy mixture of rabbit
meat, onions, mushrooms
and bacon. Though rich,
the dish was bold in flavor.
The macaroni and
cheese, served in a piping
hot skillet, was adorned
with braised ham and Eng-
lish cheddar cheese. This
dish, also rich and creamy,
was oddly similar to the staple dish by the same name
at Starr’s other restaurant,
Jones. But nonetheless,
the homey pasta was decadently delicious (yet, again,
oddly placed on an English
menu).
Not ready to leave without trying Dandelion’s signature triple cooked chips
($5), we ordered a side
and were not let down.
The thick potato wedges
were soft on the inside and
crispy on the outside, the
perfect “chip.”
As if our stomachs could
bear anymore, we splurged
on the house’s favorite dessert, a hot chocolate pot
($7). The piping hot chocolate souffle was brought
out in a small pot accompanied by pistachio ice cream,
which was devilishly delicious. The lava–like chocolate melted in our mouths.
Like Starr’s other restaurants, Dandelion is pricey.
But perhaps diners pay for
a ticket to enter the unique
house–like eatery. With no
other British competition
around, Dandelion may attract those craving gourmet
(and somewhat odd) pub
food for a hefty bill.
Yummy dessert!
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BE CREPEY
By Stephanie RICE
A
t 34th and Market, La Dominique Creperie is a food truck
that’s off the beaten path for
most Penn students. However, those
who venture closer to Drexel’s neck
of the woods won’t be disappointed.
Serving breakfast, lunch and dessert, owner Zbiginiew Chojnacki
offers crepes with inventive fillings,
like pierogis and cheese, that don’t
disappoint. While the truck is not
a good choice for those in a hurry,
those who do have the time are in for
a treat. Watching the care that the
Poland native takes in creating his
masterpieces is just as enjoyable as
eating the crepes themselves.
My party and I started our feast off
with the cart’s most popular crepe,
The Mexican Crepe ($6). A spicy
blend of beef, rice, onion, corn and
peppers was literally like a fiesta in
my mouth. The heat from the red
pepper flakes added a nice kick,
while the garnish of fresh vegetables
and green salsa gave its appearance
some pizazz.
La Dominique Creperie
Between 33rd and 34th on
Market St.
Don't Miss: Strawberry
banana Nutella crepe
Skip: Tiramisu crepe
$$$$$
Next, we tried a simple Vegetable
Crepe ($5). A vegetarian’s delight, its
filling of creamed spinach, broccoli,
zucchini and roasted peppers was
light in comparison to the menu’s
other options, but still heavy on flavor. It was interestingly topped with
a sweet and spicy pineapple habanero
sauce that added a unique flavor usually not found in traditional crepes.
Happy with our savory options, we
eagerly moved onto dessert. We dove
into the Banana Strawberry Crepe
($5), once again creatively decorated
with dollops of whipped cream and
drizzles of chocolate. The heavenly
combination of bananas, strawberries
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and Nutella melted in our mouths.
But, we quickly discovered an unusual surprise: pralines. The crunch
of the nuts combined with the rest
of the rich filling made for a nice mix
of textures and gave the crepe some
more depth.
We finally finished our marathon
with a special Tiramisu Crepe ($6).
This concoction was filled with
sliced tiramisu and topped with coffee granules, chocolate and a slice of
orange. While still yummy (how can
chocolate, cake and crepe ever really taste bad?), the tiramisu and the
crepe together felt a little too mushy,
and the flavors of the Italian cake got
lost in its crepe blanket.
Overall though, this food truck
scores high marks. With its top–
notch ingredients, I would recommend La Dominique’s to anyone
looking for gourmet flavors minus
the gourmet prices.
STAND IN THE CORNER
American cuisine done right.
I
n the space formerly occupied by Apotheké on “restaurant row,” which houses
big–wigs such as Lolita, Barbuzzo and El Vez, lies The Corner.
The new American eatery has
the potential to fit right in with
its neighbors. The small, cozy
space is intimate and modest,
boasting low lighting and large
mirrored walls leading all the
way to the back seating area.
And of course, the centerpiece
of The Corner is a pared down
list of comfort food.
We began with the masa tots
($10), small bites of jalapeno
and onion, fried and served in
a chipotle clam dip. The tots
were presented impressively,
stacked in a moat of brightly
colored aioli. Though the
tots were extremely spicy, the
texture was perfect, with the
creamy green inside matched
by the lightly fried shell. This
met perfectly with the creamy,
The corner
102 South 13th St.
(215) 735–7500
Don't Miss: Octopus salad
Skip: Bread pudding
$$$$$
dense dipping sauce. Along with
the tots, we tried our hand at
the octopus salad ($15). Each
component was cooked well; the
octopus has a nice consistency
without being chewy or fishy,
complimented by soft smooth
potatoes and the nice crunch of
raw red onions and scallions.
For dinner, we first tried the
truffle–grilled cheese with braised
short ribs and fries ($14). Because
the cheese itself was truffled cows'
milk cheese, the taste and scent
could have been overpowering to
those on the fence of the truffle
debate. The bread was extremely
thick and the ratio of short ribs
to cheese was high, so we found
that the sandwich was best once
we broke it open and ate it in
halves in order to let the ingredients shine over the bread.
With the grilled cheese, we
tried the maple–bourbon glazed
spare ribs with pickled vegetables
($12). The ribs were a bit dry, but
depending on personal preference, that’s not necessarily a bad
thing. The pickled vegetables also
complimented the texture nicely.
The ribs on the whole were simple, but delicious.
In addition to the sides, The
Corner’s impressive drink menu
is almost twice the size of the
food. In this town if you’re going
to serve alcohol it better be good,
and The Corner’s bar doesn’t disappoint. A Monk’s Café Flemish
sour red ale ($8) was a delightful
dark brew with a sour kick. The
Mary Kelly’s Last Breath ($11)
was an incredibly strong blackberry cocktail. The bourbon
and bitters balanced well, but
the blackberry was still the last
thing you taste, masking the
offensive burn of a too strong
drink.
For dessert we took a stab at
the bread pudding ($9), but the
dish was too chewy and sweet
and matched with cherry compote, which were too tart. The
ice cream, however, was excellent, milky and silky, which was
unsurprising once our waitress
informed us it was Capogiro
gelato.
As a whole, The Corner was
a sleek, yet cozy meal, punctuated by attentive service and an
excellent soundtrack of Feist,
Boize Noize and Phoenix. On
the weekends, The Corner is
open till 1 a.m. with a different menu to provide late night
snacks and bar fare. Stop by if
you’re interested in comfort
food standbys with an adult
twist.
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thomas jansen
By colette bloom
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CROSSING OVER
Make the trek westward for some quality Ethiopian cuisine.
I
f the forties are a little too far
over the hill for you, you’ve
been missing out on some seriously authentic Ethiopian grub — at
least as far as Kaffa Crossing is concerned.
It’s true, nothing about this place
is anything like the trendy ethnic
restaurants you’ll find in Center
City or other Philly hotspots; Kaffa’s
like a coffee shop that settled down
for dinner one night and decided it
might be a good idea to let everyone
else in. And they move at a down–
home pace, too, so if you decide to
make the trek, don’t show up without a bottle of cheap red wine and a
lot of time on your hands.
Kaffa’s menu is succinct but colorful, with appetizers like Timatim–Fitfit (injera — a spongy bread
made out of teff flour that’s a staple
of Ethiopian cuisine — mixed with
tomatoes, onions, jalapeños and special spices for $5.50) and a Hummus Platter for the slightly fainter–
mouthed.
By Nina wolpow
KAffa crossing
4423 Chestnut St.
(212) 386–0504
Don't Miss: The Vegetable Combination (especially with the lentrils and
carrots)
Skip: The water tastes funky. Go
bottled or go home.
$$$$$
The entrees are sectioned into vegetarian and meat options. The veggie side of things features items like
Tofu Wot ($6.95), a vegan dish of
tofu cooked in a sweet red sauce with
onion, garlic and spices, and the
Ethiopian Vegetable Combination
(yellow split peas, spiced split lentils,
collared greens, string beans, carrots
and salad for $8.45).
On the carnivorous side cow,
chicken and lamb are all represented;
I went for Beef Tibs, a stir–fry dish
of jerkey–like beef masquerading under the title of “tender.” It was quite
tasty but not as delicious looking as
Christina wu
the vegetables. The beef is cooked
alongside onions, tomatoes, jalapeños and spiced butter and arrives
bordered like a tiny protein–packed
oasis by your vegetarian dishes. Everything is served on a bed of injera,
and the chef — the kitchen is a one–
woman show — throws in two extra
pieces on the side.
There isn’t much in the way of
dessert, but Kaffa makes up for it
with a beverage menu that includes
Ethiopian coffee and spiced tea. And
everything’s Free Trade, so you can
add karma points where you lost
calories.
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Seasonal Ingredients Make For Delicious Meals.
12
Bon Appétit at Penn Dining is dedicated to providing
food that is alive with flavor and prepared from scratch
using authentic local and seasonal ingredients, which is
why you will never find a rotating menu in our dining
cafés. Visit one of our locations, and you’ll find our
Executive Chefs provide an innovative cuisine at
every meal, every day--not just burgers and pizza.
One of the many foods our chefs make from scratch
every day is our soups. Create this delicious Cream of
Asparagus soup on your own, or try some at Hill
House!
So the next time you’re hungry for something fresh,
authentic and full of flavor, forget that expensive
restaurant and see what’s cooking at one of our dining
cafés!
Cream of Asparagus Soup
Ingredients:
1/4 cup butter
3 stalks celery, chopped
6 cups vegetable stock
1 pound of asparagus,
trimmed and chopped
salt and pepper to taste
1 onion, chopped
3 tablespoons flour
1 potato, peeled and diced
3/4 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon soy sauce
Directions:
Melt butter in a cooking pot. Add onions and chopped celery;
saute until tender. Stir in flour, mix well and cook for 1 minute,
stirring constantly. Add vegetable stock, and whisk until smooth.
Bring to a boil. Add diced potatoes and chopped asparagus.
Reduce heat, and simmer for about 20 minutes. Puree soup in a
food processor or blender in batches. Return to pot. Stir in the
heavy cream, soy sauce, salt and pepper. Bring soup just to boil.
Makes approximately 6 servings.
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Bobby Flay and
Bobby’s Burger Palace
LOVE UPENN!
Come to the BBP and
GET CRUNCHIFIED!
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Bobby’s Burger Palace
The Radian
3925 Walnut Street
215-387-0378
www.bobbysburgerpalace.com
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on a Bed of Mixed Greens,
reen Peppers, Cucumbers,
and Croutons, with a Roll,
r choice of dressings:
ch, Italian, Ranch,
l & Vinegar, Caesar,
ic, Honey Mustard,
ght Ranch, Honey Dijon
PLEASANT AROMA
Core Italian dishes done right.
By VALERIE FURMAN
S
ince I am a picky eater,
I usually check a restaurant’s menu online before going. I like to see what
I'm in for and make sure that
there is at least one dish that
I can order. Browsing Core
de Roma’s website, I was a
little confused by its layout,
but impressed with the length
of the menu and the amount
of dishes I could potentially
have.
As we made the trek all the
way down to 2nd and South,
we did not know exactly what
to expect. Though we made
a reservation just in case, the
owner, who greeted us at the
door, did not seem to find it.
Nevertheless, we were seated
right away because there were
many empty tables. In fact,
aside from our group of four,
there were only a few other
people sitting at the bar and
a group of 10 older women
around a long table next to
ours.
In terms of decoration, the
walls were covered with different paintings and pictures
of Rome. Even the photos to
signal which was the men’s
and which was the women’s
bathroom were pixelated
expected. I had gone in being
impressed by the length of
214 South St.
the menu and came out even
(215) 592–9777
more impressed by the amazDon't Miss: Smoked mozzarella ing quality of the food. Like
in any Italian Trattoria, our
caprese
meal began with bread. But
Skip: Calamari alla griglia
unlike other restaurants, this
$$$$$
homemade bread was more
printouts of prominent Ital- sweet than salty, and instead
ian figures, fitting with the of coupling it with butter or
overall theme. Because there oil, there was a bean salad
was no music, the ambiance with tomatoes and onions.
was created by the loud conAs appetizers we ordered
versation going on at the table Stuffed Artichokes with
next to us.
Pecorino and Mint, which
Against all odds, however, was one of the daily specials.
the food was nothing like we The flavors all complimented
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your choice of Soup or Salad.
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Fresh Homemade Tomato Sauce
-Boiled Egg, Bacon,
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orted Ham &
34TH STREET Magazine February 16, 2011
Fresh Homemade Meat Sauce
outons, Hard Boiled Egg,
san
as Cheese
Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Fresh Garlic
Sweet Butter, Cream & Parmesan
(Broccoli Upon Request)
Creamy Marinara Sauce
An Assortment of Fresh Vegetables in Your
Choice of A Rosé or Creamy Alfredo Sauce
rican Cheese & Bacon
Chicken
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icken Breast
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Crisp Chicken Fingers
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Toppings extra
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each other without one outshining the rest. We also got
a play on the general Mozzarella Caprese ($8). This plate
shows the effect of one ingredient on the overall plate.
The smoked mozzarella made
it taste more refined and
unique. The Calamari alla
Griglia ($9) were served over
a bed of greens and grilled ap-
propriately, but there was a
lot of unnecessary oil in the
bottom of the plate.
For our entrees we got the
Cheese Ravioli in a Vodka
Sauce ($12), which was amazing. The ravioli was cooked
perfectly; the cheese was melted inside and the vodka sauce
and had the perfect combination of cream and tomato
sauce. We also ordered the
Penne alla Vodka ($12) and
got the same compliments as
the ravioli. Both came in generous portions.
Finally, we ordered the
Fish of the Day, which was
a Branzino accompanied by
potatoes and broccoli. The
fish was excellently cooked
and filleted table side so we
could ask our waiter what we
wanted to keep and what he
had to take.
Even though by the end we
were all full, we decided to
try the Tiramisu. It was rich
and flavourful and the perfect
conclusion to our meal. All
and all, I learned my lesson
— the website might be odd
and the decoration might be
overwhelming, but the food
was really worth it.
Unremarkable food doesn't help L2's old–fashioned decor.
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L2D2
By hillary reinsberg
T
adrian franco
L2
2201 South St.
(215) 732–7878
Don't Miss: Almond pudding
Skip: Eggplant parmesan
$$$$$
a creamy tarragon and dijon
sauce. An eggplant parmesan
($15.50) feels like it’s going
through the motions, with all
the correct ingredients, but
is unremarkable in its gloppy
gooeyness.
Nothing is inedible, or even
particularly offensive, except
for the pasta that comes with
the eggplant parm. With
nary even a dash of butter,
the plain penne was painfully
overcooked and bathed in a
blizzard of stale Kraft–like
parmesan and… oregano.
One is quickly convinced that
the unholy union of oregano
and pasta should be immediately annulled.
In my experience at L2,
service was peculiar. Before
delivering the main course,
our waiter approached us with
what he called a “dilemma.”
How dramatic! Instead of
making our eggplant, the
kitchen had “accidentally”
made us a pasta with vegetables. Both were cited as “vegetarian options,” so the mistake
was forgivable enough, but
peculiar and unprofessional.
The food — though certainly not the quirky environment
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handed with the saturated fats.
The old–fashioned butter and
oil and gooeyness, though,
finds its peaceful resting place
in desserts. The warm almond
extract bread pudding, with
homemade whipped cream,
was great.
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he decor could have
said it all: brick walls,
crushed red velvet
seats, vaguely medieval and
Elizabethan portraits along
the walls. What exactly were
they going for? Antique shop
chic? One has to wonder. L2
Restaurant, which rests quietly on the sleepy corner of
22nd and South Street, has
a menu much like its dining
room: a little old–fashioned, a
little random, a little lacking
in sensibility.
As soon as the appetizers arrive, one starts to get the idea
that a chef is dancing away
in the kitchen, haphazardly
throwing together whatever
is lying around and calling
it a dish. All in good spirits.
Shrimp stuffed with horseradish, wrapped in bacon and
topped with remoulade ($9)
sounded promising, but the
bacon lacked the necessary
crispiness, and the remoulade
tasted a bit too much like Russian dressing. The shrimp are,
however, well–cooked.
Chicken shumai dumplings
($7.75) with Asian dipping
sauce are a tasty sure bet, but
seem misplaced next to American/Italian counterparts, and
they could just as easily have
come from a takeout joint.
Most peculiar, though not
terrible, is a cheesesteak–spring
roll of sorts: beef, cheese and
onion wrapped in a spring roll
garnished with a sophisticated
dash of ketchup spread across
the plate. Plain and simple, it
tastes like a fried hamburger.
Were such an offering available at the pizza place that
stays open ‘til the wee hours,
the late night munchies crowd
would no doubt find them
transcendental.
L2’s main courses lack the
whimsicalness of the appetizers, and rather than random,
they just felt a bit middle of
the road. The salmon ($17)
is, like mostly all the dishes,
nicely cooked, though coated
far too generously in layers of
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34TH STREET Magazine February 16, 2011
HOT FEZZ
Warm towels start off a seven–course meal marathon.
Asian diner is perfect for the late–night
drunchies.
By kendall haupt
By ellie levitt
I
f we had gone to Fez on a
night with rowdy crowds
and belly dancers, this
would probably be a very different review. However, since
an impending snowstorm on
the night of our dinner scared
away the typical Tuesday
night patrons, we were left
alone at Fez with only seven
courses of Moroccan food
and a very eager waiter as our
company.
Fez is a place not only to
enjoy traditional Moroccan
fare, but also to transport
yourself to an African land far
far away, all while on a convenient South Philly side street.
Though the food is satisfying
for a large, hungry crowd,
those who are looking for a
meal that can stand on its own
could do better elsewhere.
The seven–course Fez Feast
($25 per person) is comprised
of salads, meats, savory pastries and desserts. Waiters
will start you off by washing
your hands in a large silver
bowl, drying your hands with
warm towels in a lavish ritual
that is contrived but still enjoyable. The tomato–based
harira soup that began the
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620 S. 2nd St.
(215) 925–5367
Don't Miss: Chicken bastilla
Skip: Veggie couscous
$$$$$
meal lacked flavor and tasted
generic. The salad course that
followed, however, was a refreshing plate of spiced carrots, chopped tomatoes, cucumbers and a thick eggplant
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Following that was the
chicken bastilla. Sheets of filo
dough were layered with a
mix of finely chopped chicken, spices and almonds, which
was then topped with a generous layer of powdered sugar.
The flavors were distinct, and
the powdered sugar and filo
added a surprisingly sweet
counterpart to the heavier
chicken. The vegetarian couscous, however, was bland and
uninteresting.
Fez’s accomplished cooking
technique was highlighted in
the meat dishes, such as the
spicy chicken and lamb with
honey and almonds. Although
the flavors in both dishes were
too mild and muddled, the
meat itself was tender, buttery and cooked beautifully.
The baklava cigars and fresh
mint tea for dessert were also
executed well and were a refreshing end to the meal.
At $25 per person, the
Feast is a reasonable price to
pay for a hungry customer,
especially when one accounts
for the traditional Moroccan
atmosphere including floor
pillows, hookah and belly
dancers (smaller parties can
enjoy dishes a la carte, but
only during the week). In
the end, Fez’s dynamic atmosphere compensates for mediocrefood.
pen until the break
of dawn on weekends, Rising Tide
is well known by Chinatown
regulars as the hotspot for
late night chow (mein). On
an early Tuesday evening, the
restaurant was nearly empty,
but the upbeat Chinese diner
was no less quirky, delicious
or noisy than it is at 3 a.m. on
a Saturday.
Skimming through the
menu, we had trouble concentrating. Roasted ducks
hung from a rope to our left
while dozens of fish (eel, lobster, rock fish… you name it)
swam around in tanks behind
us. Two yards ahead, a flat
screen reverberated with Chinese pop music as Asian divas
in fur coats and bikinis leaped
into swimming pools.
Finally, we collected our
thoughts and agreed on appetizers: Steamed Pork Dumplings ($6.50), Fish Maw with
Crab Meat Soup ($12.95)
and Bar–B–Q Eel with Honey ($8.95). The dumplings
were enjoyable, but not spectacular. A dipping option
other than soy sauce would
have given the simple dish a
much–needed kick of flavor.
The soup was similarly bland.
But what was missing in the
first two dishes was compensated for in the third. Slices of
glazed eel struck our tongues
with a tangy barbeque zest
that won’t be forgotten anytime soon.
We washed down Course
#1 with Honey Dew Melon
Tea with Tapioca ($3) — a
drink that Rising Tide is famous for. The milky tea balanced subtle sweetness with
fruity savor. Its freshness reminded us why Rising Tide
stood out from surrounding
Chinese eateries.
For our main course, we
ordered two dishes that exceeded our expectations:
Braised Scallops with Veg-
RISING TIDE
937 Race St.
(215) 925–0266
Don't Miss: Honey Dew Melon
Tea with Tapioca
Skip: Fish Maw with Crab
Meat Soup
$$$$$
etable ($12.95) and Braised
Soft Noodle with Mushroom
($10.95). The scallops were
tender and dressed with the
perfect amount of sauce, and
the green vegetables in both
dishes were crisp. The mushrooms (of all things!) melted
in our mouths. We were disappointed when our once–
generous plates were bare.
Contrary to some reviewing websites, Rising Tide is
not BYOB. But the bar is
well–stocked, the music is
hot and they give you orange
slices with your check.
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GET YOUR JUST
DESSERTS
This bakery should stick to what it's known
for: pastries, and a lot of them.
By FRIDA GARZA
L
frida garza
expands, Le Pain Quotidien
remains a bakery at heart.
Whether attracting brooding
poets, health food entusiasts
or corporate bankers, this
restaurant delivers its prom-
ise for quality and freshness
— and some really, really
good desserts.
34TH STREET Magazine February 16, 2011
e Pain Quotidien does
not stand out on the le pain quotidien
1400 block of Walnut 1425 Walnut St.
Street. Lost amongst banks (215) 751–0570
and fashionable clothing
stores, this location of the Don't Miss: Mixed Berry Tart
up–and–coming chain bak- Skip: Apricot Crumble
ery is barely recognizable be- $$$$$
hind its grey, concrete façade.
When I arrived outside, I felt popular items. Le Pain Quolost and confused: was this tidien is best known for their
really the all–organic bakery tartines, which are basically
I’d heard so much about?
open–faced sandwiches. The
But taking a step inside Grilled Chicken and Smoked
eased all my qualms. Well–lit Mozzarella Tartine ($10.95)
with warm yellow walls, the is an excellent spin on a classic
restaurant has an inviting at- sandwich, served with arugumosphere, complete with ex- la on toasted wheat bread and
posed red brick walls behind a drizzle of basil pesto. The
the counter and shelves lined arugula gives each bite a kick
end–to–end with homemade of flavor and complimented
loaves of breads. Even the ta- the texture of the smoked
bles show off the restaurant’s cheese. The Grilled Chicken
cozy vibe; each one had a Cobb Salad ($14.95) should
menu–holder carved out of a be a meal on its own; not
dome–shaped loaf of bread.
only was the salad huge, but
Customers sit around these it also included chicken, bleu
sturdy wooden tables, enjoy- cheese crumbles and yummy
ing foamy cappuccinos and avocado slices.
generous portions of salad.
The best part of the meal,
Some balance novels before of course, came at the end in
them as they sip their toasty the form of one Mixed Berry
drinks; others seem to repre- Tart ($6.35). The homesent more of corporate Amer- made pastries showcase Le
ica on their lunch breaks. Ev- Pain Quotidien’s attention
eryone, however, is happily to detail and dedication to
nibbling away at their food.
good taste. With its buttery
The menu promises or- crust and light custard filling
ganic ingredients, and the topped with fresh raspberries,
food does not disappoint — blueberries and blackberries,
starting with the drinks. The this tart delivers. The Apricot
mint lemonade ($3.35), with Crumble ($5.25), though,
real mint leaves floating on was more of a comfort food,
top, is refreshing without be- with a texture similar to
ing overly sweet. Among oth- bread pudding. Despite its
er hot or iced drinks, coffee rich, moist center, this deslovers can also order a cap- sert fell flat. It might have
puccino ($3.95), served in a been better complimented by
large playful mug.
another, more crisp fruit.
The waiter was friendly
No matter how successand more than happy to ful this franchise becomes
bring out two of their most and how much their menu
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Part 2: A Carnivore’s Review.
R
maanvi singh
HORIZONS
Part 1: A Vegan’s Opinion.
A
By Paige Rubin
s a vegan, I’m often asked what I eat, as
if I’m on a rabbit food diet of raw carrots and lettuce. While I like to think I
eat a little better than that, it's true that at the
average restaurant, my options are pretty limited. Given that I’m a particularly indecisive person, this can sometimes be a huge time–saver.
At Horizons, however, I was excited to be able
to order anything on the menu without special
instructions or guesswork.
When the time came, however, figuring out
what I wanted was kind of overwhelming. I settled on the Purple Potato Pierogies ($9), which
were absolutely delicious, with a flaky crust that
somehow tasted buttery despite their obvious
lack of butter. I liked the BBQ Seitan ($10)
when I first tasted it, but as I continued to eat
it reminded me too much of real meat, which
kind of put me off. Although carnivores will
probably be into it, it made my stomach turn.
The Pacific Rim Grilled Tofu ($19) was tasty,
but I wasn’t completely sold. The edamame
horizons
611 S. 7th St.
(215) 923–6117
Don't Miss: Meyer lemon cheesecake and
purple potato pierogies
Skip: BBQ seitan
$$$$$
puree that came on top was my favorite part; it
was smooth like hummus but spicier and more
flavorful.
Given that I hadn’t even thought about eating cheesecake in months, I felt compelled to
order the Meyer Lemon Cheesecake ($9) for
dessert. This was easily the best part of the meal.
While the side of cream soda was a bit bitter,
the creamy cake was tart and delicious. If you’ve
been thinking of going vegan but aren’t willing
to give up gourmet meals, Horizons may be just
the place to convert you for good.
ight around the corner
from the greasy diners on
South Street is an upscale
restaurant that any foodie would
love. However, the classy but
soothing décor and overly friendly
wait staff are not the only things
that make this spot different from
the rest. It does not take long to
note that a staple is missing from
the menu — meat.
This may come as a shock to
any carnivore who enjoys large
hearty meals. But I quickly discovered that many of the dishes that
I would order at other restaurants
were still on the menu; meat substitutes created the illusion of a
meal that any of us would love.
The BBQ Seitan appetizer ($10)
was reminiscent of pork cooked
long enough to fall off the bone.
The texture and flavor could have
fooled the finest critic and instantly won me over. Pleased with my
first course, I continued to order
items that sounded like the meat–
based foods I grew up eating.
I was pleasantly surprised with
my entrée of Porcini “Shepherd’s
Pie” ($20). Mushrooms took on
the role of the beef or lamb in the
traditional recipe and were topped
with a truffled celery root puree.
By Hilary Miller
horizons
611 S. 7th St.
(215) 923-6117
Don't Miss: BBQ seitan
Skip: Curry fries
$$$$$
The dish sat in a mustard sauce
that gave flavor to the entire plate
and took it from good to incredible. However, the side of Curry
Fries ($6) was less than impressive.
Thick slices of potato were not
cooked through and only lightly
drizzled with a rather flavorless
sauce. This minor glitch in the
meal did not hinder me from having high expectations for the rest.
Shockingly full from food that
rabbits eat, I decided to move on
to the dessert list. After long deliberation, I chose the Chocolate
Stuffed Beignets ($9). Baked goods
seem to be a vegan chef’s specialty,
and I was not disappointed. Powdered sugar dominated a pastry
with a thick chocolate–y center
and marshmallow cocoa accompanied the plate. Don’t let the lack of
animal byproducts scare you away;
this restaurant is just as satisfying
as your average steakhouse.
THE PRICE IS RIGHT AT MOE’S
A classic hot dog joint.
W
By Jordan sale
34TH STREET Magazine February 16, 2011
e perused the menu of Moe’s
Hot Dog House as we drove
to the restaurant on a sunny
but frigid Wednesday morning. As we
studied the menu, our mouths dropped
(somewhat in disgust) as we imagined
hot dogs topped with macaroni and
baked beans and bacon and other versions of a cholesterol–and–sodium
punch in the face.
After getting a little turned around,
we finally found Moe’s, a tiny restaurant surrounded by highways and abandoned, worn–down factories. Moe’s
is a hot dog haven. The atmosphere in
the small restaurant is cheery and retro.
A woman carrying her baby could not
have been friendlier and acted as a cashier/chef/waitress. Old photographs are
hung around the restaurant, the menu
is plastered on a wall and… The Price Is
18 Right was playing on a flat–screen TV in
the corner.
And, indeed, the price is right at Moe’s
as well. There isn’t a thing on the menu
over $7, and four of us ate ourselves into
oblivion for less than $25. In addition to
creative and catchy hot dog names, the
food itself does not disappoint. By far
our favorite (and the most impressive)
hot dog is the “Philly Dog,” a special
that included a hot dog, cheese steak,
onions and cheese whiz on a long roll.
Another winner is “The PGW,” a
perfectly cooked hot dog covered with
baked beans and onions. While we love
the hot dog itself, we’re not entirely sure
if the toppings are totally necessary.
“Ed’s Bacon” is a dog worth skipping
(Sorry, Ed!). While the promise of a bacon cheese hotdog is enticing, there isn’t
enough bacon to make this dog anything special. Moe’s “Corn Dog” is just
as a corn dog should be: perfectly fried,
Moe's hot dot house
2601 Washington Ave.
(215) 465–6637
Don't Miss: Philly dog
Skip: Ed's bacon dog
$$$$$
a little greasy and disgusting.
As far as sides go, stay simple. The
onion rings and fries are classics, but
the mac & cheese is lackluster and not
worth $2.50. Moe’s also carries a great
variety of old–fashioned sodas; we recommend “Levi’s Champ Cherry.”
Moe’s Hot Dog House is an establishment worth visiting at least once. Leave
Gia and Chipotle behind and step back
into the 1960s to enjoy some classic,
delicious hot dogs with a 21st century
twist!
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PEKING FARE
OCEANS AWAY
FROM PEKING
Campus Chinese knows duck. By EMILY GERARD
S
34TH STREET Magazine February 16, 2011
ervice at Sang Kee Noo- dumping various condiments
dle House is extremely into the watery chicken broth
fast. Waiters disappear in an attempt to doctor it up.
into the kitchen after taking
your order and seem to turn Sang kee Noodle House
right around on their heels 3549 Chestnut St.
(215) 387–w8808
with a plate.
Arriving hungry, my friends
and I were thrilled about the Don't Miss: Peking duck
Skip: Noodle soup
pace of the service. Minutes
after we walked in, we were $$$$$
fighting over pork chow fun
($8.50), which was so good The dumplings were good,
that chopsticks clashed as peo- but unless you’re looking to
ple fought to serve themselves fill up on lackluster liquid,
off the platter. Charred slices opt for the dumplings in the
of pork topped flat noodles dim sum sampler ($8.50);
packed with flavor, and bright you’ll be much happier. The
green chives added color as sampler takes extra time to
well as a sharp bite. The gen- make, as the cooks freshly preerous portion was gone in a pare several different kinds of
flash.
dumplings and shu mai upon
Next up was the shrimp your order — but these dim
dumpling
noodle
soup sum are worth the wait.
($6.50), which had been recOther dishes were similarly
ommended to us by the owner hit–or–miss. Stewed tofu and
as a dish many Penn students vegetables in a Thai coconut
order at lunchtime. The dish curry broth ($10) surprisingly
certainly contains a large vol- lacked flavor given such a flaume of food. We asked our vorful–sounding description.
waiter for sriracha and tried
The peking duck, however,
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was fantastic. The original
Sang Kee restaurant in Chinatown is a Peking duck house,
and it remains a specialty at
the newer Noodle House. The
dish is not to be missed — it
is perfectly cooked, tender on
the bottom and crispy and
fatty on top.
The actual pancake was the
only element of the dish that
could be improved; instead
of being warm and soft, the
wraps were floury and stiff.
But wrap them up with crackling duck, hoisin sauce and
green onions, and you’ve got a
roll that can compete with the
best any other culture has to
offer, whether it’s crepe, burrito or blintz.
A single fried vegetable roll
($1.20) was served with mustard so hot it’ll scorch your nostrils. The roll itself was skinny
and unremarkable, but for a
little over a buck, we weren’t
complaining. At Sang Kee,
choices range from average to
great, so for standard Chinese
fare, you really can’t lose.
A long list of fresh fruit
smoothies in exotic combinations offers many options to
cool your tongue after a spicy
meal. The mango–lychee
($3.50) is a refreshing burst of
tropical flavor. Or you could
finish with some superb ice
cream. Don’t bother choosing among juicy purple berry,
dense green tea or coconut
with chewy flakes sprinkled
throughout — order the banana boat ($6), which comes
with them all as well as fresh
fruit and chocolate sauce.
While we were too stuffed to
eat our fortune cookies at the
end of the meal, I can guess
what mine would have said:
“You’ll be coming here again.”
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34ST.COM
Neighborhood Italian Cooks it Your Way.
By Jessica White
"I
VIRTUOUS PASTA
A delicious refuge from the cold.
