EATING OUT IN PHILADELPHIA


Key: $ least expensive - $$$$ most expensive
B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner, Br = brunch
* highly recommended


Welcome to Philly!


Philly is city of neighborhoods and each one pulses with a variety of wonderful places to eat. You can enjoy the historical Italian market or our vibrant Chinatown, or you might want to stroll the Old City streets where Franklin and Jefferson walked before popping into a bistro or brewpub. Perhaps a visit to Rittenhouse Square, the Art Museum area, or University City is more your style, with their teeming options like Mexican, Greek or Ethiopian dining.

This guide is organized by neighborhood and highlights restaurants that we judge worth visiting. As you go down the list, the neighborhoods generally radiate farther from the tournament site, but none is more than a cab ride away. Many are accessible on foot or by public transportation.

Philly restaurants are sometimes BYOB; for those you will need to bring your own wine, beer, or other spirits. The closest liquor stores are 5 N. 12th street and 1218 Chestnut. BYOBs are often cash only. We highly recommend that you check with any restaurant for availability and make reservations.

Things may not always go the way you expect at the bridge table, but you should always have a great experience at the dining table. Bon appetit!


MIDTOWN and CHINATOWN

Amis $$$
412 S. 13th (at Waverly) 215-632-2647
D, Br; Italian - A trattoria-style Italian owned by Philly superstar chef Marc Vetri with a delicious, authentic, mix-and-match menu (brunch Sat-Sun), amisphilly.com

Banana Leaf $$
1009 Arch 215-592-8288
B, L, D; Malaysian - Open from morning to late night, Banana Leaf serves great Malay and Thai-style dishes at affordable prices (BYOB; open late) banana leaf menu

*Barbuzzo $$$
110 S. 13th (near Sansom) 215-546-9300
L, D; Mediterranean - A wildly popular, creative, and delicious spot that takes Med ingredients and dishes to a whole new level (lunch M-F; open late), barbuzzo.com/barbuzzo

*Capogiro $
119 S. 13th (at Sansom) 215-351-0900
Br, L; Gelato - It's not local pride, but fact: You won't find better quality, more seasonal gelato anywhere, ever than Capogiro (also at 117 S. 20th), capogirogelato.com

The Capital Grille $$$$
1338 Chestnut 215-545-9588
L, D; Steakhouse - Classy, expensive, conveniently-located, smoothly-run steakhouse that's part of a national chain (lunch M-F), www.thecapitalgrille.com

Caribou Cafe $$
1126 Walnut 215-625-9535
L, D, Br; French - Like a quick trip to Paris, this cafe has a classic bistro menu and authentic, charming decor, www.cariboucafe.com

Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse $$$$
1426 Chestnut 215-246-0533
L, D; Steakhouse - The Texas steakhouse chain converted an old bank into one of the city's most impressive decors (lunch M-F), delfriscos.com/php

Dim Sum Garden $
59 N. 11th (btw Market and Arch) 215-627-0218
L, D; Dim Sum - The decor has all the charm of a bus station, but the amazing soup dumplings and other options can't be beat, the location is convenient, and the prices are rock-bottom

El Vez $$
121 S. 13th (at Sansom) 215-928-9811
L, D, Br; Mexican - Solid food and cool decor keeps this hot spot bustling with the hip crowd and foodies alike (brunch Sun), www.elvezrestaurant.com

Estia $$$$
1405 Locust 215-735-7700
L, D, Br; Greek/Seafood - Elegant, spacious, quiet spot with a classic Greek menu and impressive fresh seafood selection (brunch Sun), www.estiarestaurant.com

Farm and Fisherman $$$
1120 Pine 267-687-1555
D; New American - A farm-to-table restaurant that focuses on local and seasonal ingredients prepared by chef-owner and Blue Hill at Stone Barns alum Joshua Lawler (closed M; BYOB), thefarmandfisherman.com

Fish $$$
1234 Locust 215-545-9600
D; New American - Stellar restaurant with a 'can't miss' menu that presents fish and seafood in delicious and often unexpected ways (open late), www.fishphilly.com

Four Rivers $$
936 Race 215-639-8385
L, D; Sichuan - Authentic, excellent Chinese that will happily prepare spicy dishes in the Sichuan-style or offer menu advice on how to tone it down (BYOB) four rivers menu

