Yes, the cheesesteaks really are great, but our dining scene offers so much more. From quick vegan bites to mediterranean kitchens, see why Philly is one of America’s best food cities. Some of the best restaurants and bars can be found just steps away from our hotel. See some of our favorites below:
Located on the ground floor of The Independent 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.
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), Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran. Also on the ground level of the hotel, Little Nonna’s sources bread, pasta, and sausage from the Philadelphia Italian Market. Meals are served family style, and a seasonal courtyard in the back allows you to enjoy your meal al fresco.
Vegetables never looked so good at Vedge, an inventive meatless restaurant perfect for vegans and foodies alike. James Beard nominated Chefs Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby make vegetables something to look forward to, serving exciting seasonal dishes in an elegant brownstone home. In addition to these flavorful veggie dishes, Vedge also offers natural wines, a selection of craft beers, and a creative cocktail list.
Save the planet with a weekend brunch. Green Eggs Cafe is an eco-conscious, BYO bruncherie with a commitment to sustainable ingredients and a minimal waste environment. Come hungry because this popular spot is known for its large (and very insta-worthy) portions. Green Eggs adds a unique twist to brunch favorites, serving fun dishes like red velvet pancakes, crème brûlée French toast, chicken and waffles benedict, and breakfast egg rolls. Be sure to bring cash and come early – this local favorite fills up quickly.
No matter what time of day you find yourself out in the city, this bilevel restaurant has you covered. Grab a custom pour-over in the morning, a banh mi at lunch, and cheap Asian bites and craft cocktails at happy hour. Head underground to the dinner-only izakaya for a tasting menu of Japanese-influenced dishes, including robatayaki skewers and a sushi bar.
Another Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran gem, Jamonera is the place for Spanish tapas and wines. An intimate space with a traditional menu, this is the perfect spot for sharing and sampling. Try Spanish classics like paella, croquetas, papas fritas, and of course, jamon. Pair your meal with a glass of Tempranillo or opt for a flight from Jamonera’s impressive sherry menu.
Still haven’t found what you’re looking for? Check out our full list of local recommendations.