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May 5 2016

Recap And Refuel: Philly's Dining Scene Caters To Discerning (And Famished) Night Owls

Plenty Of Options For Late-Night Eats In Philly

As Philadelphia’s dining scene continues to grow, the city’s bistros, gastropubs, brasseries, eateries, diners and fast-food spots are growing by…hours. By law in Philly, last call at the bar happens at 2 a.m. Last call for food, however, is anywhere from 11 p.m. to never. Check out this list of the hottest, coolest and coziest spots to nibble, nosh, gobble and dine well into the early-morning hours.

Until Midnight On Weekends:

  • Edamame dumplings and chocolate-filled bento boxes are available until midnight at Buddakan, restaurateur Stephen Starr’s ever popular, always glamorous Old City shrine to modern Asian fare. 325 Chestnut Street, (215) 574-9440, buddakan.com
  • All great British pubs rage (quietly) into the night. Stephen Starr’s cozy The Dandelion serves its full menu of U.K.-inspired favorites: Welsh rarebit, fish and chips, and bangers and mash. 124 S. 18th Street, (215) 558-2500, thedandelionpub.com
  • Tacophiles find plenty of options at Center City’s El Rey. The kitschy Mexi-bar slings tortillas until midnight, after which nearby speakeasy The Ranstead Room becomes the obvious next stop. 2013 Chestnut Street, (215) 563-3330, elreyrestaurant.com
  • It’s always a fiesta at El Vez. Midtown Village’s modern Mexican spot keeps the margaritas flowing, along with freshly prepared guacamole, sea bass tacos and churros. 121 S. 13th Street, (215) 928-9800, elvezrestaurant.com
  • A stalwart in Philly’s pub scene since ’95, Fergie’s Pub offers the convivial gathering space you might expect to find in Dublin. On the menu: internationally inflected snacks, burgers and an all-day Irish breakfast that tastes great at night. 1214 Sansom Street, (215) 928-8118, fergies.com
  • Daily live jazz and savvy cooking make Heritage a celebrated addition to Philly nightlife. On weekends, the kitchen serves its Pennsylvania bison over smoked grits, burrata over grilled ramps and a mean honey-glazed chicken with seasonal vegetables and heirloom lettuce until the clock strikes midnight. 914 N. 2nd Street, (215) 627-7500, heritage.life
  • Honoring weekend hankerings for grilled octopus tostadas, fried-chicken tacos with blue cheese crema, and coconut tres leches, Lolita serves up neo-Mexican fare replete with tequila and mezcal cocktails until midnight. 106 S. 13th Street, (215) 546-7100, lolitaphilly.com
  • Sushi lovers feast on tofu mixed tableside, yellowtail searing in a sizzling stone bowl and divine toro sashimi, along with sake-infused cocktails at Morimoto, the Iron Chef’s palace of contemporary Japanese cuisine. 723 Chestnut Street, (215) 413-9070, morimotorestaurant.com
  • For the discerning late-night burger eater, bring-your-own-bottle (BYOB) spot P’unk Burger supplies a conscientious choice. Locally sourced, hormone-free, fair-trade burgers can be topped with any combination of condiments, including vegan and gluten-free trimmings.
    1823 E. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 468-PUNK, punkburger.com
  • Multiple food trucks came together to form this brick-and-mortar hideaway, and Revolution Taco stays true to its student-feeding mission with later hours. Creative tacos and burritos come stuffed with smoked mushrooms, chipotle brisket or roast duck. 2015 Walnut Street,
    (267) 773-8120, therevolutiontaco.com
  • Korean pub fare tastes even better late night. Center City’s SouthGate obliges with super crispy fried chicken, bibimbap and barbecue beef tacos, along with Asian-inspired cocktails.
    1801 Lombard Street, (215) 560-8443, southgatephilly.com
  • The clever bar food at Strangelove’s runs the gamut from cheese plates and warm pretzel bites to kale salad and beer-braised chicken over celeriac mash. All can be ordered until midnight on weekends. 216 S. 11th Street, (215) 873-0404, strangelovesbeerbar.com