Garces Trading Company $$$
1111 Locust 215-574-1099
L, D; International - Upscale 'shops' with cheese, charcuterie, and more surround this European bistro which offers the same, plus much more (brunch Sat-Sun), www.garcestradingcompany.com

Good Dog $
224 S. 15th (btw Walnut and Locust) 215-985-9600
L, D; Bar - Great burgers (the namesake is stuffed with blue cheese) explains why this noisy, downscale bar is always packed (open late), www.gooddogbar.com

The Happy Rooster $$
118 S. 16th (at Sansom) 215-963-9311
L, D; French and Pub - A Philly mainstay since 1968, this bar offers really good food, including a top-notch lobster roll (open late), www.thehappyrooster.com

Joy Tsin Lau $$
1026 Race 215-592-7726
L, D; Dim Sum and Chinese - An ok Cantonese restaurant during the week but a packed, popular, energetic, fun dim sum haven on the weekend www.joytsinlauchineserestaurant.com

Kanella $$
1001 Spruce 215-922-1773
L, D, Br; Greek - Chef-owned, authentic, popular Greek that gets raves from critics and diners (lunch/brunch F-Sun; closed M; BYOB), www.kanellarestaurant.com

Knock $$
225 S. 12th (at Locust) 215-925-1116
L, D, Br; Bar - Friendly, upscale watering hole with a variety of menus that take pub grub up several levels (brunch Sun), www.knockphilly.com

La Viola and La Viola Ovest $$$
252 and 253 S. 16th (btw Locust and Spruce) 215-735-8630
D; Italian - Friendly, efficient, neighborhood favorites that sit across the street from each other, offering fine Italian fare at fair prices. (cash only; BYOB)

Ladder 15 $$
1528 Sansom 215-964-9755
L, D; American - Inventive bar menu served in a dramatic setting that includes an upstairs dining room under 35-foot ceilings (open late), www.ladder15philly.com

Le Bec-Fin $$$$
1523 Walnut 215-567-1000
L, D; French - A Philly classic that, after 40 years, still delivers the finest French cuisine with impeccable service in a high-class setting; the downstairs bar called Tryst is more casual and offers a less expensive small plates menu (lunch T-Sat; closed Sun), www.lebecfin.com

Lee How Fook $$
219 N. 11th (at Spring) 215-925-7266
L, D; Chinese - A decent, efficient, classic Cantonese that has been serving Philly for over 25 years (closed M; BYOB), www.leehowfook.com

*Lolita $$
106 S. 13th (between Chestnut and Sansom) 215-546-7100
D; Mexican - Excellent, authentic Mexican that will surprise and delight visitors accustomed to tacos and fajitas (closed M; BYOT (tequila)), www.lolitabyob.com/lolita


McCormick and Schmick's $$$$
1 S. Broad (at Penn Square) 215-568-6888
L, D; Seafood - A quality chain of seafood restaurants that earns marks for freshness and service, if not innovation (brunch Sun), www.mccormickandschmicks.com

Mercato $$$
1216 Spruce 215-985-2962
D; Italian - A cramped, noisy BYO that packs the crowds because of its charming location, creative menu, and decent execution (cash only; BYOB), www.mercatobyob.com

Miga $$
211 S. 15th (btw Walnut and Locust) 215-732-1616
L, D; Korean - The spot to try Korean for the first or fiftieth time--very good food, helpful staff, and a well-decorated space, www.migarestaurant.com

Mixto $$
1141 Pine 215-592-0363
B, L, D; Pan-Latin - Imagine a mix of Cuban, Caribbean, and Latin American dishes in a lively setting (breakfast Sat-Sun, open late Fri-Sat), www.mixtorestaurante.com

Monk's Cafe $$
264 S. 16th (at Spruce) 215-545-7005
L, D; Belgian - A Belgian-style brew pub that draws big, loyal crowds clamoring the extensive beer selection, mussels, and frites (open late), www.monkscafe.com

Ocean Harbor $$
1023 Race 215-574-1398
L, D; Dim Sum and Chinese - Affordable, highly-rated Chinese that also has a popular dim sum brunch on weekends (open late)


Opa $$$
1311 Sansom 215-545-0170
L, D; Greek - The hot, hip new Greek in town with an updated take on classic dishes in a fun, vibrant setting (lunch M-F; closed Sun), opaphiladelphia.com