W
By hannah mcdonnell
and the Coniglio ($23) did
not disappoint. While the
1927 E. Passyunk Ave.
Stinco was a rich, decadent
(215) 271–5626
braised lamb shank that
melted under your knife into
Don't Miss: Olive all'ascolana;
a bed of risotto, the Coniglio
agnolitti alla porchetta
rabbit was hearty and rustic,
Skip: insalata de bietole
sitting on simply presented
$$$$$
braised lentil and chestnut
ragu.
flavors couldn’t hold a candle
They both seemed to have
to the unassuming, modest a different story to tell, and
Olive all’ascolana ($10) — they were especially delicious
breaded fried olives whose because, like our previous
braised porchetta stuffing courses, they weren’t trying
made for an unexpected kick to be anything other than
of taste.
what they were.
The pasta was equally
This blend of authentic
inspired, making it no Abruzzese
tradition
surprise that both the and
innovative
flavor
Fazzoletti con ragu d’anatra combinations
culminated
(“handkerchief”
pasta, in desserts, the shining star
braised duck and beef ragu, being the Pizza Dolce. This
$16) and the Papardelle signature cake was covered
ai funghi porcini e tartufo in sprinkles and icing,
(saffron papardelle with making it look almost like a
porcini mushrooms and kid’s birthday cake. One bite
black truffle, $19) have won proved that there was no
Best of Philly awards.
need to make it look fancy,
However, it was our waiter’s because it was saturated with
personal recommendation flavor enough to speak for
of Agnolotti alla porchetta itself.
($16) that left the biggest
It was the perfect example
impression. The sweet taste of what makes Le Virtu such
of the sage and butter went a wonderful experience: the
effortlessly well with the presentation is simple and
subtle crunch of the crushed trustworthy, and the tastes
amaretti, and despite the are unexpected and delicious.
excess of filling dishes, it had It is all at once an elegant
us hungry for more.
refuge from the hustle and
By the time we got to bustle of South Philly while
the meat, our expectations being real and comfortable
were high. The balance of enough to be part of the
the Stinco d’aguello ($23) neighborhood.
Le virtu
t’s my way or the
highway" certainly modo mio
isn’t the motto at 161 West Girard Ave.
(215) 203–8707
the improperly named Modo
Mio, where the service en- Don't Miss: Melanzana Ripiena
sures everything is your way.
Skip: Baccala
However, Modo Tuo (“your
$$$$$
way”), a more apt name, just
doesn’t have the same ring.
The zealous and loquacious staff ensures water glasses never
reach empty and diners feel at home. From the moment the
napkin hits your lap, your waiter–patron conversation is in full
swing. By the first of three courses ($33) you’re on a first name
basis, and by the second, you feel like old friends.
The meal truly begins as you hear the knife cutting the
crusty bread, which you can’t wait to dip into the olive oil and
homemade ricotta placed on your table moments before. The
thick but not too thick, crispy but not too crispy, salty but not
too salty crust marries perfectly with the contrasting moist,
dense and squishy center. As you polish off some of Philly’s
best bread, smearing it with sweet ricotta now infused with the
rosemary essence from the oil, the Modo Mio hype seems to
make sense.
The first course, a take on a traditional Baccala (salt cod) and
potato dish with jumbo lump crab in place of cod, came served
atop a soggy toast ­— surprising after the rave–worthy bread.
The roasted pepper garnish added a necessary acidity, rounding out the pleasing crab potato mix.
A more traditional arrabiata pasta lived up to its devilish
name, packing in real spice in each bite. While a few noodles
seemed unevenly cooked, the majority took on a perfect al
dente, lending to that “bite” only Italian chefs seem to master.
In keeping with the homey ambiance and attentive service,
the secondi arrived with a large serving fork and spoon to make
our choice to dine family style a bit easier. The Melanzana
Ripiena ($15), a tomato braised eggplant cooked in the style of
the Molise region, added a welcomed dimension to a typically
basic dish. The eggplant, first baked, then scooped out and
mixed with “secret” ingredients, topped with bread crumbs
and baked again, tasted slightly and surprisingly sweet from
the addition of carrots. The addition of some fresh mint made
this vegetarian dish a must order.
Moving away from Italian comfort food, the final dishes of
the evening featured a more refined subset of the menu. While
the skin on the cornmeal crusted trout could have used a little
more crisp, the combination of lentil and trout was seamless.
The pairing of hearty legume and mild fish worked well in the
caper, white wine and butter sauce, but unfortunately, a few
bites revealed an inconsistent hand with the salt.
The truffle “candies,” three filled pastas that resembled vintage wrapped hard candies, tasted anything but sweet. The rich
dish, not for the faint of heart, added a real truffle pow that few
taste buds can resist. The creamy filling lend the dish to sharing, for a few bites proves to be quite filling.
When the mood strikes for Italian, and the classic Rittenhouse BYOs seem too familiar, hail a cab to Northern Liberties. While the taxi fare can be steep, the $33 three course
menu cooked modo tuo would be double anywhere else.
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e arrived at the
doors of Le Virtu
on one of the
coldest nights of the year.
Though East Passyunk
Avenue vibrantly lit up the
South Philly neighborhood
as usual, our extremities were
freezing in the biting winds,
and all we wanted to do was
get inside. Lucky for us, Le
Virtu was exactly what we
needed to shake the chill.
The warmth of the yellow
walls, dim lighting and dark
wooden tables went perfectly
with the cheerful demeanor
of the staff — and when
paired with a nice, full–
bodied Sicilian red wine, the
place had us warmed up in
no time.
Our meal started off in
traditional Italian fashion:
with bread and olive oil.
The thick, cakey, house–
made focaccia was simple
without being boring, and
a crostini with spicy olive
tapenade was the perfect
introduction to the meal. Le
Virtu has won several Best of
Philly awards (for pasta and
appetizers), but it's clear that
the restaurant sticks to the
virtues of its Abruzzo roots,
maintaining an emphasis on
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140 S. 20th Street, 215-557-0108. ($) At
Almaz, not only will you enjoy the finest
custom-roasted Ethiopian coffee, but also
a selection of traditional American cuisine
and authentic Ethiopian dishes. With
about a dozen dishes split evenly between
vegetarian and meat-based fare, it brings
solid Ethiopian cuisine into Center City at
modest prices. Web: almazcafe.com
1334 Walnut Street, 215-985-4155. ($$)
A casual Lebanese BYOB open 7 days a
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American Heartland
4207 Walnut Street, 215-222-4200. ($$)
Operated by the Restaurant School at
Walnut Hill College. Traditional American
dining with a slightly upscale twist.
Artful Dodger
400 S. 2nd Street, 215-922-1790. ($$)
Classic English pub in a historic building
with a lively bar scene during games and a
calmer dining side for families. The menu
strikes a decent balance between finger
food and heftier grub.
Au Bon Pain
10 Avenue of the Arts, The Ritz-Carlton,
Philadelphia, 215-523-8273. ($$$)
Under the majestic marble dome of The
Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia, relax at 10 Arts
Bistro & Lounge by Eric Ripert. The menu,
well-executed by Chef de Cuisine and Top
Chef finalist Jennifer Carroll, has a delicious local flavor — don’t miss the pretzel
dippers — as well as quality ingredients
like the butter-soft filet. Chef Carroll uses
only the finest and freshest ingredients
locally sourced from independent farmers
and fishermen who support sustainable
harvests. Web: 10arts.com
3730 Walnut Street, 215-573-0602. ($)
This well-known campus stop is convenient for a quick bite on your walk to class
or during a study break. Serving a wide
array of cookies, drinks and sandwiches,
ABP is perfect for a Penn student’s hectic
schedule. Web: aubonpain.com
B&J’s Cart
33rd Street and Spruce Street, . ($)
Located near HUP, B&J’s menu includes
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3402 Sansom Street, 215-222-4444. ($$)
At Baby Blues, the smell of apple and
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620 S. 2nd Street, 215-925-5367. ($$$)
Pull up a cushion, relax and prepare for a
truly memorable dining experience. Fez is
the perfect place for a romantic evening
out, fun with friends or family, celebrating
a birthday or any other special event. At
Fez Restaurant, they bring you culinary
delights prepared in the genuine tradition
of Moroccan culture. Web: fezrestaurant.
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Ripert
4802 Spruce Street, 215-474-7150. ($)
Pizza, cheese steaks, strombolis, gyros,
burgers, wings - they’ve got it all! BBQ
ribs, chicken and pasta dishes too!
Broiled and fried seafood. Web: accupizzaphilly.com
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4708 Baltimore Avenue, 215-726-6464.
($$) At Dahlak, eat with your hands on the
mesob, a traditional small round woven
table designed for people to gather and
share a communal meal. Offers variety of
beef, chicken, lamb, and vegetarian (like
Gomen Watt, collard greens in berbere
sauce) entrees. Web: dahlakrestaurant.
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family dining table creates a cozy feeling
like you’re sitting in your living room.
Fischer describes Baby Blues’ style as
a hybrid of multiple American barbecue traditions, as they offer Memphisstyle long bone pork ribs, dry-rubbed
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Back Home Café & Catering
1515 Fairmount Avenue, 215-232-6311.
($) Back Home Cafe is a delicious job
initiative of Project Home. They offer
formerly homeless men and women an opportunity in the entry level job force. Fresh
organic greens, daily lunch specials and a
variety of Green Mountain Coffees. Come
study in our sunny atrium and art gallery.
Catering also available.
Beneluxx
33 S. 3rd Street, 267-318-7269. ($$) An
extension of Eulogy Belgian Tavern. Offers
a large beer, wine, cheese and chocolate
selection. Also serves light food fare,
including fondues, paninis, salads and
more. The menu is designed to encourage
tastings. Web: beneluxx.com
Biba
3131 Walnut Street, 215-222-2422. ($)
Described by owner Jon Myerow as “Tria’s
spunky little cousin,” Biba follows Tria’s
philosophy of light fare, including cheese
and chocolate. Biba differs from Tria by
offering more wines (26 by the glass),
fewer beers (10) and an even more casual
cafe menu of sandwiches and salads. All
of Biba’s 32 seats are communal, so be
ready to mix and mingle.
Bistro 7
7 N. 3rd Street, 215-931-1560. ($$$) Local, farm-fresh ingredients form the basis
for eclectic, contemporary American bistro
dishes. Web: bistro7restaurant.com
Bleu Martini
24 S. 2nd Street, 215-940-7900. ($$$)
Located in Philadelphia’s bustling nightlife
district, the blue neon lights of Bleu
Martini are hard to miss. They offer an
eclectic blend of Asian, American and
Fusion cuisine combined with a vast
variety of mouth-watering martinis. Web:
bleumartinionline.com
Bliss
224 S. Broad Street, 215-731-1100. ($$$)
Chef Francesco Martorella, formerly of
Ciboulette and Brasserie Perrier, brings
contemporary cuisine with Asian, Italian
and French influences. Great for theatregoers. Web: bliss-restaurant.com
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burgers that run the culinary gamut from
Philly (Whiz, onions and hot peppers) to
Dallas (Monterey Jack, coleslaw and BBQ
sauce) to L.A. (cheddar, avocado relish
and watercress). The buns are old-school
sesame seed; the patties, juicy, grillflavored, and exceptionally well seasoned.
For extra oomph, crunchify your burger.
For sides, add the crispy, slightly spicy
fries or one of the rich milkshakes. Web:
bobbysburgerpalace.com
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Boston Market
3901 Chestnut Street, 215-222-6900.
($) Rotisserie chicken, mashed potatoes,
cornbread and all the fixings. Eat in or
take out. Web: bostonmarket.com
Brauhaus Schmitz
718 South Street, 267-909-8814. ($$) Located on historic South Street, Brauhaus
Schmitz specializes in all things German;
food, service, music and of course beer.
Brauhaus Schmitz features a selection of
20 imported draught beers as well as an
additional 100 to choose from in bottle
representing every major beer producing
country in the world. Web: brauhausschmitz.com
Bridget Foy’s South Street Grill
200 South Street, 215-922-1813. ($$)
Turbocharged American cuisine on Philadelphia’s hippest fairway — South Street!
Bridget Foy’s newly redecorated dining
rooms feature items like big, fat, juicy
burgers, quesadillas, oak grilled sirloin
steaks and fresh seafood. Outdoor café,
handcrafted beers on tap, mad martinis
and a specially selected California wine
list. Sunday “Bloody Mary Brunch,” lunch,
dinner, late night menu. Frequent diners
reward program. Web: bridgetfoys.com
Bridgewater’s Pub
2955 Market Street, (30th Street Station),
215-387-4787. ($$) Bridgewater’s Pub in
30th Street Station is the one bar and grill
stop that you have to make. They have
an incredible selection of domestic beers
and other drinks and authentic Philly food.
Their menu changes monthly so no one
gets bored! Web: thepubin30thstreetstation.com
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229 S. 45th Street, 215-387-2424. ($)
Abyssinia is the place to go if you are
looking for a great atmosphere as well as
a great meal. The food is flavorful and the
wait staff is polite.
AFRICAN
3813 Chestnut Street, 215-662-0100. ($)
Cheese steaks, hoagies and cheese fries.
Also 80 kinds of beer, chicken steaks
and salads. The best in quality for lunch,
dinner and very late-night snack attacks.
Web: abnerscheesesteaks.com
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Gojjo Restaurant & Bar
4540 Baltimore Avenue, 215-386-1444.
($$) With such a broad menu ( including
Ethiopian cuisine like chicken/doro served
with injera - homemade pancake bread ) it
is easy to see why the Gojjo customer base
is equally diverse. Many new customers
walk in daily, discovering this international
home away from home that boasts an
upstairs bar and dining room complete
with a pool table. Web: gojjos.com
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Bridgid’s
726 N. 24th Street, (24th Street Between
Aspen Street & Fairmount Avenue), 215232-3232. ($$) Continental menu served
in a cozy dining room. Specialties include
duck breast with Mango Chutney. Filet
mignon Roquefort and Red Snapper with
shrimp in scallops leek sauce. Over 100
different Belgian and microbrewed beers.
Web: bridgids.com
Bui’s Lunch Truck
38th Street and Spruce Street, 856-6307269. ($) Consistent good quality and
the use of fresh ingredients make Bui’s
a popular food truck year round. Menu
features a variety of breakfast and lunch
options including breakfast sandwiches,
hot sandwiches, steaks, hoagies and
burgers.
Buttercup Cafe
1824 South Street , 215-735-2967. ($$)
Buttercup’s provides a comfy, airy atmosphere. Baking is done on premises, and
the menu includes sandwiches, salads
and homey entrees.
Cafe Estelle
444 N. 4th Street, 215-925-5080. ($) Cafe
Estelle believes in a healthy and sustainable way of living. Many menu items are
made on-site. Local and organic products
are used whenever possible. Cafe Estelle
has also won a Best of Philly Best Brunch
award. Web: cafeestelle.com
Chickie’s & Pete’s
1526 Packer Ave, 215-218-0500. ($$)
Huge bar, huge televisions, huge servings
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Chloe
232 Arch Street, 215-629-2337. ($$$) In
the kitchen, chef-owners Mary Ann Ferrie
and Dan Grimes excel at new American
favorites and upscaled comfort foods,
like grilled pizza topped with fig jam,
Gorgonzola, applewood-smoked bacon
and thyme. Web: chloebyob.com
Chris’ Jazz Cafe
City Grange, Westin Philadelphia
cocktail olives doubling as lamps hang
above window booths. New AmericanAsian fare brings bar-side dining to a
higher level. The sirloin burger with Jack
and cheddar on a plump egg roll never
disappoints. Entree standouts include
tender and sweet teriyaki filet mignon;
light, crispy panko-crusted scallops; and
peanut-savory Thai chicken skewers.
Philly’s original and best martini bar. Web:
continentalmartinibar.com
Cosi Coffee and Bar
99 S. 17th Street, 215-575-6930. ($$)
City Grange is a restaurant faithful to
regional, seasonal, and sustainable
American foods. Serving breakfast, lunch,
dinner, and a special bar menu, the food
sticks to healthy versions of comfort foods
using products from nearby farms and
producers.
140 S. 36th Street, 215-222-4545. ($) At
the center of Cosi is the open-flame hearth
reminiscent of a comfortable ancient
gathering place. Sandwiches, flatbreads,
and salads are made fresh. From straight
espressos to a great cup of coffee, the
cafe is a delightful surprise for even the
most demanding coffee aficionados. Web:
getcosi.com
City Tap House
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3925 Walnut Street, 215-662-0105. ($$)
Located on The Radian Balcony, City Tap
House boasts one of Philadelphia’s most
extensive draft beer lists. Paired with a
menu of New American Pub Fare, guests
dine in a rustic dining room adjacent to
an open kitchen. Featuring extensive
outdoor seating on terraces and stone fire
pits overlooking Walnut Street, City Tap
House combines great food and great beer
in a comfortable, energized, eco-friendly
atmosphere. Web: citytaphouse.com
City Tavern
138 S. 2nd Street, 215-413-1443. ($$$)
Eighteenth century tavern ambiance
offers a unique classic American dining
experience. Menu items include fresh fish,
prime beef and fowl accompanied by a selection of wines and spirits. Featuring the
exclusive George Washington Ale brewed
from original “home-brew” recipes — truly
a taste of history. Web: citytavern.com
Coco’s
Colonial Pizza
400 S. 43rd Street , 215-387-7702. ($)
Inexpensive hand-tossed pizza and Italian
foods. Cheese steaks, grinders, strombolis, hoagies, side orders, buffalo wings,
and much more. Web: colonialpizza.net
Continental Midtown
1801 Chestnut Street, 215-567-1800.
($$) Continental Midtown draws crowds
with retro decor booths made from babyblue vinyl car seats, a sunken dining room
with curvy seats and wicker basket chairs
hanging from the ceiling. After dark, a
more boisterous party set takes over. Each
item from the rainbow-decorated menu
is meant for sharing, including extra-tall
calamari salad, Thai noodles, vegetarian
dumplings, lobster mac and cheese, lamb
meze and homemade cotton candy. Web:
continentalmidtown.com
Continental Restaurant and Martini
Bar
138 Market Street, 215-923-6069. ($$) A
set of dice bedecks the roof, while giant
Dave and Buster’s
325 N. Columbus Boulevard, 215-4131951. ($$) Great Food + Great Fun =
The Best of Times! From mouth-watering
baby-back ribs to personal pizzas, some of
the best food you’ve ever tried served by
the friendliest folks you’ll ever meet. The
most incredible array of fun and games
you’ve ever seen, from world-class pocket
billiards to the state-of-the-art Million Dollar Midway. Web: daveandbusters.com
Delilah’s Southern Cafe
12 Filbert Street, 215-574-0929. ($)
Located inside Reading Terminal Market,
Delilah’s Southern Cuisine is famous for
their fried chicken and their mac and
cheese--both southern favorites. The atmosphere is cozy and the food comes out
quickly, although the place tends to get
crowded quickly. Web: delilahwinder.com
Derek’s
4411 Main Street, 215-483-9400. ($$)
Indulge yourself in local grown organic
cuisine or just have a glass of wine and
a snack at the bar. Watch local sporting
events on big screen TV’s in the bars or
have an intimate dinner for two in cozy
booths. Be it a great burger, a dry aged
steak, or the finest cult California Cabernet, Derek’s has it all. Web: dereksrestaurant.com
Devil’s Alley
1907 Chestnut Street, 215-751-0707.
($$) Hands down the best comfort food
in Philadelphia. A strong selection of local
brews on tap and an excellent collection of
reasonably priced wines to pair with your
dinner. Saturday and Sunday Brunch is a
special treat! Web: devilsalleybarandgrill.
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Down Home Diner
12th & Filbert Streets, 1039 Reading
Terminal Market, 215-627-1955. ($)
Although this diner is located inside the
Reading Terminal Market, it nonetheless bears the trappings of a genuine
diner, including plenty of chrome trim
and waitresses who might address you
as “hon.” Customers line up at breakfast
and lunch to chow down on dishes such
as meat loaf, smashed potatoes with the
skins attached, large portions of scrapple
plus grits and gravy--an homage to good
ol’ southern cooking.
107 N. 33rd Street, 215-222-4722. ($)
Fast-food restaurant with a small Greek
selection and a variety of Italian dishes.
Best sellers include Brandywine chicken
fingers and fries, grilled chicken caesar
wrap and black Angus wells burgers.
Wide selection of domestic and imported
beers.
Druid’s Keep
149 Brown Street, 215-413-0455. ($$) A
neighbordhood bar that seems untouched
by the trendiness found in other drinking establishments. The menu includes
decent reasonably priced grilled cheese
sandwiches, burgers, melts and hot dogs.
Dwight’s Southern Bar-B-Que
4345 Lancaster Avenue, 215-879-2497.
($$) Dwight’s pork ribs are beyond reproach - seared on the outside and tender
at the bone. The beef ribs are succulent
and flavorful. Save room for side dishes
like candied yams, collards and a truly
superior mac and cheese that combines
Longhorn cheddar, sharp cheddar and
parmesan.
Ed’s Buffalo Wings & Pizza
3513 Lancaster Avenue, 215-222-4000.
($) Just North of Penn and West of Drexel,
Ed’s serves up high quality pizza with
fresh ingredients. Buffalo wings are available with eight unique sauces. Ed’s also
offers salads, wraps, sandwiches, gyros,
strombolis, calzones, burgers, and more.
Also serving Ranas Middle Eastern food!
Web: edswings.com
Farmicia
15 S. 3rd Street, 215-627-6274. ($$$)
Located in Philadelphia’s historic Old City,
FARMiCiA is a 122-seat restaurant & bar
serving breakfast, lunch, an afternoon
meal, a relaxed dinner & even brunch on
the weekends. Metropolitan Cafe, in the
front of Farmicia, offers early morning coffee, pastries, breakfast & lunch. Farm Bar
hosts a lively & sophisticated environment
for those who seek out places to dine &
socialize in the evening. Web: farmiciarestaurant.com
Fiume Bar
45th and Locust St, . ($) This low-key bar
is located above Abyssinia at 229 S. 45th
Street. Patrons discuss everything from
favorite bands to favorite political candidates, all within a funky atmosphere.
Logan Square. The cuisine features a classic technique and global influence, with
a focus on local resources. A children’s
menu is provided. Attire: Breakfast and
Lunch: Smart Casual; Dinner: Jacket.
Web: fourseasons.com/philadelphia
know how to order, because the service
is fast and the line keeps moving! Web:
genosteaks.com
Glam Restaurant & Lounge
261 S. 21st Street, 215-546-4232. ($$$)
Delicious American food in Center City’s
most intimate and romantic restaurant.
Menu includes roast duck, sautéed tilapia,
rack of lamb. Desserts are great, too.
Excellent for a special occasion. All bottles
of wine are priced $10 over cost. Web:
frisatsun.com
52 S. 2nd Street, 267-671-0840. ($$) This
spot is dressed up in pink, pink and more
pink. Downstairs, the atmosphere kicks
up a few notches when DJs start to spin.
In the VIP lounge upstairs, you’ll find low
lights and fluffy couches. The menu has
something for every taste. From a variety
of appetizers, like shrimp and chicken
quesadillas, to entrees like mouthwatering
burgers, a selection of pasta dishes, fresh
fish, and the famous Glam Filet.
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Friday, Saturday, Sunday
33rd Street, (Between Locust and Walnut),
267-699-8095. ($) Grab breakfast or a
sandwich at this food cart outside DRL.
Serving American favorites.
Geno’s Steaks
1219 S. 9th Street, 215-389-0659. ($)
Since 1966, Geno’s has been serving
up his famous Philly Cheese steaks. The
ingredients are simple, exacting and never
greasy--thinly sliced rib-eye steak, melted
cheese, oven-fresh baked bread and
delicately grilled onions. Be prepared and
99 S. 17th Street , 215-563-1600. ($$$)
The Westin Philadelphia features the Grill
Restaurant and a lounge where an awardwinning staff creates innovative eclectic
cuisine for both lunch and dinner. The
comfortable Grill Bar is the ideal setting to
relax with friends for a favorite beverage.
Web: starwood.com/westin/search/hotel_detail.html?propertyID=1231
Happy Rooster
118 S. 16th Street, 215-963-9311. ($$$)
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This quiet hangout for businessmen
and older folks has reinvented itself by
revamping its gastropub cuisine and by
adding brunch. Extending its hours hasn’t
hurt, either. The dark, woody haunt still
attracts its regulars, but now hipsters and
30-somethings crowd the place to nosh on
crab quesadillas, Chesapeake crab cakes
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With over 50 types of calzones on the
menu, wings, cheesesticks, and desserts,
D.P. Dough is a late-night staple, offering
delivery to all parts of center city and University city. Web: dpdoughphilly.com
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1421 Sansom Street, 215-568-3131.
($$) Diligent music fans who find Chris’
will feel like jazz insiders as they nestle
into a booth in the unassuming lounge.
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Chris’ books a packed roster of local and
national acts. The menu is eclectic if a
bit unfocussed. Salads and burgers share
the menu with spring rolls, Asian noodles,
seafood and sandwiches named after jazz
greats. Web: chrisjazzcafe.com
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fine food in an intimate and warm interior
featuring dark wood and leather. Originally
an exclusive ‘Old Boy’s Club,’ Happy
Rooster now caters to everyone with
upscale American cuisine. Closed Sunday.
Web: thehappyrooster.com
Hard Rock Café
1131 Market Street, 215-238-1000. ($$)
Hard Rock Café Philadelphia serves up
the best down-home, American food with
a healthy dose of rock ’n’ roll and an
entertaining and interactive staff. A glassenclosed function room is also available
for private parties. Web: hardrock.com
Hemo’s
36th Street and Spruce Street, . ($)
There are multiple food trucks in various
locations around Penn’s campus. The
menu includes a variety of hot sandwiches
(such as Italian meatball), hot dogs, fries,
hamburgers, and steaks.
Hoagie Truck
36th Street and Spruce Street, . ($) This
hoagie truck serves standard breakfast
and lunch items such as hot sandwiches,
steaks and breakfast sandwiches.
Honey’s Sit ‘n’ Eat
800 N. 4th Street, 215-925-1150. ($)
Honey’s is a NoLibs mishmash of a dining
room whose menu items are born from
the odd place where Southern and Jewish genres intersect. The turkey on that
Reuben is house-roasted and juicy, and
the side slaws are more vinegar- than
mayo-based. A Best of Philly Breakfast
Web: honeys-restaurant.com
Houston Market
3417 Spruce Street, (Lower Level,
Houston Hall), 215-746-6071. ($) One
of the best food experiences in University
City! Enjoy freshly made custom salads,
gourmet sandwiches and wraps, grilled
cheesesteaks, chicken cheesesteaks,
burgers, fresh sushi and more! Come visit
our friendly chefs, always here for your
service. Web: upenn.edu/dining
Jack’s Firehouse
2130 Fairmount Avenue, 215-232-9000.
($$$) Classic Philadelphia Landmark
Restaurant, serving steaks, seafood, and
fresh fish prepared with many local farm
raised ingredients. Great bar with casual
dining menu, including BBQ ribs, burgers,
and hand-cut fries. Terrific outdoor dining
by the firehouse fountain. Discounts for
Penn student groups of 20 or more. Web:
jacksfirehouse.com
JAMES
824 S. 8th Street, 215-629-4980. ($$$) A
fine dining establishment in Philadelphia’s
Bella Vista neighborhood serving modern
American cuisine with impeccable service
in an elegant and friendly environment.
The menu focuses on the importance
of seasonality and changes frequently.
House-made pastas are what JAMES does
best. Main-course meats and fish are
prepared simply and the in-house desserts
are delightfully unique. Web: jameson8th.
com
JG Domestic
2929 Arch Street, 215-222-2363. ($$$)
The latest in Jose Garces’ restaurant
empire, JG Domestic serves artisinal food
and drink, all sourced from the United
States. A sampling of the entrees include
Mt. Saint Helens Porcini Mushrooms,
Colorado Lamp Spareribs, Texas Wild
Boar, and Wood Oven Flatbread. Keeping
Philadelphia and “all-domestic” focus in
mind, the bar serves Philadelphia-brewed
beers and cocktails named for famous
train lines. Web: jgdomestic.com
air or in the glass-enclosed greenhouse.
Homemade soup, sandwiches, salad and
pasta specials daily. Largest outside dining
in the city! Web: jonsbarandgrille.com
Jim’s Steaks
Jones
400 South Street, 215-928-1911. ($) The
original cheesesteak palace of delight.
Located at 4th & South, Jim’s has been
a local tradition since 1939. Enjoy the
magic of South Street and a true taste of
Philadelphia. Web: jimssteaks.com
John’s Cart
33rd Street and Spruce Street, . ($)
Located near HUP (Penn’s hospital), Nick
and John’s menu includes sandwiches
and hoagies.
John’s Roast Pork
14 E. Snyder Avenue, 215-463-1951. ($)
Our Roast Pork is completely homemade.
We use only top-choice pork and bone
the meat right on premises. The pork
is seasoned according to an old family
recipe and is roasted in our commercial
oven daily. Try a real homemade roast
pork sandwich! John’s Roast Pork (also
known as John’s Lunch, The Snyder
Avenue Lunch Bar, and The Shack) has
been on the corner of Weccacoe and
Snyder Avenue since 1930 and has been
a family business for three generations.
Web: johnsroastpork.com
(Please see review, Page )
Johnny Rocket’s
443 South Street, 215-829-9222. ($) ‘50’s
Style Malt Shop. Nickel Juke Boxes. Dancing Servers. Web: johnnyrockets.com
Jon’s Bar and Grill
300 South Street, 215-592-1390. ($$)
Dine on South Street, either in the open
700 Chestnut Street, 215-223-5663. ($$)
A Stephen Starr enterprise featuring traditional dishes, such as Thanksgiving dinner
and fried chicken in a basket. The menu
is served all day Monday - Friday. Brunch
and dinner served on the weekends. Web:
jones-restaurant.com
Keating’s River Grill
201 S. Columbus Boulevard, 215-5216509. ($$$) Located on the waterfront,
Keating’s River Grill is the perfect location
for not just a meal but a dining experience. Diners sample everything from steak
and pancetta-wrapped scallops to a crab
cake trio and encrusted lamb chops. A
popular item is the veal chops with Gorgonzola sauce. Web: keatingsrivergrill.com
Khan’s Hot Dog Cart
Between 35th/36th Streets and Spruce
Street, . ($) Khan’s sandwiches are good
without any condiments whatsoever; the
spices are great on their own. What’s
more, Khan’s has generous portion sizes.
Combined with “awesome prices”, Khan’s
is one of the most underrated food carts
on campus.
King Kabob
38th and Spruce Streets, . ($) Come
check out the grand re-opening of King
Kabob lunch truck, specializing in a number of savory, flavorful chicken & steak
kabob options. Kabobs are prepared daily
and served in a fresh pita, perfect for an
on-the-go meal. For a more robust option,
add rice to any kabob for only $1!
(Please see our ad, Page 20)
(Please see our review, Page 10)
Kokopelli Restaurant and Tequila
Bar
1904 Chestnut Street, 215-557-7510.
($$$) These tequila experts have two full
bars upstairs with the perfect music to
complement the small plate food. Web:
Kokopelliphilly.com
L2
2201 South Street, 215-732-7878. ($$)
Cozy neighborhood haunt on the west end
of town. Whimsical tilted bar shelves and
rich velvet draperies. Fresh seafood, veggie specials. The friendly staff guarantee a
fun, relaxing evening. Best of CitySearch
2008: Best Romantic Date Spot. Web:
l2restaurant.com
(Please see review, Page 15)
Ladder 15
1528 Sansom Street, 215-964-9755. ($$)
“In what was once a firehouse, Ladder 15,
Rittenhouse Square’s newest and hottest
eating and drinking destination combines
an exciting and original dining experience
with an upscale yet unpretentious bar
scene.” Web: ladder15philly.com
Lancaster Hoagie City
600 N. 40th Street, 215-387-1722. ($)
Cheesesteaks, fried chicken wings, french
fries. All food orders over $20.00, take
10% off. (Food orders only, limited time
only).
Landmark Americana
3333 Market Street, 215-222-4500. ($$)
Landmark Americana is more classy than
your average dive bar, but not too fancy as
to scare away students on a budget. Menu
offerings are mostly sandwiches, salads
and traditional bar fare like quesadillas
and buffalo wings, but there are also a few
large entrees, like potato-encrusted sea
bass and lobster ravioli. Enjoy Landmark’s
varying daily drink specials at the outdoor
bar on days with nice weather or even on
a cooler night with the outdoor fire pit.
Web: landmarkamericana.com/ph-home.
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4034 Walnut Street, 215-387-0905. ($)
Hoagies and cheesesteaks are only a
few of the great items at Lee’s Hoagie
House. Along with the #1 tuna hoagie
and chickensteak on Penn’s campus,
Lee’s also serves fantastic wings, chicken
fingers, grilled chicken sandwiches, salads
and wraps. Breakfast sandwiches are now
available all day, every day. Web: leesuniversitycity.com
(Please see our ad, Page 15)
Liberties
705 N. 2nd Street, 215-238-0660. ($$)
Traditional American saloon. Private parties available upstairs.
Little Pete’s Restaurant
219 S. 17th Street, 215-545-5508. ($)
Excellent food, low prices. Good service.
Very comfortable atmosphere. Weekend
brunch available. Open 24 hours.
