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Mar 15 2011

Restaurant Independence In Historic Philadelphia

More Than 100 Restaurants Serve Up Menus From Affordable To Luxurious & Everything In Between

When choosing a restaurant in Historic Philadelphia, the key word is choice. In fact, there are so many restaurants, cafes and bistros that discerning diners could eat out all 108 days of summer without ever hitting the same spot twice. Here are just a few places where diners can please their palates:

Asian & South Asian:

  • Aqua – Those in the know order the special Thai iced tea or bring a favorite libation to this lively and brightly hued BYOB where the Thai and Malaysian cuisine brims with spice. 705 Chestnut Street, (215) 928-2838
  • Buddakan – Under the watchful eye of the giant Buddha and the soothing sounds of a waterfall, guests enjoy top-notch Asian-fusion fare in a casually elegant setting. For adventurous diners, a large community table allows for ample socializing. 325 Chestnut Street, (215) 574-9440,
  • Han Dynasty – Palate-tingling Szechuan fare made from fresh ingredients makes this inexpensive BYOB a must-try for anyone curious about authentic Chinese cuisines. 108 Chestnut Street, (215) 922-1888,
  • Kisso Sushi Bar – Sake (of the bring-your-own variety) is the ideal accompaniment to the chef’s traditional sushi and sashimi, as well as his inventive Japanese entrees. 205 N. 4th Street, (215) 922-1770
  • Morimoto – Set amid a decidedly sleek and modern environment, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto brings his signature modern style to sushi, noodles, tempura and other traditional Japanese eats. 723 Chestnut Street, (215) 413-9070,
  • Uzu – Creative maki and simple Japanese entrees are served in a soothing, Zen-inspired atmosphere. Diners bring their own wine or Sapporo to round out the meal. 104 Market Street, (215) 923-9290,
  • Zento – This don’t-blink-or-you’ll-miss-it BYOB sushi spot packs a lot of flavor into its minimal square footage. The chef’s innovative rolls are best accompanied by a bottle of your favorite saki. 138 Chestnut Street, (215) 925-9998,


  • Patou – A sultry setting and authentic French coast cuisine create a sophisticated Cote d’Azur vibe in this stylish bistro. 312 Market Street, (215) 928-2987,


  • Dolce – The award-winning Godiva Soup dessert is a major draw at this hotspot, but the sophisticated spin on traditional Italian cuisine and sleek décor are equally appealing. 241 Chestnut Street, (215) 238-9983,
  • Positano Coast – All the flavors of Italy’s Amalfi Coast are prepared with authentic and innovative flair. Indoor and outdoor dining options are available for those feasting on classic dishes and “crudo,” the Italian version of sushi. 212 Walnut Street, 2nd floor, (215) 238-0499,
  • Radicchio Café – Warm colors and a cozy BYOB setting make a perfect backdrop for the chef’s simple and straightforward Italian menu. 4th & Vine Streets, (215) 627-6850,
  • Ristorante Panorama – Romance and delicious Italian cuisine are on the menu at this upscale but casual trattoria. Boasting 27 wine flights, 150 by-the-glass selections and a 530-bottle reserve, the cellar promises the right vintage for every dish. Front & Market Streets, (215) 922-7800,


  • DiNardo’s Famous Crabs – The shell-cracking, finger-licking feasts featuring Baltimore-style “hot and dirty” crabs have earned nine “Best of Philly” awards from Philadelphia magazine. 312 Race Street, (215) 925-5115,
  • Moshulu – The contemporary American menu wows diners—and so does the skyline view from the ship’s outdoor deck. Families are welcome. 401 S. Columbus Boulevard, (215) 923-2500,

Pubs & Brew Houses:

  • Beneluxx – This quirky restaurant only accepts reservations online, and guests clean out their glasses at the special rinser tables when sampling one of the more than 80 beers. The fondues, imported cheeses and dessert chocolates sold by the ounce add to the charm. 33 S. 3rd Street, (267) 318-7269,
  • Eulogy Belgian Tavern – More than 300 international and domestic craft bottles and 21 draught beers are served every day at this gastropub specializing in traditional Belgian fare. 136 Chestnut Street, (215) 413-2354,
  • Khyber Pass Pub – Southern-inspired fare like fried chicken, barbecue ribs and po’ boys of every variety are paired with an impressive beer list at this rock-club-turned-pub. 56 S. 2nd Street, (215) 238-5888,
  • Mac’s Tavern – Owned in part by stars of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, this cozy bar serves up homey chow like corn chip-crusted mac and cheese, chicken pot pie gravy fries and fried cheesesteak sliders. 226 Market Street, (267) 324-5507,
  • National Mechanics – The menu, featuring sandwiches, comfort food and unusual takes on classic bar eats, is as lighthearted as the funky yet minimal décor. 22 S. 3rd Street, (215) 701-4883,
  • The Plough & the Stars – Patrons here cozy up to the fireplace, snag an outdoor table or sit at the bar for a fine selection of imported brews on tap and a menu of Western European cuisine. 123 Chestnut Street, (215) 733-0300,
  • Triumph Brewing Company – Each item on this American pub-style menu can be paired with handcrafted beers, many of which are brewed onsite. 117 Chestnut Street, (215) 625-0855,