*Oyster House $$
1516 Sansom 215-567-7683
L, D; Seafood - Around since 1947, this terrific family-owned oyster bar and seafood restaurant has recently undergone a stylish renovation (closed Sun), www.oysterhousephilly.com

Palace at the Ben $$
834 Chestnut 215-232-5600
L, D; Indian - Elegant Indian, in food, service, and decor, that charges a little more but delivers more on all fronts (lunch buffet), www.thepalaceattheben.com

Penang $$
117 N. 10th (at Cherry) 215-413-2531
L, D; Malaysian and Thai - A stylish, unusually chic (for Chinatown), bustling Philly outpost of a national chain with good Malaysian food (open late), www.penangusa.com

Pho Xe Lua $
907 Race 215-627-8883
L, D; Vietnamese Noodle Shop - Inexpensive, quick, yummy noodle shop featuring pho (soup noodle bowls) that lacks decor but gains charm by being packed with locals

Rangoon $$
112 N. 12th (btw Arch and Cherry) 215-922-5122
L, D; Burmese - The only Burmese in town, serving an unusual and tasty cuisine in a friendly setting (BYOB with corkage fee), www.phillychinatown.com/rangoon

Ray's Cafe and Tea House $
141 N. 9th (near Cherry) 215-922-5122
B, L, D; Chinese and Tea Room - An unusual combo of tea/coffee shop and restaurant, with healthful food and charming coffee/tea service (closed Sun; BYOB), rayscafe.com

Raw $$
1225 Sansom 215-238-1903
L, D; Japanese - A chic, high-end sushi/Japanese restaurant and sake lounge that draws in foodies and hip crowds alike, rawlounge.net

*Reading Terminal Market $
51 N. 12th (at Arch) 215-922-2317
B, L; Various - An historic farmer's market and must-see that now houses over 80 restaurants and merchants selling everything from apples to zabaglione, www.readingterminalmarket.org

Russet $$
1521 Spruce St. 215-546-1521
Br; D; Seasonal New American - The menu at Russet changes daily drawn from local, seasonal ingredients with delicious results (closed M) www.russetphilly.com

Ruth's Chris Steak House $$$
260 S. Broad (at Spruce) 215-790-1515
D; Steakhouse - The butter-sizzled steaks here can't be beat and the prices aren't quite as bank-breaking as other steakhouse that have more visual va-va-vavoom, www.ruthschris.com

Sampan $$$
124 S. 13th (btw Sansom and Walnut) 215-732-3501
D; Pan-Asian - Celebrity chef Michael Schulson has crafted a delicious small plates Pan-Asian menu that is served in a dramatic setting, sampanphilly.com

Sang Kee Peking Duck House $
238 N. 9th (at Vine) and in Reading Terminal Market 215-925-7532
L, D; Chinese - For 30 years, Sang Kee has been named a Philly "best" for its Peking Duck and other Hong Kong cuisine (cash only), www.sangkeechinatown.com

*Sbraga $$
449 S. Broad (at Pine) 215-735-1913
D; New American - A Top Chef winner and his hard-working staff deliver truly delicious, creative, deconstructed dishes in an easy-going setting (closed Sun), sbraga.com

Schlesinger's $
1521 Locust 215-735-7305
B, L, D; Deli - Big, great deli sandwiches, other deli classics, plus a great bakery make Schlesinger's a great stop any time of day, www.schlesingersdeli.com

Shiao Lan Kung $$
930 Race 215-928-0282
D; Chinese - Low on decor and space but high on food and efficiency, this "three-name" Chinese has been a popular spot for years (BYOB)

Supper $$$$
926 South 215-592-8180
D, Br; New American - A lovely modern/rustic space hosts this restaurant of inspired, seasonal dishes, including an upscale brunch (closed M, brunch Sat-Sun), supperphilly.com

Szechuan Tasty House $$
902 Arch 215-925-2839
L, D; Chinese - A Sichuan-style Chinese that really will serve it spicy, so locals enjoy it for the authentic experience (BYOB)

Tai Lake $$
134 N. 10th (near Cherry) 215-922-0698
D; Cantonese and Seafood - Fish tanks at the front testify to the freshness of the seafood at this excellent Cantonese (BYOB; open late), www.tailakeseafoodrest.com/home.asp