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Locust Rendezvous Bar & Grill
1415 Locust Street, 215-985-1163. ($$)
Casual, close to the theater. In the heart
of everything. Fun and reasonable. Web:
locustrendezvous.com
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restaurant. Ten-time “Best of Philly” winHomemade Sou
ner. Lunch. Brunch. Dinner. Late night.
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Lucky 7 Tavern
747 N. 25th Street, (25th Street and
Aspen Street), 215-232-7736. ($$) Global
influenced menu. Upscale neighborhood
tavern with an intimate dining room. Highend Center City entrees at a neighborhood
price. Warm and welcoming atmosphere.
Two blocks from Philadelphia Museum of
Art. Web: luckyseventavern.com
Mahogany on Walnut
1524 Walnut Street, 2nd Floor, 215-7323982. ($$) As one of the premier cigar
lounges in the city, Mahogany on Walnut
provides a great place to relax. In an
atmosphere of an English library with a
warm fireplace and plush seating, they
serve light dining, desserts and cocktails
from noon until 1:30 AM. More than 40
single malt scotches, dozens of handrolled cigars and, of course, fantastic
ventilation. TVs for major sporting events
and a “well-rounded” beer menu. Web:
phillycigarbar.com
biscuits and eggs. Family and friends.
Come visit us!
McFadden’s
461 N. 3rd Street, 215-928-0630. ($)
Home to one of the most lively happy
hours, McFadden’s is the most dynamic
establishment in Philadelphia. Offering
lunch, brunch, dinner, crazy nightlife or
an exciting place to watch a sports game,
the many facets of McFadden’s will never
disappoint you or let you leave without a
smile! Web: mcfaddensphilly.com
Melrose Diner
1501 Snyder Avenue, 215-467-6644. ($)
Deemed one of the best traditional diners
in Philadelphia, Melrose Diner is best
known for its baked goods and shared
booths. Open 24 hours with breakfast,
lunch, dinner and night owl menus. Best
of Philly 4 A.M. eatery. ATM on premises.
Mémé
512 South Street, 215-627-7427. ($$)
A South Street eatery worth noting for its
phenomenal ribs, chili, chicken and sandwiches. Web: manny-browns.com
2201 Spruce Street, 215-735-4900. ($$$)
Named after his grandmother, David
Katz’s restaurant welcomes diners with
a relaxed ambiance and delicious menu
items. The cuisine is American with a
twist, with ingredients coming from mostly
local sources and an exclusive wine list.
Web: memerestaurant.com
Marathon Grill
Meritage Restaurant and Wine Bar
Manny Brown’s
200 S. 40th Street, 215-222-0100. ($$)
Winner of ten “Best of Philly” awards.
Open seven days a week, offering Mediterranean wraps, grilled fajitas, char-burgers
and fresh salads. Free delivery and corporate catering available. Open for lunch
and dinner daily, along with brunch on
the weekends. Web: marathongrill.com/
index2.html
Marathon on the Square
1839 Spruce Street, 215-731-0800. ($$)
A variation of the Marathon Grill, without
the on-the-clock vibe. Web: marathongrill.
com/index2.html
Marigold Kitchen
Matyson
37 S. 19th Street, 215-564-2925. ($$$)
This wonderfully delicious BYOB is famous
for its contemporary American flavor and
casual yet sophisticated service. Located
right off Rittenhouse Square, it’s the perfect place to grab lunch or dinner when in
the mood for an elegant yet unostentatious
meal. Try the steamed mussels! Web:
matyson.com
McCrossen’s Tavern
529 N. 20th Street, 215-854-0923. ($$)
Two row homes from the 1850’s make
up the present day McCrossen’s Tavern,
where the brick and polished wood of
these old Philly homes still comes through,
providing a warm, cozy setting. Everything
from burgers to pasta to fresh fish is offered seven days a week. Great selection
of beers on tap from around the world, a
comprehensive wine list and cocktails of
your choice. Web: mccrossens.com
McDonald’s
3935 Walnut Street, 215-222-6266. ($)
Burgers and fries, shakes and cones,
MidAtlantic Restaurant and Tap
Room
3711 Market Street, 215-386-3711.
($$$) Urban and rustic. Past and present.
Tradition and renewal. This is the essence
of MidAtlantic, Chef Daniel Stern’s latest
culinary surprise. MidAtlantic celebrates
the best of what was and what is to come,
with a focus on reinterpreting the roots of
traditional Philadelphia foods and Pennsylvania Dutch flavors. Pair MidAtlantic’s
food with local brews, tonics or soft drinks,
and enjoy live music Thursday through
Saturday. Web: midatlanticrestaurant.com
Millcreek Tavern
4200 Chester Avenue, 215-222-9194.
($) A West Philly “hidden gem,” Millcreek
Tavern has great live music from different bands each week, along with a very
diverse menu of delicious food choices,
from cheesesteaks to crabcakes. Check
their website for open-mic nights! Web:
millcreektavernphilly.com
Moe’s Hot Dog House
Happy hour, from 5:30-7:30 MondayFriday. With a pool table, rock ‘n roll
jukebox, and a sexy panoramic view of
Rittenhouse Square, Noche offers a lively
and creative way to spend the evening!
Web: noche215.com
Moriarty’s Restaurant
Papa John’s
1116 Walnut Street, 215-627-7676. ($$)
Moriarty’s is a lively, pleasant Irish pub
with a 60-foot old-fashioned bar that
features 35 draft beers and 50 bottled
beers. The menu features award-winning
burgers, famous “Best of Philly” chicken
wings, specialty salads and deli sandwiches. They offer daily drink and food
specials and are open seven days a week
until 2:00 A.M. Join Moriarty’s on Saturday
nights for karaoke and a live DJ. Web:
moriartyspub.net
Morning Glory Diner
735 S. 10th Street, (10th Street and Fitzwater Street), 215-413-3999. ($) Bustling
little corner diner in the heart of South
Philly with good home cooking, warm staff
and casual feel. Great coffee, homemade
fresh food. Breakfast and lunch served all
day. Web: themorningglorydiner.com
Moshulu
401 S. Columbus Boulevard, 215-9232500. ($$$$) The Moshulu, the most
unique waterfront restaurant on the
world’s largest four-masted sailing ship is
located at Penn’s Landing. Owner Martin
Grims has totally renovated the ship,
decorated in a South Seas attitude evoking
the feeling of an exotic vacation destination. The restaurant features inspired
contemporary American cooking using
nature’s finest ingredients. First class food
and service is paired with stunning views
and ambiance. Web: moshulu.com
(Please see our ad, Page 8)
Paul Restaurant
1120 Pine Street, 215-238-0210. ($$$)
Paul offers contemporary American cuisine with a fusion of European and Asian
cooking techniques and an emphasis on
high quality, fresh ingredients. Our beautiful restaurant offers a comfortable environment. With great food and a relaxing
atmosphere, this an dining experience you
won’t forget. Web: paulphilly.com
22 S. 3rd Street, 215-701-4883. ($$)
Located in the National Mechanics Building (hence the name), this Old City bar
offers a wide selection of beers on tap and
in bottles alongside a wide range of your
typical bar foods. Includes “Nostalgic”
such as a Frito Taco and Corn Dogs, but
also covers burgers, pastas, steaks, seafood, and fried goodness. The weekend
brunches feature a Make-your-own Bloody
Mary Bar. Web: nationalmechanics.com
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Noble
2025 Sansom Street, 215-568-7000.
($$$) Noble offers an array of seasonal,
modern American dishes that represent
the unique mixture of cultures that
comprise America’s heritage. Web: noblecookery.com
Noche
1901 Chestnut Street (2nd Floor), 215568-0551. ($) This Center City hotspot
offers a distinct and delicious menu
including pizza, sandwiches, and nachos.
900 South Street, 215-625-8510. ($$)
Percy Street Barbeque specializes in
brisket, sausage, ribs, and chicken. They
wood-smoke all of their meats in real
barbeque pits and serve the main courses
with classic sides like potatoes and macaroni and cheese. Their full-service bar
offers local beers and has a large variety
of whiskeys. Web: percystreet.com
Philly Diner
3901 Walnut Street, 215-382-3400. ($)
Great diner hangout. Full breakfast and
lunch menus. Dinner also served. Serving
breakfast 24 hours/7 days a week.
Phoebe’s Bar-B-Q
2214 South Street, 215-546-4811. ($)
Best BBQ in the city! Smoked ribs (pork
or beef), brisket, pulled pork, rotisserie
chicken, and homemade sides and sauce.
Take-out, delivery, and pick-up. Credit
cards accepted. Web: phoebesbbq.com
Picnic
3131 Walnut Street, 267-233-6697. ($)
“World-class food at affordable prices.”
Specializing in prepared food carry-out
with indoor/outdoor cafe seating.
Potbelly Sandwich Works
1 Convention Avenue, 215-382-0549. ($)
Potbelly’s unique experience is defined
by its combination of hot sandwiches,
hand-dipped shakes, tasty made to order
Core de Roma
Trattoria is a
casual, intimate,
family-owned
Trattoria, offering
authentic Roman
cuisine while
upholding the best
Roman tradition.
National Mechanics Bar and Restaurant
Monk’s Belgian Café & Beer Emporium
1119 Locust Street, 215-574-0586. ($)
239 Chestnut Street, 215-238-6900.
($$$) Designer dishes like grilled ostrich
fillets, fig couscous and lamb, duck and
lobster turn heads in this sleek, sexy room
furnished with pretty people. Cuttingedge desserts. Zagat Survey — One of
America’s Top Restaurants last 2 years.
Trendy upbeat restaurant. Web: paradigmrestaurant.com
1314 South Street, 215-731-9045. ($$)
Ms. Tootsie is a little more “uptown” than
your typical soul food restaurant, a place
of “artful elegance with neo-soul music.”
There are no appetizers here: it’s all
entrees, all the time. Enormous portions
of “comfort food” satisfy any home-style
craving.
4060 Chestnut Street, 215-387-5633. ($)
Pizza, Pasta, Wings Web: newstylepizza.
com
(Please see our ad, Page 14)
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Ms. Tootsie’s Soul Food Cafe
2601 Washington Avenue, 215-465MOES. ($) Hot dogs done just right.
(Please see review, Page 18)
264 S. 16th Street, 215-545-7005. ($$)
Inspired by cozy Belgian brassieres. This
neighborhood café is a great place to
grab a quick burger and fresh-cut fries, or
relax over gourmet delicacies like steamed
mussels, sea scallops and filet mignon.
Inventive vegetarian fare, too! Choose from
200 beers from around the world. Fine
wines. Web: monkscafe.com
104 S. 40th Street, 215-349-7272. ($)
America’s favorite pizza offering a variety
of toppings with better quality ingredients.
They also offer specials and combination
deals. Web: papajohns.com/index.html
Percy Street Barbecue
Examples include home-made Gnocchi and
Fettuccine, home-made bread, Spaghetti Cabonara, Bucatini Matriciana and our
signature artichokes.
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501 S. 45th Street, 215-222-3699. ($$$)
Marigold Kitchen blends modern American cuisine with the century-old tradition
of University City, serving dinner Tuesday
through Saturday in this landmark
Victorian house on the corner of 45th and
Larchwood. This charming BYO features
seasonal menus and a casual, intimate
atmosphere ideal for your quiet evening
or special occasion. Web: marigoldkitchenbyob.com
500 S. 20th Street, 215-985-1922. ($$$)
The chef’s inventive menu simultaneously revitalizes old classics with modern
twists and embarks to new territory with
a culinary trip around the world. Expect
to find a menu of seasonal, snacks, small
and larger plates like corn soup, a frisee
salad with poached egg and braised pork
belly and a brined and roasted chicken
served with a Chinese sausage hash for
$18. Web: meritagephiladelphia.com
Premier dessert spot and hip café serving
soups, salads, sandwiches and nightly
dinner specials. Homemade desserts
include “sky-high” apple pie. Lunch, dinner and desserts served daily. Take-out ice
cream counter — 34 flavors.
spring dining guide
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salads, live local music, as well as friendly
and lively people. Web: potbelly.com
Public House
2 Logan Square, 215-587-9040. ($$)
America’s best eat and greet! Upscale
bar environment with modern American
favorites. Web: publichousephilly.com
Pumpkin
1713 South Street, 215-545-4448. ($$$)
An intimate 28-seat eatery has an open
kitchen and a daily-changing menu
fuses Mediterranean, French, Italian,
and Spanish fare. Nearby Pumpkin Cafe
offers sandwiches, salads, ice cream, and
coffee while the Pumpkin Market offers all
local produce, cheese, and meats. Web:
pumpkinphilly.com
Ron’s Ribs
1627 South Street, 215-732-3561. ($$)
For all the barbecue lovers! Try out the
delicious pork ribs with the homely baked
macaroni and cheese side. Service is in
plastic and only cash is accepted.
Rose Tattoo Café
1847 Callowhill Street, 215-569-8939.
($$$) “Greenhouse”-like ambiance. Contemporary American cuisine. Late-night
snacks also offered. Delicious homebaked desserts. Web: rosetattoocafe.com/
homepage.html
Rouge
50 S. 16th Street, 215-564-5337. ($$$)
This restaurant puts a spin on American
cuisine, creating a truly unique dining
experience. Web: r2lrestaurant.com
205 S. 18th Street, 215-732-6622. ($$$)
Located on Rittenhouse Square, this
charming bistro offers a full menu of
French-Asian creations. The restaurant
that first made dining alfresco on Rittenhouse Square cool continues to be a
see-or-be-seen spot. Of course, that killer,
always-perfect Rouge burger with truffle
fries helps, too. Web: rouge98.com
Race Street Cafe
Royal Tavern
R2L
208 Race Street, 215-627-6181. ($) The
best cafe on Race Street! Web: racestreetcafe.net/ordereze/1000/Page.aspx
Reading Terminal Market
12th Street and Arch Street, 215-9222317. ($) This place is Philadelphia and
has been for more than 100 years. A must
see. One visit and you are sure to return.
Many fresh foods under one roof. The
market has more than 80 stalls with local
food from upcountry farms, as well as delicacies from around the world. Come visit
us today! Web: readingterminalmarket.org
Red Sky
224 Market Street, 215-925-8080. ($$)
Under new ownership and a complete
makeover, Red Sky, an ultra chic and
stylish lounge, has become a serious
contender in the heart of Old City. The
jet black and red walls evoke emotions
of passion and mystique. Red Sky Restaurant and Lounge is sophistication and
sexiness at its finest.
937 E. Passyunk Avenue, 215-389-6694.
($) Perennial “Best of” award winner, Royal Tavern packs them in every night with
an appeal to carnivores, vegetarians, vegans, beer drinkers, and budget-conscious
hipsters alike. Whether you’re into AC/DC
or Squeeze, PBR or Gruner Veltliner, juicy
burgers or barigoule of poached summer
vegetables, you’re apt to become a regular
here. Web: royaltavern.com
Rx
4443 Spruce Street, 215-222-9590. ($$$)
West Philly BYOB offering everything from
organic brunches to seared diver scallops
at dinner. We feature all local, free range
meats and live-caught fish, as well as
produce from over 20 local farmers. Web:
rxcafe.net
Sabrina’s Cafe
910 Christian Street, 215-574-1599. ($$)
Take a break from shopping at the Italian
Market by stopping at this American
BYOB. The breakfast menu is offered all
day and features items such as whole
wheat pancakes, homemade granola, and
tofu scramble. Extensive lunch and dinner
menus as well. Web: sabrinascafe.com
Sabrina’s Cafe and Spencer’s, Too
1804 Callowhill Street, 215-636-9061.
($$) A second location of Sabrina’s Cafe of
South Philly- now a little closer to campus.
Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Some
menu highlights include huevos rancheros, homemade granola and chicken soup,
and Chicken Cordon Blue. Specialty
brunch items such as mascarpone stuffed
French Toast and pumpkin pancakes.
Web: sabrinascafe.com
Salt & Pepper
1623 E. Passyunk Ave, 215-238-1920.
($$$) Treat yourself to something different
at Salt and Pepper. This quaint, cozy
restaurant features a delicious Sunday
brunch as well as nightly dinners from
a seasonal menu. The American cuisine
ranges from French toast to filet mignon,
and you can watch it all being made
through their open kitchen. The motto
here is, “Simple, Fresher, Better”, and
they certainly deliver Web: saltandpepperphilly.com
Sapphire
4141 Main Street, 215-508-0336. ($$$)
Sapphire’s eclectic influences in the
kitchen include Asian, Latino and Mediterranean flavors and hence the menu caters
to a variety of palates. The furnishing and
decor are tasteful, sleep and comteporary
and perfect for candlelit dinners. Also, the
chocolate fondue with fresh fruit is not to
be missed! Web: sapphirepa.com
Sassafras International Café
48 S. 2nd Street, 215-925-2317. ($$)
Antique bar with working fireplace.
International menu. 28 year-old city Bistro.
Lively bar as well as dinner crowd. “Best
of Philly” burgers for three years. Web:
sassafrasbar.com
Scooters Pub
3800 Lancaster Avenue, 215-387-4005.
($) Bar food, steaks, hoagies, tender
shrimp, crab, seafood, and chicken
colored supreme. Finger food.
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Serrano / Tin Angel
La Fontana Della Citta
215.875.9990
Experience a Touch of Italy
At the Best BYOB In Philly!
Seats 150 People
5 Lunches, 7 Dinners, 7 days a week
Excellent for Family and Group Meetings
Contact Management, they are
happy to meet your needs!
15% off with Fixed Price
Sunday-Thursday
Authentic Italian Cuisine
at Reasonable Prices
28 1701 Spruce St. - Philadelphia, PA 19103 - www.lafontanadellacitta.com
20 S. 2nd Street, 215-928-0770. ($$)
International flavor. Bold brash flavors.
Authentic ethnic cooking. Everything
a neighborhood restaurant should be.
Serrano is Old City’s longest running loft
party. A place to visit, kick back and enjoy;
to bring friends and make friends. Web:
tinangel.com
Silk City Diner
435 Spring Garden Street, 215-592-8838.
($) Silk City Diner is the place to go if you
want American food with an updated flair.
Menu items like shrimp and crap potstickers or comfort food like roasted chicken
and mashed potatoes are prepared with
the kind of care that makes you think
they came out of mother’s oven. Web:
silkcityphilly.com
Sisters
1320 Chancellor Street, 215-735-0735.
($) Sisters is a 5,000 sq. ft nightclub and
restaurant catering to Philadelphia’s LGBT
community. Open 7 days a week featuring
a variety of entertainment from karaoke,
award winning DJ’s, and live bands to
colorful theme parties. Web: sistersnightclub.com
Sonny’s Famous Steaks
228 Market Street, 215-629-5760. ($)
Authentic Award Winning Steaks
South Street Diner
140 South Street, 215-627-5258. ($) Enjoy a wide variety of our excellent cuisine
in a casual, relaxed setting. We are open
7 days a week, serving breakfast, lunch
and dinner from 7:00 AM-late. Daily lunch
and dinner specials include dessert from
our new bakery offering a variety of cakes
and pies.
Spirit of Philadelphia
123 Chestnut Street, 215-923-1419.
($$$$) The Spirit of Philadelphia gives
you a total cruise package that includes
a full-course meal, sightseeing, lively
dancing, unique entertainment and hours
of cruising fun, all for one affordable price.
Web: spiritofphiladelphia.com
Square 1682
121 S. 17th Street, 215-563-5008. ($$$)
Square 1682 is two stories of contemporary style, chic and urban ecology, situated
in Philadelphia’s charismatic City Center
neighborhood. Inside the LEED-certified
restaurant - Philadelphia’s first - you’ll find
a modern design aesthetic, including an
abundance of artisan cocktails, wines and
beers. Web: square1682.com
Steak Queen
38th Street, (Between Locust and Spruce),
267-205-5906. ($) Great American food
for low prices! Service is quick and the
food is always tasty.
Supper
928 South Street, 215-592-8180. ($$$)
Seasonal “New” American cuisine, served
in an urban farmhouse atmosphere. The
chef’s goal is to serve upscale food in a
way that breaks the traditional fine dining
mold. The Sunday Supper is a fixed
price family-style meal-- reservations are
required! Supper also offers a complete
wine, beer, and cocktail menu. Web: supperphilly.com
Swann Lounge & Café
1 Logan Square, Four Seasons Hotel
Philadelphia, 215-963-1500. ($$$) Quiet,
with jazz (live on Friday and Saturday
nights) — along with “dessert buffet. Great Sunday brunch. The Swann
Lounge was cited as one of the top bars
in the world by Gourmet Magazine. Web:
fourseasons.com
daily. Enjoy the quality of dining downtown without paying an arm and a leg for
it. You will feel that you received a value
once you have dined at Ted’s Montana
Grill. Web: tedsmontanagrill.com
Ten Stone Bar and Restaurant
2063 South Street, 215-735-9939. ($)
New York-style restaurant/hangout. Dinner
for two with drinks is under $25. Cool juke
box, pool table, bar menu. Web: tenstone.
com
Terra Restaurant
243 S. Camac Street, 215-545-1102.
($$) Chef Eric Paraskevas (Slate, Lolita)
returns to the Washington West neighborhood at Terra, a dynamic new restaurant
that showcases his exceptional skill in
preparing New American cuisine. The
menu includes signature dishes, such as
beef tenderloin and house made pasta;
seasonal weekly specials; delectable small
plates and salads; an extensive wine list
and bar; and a number of delicious desserts. Web: terrapa.com
The Burger Stop
3800 Locust Walk, 1920 Commons, . ($)
The Burger Stop features 100% grass fed
beef purchased locally from Hendricks
Farm. Enjoy a variety of burger options
on our signature or Kaiser rolls. You can
also select from a grilled chicken or veggie
burger as well as a selection of sides to
complement your meal. Web: cafebonappetit.com/penn/cafes/retail/commons
The Cafe @ 2011 Restaurant, Bar
& Lounge
2011 Walnut Street, 215-568-5603. ($$)
Open-air and sidewalk seating for dinner,
Saturday lunch and Sunday Brunch. Comfortable bar and lounge. Seating available
for school parties and events. Book your
school party today and get great drink
specials. Web: thecafe2011.com
The Corner
102 S 13th Street, 215-735-7500. ($$)
Very reasonable prices and friendly waiters
make sure you leave happy and satisfied.
Web: thephillycorner.com
(Please see review, Page 11)
The Fresh Grocer
1776 Ben Franklin Parkway, (18th Street
and Ben Franklin Parkway), 215-6658443. ($$) Serves Italian dishes, burgers,
southwestern items, and lots of soup and
salad! Web: tgifridays.com
4001 Walnut Street, 215-222-9200. ($)
After stocking up on fresh and healthy
groceries, take a load off at the eatery
upstairs. Customers can enjoy a fully
stocked buffet of hot and prepared foods,
ranging from pizza and sandwiches to
home cooked turkey and stuffing. Web:
thefreshgrocer.com
Tavern on Camac
The Gold Standard Cafe
T.G.I. Friday’s
243 S. Camac Street, 215-545-0900. ($$)
Tavern on Camac is one of the few Piano
Bars in Center City and one of the oldest
Gay & Lesbian bars in the country. We feature nightly entertainment with our Piano
players offering a variety of songs and
musical styles. And of course, sing-a-longs
are encouraged. Our Restaurant receives
numerous accolades from our patrons
for our beautifully prepared dishes. Our
Dance Bar is open 7 nights a week at 9
pm with a great mix of women and men.
Sunday nights the Dance Bar is open at
8pm. Nestled among quaint colonial row
homes, T.O.C. is in the heart of Philadelphia’s LGBT neighborhood. A Restaurant
& Night Club for the Entire Community!
Web: tavernoncamac.com
Ted’s Montana Grill
260 S. Broad Street, Suite 120, 215-7721230. ($$) Great prices for this bar and
grill, reminiscent of early 20th century
Montana. Everything is made from scratch
4800 Baltimore Avenue, 215-727-8247.
($$) Intimate, traditional all-American
cafe offering fresh, local specialties. Web:
abbracciorestaurant.com
The Latest Dish
613 S. 4th Street, 215-629-0565. ($$)
American. Healthy, lighter fare. Seafood,
vegetarian and more. Outstanding beer selection. Best dance club in the city (Fluid)
is on the second floor. Web: latestdish.
com
The Melting Pot
1219 Filbert Street, 215-922-7002. ($$$)
Come experience a new way to enjoy food
with family or friends....Fondue! The Melting Pot has something for everyone. From
large tables for big groups to intimate
tables for two, you must come experience
the country’s premier fondue restaurant!
Web: meltingpot.com
The Restaurant School
The Ugly American
1100 S. Front Street, 215-336-1100. ($$)
The concept of New American cuisine
was developed in the 1980s from fusion
and California cuisines, and features significant creative use of in-season produce
and sauces. It is somewhat related to
French Nouvelle cuisine and often incorporates influences from Latin American,
Mediterranean, and Asian cuisine. Web:
uglyamericanphilly.com
Thirteen Restaurant, Philadelphia
Marriott
1201 Market Street, 215-625-6795. ($$$)
Thirteen, the stylishly modern bar and
restaurant in the Philadelphia Marriott
Downtown, takes its moniker from the
original 13 colonies, offering visitors and
locals a stylish and upbeat venue for
dining, drinking and socializing. . Web:
marriottmodules.com/restaurant/hotels/
hotel-information/travel/phldt-marriott-philadelphia/13_american_inspired_cuisine
TIME
1315 Sansom Street, 215- 985-4800.
($$) From the loins of the once-revered
German beer house just east of Broad
Street, we have created a space that can
accommodate. We offer a wide variety of
food, drink and entertainment for everyone
– from food, scotch and beer lovers to the
wine connoisseur and nightlife partygoers,
TIME is poised to satisfy every craving.
Web: timerestaurant.net
Tony Luke’s
39 E. Oregon Avenue, 215-551-5725.
($) Tony Luke’s offers classic traditional
Philadelphia food. You can find there a
wide variety of cheesesteaks, hoagies,
and sandwiches at a small price. Web:
tonylukes.com
Tri Tone
Tria Cafe
123 S. 18th Street, 215-972-8742. ($)
Tria specializes in the Fermentation Trio of
wine, cheese and beer. Offers a friendly,
casual yet stylish place for hanging out,
day and night. Wonderful staff. Winner of
Philadelphia Magazine’s “Best of Philly”
2004 (beer list). Web: triacafe.com
(Please see our ad, Page 7)
Turf Club
1635 Market Street, 215-246-1556. ($$$)
Traditional American cuisine includes
grilled chicken breast, stir fry specialties
and salads. Add to that the live action of
thoroughbred horse racing, with off-track
betting. Casual attire.
Tweed
114 S 12th St, 215-923-3300. ($$$)
Surprising combinations of ingredients
and exotic fragrances guarantee a culinary
Twenty Manning Grill
261 S. 20th Street, 215-731-0900. ($$$)
If cosmopolitan is what you’re looking
for, Twenty Manning is the place. From
the modern, gorgeous dining room, the
intimate lounge & the lively outdoor cafe
to the large, sensual bar, Twenty Manning
hosts a location for every diner’s taste.
Beloved Chef Kiong Banh draws upon his
culinary expertise to create an innovative
twist on American fare. Chef Banh spends
every morning at the markets, hand-selecting each fresh ingredient that goes into
his Asian-influenced selections. He even
adds fresh herbs from his own personal
garden to enhance his unique entrees.
Web: twentymanning.com
Varga Bar
941 Spruce Street, 215-627-5200. ($$)
An all-American pub featuring retro-style
decor, including a mural of 40s-style
pinups on the ceiling and a black-andwhite tile floor. Menu includes jumbo lump
crab cheese fries, Kobe beef burger, duck
confit chicken wings. Web: vargabar.com
Warsaw Cafe
199 S. 16th Street, 215-546-0204. ($$$)
Eastern European cuisine such as borscht,
beef stroganoff and other Polish, Russian
and German dishes including Transylvanian casserole, stuffed cabbage leaves,
sauerbraten and wiener schnitzel. Web:
warsawcafephilly.com
Water Works Restaurant and Lounge
1 Boathouse Row, 215-236-9000. ($$$)
Water Works Restaurant and Lounge,
Philadelphia’s landmark dining experience offers mouthwatering cuisine and
breathtaking views of Boathouse Row and
the Schuylkill River. Water Works is the
perfect place for all occasions. Private
events are welcomed. Web: thewaterworksrestaurant.com
White Dog Cafe
3420 Sansom Street, 215-386-9224.
($$$) Award-winning contemporary American cuisine with an emphasis on local,
farm-fresh ingredients. Smoke-free piano
parlor; music on weekends and dinner
discussions of film, tours, and other community events. Bar and grill offers casual
fare for under $10 and late night specials.
Web: whitedog.com
(Please see our ad, Page 6)
Woolly Mammoth
430 South Street, 215-923-8780. ($$)
Sports bar. 10 Satellite TV’s. All pro and
college games. Great place to watch
Sunday football. Also, don’t miss Monday
night specials.
World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut Street, 215-222-1400. ($$)
Live Music on 2 stages. Upstairs Live –
serving lunch, dinner, late night bites and
an ever changing menu of live music from
around the region and the globe. Downstairs Live – Dinner is served at your table
as you enjoy a live performance. Host your
next private party at World Cafe Live. Web:
worldcafelive.com
XIX - Nineteen
200 S. Broad Street, 19th Floor, (Park
Hyatt at the Bellevue), 215-790-1919.
($$$) Starters and main dishes are
perfectly executed. The desserts are a bit
more playful. Located on the 19th floor of
the Park Hyatt one really does feel at the
top with an elegant view of Center City.
Yo-reka!
3800 Locust Walk, 1920 Commons, . ($)
Looking for a tasty and healthy snack full
of flavor? Then treat yourself to a delectable all natural Chobani Greek yogurt where
you can select from a variety of toppings
from fruit, nuts, and more. You can even
build your very own custom built parfait!
Yo-reka! also offers fresh fruit, yogurt
smoothies, nutrition bars and granola.
BAKERY/ DESSERT
Auntie Anne’s
3405 Walnut Street, 215-387-0337. ($)
Hand-rolled soft pretzels in nine awesome
flavors, including new hot dog pretzels and
pretzel pockets. Web: auntieannes.com
Bagel Factory
510 Walnut Street, 215-627-0707. ($)
Great bagels, salads, gourmet sandwiches
and more.
Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream
218 S. 40th Street, 215-382-5092. ($)
The finest quality all natural ice cream.
Conveniently right on campus. Web:
benandjerrys.com
Capogiro Gelato Artisans
Darling’s Coffeehouse and Famous
Cheesecakes
2100 Spring Street, 215-496-9611. ($)
Darling’s professes to be ‘home of the
original Philly cheesecake,’ a cheesecake that’s apparently lighter in color
and creamier in texture than a NY-style
cheesecake. Darling’s has about ten
homemade cakes to choose from ($4.35$4.95 a slice), from the ‘classic Philly
cheesecake’ to white chocolate raspberry,
pumpkin, and Grand Marnier. Web:
darlingscheesecake.com
Dunkin’ Donuts
3437 Walnut Street, 215-222-7955. ($)
Sweeten your morning routine. Something
scrumptious is always waiting. Web:
dunkindonuts.com
Flying Monkey Patisserie
12th And Arch & Arch St, 215-928-0340.
($) Flying Monkey Patisserie is another of
Philadelphia’s great bakeries. It boasts a
variety of delicious sugary desserts that
all follow the bakery’s credo: “No bread,
all sweets.” A must try! Web: flyingmonkeyphilly.com
Golosa Chocolate Bar and Dessert
Lounge
3925 Walnut Street, 215-222-0252. ($$)
Capogiro brings Italian artisan know-how
together with Pennsylvania’s rich farmland
produce. The flavor selection changes
seasonally and includes unique flavors
such as persimmon sorbetto, honeysuckle, black walnut, mascarpone and fig, and
many more. Check out their Center City
location at 13th and Sansom as well. Web:
capogirogelato.com
806 S. 6th Street, 215-925-1003. ($)
This tiny dessert shop focuses mostly
on chocolate. Imported chocolates and
candies, along with desserts from around
South Philly make for a perfect ending to
your evening around South Street. Specialties include drinking chocolates and
100% cacao dark chocolate. Call before
you go to ensure there is space for you!
Cash-only BYOB. Web: golosacafe.com
Cassatt Tea Room and Lounge, The
Rittenhouse Hotel
Insomnia Cookies
210 W. Rittenhouse Square , (19th Street
Between Locust Street & Walnut Street),
215-546-9000. ($$) A quiet sanctuary of
soothing teas and garden views, the Mary
Cassatt Tea Room and Garden brings to
life the tranquil settings once painted by
its namesake. Elegant yet inviting, this
charming salon is an ideal venue for relaxing afternoons. Sip one of our signature
brews as you nibble on scones, pastries,
and tea sandwiches. Delight in our lovely
private garden, located just outside sets of
graceful French doors. Web: rittenhousehotel.com/weddings_old/cassat_dining.
cfm
Cream & Sugar Coffee and Sweet
Shop
4004 Spruce Street, 215-243-9979.
($) Be prepared to use all your sensory
functions when you walk into Cream and
Sugar. The shop creates a warm, inviting,
and delicious sanctuary from the everyday
world. It’s impossible to read the menu
or stand in front of the glass showcases
without salivating. Amaretto cheesecake.
Bavarian apple tart. Pumpkin bread
pudding. Chocolate-covered pretzels. Cupcakes. Cookies. Fudge. Bagels with fresh
cream cheese “schmears.” And don’t
forget La Colombe coffee and espresso.
