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Philadelphia Restaurants & Places to Eat

Encouraged by the presence of several high-profile chefs and restaurateurs, Philadelphia has evolved into one of the country’s eminent food cities, offering creative cuisine from every culture in venues ranging from roving gourmet food trucks to former bank vaults.

Best Restaurants in Philadelphia

Little Nonna’s

Tucked away in a charming space on Locust Street, Little Nonna’s updates the classic flavors of South Philly Italian food with Midtown Village style to create a friendly neighborhood gathering spot. Created by Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran, the pair responsible for standout local restaurants like Lolita, Grocery, and Barbuzzo, this Philadelphia italian restaurant is conveniently located at the Independent Hotel. Start your meal with a rich Italian Chianti or a bubbly San Pellegrino before moving on to Eggplant Parmigiana and Ricotta Cavatelli with duck sausage, taggiasca olive, rapini, pecorino and pear. Don’t forget dessert, whether you opt for a cup of local coffee from La Colombe, an after-dinner Amaro, or Little Nonna’s famed Hazelnut Cannoli.

Bud & Marilyn’s

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.

Vedge

Just because you won’t find a Philly Cheesesteak at Vedge doesn’t make it any less essential to the fabric of Philadelphia’s culinary scene. Vegetable-based but not lacking for decadence, Vedge’s menu includes delicacies like Fresh Hearts of Palm Vindaloo, Seared Black Kale and Crispy & Creamy Sunchokes. In addition to its showstopping array of entrees, Vedge offers a full cocktail list, each drink infused with creative floral and botanical additions. This must-visit vegetarian restaurant sits in an artfully designed space less than one block from The Independent Hotel.

Green Eggs Café

This Philly favorite operates three locations, one of which is just steps away from The Independent Hotel. Green Eggs serves classic breakfast, brunch and lunch dishes daily, but isn’t afraid to mix it up with creative menu options like Quinoa Porridge, Red Velvet Pancakes and Short Rib Benedict. You can’t go wrong with the restaurant’s signature and most simple dish: Eggs Your Way with breakfast meat and fresh bread from local Le Bus Bakery.

Talula’s Garden

Overseen by famed Philly restaurateur Stephen Starr, up-and-coming young chef Charles Parker, and farm-to-table luminary Aimee Olexy, Talula’s Garden takes New American cuisine to new heights in an art deco-style building on Washington Square. Brunch and dinner each offers a collection of sublime dishes, including Pan-Roasted Whole Porgy with heirloom radishes and shishito peppers, Brown Butter Glazed Potato Gnocchi, and Duck Pappardelle with wine-scented apricots.

Reading Terminal Market

A wide variety of restaurants and dining options under one roof.  Stop by for a sit down meal or pop-in for a quick bite on the go.  There’s something here to please everybody’s preference.

MilkBoy – Live Music and American Food

Garage door-fronted cafe with locally sourced eats & an upstairs bar hosting live music at night.

Cheesesteaks

Jim’s Steaks – Your cheesesteak spot on South Street – Jim’s Steaks South Street is a five-time winner of Philadelphia Magazine’s “Best of Philly” award.  They also serve great great hoagies, but bring cash as they don’t accept cards.

Steve’s Prince of Steaks – If you’re taking a trip the the City Hall neighborhood, try a cheesesteak from the award-winning Steve’s.  It’s a Philadelphia staple.

Pat’s King of Steaks or Geno’s Steaks – At the center of the long-running Philadelphia Cheesesteak debate, Pat’s King of Steaks is acclaimed for their cheesesteak topped with Cheez Wiz.  If you want to settle this debate for yourself, Geno’s is just across the street specializing in cheesesteaks made with “real” cheese.

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