Philadelphia has some incredible history associated with it that make it a popular place to visit. There are some incredible restaurant finds in this amazing city as well from street corner vendors to fine dining establishments that provide you with culinary experiences that are second to none. We have listed the best places to eat in Philadelphia below so you can launch your culinary adventure with a little bit of direction.
Visit: Abe Fisher
Abe Fisher is a unique restaurant with a Chef that is dedicated to paying homage to tradition that goes back centuries with his incredible dishes. Each evening Chef Sichel puts together a menu that uses authentic, Old World flavors that cover places all over the world from Montreal to Budapest to Brooklyn, NY. The meals he creates accomplishes two things, it elevates the well-known and well-loved Jewish classic soul food and also modernizes it without losing any of the incredible style and taste. Abe Fisher’s signature dish, The Montreal Short Ribs, has been called smoked meat Nirvana by Food Republic. You will have selections like the Smoked King Salmon or enjoy the Hungarian Duck that is prepared Chinatown style and is part of the popular tasting menu. Don’t forget to finish your meal with a delectable dessert like the Chocolate Blackout Cake or the Cinnamon Babka.
Visit: Tommy DiNics
The father/son team of Tommy and Joey DiNic work together to continue bringing guests incredible food such as the Italian style pulled pork sandwich or the slow-roasted beef brisket sandwich along with classic Italian favorites that include the homemade Italian sausage or meatball sandwiches. The owners and staff at Tommy DiNics is dedicated to providing each guest a meal to remember by serving them food that comes from quality sourced ingredients and is prepared from recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation. Their philosophy is ‘everything-from-scratch’ and that is obvious in the incredible food that is served there. They have been featured on many popular food TV shows and continue to be a popular spot in Philadelphia to get incredible sandwiches like the DiNics Roast Pork which was crowned the Best Sandwich in America.
Zahav was opened in 2008 to bring the authentic flavors of Israel to the people of Philadelphia. Despite the old world tastes and flavors, the restaurant is a modern Israeli restaurant that focuses on quality, taste, service, and in providing an experience that feels like you’re in the courtyards of Jerusalem. The décor of the restaurant features golden floors and walls made of limestone, soaring ceilings and beautiful, hand-carved tables. One of the popular items at Zahav is laffa bread that is baked to order in the Taboon, the wood-fired oven. Other incredible delicacies include the sizzling meat skewers that are grilled over charcoal from hardwood or the creamy hummus with the delicious nutty flavor. You can order small plates from the menu that are perfect for sharing with your dining companions. This gives everyone a chance to try many different things including cuisine that is influenced from Persia to North Africa to Eastern Europe. Enjoy a cold lemonnana, a special cocktail from their list or a bottle of wine from a large selection of great wines like that Boutique Israel.
Visit: Talula’s Garden
Talula’s Garden is a special restaurant where you can feel the energy of the dedicated owner, Aimee Olexy. The décor is chic and cozy and includes an elaborate pink granite cheese bar and beautiful outdoor planter boxes painted vibrant colors. Olexy loves what she is doing and that is obvious in everything about Talula’s. May 2013 brought the arrival of Talula’s Daily which is in the same building that Talula’s garden is in. The Market offers baked goods, cheeses, breads and more. Once the Market closes the restaurant opens where you can enjoy a family-style, supper menu made up of seasonal, rotating offerings that are sure to please. Executive Chef Charles he is responsible for bringing craft cheese making, seasonal tasting menus, a delicious Sunday Brunch and bread baking to Talula’s Garden. He believes that it is the Chef’s role to communicate and display passion in each item on the menu and that is a philosophy that Talula’s guests can feel every time they step through the door.
If you are a Vegan or Vegetarian, chances are you may have never gotten to experience a restaurant that is completely dedicated to and focused on Vegetarian and Vegan dishes. This is exactly what you will find at Vedge. Opened in 2011, this vegetable restaurant is located in the beautiful historic Tiger building. Guests will experience an elegant dining experience that brings a bold, progressive approach to cooking and preparing dishes that is sure to surprise and please all who come here. At Vedge, vegetables are in the spotlight and you won’t find any animal products used in any of the dishes offered. Vedge features locally seasonal ingredients in all their food. They pride themselves on being a great restaurant for a foodie, whether vegetarian, omnivore, vegan or even a carnivore. The cocktails that Vedge offers their guests are made from house-made bitters and syrups and are innovative and fun.