Web: creamandsugarsweets.com
CremaLita
401 Chestnut Street, 215-829-9510.
($) CremaLita features the freshest,
creamiest taste in low-calorie, fat-free and
cholesterol-free ice cream. They offer over
sixty flavors of creamy, delicious, guilt-free
ice cream that you’ll surely enjoy. From
the fabulous Hot Chocolate Freeze to the
Root Beer Floats and Milk Shakes, it’s
always the right time for CremaLita.
650 5th Avenue, 31st Floor,
877-63-COOKIE. ($) Warm cookies and
brownies delivered to your door til 3AM.
Delivery only. Order online or call (877)
63-COOKIE. Web: insomniacookies.com
Isgro Pastries
1009 Christian Street, 215-923-3092. ($)
Over 100 year old quintessential Italian
bakery in the Italian Market specializing in
cannolis. They also make fantastic cookies, biscotti, tiramisu, and pizzelles. The
family run business has been using the
same authentic recipes straight from Italy
for generations. Web: bestcannoli.com
Kiwi
3606 Chestnut Street, 215- 387-1222. ($)
Customizable flavors and toppings, Kiwi is
the go-to choice for frozen yogurt on campus. Great flavors include vanilla bean,
cheesecake, mixed berry, red velvet, Irish
mint, and many more. Web: kiwifrozenyogurt.com
Le Pain Quotidien
1425 Walnut Street, . ($$$) New York
City import with organic, healthy choice
dishes.
(Please see review, Page 17)
Lore’s Chocolates
34 S. 7th Street, 215-627-3233. ($)
Located just blocks from the birthplace of
America’s independence, Lore’s Chocolates is proudly committed to upholding
Philadelphia’s confectionary history. We
specialize in manufacturing the finest
chocolates, reflecting the tastes of our region. Web: loreschocolates.com/cont.php
Marcie Blaine Artisanal Chocolates
108 S. 13th Street, 215-546-8700.
($) Chef Marcie Blaine Turney looks to
Lancaster County for organic cream and
butter, and nearby farms for seasonal
produce herbs and honey. Her chocolates
are inspired by the flavors of Mexico,
India, and the Mediterranean. Try Mango
Lassi, Sweet Lula, Mexican Mole, My Thai,
or Smoked Bacon. Web: marcieblaine.
com/marcieblaine
Max Brenner
1500 Walnut Street, 215-344-8150. ($$)
This restaurant brings Willy Wonka’s
Chocolate Factory to life with its array of
decadent chocolate creations, ranging
from chocolate pizzas and soups to doit-yourself fondue. Its full menu provides
a perfect opportunity to satisfy both
your hunger and your sweet tooth in one
delicious meal. Web: maxbrenner.com/
home.aspx
Metropolitan Bakery & Café
4013 Walnut Street , 215-222-1492. ($)
In a relaxed café setting right on campus,
Metropolitan Bakery & Café serves sand-
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1508 South Street, 215-545-0475. ($)
Top rate international pub fare. Large
vegetarian and Vegan selection. All the
food is prepared fresh on the premises.
Winner - Philly Magazine - Best Club
2002 - City Paper - Best late night kitchen
- City Search - Best cheap eats - Top Ten
New Restaurants in the country too. Web:
tritonebar.com
experience unlike any other. Web: tweedrestaurant.com/
spring dining guide
4207 Walnut Street, 215-222-4200.
($$) Enjoy food prepared by the chefs of
tomorrow in four different restaurants.
Student discount: 10 percent with school
identification. Carry-out foods prepared
by the chefs in our Café and Pastry Shop.
Pastries, breads, cakes plus a luncheon
selection of soups, salads and sandwiches. Gift certificates and private parties
available. Web: walnuthillcollege.edu
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spring dining guide
wiches, salads, soups and desserts along
with organic tea, coffee, espresso drinks
and, of course, Metropolitan Bakery’s
award-winning artisan breads, bagels, focaccia, pastries, muffins, cakes, and specialty sweets. Metropolitan Bakery & Café
also carries special coffees and granola by
the pound, as well as their own specialty
spreads and dips. Web: metropolitanbakery.com/locations/university_city
Miel Patisserie
204 S. 17th Street, 215-731-9191. ($)
Miel Patisserie is a traditional French
patisserie offering all of the loved classics,
including the “eclair au chocolat” and the
“pain au chocolat.” Fresh, natural flavors
and expert visual artistry are presented in
their delectable pastries and baked goods,
artisan breads, handmade chocolates and
custom-designed cakes. Web: mielpastry.
com
Naked Chocolate Cafe
1317 Walnut Street, 215-735-7310. ($)
The best place in Philadelphia for dessert.
Naked Chocolate carries everything from
rich hot chocolate to delicious pastries.
The apple lemonade is a house specialty.
Web: nakedchocolatecafe.com
Scoop de Ville Ice Cream/ Maron
Chocolates
1734 Chestnut Street, 215-988-9992.
($) Ice cream, chocolates, and blended
yogurt. Smells great, tastes better! If you
don’t know about us, you’re missing out!
Scoop De Ville will deliver on campus!
Great for study breaks, Greek parties.
Call for details. Scoop De Ville now offers
cake! Web: scoopdeville.com
Tartes
212 Arch Street, 215-625-2510. ($$) A
cute little place with the tastiest of treats,
like cupcakes and cakes.
(Please see review, Page 8)
The Crepewalk
Between 35th/36th Streets and Spruce
Street, . ($) Craving light, fluffy crepes
filled with delicious goodness? You don’t
need to fly to Paris for them! The Crepewalk serves a variety of sweet and savory
crepes, such as Nutella and strawberry
crepe, and chicken sandwich crepe.
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The Green Line Cafe
4239 Baltimore Avenue, 215-222-3431.
($) Features organic gourmet coffee
and tea, fresh baked goods, bagels and
pastries, as well as sandwiches, salads,
and its own line of bottled sodas. Web:
greenlinecafe.com
Yogorino
233 S. 20th Street, 267-639-5287. ($) Fro
yo fanatics will freak over this newcomer
serving up tart frozen yogurt. While there
is only one flavor option (plain), the
toppings like pistachio sauce, dulche de
leche and toasted hazel nuts take this
treat to another level.
CHINESE
Beijing
3714 Spruce Street, 215-222-5242. ($)
On-campus convenience and speedy service at one of the better Chinese places in
Philly, offering Mandarin, Cantonese and
Szechuan. Campus delivery and catering
for large parties citywide. BYOB. Web:
beijingatpenn.com
Billy Wong’s
50 S. 2nd Street, 215-829-1128. ()
30 Named after its Chef, Billy Wong’s has
amazing tasting Chinese classics as well
as lighter fare.
Charles Plaza
234-236 N. 10th Street, 215-829-4383.
($) Charles Plaza exemplifies outstanding
value and incredible taste for the discerning palate. The walnut chicken and spicy
General Tso are out of this world. Also,
Charles Plaza does not serve beef or pork
(Kosher!). For excellent Americanized
Chinese food, this is the place.
China Inn
4423 Locust Street, 215-222-2208. ($)
This isn’t your typical takeout. In addition
to all the typical Chinese-American mainstays, China Inn also has an extensive
selection of vegetarian specialties including veggie beef, chicken, and pork.
H.K. Golden Phoenix
911 Race Street, 215-629-4988. ($)
Best dim sum in town. Also known for
specialty seafood dishes. Parties & catering welcome.
Han Dynasty
108 Chestnut Street, 215-922-1889. ($$)
Han Dynasty is a family friendly restaurant
serving a full array of Chinese food. Call
in advance for take out or bring a whole
group with you to enjoy on site in Olde
Town Philadelphia. Web: handynasty.net
Ho Sai Gai
1000 Race Street, 215-922-4930. ($)
Authentic Chinese cuisine. Hong Kong
style dim sum.
Hong Kong Chinese Food
33rd Street and Spruce Street, . ($)
Located near HUP (Penn’s Hospital),
Hong Kong’s serves a variety of standard
Chinese dishes, including fried rice, lo
mein and chicken, pork and beef.
House of Chen
932 Race Street, 215-923-9797. ($$) We
are well known for spare ribs, dumplings
and spicy foods. Serving lunch, dinner
and late dinner until 5 a.m. Closed
Tuesdays.
Imperial Inn
146 N. 10th Street, 215-627-2299. ($$)
Serves a variety of Szechuan, Mandarin
and Cantonese dishes with authentic dim
sum served daily. Banquet facilities up to
250 people. Full liquor license.
J.C. Chinese Restaurant
1701 S. 8th Street, 215-334-1056. ($$)
Featuring a new approach to Oriental cuisine with offerings of chicken wings and
a wide variety of entrees. Gift certificates
available.
Jade Harbor
942 Race Street, 215-928-0451. ($$)
Jade Harbor Seafood Restaurant is a
great Chinese restaurant. Whether you
choose from the extensive dinner menu or
the award winning dishes menu you will
find something to love. Try the amazing
“Harbor Lobster” or any of their other well
known dishes. Web: phillychinatown.com/
jadeharbor.htm
Joseph Poon Chef Kitchen
1010 Cherry Street, 215-928-9333. ($$)
Joseph Poon Chef Kitchen catering is a
fun, very clean, open kitchen, featuring
a variety of international cuisines, like
Peking Duck Pizza, Polenta, Crab Sushi,
Typical Hong Kong Roast Duck, Wonton
and Pork Noodle Soup. Vegetarian healthy
dish. Web: josephpoon.com
Joy Tsin Lau
1026 Race Street, 215-592-7226.
($$) One of the biggest restaurants in
Chinatown, it can seat 1,000 people in
four dining rooms. The house specialty is
dim sum.
Kim’s Oriental Food
37th Street and Walnut Street, . ($) Located right by Pottruck gym, Kim’s offers
Chinese food including a variety of rice,
noodle and meat and vegetarian dishes.
Delicious, hot, and fast, recommended
dishes include Eggplant Chicken, Oriental
Beef, Ginger Chicken, and Mapo Tofu.
Kingdom of Vegetarians
129 N. 11th Street, 215-413-2290. ($)
Long known as a haven by vegetarians,
this Chinatown restaurant has been
serving kosher and vegan delights with
amazing consistency since 1994. The
expansive menu features dim sum, soups,
imitation pork, chicken, seafood and beef
entrees, plus vegetable dishes and fried
rice.
Le Anh Chinese Food
35th Street and Spruce Street, 215-2057903. ($) Le Anh Chinese Food (separate
from the Real Le Anh Food Truck) offers
standard Chinese fare including a variety
of rice, lo mein, chicken, beef and pork
dishes
Lee How Fook
219 N. 11th Street, 215-925-7266. ($)
Contemporary and cozy, this Chinatown
BYO has a soup menu that alone is worth
the trip: Order a few of the large bowls
(the bright chicken and cream of corn is a
must) to share. The rest of the Cantonese
menu is put together with fresh ingredients and care, evident in the deeply flavorful hot pots, lightly sauced fish dishes, and
spicy kung pao. Web: leehowfook.com
Mandarin Palace
1835 Chestnut Street, 215-557-6280.
($) Serves a variety of Mandarin, Hunan,
Szechuan and Cantonese dishes for dining
in or take-out and free delivery. BYO
Mustard Greens Restaurant
622 S. 2nd Street, 215-627-0833. ($$)
The minimalistic design of this Chinese
restaurant reflects the simple, yet creative
interpretations of classic Cantonese
dishes. Web: mustardgreensrestaurant.
com
Nan Zhou Handdrawn Noodle House
927 Race Street, 215-923-1550. ($) Nan
Zhou is considered to be one of the best
noodle soup restaurants in Chinatown.
The menu is entirely focused on hand
drawn noodle soups and does not offer
other Chinese food classics like egg rolls.
Great food at a good price.
Ocean City
234 N. 9th Street, 215-829-0688. ($$)
Aquariums with fishnet to mention crabs,
frogs and shrimp--and a busy take-out
window greet patrons at this assembly-hall
destination of serious Hong Kong dining.
From lunch until late night, the big space
bustles with large groups of Chinatown
locals dining family style beneath sparkling chandeliers. Dinner favorites include
basic broccoli and shrimp, tender sizzling
beef short ribs and spicy clams with sausage. For dessert, try a chilly, wiggly cube
of coconut pudding.
An elegant atmosphere. Web: pagodanoodlecafe.com
Ray’s Café & Tea House, Inc.
141 N. 9th Street, 215-922-5122. ($$)
Small café/restaurant. Serves Taiwanese
cuisine followed by variety of coffees and
desserts. Received “Best of Philly” for
coffee for several years, including 1996
& 2000. Coffees uniquely brewed with
syphon makers. BYOB. May come in only
for meal, only for coffee/desserts or both!
Sakura Mandarin
1038 Race Street, 215-873-8338. ($$)
A Shanghai-style Chinese and Japanese
restaurant with award-winning chefs.
We offer authentic Chinese food with
fresh ingredients. Also, we have the best
French-style Japanese food in town.
Sang Kee Peking Duck House
238 N. 9th Street, 215-925-7532. ($$)
The real Hong Kong-style cooking.
Specialize in all kinds of noodle dishes,
Peking Duck and lobster. The best roasted
duck wonton noodle soup in town. The
flavor hot spot in Chinatown. Web: sangkeephiladelphia.com
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Shiao Lan Kung
930 Race Street, 215-928-0282. ($$) Offering a wide variety of Cantonese cuisine,
this cheap but tasty eatery ranks among
the best in Chinatown. Share stir fries,
seafoods, noodles, and poultry with family
and friends.
Spring Chinese Restaurant
3739 Lancaster Ave., 215-222-1000. ($$)
Square on Square
1905 Chestnut Street, 215-568-0088.
($$) A Chinese restaurants in west center
city serving most of the typical dishes you
would find anywhere else but unlike the
food trucks, Square on Square’s chicken
and vegetables are of far superior quality.
The chef specials such as Honey Walnut
Shrimp and the Mongolian Merlot Beef are
also worth a try. Web: squareonsquare.
com
Szechuan Tasty House
902 Arch Street, 215-925-2839. ($) This
small szechuan Chinese place is known
for adding extra spice to the items found
on it’s menu. Good for those who want to
try something slightly different. Order a
lot of water.
Tai Lake
134 N. 10th Street, 215-922-0698.
($$) Place an order for steamed shrimp
here, and you’ll see your waiter head to
a tank with a net to collect your dinner.
Now that’s what we call fresh. Web:
tailakeseafoodrest.com
Wok Chinese Seafood Restaurant
1613 Walnut Street, 215-495-0147. ($$)
Features a large menu with dishes from
the Szechuan, Hunan and Mandarin cuisines. Everything on the menu is available
for take-out. Web: wok2wok.com
Won Chinese Restaurant
214 S. 40th Street, 215-386-4622. ($)
Mandarin, Szechuan and Cantonese
dishes.
Yue Kee
238 S. 38th Street, 610-812-7189. ($)
Yue Kee has been feeding Penn students
and the local community with delicious
Chinese fare since 1983. Ever-popular,
there is always a line of students waiting
for food outside the truck at any given
time.
COFFEEHOUSE
Accenture Cyber Cafe
220 S. 33rd Street, (Towne Building), 215573-1332. ($) Featuring made-to-order
espresso drinks, smoothies, and bubble
tea. Come in for a pick-me up and get
connected. Web: upenn.edu/dining
Avril 50
3406 Sansom Street, 215-222-6108. ($)
Choose from our fine selection of coffees,
teas, pastries, gifts, cards, chocolates,
cigarettes, tobaccos, cigars, calendars,
academic journals, and over 2,500 publications from around the world.
Bean Café
615 South Street, 215-629-2250. ($)
Friendly, homey, cozy and unpretentious.
Smoking allowed, soy products available,
homemade goodies. Free Wi-Fi.
Bonte
922 Walnut Street, 215-238-7407. ($) Located in Center City, Bonte specializes in
waffles and coffee. Its waffles are known
to be some of the best in the city. It is
also a nice place to just stop by for a warm
drink. Web: mybonte.com/cafe-entry.php
Cafe Clave
4305 Locust Street, 215-386-3436.
($) Come in for great coffee, tasty cafe
treats, music, sandwiches, hot and cold
beverages and free internet access! Web:
cafeclave.com
Einstein Bros. Bagels
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Ocean Harbor
1023 Race Street, 215-574-1398. ($$)
Bar, private rooms, kid-friendly. Web:
oceanharbor.citysearch.com
Pagoda Noodle Cafe
125 Sansom Street, 215-928-2320. ($)
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Kaffa Crossing
4423 Chestnut Street, 215-386-0504.
($) A unique Ethiopian cafe on 44th and
Chestnut offering low cost ethnic cuisine
as well as fair trade coffee. Nice music,
service and cozy atmosphere with occasional special events. Web: kaffacrossing.com
(Please see review, Page 12)
La Colombe Torrefaction
130 S. 19th Street, 215-563-0860. ($)
Our café serves as a showcase for our
roasting company, offering what many
believe to be the best blended coffees
available. With this objective in mind,
we offer only a limited selection of foods,
namely fine French morning and evening
pastries. Web: lacolombe.com
Lovers and Madmen Coffee Lounge
28 S. 40th Street, 215-243-9851. ($)
Serving counterculture coffee and
espresso alongside locally-produced
and organic baked goods, quiche, and
gourmet sandwiches, with free wifi, Lovers
and Madmen also hosts various events
including movie nights, open mic, coffee
cuppings and barista competitions. Web:
loversandmadmencoffee.com
Mark’s Café at the Van Pelt-Dietrich
Library
3420 Walnut Street, (Van Pelt-Dietrich
Library, Lower Level), 215-573-1332. ($)
Located on the ground floor of the Van
Pelt-Dietrich Library, this café serves up
hot and cold coffee beverages, delicious
and refreshing smoothies, gourmet salads,
hot panini, and tempting desserts. Web:
cafebonappetit.com/penn/cafes/retail/
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Nook Bakery & Coffee Bar
Old City Coffee, Inc.
1136 Arch Street, (12th Street & Arch
Street), 215-592-1897. ($) Also located at
221 Church Street. (215-629-9292) and
Reading Terminal Market. Old City Coffee
offers café foods daily, perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner, featuring vegetarian
and healthy home-style entreés. Web:
oldcitycoffee.com
Penn Cafe
3601 Walnut Street, Penn Bookstore, 215898-7595. ($) Also accepts PennCard.
Located on the second floor of the University of Pennsylvania Bookstore. Serving
Starbucks coffee.
Sam’s Place
405 S. 45th Street, 215-662-0402. ($)
Convenience and grocery store with deli
that serves meat and vegetarian sandwiches as well as gourmet cheeses. Sam’s
famous coffee is always hot and fresh.
A variety of baked goods are available
including vegan options.
Satellite Cafe
701 S. 50th Street, 215-729-1211. ($)
Organic coffee, organic tea, free internet,
healthy wraps, healthy smoothies, and
vegan baked goods.
Saxby’s Coffee
4000 Locust Street, 215-222-8400. ($)
Gourmet baked goods, coffee, espresso
drinks, and non-coffee drinks. Delicious
campus spot with free Wi-Fi. Come relax
or study with us! Web: saxbyscoffee.com
Starbucks
3400 Walnut Street, 215-387-1914. ($)
Also located at 1801 Market Street, 215569-4223, and 16th and Walnut streets,
215-732-0708. Web: starbucks.com
255 S 36th St, 215-573-8693. ($$)
Located in Williams Hall Web: vpul.upenn.
edu/psa/wcafe.php
DELI
20 S. 36th Street, 215-662-0802. ($)
Located on the bottom floor of the Stratum
apartments, this small cafe has an array of
affordable lunch options.
Campo’s Deli
214 Market Street, 215-293-1000. ($)
Located in Old City, Campo’s Deli has
been family operated since 1947. It has
been featured on the Food Network, Food
Dude, City’s Best, and Best of Philly. Web:
camposdeli.com
Famous Fourth Street Deli
700 S. 4th Street, 215-922-3274. ($)
A very Philly, New York-like deli where
neighborhood residents and other city
dwellers come together for some good
corned beef, matzo ball soup, knishes
and lox and bagels. Don’t forget to try the
chocolate chip cookies! Web: famous4thstreetdelicatessen.com
(Please see review, Page 6)
Ishkabibble’s Eatery
337 South Street, 215-923-4337. ($)
Home of the chicken cheesesteak and
Philly cheese steak. Award winning best
fries & burger. Famous drink “Gremlin.”
Jimmy John’s
3925 Walnut Street, 215-222-7827. ($)
“World’s Greatest Gourmet Sandwiches!”
Web: jimmyjohns.com
Koch’s Delicatessen
3800 Locust Walk, 1920 Commons,
215-898-5265. ($) Stop by the newest
Starbucks on campus located in 1920
Commons. We take Dining Dollars. Web:
upenn.edu/dining
The Last Drop
Nick’s Roast Beef
1300 Pine Street, 215-893-9262. ($)
Many now-famous musicians, artists and
film persons have frequented the Drop.
Great food, novelty espresso drinks. Great
spot to hang out, play chess and sketch
other sketchers. Surf the internet (WiFi);
Art gallery with an opening every first
Friday of the month.
Williams Cafe
"And if you're an 8–year–old
who's never had an orgasm
before, you got your money's
worth."
16 S 2nd St., 215-928-9411. ($) Offers
a large variety of deli-style sandwiches,
steaks, hoagies, pizza, salads, vegetarian
sandwiches, appetizers and daily drink
specials. Dinners from $8.95. Pasta, seafood, beef, chicken, and baby back ribs.
Quiznos Sub
3401 Walnut Street, (Food Court, the
Moravian Cafes), 215-387-3736. ($)
Toasted subs with warm meat and melted
cheese. Web: quiznos.com
Sarcone’s Deli
734 S. 9th Street, 215-922-1717. ($)
Bakery located in the Italian market
popularly hailed as one of the top delis in
Philadelphia. Sandwiches that combine
their unique bread with meats and
cheeses are always in high demand,
so come early to get yours! Credit card
use available - minimum of $20. Web:
sarconesdeli.com
Schlesinger’s
Justin Bieber done high.
1521 Locust St, 215-735-7305. ($$) Perfect sandwiches and exotic meats team
up with a quiet atmosphere when you just
want to take a break.
Stan’s Deli
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3800 Locust Walk , 1920 Commons,
215-898-5265. ($) Found on the ground
floor of 1920 Commons, Subway features
healthy subs and salads from the worldfamous sandwich chain. Plus, they accept
Dining Dollars! Web: subway.com
Axis Cafe
4309 Locust Street, 215-222-8662. ($)
Koch’s Deli was established in 1966 and
has been serving the University community ever since. A Jewish style deli (“the
best Jewish Deli this side of Brooklyn”), all
sandwiches are made to order with freshly
sliced meat. Enjoy the best corned beef
and pastrami in town. Also, free samples
while you wait! Web: kochsdeli.com
Starbucks in 1920 Commons
Subway
3632 Powelton Ave, 215-382-7826. ($$)
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Web: stansphillydeli.com
the sophisticated downtown Sofitel hotel,
where French elegance and American
style are blended. Here, you will enjoy
a creative approach to a contemporary
French cuisine of the highest standards in
a cozy atmosphere. Web: sofitel.com/gb/
hotel-2741-sofitel-philadelphia/restaurant.
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Beau Monde
624 S. 6th Street , 215-592-0656. ($$)
Creperie Beau Monde is a perfect place
to have brunch, lunch, dinner and drinks!
Specializing in Crepes, the menu also has
plenty of appetizers, soups and salads.
Their romantic atmosphere is accommodating for that special date but also
friendly for your family (kids included)
and large parties. The versatile menu has
a wide range of prices that will agree with
any budget. Web: creperie-beaumonde.
com
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Bibou BYOB
1009 S. 8th Street, 215-965-8290. ($$$)
Chef Calmels spent his Philadelphia time
as executive chef at Le Bec, where he no
doubt perfected the art of expert cooking.
Experience it with his sauteed halibut,
hanger steak with potatoes and light-at-air
rabbit terrine in a bistro setting. BYOB.
Web: biboubyob.com
Bistro St. Tropez
2400 Market Street, 4th Floor, 215-5699269. ($$$) Bistro St. Tropez offers the
illusion of Provence atop the Marketplace
Design Center in Philadelphia. Chef/Owner
Patrice Rames signatures simple, classic
cuisine. Prepared with fresh seasonal
ingredients and presented with style. Web:
bistrosttropez.com
Bistrot La Minette
623 S. 6th Street, 215-925-8000. ($$$)
This cozy bistro brings the culinary spirit
of Paris to Queen Village. Sink into the red
suede banquette with a date and a pitcher
of house red. The menu changes seasonally but look for the rustic country terrine
or the refined vegetable quenelles. Web:
bistrotlaminette.com
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Cadence
801 E. Passyunk Avenue, 215-923-7675.
($$$) French bistro Cochon in South
Philly adds a needed change from all of
the Italian eateries in the area. Cochon
means “pig” in French. In keeping with
that theme, Cochon’s menu features
traditional pork dishes, such as Braised
Pork Belly, Pork, Rillettes, and Stew of
Pigs Feet. Cochon also offers a variety of
other dishes, including Seared Scallops,
Roasted Chicken, Striped Bass, and more.
Vegetarian dishes available upon request.
Cash-only BYOB! Web: cochonbyob.com
La Creperie Café
1722 Sansom Street, 215-564-6460. ($)
Serving the finest, authentic crepes in the
heart of the French Quarter in Center City.
Web: lacreperie.biz
La Dominique
33rd and Market Streets, . ($) Tasty
crepes that are a work of art.
(Please see review, Page 11)
La Terrasse
3432 Sansom Street, 215-386-5000.
($$$) Fine dining available in our terraces.
Lunch entrees range from $8-$18, dinner
entrees range from $16-$28. LT’s bar and
café menu (entrees range from $6-$14). 6
days a week. Great happy hour and special drinks. Web: laterrasserestaurant.com
Lacroix at The Rittenhouse
210 W. Rittenhouse Square, 215-5469000. ($$$$) Lacroix Restaurant under
Executive Chef Matthew Leuin has brought
together modern, cutting-edge cooking
while maintaining Lacroix’s reputation for
excellence in contemporary dining. Web:
lacroixrestaurant.com
Le Bar Lyonnais
1523 Walnut Street, 215-567-1000.
($$$) Located downstairs in Le Bec-Fin,
this casually elegant subterranean room
is welcoming, and the menu applies Le
Bec’s almost 40 years of talent to French
standards. Web: lebecfin.com/laBar.cfm
Le Bec-Fin
The Kimmel Center, 260 S. Broad Street,
215-670-2388. ($$$) Located on the
second tier, Cadence offers a spectacular
view under the glass roof of the Kimmel
Center, as well as a large outdoor terrace
overlooking the Avenue of the Arts. Web:
kimmelcenter.org/planning/dining.php
1523 Walnut Street, 215-567-1000.
($$$$) Elegance and intimacy combine
with unmatched cuisine to make Le BecFin one of the country’s most celebrated
French restaurants. Menu changes seasonally. Classical guitar music Friday and
Saturday nights. Valet parking available.
Web: lebecfin.com
Caribou Cafe
Liberte Lounge
1126 Walnut Street, 215-625-9535. ($$)
Step into the vibrant world of Paris. This
21-year-old landmark has brought Philadelphia and its visitors a taste of France in
a relaxed atmosphere. The art deco bar,
leather banquettes, warm orange walls,
and antique mirrors make Caribou Café
your destination for lunch, dinner and
brunch. From Onion soup, Quiche and
warm Frisee Salad to Cassoulet, Steak
frites or Skate fish with capers, native
Frenchman Chef Olivier serves delectable
French food that follows the seasons.
Web: cariboucafe.com
Chez Colette, Hotel Sofitel
120 S. 17th Street, 215-569-8300. ($$$)
Chez Colette is a charming brasserie at
120 S 17th St, 215-569-8300. ($$$)
Located in the Sofitel, this lounge has food
that is as good its famous drinks! Web:
libertelounge.com
Parc Restaurant
227 S. 18th Street, 215-545-2262. ($$$)
Located in Rittenhouse Square, Stephen
Starr has captured the essence of a Parisian bistro. Order a Kir Royale, absinthe
drip, moules frites and a dessert cheese
plate while sitting out on the expansive
sidewalk and just see if you don’t start
speaking French. Web: parc-restaurant.
com
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15 South 20th Street, 215-496-9033.
($) Fresh & delicious baked goods with
coffee beverages prepared in an artisanal
fashion. All baked goods are made on-site
from scratch, using fresh & seasonal
ingredients. Coffee is available via French
press or brewed-to-order on our custombuilt brew bar, using freshly roasted
local or regionally-roasted coffee. Web:
nookbarkeryand coffee.com
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spring dining guide
Houston Market, Lower Level, 3417
Spruce Street, 215-746-3424. ($) Everyone knows that mornings are not easy.
Alleviate some of the morning rush by
stopping by Einstein Bros. Bagels in the
lower level of Houston Market. Pick up a
hot cup of coffee and a hearty breakfast
sandwich to start your day off right. Einstein Bros. Bagels also offers delectable
salads, sandwiches and soups throughout
the day. Web: einsteinbros.com
Pari Cafe Creperie
Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce Street, 215-
31
spring dining guide
222-6500. ($) Pari Cafe Creperie offers
Parisian style crepes cooked much the
way they were from their inception and
offers a fresh, healthy and delicious alternative to the fast food dilemma. The crepe
batter is made fresh daily and each crepe
is filled with the finest ingredients, fresh
fruits and vegetables. All crepes are made
to order and flavored to your taste.
Snackbar
253 S. 20th Street, 215-545-5655. ($$)
Rittenhouse residents pack inside Snackbar’s snug dining room just off the Square,
crowding the small L-shaped bar and
sleek black tables to peruse an extensive
wine list and the eclectic menu of snacks,
sides, and small and large plates. Web:
snackbarltd.com
Southwark
701 S. 4th Street, 215-238-1888. ($$$)
This casual, eclectic bistro has become an
indispensable neighborhood restaurant.
Queen Village diners gather in the lively
front bar, with its inexpensive wine list,
classic cocktail and surprising appetizer
options. Web: southwarkrestaurant.com
The Abbaye
637 N. 3rd Street, 215-627-6711. ($$)
This Belgian-style bistro has plenty of
beers on tap and the menu is filled with
delicious Belgian specialties, such as the
vegan shepherd pie and the pulled pork
sandwich. The open and spacious dining
room makes it a great place for groups!
Vintage
129 S. 13th Street, 215-922-3095. ($$)
Vintage has great ambiance, good food
and a vast selection of wine and beer.
Order food too while you’re there; French
bistro fare is the specialty. Web: vintagephiladelphia.com
Zinc
246 S. 11th Street, 215-351-9901. ($$$)
Owned by French chef Olivier Desaintmartin of Caribou Cafe. Stop in for a quick
bite- many small dishes available- or a
full French meal. The bar serves many
French specialty drinks. A fairly small
restaurant- 40 seats including the bar- located in Midtown Village (near Jefferson).
Web: zincbarphilly.com
baked in-house and the best Turkish coffee in Philadelphia. Web: balkanexpressrestaurant.com
Barbuzzo
110 S. 13th Street, 215-546-9300. ($$)
Rustic Mediterranean restaurant Barbuzzo
takes inspiration from Portugal, Spain,
France and Italy, putting out fare like pig
“popcorn” — a crisp, crackly interpretation of chicharrones; tender grilled octopus with potato, assorted preparations of
pickled and preserved vegetables, housemade pastas and Neopolitan-style pizzas,
cooked in an authentic wood-burning
oven. Web: barbuzzo.com/barbuzzo
Bitar’s
947 Federal Street, 215-755-1121. ($) Bitar’s serves some of the greatest Mediterranean food in Philadelphia at one of the
lowest prices. They are very well known
for their take-out sandwiches. A small
Mediterranean market is also attached to
the restaurant. Web: bitars.com
Byblos
116 S. 18th Street, 215-568-3050. ($$)
Restaurant/Bar in center city with modern
and fun atmosphere. Hookah available.
Web: byblosphilly.com
Cafe Lift
428 N. 13th Street, 215-922-3031.
($) Eclectic food served in a casual
atmosphere. Great for Sunday brunch. Try
their famous Cannoli French Toast! Web:
cafelift.com
Casablanca
Between 35th/36th Streets and Spruce
Street, Across from the Quad, . ($) This
food truck serves a variety of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food, including
gyros, falafel and various platters.
Dmitri’s
2227 Pine Street, 215-985-3680. ($$)
Olive oil and red-wine vinegar touch every
fresh piece of seafood that goes on the
grill. Lightly whipped, garlicky, hummus
puts most others to shame. (Ask for extra
grilled pita wedges.) Meaty bits of octopus
swim alongside green olives in a simple
sauce of olive oil and lemon juice. Expect
a pleasant meal along with great service.
Effie’s
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GREEK/MEDITERRANEAN
Audrey Claire
276 S. 20th Street, 215-731-1222. ($$) A
Mediterranean BYOB, Audrey Claire gives
you the grand tour with flatbreads, Israeli
couscous, grilled fish specials, lamb, seafood, hummus, and the olive oils and dry
spices of the land. Web: audreyclaire.com
Aya’s Cafe Mediterranean Cuisine
2129 Arch Street, 215-567-1555. ($$)
This BYOB is open for lunch weekdays
and dinners nightly. An unpretentious and
relaxing atmosphere that is perfect for a
casual and delicious dining experience.