Ting Wong $$
134 N. 10th (near Cherry) 215-928-1883
B, L, D; Chinese - A good, simple Chinese with the unusual feature of opening early and serving breakfast (cash only; BYOB), www.phillychinatown.com/tingwong.htm

Tria $$
1137 Spruce 215-629-9200
L, D; Cafe - A charming cheese, wine, and beer cafe that also serves upscale salads and sandwiches (lunch Sat-Sun; open late; also at 123 S 18th), www.triacafe.com

Varga Bar $$
941 Spruce 215-627-5200
D, Br; New American - A retro bar that evokes a bygone era with an extensive All-American beer list and menu that focuses on delicious comfort food (brunch Fri-Sun; open late), vargabar.com

Vedge $$
1221 Locust 215-320-7500
D; Vegetarian - A vegetarian restaurant that makes omnivores rethink veggies. Don't let the category scare you off; it's wonderful food (closed Sun) www.vedgerestaurant.com

*Vetri $$$$
1312 Spruce 215-732-3478
D; Italian - If you can get a reservation at Vetri, go. It's the best Italian in the city and perhaps the country (tasting menu only; closed Sun), www.vetriristorante.com

*Vietnam $$
211 N. 11th (near Vine) 215-592-1163
L, D; Vietnamese - Fantastic food, efficient service, and simple but classy decor make Vietnam a can't miss in Chinatown, www.eatatvietnam.com

Vintage $$
129 S. 13th (btw Chestnut and Walnut) 215-922-3095
D; French Bistro/Wine Bar - The focus at bustling Vintage is on the wine list and a nice menu of French bistro classics, www.vintage-philadelphia.com

Walnut Street Supper Club $$$
1227 Walnut 215-923-8208
D; Supper Club - This supper club with live entertainment in the form of singing waiters and live piano music features a reasonable, solid, mostly Italian menu

Zavino $$
112 S. 13th (at Sansom) 215-732-2400
D; Pizza - An attractive, tiny pizza and wine bar that zaps its wonderful pizzas in an 800¼ wood burning oven and offers other yummy kitchen creations, www.zavino.com

Zinc $$
246 S. 11th (btw Locust and Spruce) 215-351-9901
D; French - An appealing French bistro with an authentic zinc bar that offers a menu mix of classics and creative twists (closed M), www.zincbarphilly.com

OLD CITY

*Amada $$$
217 Chestnut 215-625-2450
L, D, Br; Tapas - Very chic, popular, fun small-plates Jose Garces operation with truly excellent food (brunch Sat-Sun), www.amadarestaurant.com

Aqua $$
705 Chestnut 215-928-2838
L, D; Malaysian/Thai - Nicely-appointed, quiet Thai with a friendly staff and the additional kick of some Malaysian dishes on the menu (brunch Sat-Sun)

Bistro 7 $$$
7 N. 3rd (at Market) 215-931-1560
D; New American - Small, simple, stylish bistro with a changing menu that focuses on local, seasonal ingredients (BYOB), www.bistro7restaurant.com

Buddakan $$$
325 Chestnut 215-574-9440
L, D; Pan Asian - Lively, noisy, hip Asian fusion that focuses on both the food and the scene, www.buddakan.com

*Chifa $$$
707 Chestnut 215-925-5555
D; Peruvian Chinese - A seemingly impossible fusion completely works at Chifa and includes the city's best ceviche bar, chifarestaurant.com

City Tavern $$
138 S. 2nd (at Walnut) 215-413-1443
L, D; Traditional American - First established in 1773, City Tavern recreates the colonial experience with period costumes and recipes from 250 years ago, www.citytavern.com

Chloe $$$
232 Arch 215-629-2337
D; New American - A classic Philly BYOB small, intimate, laid-back, chef-owned, and delicious. (closed M-T; cash only; BYOB), www.chloebyob.com

Ela $$$
627 S. 3rd (at Bainbridge) 267-687-8512
D; Progressive New American - Exciting chef Jason Cichonski masters a delicious and innovative menu of small, medium and large plates that draw from a wide variety of international cuisines. (closed Mon) www.elaphilly.com

*Fork $$$
306 Market 215-625-9425
L, D, Br; New American - Leading Philly chef Terence Feury turns out fresh, creative, seasonal dishes in a relaxed but upscale setting (lunch M-F, brunch Sun), www.forkrestaurant.com