Casual Dining:

  • Jones – Old-time comfort food and a Brady Bunch-like setting make this spot popular for singles, couples and families. The mac and cheese, meat loaf and fried chicken wreak havoc with diets, but the taste is worth every calorie. 700 Chestnut Street, (215) 223-5663,
  • Continental – The restaurant that started the small-plates, fancy cocktail trend in Philly and launched the prolific career of Stephen Starr almost two decades ago remains a favorite. 138 Market Street, (215) 923-6069,
  • Fork:etc. – Fork’s fresh, seasonal fare is dished out in quick-service form at its little sibling eatery next door, and eats can be enjoyed on the premises or as takeout. 308 Market Street, (215) 625-9425,
  • Revolution House – Offering a stunning view of the Christ Church steeple from its outdoor deck, this casual spot serves internationally influenced comfort food—house-made tater tots, steamed artichokes, capellini with meatballs and oxtail ragu—for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night snacks. Eight beers on tap and $5 red and white wine options round out the feel-good meals. 200 Market Street, (215) 625-4566

Mediterranean, Cuban & Points Beyond:

  • Amada – Authentic Spanish tapas and Mediterranean specialties are served in a casual but sophisticated setting at superstar chef Jose Garces’ first restaurant. Adventurous diners go for La Mesa de José, a dining surprise that lets the chef select his favorites for the table. 217 Chestnut Street, (215) 625-2450,
  • Bocca – The eclectic menu of Medi-inspired dishes runs the gamut from tapas and sandwiches to pizza and grilled meats, and cocktails and bottle service are available for the after-dinner crowd. 236 Market Street, (215) 625-6610,
  • Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar – Rum aficionados can choose from more than 70 varieties of rum or select one of the signature mojitos to accompany the authentic Latin menu created by award-winning chef Guillermo Pernot. 10 S. 2nd Street, (215) 627-0666,
  • GiGi – Part-restaurant and part-lounge, this hotspot features Mediterranean cuisine and a spacious outdoor patio. The mojito and tapas happy hours have become an after-work favorite. 319 Market Street, (215) 574-8880,
  • Kabul – Guests bring a bottle of wine and savor the Afghan and Middle Eastern menu featuring vegetarian, lamb and chicken dishes and warm, fresh-baked bread. 106 Chestnut Street, (215) 922-3676,
  • Serrano – The reasonable prices reflect the neighborhood restaurant atmosphere, but the bold, brash flavors of the menu suggest a worldly, cosmopolitan approach to dining. 20 S. 2nd Street, (215) 928-0770,
  • Zahav – Chef Michael Solomonov’s modern spin on traditional Mediterranean and Israeli cuisine has earned kudos from Bon Appétit, Esquire, Food & Wine and Travel + Leisure magazines. 237 St. James Place, (215) 625-8800,


  • Bistro 7 – The menu changes weekly at this BYOB as the chef whips up American cuisine based on whatever’s fresh at the farms. 7 N. 3rd Street, (215) 931-1560,
  • Chloe – The friendly couple who run this petite, cash-only BYOB infuse their contemporary American dishes with a decidedly international flair. 232 Arch Street, (215) 629-2337,
  • City Tavern – History and award-winning fare are highlights at this family-friendly, 18th-century restaurant, which recreates the inn where the Founding Fathers frequently wined and dined. Today, servers clad in Colonial garb add atmosphere while the chef prepares 21st-century versions of traditional dishes. 138 S. 2nd Street, (215) 413-1443,
  • Cooperage: A Wine & Whiskey Bar – Located at The Curtis Center, Cooperage serves up eclectic, hearty cuisine, 20 wines by the glass and 40 whiskeys in a rustic yet sleek atmosphere. 601 Walnut Street, (215) 226-COOP,
  • Farmicia – Farm-to-table cuisine is the emphasis at this stylish eatery, which always features vegetarian and vegan options, fresh baked goods from Metropolitan Bakery and exotic “tonic” cocktails. 15 S. 3rd Street, (215) 627-6274,
  • Fork – Chef Terence Feury, who has delighted foodies at some of the city’s most celebrated restaurants, brings his delicate touch to Fork’s New American bistro menu. 306 Market Street, (215) 625-9425,
  • Q BBQ & Tequila – Owner Kevin Meeker transformed his seafood spot into a barbeque mecca featuring slow-cooked Southern-style rubs, special sauces, plus all the fixings and a huge collection of tequilas and bourbons. 207 Chestnut Street, (215) 625-8605,

Desserts & Sweets:

  • The Franklin Fountain – Old-fashioned Victorian charm is the perfect setting for the homemade, hand-dipped ice cream. Dozens of flavors made with seasonal fruits are delicious in a cone or dish or as the foundation for a mountainous sundae. 116 Market Street, (215) 627-1899,
  • Tartes – Packed into this little jewel box of a bakery are more calories per square foot than imaginable. But forget about calories—everyone enjoys the rich homemade tarts, cookies and cakes. 212 Arch Street, (215) 625-2510

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