Going to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
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One of the most enjoyable brunches I've ever had was at Honey's Sit and Eat in Northern Liberties. Casual, incredible food, and all the right touches. The wait staff is completely delightful and the surrounding neighborhood is full of cute shops to explore. If you don't mind a little bit of a walk (about 20 min), Penn Treaty Park is lush and not too far off-- it is a perfect spot to gaze out at the water and digest, or indulge in the playground swings.
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Vernick is a relatively new place on Walnut street. The food is amazing and the wait staff is incredibly friendly (last time I was there they found a towel for me after I got caught in the rain). The toast with peas and bacon will make you want to go back repeatedly. When you are done eating, you can go people watching in Rittenhouse Square or get frozen yogurt at Yogorino.
- Moriarty's Restaurant1116 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States
- Geno's Steaks1219 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147recommended Geno's SteaksGeno's or Pat's? That is the age-old question for visitors (and residents) to the City of Brotherly Love. When I visited the first time, I tried both cheesesteaks - and came to the conclusion that ... read morewhile Pat's was more tasty, Geno's was far friendlier in service. However, that was 6 years ago. On my last outing, in 2008, I preferred Geno's steaks over Pat's. So who will ever win? Perhaps we will never know.
- Pat's King of Steaks1237 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19147recommended Pat's King of SteaksGeno's or Pat's? That is the age-old question for visitors (and residents) to the City of Brotherly Love. When I visited the first time, I tried both cheesesteaks - and came to the conclusion that ... read morewhile Pat's was more tasty, Geno's was far friendlier in service. However, that was 6 years ago. On my last outing, in 2008, I preferred Geno's steaks over Pat's. So who will ever win? Perhaps we will never know.recommended Pat's King of SteaksYou can't come to Philly and not eat a cheese steak. There is an ongoing debate as to whether Pat or its rival across the street, Geno's, is the best. Pat's is my choice. Both stay open until the wee ... read morehours (I was here at 3:30 am and waited in line for 10 mins!) - but it is worth it. Fresh baked rolls from south philly, greasy meat. Cheese whiz is a must (you can order provalone, but then you are doing it wrong). Know what you want before you get to the window - they like to keep things moving and won't wait for you. Proper way to order is "whiz wit...[peppers, mushrooms]". Yum.
- Chickie's & Pete's1526 Packer Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19145recommended Chickie's & Pete'sThis place is always alive and booming - and after nearby matches and concerts, it's the most happening place in town (and celebs like it too.) Great atmosphere, fun crowds (definitely reserve a table ... read morein advance if you have a party), and fantastic food. Throw cholesterol to the wind and chow down on their signature crab fries (sinfully, greasily delicious), their white lobster pizza, award-winning seafood, or any other array of good ol' American grub - and wash it all down with a beer (or two).Becky Mahan
Two words: crab fries.
- Villa Di Roma936 S 9th St, #36, Philadelphia, PA 19147recommended Villa Di RomaRight in the heart of the Italian Market and the best Italian restaurant in the city. The staff are no nonsense but the meatballs are out of this world knock your socks off! Been going there for 30 ... read moreyears and the food has not changed because it doesn't need to.Recommended for:
- Good Dog Bar & Restaurant224 S 15th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102recommended Good Dog Bar & RestaurantThe Good Dog Burger (and the sweet potato fries) live up to the "Best of Philly" hype and more... I found the place a bit too noisy for good conversation downstairs. Upstairs was better. The beer ... read moreselection was also very good.Recommended for:Eric Brink
- Jim's Steaks400 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147recommended Jim's SteaksI come back here everytime I come to Philly. Great steaks and a fun and friendly staff. The surrounding South Street area is also fun, and make sure to keep your arms off the glass.Recommended for:Eric Brink
A great cheesesteak place on South Street.
- White Dog Cafe3420 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19104recommended White Dog CafeI hosted a dinner for a group of 35 here in the Dens area. It was a huge hit. The atmosphere, service, and food was outstanding. I couldn't have asked for anything more.Recommended for:Eric Brink
Really nice local and sustainable place in the Penn University Area.