Franklin Fountain $
116 Market 215-627-1899
dessert; Ice Cream - Fantastic old-fashioned ice cream and candy shoppe with a focus on concoctions like malts, sodas, and shakes (cash only), www.franklinfountain.com

*Han Dynasty $$
108 Chestnut 215-922-1888
L, D; Chinese - Authentic, awesome, spicy, chef-owned Taiwanese and Sichuan; perhaps the best Chinese in the city, handynasty.net

Jones $$
700 Chestnut 215-223-5663
L, D, Br; New American - Campy, 50s, decor and lots of good comfort food like mac and cheese and pulled pork (brunch Sat-Sun), www.jones-restaurant.com

Karma $$
114 Chestnut 215-925-1444
L, D; Indian - Friendly, consistent, authentic, delicious Indian on an interesting block of ethnic restaurants

Kisso $$
205 N. 4th (at Race) 215-922-1770
L, D; Sushi - A truly quiet, easy-going, chef-owned Japanese with fresh, inventive sushi and some fine kitchen offerings (BYOB), www.kissosushibar.com

La Locanda del Ghiottone $$$
130 N. 3rd (at Cherry) 215-829-1465
D; Italian - Boisterous, noisy, fun Italian with a homey vibe and big portions, (closed M-W; cash only; BYOB)

La Famiglia $$$$
8 S Front (between Market and Chestnut) 215-922-2803
L, D; Italian - A grand, family-owned, old-world classic Italian with tuxedoed waiters and an extensive wine list (closed Sun, lunch T-Sat), www.lafamiglia.com

*Morimoto $$$$
723 Chestnut 215-413-9070
L, D; Japanese - Iron Chef Morimoto's first restaurant serves innovative and knockout Japanese fare in a hip space (lunch M-F), www.morimotorestaurant.com

Moshulu $$$
401 South Columbus Blvd. (at Spruce) 215-923-2500
L, D, Br; New Polynesian - Great views elevate this fine restaurant located on a 100-year-old ship docked at Penn's landing (brunch Sun), www.moshulu.com

Ristorante Panorama $$
14 N. Front (at Market) 215-922-7800
L, D; Italian - Upscale trattoria and bar with an extensive wine list and romantic ambiance (lunch M-F), www.pennsviewhotel.com/ristorante_panorama

*Talula's Garden $$$
210 W. Washington Square 215-592-7787
D; New American - Flawless, seasonal, American food inspired by local ingredients; lovely outdoor seating available, talulasgarden.com

Triumph Brewing $$
117 Chestnut 215-625-0855
L, D; Pub - A fine menu that goes way beyond wings supports a fantastic beer selection and snazzy decor (open late), www.triumphbrewing.com/philadelphia

*Union Trust $$$$
717 Chestnut 215-925-6000
D; Steakhouse - Locally-owned, stunning cathedral of a steakhouse that features an impressive menu of fresh seafood and meat, www.uniontruststeakhouse.com

Uzu $$
104 Market 215-923-9290
L, D; Sushi - Tiny, fresh, creative, Japanese that focuses on sushi, sashimi, maki, and a few kitchen specialties (BYOB), www.uzuphilly.com

*Zahav $$$
237 St. James Place 215-625-8800
D; Modern Israeli - An innovative, creative, delicious take on Middle Eastern fare; one of Philly's perennial favorites, www.zahavrestaurant.com

Zento $$
138 Chestnut 215-925-9998
L, D; Japanese - A former Morimoto sushi chef creates beautiful, interesting Japanese at this friendly spot (lunch M-Sat, BYOB), www.zentocontemporary.com

RITTENHOUSE SQUARE

a.kitchen $$$
135 S. 13th 215-825-7030
B, L, D, Br; New American - Sophisticated, unexpected, varied, and well-executed menu (breakfast/lunch M-F, brunch Sat-Sun, www.akitchenphilly.com

Alma de Cuba $$$
1623 Walnut 215-988-1799
D; New Latin - A swanky spot that serves innovative 'New Latin' cuisine and popular mojitos (gluten-free available), www.almadecubarestaurant.com

Almaz Cafe $
140 S. 20th 215-557-0108
B, L, D; Ethiopian; coffee - A low-key venue that serves traditional breakfast, Ethiopian lunch and dinner, and very good coffee at all times, www.almazcafe.com

