Located on the Locust Street in Washington Square, Vedge has a lot to offer for vegetarians and vegans in the city. The kitchen, headed by Chef Katie Jacoby uses the freshest ingredients natural available; making everything on the menu free of any kind of animal products and is gloriously tasty. Apart from delicious dishes like the sweet potato pate and brussels sprouts, they also offer a range of all vegan desserts like cheesecakes which are just about awesome. You can complement your gorgeous healthy meal with one of they stellar curated cocktails like Jolly Ginger Jammer.
The Khyber is one of the oldest bars in Philadelphia. It is the quintessential rock club - all dark and smoky. The chosen bar for old and new rockers alike, most bands go on to hit the jackpot from here (always a good sign). The bar itself, designed with ferocious red eyed gargoyles that have been shipped from London way back in 1876! The club boasts of at least one good live show in a week, and happy hour is between 5p-7p. So stop by to chug some beers from the excellent selection, which has both local and international brews. There's also a good selection of delicious pub-style fare on offer, including many vegetarian and vegan options to choose from.
The kitchen at Le Virtu is led by the talented Chef Joe Cicala. The restaurant features a comfortably classy and intimate ambiance that adds to the over all dining experience in a most positive way. The menu boasts traditional Italian dishes, prepared as they have been for years. With a fabulous wine list and a staggering salumi selection, the restaurant is a haven for those with a discerning palate. Representing a cuisine that is world renown for its masterful play on flavors requiring traditional techniques and exquisite skill, the chefs at Le Virtu do an excellent job of living up to these high expectations.
With a diverse menu of small plates and a talented kitchen team executing it, this East Passyunk watering hole appeals to those who like a bit of refinement to their bar bites. Whiskeys and wines are stars of the spirit list, with restrained, but high quality choices. Apart from this, the bar offers cocktails as well as a rotating selection of craft beers. Beyond the cheese plate and oysters, Stateside offers a delectable choice of small plates like bison tartare, Kampachi Crudo, foie gras torchon and bourbon glazed pork belly. Apart from this, there's also a choice of entrees like roasted poulet, pan seared duck breast and Angolotti. Check website for more.
Ristorante Toscana is a desirable destination for delectable Italian cuisine. Counted among the best places for Italian food, the kitchen is known for its grilled dishes like Tuna Giallo and Lobster and Crab Bisque, all featuring bold Italian flavors and spices. The place has an impressive wine list, comprising of delicious wines that effortlessly complement the toothsome meal. The ambiance of this charming eatery is relaxed, with interiors as exotic as the food served here, making it perfect for your next dinner session.
Bringing a bit of the Caribbean to the city, Bahama Breeze is a lively spot to relish the eclectic cuisine from these islands. Their extensive menu with its tropical flavors will entice your palate and will make you want more. Enjoy their happy hours with delectable concoctions that are specially handcrafted by their bartenders. Listen to live music and sway a bit along with family and friends in tow.
Known for its Ultimate Cheese steak; John's Roast Pork has been in business since 1930's. It is a favorite among the people of Philadelphia. Not for the health conscious; this eatery has been serving cheese steaks for over 70 years. The food is homemade, with a special flavoring used to season it. It was awarded with 'James Beard Foundation Award for Culinary Excellence' in 2006. A must order here is the namesake sandwich (a favorite among the locals), The Hoagies are simply sumptuous and worth a try too. Get there early so that you're not disappointed.
The Chart House Restaurant at Philadelphia is possibly one of the most spectacular of the 28 waterfront properties that form a part of this chain. With the tranquil waters of the River Delaware flowing past, the restaurant offers its diners not only splendid views of the river from every table, but also of two of Philly's famous bridges and the NJ Battleship moored close to the opposite bank. The menu features a delectable variety of signature seafood dishes such as baked stuffed shrimp and Alaskan king crab, alongside a selection of the days fresh fish. If you are not in the mood for seafood, then not to worry, the restaurant also offers a number of alternate options such as steaks, prime ribs and chicken.
Huge crowds descend every morning to this wildly popular coffee and donut shop, located south of the city center. The donuts, available in a myriad of delicious flavors like banana cream pie, lucky peach and strawberry-ginger, are a star of the menu at Federal Donuts, selling out in a matter of hours. Besides donuts, the cafe also offers Korean-style fried chicken with your choice of seasonings and glazes. The coffee is first-rate and goes well with your sweet treats. The donuts can sell out notoriously fast; leave as early as you can. Pre-ordering is available for bulk purchases. Check website for more.
Step into this restaurant and be prepared for a new adventure filled with music, drinks, food, and dancing. With a South Seas inspired menu and a breathtaking view of the beautiful seas, Moshulu presents an exquisite dining experience. The Executive Chef creates some creative contemporary American cuisine and some fusion dishes including Southwestern and French cuisines. If it's an intimate dinner you're seeking, this is the place to be. The private dining rooms and outdoor decks allow incomparable view of the city and the waterfront. The outdoor deck is great for social gatherings too.
Caffe Valentino - Philadelphia is well-known for its olive oil, fish and exotic wines. Serving this neighborhood for over 7 years, this Italian eatery has a menu offering chicken, pasta, veal and other traditional delicacies. This less popular gem was earlier a part of three restaurants but today, it operates independantly. At Caffe Valentino - Philadelphia, do not miss its smoked Mozzarella and Crabmeat entree.