Web: ayascafe.net
Balkan Express Restaurant
2237 Grays Ferry Avenue, 215-545-1255.
($$) Eastern European cuisine inspired
by the countries on the historic Orient
Express route: Paris to Istanbul. Balkan
Express Restaurant serves authentic,
multiethnic food cooked with fresh and
natural ingredients. Romanian Sarma,
Hungarian goulash, Serbian bean soup,
32 Bulgarian salad. End dinner with desserts
1127 Pine Street, 215-592-8333. ($$)
In a small open kitchen, whole fish and
slices of pita share a grill. Service is
genuine, friendly and fast. Earthy souvlaki
comes on lightly grilled pita bread or stuck
alongside peppers and onions on skewers.
Order a side of minty rice-stuffed grape
leaves or flaky and tangy spanakopita--and
don’t miss Effie’s home-style fries. For
dessert, couple cardamom-infused Greek
coffee with honey-drenched baklava. Web:
effiesrestaurant.com
Estia
1405 Locust Street, 215-735-7700. ($$$)
Fish rule at this Greek restaurant. This
stone-and-wood-laden eatery excels at
simply grilling whole fish over charcoal,
and offers uncommon Mediterranean
varieties, like a lethrini from the snapper
family and royal dorado. The fried potato
side dish and lemony Greek salad have
created Estia devotees for life. Web:
estiarestaurant.com
Figs
2501 Meredith Street, 215-978-8440.
($$) The flavors are Moroccan influenced,
the menu is Mediterranean mix and the
atmosphere is both intimate and energetic. Figs welcomes both large and small
groups and is available for private parties.
Web: figsrestaurant.com
Girasole
440 S. Broad Street, 215-732-2728. ($$$)
Girasole offers the charm of old world cuisine and the warmth of the Mediterranean
sun in a setting of modern ambiance. Surround yourself in the aroma of homemade
pasta dishes, fresh seafood and artisan
cheeses. Web: girasolephilly.com
Greek Lady Restaurant
222 S. 40th Street, 215-382-2600. ($)
Great fresh food with an enhanced menu
that includes traditional Greek cuisine.
Expanded location means more room for
you and your friends.
Hanan House of Pita
38th and Walnut Street, 267-226-5692.
($) Hanan House of Pita serves a delicious
array of food including a variety of vegetarian options. The menu includes falafel,
kafta, gyros, salads and platters.
Istanbul Fish Grill Restaurant
South Street Souvlaki
509 South Street, 215-925-3026. ($) The
oldest and most authentic Greek restaurant in Philadelphia, serving seafood, lamb
dishes and vegetarian food. The titular
souvlaki sliced into sandwiches or on a
platter is a favorite choice.
Village Belle
757 S Front St, 215-551-2200. ($$$)
Great for a date, with friends or just a
quick meal on your own, Village Belle is
full of unexpected flavors and surprising
people. Web: thevillagebelle.com
Zesty’s
4382 Main Street, 1-800-816-3463. ($$)
Serving homemade Greek and Roman
specialties such as Spaghetti alla Putanesca and Moussaka. Homemade soups
and desserts. Fresh fish from Greece and
Portugal every day. Contemporary ambiance including fireplace, granite tabletops
and espresso bar. Live music. Full bar.
Web: cafezesty.com/home_page.html
228 Vine Street, 215-592-1212. ($$)
This Turkish restaurant has been bringing
the taste of Anatolia’s fresh and healthy
cuisine since 2004. Menu specials include
meat kebabs, gyros, and fresh fish. They
also serve brunch and offer over 75 flavors
of hookah. Web: 1stanbulgrill.com
Zorba’s Taverna
Kanella
INDIAN
1001 Spruce Street, 215-922-1773. ($$)
“What I serve at home is what I’ll serve at
the restaurant,” says Konstantinos Pitsillides. At his Kanella (Greek for cinnamon),
the menu is based around simplicity —
the chef works with organic free-range
meats, from quail and rabbit to baby lamb
and goat; he also offers locally sourced
fish daily. Traditional dishes from Cyprus
include seftalia, homemade sausages, grilleg quail, whole fish in grape leaves, rabbit
stews, homemade icecreams, and cyprus
coffee. Web: kanellarestaurant.com
Mediterranean Café & Ice Cream
3409 Walnut Street, 215-387-8837. ($)
Conveniently located in the Food Court,
Mediterranean Café offers a variety of
Greek salads, gyros, kabob sandwiches,
falafels and desserts. Frozen yogurt and
ice cream also available.
Mokas
3505 Lancaster Avenue, 215-222-4410.
($) On the edge of Drexel’s campus, this
Greek bar and grill offers all the charm of
a BYOB., with a fireplace, tiny windowside
tables, and laid-back service. Don’t look
for fancy fusion ere, just authentic, homestyle Greek dishes ranging from hefty to
light. Affordable with late-night menus and
live entertainment on the weekends.
Novita Bistro
1608 South Street, 215-545-4665. ($$)
From the tiny open kitchen comes a
Mediterranean menu heavy on wellexecuted Italian fare — calamari tossed in
a balsamic and cherry pepper reduction;
house-made porcini ravioli covered in a
silky cream sauce. But it’s Morocco native
chef Hassan Zanzoul’s tagines (Moroccan stew) that rule any meal here. Web:
novitabistro.com
Sawan’s Mediterranean Bistro
116 S.18th Street, 215-568-3050. ($$)
Near Rittenhouse Square, the Sawan
family presents the unique tastes of the
countries of the Mediterranean. The
Mediterranean tradition of healthy cuisine
abounds with selections of pasta and
seafood specialties of the region, including
kebabs, gyros, and pizza, plus salads,
burgers and regional desserts.
2230 Fairmount Avenue, 215-978-5990.
($$) BYOB. Great food and atmosphere
of a Greek neighborhood tavern. Web:
zorbastavern.com
Ashoka Palace
38 S. 19th Street, 215-564-6466. ($)
Ashoka Palace brings budget-priced
Indian fare to an area of the city painfully
devoid of South Asian spice. It isn’t exactly
fancykins inside, but it doesn’t need to
be — the delicious traditional dishes is all
you need.
Bindi
105 S. 13th Street, 215-922-6061. ($$$)
Located in Midtown Village, Bindi shares
several characteristics with its across-thestreet sister restaurant, Lolita. While Lolita
is Mexican and Bindi is Modern Indian,
the themes of originality, freshness and
great food are common to both. Dishes
such as Chana Masala Chicken and Pork
Loin Vindaloo are dressed up with a special touch from Chef Marcie Turney. Web:
bindibyob.com
of Tandoor takes pride in serving a variety
of Indian cuisine. Always fresh, the dishes
are a savory delight. A delicately spiced
Indian curry will tease your taste buds.
Web: kingoftandoor.com
Lovash Indian Cuisine
236 South Street, 215-925-3881. ($$) Authentic Indian cuisine - home away from
home. Web: lovashindiancuisine.com
Minar Palace
1304 Walnut Street, 215-546-9443. ($)
Recently closed for several years, Minar
Palace returns to Philly in a new location.
A full range of Indian dishes are available,
including vegetarian, chicken, lamb,
goat, and shrimp options. Most dishes
are under $10, with a different $7 special
every Monday through Thursday. Web:
minarphilly.com
New Delhi Indian Restaurant
4004 Chestnut Street, 215-386-1941.
($$) Very good Indian food on the edge of
campus. New Delhi offers the best Indian
food in the city. Daily lunch and dinner
buffet. Also offers authentic Indian beers,
along with an exceptional selection of
other beers, wines and cocktails. Web:
newdelhiweb.com
(Please see our ad, Page 39)
Palace at the Ben
834 Chestnut Street, 267-232-5600.
($$) This elegant Indian restaurant is the
epitome of fine dining. The menu offers
diverse, authentic Indian options and
presentation adds to the experience. Web:
thepalaceattheben.com
Rangoon
112 N. 9th Street, 215-829-8939. ($$)
Rangoon is in Chinatown, but the distinctive cuisine of Burma shares as much
with neighboring India as with China, and
its most characteristic element is curry.
Noodle dishes, especially creamy coconut
noodle soup, are also hallmarks. Web:
phillychinatown.com/rangoon.htm
Sitar India Restaurant
60 S. 38th Street, (Between Chestnut
Street and Market Street), 215-662-0818.
($) Open seven days a week. North and
South Indian food. Courteous service.
Now serving beer.
(Please see our ad, Page 4)
Bombay Express
122 S. 12th St, 215-922-0414. ($) Indian
and Mediterranean fast food. Be sure
to try the Kathi rolls and falafel. 10%
discount with a student ID.
Desi Chaat House
501 S. 42nd Street, 215-386-1999. ($)
Chaat is a Hindi word meaning “to taste”
and is generally quite diverse. Desi Chaat
House offers Specialty Chaats such as
Gujarat Chaat (spicy noodles seasoned in
peanuts, red chili, salt and curry leaves),
Mumbai Chaat (a crunchy blend of rice,
lentils, and nuts), and many more. Chaat
here adopts to modern trends and healthy
eating. Web: desichaathouse.com
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Karma Restaurant & Bar
114 Chestnut Street, 215-925-1444. ($$)
An upscale but casual restaurant, Karma
features dishes with a blend of traditional,
classic, and nouvelle styles from throughout the various regions of India. Owned
and operated by a Penn alum. Web:
theKarmarestaurant.com
King of Tandoor Fine Indian Restaurant
1824 Callowhill Street, 215-568-0750.
($$) Located near the Art Museum, King
@34st
106 S. 40th Street, 215-222-7122. ($)
Exotic North and South Indian cuisine.
Vegetarian and non-vegetarian specialties.
Right on the edge of campus. Features
an all-you-can-eat buffet with 30 items —
including salad bar — available for lunch
and dinner. Web: tandoorindiarestaurant.
com
(Please see our ad, Page 25)
Tiffin
710 W. Girard Avenue, 215-925-0770.
($) This is a city hungry for Indian food—
and for well-priced every-night dining.
Thankfully, the pressures of a daily lunch
and dinner crowd haven’t distracted from
Tiffin’s complex dishes, served without
fuss in portions guaranteed to produce
leftovers. Web: tiffin.com
ITALIAN
Allegro Pizza
3942 Spruce Street, 215-382-8158. ($)
Pizza, sandwiches, beer, burgers, buffalo
wings, pasta, subs, ice cream, shakes. 24
hour ATM on location. Free delivery. Open
late on weekends. Cold beer for eat-in or
take-out. Web: allegropizza.com
Apollo Restaurant & Bar
615 Chestnut Street, (Corner of 7th Street
and Chestnut Street), 215-928-0900. ($$)
Authentic homemade Italian including
Chef’s house specialties. Award-winning
pizza and strombolis, delicious salads,
sandwiches, homemade desserts and
much more! Full bar and 10 Plasma TVs.
Great prices and drink specials.
August
1247 S. 13th Street, 215-468-5926. ($$)
Right at home in the Italian Market, this
hip BYOB puts a modern twist on Italian.
Food is lighter than traditionally found and
well done. Rated extraordinary by Zagat.
Web: augustbyob.com
Ava
518 S. 3rd Street, 215-922-3282. ($$)
Ava, named after the chef’s daughter, is
a popular off-South Street destination.
This BYOB serves a upscale menu with
the freshest ingredients in a classy atmosphere, but without the expected high
prices to match. Homemade gelato and
pasta. Web: avarestaurant.com
260 S. Broad Street, 215-790-0705. ()
International fusion meets modern Italian
as one of Pittsburgh’s most loved restaurants come to Philadelphia. Philadelphia
Magazine recently chose this as one of the
best new places to eat.
Bistro La Baia
1700 Lombard Street, 215-546-0496. ($$)
Casual dining with seating indoors and
outdoors. Reasonably priced, making it
one of Penn’s favorite Italian BYOB restaurants. Homemade pastas and homemade
desserts. Web: bistrolabaia.com
Bistro Romano Restaurant & Dinner
Theater
120 Lombard Street, 215-925-8880. ($$)
Nestled in a historic, 18th century granary,
Bistro Romano possesses an ambiance of
candlelight and casual elegance while creating an unforgettable dining experience.
They received Philadelphia Magazine’s
“Best of Philly” award, and the wine
cellar was named “Most Romantic Table”
by FOX TV. Zagat Survey says “Great
Tableside Caesar.” Philadelphia’s Original
Mystery Dinner Theater Friday and Saturday evenings. Web: bistroromano.com
Bocca
236 Market Street, 215-625-6610. ($$)
There are many Italian restaurants in
Philadelphia, but none quite like the
recently renovated Bocca, previously
known as Amici Noi. This cozy little place
has an extensive menu with many pleasing choices. The food tastes authentic
and it is a great place to have dinner with
friends. Web: bocca236.com
Bomb Bomb Barbeque Grill & Italian
Restaurant
1026 Wolf Street, 215-463-1311. ($$)
This small, comfortable South Philly
restaurant turns out both succulent grilled
baby back ribs and plentiful pastas. Everything pairs well with a carafe of the house
red. For dessert, the icebox cake is a
favorite. Web: bombbomb-restaurant.com
Caffe Valentino
220 S. 16th Street, 215-545-1191. ($$)
Come experience a slice of Italy. Enjoy dining in a warmly lit dining area surrounded
by beautifully hand painted Italian murals
Criniti Ristorante Italiano
2611 S. Broad Street, 215-465-7750. ($$)
With its large dining room and convenient
location, Criniti’s has been a big favorite
for people going to see sports events and
concerts. The brick-oven specialties are to
die for as are all of the entrees on Criniti’s
ever-growing menu. Web: crinitirestaurant.com
Cucina Forte
768 S. 8th Street, 215-238-0778. ($$$)
Cucina Forte is known for its delicious
ricotta gnocchi. Delicious menu fares
include home-made bread, white wine
sauce clams, linguine with calamari, gnocchi, and chicken. This is the real deal in
Italian culture and cuisine.
D’Angelo’s Ristorante Italiano and
Lounge
256 S. 20th Street, 215-546-3935. ($$$)
This elegant spot seems to cover almost
every aspect of Italian cuisine, including
Sicilian. Features good veal, fish, steak
and pasta entrees. Open for lunch daily,
with dining ‘til midnight. Closed Sunday.
Web: dangeloristorante.com
Da Vinci Ristorante
1533 South 11th Street Philadelphia,
215-336-3636. ($$) This rustic BYO Ital-
Dante and Luigi’s Corona di Ferro
762 S. 10th Street, 215-922-9501. ($$)
The oldest Italian restaurant in the United
States — Dante and Luigi’s continues
its 110-year tradition with classic Italian
specialties, fresh seafood and wonderful
nightly specials in their warm, charming
“Old World” atmosphere. Web: danteandluigis.com
Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse
111 S. 17th Street, 215-563-4810. ($$$)
Stylish, upscale Northern Italian steakhouse located in historic Provident Bank
Building. Everything made by hand from
the best ingredients. Serves everything
from aged steaks to simple-yet-unique
pasta creations. Advance notice required
for kosher dining. Web: davios.com
DiBruno Bros.
1730 Chestnut Street, 215-665-9220.
($$) At Philly’s favorite, Italian Marketborn cheese shop, a circular path winds
past cave-stored imported cheeses,
sliced-to-order smoked salmon, hundreds
of Italian sodas, and a stunning olive bar.
Samples abound, as does the help, who’ll
gently sell the house-made cheese spread
and send you on your way--right after you
sip a delicate cappuccino at the gleaming
espresso bar. Web: dibruno.com
Dolce
241 Chestnut Street, 215-238-9983.
($$$) An upscale Italian restaurant with
an extensive menu of fresh seafood,
chicken, filet mignon, lamb chops, and
lots of pasta. Web: dolcerestaurant.com
1929 Chestnut Street, 215-567-8892. ($)
Family-oriented restaurant serving a wide
variety of pizzas, tomato pies, strombolis,
calzones, burgers, wraps, sandwiches,
salads and more. Web: dolce-carini.com
Ernesto’s 1521 Café
1521 Spruce Street, 215-546-1521.
($$) A family affair since its inception, Ernesto’s serves delicious, unique
Tuscan-style food. The menu features
such dishes as osso buco, seafood cioppino, orecchiette with broccoli rabe and
sausage, fettuccine bolognese and ravioli
di zucca just to name a few. Patrons may
enjoy selections from Ernesto’s all-Italian
wine list or bring their own for a $5 per
bottle corkage fee. Bottled beer and basic
cocktails are available from the service
bar. Web: ernestos1521.com
Evan’s Pizza
4311 Locust St, 215-386-8881. ($) Mix of
Italian and Greek foods. Web: evanspizza.
com
Evan’s Varsity Pizza
4311 Locust Street, 215-386-8881. ($)
It’s a great place to have a pizza or steak,
grab a beer, and relax with friends. A
nice mix of Italian and Greek food. Web:
evanspizza.com
Famous Famiglia
3401 Walnut Street, 215-222-7200. ($)
Located inside the Moravian Cafés Food
Court is New York’s award-winning pizza.
Also calzones, salads, heroes & pasta
dishes. Web: famousfamiglia.com
Francoluigi’s Pizzeria and High Note
Cafe
1549 S. 13th Street, (13th Street and
Tasker Street), 215-755-8900. ($$) Great
Italian cuisine. Lots of fresh veal, chicken,
seafood, homemade pastas and personal
gourmet pizza. Singing servers most of
Buca di Beppo
Bella Trattoria
Bellini Grill
214 South Street, 215-592-9777. ($$)
Authentic Roman Trattoria featuring many
of Rome’s signature dishes in a casually elegant ambiance. Restaurant also
includes a full service bar and delicately
structured wine list that can compliment
any meal. Fresh pasta and bread made on
premises. Cozy, classy and casual. Bringing a taste of old Rome to Old City. Web:
corederoma.us
(Please see our ad, Page 27)
(Please see review, Page 14)
Dolce Carini
261 S. 17th Street, 215-790-0103. ($$$)
Elegant decor and great ambiance complete with chandeliers, tasseled draperies
and linen tablecloths. Their thinly shaved
fennel and radicchio salad is perfectly
flavored. The pasta is cooked to perfection, and their fresh tubes of calamari are
grilled to a tender chew. The desserts are
authentic, and it’s a great place to try in
the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood.
Web: branzinophilly.com
1725 Wolf Street, 215-389-6010. ($$)
Serving the finest Italian food in Philadelphia. All ingredients fresh and dishes
made to order. Web: barrelsfinefood.com
4258 Main Street, 215-482-5556. ($$)
Specializing in gourmet southern Italian
cuisine at reasonable prices. Also has
a special bar menu and daily specials.
Lunch and dinner served every day.
Outdoor and indoor seating. Web: bellatrattoriapa.com
Core De Roma
ian eatery in South Philly is run by chef/
owner Francesco Parmisciano, a native
of Salerno. The menu spans Italy “from
north to south,” and emphasizes daily
seafood specials (whole fish filleted table
side, calamari, octopus) and cavatelli
and risotto dishes as specialties. Web:
davinciristorante.net
Branzino Restaurant
258 S. 15th Street, 215-545-2818. ($$)
Southern Italian chain served family style.
1940s, 50s immigrant Italian supper club
ambiance with the classic music of Lovi
Prima, Mario Lanza, Dean Martin & Frank
Sinatra. Definite celebration location with
eight themed dining rooms such as the
Pope’s table, wine room and velvet room.
Named Best of Philly Group Dining, 2004.
Web: bucadibeppo.com
Barrel’s Fine Food
late-night munchies craving at 1 am.
1245 S. 3rd Street, 215-336-3033. ($$)
Bright Caffe Valentino, one of a trio of Italian restaurants from Cosimo Tricarico, has
all the required classics of Northern Italy
(pollo alla Milanese, linguine alla amatriciana) with a notable seafood focus. Think
swordfish carpaccio and lemon-marinated
shrimp skewers. Web: caffevalentino.com
California Pizza
3231 Powelton Avenue, 215-387-8700.
($) Good, greasy and cheap, California
Pizza is great for college students with
Dine-In, Catering & Delivery
Happy Hour: Mon-Fri 5-7
Lunch Special: Mon-Fri $8.95
Early Bird: Sun-Thur $10.95
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Avenue B
bringing you closer to the Italian culture.
An ideal location to enjoy a wonderful
dining experience before venturing out
discover the sights downtown Philadelphia
has to offer. BYOB. Web: bellinigrill.com
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the time, but not to worry the owner is
also known as Philly’s singing chef! Web:
francoandluigis.com
Giá Pronto
3736 Spruce Street, 215-222-7713. ($)
Retro modern Italian cafe with grilled
paninis, made-to-order salad bar and full
espresso coffee bar. At Giá Pronto, all
foods are 100% natural and made with
the highest quality ingredients. The go-to
lunch spot for great food in a relaxed cafe
setting. Web: giapronto.com
Gianna Jr’s
106 S. 20th Street, 215-568-1580.
($) The newest branch of the Gianna’s
Grille family. Featuring a large variety of
sandwiches, cheesesteaks, and Gianna’s
famous vegetarian/vegan foods. Scrumptious cakes and pies have been featured
on the Food Network! Web: giannasgrille.
com
Gianna’s Grille
507 S. 6th Street, 215-829-4448. ($)
Featuring a large variety of sandwiches,
cheesesteaks, and Gianna’s famous vegetarian/vegan foods. Scrumptious cakes
and pies have been featured on the Food
Network! Web: giannasgrille.com
Giorgio on Pine
1328 Pine Street, 215-545-6265. ($$)
Join Giorgio Giuliani, formerly of Monte
Carlo Living Room and Primavera, at his
rustic BYOB trattoria. Savor authentic
Italian cuisine in a casual atmosphere
that offers you a fine dining experience.
Reservations are recommended. Web:
giorgioonpine.com
Gnocchi
613 E. Passyunk Avenue, 215-592-8300.
($$) Classic to modern Italian dishes,
modest prices, homemade pasta — bread
and tira misu, casual friendly place, beautiful mural of the Trevi Fountain. BYOB,
cash only.
Hostaria da Elio
615 S. 3rd Street, 215-925-0930. ($$)
An Italian chef comes to bring us festive
delights from Roma, where he enjoyed his
wonderful honeymoon. Did he learn any
cooking secrets? Find out yourself. Homemade pasta daily- plus great specials.
Il Cantuccio
701 N. 3rd Street, 215-627-6573. ($$)
Small, casual Italian atmosphere, also
BYOB, no credit cards. Non-smoking.
Every entrée is made to order. Everything
is always fresh, never frozen. Homemade
pasta and dessert made daily.
pappardelle with l’oca (that’s duck) ragu.
Web: locabistro.com
(Please see review, Page 21)
Il Portico
La Famiglia
305 South Street, 215-627-4110. ($)
One of the city’s favorite late night pizza
parlors. Web: lorenzoandsons.com
1519 Walnut Street, 215-587-7000. ($$$)
Il Portico features authentic Italian cuisine
from Tuscany, in an elegant dining atmosphere. Select from an exceptional menu
featuring wild game dishes, seafood, veal,
homemade pasta, breads and desserts.
There is also an extensive wine list featuring many Tuscany wines. Open for dinner
seven nights, lunch Monday through
Friday. Web: il-portico.com
8 S. Front Street, (Between Market Street
and Chestnut Street), 215-922-2803.
($$$$) Northern and southern Italian
cuisine. Specialties include homemade
pastas — prepared daily — plus veal and
fresh fish. Jackets requested. Dine in
Italy tonight. Passports not required. Prix
Fixe menu of $26 for lunch, consists of
appetizer, entree, dessert, and coffee or
tea. Web: lafamiglia.com
Il Tartufo
La Fontana Della Citta
4341 Main Street, 215-482-1999. ($$)
Casual atmosphere — homemade Italian
food (Roman-Jewish). Now serves alcohol.
Best in the Philly area- guaranteed! Web:
iltartuforestaurant.com
Illuminare
2321 Fairmount Avenue, 215-765-0202.
($$$) Illuminare is a premier restaurant
that serves pizzas, filets, and fish in cozy
booths and banquettes next to warmed
soft lighting, a fireplace, and an open
kitchen with a gas-fired brick oven. Web:
illuminare2321.com
Isabella Pizza
1824 E Passyunk Ave, 215-551-1212.
($) Whether you want to run in to grab
a slice, or order home some ‘zza with
milkshakes, this is the place to call. Web:
is-a-bellapizza.com
Italian Bistro of Center City
211 S. Broad Street, 215-731-0700. ($$)
Casual Italian cuisine with an extensive
menu featuring fresh pasta, chicken, veal,
seafood and more. Full bar with a happy
hour in an all-festive Bistro atmosphere.
Web: italianbistro.com
Joe Pesce
1113 Walnut Street, 215-829-4400. ($$$)
New Age Italian Cuisine. “We mix meat
and fish in light delicate sauces. A whole
new world of Italian cooking. Generous
portions of Italian-American dishes, downto-earth service and not-to-be-missed
desserts. Good spot for a business lunch
or pre-theater dining.” Web: joepescerestaurant.com
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Kristian’s Ristorante
34
1200 S. 11th Street, 215-468-0104.
($$$) Kristian Leuzzi is the chef for this
handsome family-run establishment. The
manageable menu offers serious Italian
specialties like osso buco and game hen.
Rack of lamb is a true indulgence, its buttery chops tipping a bed of cherry-laced
risotto. Another good bet is simply prepared chicken breast with artichokes and
tomatoes. Web: kristiansrestaurant.com
L’Angolo Ristorante
1415 W. Porter Street, 215-389-4252.
($$) The seduction begins just inside
the front door, when you spy the glorious
assortment of room-temperature cooked
vegetables that includes zucchini, bell
pepper, eggplant, carrots, potatoes, onions
and beets, plus chickpeas and frittata.
Order antipasto misto as an appetizer, and
you’ll get some of everything, a platter
large enough to share. Web: langolorestaurant.com
L’Oca
2025 Fairmount Avenue, 215-769-0316.
($$) The décor at this Fairmount BYOB is
modern, but the portions feel more oldstyle South Philly. Expect leftovers when
you order the delicious but rich gnochetti
– eight to an appetizer order! – before digging into plates of house made pasta like
1701 Spruce Street, 215-875-9990. ($$)
Located moments away from Rittenhouse
Square, owner and classically trained Chef
Bujar Daku creates superb Italian specialties all prepared to order with the very
finest ingredients. The restaurant features
home-made pasta dishes and innovative
daily specials for lunch and dinner. Private
rooms are available for up to 120 people.
Web: lafontanadellacitta.com
(Please see our ad, Page 28)
La Fourno Trattoria
636 South Street, 215-627-9000. ($$)
Casual dining atmosphere. Gourmet pizza
and pasta, chicken, seafood, and veal,
made with only the freshest ingredients
purchased daily from the Italian Market.
Cater to most dietary restrictions. We now
offer free wireless internet access to all
dine-in customers. Full Bar. Awarded one
of Philly’s best Italian restaurants 2005 &
2006. Web: lafourno.com
La Locanda Del Ghiottone
130 N. 3rd Street, 215-829-1465. ($$)
A local favorite in Old City, La Locanda
radiates a cozy, romantic atmosphere that
brings diners back. With tasty appetizers and satisfying entrees that include a
variety of pasta dishes and heavier meat
dishes, this restaurant delivers a memorable experience.
La Stanza
2001 Oregon Avenue, 215-271-0801. ($$)
This Italian restaurant is slightly pricey for
South Philly especially the mixed drinks.
However, salads are a la carte. Service
could be improved.
La Viola
253 S. 16th Street, 215-735-8630. ($$)
The attentive waiters at this petit, sophisticated La Viola double check to make sure
you are enjoying your porcini ensalata or
grilled calamari with seafood-infused dipping sauce or savory osso buco.
LaScala’s Old World Italian
615 Chestnut Street, 215-928-0900. ($$)
Serves up reasonably priced traditional
Italian favorites for lunch and dinner 7
days a week. Full drink menu also available. Web: lascalasphilly.com
Le Castagne
1920 Chestnut Street, 215-751-9913.
($$$) Serves fantastic “new Italian”
cuisine. Northern Italian cuisine set in a
contemporary atmosphere. Web: lecastagne.com
(Please see review, Page 9)
Le Virtu
1927 East Passyunk Avenue, 215-2715626. ($$$) This restaurant, complete
with a full bar, is committed to being completely authentic Abruzzi Italian. Expect
homemade pastas with sauces such as
lamb ragu, braised duck, or asparagus,
zucchini and cream. The bar is open until
2AM, and offers specialty Italian cocktails.
Web: levirtu.com
Lorenzo and Son Pizza
Maggiano’s Little Italy
1201 Filbert Street, 215-567-2020. ($$)
This 1940’s New York Little Italy style
restaurant specializes in southern Italian
cuisine. Served family style, the feast-like
atmosphere is perfect for large, casual
gatherings. Private party rooms and delivery available. Web: maggianos.com
Mama Palma’s Gourmet Pizza
2229 Spruce Street, 215-735-7357. ($$)
One-of-a-kind pizza, handmade with the
finest ingredients available in the market
today. Their wood-fired brick oven is
imported straight from Europe and can
achieve a combination of roasting, baking
and smoking sealing in the flavor to create the many wonderful tastes of Mama
Palma’s one-of-a-kind pizza. Feel free
to bring wine or choose from the beer
selection. Only cash or check is accepted.
ATM on premises.
(Please see our ad, Page 24)
MaMa Yolanda’s
746 S. 8th Street, 215-592-0195. ($$)
Recipes from northern Italy, including
homemade pastas, veal, chicken and
seafood. With a rich family history, MaMa
Yolanda’s is a charming Italian restaurant
located in the heart of South Philadelphia.
Mamma Maria
1637 E. Passyunk Avenue, 215-463-6884.
($$$$) A charming Italian staple in South
Philadelphia, Mamma Maria selects the
freshest ingredients from the Italian Market everyday to create a daily menu. Best
known for their hand-rolled gnocchi and
homemade Limoncello, Mamma Maria offers fixed priced lunch and dinner menus
that include complimentary wine throughout the meal. Web: mammamaria.info
Marra’s
1734 E. Passyunk Avenue, 215-463-9249.
($$) “Inexpensive and good” Italian family
favorite in South Philly with excellent
pizza. Marra’s atmosphere is tough to
beat: above cozy red-vinyl booths hang
paintings, photos and wooden cutout letters that spell out the name of this 72-year
old establishment.
Melograno
2012 Sansom Street, 215-875-8116.
($$) Sitting just blocks from Rittenhouse
Square, Melograno is a convivial trattoria and BYO where guests can enjoy
authentic Italian fair, artfully prepared by
Roman-born Chef Gianluca Demontis.
Dine on appetizers like homemade ravioli
stuffed with potato and pecorino with fried
sage. Entrees include fig-and-walnutstuffed quail, bouillabaisse like shellfish
stew and ruby-red herby lamb chops.
Web: melogranorestaurant.com
Mercato
1216 Spruce Street, 215-985-2962. ($$$)
Mercato, a BYOB focusing on Italian
inspired food, harmoniously blends Italian and American cuisines in a relaxed,
inviting, neighborhood atmosphere. This
simple yet chic restaurant is located in
the heart of the Theater District, only a
block away from the Avenue of the Arts.
Executive Chef, Mackenzie Hilton, masterfully blends seasonal, local ingredients
to create sumptuous entrees exuding
in seasonal freshness and flavor. Web:
mercatobyob.com
(Please see review, Page 3)
161 W. Girard Avenue, 215-203-8707.
($$) This delicious Italian gem is worth
the trip to Northern Liberties. The portion
sizes are “just right” and “the variety of
flavors quite memorable.” The fixed price
Turista menu allows you to sample an
appetizer, a pasta, a meat dish and a dessert for a great price. Cash only and BYO.
Web: modomiorestaurant.com
(Please see review, Page 21 )
Mr. Martino’s Trattoria
1646 E. Passyunk Avenue, 215-755-0663.
($$) A small Italian BYO with big taste.
Appetizers like baked ricotta and broccoli
rabe “done right” are the perfect lead-in to
entrees. Fresh pasta comes just slightly al
dente, the way pasta should be. Portions
are large and come at reasonable prices.
Nina’s Trattoria
910 South 9th Street, 215-574-9995. ($$)
BYOB serving classic regional specialties
in a Nuova Cuicina style as prepared daily
by leading contemporary Master Chefs in
Italy’s most celebrated restaurants. Web:
ninas-trattoria.com
Osteria
640 N. Broad Street, 215-763-0920.
($$$) Osteria, which means inn or tavern
in Italian, is more homey and casual than
its Vetri counterpart. The lightly charred
Lombarda pizza, a tangle of tender
candele noodles, a massive, meaty rib eye
for two, polenta budino, plus a quartino of
food-friendly vino, makes casual, convivial
Osteria one of the best restaurants in
Philadelphia. Web: osteriaphilly.com
Paolo’s Pizzeria
1336 Pine Street, 215-545-2482. ($)
Modern eat-in/take-out restaurant and delivery. Sits 50 people with a wide selection!
Thin crust pizza; beer available- imported
and domestic. Walking distance from the
Kimmel Center. Web: paolopizza.com
Paradiso
1627-29 E. Passyunk Ave., 215-2712066. ($$$) Not your stereotypical South
Philly red gravy house, Chef Rinaldi
prefers to cook dishes such as venison
sausage with cannellini beans, fresh tagliatelle with duck ragout, and grilled tuna
with shaved fennel and blood oranges.