Audrey Claire $$$
276 S 20th (at Spruce) 215-731-1222
D; Mediterranean - A 'contemporary rustic' (but very loud) restaurant with a wonderful Med-influenced menu (cash only; BYOB), www.audreyclaire.com

Barclay Prime $$$$
237 S. 18th (at Locust) 215-732-7560
D; Steakhouse - A boutique steakhouse in an historic building that serves an extensive and classic menu in an elegant setting, www.barclayprime.com

*Butcher and Singer $$$$
1500 Walnut 215-732-4444
L, D; Steakhouse - A dramatic steakhouse that evokes an era of old-time style and service combined with excellent steaks, seafood, and bygone classics (lunch M-F), www.butcherandsinger.com

Caffe Casta Diva $$$
227 S. 20th (at Locust) 215-496-9677
D; Italian - A small, civilized, cozy gem with very fine food that cultivates a loyal following, (closed Mon; cash only; BYOB)

Continental Midtown $$
1801 Chestnut 215-567-1800
L, D; Eclectic - Funky watering hole and eatery with a good, varied menu and cool roof deck that is open in fair weather (lunch M-F), www.continentalmidtown.com

C19 $$$
267 S. 19th (at Rittenhouse Sq) 215-545-0441
L, D; Venetian - A chef-owned Italian with a focus on Venetian cooking, (reasonably) affordable prices, and local, sustainable ingredients, www.c19philly.com

Dandelion $$$
1623 Walnut 215-558-2500
B, L, D, Br, Tea; English Pub ¥ An English pub that serves fine vittles including high tea (breakfast/brunch Sat-Sun; open late), www.thedandelionpub.com

Davio's $$$$
111 S. 17th (btw Chestnut and Sansom) 215-563-4810
B, L, D; Italian steakhouse - Elegant decor with a menu focus on pasta and grilled meat (breakfast/lunch M-F; gluten-free available), www.davios.com

Devon $$$
225 S. 18th (btw Locust and Walnut 215-546-5940
L, D, Br; Seafood - A premium seafood joint and busy bar scene with many fresh daily specials (brunch Sun; gluten free available), www.devonseafood.com

Di Bruno's $
1730 Chestnut 215-665-9220
B, L, D; Cheese - A classic cheese shop serving coffee, pastry, sandwiches, and much more; their bread and cheese can turn lunch into an event, www.dibruno.com

Dmitri's $$
2227 Pine 215-985-3680
See entry under 'South Philly'

El Rey $$
2013 Chestnut 215-563-3330
Br, L, D; Mexican ¥ A raucous Mexican cantina serving traditional classics and top-notch drinks (lunch M-F, brunch Sat-Sun), www.elreyrestaurant.com

Famous 4th St. Deli $$
38 S. 19th (btw Market and Chestnut) 215-922-3274
See entry under 'South Philly'

*Fountain Restaurant $$$$
1 Logan Square (in Four Seasons Hotel) 215-963-1500
B, L, D; French/New American - The city's best-rated restaurant delivers on every level (lunch M-Sat, dinner T-Sun),www.preview.fourseasons.com/philadelphia/
dining/restaurants/fountain_restaurant

Giwa Restaurant $
1608 Sansom 215-557-9830
L; Korean - A crowded Korean luncheonette with very good, affordable classics like bibimbap and seafood pancakes

Lacroix $$$
210 W. Rittenhouse Sq. (in Rittenhouse Hotel) 215-790-2533
B, L, D, Br; International - A high-end dining experience with lovely views of the square and an over the top Sunday brunch, www.lacroixrestaurant.com

Mary Cassatt Tea Room $$
210 W. Rittenhouse Sq. (in Rittenhouse Hotel) 215-546-9000
2-5 PM; Tea Room - THE place for high tea--civilized, tranquil, and full of the pomp and circumstance high tea deserves, www.rittenhousehotel.com

*Matyson $$$
37 S. 19th (near Chestnut) 215-564-2925
L, D; New American - One of the city's most beloved BYOBs--unpretentious service and decor with a menu focus on local and seasonal ingredients (BYOB), www.matyson.com

Melograno $$$
2012 Sansom 215-875-8116
D; Italian - Simple decor, but very well-executed Italian by a native Roman chef that serves dishes from a variety of regions (BYOB), www.melogranorestaurant.com

