Our Favorite Restaurants in Downtown Philadelphia

Little Nonnas

Evoking the spirit of an Italian grandmother’s kitchen, Little Nonna’s is a casual Italian-American restaurant by the Gayborhood’s beloved restaurant partners (in business and in life), Marie Turney and Valerie Safran. Located on the ground level of The Independent Hotel, Little Nonna’s sources bread, pasta, and sausage from the Philadelphia Italian Market, where locals have long loved (and stood in long lines to get) Sarcone’s bread and Fiorella’s Sausage. Hand-pulled mozzarella is made fresh daily at 4 p.m.

Meals are served family style, and a large courtyard in the back allows you to enjoy your meal al fresco (seasonally). A visit to The Independent Hotel would not complete without a trip to Little Nonna’s. Expect to be charmed by the slightly kitschy decor and saying “Delizioso!” from the first bite!

Hours of Operation:
Little Nonna’s is open for dinner seven days a week and offers lunch Monday-Saturday.

Monday–Saturday: 11:45am – 2:45pm

Sunday–Thursday: 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Friday and Saturday: 5:00pm – 11:00pm

Bud & Marilyn’s

Also located on the ground floor of the hotel, Bud & Marilyn’s is a classic American restaurant named after owner Marcie Turney’s grandparents, who owned the original Bud & Marilyn’s for 40 years in Wisconsin. Classic American comfort food, such as fried chicken, meatloaf and Virginia ham, is dished in the restaurant’s hip, mid-century modern dining room.

Highlights from the bar include Bud’s Best Pale Ale from local Philadelphia Yard’s Brewery and Bud’s Best Bourbon a collaboration with Pennsylvania-based craft whiskey distiller Wigle Whiskey.

Hours of Operation:
Bud & Marilyn’s serves weekday lunch and happy hour, daily dinner and brunch on the weekends. Reservations are encouraged, call us at 215-546-2220.

Monday–Friday: 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Daily: From 5:00pm

Saturday and Sunday: 11:00am to 3:00pm