Live jazz on weekends and more than
60 wines, many by the glass, add to the
pleasure. Web: paradisophilly.com
3611 Walnut Street, 215-823-6222.
($$$) Located in the four diamond Hilton
Inn at Penn, Penne is a modern Italian
restaurant featuring contemporary Italian
cuisine with handmade pastas and other
regional Italian specialties. Experience our
Wine Bar’s extensive selection of wines
by the glass or flight, complimented by a
creative bar menu and a full selection of
beers and spirits. Web: theinnatpenn.com/
penne.html
(Please see our ad, Page 17)
Pesto
1915 S. Broad Street, 215-336-8380.
($$) A trip to this BYOB is like a trip to
your Italian Aunt’s kitchen. Food is simple
but well done. Be sure to check out the
never-ending list of daily specials. Web:
ristorantepesto.com
Philip’s Italian Restaurant
1145 S. Broad Street, 215-334-0882. ($$)
A very European restaurant filled with art
and antiques. Family run and in business
61 years. We are about eight blocks south
of the Academy of Music.
121 South St., 215-733-0675. ($$) Also
located at 121 South Street. Upscale
pizza and pasta eatery. Great place to
take a date. You can email them at info@
pietropizza.com Web: pietrospizza.com
Pizza Rustica Restaurant and Bar
3602 Chestnut Street, 215-895-3490. ($)
Penn’s premier pizza establishment with
taste, style, and class. Wood burning oven.
Gourmet and traditional pizzas. Panini,
pasta, fine Italian desserts and coffees,
well-stocked bar. Upscale but casual. Very
European. Web: pizzarusticaonline.com
Pizzeria Stella
420 S. 2nd Street, 215-320-8000. ($$)
Stephen Starr’s new pizzeria is less flashy
than some of this other restaurants, but
this low-maintenance atmosphere belies a
serious approach to pizza craftsmanship.
There are no duds on this pizza menu,
and the vongle pistachio and note-perfect
marinara are exceptionally good. Web:
pizzeriastella.net
Popi’s Italian Restaurant
3120 S. 20th Street, 215-755-7180. ($$)
Traditional Italian cuisine, homemade
pasta and sausage. A full bar offering wine
(by the glass or bottle). Free Parking. Near
the Wachovia Center and The Spectrum.
Web: popisrestaurant.com
Porcini
2048 Sansom Street, 215-751-1175. ($$)
Fresh, handmade pastas. Daily seafood
specials. Chicken and veal, the finest
quality available. Web: porcinirestaurant.
com
Portofino Restaurant
1227 Walnut Street, 215-923-8208. ($$)
A fine Italian restaurant located near the
theater district. Feel right at home as you
enter a warm and casual environment. We
feature many classic Italian dishes, including both central and northern cuisine,
freshly prepared by two chefs from Italy.
Experience dining at the cost of cooking at
home. Web: portofino1227walnut.com
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212 Walnut Street, 2nd Floor, 215-2380499. ($$) Large terrace gives the feel of
al fresco dining. Modern Italian cuisine
via small plates designed for sharing,
includes fresh fish and seafood, not to
miss “crudo” and creative variations of
traditional Italian dishes and meats. Web:
positanocoast.net
Powelton Pizza
3651 Lancaster Avenue, 215-387-1213.
($) Founded by a couple of Drexel grads,
Powelton features pizza, strombolis,
steaks, hoagies, chicken fare, wings,
salads, calzones and more. Great for those
all-nighters. Open 11am-11pm! Delivery.
Web: poweltonpizza.com
Radicchio Cafe
215-386–2380
402 Wood Street, 215-627-6850. ($$)
Delicious entrees in a wonderful Olde City
atmosphere. Web: radicchio-cafe.com
Ralph’s Italian Restaurant
760 S. 9th Street, 215-627-6011. ($$)
A neighborhood favorite, Ralph’s has
served traditional Italian food since the
early 1900s. With a menu filled delicious
pasta dishes, veal choices, and a selection
of seafood, this restaurant is one diners
keep returning to for “the real deal.” Web:
ralphsrestaurant.com
Rembrandt’s Restaurant and Pub
741 N. 23rd Street , (23rd Street and
Aspen Street), 215-763-2228. ($$) An
Hours
9-4, Monday - Saturday
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Pietro’s Coal Oven Pizzeria
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Italian/American menu with... homemade
desserts, brick oven pizza and a cozy
atmosphere with a skyline view of the city.
“Best of Philly” winner. Romantic dining.
Also serving a great tavern menu all day
long. Live jazz entertainment on Thursdays. Classical piano and viola for Sunday
brunch. Tarot cards read by John, Monday
and Tuesday evenings. Happy Hour specials weekdays. Banquet facilities, elevator, handicap accessible, accept all major
credit cards. Web: rembrandts.com
45 N. 12th Street, Reading Terminal
Market, 215-592-8150. ($) A full array of
international cheeses, Italian deli & groceries, and hoagies, salads and specialty
sandwiches.
Scannicchio’s
2500 S. Broad Street, 215-468-3900. ($$)
Voted Best BYOB in South Philly, Scannicchio’s serves up large portions, including
a 12-ounce filet topped with jumbo lump
crabmeat. “You don’t leave hungry when
you leave Scannicchio’s,” says co-owner
Michael Gibson Web: scannicchio.com
Ristorante La Veranda
Soho
complimented by dimly lit dining rooms
and a wood-burning brick oven. Specialties include artichokes cooked in olive
oil and garlic in an earthenware pan, as
well as an extensive menu including veal,
chicken, seafood and pasta. Open for
dinner Monday-Saturday. Rooms available
for private parties.
Trattoria Alla Costiera
769 E. Passyunk Avenue, 267-861-4640.
($$) Check out this new Italian BYO right
in the heart of South Philly. Come for a
romantic evening or carry out and enjoy
the delicious food at home, they surely
won’t disappoint.
Trattoria Prima Donna
30 N. Columbus Boulevard, Pier 3, Penn’s
Landing, 215-351-1898. ($$$) Fine
Italian dining in a romantic atmosphere.
Located on the Delaware River. Outside
dining available weather permitting. Web:
laverandapier3.com
218 Market Street, 215-625-3955. ($) Authentic brick-oven pizzeria located in the
heart of Old City, Philadelphia. Additional
menu items include cheesesteaks, sandwiches, salads, finger foods, domestic/
imported beers. Casual ambiance.
1506 Spruce Street, 215-790-0171. ($$)
A variety of seafood and homemade pasta
dishes. If you know the difference come
taste the difference. Roman cuisine from
Italian born chef. P.S. You couldn’t buy
this quality of food if you paid triple. In
accordance with our private room (no
charge) we offer a celebration style menu
for all of your special occasions. Web:
trattoriaprimadonna.com
Ristorante Panorama and Wine Bar
Spasso Italian Grill
Tre Scalini
14 N. Front Street, (Front Street and
Market Street), 215-922-7600. ($$$)
Featuring contemporary authentic Italian
cuisine in a dramatic setting, Ristorante
Panorama is located in the heart of Old
City. The wine program offers over 150
wines by the glass, receiving Sante’
Magazine’s “Exellence in Wine Hospitality
2004”. Wine Spectator’s “Best of Award of
Exellence 2004”, Philadelphia Magazine’s
“Best of Philly 2004”. Web: pennsviewhotel.com
Roberto Cafe
2108 South Street, 215-545-0793. ($$)
A trattoria serving authentic southern
Italian food prepared strictly with the
freshest seasonal ingredients based on
authentic recipies. Casual atmosphere and
friendly service. Closed Mondays. Web:
robertocafe.us
Royal Pizza
4202 Baltimore Ave, 215-222-1900. ($)
Great pizza.
Royal Villa Café
1700 Jackson Street, 215-462-4488. ($$)
A great variety of pasta, seafood, chicken
and veal dishes available.
Salento
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Salumeria
711 Locust Street, 215-928-0556. ($$$)
The name translates as ‘the cave’ and the
room’s decidedly ‘dark,’ but the excellent,
fresh fare (outstanding grilled fish) shines
at this traditional Italian sea food restaurant. Web: ristlabuca.com
Ristorante La Buca
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with sage, prosciutto and melted mozzarella in between, surrounded by a marsala
sauce brimming with smoky-tasting mushrooms. Web: saloonrestaurant.net
2216 Walnut Street, 215-568-1314.
($$) Italian food is at its best at Salento.
This unique restaurant is not too far off
campus, but it would be worth the trip if it
were. Appetizers do their job well, preparing you for the extensive entree items.
Web: salentorestaurant.com
Saloon
750 S. 7th Street, 215-627-1811. ($$$$)
Antiques and folk art paintings grace
this handsome dining spot. The steaks
and Italian cuisine have attracted a loyal
following. Try the veal Mondelaise, two
pounded scallopini, one atop the other,
34 S. Front Street, 215-592-7661. ($$)
When you’re dining at Spasso, you can
expect great food at a reasonable price.
Spasso’s open kitchen produces a menu
that combines a full array of fresh seafood
and meat, an assortment of appetizers,
fresh vegetables, and homemade pasta.
All desserts at the restaurant are made
on the premises, so be sure to save some
room. Web: spassoitaliangrill.com
Ted’s Pizza Express
3741 Lancaster Ave, 215-222-3033. ($)
Fast-food restaurant with pizza and a
variety of Italian dishes. Popular dishes
include chicken fingers and cheese grinders.
1915 E. Passyunk, 215-551-3870. ($$)
You’d expect to find no-frills peasant
dishes like broccoli rabe over grilled
polenta in this unassuming rowhouse
devoted to south-central Italian cuisine,
but there are plenty of others with uptown
flair: quail with sage and garlic; squid-ink
pasta with shrimp; a huge veal chop with
shiitake mushroom sauce. Web: trescaliniphiladelphia.com
Upstares at Varalli
4301 Baltimore Avenue, 215-386-1450.
($) If you want the best, then you’ve got
to go to The Best House. Pizza, steaks
and a large selection of Micro Beers. Web:
besthousepizzeria.com
231 South Broad Street, 215-546-6800.
($$$) For the past eighteen years,
Upstares at Varalli has been a real favorite
with locals, theatergoers and visitors because of its fresh pasta, risotto, seafood,
steaks and chops. Located on the Avenue
of the Arts with an expansive view of the
Historic Academy of Music, Upstares is
literally an elevated dining experience with
the feel of an Italian bistro. Entertainment
on weekends. Web: varalliusa.com
The Olive Garden
Valentino Ristorante
The Best House Pizzeria
Chef-owner Marc Vetri puts great attention
to detail into his uniquely authentic Italian fare. Reservations are often needed
up to a month or two in advance. Web:
vetriristorante.com
936 S. 9th Street, 215-592-1295. ($$)
Family-style Italian specialties, such as
chicken Neapolitan, and special pastas
such as Ziti Francis, in an old-style Italian
restaurant located in the Italian market.
Fried asparagus with scampi sauce is a
favorite.
1225 Sansom Street, 215-238-1903. ($$)
Between the exotic sushi bar, traditional
hot entrees, and overstuffed specialty
rolls, you’re guaranteed to find something
you love at RAW Sushi & Sake Lounge.
The 15-feet glass bar houses an impressive shelf of exotic sakes that caters to
new tasters as well as sake connoisseurs. While you dine, take in the view of
Japanese lamps floating from the bamboo
ceiling, or step outside into the private
outdoor courtyard and lounge under the
stars. Web: rawlounge.net
Zavino
Ajia
Villa Di Roma
112 S. 13th Street, 215-732-2400. ($$)
This Wine Bar Pizzeria by Chef Steven
Gonzalez is located in the heart of the
Midtown Village. With seasonal specials
and a vast selection of wine, Zavino is not
a place to be missed. Web: zavino.com
JAMAICAN
Brown Sugar Bakery & Cafe
219 S. 52nd Street, 215-472-7380. ($)
Brown Sugar Cafe is the perfect place for
a taste of the Caribbean. Offerings include
authentic cuisine such as Escovitch fish,
rotis, and callaloo. Don’t forget to sample
the desserts, which are made on the
premises.
Caribbean Delight
1124 South Street, 215-829-1030. ($$)
Caribbean Delight boasts a great variety
of healthy and original dishes. Try their
topnotch vegetarian tofu with jerk spices
or curry shrimp.
Gigi and Big R’s
38th Street and Spruce, 610-389-2150.
($) Gigi and Big R’s mixes traditional
Caribbean food with American flavor to
produce appetizing dishes. Make sure you
visit their restaurant at 5943 Haverford
Avenue for great atmosphere and food.
Jamaican Jerk Hut
1346 Chestnut Street, 215-546-7950.
($$) The delicious smells and wonderful
service bring you right to the center of Italy. Special features such as the unlimited
soup and salad compel you to visit over
and over again. Web: olivegarden.com
1328 Pine Street, 215-545-6265. ($$)
Homemade pastas, homemade desserts.
BYOB. Private parties in our vineyard
room. Walking distance from the Kimmel
Center.
1436 South Street, 215-545-8644. ($$)
Jamaican Jerk Hut is an authentic Jamaican restaurant serving up traditional island
cuisine. Jerk chicken and pork, curry
goat, homemade island juices as well as
chicken, beef and vegetable patties. Very
popular with students. Web: jamaicanjerkhutinc.com
Vesuvio
The Victor Café
736 S. 8th Street, 215-922-8380. ($$)
This South Philly hotspot features a wide
variety, ranging from Continental appetizers to Italian entrees. The bar has 2 pool
tables, 10 TV’s , a jukebox, darts, drink
specials, & happy hour 5 nights a week.
The dining room continues the tradition
of upscale dining at a modest cost. Also,
we are featuring a full vegan/vegetarian
menu. Web: vesuvio-online.com
Rum Bar
1303 Dickinson Street, 215-468-3040.
($$) The DiStefano family is the fourth
generation of the original owners. Proudly
features live opera singing nightly. Italian
cuisine, free-range veal, vegetarian dishes
and Kosher food upon request. We now
have a cabaret piano lounge on Saturday
nights, located @ 2nd floor lounge. We
are also the home of “The Rocky Balboa”
movie as “Adrian’s.” Web: victorcafe.com
Tiramisu
528 S. 5th Street, 215-925-3335. ($$)
Tiramisu offers Roman Jewish cuisine,
2005 Walnut Street, 215-751-0404. ($$)
Delicious Caribbean-fusion. Tapas menu
featuring conch fritters and the city’s
best mini burgers. They feature over 50
different rums as well as two flavor-infused
rums that change weekly. They also offer a
full premium bar as well as bottle service
and private parties. Ask about reserving
the “Chef’s Table” for a night. Web: rumbar.com
Vetri
1312 Spruce Street, 215-732-3478.
($$$$) This nationally acclaimed restaurant is one of the most exclusive in Philly.
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JAPANESE
3131 Walnut Street, (The Left Bank),
215-222-2542. ($$) All you can eat sushi
located at the Left Bank. New York Style.
Aso Sushi
719 Walnut Street , 215-351-9166. ($$)
A quaint BYOB serving a full line of Japanese cuisine.
Bento Box Japanese Food Truck
37th Street and Walnut Street, . ($) Located right by Pottruck, Bento Box draws
a large crowd, especially around lunch
time. A variety of Japanese food is offered,
including sushi, hand rolls, soba noodles,
tempura, teriyaki and katsu items.
Fat Salmon
719 Walnut Street, 215-928-8881. ($$$)
Formerly Shinju, this ultra-modern sushi
hotspot now features vivid fluorescent blue
and purple lights and sleek furnishings.
It’s also acquired a liquor license and offers a full selection of beers, cocktails, and
wine. The menu offers typical sushi bar
fare, including a large variety of specialty,
tempura, and vegetarian rolls. Web: fatsalmonsushi.com
Fuji Mountain
2030 Chestnut Street, 215-751-0939.
($$) Come see why Fuji Mountain is
consistently rated “Best Sushi in Philadelphia.” We are committed to only the best
quality fish, paired with excellent service
in our diverse Center City Restaurant.
Our sushi bar and kitchen stay open until
1:30am daily, and our 4th floor Karaoke
room is great for private parties. Full bar
with liquor license, great beers, wines, and
a huge sake list. Web: fujimt.com
Gaja Gaja
627 South Street, 215-923-0313. ($$)
Serving both Japanese and Korean dishes
on South Street makes this restaurant’s
menu quite extensive. Over 50 sushi rolls
to pick from, along with Japanese and
Korean classics like bibimbap, chicken
katsu, and a surprisingly good miso soup.
Haru
241 Chestnut Street, 215-861-8990. ($$)
Haru is a modern Japanese restaurant
group known for its ample portions and
striking designs. Haru also provides delivery and catering services, private rooms
and lounges, outdoor dining spaces and a
vibrant bar scene at most locations. Web:
harusushi.com
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325 N. Columbus Boulevard, Pier 19
North, 215-592-7100. ($$$) Enjoy your
meal at a table side grill or a cozy table,
both in a delightful waterfront setting
overlooking the Delaware River. Featuring steaks, seafood, sushi. Sunday Jazz
Brunch. Web: hibachidining.com
Hikaru
4348 Main Street, 215-487-3500. ($$$)
Just off of South Street, this place can really get hopping because of its well-known
sushi and tempura, which qualifies as the
most extensive offering in the Delaware
Valley. You can dine in either the beautiful
greenhouse or the tatami room.
Japanese Fusion & Saki Bar
1210 Walnut Street, 215-985-1838. ($$)
The menu features an extensive selection
of noodle dishes, sushi and sashimi.
Offers a sushi and cocktail bar and a vegetarian menu as well. Aoi serves original
all-you-can-eat sushi and provides a wide
variety of Japanese dishes.
Kisso
205 N. 4th Street, 215-922-1770. ($$)
At Kisso, you’ll find traditional Japanese
tavern food, from edamame (boiled soy
beans) to sashimi to seaweed salad to
broiled eel and classic sushi such as tekka
maki (tuna roll). Wacky local inventions
like the six-piece “hot dog” roll with
broiled yellowtail, asparagus and scallions
are a must. Non-sushi standouts include
broiled salmon with ponzu, a soy-citruswasabi sauce.
Le Champignon de Tokio
124 Lombard Street, 215-922-2515. ($$)
Enjoy the classic French and Japanese
atmosphere with candlelight, fresh
flowers, wine and sake. Swing-ballroom
and Argentine tango lessons. Bed and
breakfast. Sushi catering now available.
Sushi workshop from Madame Saito. Web:
sushi.madamesaito.com
Maki House
240 South Street, 215-351-0868. ($$)
Serving freshly made salads, sushi and
hot Japanese food made to order. A variety
of authentic Bento Boxes complete the
menu. Catering orders and delivery also
available.
Mizu Sushi
Morimoto
723 Chestnut Street, 215-413-9070.
($$$$) Morimoto is a cutting-edge
restaurant serving contemporary Japanese
cuisine. Chef Masaharu Morimoto of Iron
Chef fame prepares traditional dishes with
a modern flair. Sit at the bar or at a table
- both options are great! Along with other
Stephen Starr restaurants, expect modern
decor and delicious food but at relatively
steep prices. Web: morimotorestaurant.
com
Moshi Moshi
108 S. 18th Street, 215-496-9950. ($$)
Great for sushi-lovers looking for a quiet
atmosphere, Moshi Moshi is complete
with traditional settings and tatami mats.
The decor is quiet and minimalist, with
bamboo and subtle paper lanterns. Entree
Nara Japanese Restaurant
4002 Spruce Street, 215-387-1583. ($$)
Great sushi and teriyaki dishes right on
campus. Reasonably priced, too.
Pod
3636 Sansom Street, 215-387-1803. ($$)
Creative Pan-Asian cuisine and sushi
shipped along an elliptical conveyer belt.
Web: podrestaurant.com
Shinju Sushi
930 Locust Street 1F, 215-351-6265.
($$) BYOB with traditional, yet creative,
cuisine. Specialty rolls and combos are
offered, as well as a broad offering of
vegetarian options.
Shiroi Hana
222 S. 15th Street, 215-735-4444. ($$$)
Offers impeccably fresh fish at the fullscale sushi bar. Start off from excellent
selection of appetizers. Try the flavorful
teriyaki, crispy tempura, or one of the
famous special maki served by the helpful
and an efficient staff. Consistently ranked
by the Zagat Survey as one of the best
Japanese restaurants for over 10 years.
Web: shiroihana.com
Swanky Bubbles
10 S. Front Street, 215-928-1200. ($$)
Pan-Asian restaurant with a full sushi
menu. Specialize in champagne by the
glass or bottle. There is also a full-service
bar. Full dinner menu until 1 a.m. every
night. Reservation recommended, either
by phone or over the Internet. Web:
swankybubbles.com
Tokyo Hibachi Steakhouse & Sushi
Bar
1613 Walnut Street, 2nd Floor, 215-7519993. ($$$) Located at the heart of center
city, Tokyo Hibachi is the proud home
to deliciously exciting Japanese cuisine.
Watch its talented chefs perform as they
cook a variety of dishes right at your table!
Perfect for any occasion, from birthdays
to graduation parties (Students receive
a 10% discount with student ID). Web:
tokyo1613.com
Umai Umai
533 N. 22nd Street, 215-988-0707. ($$)
Umai Umai presents a peaceful atmosphere that complements its tasty menu.
Sesame chicken and lamb chops are
examples of the fusion food that is offered,
and diners can choose from an extensive
list of sushi. Web: umaiumai.com
Umai Umai
533 N 22nd St, at Brandywine St, 215988-0707. ($$$) They do one thing and
do it really well - they are THE sushi
experts. Web: web.mac.com/umaiumai
Vango Lounge and Sky Bar
116 S. 18th Street, 215-568-1020. ($$$)
The hottest addition the Rittenhouse
nightlife, Vango is open every day until 2
am. Food is served until 1:30 am, there is
a roof deck with a sky bar, and a DJ that
plays every night! Web: vangoloungeandskybar.com
Vic Sushi Bar
2035 Sansom Street, 215-564-4339. ($)
Very small sushi bar (7 seats) with take
out and delivery. Excellent food at very
affordable prices. Try the Shrimp Tempura
Mango Coconut Roll (one of the best
dishes in Philly!). Web: vic-sushi.com
Yamaki Sushi Bar
209 S. 20th Street, 215-545-2388. ($$)
New sushi bar at a very convenient place.
Attractive prices and welcoming ambiance. Large selection of sushi and rolls.
Zento
138 Chestnut Street, 215-925-9998. ($$)
Zento is a pleasant spot for sushi from
the former Morimoto sushi chef Gunawan
Wibisono. Signature rolls like the wellsized square roll of eel, avocado and plum
topped with tuna are admirably understated. From the kitchen: tender steamed
shrimp dumplings and overflowing bowls
of udon. Web: zentocontemporary.com
KOREAN
Giwa
1608 Sansom Street, 215-557-9830. ($)
Fresh, delicious and healthy, Giwa offers
Korean food that doesn’t disappoint. The
signature Bibimbop, kim-chee pancake,
and seafood pancake are just a few of
their tasty fares. Web: giwakoreanfood.
com
Han-Wool
3608 Chestnut Street, 215-695-4171.
($$) Featuring fine Japanese and Korean
food, you can sample sushi, sashimi,
teriyaki and tempura. Japanese beer and
wine.
MIGA Korean BBQ and Bar
211 S. 15th Street, 215-732-1616. ($$)
This Korean barbeque offers a variety of
traditional Korean dishes, sushi and desserts. Get a free appetizer after showing
your student ID. Web: migarestaurant.com
topped sweet potato and red bell pepper.
Cafe con Chocolate
2100 S. Norwood Street, 267-639-4506.
() Chef/owner Yoshiko Yamasaki is serving
up some note-worthy authentic Mexican
fare, including a flautas special (three
crispy lamb tacos) and chilaquiles (fried
homemade corn tortillas doused in fresh
mole sauce) that arrive on as-big-as-thetable plates. Web: cafeconchocolate.com
Chili’s Grill & Bar
3801 Chestnut Street, 215-222-7322.
($$) A nationwide favorite, Chili’s is an
informal hangout known for great food
and drinks. Toss back margaritas or watch
televised sports at the bar. The menu
features mild versions of Lone Star state
favorites, from double-basted baby back
ribs and steak fajitas to red-beef chili and
deep-fried onions. Web: chilis.com
Chipotle
3925 Walnut Street, 215-222-0632. ($)
Fresh and delicious mexican food made
your way, quick and easy. Order online for
even faster service. Web: chipotle.com
Copabanana University City
4000 Spruce Street, 215-382-1330. ($)
Known for award-winning margaritas,
Spanish fries, and gourmet burgers, Copabanana takes pride in handmade food
made fresh daily. Web: copabanana.com
(Please see our ad, Page 3)
Distrito
3945 Chestnut Street, 215-222-1657.
($$) Jose Garces, the mastermind behind
Amada and Tinto, brings a Mexican Citythemed restaurant to University City. The
cuisine and drinks mainly stick to Mexican
favorites such as margaritas (with over 60
tequilas to choose from), tacos, tamales,
and ceviche. Web: distritorestaurant.com
El Azteca Uno
714 Chestnut Street, 215-733-0895. ($$)
Turquoise accents and colorful Aztec
artwork add Mexican mojo to this casual
BYOB taqueria. Service is prompt and
friendly, catering to young people looking
for cheap but flavorful eats. The menu
mixes and matches tacos, burritos and
tamales in every possible permutation,
and the food runs big on portions.
El Camino Real
1040 N. 2nd Street, 215-925-1110. ($$)
Opened by artist Owen Kamihira, who
owns Bar Ferdinand, this self-proclaimed
“cowboy border bar” splits its menu evenly between Texas and Northern Mexico.
With a dusty Southwestern decorative motif, a full spread of Texican cocktails and
cervezas, and a food list that easily identifies its BBQ vs. its burrito items, everyone
in a group with divergent tastes can leave
satisfied. Web: bbqburritobar.com
El Vez
121 S. 13th Street, 215-928-9800. ($$)
A contemporary Mexican restaurant, El
Vez offers many unique items such as
mahi mahi tacos, ahi tuna tostadas, carne
asada and adobo rack of lamb. Enjoy their
made-to-order guacamole & margaritas
with fresh-squeezed juices. Top off your
Pastoral Korean Restaurant
205 S. 13th Street, 215-545-8511. ($$)
All Korean foods including Bul Goki
(BBQ). Web: pastoralkoreanrestaurant.
com
Tampopo
104 S. 21st Street, 215-557-9593. ($$)
Located just outside Rittenhouse Square,
Tampopo offers filling food to locals seeking a good meal. Noodles, miso soup, and
sushi are on the menu. Diners can finish
off with the sweetly satisfying egg cake.
Web: tampoporestaurant.com
KOSHER
Shalom Pizza
7598A Haverford Avenue, 215-878-1500.
($) Inexpensive Middle Eastern food, delicious pizza, falafel, home-style couscous.
Strictly kosher restaurant for those who
want to sample Israeli fare and grilled
fresh fish. Full service catering for any occasion from one to 200. Much more than
a pizza place. Web: shalompizzeria.com
MEXICAN
12th Street Cantina
1136 Arch Street, 215-625-0321. ($)
Located inside Reading Terminal Market,
12th Street Cantina offers a variety of
homemade Mexican food and groceries. Pick up a bag of homemade blue
corn chips and a side of chunky, onion
guacamole. Try the burrito of the day,
which can include a rich red chicken mole
that offers a post-swallow kick or tender
beef barbecue in a tomato tortilla. Tortas,
flat flour tortillas layered with cheese, offer
inventive combinations such as cinnamon-
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111 S. 40th Street, 215-382-1745. ($)
Offers fresh-made sushi & noodle soups.
Perfect for both on-the-go and sit down
dining. Only the freshest and highest
quality ingredients are used. Located
right on campus, but also check out
their two other Philadelphia locations in
Rittenhouse Square and Old City! Web:
mizusushibar.com
(Please see our ad, Page 38)
options include a variety of sushi, teriyaki,
tempura and sukiyaki.
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meal with “The El Vez,” flourless chocolate
cake, peanut butter mousse and carmelized bananas. Web: elvezrestaurant.com
Honest Tom’s
33rd and Arch Street, 267-767-4168.
($) After tasting a killer breakfast taco in
Texas, Drexel grad Tom McCusker decided
to serve them up in Philly. Tom serves just
one thing: tacos. Get there before noon
and you’ll have the breakfast kind, with
scrambled eggs and home fries. (Order a
French press of the revered Stumptown
coffee.) The lunch tacos — full of Tom’s
cilantro-packed fresh-chopped salsa —
change daily, and cost $2.50 apiece. Web:
honesttomstacoshop.com
Jose Pistolas
different regions in Mexico. The desserts
at Bugambilias are homemade on the
premises. Dishes like the $14 cochinita
pibil, a slow-cooked mountain of shredded
pork and the extra-beefy empanadas are
on target. Web: lasbugambiliasphilly.com
This Zagat-rated Mexican restaurant in
Old City is open for delicious Mexican
dinners, snacks and drinks. Great chicken
quesadillas. Their enchilada suizas are
also recommended. Friendly service. A
good place to start off an evening or to
wind down with a snack after a Ritz film.
Web: mexicanpost.com
Las Cazuelas
426 W. Girard Avenue, 215-351-9144.
($$) Las Cazuelas was established in 1999
and received the Best of Philly 2001. We
have special dishes that are created by
our Chef from Puebla, Mexico. Gary Lee,
Washington Post says “The specialties
are worth the trip!” So please come & join
us for a little get away to my native home
Puebla at Las Cazuelas Restaurant. Web:
lascazuelas.net
MexiPhilly
37th Street and Spruce Street, . ($) If you
need good Mexican food, but you don’t
have time to wait, MexiPhilly is the place
to go. This popular food cart has fast
service, low prices and good food.
Mission Grill
106 S. 13th Street, 215-546-7100. ($$)
This BYOT (bring-your-own-tequila) puts
a twist on the traditional Mexican cuisine.
Be sure to try their seasonally changing
margarita flavor. Web: lolitabyob.com
1835 Arch Street, 215-636-9550. ($$)
Mission Grill serves “refined, sophisticated, Southwest-inspired cuisine” by
Chef Stephen L. Regosch. The inviting
ambiance combines the warmth and
materials of the desert as the traditional
Southwest cuisine is given a creative twist.
Web: themissiongrill.com
Mad Mex
Qdoba Mexican Grill
263 S. 15th Street, 215-545-4101. ($)
Jose Pistola’s was opened by two local
bartenders hoping to add a different flair
to Philadelphia’s already impressive beer
scene. The combination of a large international beer selection and carefully crafted
and fresh Mexican fare offers Center City
a unique environment for lunch, dinner,
or just hanging out. The downstairs bar
offers a cozy, more intimate feel, while the
three high-definition TV’s make the upstairs bar a bit livelier and the ideal place
to watch your favorite sporting event.
Our menu and happy hour deals change
periodically, so please check in or at our
website and see what’s going on. Web:
josepistolas.com
Lolita
La Lupe
MexiCali
Tacos Don Memo will satisfy your need to
spice it up.
Taqueria El Jarocho
1138 S. 13th Street, 215-463-2020. ($)
Fresh Mexican food full of flavor. With
crispy homemade chips and tasty sauces
that complement traditional Mexican food,
this is a wonderful place for food at cheap,
affordable prices. El Jarocho is Mexican
simplicity at its finest done artfully in a
low-key, but tasteful environment.
Tequilas Alta Cocina
1602 Locust Street, 215-546-0181. ($$)
Mole poblano, ceviche, cream of black
bean soup and other tasty Mexican classics, complemented by an assortment
of Mexican beers. 60 different types of
tequila. Specializing in margaritas. Web:
tequilasphilly.com
(Please see review, Page )
and fresh flowers on the table, a clean
open kitchen, and a cheerful yet romantic
atmosphere.
Cedar’s
616 S. 2nd Street , 215-925-4950. ($$)
In a historic building replete with Middle
Eastern decor, the custom continues here
at Cedars Restaurant, where awardwinning and authentic dishes are freshly
prepared. Come enjoy the unique dining
experience and discover the tremendous
ambiance, friendly service, great Middle
Eastern wines and moderate prices.
Cedar’s menu is extensive, especially in
the meatless area, giving vegetarians their
fair share of choices. Web: cedarsrestaurant.com
Divan Turkish Kitchen
Xochitl
408 S. 2nd Street, 215-238-7280. ($$$)
Traditional Mexican fare with a modern
twist in a fun and comfortable setting.
Enjoy fresh-made guacamole, antojitos,
ceviche, and platos fuertes made by
Executive Chef Lucio Palazzo. Two full
service bars feature hand-squeezed
margaritas and fresh specialty cocktails.
The extensive tequila list features over
70 bottles. Neighborhood foodies dine on
Tostados de Ceviche or Chiles en Nogada
in the warm, tiled dining room, or head
below and ease into a flight of tequila in
the modern cocktail lounge, featuring
watery blue walls paired with bright orange
banquettes. Web: xochitlphilly.com
918 S. 22nd Street, 215-545-5790. ($$)
Istanbul native Ilker Ugur has transformed
an empty corner in Graduate Hospital
neighborhood into a romantic escape
with Middle Eastern flair. Amid rustic
hand-painted tiles and the low, flattering
glow of candles, young professionals settle
into the tables or cushy sofas and dine on
traditional dishes like charbroiled kebabs,
stuffed grape leaves and spiced lamb.