- La Colombe Torrefaction130 South 19th Street, Philadelphia, PArecommended La Colombe TorrefactionOK, I admit being a bit of a coffee snob. But La Colombe is one of my favorite coffee shops anywhere in the world. Amazing cappuccinos, cool atmosphere with high ceilings and red walls. I make a point ... read moreof coming here every time I am in Philly and am always happy when I do. They also have good pastries, croissants and other goodies.
- Monk's Cafe264 S 16th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102recommended Monk's CafeMonks is a lively, intimate place near Rittenhouse Square with amazing mussels and fries - they serve a bunch of different styles, I would recommend going for the Brussels style. My favorite. Great ... read morebeer selection as well.recommended Monk's CafeAwesome place for Belgian beer. On a lovely side street in Center City. Decent food - moules frites and the steak salad is scrumptuous. It fills up quickly so get there early if you want a seat.Recommended for:
- Alma De Cuba1623 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103recommended Alma De CubaTasteful, classy, hip atmosphere. Check out the third floor to sit at the bar and order a solid mojito. Otherwise sit down for a super tasty meal. Prices are not easy on the wallet, but they do ... read morereflect the quality of the food and service.Recommended for:Trendsters
- Positano Coast212 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3904, United Statesrecommended Positano CoastPositano Coast in Old City takes you to the Amalfi Coast by surrounding you with postcard perfect pictures of Mediterranean seacoast on the walls and by overall relaxed Italian atmosphere. You can ... read morechoose to sit at the outdoor terrace, or in a cozy lounge, or at the bar, or in one of the dining rooms – depending on your mood and preference. The restaurant offers small-plate servings that are good for sharing. The food is delicious.Recommended for:Business Travelers
- El Vez121 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107recommended El VezI like El Vez! It’s a fun place; it has an interesting interior and good food. I don’t even mind that it’s a bit too noisy and can get crowded. My favorite dishes are guacamole, cactus and crab salsa, ... read moremahi-mahi tacos and Mexican chopped salad… Oh… make sure you visit their restroom downstairs. And one more thing - don’t forget to get your picture taken inside of a photo booth!
recommended ZahavThis restaurant is fantastic! If you are looking for something unusual and hip (and great food… and fabulous atmosphere… and nice service…) – this is the place. It’s very popular, so make a ... read morereservation (can use OpenTable). We usually combine our visit there with a movie next door at the Ritz. You can order a bunch of small plates and get to taste a lot of different dishes. Some of my favorites are crispy haloumi cheese, house-baked laffa bread, fried kibbe and eggplant dishes. It could get expensive if you lose track of how many different things you ordered – most of them sound so delicious and interesting that you want to try them all.
- Barbuzzo110 South 13th Street, Philadelphia, PArecommended BarbuzzoAfter a few unsuccessful attempts to get a Saturday night reservation at Barbuzzo, we were lucky to get it for Thursday night (reserving on OpenTable just a few days earlier). No wonder that it’s hard ... read moreto get in – the place is small and popular. It serves smaller size dishes family style. We liked pretty much everything that we ordered (there were 4 of us). Our favorites were the vegetable board (veggie selection is probably different every day), grilled Spanish octopus and calamari, fried sardines, and pear pizza (the crust is very thin – it’s similar to flatbreads, and it’s pretty big). The service was very nice – the dishes were served at good time intervals in between, the water was frequently refilled, etc. I liked the lively atmosphere at Barbuzzo. The only downside was the noise level – but it wasn’t so bad that you couldn’t carry a conversation. I will definitely go back.
- Parc227 South 18th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvaniarecommended ParcLocated right on Rittenhouse Square, Parc is a popular place, especially when the weather is good and you can sit outside (great for people and dog watching). As most of Starr restaurants, it is a ... read moreplace with great ambience, very good food and nice service. It has a feel of a Paris bistro and serves French food (pricey but delicious).Elvira Vanag
Great place for people/dog watching.