Until Midnight & Sometimes Beyond:

  • Chef Marc Vetri’s bar Alla Spina, a hip and completely original approach to the gastropub, always feels like the place to be. The crispy pig tails, chowdah poutine and tofu al pastor lettuce wraps keep coming until 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and midnight Tuesday through Thursday. 1410 Mt. Vernon Street, (215) 600-0017, allaspinaphilly.com
  • Owners Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran understand that sometimes dinner gets started later. That’s why Barbuzzo’s kitchen keeps plating its famous dishes—truffled egg pizza, pan-seared gnocchi with chanterelles and truffle butter and their signature salted caramel budino—until today turns into tomorrow. 110 S. 13th Street, (215) 546-9300, barbuzzo.com
  • A wine bar with Mediterranean flair, Tredici Enoteca feeds the Midtown Village masses well after dark. Everything from the mushroom toast to the hangar steak to the squid ink tonarelli is available until midnight. 13th & Sansom Streets, (267) 928-2092, tredicienoteca.com
  • Burgers and bourbon know no bedtime. Jose Garces’ Rittenhouse Square gastropub Village Whiskey keeps both accessible, along with duck fat French fries, crawfish hush puppies and clams with jalapeno bacon, until midnight Tuesday through Thursday and until 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. 118 S. 20th Street, (215) 665-1088, villagewhiskey.com
  • During the workweek, the stylish Midtown Village wine bar Zavino serves artisan pizza and small plates late. 112 S. 13th Street, (215) 732-2400, zavino.com

Until 12:30 a.m.:

  • Serving wine, cheese and beer until a minimum of 12:30 a.m., Tria, a popular Rittenhouse-area bar—with sibling locations in Midtown Village, Rittenhouse Square and Fitler Square—also offers boutique beverages, brie and Allagash cherry bruschetta, prosciutto and broccoli rabe sandwiches, smoked salmon salad and truffled egg toast. 1137 Spruce Street, (215) 629-9200; 123 S. 18th Street, (215) 972-TRIA; 2227 Pine Street, (215) 309-2245, triacafe.com
  • With two dozen beers, plus wines and ciders—all on tap—Tria Taproom is distinct among its sibling establishments. Flatbread pizzas, burgers and wings stand out on a menu of pub fare. 2005 Walnut Street, (215) 557-8277, triacafe.com

Until 1 a.m.:

  • Things don’t even start to warm up at this Northern Liberties tapas bar until around 11 p.m. Bar Ferdinand serves garlic shrimp, roasted octopus and all manner of Spanish cheeses, charcuterie, wine and sangria until midnight during the week, 1 a.m. on weekends.
    1030 N. 2nd Street, (215) 923-1313, barferdinand.com
  • Sports tavern Bar-Ly embraces its role in providing late-night entertainment. With 60 taps, dozens of TVs and a menu of Asian-American food—Shanghai wings, a variety of summer rolls and kimchi pizza—it’s Chinatown’s preeminent after-midnight bar. 101 N. 11th Street,
    (215) 922-2688, bar-ly.com
  • The Northern Liberties location of a two-cantina chain, Cantina Dos Segundos bustles through the night. Fresh juice margaritas, tacos and plenty of vegetarian options make it a favorite among the nocturnal crowd. 931 N. 2nd Street, (215) 629-0500, cantinadossegundos.com
  • As the first of the two cantinas, Cantina Los Caballitos set a high standard for quality Mexican food with a contemporary approach. The fun atmosphere, excellent drinks and solid cooking draw patrons past traditional dinnertimes. 1651 E. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 755-3550, cantinaloscaballitos.com
  • Nicole Marquis’ sophisticated restaubar Charlie was a sinner provides a great meatless alternative to diners any time of the evening. On weekends, the kitchen turns out carrot mousse, zucchini crab cake sliders and buccatini and meatballs until the witching hour. 131 S. 13th Street, (267) 758-5372, charliewasasinner.com
  • Midtown Village’s new school/old school tavern Franky Bradley’s accommodates night owls with homey plates of potato skins stuffed with brisket and horseradish crème fraîche; Franky’s meatballs and marinara; house smoked brisket sandwiches; and smartly updated spins on classic cocktails. 1320 Chancellor Street, (215) 735-0735, frankybradleys.com
  • An urbane French boîte, The Good King Tavern slings platters of socca with ratatouille, steak frites and duck confit well into the late hours. 614 S. 7th Street, (215) 625-3700, thegoodkingtavern.com
  • As its name declares, The Industry was conceived to serve Philly’s hospitality workers. No wonder then that the Pennsport hangout attends to its clientele with fun food (buffalo chicken meatballs; Korean barbecue pork belly sandwiches; tandoori seitan) after most kitchens close. 1401 E. Moyamensing Avenue, (215) 271-9500, theindustrybar.com
  • The late-night menu at Jerry’s Bar in Northern Liberties comes out on Fridays and Saturdays starting at 11 p.m. Diners can tuck into plates of sesame falafel, buffalo honey wings and the house burger with comeback sauce. 129 W. Laurel Street, (267) 273-1632, jerrysbarphilly.com
  • A menu of chalkboard specials is offered at this corner hangout for Fishtown hipsters and the live rock acts that entertain them. Johnny Brenda’s serves clever seasonal fare—romaine salad with fennel and Yellow Springs Farm goat cheese, barbecue seitan sandwiches, crispy skin salmon over quinoa, hand-cut fries—and taps locally brewed beer only. 1201 N. Frankford Avenue, (215) 739-9684, johnnybrendas.com
  • A neighborhood bar with a sophisticated menu and welcoming ambiance, Kennett serves Queen Village’s hungriest well after midnight. Lamb burgers, charcuterie boards and wood-fired pizzas with thoughtful toppings are just a few of the appealing selections. 848 S. 2nd Street, (215) 467-2847, kennettrestaurant.com
  • Southern-fried cuisine with vegan options and a superior beer list make Old City’s Khyber Pass Pub a mainstay for late eaters. On any given night, platters of cornmeal-crusted oysters, brisket and po’boys steadily roll out of its kitchen. 56 S. 2nd Street, (215) 238-5888, khyberpasspub.com
  • Dinner can rightfully be ordered at Loco Pez until the last call at the bar. That includes the volcano burrito, chorizo quesadillas and bacon-wrapped street dogs. 2401 E. Norris Street,
    (267) 886-8061, locopez.com
  • There’s no rush to catch the last call at Kensington watering hole Martha. The full menu of quirky hoagies, pickled veggies and soba noodles runs through nearly to closing.
    E. York & Martha Streets, (215) 867-8881, marthakensington.com
  • It’s one of the oldest taverns in the country, but as far as McGillin’s Olde Ale House is concerned, the night is always young. Drop-ins can indulge in straight-up bar food such as fried shrimp, nachos and mile-high meatloaf. 1310 Drury Street, (215) 735-5562, mcgillins.com
  • Dinner’s for sale until early-morning hours Thursday through Saturday at N. 3rd. International dishes include curry-sauced salmon, shrimp and veggie dumplings; potato-cheddar pierogies; and Moroccan-spiced lamb burgers at this boisterous Northern Liberties spot. 801 N. 3rd Street, (215) 413-3666, norththird.com
  • The seriously inventive yet equally comforting cuisine from Pub & Kitchen deserves notice, with standouts such as duck-liver mousse on pretzel rolls, charred cauliflower with sesame yogurt and show-stopping burgers. 1946 Lombard Street, (215) 545-0350, thepubandkitchen.com
  • South Philly beer hall Pub on Passyunk East (a.k.a. the P.O.P.E.) packs eaters (and drinkers) in, night after night. Fourteen taps and a megalist of bottles accompany vegan cheesesteaks, burgers with grilled red onion, fried green tomato and basil mayo and spicy wings. 1501 E. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 755-5125, pubonpassyunkeast.com
  • With a jukebox stocked with indie hits, Bella Vista’s Royal Tavern plays host to a devoted crowd who come for pints of microbrews, refined meatloaf sandwiches, crispy-edged gnocchi, duck-confit potato skins and multifarious vegan noshes, available nightly.
    937 E. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 389-6694, royaltavern.com
  • Nestled in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood, The Sidecar Bar & Grille accommodates night crawlers with pretzel-crusted chicken bites, chopped romaine salad and a large selection of burgers. Creative daily specials warrant a visit too. 2201 Christian Street, (215) 732-3429, thesidecarbar.com
  • An old stainless steel car houses the always-popular late-night diner Silk City. Here, an internationalized menu of sloppy roast beef sandwiches, shrimp burgers with Sriracha aioli, pork belly empanadas and fried chicken brings a contemporary spin to down-home cooking.
    5th & Spring Garden Streets, (215) 592-8838, silkcityphilly.com
  • South Philadelphia Taproom, a corner bar on the edge of the trendy Passyunk Avenue neighborhood, serves its super eclectic cuisine—Cuban-style rice and beans, chicken meatballs banh mi, wild boar tacos and grilled mushrooms over cheddar grits—nearly as long as it serves its fantastic selection of beer. 1509 Mifflin Street, (215) 271-7787, southphiladelphiataproom.com
  • When the evening needs go beyond burgers and fries, Southwark in Queen Village has a menu of solutions, including some of the best cocktails around. Among the offerings at this neighborhood bistro: pickled beets with tonnato, smoked mackerel pâte and roast chicken over farro. 701 S. 4th Street, (267) 930-8530, southwarkrestaurant.com
  • Having paved the way for decades of gastropubs to follow, Northern Liberties’ Standard Tap knows just what its clientele wants. Grilled octopus, bowls of mussels, chicken pie and serious burgers perfectly complement the noteworthy local beer list. 2nd & Poplar Streets,
    (215) 238-0630, standardtap.com
  • South Street taqueria Tio Flores brings a street food sensibility to its Mexican fare. Open until 1 a.m. every Friday and Saturday, the kitchen concocts beer-battered street corn, New Mexico pork and all manner of tacos. 1600 South Street, (267) 687-2220, tioflores.com
  • Washington Square West’s modern Medi-Latin restaurant Valanni keeps it fresh Thursdays through Saturdays by turning itself into a lounge with specialty cocktails and a late-night menu of enticing items like Parmesan-truffle fries, lobster and crab mac and cheese and crispy shiitake polenta. 1229 Spruce Street, (215) 790-9494, valanni.com
  • With its pin-up theme and comfort food menu, Varga Bar celebrates guilty pleasures. No one minds when orders for truffled mac and cheese, Kobe chili-cheese dogs and duck confit wings come in after midnight. 941 Spruce Street, (215) 627-5200, vargabar.com