Web: divanturkishkitchen.com
hiladelphia’
Just Got
3401 Walnut Street, 215-382-2221. ($$)
Mad Mex is a unique restaurant serving
funky, fresh California-Mexican food right
on campus. They offer a wide selection
of micro-brewed beers as well as fresh
margaritas served frozen or on the rocks
in several exotic flavors. Half-priced draft
beers and $3 12-ounce margaritas during
Happy Hour. Web: madmex.com
230 S. 40th Street, 215-222-2887. ($)
Qdoba’s menu centers around large
signature burritos that offer unique flavors,
including poblano pesto, fajita ranchera
and chicken molé. The menu also
includes grilled quesadillas, taco salads,
nachos, Naked Burritos, tacos and soup.
Web: qdoba.com
Taco Bell Express
Glatt Delight
128 S. 12th Street, 215-922-5922. ($)
Previously known as MacCabeam, Glatt
Delight serves “glatt kosher” dishes to a
eclectic clientele.
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1201 S. 9th Street, 215-551-9920. ($$)
La Lupe boasts some of the best Mexican
food in Philadelphia. Their main specialty
is their tacos, but they offer a wide variety
of other authentic Mexican dishes.
Las Bugambilias
148 South Street, 215-922-3190. () Carlos
Molina offers high quality, freshly prepared, traditional Mexican food from three
Food Court, the Moravian Cafes, 3401
Walnut Street, 215-382-2390. ($) Perhaps
the most popular relatively cheap Mexican
fast food. The lines tend to be long but the
spicy chicken tacos and bean burritos are
worth the wait! Web: tacobell.com
110 S. 40th Street, 215-222-2667. ($)
Mexican food with a Californian flavor,
MexiCali offers fresh burritos, enchiladas,
nachos, tacos and quesadillas. If lines get
too long, check out their food cart located
on the corner of 38th and Walnut. Web:
mexicalicafe.net
Tacos Don Memo
38th Street, (Between Walnut and
Chestnut), 610-529-2039. ($) With quality
Mexican food served up hot and fresh,
Mexican Post Restaurant & Bar
Zocalo
3600 Lancaster Avenue, 215-895-0139.
($$) Authentic Mexican cuisine, located
in University City, only 3 blocks from campus. Fine dining in a casual atmosphere,
with patio seating available in season.
Private parking lot. Voted “Best of Philadelphia” for margaritas and food. 2 HD flat
screen TVs at the bar with a great happy
hour. Web: zocalophilly.com
Hummus Restaurant
3931 Walnut Street, 215-222-5300.
($) Serving fresh, delicious, nutritious
Mediterranean food, specializing in falafel,
shawarma, kabobs and other favorite delicacies. Web: hummusrestaurant.com
(Please see our ad, Page 5)
Kabobeesh
Philadelphia
Just
Got
104 Chestnut Street, 215-923-5233. ($$)
(Between
4201 Chestnut Street, 215-386-8081. ($)
Serving low-price kabobs, curry dishes,
and sweets. Fantastic Pakistani food.
All kabobs are made fresh! Tandoori
Naan (bread) is made fresh in our clay
oven. Student specials available. Web:
kabobeesh.com
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33rd Street and Spruce Street, 215-6682903. ($) Located near the Hospital of
University of Pennsylvania, Aladdin’s
serves a variety of Middle Eastern food.
Kabul Restaurant and Cuisine of
Afghanistan
106 Chestnut Street, 215-922-3676.
($$) This understated, long-running BYO
sleeper takes you out of loud Old City
via delectable Afghan dishes and a quiet
setting that charms. There’s nothing more
you can ask for besides an excellent
value, and a staff that is as attentive as
possible. Offers traditional kabobs of
marinated chicken, lamb or beef, tasty appetizers such as scallion-filled dumplings
with yogurt sauce and flaky pastries.
Also prepares vegetarian dishes, such
as chopped spinach, sautéed pumpkin,
sautéed eggplant and more. Web: kabulafghancuisine.com
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Alhambra Cafe
609 S. 3rd Street, 215-922-2202. ($)
Fine coffees, sandwiches and salads with
excellent entrees.
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603 S. 4th Street, 215-922-3553. ($) Authentic Middle Eastern Cuisine made fresh
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134 Chestnut Street, 215-922-1535.
($$) Offers inventive, bold Afghan fare,
“exquisitely seasoned and “delightfully
served” as you sit on pillows on the floor.
Very “good value for your money.” Web:
restaurantariana.com
Aromatic House of Kabob
113 Chestnut Street, 215-923-4510.
($$) Stuck in Old City late at night with a
hankering for some inexpensive Afghan
food? Stop by Aromatic for some authentic
souvlaki or kashk-bademjan. Features a
Hookah Bar, exotic coffee and a variety of
lattes and fruit tea smoothies, candle light
Kamal’s Middle Eastern Specialties
51 N. 12th Street, Reading Terminal, 215925-1511. ($$) Located inside Reading
Terminal Market, Kamal’s serves up a mix
of Middle Eastern and Greek food. The
sandwiches are fresh and the falafel balls
are crispy but not greasy. Other menu
items include spanikopita, baklava, kataifi
(shredded dough soaked in syrup), and
the occasional samosa.
Magic Carpet
36th Street and Spruce Street, (also on
34th and Walnut Street), 215-334-0948.
($) Famous for its all-vegetarian dishes,
Magic Carpet has a large menu that
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Makkah Market
4249 Walnut Street, 215-382-0909.
($) Makkah Market is a Middle Eastern
restaurant offering a wide variety of halal
products. It also boasts a Middle Eastern
grocery store with Islamic books and
clothes, along with a Halal meat department. Located next to the Makkah Barber
Shop ($10 per cut). Great food at a low
price. 24-hour international satellite TV.
Web: makkahmarket.com
Mama’s Vegetarian
18 S. 20th Street, 215-751-0477. ($)
Mama’s Vegetarian is a Kosher, fast-food
Middle Eastern joint that serves one of
the freshest falafel sandwiches. Not only
are their ingredients fresh but everything,
including the 250 pita breads baked daily,
are made directly on the premises. Web:
mamasvegetarian.com
Maoz
1115 Walnut Street, 215-625-3500. ($) A
Dutch chain serving fresh, all-vegetarian
falafels. You can build your own sandwich
from the vast selection of fresh vegetables,
toppings and sauces. Second location at
248 South Street. Web: maozusa.com/
restaurants/locations/philadelphia
Marrakesh
517 S. Leithgow Street, 215-925-5929.
($$) Seven-course authentic Moroccan
feast eaten with fingers. Prix fixe meal in
an exotic setting. Great for groups to dig
into. Group lunches, private rooms and
belly dancers available upon request.
Marrakesh Express
4407 Chestnut Street, 215-222-9008. ($)
Authentic Halal Moroccan Cuisine using
only halal meats and all-natural ingredients. Web: halalmarrakesh.com
Rami’s
this determined-to-be-casual modern Israeli spot from Philly darling chef Michael
Solomonov. The bar serves signature
cocktails- including the lemonnana, a
boldly boozy lemonade- and the food is
defined by clean, bright Middle Eastern
flavors. Web: zahavrestaurant.com
PAN–ASIAN
Buddakan
128 S. 19th Street, 215-568-1027. ($$$)
This trendy Pod-esque restaurant is perfect for people watching and eating sushi.
Web: zamarestaurant.com
1712 Walnut Street, 215-735-6700. ($$$)
High-fashion drama is evident as the
denim-upholstered elevator takes patrons
to a second-story lounge-restaurant with
a metallic fringed bar lit by electric-blue
panels. Urbane glamour is furthered by
drink lockers, weekly DJs and a fusion
menu. The well-heeled crowd adheres to a
not-too-demanding dress code: Jeans are
allowed. Web: denim215.com/denim215.
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Ken Shin Asian Diner
301 Spring Garden Street, 215-925-8887.
($) Restaurateur Kenny Poon, partnered
with his brother Shin, envisions Ken Shin
Asian Diner as a casual but stylish BYO on
the order of Pei Wei. Menu runs the gamut
of familiar Chinese, Vietnamese, and Japanese cuisines. Web: kenshindiner.com
KOJA
37th Street between Walnut and Chestnut,
267-322-9922. ($) KOJA is known for
“having the friendliest service” and
serving up “some extremely tasty Korean
fare.” They serve both Korean and Japanese fare. For those new to Korean food,
try the beef bulgoki or the udon soup.
(Please see our ad, Page 29)
237 Saint James Place, 215-625-8800.
($$$) Everything’s hectic and happy at
1600 N. Broad Street, 215-763-5652. ($)
Koja founder Jae Sim has gone uptown
with his quick-serve Korean and Japanese
fare, and settled into a sit-down storefront.
The menu covers a satisfying range of
tasty pan-Asian classics, from bibimbop
to build-your-own udon bowls. Web:
kojagrille.com
Ly Michael’s
Mantra
122 S. 18th Street, 215-988-1211. ($$)
Mixing Vietnamese, Cambodian, Thai,
and Chinese elements, Mantra is one of
the most unique restaurants in the city. A
friendly bar staff keeps drinks flowing near
the front of the restaurant while more serious diners take their meals in the dining
room. A communal table up front looks
out on the bustling street.
Sampan
124 S. 13th Street, 215-732-3501. ($$)
Sampan impresses with the perfect
balance of ambiance, service, and fairly
priced, inventive dishes with an Asian
spin. Combining masterful attention to detail with only the freshest local ingredients
and bold Asian flavors, each of Sampan’s
Zama
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1601
1601 S. 10th Street, 215-218-3840. ($$)
1601 is a destination in South Philly for
great gastropub fare and beer. Come for
the postmodern bar menu (Moroccan
Burrito anyone?), sophisticated beer list
(Troegs, Flying Fish, Dog Fish Head) and
affordable wines. Great tunes, a convivial
vibe and friendly staffers add to the mix.
Web: 1601cafe.com
Adsum
700 S. 5th Street, 267-888-7002. ($$) Adsum is a neighborhood bistro that provides
excellent food and service. Their goal is
to keep neighbors coming back, and they
certainly do with menu items such as tuna
carpaccio, fried oysters, pancetta-onion
fondue, homemade perogies and more
great gastropub fare. Web: adsumrestaurant.com
Balcony at the Trocadero
1003 Arch Street, 215-922-6888. ($) Live
music with a bar and club atmosphere
with decor that throws back to the Trocadero’s burlesque theater origins. Complete
with cult and hip films on Mondays. Web:
thetroc.com
Bayou Bar & Grill
4245 Main Street, 215-482-2560. ($)
Specializes in hard-shell crabs, $1.50
each on Mondays and Tuesdays. Voted
“Best of Philly” for its buffalo wings, which
are 20¢ each on Mondays and Tuesdays
and $1.75 Bud Lights. Food and drink
specials every day. Web: bayoubar.com
Bishop’s Collar
2349 Fairmount Avenue, 215-765-1616.
($) Pub fare with a twist. Vegetarian sandwiches. No cover. Drink specials. Web:
thebishopscollar.ypguides.net
Black Sheep
247 S. 17th Street, (17th Street and
Latimer Street), 215-545-9473. ($$) An
upscale pub in Rittenhouse Square with
3 floors, a non-smoking dining room, dart
boards and rooms available for private
functions. Features an extensive scotch/
whiskey selection and 10 beers on draft,
seasonal lunch and dinner menu, and
a pub menu available all day and night.
Web: theblacksheeppub.com
Blarney Bar and Grill & Hidden Cafe
Hookah Bar
328 S. Street, 215-413-8294. ($) One of
the newest, nicest restaurant on South
Street. Elegant decor, very inexpensive
with two bars. Menu includes seafood, NY
strip steak and Bucky’s famous cream of
potato soup. Now open upstairs: Hookah
bar with Middle Eastern menu. Over 21
flavored tobaccos.
Bob and Barbara’s
1509 S. Street, 215-545-4511. ($) Local
“institution” bar featuring $3 special - can
of Pabst Blue Ribbon and shot of Jim
Beam whiskey. Thursday night drag show
named the Best of Philly! Tuesday night
ping pong tournaments on two tables.
Bonner’s Irish Pub
120 S. 23rd Street, 215-567-5748. ($) A
fun place to hang out with friends. Serving
domestic and imported beers on tap.
Serving Irish and American cuisine at its
very best. Karaoke on Thursday nights!
Home of Wharton, Penn Law and Penn
Medical.
Cavanaugh’s
119 S. 39th Street, 215-386-4889. ($$)
Casual college crowd with a great bar,
the best wings on campus and lots of
munchies and pizza. Large-screen TV
plus 30 TVs for all sporting events. Over
100 different beers from all over the
world to enjoy here or take home. Web:
cavanaughsrestaurant.com
Cherry Street Tavern
129 N. 22nd Street, 215-561-5683. ($)
Enter through the side door of this woodpaneled haunt and you’re greeted by two
huge sides of roast beef. Handwritten
signs advertise specials, of both the drink
kind and the “take a ski trip with your fellow barflies” kind; they’re only outflanked
by Eagles and Sixers paraphernalia. As
for food, the menu lists standard and
inexpensive Philly bar fare: hoagies and
nachos, supplemented by pepperoni and
cheese with crackers.
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101 N. 11th Street, 215-922-2688. ($$)
Voted Best of Philly for Duck Dumplings
Web: lymichaelsrestaurant.com
Zahav
The Real Le Anh
Denim Lounge
S&H Kebab House
4500 Walnut Street, 215-222-7223. ($$)
Located just west of Penn campus, Saad’s
serves up authentic Lebanese-style food.
Along with their great falafel, they are well
known for strictly Halal middle-eastern
dishes. For unadventurous eaters, American options are also available.
1006 Race Street, 215-922-3288. ($$)
Southeast Asian vegetarian food including
vegetarian dim sum. Food delivered from
Buddhist, Hindu, and Muslim cooking.
Strictly vegetarian including vegan. Brown
rice available. Free delivery in Center City.
Web: singaporevegetarian.com
36th Street and Spruce Street, 215-2057903. ($) Offering everything from Fried
Rice to Pho, it’s not hard to see why The
Real Le Anh is so popular. The menu
has a wide variety of choices, including
Chinese staples such as General Tsao’s
chicken and Lo Mein, as well as an array
of Southeast Asian favorites. They also
offer Bubble Tea and a variety of drinks.
Koja Grille
Saad’s Halal Place
Singapore Restaurant
325 Chestnut Street, 215-574-9440.
($$$) Stephen Starr’s Buddakan is a ultra
chic restaurant featuring exotic flavors of
modern Asian cuisine with creativity and
drama. Named one of “America’s Top 50
Restaurants” by Travel & Leisure and ‘Top
Restaurant for Fun’ by Gourmet, Buddakan has become one of the country’s
most talked about restaurants. Web:
buddakan.com
40th Street and Locust Street, 215-4836547. ($) Hungry but low on cash? Rami’s
(whose owner is extremely friendly and
is always happy to chat) provides great
Middle Eastern, home cooked style food
for under $5. Items on the menu include
falafel, gyros (lamb, chicken and vegetarian), hummus, feta and etc. Rami’s has
been serving the University City community for 22 years.
611 East Passyunk Avenue, 267-6393214. ($$) Specializing in authentic Turkish, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean
cuisine. This BYOB features organic lamb,
chicken and Top Choice Black Angus
steaks, as well as traditional vegetarian
dishes and fresh seafood, this BYOB satisfies every palate. Web: kebabhouseonline.
com
culinary creations leave your mouth watering for more. Web: sampanphilly.com
spring dining guide
consists of many salad, falafel and platter
options. Magic Carpet has been enchanting customers since 1984 with its diverse
selection of international vegetarian foods.
From their famous tofu specials and soups
to their outrageous pita sandwiches,
you haven’t truly experienced Penn until
you’ve been to Magic Carpet. Web: magiccarpetfoods.com
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421 S. 2nd Street , 215-928-9307. ($$)
A cozy, laid back pub remincisent of the
great pubs of Ireland and England. The
menu reflects all that a good pub should
offer: house made steak & mushroom
pie, bangers & mash smothered in onion
gravy, and shepherd’s pie with a side of
H.P. sauce (to name a few). However, if
you’re in the mood for something a little
more American, check out their selection
of sandwiches, steaks, and salads. Web:
darkhorsepub.com
Dirty Frank’s
347 S. 13th Street, 215-732-5010. ($)
This popular corner taproom’s foreboding
ambience belies its friendliness. The
clientele is pleasantly diverse. Burly bikers
knock back mugs of cheap Yuengling next
to frail, chain-smoking art students. Everybody seems like a regular. Arrive before
9pm to grab a table; the place starts to fill
up with drinkers and smoke around 10pm.
Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant
701 S. 50th Street, 215-726-2337. ($$)
This West Philly brewery and restaurant
features handcrafted specialty beers of
the Dock Street Brewing Co., brewed on
premises. The restaurant’s offering is best
described as “wood fired gourmet pizza,
salads, and grille.” Vegetarian- and veganfriendly. Web: dockstreetbeer.com
(Please see our ad, Page 14)
Doobie’s
2201 Lombard Street, 215-546-0316.
($) Pub-type atmosphere with eclectic
jukebox. Kitchen open until 1 a.m. Lots
of dinner specials with a variety of ethnic
type meals. Best nachos in the city!
Downey’s Pub
526 S. Front Street, 215-625-9500. ($$)
To experience Philadelphia, you must
experience Downey’s. A Philadelphia
institution since 1976 and a favorite spot
for sports stars and other celebrities.
Occasional live music acts upstairs. Web:
downeysresturant.com
Drinker’s Pub
1903 Chestnut Street, 215-564-0914. ($)
Drinker’s Pub, Center City’s neighborhood
bar, appeals to all types. Whether you’re
looking to chill out, order dinner, play
pinball, or watch sports on our HDTVs, we
have what you are searching for. A comfortable crowd, tons of Elvis memorabilia,
nightly drink specials, and a killer rock ‘n
roll jukebox. Web: drinkerspub215.com
Drinker’s West
3900 Chestnut Street, 215-397-4693.
($$) Drinker’s West brings plenty of excitement and good times to University City
with a fun energetic atmosphere that can’t
be beat! Whether you’re looking to meet
up for happy hour or a full night of partying, Drinker’s West will exceed all your
expectations and have you coming back
for more. Web: drinkerswest215.com
Eulogy Belgian Tavern
136 Chestnut Street, 215-413-1918.
($$) With over 21 beers on tap and 300
available in the bottle, you definitely won’t
leave this pub thirsty. A wide variety of
traditional Belgian food is also available.
The second floor features a “coffin room”
decorated with burial caskets. Philly’s only
real Belgian owned bar and restaurant.
Web: eulogybar.com
Fado Irish Pub and Restaurant
1500 Locust Street, 215-893-9700.
($$) Traditional Irish fare. At Fado, they
are telling the tale of Ireland’s rich and
celebrated pub culture — hearty food and
drink, good music, warm hospitality, and
friendly banter. Nightly entertainments
include traditional Irish music, with the
occasional American folkie, and televised
rugby and soccer matches. Web: fadoirishpub.com
Fat Tuesday
431 South Street, 215-629-5999. ($) This
Mardi Gras-themed bar is decorated with
neon beer signage, steel seating and televisions. Live bands occasionally perform
for customers sipping on fruity drinks and
MGDs. Finger foods are offered for those
interested in fries with their pina colada,
and in the summertime, al fresco drinking
offers the opportunity to take in the sights
and smells of South Street.
Fergie’s Pub
1214 Sansom Street, 215-928-8118. ($)
Fergie’s Pub is a very reasonable, very
friendly, Irish-owned pub in Center City.
The fare includes fish and chips, shepherd pie, as well as American favorites.
The kitchen is open till midnight, the bar
till 2 a.m. Fergie’s Pub is open seven days
a week with entertainment nightly. The
entertainment includes Quizo, Irish music
and local bands. Web: fergies.com
Finnigan’s Wake
537 North 3rd Street, 215-574-9240. ($)
Philly’s hottest night spot. Live entertainment nightly. Web: finnigans.com
Fox & Hound Smokehouse & Tavern
1501 Spruce Street, 215-732-8610. ($$)
Burgers, barbecue, and lots of cold beer
on tap. Dozens of TVs show every game,
every night. Web: fhrg.com
Good Dog
224 S. 15th Street, 215-985-9600. ($)
A friendly, neighborhood pub in Center
City, Good Dog has been featured on Food
Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives”
for their daring food. Foodies will enjoy
items such as mussels, mac and cheese,
gourmet burgers, and fries. Web: gooddogbar.com
Grace Tavern
2229 Grays Ferry Avenue, 215-893-9580.
($) Grace Tavern, which may sound like
your regular corner bar at first, is anything
but! With delectables like sausages and
oysters as well as an unlimited selection of
quality beers, Grace Tavern will become a
second home to all those who enjoy great
food, a fun atmosphere, and an endless
selection of beers! Voted #1 Bar by Philly
Weekly. Web: gracetavern.com
Irish Pub
2007 Walnut Street, 215-568-5603. ($)
Irish-American pub fare. Open for food
late night until 1:00a.m. every night! Most
popular Center City bar for students. A line
out front because every college student
wants to get in. Also located at 1123 Walnut Street. Web: irishpubphilly.com
Johnny Brenda’s
1201 N. Frankford Avenue, 215-7399684. ($) Come because it’s the next
cool place to chill. Then come back for
the tasty and reasonably priced fare.
Juicy, tender and garlicky pork tenderloin;
generous and meaty flank steak; sausage
sandwiches; tasty swordfish or lamb
kabobs--all for less than $10--go great
with $4 pints of Victory, Yards and Flying
Fish. Web: johnnybrendas.com
226 Market Street, 267-324-5507. ($$)
Casual Pub/Tavern with outdoor seating available. Cajun, buffalo, and Thai
chile wings and a great beer selection.
It’s always sunny in Philadelphia. Web:
facebook.com/pages/Philadelphia-PA/
Macs-Tavern/203000497655
Mace’s Crossing
1714 Cherry Street, 215-564-5203. ($)
Serves a light fare of hamburgers, sandwiches and fries, and offers a weekend
brunch.
McGillin’s Old Ale House
1310 Drury Street, 215-735-5562. ($)
Philadelphia’s oldest tavern — a Penn
tradition since 1860. Extensive menu
from snacks to entrees. Working fireplace.
Nightly specials. Private room available for
large groups. Web: mcgillins.com
McGlinchey’s Bar & Grill Inc.
259 S. 15th Street, 215-735-1259. ($)
Philadelphia Magazine Best of Philly ’99
Dive Bar with thirteen beers on tap and
75¢ all-beef hot dogs. Two floors, bigscreen TV, pin ball, video games and pool.
Mikey’s American Grill & Sports Bar
3180 Chestnut Street, 215-222-3226.
($) A lively local sports bar offering an
elaborate menu and an excellent beer
selection that everyone will enjoy. Web:
mikeysphilly.com/index.htm
Misconduct Tavern
1511 Locust Street, 215-732-5797. ($$)
Attracting a young, professional crowd,
Misconduct Tavern, named after the
owner’s yacht, is home to big sandwiches,
big drinks, and even bigger fun. Featuring twelve draft beers and ten HD flat
screen TVs, this is the perfect place to
relax and watch any sporting event. Web:
misconduct-tavern.com
New Deck Tavern
3408 Sansom Street, 215-386-4600. ($)
Authentic Irish tavern in the heart of University City serving lunch, dinner, and a
full late-night menu. Originally founded in
1933, this charming Irish Tavern features
an extensive assortment of quality food
items, moderately priced, making New
Deck a Penn tradition. Home of Philly’s
first Quizo: Monday and Wednesday at
10:00 pm. Best happy hour! Food and
drink specials daily. Voted best place to
go before Palestra games! New Deck is
the first bar to ever have Quizo pub trivia.
Web: newdecktavern.com
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Khyber Pass Pub
56 S 2nd St, 215-238-5888. ($$) A
revamped Khyber Pass Pub offers less in
the way of loud music and more kinds of
soul food that spread warmth deep inside
as you sip on your favorite drink. Web:
khyberpasspub.com
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Kildare’s
4015 WALNUT
2ND FLOOR
4417 Main Street, Manayunk, 215-4827242. ($$) Irish cuisine here does its job
in the way of classic boxtys, crispy fish
and chips, hearty stew, and goat cheese
encrusted salmon. Sandwiches are standup lunchtime winners. But the real deal
is the welcoming bar with elements transported from the old sod with a mix classic
Irish pub decor with some contemporary
elements. Cap a meal or night out with a
classic Irish coffee. Web: kildarespub.com
New Wave Café
784 S. 3rd Street, (3rd Street and
Catharine Street), 215-922-8484. ($$)
Come to enjoy a pool table, darts, sports
on satellite, and Quizzo at 9:00 p.m. on
Monday nights. All private parties are
welcome. Executive chef Todd Bergman
continues to make us a terrific destination
restaurant. Come see for yourself! We also
offer sidewalk dining on our patio. Web:
newwavecafe.com
4015 WALNUT
2ND FLOOR
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Las Vegas Lounge
IT’S JUST LIKE SORORITY RUSH EXCEPT YOU
DON’T HAVE TO PROSTITUTE YOURSELF TO FIT IN.
IT’S JUST LIKE FRATERNITY RUSH ONLY YOU DON’T
HAVE TO TIP PROSTITUTES TO BELONG, BUT YOU
STILL CAN. WE DON’T JUDGE.
704 Chestnut Street, 215-592-9533.
($$) Great menu including mussels, crab
cakes, baby back ribs and our 10 oz
Prime burger. Awesome daily drink specials in addition to our regular low prices.
Web: lasvegaslounge.com
Nodding Head Brewery & Restaurant
1516 Sansom Street, 2nd Floor, 215-5699525. ($) Casual pub atmosphere with
world class beers brewed on the premises.
Great for gathering a large group of
friends. Multiple dart boards, great juke
box. Brewery tours upon arrangement.
Web: noddinghead.com
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Bowl
Locust Bar
909 N. 2nd Street, 215-238-BOWL. ($)
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cal tavern. Good food menu. 12 beers on
draft. Daily specials for beer and food.
Mac’s Tavern
alleys of the 50s to the sculptural bar and
glass enclosed pod that overlooks the
lanes from the lounge, North Bowl is a
North Star Bar
2639 Poplar Street, 215-787-0488. ($)
The North Star Bar is Philadelphia’s
number one small venue for live entertainment, offering an inspiring array of both
local music and world-class national acts.
We are proud to bring you the best and
most entertaining bands in a simple, yet
charming, rock and roll atmosphere. Great
music - great beer - great food - great fun.
Web: northstarbar.com
North Third
801 N. 3rd Street, 215-413-3666. ($$)
With a menu so all over the place—
pierogies, hummus, soba noodles, pulled
pork— North Third offers a variety of gastropub fare. Someone back in the kitchen
is working hard, adding fresh garlic and
tomatoes to the heaping mussels order
and making sure baby-backs are meltingly
tender. Local draft beers are featured, and
all bottle wines are a frugal $19.95. Web:
norththird.com
O’Neals
611 S. 3rd Street, 215-574-9495. ($)
Voted City’s Best “Best Sports Bar” 20062008 and “Best Irish Bar” 2006-2008.
We have 16 satellite televisions and South
Street’s best beer selection, 19 beers on
draught, over 90 bottles — the area’s only
beer engine. Web: onealspub.com
Oh! Shea’s Pub
1907 Sansom Street, 215-568-7071. ($)
Great drinks as well as a great place to
hang out.
Sal’s on 12th
200 S. 12th Street, 215-731-9930. ($$)
“A little South Philly in Center City”. We
offer everything from pasta with red gravy
or alfredo sauce to huge sandwiches and
appetizers.
Slainte Pub and Grill
3000 Market Street, 215-222-7400.
($$) From Philly Cheese Steak Egg rolls,
Turkey Burgers & Big Green Salads to
our freshly beer battered Fish and Chips,
Shepherd’s Pie & Banger and Mash.
Sláinte’s extensive menu has something to
please every palate! Sláinte is an authentic
modern Irish Pub with arched ceilings
and gorgeous wood furnishings all built in
Waterford, Ireland. Web: slaintephilly.com
Slate
102 S. 21st Street, 215-568-6886. ($$)
Slate has the menu to make for a perfect
evening. We feature small plates and full
entrees for lunch, dinner and Sunday
brunch. Our original menus change seasonally and we use only fresh produce and
meats. Our full service bar include our
signature cocktails, wine by the glass or
bottle, and several beers on draught and
by the bottle. Web: slatephiladelphia.com
Smokey Joe’s
210 S. 40th Street, 215-222-0770. ($$)
Smokey Joe’s is “the Pennstitution.” It
is the Premier Penn Bar, serving Penn’s
residents for more than 60 years! Offering
a cozy environment, Smoke’s aims to
please! Our kitchen is open Monday thru
Saturday 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Web:
smokeyjoesbar.com
Society Hill Hotel Bar
1524 Sansom Street, 215-972-9938. ($)
A great tavern.
301 Chestnut Street, 215-923-3711. ($)
Restored Old City Bar built in 1832. Serving quality local beer, an innovative wine
list, and the best food in the city.
Pub & Kitchen
Standard Tap
Oscar’s Tavern
1946 Lombard Street, 215-545-0350.
($$) One part English tavern, one part
gastropub, P&K serves up burgers and
onion rings upgraded with top-notch
ingredients. The menu is careful and
populated with standards from the United
Kingdom, many of which pair well with the
mostly craft and import brew list. Web:
thepubandkitchen.com
Queen Sheeba Pub II
Resurrection Ale House
2425 Grays Ferry Avenue, 215-735-2202.
($$) The brews include 12 taps, one caskconditioned, 41 bottles, and five locals.
The menu consists of affordable items like
seasonal salads and delish steak frites.
Why it’s not another snooty beer bar:
Mostly, the price range. Web: resurrectionalehouse.com
Roosevelt Pub
2220 Walnut Street, 215-569-8879. ($)
English-style pub featuring 18 drafts and
15 bottled beer varieties. Featuring Best of
Philly hamburger and “casual affordable”
menu. $2.95 1/2-lb. burger and fries
combo, appetizers and more. DJs and a
pool hall. Web: rooseveltspub.com
Rotten Ralph’s
201 Chestnut Street, 215-925-2440. ($)
Casual and cozy neighborhood 25-seat
bar and 30-seat upstairs café with nice
window seating. Steaks, snacks and sandwiches will accompany your choice from
our 19 brew taps!
Strikes Bowling Lounge
4040 Locust Street, 215-387-2695. ($)
Although Strikes is known best for its
bowling, the Lounge carries a varied
assortment of food and drinks that’s sure
to please anybody’s craving. Web: strikesbowlinglounge.com
Sugar Mom’s Church Street Lounge
225 Church Street, 215-925-8219. ($)
Twelve taps. Good prices. Pints of Pabst
Blue Ribbon $2.00. Pints of Yards $3.00
every day. Enjoy our pinball machines and
pool tables. All sandwiches 12pm- 4pm
1/2 price. Call for daily specials.
T.A. Flannery’s
11 S. 21st Street, 215-561-1193. ($)
Irish pub run by a third-generation saloon
keeper. Great roast beef and roast pork
sandwiches. Everything fresh made on
premises. Come join us for a pint, a sandwich and a great time with friends!
Tangier Café
1801 Lombard Street, 215-732-5006. ($$)
Food, drink, shelter — a neighborhood,
casual café. Tangier is a state of mind. Ten
beers on tap, 80 in the bottle, best Buffalo
Wings this side of Buffalo. Web: tangier.
thekalon.com
530 South Street, 215-238-9880.
($) South Street’s neighborhood bar.
Reasonably priced food and drink seven
days a week. Tattoos not required. Web:
myspace.com/tattooed_mom & Twitter.
com/tmoms
The Bards
2013 Walnut Street, 215-569-9585.
($$) An authentic Irish restaurant and
bar, offering contemporary Irish cuisine
and a large selection of premium beers
and Irish whiskies. Set in a comfortable
atmosphere. Serving lunch and dinner
daily, Sunday brunch and a late-night
snack menu on weekends. Live entertainment! Weekly Penn and Wharton specials!
Zagat Survey:“Best Guinness in Philly; a
treasure; proves the Irish can cook.” Web:
bardsirishbar.com
(Please see our ad, Page 16)
The Belgian Cafe
21 street & Green Street, 215-235-3500.
($$) From the owners of Monk’s and
Nodding Head, this pub brings classic
Belgium atmosphere, food, and drink to
the Art Museum area. Their menu offers
many vegetarian and vegan options (vegan
meatloaf!), as well as a variety of burgers,
mussels and entrees. Beer is innovatively
used in many of their dishes. Web: thebelgiancafe.com
The Blarney Stone
3929 Sansom Street, 215-222-5340. ($)
Specials every night. Web: theblarneystone.net
The Blockley Pourhouse
3801 Chesnut Street, 215-222-1234. ($)
The Blockley serves innovative pub cuisine in a warm, relaxed atmosphere with a
centrally located stage for live music and
a large, square bar to anchor the room.
Web: theblockley.com
The Bottle Shop
1837 E Passyunk Ave, 215-551-5551.
($$$$) A huge selection of all kinds of
beers and spirits, with small tables to
enjoy them on and finger food to enjoy
them with!