Bud & Marilyns
Visit: Bud & Marilyns
This retro American restaurant features true American comfort food that they have sourced from fresh, local ingredients. The mid-century design reminds one of a 1970s recreation room, filled with vintage flea market finds from all over the United States. There is plenty to get excited about at Bud & Marilyns including Marilyn’s Fried Chicken that is served with tasty, warm biscuits, salted honey butter and zucchini pickles or the Fontina and Chard stuffed meatloaf that is served with mixed mushroom gravy, carrots and peas, and Yukon mash. The bar has plenty of local craft beers and handmade classic cocktails and the wine list is affordable and pleasing as well. The focus of Bud & Marilyn’s is very simple; they want to provide every guest with warm, friendly service, terrific drinks, and tasty American classic cooking.
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse
Steaks that have been prepared with care and skill are truly hard to top. That is definitely the case at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse. The first thing guests notice is the décor and unique location which is situated inside a historic landmark that was at one time First Pennsylvania Bank. The balconies are draped in elegant, plush fabric in red, and overlook the restaurant’s main dining room. There is a three story wine tower that is the centerpiece of the restaurant as well as private dining rooms, reception areas and the Vault Room. The wine list features over 1200 selections where you can choose the perfect one to complement your meal whether it’s deliciously prepared steak of delectable seafood. They only use the finest ingredients in their dishes so they can ensure that they provide each guest with a dining experience that is unmatched.
The Couch Tomato
Visit: The Couch Tomato
There are several important promises that The Couch Tomato makes to their guests. They will always use local and organic produce, antibiotic-free and hormone-free meats and all-natural products and ingredients whenever possible. All sauces are made from scratch including the red pizza sauce that is made from fresh-roasted tomatoes that are cooked every day on-site. They also offer guests gluten-free pizza crust, cookies that are non-GMO and much more. The emphasis of this unique and delicious restaurant is integrity of the products they use and quality as well. You can choose from a variety of delicious, all-natural, made-from-scratch dishes such as their signature sandwiches like the Sonoma, all natural chicken, roasted red peppers, mozzarella crud, arugula and balsamic dressing. There is something for every taste on the Couch Tomato menu. You’ll love the house-made dishes and dedication to high quality, all-natural foods.
Beck’s Cajun Café
Visit: Beck’s Cajun Café
Experience a taste of New Orleans without having to step foot on a plane at Beck’s Cajun Café. Step through the doors and find a host of delicious foods that are full of the flavorful and spicy Creole and Cajun favorites that you love. Chef Bill Beck prepares each dish using authentic ingredients that have been shipped direct from the Big Easy itself. Here, you can get it all. Craving a spicy Po’boy? Try the blackened salmon or blackened catfish Po’boys. Want to taste an authentic gumbo? Try the Chicken and Andouille gumbo or the classic Jambalaya that is made with shrimp, Andouille sausage and chicken along with onions, peppers, and Cajun creole seasoning and served over rice. Whatever you choose, get ready for some Big Easy spiciness and flavor that will make you feel like you stepped foot onto Bourbon St.
Visit: Oyster House
If you are craving seafood, we have just the place for you. Oyster House serves their guests Philadelphia’s freshest shellfish and fish including real Maine lobster that has been out of the water no more than 24 hours before it is served to their guests. It is this fresh Maine lobster that is responsible for their popular and renowned lobster roll that you must try when you visit. The menu changes every day depending on what Chef Brett Naylor and Sam choose each morning at the market. The focal point of the restaurant is the center marble raw bar where an extensive selection of oysters on the half shell is served. They have more oysters to select from than any other place in the city. The list changes often depending on the local varieties that are available from Canada to New England and the Mid-Atlantic. A meal at Oyster House is sure to be a wonderful experience, both in taste and atmosphere.