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.
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.
Opened in 1992, Steak 38 is an ode to the period from 1950 through the 1960s and is a popular spot for their perfectly charred, flavorful steaks. Their table-side dishes are also a hit among patrons. Using only certified Angus beef and the best of seafood, their steaks are grilled on open flame. Dimly lit, this cozy place also stocks top scotch and martinis. Casually elegant in a nostalgic way, you can be sure of a memorable experience at Steak 38.
The Korean fast food restaurant Giwa is a great place to have quick lunch or dinner at a reasonable price. Perhaps the best-known dish on the menu is their selection of bibimpab, vegetables mixed with rice and hot pepper sauce and topped with a cooked egg. Their numerous varieties of bibimpab is served in a hot iron bowl which literally fries the rice as you eat it. Another favorite is bulgogi — marinated beef served with rice. Giwa is centrally located in the heart of center city making it convenient and easy to locate.
McCormick and Schmick's serves a variety of seafood from around the world. Located very close to the historic city-hall, it is a famous two floored restaurant. The restaurant has interiors of dark wood furniture, handcrafted glass ceilings and mosaic tiled floors that make the place look very artistic. Specialty seafood dishes include catfish, tuna, broiled seafood platter and much more. Also to go with your food is a fully stocked bar with an impressive selection of drinks. Though the restaurant is a bit expensive it is worth a visit.
Fogo de Chão is part of a chain, but you would never know it by the upscale menu and impeccable service. Meals at this Brazilian steakhouse begin with a trip to the sprawling buffet, during which waiters usher dishes of hot polenta and chewy cheese bread to your table. Then as soon as you say "Go" (using red and green cards) chefs known as "gauchos" begin serving hand carved meats to your table. Filet mignon, ribeye, pork, and more are all equally delicious and perfectly seasoned. Try a little of everything, or focus on one selection. Just remember to save room for the fried banana dessert!
An array of rich dishes, including steak and seafood is served here, and you can enjoy it in a serene, elegant ambiance. There are separate lunch and dinner menus. For an unforgettable dining experience, start off your meal with the Pan Fried Calamari with Hot Cherry Peppers, or the Lobster and Crab Cakes, followed by the North Atlantic Twin Lobster Sauté or Kona Crusted Dry Aged Sirloin with Caramelized Shallot Butter. Wind up with the divine White Chocolate Mousse or Coconut Cream Pie. Pair up your meal with one of the wines from an extensive, award-winning wine list.
A hidden wonder is located in what is known to locals as Little Korea. Kim's BBQ is a Korean Barbecue which does a fantastic job at bringing a art of Korea to the North Philadelphia area. Kim's BBQ has lots of meats you can BBQ right at your table in addition to a variety of side dishes. Make no mistake, your table will be filled from traditional sides dishes such as Kim Chee and other meats you choose to BBQ. You can order meats which come marinated in special sauces. Kim's BBQ also has dishes like Korean hot pots and special fish soup. And no experience at Kim's would be complete without a bottle of soju to wash your food down.
Del Frisco's has a sophisticated ambiance and friendly service. The exceptional menu offers great cuts of beef, including Filet Mignon and Prime Ribeye. If you're not in the mood for beef, there is also a nice selection of fresh seafood as well as a delicious selection of side dishes and appetizers. Pair your meal with a glass of wine from their impressive list.