The Dandelion Pub
18th and Sansom St, 215-558-2500.
($$$) Friendly service and good, hearty
food justify the cozy atmosphere and
make you want to stay for as long as possible. Web: thedandelionpub.com
(Please see review, Page 10)
The Elephant and Castle Pub &
Restaurant
1800 Market Street , (S. 18th Street and
Market Street), 215-751-9977. ($$) Not
only do you need to see it, you need to
experience it. The newest in a wonderful
family of British pub style restaurants here
in North America. Some say it’s more British than Britain itself! 18 draught beers,
20 domestic and micro-brewed beers.
Web: elephantcastle.com
The Field House
1150 Filbert Street, 215-629-1520. ($$)
Field House, located within the Philadelphia Convention Center transcends the
traditional “Sports Bar” stigma. The menu
provides ample flexibility to satisfy a wide
range of customers, and allows Field
House to host everything from a power
business dinner to a weekend Alumni
game watch. Web: fieldhousephilly.com
The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co.
112 S. 18th Street, 267-467-3277. ($$)
In the late 1920s, The Franklin Mortgage
and Investment Company Served as the
front door for the largest alcohol ring in
the country. The Franklin celebrates both
the Golden Age barrooms of the preProhibition era, and the skilled bartenders
who fled their homes to pursue a noble
craft. The Franklin is a place where a stiff
drink and a tuneful horn co-mingle, and
where bartenders are artists. Above all,
The Franklin is a beacon for those who
feel that a dram of alcohol is not meant
as merely a vessel for intoxication, but
a sensory experience all its own. Web:
thefranklinbar.com
The HeadHouse Cafe
Village Whiskey
118th South 20th Street, 215-655-1088.
($$) Classic bar with over 80 varieties of
Whiskey. Web: villagewhiskey.com
WineO Restaurant & Bar
447 Poplar Street, 215-925-0999. ($$)
WineO has evolved and grown into an
upmarket wine bar perfectly nestled in
the artistic Northern Liberties neighborhood and has become a local hot spot for
hipsters and young professionals alike.
Discover the fresh, innovative style of This
popular wine bar/gastro pub. Web: wineophilly.com
Woody’s Bar
The Irish Pol
202 S. 13th Street, 215-545-1893. ($)
Woody’s menu features sandwiches, salads, soups made daily, panini and an array of desserts and coffee drinks including
cappuccinos and lattes. Our daily specials
are a favorite! Web: woodysbar.com
The Khyber
SEAFOOD
122 Lombard St, 215-922-1223. ($$)
Great seafood, luscious chicken wings
and perhaps the best selection of beer in
Philadelphia! Web: headhousephilly.com
45 S. 3rd Street, 267-761-9532. ($) Great
beer and service Web: theirishpol.com
56 S. 2nd Street, 215-238-5888. ($)
Located between Market and Chestnut
streets. A fun bar and pub to hang out at,
listen to live music or select tunes from
the most eclectic juke box in town and
meet new and interesting people from all
over. Sample any of over 100 brands of
beer: domestic, imported and microbrews.
Web: khyberpasspub.com
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The Plough and the Stars
123 Chestnut Street, 215-733-0300. ($$)
Located within the beautifully restored
Corn Exchange Building, the Plough and
the Stars is an entirely new concept in
Irish restaurants and bars. Web: ploughstars.com
The Westbury
261 S. 13th Street, 215-546-5170. ($$)
The Westbury is Philadelphia’s friendliest
neighborhood pub. Always open for lunch
and dinner, we provide a full menu along
with daily drink specials. There are seven
televisions and a jukebox. Many different
social groups and sports teams call the
Westbury their home. Best of all, there are
discounts for students all night long, seven
days a week.
Tir Na Nog
1600 Arch Street, 267-514-1700. ($$)
“The air around our table was whirling
with the sounds and aromas of Ireland.
And for just a moment I was transfixed.”
Craig LeBan, Philadelphia Inquirer Web:
tirnanogphilly.com
Triumph Brewing Company
117 Chestnut Street, 215-625-0855.
($$) Triumph Brewing Company is a wellknown area microbrewery in the midst of
Old City. Espousing a philosophy of good
times, good grub and the best of brews,
their gourmet pub menu aims to please.
Try one of their own beers on tap, or enjoy
their wide range of foods including Mussels Frites, sandwiches, large and small
plates, and salads. Web: triumphbrewing.
com
Urban Saloon
2120 Fairmount Avenue, 215-232-5359.
($) With a wide variety of domestic,
imported, and craft brews (bottled and
draft), along with rotated seasonal drafts,
Urban Saloon should satisfy any beer
lover. The brunch and dinner menus do
not disappoint, with both traditional fare
and more creative (but non-pretentious)
options that won’t break the bank.
Baltimore Crab and Seafood
4800 Spruce Street, 215-472-7040. ($$)
A West Philly restaurant, whose amazing
desserts rival its famous seafood.
Chart House
555 S. Columbus Boulevard, 215-6258383. ($$$) Chart House offers gorgeous
riverfront and city views in their dining
areas. Delicious menu items include topof-the-catch seafood, succulent steaks,
decadent desserts. Try the slow roasted
Prime Rib or the famous Hot Chocolate
Lava Cake. Web: chart-house.com
Devon Seafood Grill
225 S. 18th Street, Rittenhouse Square,
215-546-5940. ($$$) Featuring a diverse
cellar selection and imaginative cuisine,
Devon promises the finest ocean fare
with classic elegance. With an indulgent
menu focused on superior quality fresh
seafood as well as prime steaks, fresh
oysters award-winning crab cakes and
their signature sweet drop biscuits, Devon
crafts its dishes with exacting standards
and pampers its guests in a comfortable
atmosphere. Web: devonseafood.com
DiNardo’s Famous Crabs
312 Race Street, 215-925-5115. ($$$)
DiNardo’s is the place to have your shellcracking,claw-sucking, crab-eating feast.
Steamed Louisiana crabs are served “hot
and dirty” (known as Baltimore style),
as well as other seafood specialties such
as jumbo shrimp, fresh stuffed flounder,
steamed mussels, and clams. Chicken,
steaks, and pasta also are served. Web:
dinardos.com
Fish
1708 Lombard Street, 215-545-9600.
($$$) Chef Mike Stollenwerk follows up his
lauded BYOB Little Fish with this second
seafood restaurant. Innovative cooking
that doesn’t stray into the realm of science is what his fans expect and will find
here - octopus carpaccio, skate wing with
homemade truffle spaetzel and desserts
like a salted cream on a spiced carrot
cake. Web: fishphilly.com
McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood
Restaurant
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4511 Baltimore Avenue, 215-382-2099.
($$) Very relaxed atmosphere with
inexpensive drinks, great bar food, and
arcade games!
901 N. 2nd Street, 215-238-0630. ($$)
Standard Tap’s local-microbrew taps,
thoughtfully selected wines and rocking
jukebox make it appealing just as a bar.
The blackboard menu describes the offerings in one or two words: Squid, Smelts,
Duck Salad. But behind the restrained
terminology are exuberant flavors. Web:
standardtap.com
Tattooed Mom’s
spring dining guide
place that is truly unique to Philadelphia.
Try the tater tots and you’ll become a
devotee. Web: northbowlphilly.com
1 S. Broad Street, 215-568-6888. ($$$)
Located in the heart of Center City, McCormick & Schmick’s brings the freshest
seafood dining experience to Philadelphia.
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spring dining guide
lunch and dinner menus are updated daily
to reflect the freshest selections available.
Web: mccormickandschmicks.com
Oyster House
1516 Sansom Street, 215-567-7683.
($$$) At the Oyster House, the Mink
family continues the mission of serving
Philadelphians fresh seafood at reasonable prices. Sam Mink has added modern
touches, a bevy of raw bar and cooked
seafood options (think soft shell crab and
snapper turtle soup). Updated-meetsclassic cocktails include oyster shooters
(that come in either horseradish infused
tequila or hot pepper and cilantro infused
vodka) and local taps. Web: oysterhousephilly.com
Phillips Seafood
200 N. 17th Street, 215-448-2700. ($$$)
Originally known for their Maryland style
crab cakes and regional fare, Phillips has
expanded in location to Philadelphia. It
is located in the Sheraton Philadelphia
City Center Hotel. Phillips is famous for
their soups and crab cakes, so be sure to
check them out! Web: phillipsseafood.com
Seafood Unlimited
Café Nola
414 S. 2nd Street, 215-574-1687. ($$$)
A New Orleans-style restaurant, Cafe Nola
serves up Cajun and Creole classics like
gumbo, jambalaya, crawfish, bananas
foster and much more. The romantic
ambiance is perfect for a date. Web:
americascuisine.com/pennsylvania/philadelphia/CafeNola.aspx
Catahoula
775 S. Front Street, 215-271-9300. ($$$)
Catahoula is filled with locals from the
mostly residential Queen Village neighborhood, snacking on Nawlins’ favorites
like etouffee, gumbo, a tasty selection of
house-pickled vegetables, jambalaya and,
of course, po’boys — and washing it down
with Sazeracs and Louisiana’s own Abita
beer. Chef Paul Martin aims at an “urban
Cajun” approach with his mostly traditional, classic menu in a chill atmosphere.
270 S. 20th Street, 215-732-3663. ($$)
Seafood Unlimited specializes in providing only the freshest fish selections for a
one of a kind dining experience. Menu
changes daily based on fish availability
and our chef’s whimsy... Come see why
our loyal patrons have been coming here
for years. Web: seafoodunlimited.com
Ortlieb’s Jazzhaus
Snockey’s Oyster and Crab House
262 S. 10th Street, 215-922-5626. ($)
The 10th Street Pour House puts a New
Orleans spin on the standard lunch
and brunch fare. The quaint café is the
ideal place for anyone in need of a quick
caffeine fix to those desiring an ambient
atmosphere to relax. Offering the usual
coffees, teas, smoothies and home-cooked
entrées, The Pour House floods its
delicate and intricate details into specialty
sandwiches and omelets. Two to try:
The catfish po’ boy sandwich, filled with
lettuce, chopped tomatoes and tender
flaky fish fillets, and the spicy Creole
Cajun eggs benny stacked with andouille
sausage. Web: phillypourhouse.com
1020 S. 2nd Street, 215-339-9578. ($$)
Casual dining with a wide selection of
different seafoods: lobster specials, hardshell crabs, oysters, five to six different
broiled fish each night. Nonsmoking section available at certain times. Luncheon
specials every day. Web: snockeys.com
SoleFood
1200 Market Street, (Loew’s Hotel), 215231-7300. ($$$) It is not just for seafood
lovers, but for everyone that enjoys something fresh and different. An inviting decor
of warm woods, soothing colors, elliptical
tables and banquettes is the perfect back
drop for what can only be described as an
ideal dining experience.
Sotto Varalli
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Dining with a sophisticated Bar scene
matched only by the delectable dishes
created by Executive Chef Mark Ziebis.
Bourbon Blue is affordable elegance. New
America Cuisine, New Orleans Twist. Web:
bourbonblue.com
231 S. Broad Street, 215-546-6800.
($$$) Sotto Varalli has a classic seafood
menu with many Mediterranean twists.
Freshness is a key word here and so is
variety - many options for the non-seafood
lover- pasta, steaks and chops! The decor
is sophisticated yet playful - from its hand
blown glass starfish pendants and waterwalls to its giant squid which floats over
the bustling bar. Web: varalliusa.com
SOUTHWESTERN/
CAJUN
Adobe Café
4550 Mitchell Street, 215-483-3947. ($$)
Features high-quality, moderately priced
southwestern cuisine. The house specialty
is blackened catfish with a margarita
sauce. Outdoor café with heated patio and
free parking. Web: adobecafephilly.com
Bourbon Blue
2 Rector Street, 215-508-3360. ($$$)
Located in the heart of Manayunk right off
Main St., the 18th Century mill building
42 has been transformed into French Quarter
847 N. 3rd Street, 215-922-1035. ($$)
World-class jazz artists nightly, with no
cover charge on weekdays. Original
brewery tavern, featuring American and
Continental cuisine, with many seafood
dishes as well. Web: ortliebsjazzhaus.com
Tenth Street PourHouse
Warmdaddy’s
1400 S. Columbus Boulevard, 215-4622000. ($$) Come dine, dance, and “experience the spirit of true Southern hospitality” at this great new locale in South Philly.
Enjoy authentic Southern/soul food dishes
and music with family or a fun group of
friends. Web: warmdaddys.com
SPANISH/LATIN
Alma de Cuba
1623 Walnut Street, 215-988-1799. ($$$)
Restaurateur Stephen Starr and Nuevo
Latino superstar Chef Douglas Rodriguez
pair up in this bold new venture with a Cuban Vibe. Enjoy delicious dishes infused
with the sensuous flavors of Cuban cuisine
in a vibrant atmosphere reminiscent of Old
Havana.Live Latin jazz quartet Wednesday
nights. Web: almadecubarestaurant.com
Amada
217 Chestnut Street, 215-625-2450.
($$$) Bona fide chef Chef Jose Garces
introduces the city’s only authentic Spanish tapas bar & restaurant. Specialties of
the house include Paella Valenciana for
2, Tapas a la Plancha and a variety of Sangria. Web: amadarestaurant.com
Bar Ferdinand
1030 N. 2nd Street, 215-923-1313. ($$)
Under the direction of Executive Chef
David Kane, Bar Ferdinand offers a delicious variety of innovative and traditional
Spanish Tapas, with an emphasis on
utilizing fresh, seasonal and sustainable
ingredients. Bar Ferdinand also offers a
diverse Spanish wine selection, signature
cocktails, house made Sangria & Claricot
and a rotating selection of craft beer on
draught. Whether indoors or out, indulge
in modern spins on Spanish tapas. Web:
barferdinand.com
Brasil’s Restaurant and Night Spot
112 Chestnut Street, 215-413-1700.
($$) Authentic Brazilian cuisine. Fejoada,
the national dish of Brazil, served on
weekends, is one of the many delicious
and different dishes served at this relaxing
and romantic restaurant. Rodizio offered
on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Chifa
707 Chestnut Street, 215-925-5555.
($$$) Chifa is a restaurant by Latin
superstar and Iron Chef Jose Garces.
Inspired by the unique hybrid of Peruvian
and Cantonese cuisine found in Peru,
the menu engages a broad range of Latin
and Asian influences. The menu boasts
a number of Ceviche options, dim sum
plates, traditional noodle and rise dishes.
Pork Belly Bao Buns are an absolute
must! Web: chifarestaurant.com
Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar
10 S. 2nd Street, 215-627-0666. ($$$)
Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar
transports guests to Old Havana circa pre1950s with its nostalgic decor and openair tropical ambiance. Chef Guillermo
Pernot’s menus feature traditional and
contemporary Cuban cuisine. American
flavors are added to Cuban classics as in
the lobster empanadas with sweet meat
and in entrees including tuna ceviche
tossed with coconut milk, lime juice and
yellow pepper and cilantro. Desserts are
as sweet as mojitos: vanilla Cuban bread
brulee or banana and chocolate-mousse
tart. Web: cubalibrerestaurant.com/
philly_index.php
Hoof + Fin
617 S. 3rd Street, 215-925-3070. ($$$)
This intimate and rustic Queen Village
BYO is eclectic. Chef and owner Lucas
Manteca mixes a familiarity with Latin
American dishes—think ceviche and
taquitos as starters—with American
classics, like country fried steak and Old
Bay fries, plus a menu of “from the grill”
meats and fish (the 10 ounce skirt steak
was juicy and well seasoned), which are
nicely priced and include a starch and
veggie side.
Koo Zee Doo
614 N. 2nd Street, 215-923-8080. ($$$)
Koo Zee Doo is a BYOB in Northern Liberties inspired by the cuisine and flavors of
Portugal. Food is served in cozy Iberian
style in a fireplace-warmed two-room
storefront with dishes such as grilled
sardines and stewed rabbit. Portions
are served family-style and meant to be
shared. Web: koozeedoo.com
Mixto
1141 Pine Street, 215-592-0363. ($$)
Traditional Latin food with a contemporary
flare, Mixto brings an array of flavors of
the Cuban, Latin American and Caribbean cuisine to Center City. They offer
breakfast, lunch and dinner with outdoor
dining when the weather permits. Web:
mixtorestaurante.com
Pura Vida
527 Fairmount Avenue, 215-922-6433.
($) The restaurant has many many tempting traditional Mexican choices. The El
Salvadorian pupusitas, a chewy corn cake
cut into triangles and topped with cheese,
or the aromatic ginger chicken soup, a
Latin version of soothing chicken soup
with rice are worth a try. Check out the
Spanish/Latin cuisine at Pura Vida if your
interested in a change of taste.
Sabor Latino & Mexican Restaurant/
Night Club
33 Garrett Road, 610-352-8414. ($$) Why
go South when you have it here? Mexican
and South American cuisine, culture, and
entertainment. Located 1 blocks West
of 69th and Market Station, parking at
the corner of Garret Road and Fairfield
Avenue. Also features a bar and nightclub
scene.
Sazon Restaurant & Cafe
941 Spring Garden Street, 215-763-2500.
($$) Sazon serves traditional homemade
Venezuelan fare. Sazon only cooks with
olive oil and corn oil, not lard, chemicals
or grease. We only use top quality means
& ingredients. Come and join us for a
romantic dinner for two, or have your
birthday party here, or just come in for an
Arepa & Mango Juice. Web: sazonrestaurant.com
Tierra Colombiana
4535 N. 5th Street, 215-324-6086. ($$)
Tierra Colombiana boasts a relaxed and
casual atmosphere and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Besides offering a
vast list of wines that range from Spain to
South America, they are also well known
for their “batidos de frutas” (fruit smoothie
shakes) and their Kiwi-Strawberry Mojito.
Web: tierrarestaurante.com
Tinto Restaurant
114 S. 20th Street, 215-665-9150. ($$)
If you’re looking for atmosphere and fantastic food, look no further than Tinto. The
warm environment is made better by the
quality of food served. Delicious tapas are
only the beginning of Tinto’s menu, with
desserts that end your meal on the right
note. Web: tintorestaurant.com
($$$$) Butcher and Singer is not your
ordinary run-of-the-mill steakhouse. An
homage to old Hollywood, low lights and
dark woods evoke a feeling reminiscent
of a bygone era. Paired with a Perfect
Manhattan and personalized service,
you are sure to feel like a celebrity. Web:
butcherandsinger.com
Capital Grille
1338 Chestnut Street, 215-545-9588.
($$$) Located on the Avenue of the
Arts, Capital Grille has an exciting yet
intimate atmosphere with a touch of
relaxed elegance and style. Capital Grille
specializes in dry aged steaks, chops, and
fresh seafood. The award-winning wine
list features over 400 selections. Let the
masters of steak provide the perfect dining
experience. Web: thecapitalgrille.com
Chima
1901 John F. Kennedy Boulevard,
215-525-3233. ($$$$) Chima combines
Philadelphia’s most authentic Brazilian
Churrasco cuisine with a stylish setting,
world-class bar, table-to-table rodizio
service and a wonderfully excessive salad
bar. Web: chima.cc
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak
House
1426 Chestnut Street, 215-246-0533.
($$$) Del Frisco’s cuisine features USDA
prime beef, fresh seafood, & incredible
cold water lobster tails. The breads, salad
dressings, sauces & desserts are all made
from scratch daily from traditional recipes.
Award winning wine list offers over 1,000
selections from around the world. Web:
delfriscos.com
Fogo de Chao
1337 Chestnut Street, 215-636-9700.
($$$$) This Southern Brazilian Steakhouse (also known as a churrascaria)
offers a prix-fixe menu with 2 parts. The
first course includes a gourmet salad bar
with over 30 items. The second course includes 15 different cuts of beef, chicken,
pork, lamb and sausage that are served
table side by the chefs. Web: fogodechao.
com
Marmont Steakhouse & Bar
40 S. 19th Street, 215-636-9901. ($$) A
new Latin lounge and nightclub offering
food from Las Locas and tapas on the bottom floor. Upstairs is a giant dance floor
that features live bands, jazz ensembles,
and flamenco dancers. The bar offers over
40 kinds of tequila.
222 Market Street, 215-923-1100. ($$$)
Old City’s only steakhouse, Marmont
balances a casual dining experience with
exceptional quality. Choose from seven
generous cuts, even customize your cut.
All steaks are hand carved in-house.
Salads, seafood, and homemade desserts
complete the menu. Web: marmont.net/
live
Valanni
Morton’s of Chicago
Tragos
1229 Spruce Street, 215-790-9494. ($$$)
Valanni offers distinctive Mediterranean
cuisine and expertly crafted cocktails in
an inviting neighborhood restaurant that
is located only one block from the Avenue
of the Arts. Relax inside our hip yet cozy
interior for dinner or grab a seat outside,
sip on cocktails and people watch. Web:
valanni.com
STEAKHOUSE
Barclay Prime
237 S. 18th Street, 215-732-7560. ($$$$)
Barclay Prime is a luxury boutique steakhouse serving a traditional but modern
menu in a contemporary setting. Web:
barclayprime.com
Butcher and Singer
1500 Walnut Street, 215-732-4444.
1411 Walnut Street, 215-557-0724.
($$$$) One of the best steakhouses in
the city with a relaxed, yet sophisticated
atmosphere. Also features lobster and
veal chops and a “living menu” for guests
to choose entrees at table-side. Clothing
restrictions. Cigar friendly. Web: mortons.
com
Pat’s King of Steaks
1237 E. Passyunk Avenue, 215-468-1546.
($) After a bocce game or a night at the
opera, this is the place to line up for a
sidewalk steak sandwich with onions,
cheese, plenty of hot peppers and all the
rest. Pioneer and originator of the steak
sandwich since 1930. Non-smoking
sections available. Open ’round the clock.
Web: patskingofsteaks.com
Prime Rib
1701 Locust Street , 215-772-1701.
($$$$) Expertly prepared cuts of prime
beef are the focus in a Deco-ish dining
room with black lacquered walls, leopard
carpeting and live piano and bass nightly.
Business casual - no jacket required. Web:
theprimerib.com
modate both the most delicate and daring
of palates. The friendly staff welcome you
to their warm and colorful dining room to
enjoy an ambrosial meal. Web: erawanphilly.com
Trio
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
Lemon Grass Thai Restaurant
218 S. 16th Street, 215-732-8888. ($$)
This restaurant serves local, seasonal,
vegan and vegetarian food. Aiming to fill
the need for healthy, whole and delicious
cuisine in Philadelphia, MiLah Vegetarian’s
Vientiane Cafe
4728 Baltimore Avenue, 215-726-1095. ($) menu features the freshest fruits and vegVientiane is a comfortable BYOB with eclec- etables from local farms instead of heavy
sauces and substitutions. Web: milahvegtic but tasty Laotian and Thai entrees.
etarian.com
260 S. Broad Street, 215-790-1515.
($$$$) 1990 “Best of Philly” winner
for steaks. Rivals The Palm for best
steakhouse in the city. Menu also includes
other entrees such as chicken, pork, and
seafood, and conclude dinner with tasty
homemade desserts. Diner’s Club card
also accepted. Web: ruthschris.com
Smith and Wollensky
210 W. Rittenhouse Square, 215-5451700. ($$$$) The Rittenhouse Hotel is
the latest home of this classic New York
steakhouse, with its famous pea soup
and renowned dry-aged steaks. The more
casual Wollensky’s Grill serves into the wee
hours. Web: smithandwollensky.com
Table 31
1701 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, 215567-7111. ($$$) From Georges Perrier
and Chris Scarduzio, a steakhouse bistro
in the Comcast Center. That’s steaks, of
course (go for the complex, slow-burn
house-made steak sauce), in the requisite
cuts and a range of pedigrees, lots of seafood options, and lighter dishes including
pizzas. Web: table-31.com
The Palm
200 S. Broad Street, At the Bellevue,
215-546-7256. ($$$$) In the Bellevue
Hotel, one of the best steak restaurants
in the city. Pricey, but worth it. While the
lobster, steak, lamb and veal is made to
order, relax in the portrait gallery of famous
Philadelphia faces. Web: thepalm.com/
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2200 South Street, 215-985-1878.
($$) 2002 “Best of Philly” Philadelphia
Magazine. City Search 2003 winner of both
categories: Audience and Editorial winner
by vote.
VEGETARIAN/
HEALTH
Nan
Atiya Ola’s Spirit First Foods
4000 Chestnut Street, 215-382-0818.
($$$) Fine contemporary food in a clean,
subtle atmosphere. Chicken in red curry,
duck with spices are specialties of our chef.
Great date restaurant. Web: nanrestaurant.
com
Pad Thai
606 N. 2nd Street, 215-592-1168. ($$)
Authentic, contemporary Thai restaurant
with a colorful and energetic atmosphere.
Combination BYO with beer and wine
service. Web: padthaiphilly.com
Pad Thai Shack
127 S. 18th Street, 215-557-0422. ($)
“Best of Philly” South East Asian take out.
“Best Fried Rice”, Philadelphia City Paper.
Web: padthaishack.com
Pattaya Grill
4006 Chestnut Street, 215-387-8533. ($$)
“Best of Philly/Thai” 1996, Philadelphia
Union Trust Philadelphia Steakhouse Magazine. Rated “Excellent” by Zagat
Survey 1999. Greenhouse in back. Serves
717 Chestnut Street, 215-925-6000.
Thai and French cuisine. Web: pattayares($$$$) A Philadelphia steakhouse which
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offers a wide range of entrees, from big
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eye tuna steak and Alaskan sockeye
salmon to ribeye filet mignon and prime
Penang Malaysian Cuisine
porterhouse. Lamb and veal entrees also
117 N. 10th Street, 215-413-2531. ($$)
available, and the menu boasts many
Authentic Malaysian cuisine that is a taste
delicious-sounding sides. Web: uniontrust- above the rest. Takeout available. Web:
steakhouse.com
penangusa.com
THAI
705 Chestnut Street, 215-928-2838. ($$)
Restaurant serving Thai and Malaysian
cuisine. The menu offers a wide variety of
soups, noodles, rice dishes and some seafood entrees. Karaoke available upstairs.
Banana Leaf Malaysian Cuisine
1009 Arch Street, 215-592-8288. ($) Banana Leaf is a Malaysian restaurant bringing you classics like Hainanese Chicken,
Roti Canai and Curry Mee. It is consistently
bursting with flavor and prepared with
the freshest ingredients available. Web:
phillybananaleaf.com
Cafe de Laos
1117 S. 11th Street, 215-467-1546. ($$)
Tiny BYOB spot featuring Thai and Laotian
Cuisine with great dishes such as Kiew
Nam, Pad Kee Mao, Namtok beef salad
and more!
Erawan Thai Cuisine
123 S. 23rd Street, 215-567-2542. ($$)
Philadelphia’s first Thai restaurant is
nestled on the edge of the Rittenhouse
neighborhood. A large variety of authentic
dishes on the menu, prepared to accom-
Siam Cuisine
925 Arch Street, 215-922-7135. ($$) Recognized this year as an award-winning top
Thai restaurant by Zagat Survey. Located in
Chinatown. Features lemon grass soup and
mee pu. Menu also includes spicy stir-fried
shell fish, Siamese crispy duck and homemade coconut ice cream and Thai dessert.
Web: siamcuisinepa.com
Smile Café
105 S. 22nd Street, 215-564-2502. ($$)
Authentic Thai food served at a reasonable
price. The menu offers a variety of dishes
ranging from traditional pad Thai to seafood
served with a mango sauce.
Tamarind
117 South Street, 215-925-2764. ($$)
Specialties include pad Thai and sautéed
shrimp and chicken in curry-coconut
sauce. Web: tamarindonsouth.com/index.
html
Thai Singha House
3939 Chestnut Street, 215-382-8001. ($$)
Authentic Thai cuisine in a cozy, warm
atmosphere. Specialties include fire game
hen and spicy shellfish. Six time Reader’s
Choice Award from City Paper and Philadelphia Inquirer says “exotic and delicious.”
Call for details.
4505 Baltimore Avenue, 215-939-3298.
($) Healthy and delicious raw foods and
drinks, with many tasty vegetarian and
vegan options.
Energy Zone
3701 Walnut Street, Pottruck Center, 215387-4977. ($) Refreshing, great-tasting
smoothies! Meal-replacement and recovery
shakes, supplements and bars as well as
numerous healthy snacks for the bodyconscious gym-goer.
Essene Market & Café
719 S. 4th Street, 215-922-1146. ($)
Gourmet organic foods and cuisine featuring vegetarian/macrobiotic entrees, pasta,
salads, sushi, and sandwiches. Fresh-made
juices, served cafeteria style in side the
natural foods market. Web: essenemarket.
com
rolls, tamarind rum-glazed tempeh, roasted
oyster mushrooms and creamy horseradish
butter. Web: horizonsphiladelphia.com
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MiLah Vegetarian
New Harmony Vegetarian Restaurant
135 N. 9th Street, 215-627-4520. ($)
Harmony is a smoke-free restaurant, offering over 100 items on its menu. We use
soy products, wheat gluten and vegetables
in our creations. Web: myspace.com/
newharmony
SaladWorks
3728 Spruce Street, 215-222-8899. ($)
Make your own fresh, delicious salad
masterpiece! Fresh turkey sandwiches and
pasta dishes. Web: saladworks.com
Cafe Huong Lan
1037 S. 8th Street, 215-629-9966. ($) Cafe
Houng Lan’s delicious dishes include beef
noodle soups, Vietnamese hoagies, congee,
rice platters, vermicelli and traditional
noodles.
VIETNAMESE
Pho Cali Vietnamese Restaurant
36th Street and Spruce, . ($) Fresh fruit
served with a smile. The fruit cart owner
includes a free banana with all orders.
1000 Arch Street, 215-629-1888. ($) Join
the “Pho craze”... the Vietnamese noodle
soup raised to the nth degree. A myriad of
options to personalize your pho bowl. We
offer a perfect blend of Vietnamese cooking
in a relaxed atmosphere.
Fruit and Vegetable Cart
Pho Xe Lua Viet Thai Restaurant
Fresh Fruit Salad
40th Street and Locust Street, . ($) With a
variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, this
cart has everything you need to stock your
kitchen for healthy eating. While the prices
are a little higher than other fruit carts on
campus, they are better than those at Fresh
Grocer and this cart carries vegetables,
which the others do not.
Fruit Salad Cart
907 Race Street, 215-627-8883. ($) Saturday lunch at Pho Xe Lua in Chinatown puts
you in the company enormous platters of
Vietnamese food (there are also some Thai
options). Service is brisk, as the waiters
serve up raw fresh flank steak with lime
juice, sautéed chicken with lemongrass
on rice, snails with coconut and basil, and
grilled pork balls on vermicelli.
33rd Street and Spruce Street, . ($) Located Vietnam Cafe
814 S. 47th Street, 215-729-0260. ($) This
near HUP (Penn’s hospital), this food cart
offshoot of the popular Vietnam restaurant
serves a variety of fruit salads.
in Chinatown arrives in West Philly. With
Fruit Salad Truck
only 11 tables, this “elegant yet casual”
34th Street and Walnut Street, . ($) This
BYOB doesn’t take reservations and won’t
food truck serves a variety of fresh fruit
serve parties of 8 or more after 6pm. Web:
salad combinations, offering customers a
eatatvietnam.com/vietnam_cafe.cfm
healthy alternative lunch option.
Govinda’s Gourmet Vegetarian
1408 South Street, 215-985-9303. ($)
Located right on the corner of Broad and
South Streets, Govinda’s is a restaurant
with delicious, original, famous variety of
Vegetarian, Vegan, Vedic, Halal and Kosher
meals prepared with love and delicious to
enjoy. Try the Golden Tofu or Kofta Balls
smothered in a tangy red sauce. Enjoy
contemporary cuisine in a charming atmosphere. Web: govindasvegeterian.com
Horizons
611 S. 7th Street, 215-923-6117. ($$) The
owners aspire to be Philadelphia’s “signature vegetarian restaurant”. Suprisingly
there is no granola, alfalfa sprouts or wheat
germ anywhere on the menu. Instead there
are exotic and tastefully done wild mushroom stuffings, spicy red chili cauliflower
Vietnam Palace
222 N. 11th Street, 215-592-9596. ($) Casual Vietnamese dining seven days a week.
Located in Chinatown. Banquet facilities for
parties up to 100. Full bar available. Web:
vietnampalacephilly.com
Vietnam Restaurant
221 N. 11th Street, 215-592-1163. ($) This
Vietnamese restaurant in Chinatown prepares all meals with care. The portions are
generous and the prices are excellent. Web:
eatatvietnam.com/vietnam_restaurant.php
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Aqua
34st.com
3630 Lancaster Avenue, 215-222-8042.
($$) Features imaginative dishes, such as
Evil Jungle Princess, Swimming Rama and
Young Girl on Fire, and an extensive vegetarian menu. Also some fabulous desserts,
such as mango with sticky rice and fried
banana. Web: lemongrassphila.com
2624 Brown Street, 215-232-8746. ($$)
Perhaps one of the best French-Thai fusion
restaurants. Not to be missed are lemon
grass soup, tamarind lacquered pork loin,
and crispy tofu with julienne ginger. In desserts, their creme brulee made from silky
custard flavored with floral Thai iced tea is a
must try! Web: triobyob.com
spring dining guide
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