- Talula's Garden210 W Washington Sq, Philadelphia, PArecommended Talula's GardenAfter dining at the Talula’s Garden I knew that I got new favorite restaurant in Philly. I wish I could give more than 5 stars to this place – for food, service, menu selections, ambiance… Yes, it’s ... read morekind of expensive but well worth it. The owner’s love for artisan cheese translates into fantastic selection offered as several collections with intriguing names like Cheeses with Status, Rare and Ridiculous Cheese. The cheese is served on a slate board and the accompaniments include chutneys, candied nuts, honey, fresh and dried fruit. Since we took our time reading the menu, our waiter suggested ordering some cheese to start. We picked his favorite selection without thinking too much about it. But about 10 minutes later we read that it mostly includes goat cheese which I don’t eat. We were about to change our order to a different selection when he brought the cheese. With embarrassment, we told him about our problem with goat cheese. Without hesitation he said he’ll switch to another selection, assuring us that this is not a problem. This alone got a very high checkpoint on our list. Even though we could’ve ordered just entrees after the cheese plate, we wanted to try some appetizers. We ordered Mushroom Pate and Smoked Sturgeon – both were excellent and beautifully presented. Our entrees were Seared Scallops and Roasted Hangar Steak, plus we got a side of Roasted Mushrooms. We enjoyed every bite. Overall, we had a fantastic experience; everything felt right and tasted delicious. I can’t wait to go back.Elvira Vanag
Fantastic place! With an outdoor sitting for drinks/light meal.
- Jamonera105 S 13th St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvaniarecommended JamoneraBerenjenas, Crispy Fried Oyster Sliders, Pulpo A La Parilla, Calamari En Su Tinto, Gambas Al Ajillo… If these menu items don’t sound like a personal invitation to visit Jamonera then maybe this place ... read moreis not for you. OK, let’s give you a second chance… Are you willing to try some interesting Spanish tapas and taste a variety of Spanish wines? Or maybe you will find the selection of Sherry/Jerez irresistible? Then you definitely need to make a reservation at Jamonera. To us, it sounded perfect just reading the menu. The reviews of this place made it even more desirable. We weren’t disappointed – we loved our food, wine, sherry tasting and service. Can’t wait to go back!Elvira Vanag
- Buddakan325 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106recommended BuddakanFun restaurant with great food and an equally impressive menu! When I went we did family style dishes, which was a great way to try a bit of everything (it was pretty hard to decide as a lot of dishes ... read morepiqued my interest).Recommended for:Katie Pierce
I'm seconding Kelly. This is a spot worth the trip.recommended BuddakanSuper funky atmosphere. Wonderful venue with fanciful and dramatic design. Great place for groups. Accessible pan Asian menu.Recommended for:
- Abner's Cheesesteaks of University City3813 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104recommended Abner's Cheesesteaks of University CityAbner's Cheesesteaks is quintessential Philly food, like a New York bagel or a Chicago deep dish pizza. As a foreigner, I can't speak to the best cheesesteak debate, but my Philly friends took me to ... read moreAbners and I liked it. It's certainly a lot better than the pretenders I've had in other cities.Recommended for:Joseph Coureur
Cheesesteak is a bit low brow for a someone who runs a food blog, but it's a weakness for me.
- Bob & Barbara's Lounge1509 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19146recommended Bob & Barbara's LoungeThe best dive in Philly. A mixed bag of homeless drag queens and generally cool students, locals, etc. Often live music of the cabaret kind. And best of all - you can supersize your cocktails!Recommended for:Kelly Lees
Not sure if you like to walk on the wild side..but if you do check this out.
- Morimoto723 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106recommended MorimotoAnother Stephen Starr restaurant that delivers. Super sushi. Funky setting. Great service. I always recommend the Omakase.Recommended for:
- Reading Terminal MarketN 12th St & Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107recommended Reading Terminal MarketAn amazing selection of everything from fresh fruits, to cheesesteaks the size of your head. A wonderful place to walkaround and soak up the flavors of talented foodies all touting their own ... read morecreations. Definitely a great place to eat.Recommended for:
- Vault Brewing Company (planned)10 South Main Street, Yardley, PA