Until 1:30 a.m.:

  • A nautical theme and upscale bar food are offered at both locations of the refined yet fun Misconduct Tavern, where the fare centers around approachable comfort dishes such as root vegetable salad with goat cheese, avocado fries, seared salmon sliders and design-your-own mac and cheese. 1511 Locust Street, (215) 732-5797; 1801 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, (267) 928-4297, misconduct-tavern.com

Until 2 a.m.:

  • The formula for East Passyunk neighbor Fountain Porter is quite simple: Serve a wealth of craft beers on tap, plus five-dollar cheeseburgers and a small menu of other eats until closing. 1601 S. 10th Street, fountainporter.com
  • Chinatown eatery Shiao Lan Kung hosts the post-bar crowd on a nightly basis. Hot pots, salt-baked squid and pan-fried beef noodles hit the spot. 930 Race Street, (215) 928-0282
  • It’s worth ducking out of the pub to get in line at Tony Luke’s, a sandwich vendor deep in South Philadelphia. Just-baked rolls filled with slow-cooked roast beef and broccoli rabe, house-made roast pork slathered in garlicky spinach and sharp provolone, veal or chicken cutlets topped with marinara—and one of the best cheesesteaks in town—are just a taxi ride from Center City. 39 E. Oregon Avenue, (215) 551-5725, tonylukes.com

