Philadelphia’s food scene is so much more than cheesesteaks and soft pretzels. The city and surrounding suburbs have an eclectic mix of culinary cuisines ranging from vegan fare to Italian BYOBs, and everything in between. Not only are the restaurants a tourist attraction in and of itself, but the world-class craft breweries and distilleries draw crowds by the thousands to test their unique concoctions.
Over the last 14 months, restaurant owners have had to adapt not only their menus to accommodate food shortages, but also the entire layout of their restaurants and the way they operate. Philadelphia locals have learned the importance of supporting their local restaurants in order to keep them afloat. Whether that means picking up a to-go meal or eating dinner outside in the middle of winter with a space heater, Philadelphians were determined to show support in any way they could. Through the love and dedication we have had to our favorite spots over the last year, we have kept so many small businesses’ doors open. If you’re looking to try some new cuisines, listed below are just some of my absolute favorite places to grab a bite to eat in the city and beyond.
This local favorite serves up high-end seasonal American cuisine in Philadelphia’s Washington Square. Known best for its red wine glazed beef short rib, this Starr restaurant is a partnership with award-winning restaurateur Aimee Olexy. We suggest trying the Artist cocktail for a refreshing take on a sparkling Paloma.
In the mood for Japanese cuisine? Look no further than Center City’s Double Knot. If you’re new to Japanese food, we suggest the chef’s tasting menu, which allows you to choose 10 selections, one from each section, as well as 2 Robatayaki. One bite, and you’ll be hooked!
While this restaurant may serve American grill cuisine, this is not your family barbeque. Elevated dishes spark nostalgia with unique twists on American classic dishes. Wash down your black & blue burger with a cran razz molly cocktail, or one of the many local beers on tap.
This isn’t any typical Italian restaurant, DeMarco’s still uses the same family recipes as it did when it first opened in 1987. Created by Domenica DeMarco, a first-generation American from Sicily, these unique dishes keep you coming back for more. Our personal favorite? The shrimp and lobster risotto, of course!
Nam Phuong Bistro
Located just south of Ardmore’s Suburban Square, this new authentic Vietnamese cuisine is absolutely delectable. We suggest starting with the banh xeo, a vietnamese crepe, and washing it down with a tra thai tran chau, or more popularly known as a milk bubble tea.
Opened in 1979 by Ray Nudy, Nudy’s Cafe currently has twelve locations throughout the Philadelphia suburbs. This American-style breakfast and lunch menu provides a warm and inviting ambiance, no matter which location you visit. For breakfast time, we highly recommend the banana walnut pancakes, but if you’re going for lunch, you have to try the Tuscan chicken sandwich. Just make sure to get there before they close down for dinner time!