Until 3 a.m.:

  • A well-known spot for Philly’s post-shift restaurant workers for years, David’s Mai Lai Wah offers budget-friendly late-night eats. While the experience is no-frills, the salt and pepper wings, roast pork noodle bowls and walnut shrimp provide tasty sustenance. 1001 Race Street, (215) 627-2610
  • The brainchild of a chef and two nightlife impresarios, Dos Tacos solve the dilemma of where to go when the bar closes. The taco stand dishes up a mix of tacos with traditional and creative flavors, plus a “secret” menu. 120 S. 15th Street, (215) 567-8226, dostacosphilly.com
  • For those in need of a late-night or early-morning sugar fix, Insomnia Cookies delivers fresh-baked cookies in all sorts of varieties—chocolate chunk, peanut butter, oatmeal, sugar, snickerdoodle and many more mouthwatering flavors. 135 S. 13th Street; 108 S. 16th Street, 4319 Main Street, Manayunk; Montgomery Avenue between 12th & 13th Streets;
    3417 Spruce Street; 33rd Street between Market & Chestnut Streets, (877) 63-COOKIE, insomniacookies.com
  • What Pat’s, Geno’s and Tony Luke’s are to South Philly, Sonny’s Famous Steaks is to nightlife-filled Old City. Open until 3 a.m. on weekends, Sonny’s serves up cheesesteaks of all sorts, rib-eye burgers, cheese fries and onion rings to partiers who need to fuel up before going down for the night. 228 Market Street, (215) 629-5760, sonnysfamoussteaks.com
  • Open daily until 3 a.m., Tai Lake takes care of the tardiest Cantonese seafood-loving visitors. Dishes to try here include fish maw soup, clams in black bean sauce and steamed fish with ginger and scallions. 134 N. 10th Street, (215) 922-0698, tailakeseafoodrest.com

Until 4 a.m.:

  • It’s an all-ages show until 4 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday mornings at Lorenzo and Sons, a walk-up pizza kiosk on South Street. Here, an energized post-concert crowd loads up on $2 slices of oversized, thin-crusted, cheese-loaded pizza, devouring floppy wedges that taste distinctly better the later the hour. 305 South Street, (215) 627-4110, lorenzoandsonspizza.com

All Night Long:

  • Not fancy, but certainly friendly, the Broad Street Diner serves as a post-party pit stop for night owls in transit between Center City and South Philly. Stick to the basics here: They’re known for their omelets, hash browns and hot coffee. 1135 S. Broad Street, (215) 825-3636, thebroadstreetdiner.com
  • Simple, reliable diner staples—burgers, fries, pancakes and waffles—pack the menu at this beloved dive of a diner, with a cash-only policy. Little Pete’s stays open all hours and accommodates a diverse crowd, from business people and politicians to club-goers and struggling artists. 219 S. 17th Street, (215) 545-5508
  • The slogan at the Melrose Diner, a 70-plus-year-old South Philly institution, is “Everybody who knows goes to the Melrose.” On weekend nights, it seems like every Philadelphian does. Counter seats are many; peach pies are homemade; and the servers are no-nonsense. 1501 Snyder Avenue, (215) 467-6644,themelrosedinerandbakery.com
  • After a late night in Midtown Village, partiers head to one of Center City’s Midtown Diners for feta and spinach omelets, open-faced tuna melts, homemade vanilla shakes and other rib-sticking fare. 122 S. 11th Street, (215) 627-6452, midtown2restaurant.com
  • By 2:15 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, Pat’s King of Steaks and Geno’s Steaks, across-the-street rivals, get slammed. “Originator” Pat’s, with its notoriously sloppy Cheez Whiz topping, and blindingly neon bright Geno’s, with its fancy provolone, draw crowds that meet in the avenue’s center, often stopping traffic just before dawn. Pat’s, 1237 E. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 468-1546, patskingofsteaks.com; Geno’s, 1219 S. 9th Street, (215) 389-0659, genossteaks.com

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