Meme $$$
2201 Spruce 215-735-4900
Br, D; New American - Easy-going, chef-owned spot that serves a delicious, eclectic menu (lunch Th only, dinner T-Sat, brunch Sun; serves beer and wine, but allows BYOB with no corkage fee), www.memerestaurant.com

Meritage $$$
500 S. 20th (at Lombard) 215-985-1922
D; International - Three plate sizes allow diners to sample from the creative, gently Asian-influenced menu (closed M), www.meritagephiladelphia.com

Novita Bistro $$$
1608 South St. 215-545-4665
D; Moroccan/Mediterranean - A charming BYOB that draws on the chef-owner's international experience (cash only; BYOB), www.novitabistro.com

*Parc $$$
227 S 18th (at Locust) 215-545-2262
B, L, D, Br; French - The place to see and be seen, with a fine classic French menu and decor that evokes Paris, www.parc-restaurant.com

Porcini $$$
2048 Sansom 215-751-1175
D; Italian - Terrific food and fresh pasta is featured at this friendly, tiny, brother-owned Italian in a converted home (closed Sun), www.porcinirestaurant.com

Prime Rib $$$$
1701 Locust 215-772-1701
D; Steakhouse - An ultra-luxe steakhouse that rates highly among locals for food, drama, and service, www.theprimerib.com

*Pumpkin $$$
1713 South 215-545-4448
D; New American - Focused on seasonal and local ingredients and serving some of the city's most creative and beautiful food (closed M; tasting menu Sun; cash only; BYOB), www.pumpkinphilly.com/restaurant

R2L $$$
50 S. 16th (37th floor, at Chestnut) 215-564-5337
L, D, Br; New American - Sexy decor, stellar 360¼ views, and a well-executed contemporary menu, (lunch M-F, brunch Sun) www.r2lrestaurant.com

Rouge $$
205 S. 18th (near Walnut) 215-732-6622
L, D, Br; New American - A popular bistro and bar scene that serves a French-style menu, including a 'to-die' burger (brunch Sat-Sun), www.rouge98.com

Smith and Wollensky $$$$
210 W. Rittenhouse Sq. (in Rittenhouse Hotel) 215-545-1700
L, D; Steakhouse - A clubby steakhouse that ups the ante with charming views of Rittenhouse Square (lunch M-F), www.smithandwollensky.com/sw-philadelphia

Square 1682 $$$
121 S. 17th (at Sansom, in Hotel Palomar) 215-563-5008
B, L, D, Br; New American - A top-notch chef serves creative dishes all day in a snazzy hotel restaurant (gluten-free available), www.square1682.com

Swann Lounge $$$
1 Logan Sq. (in Four Seasons Hotel) 215-963-1500
L, D; French - The Fountain's less expensive and formal 'little sister' that still offers the finest cuisine, www.fourseasons.com/philadelphia/dining/swann_lounge/

Table 31 $$$
1701 JFK (in Comcast Center) 215-567-7111
L, D; Italian Steakhouse - This spot in the city's newest skyscraper features outdoor seating, great burgers, and pasta (lunch M-F, closed Sun), www.table-31.com

*Tinto $$$
114 S. 20th (at Sansom) 215-665-9150
D, Br; Basque Tapas - Another Jose Garces winner that serves a fantastic small plates menu of Basque cuisine (brunch Sun), www.tintorestaurant.com

Tria $$
123 S. 18th (at Sansom) 215-972-8742
L, D; Cafe - A charming cheese, wine, and beer cafe that also serves upscale salads and sandwiches (open late; also at 1137 Spruce), www.triacafe.com

Twenty Manning Grill $$$
261 S. 20th (at Manning) 215-731-0900
D; Eclectic - A hip, energetic spot where the menu focuses on an eclectic mix of upscale classics from short ribs to escargot, www.twentymanning.com

Village Whiskey $$
118 S. 20th (at Sansom) 215-665-1088
L, D; Bar - A high-end bar with scores of whiskeys and a sophisticated bar menu that includes a great burger (open late Fri-Sat), www.villagewhiskey.com

Zama $$
128 S. 19th (at Sansom) 215-568-1021
L, D; Japanese - Chef-owned, Zama is one of the lovelier, finer, more innovative and more expensive Japanese spots in the city (lunch M-F), www.zamaphilly.com

SOUTH PHILLY

Alyan's $
603 S. 4th (at South) 215-922-3553
L, D; Middle Eastern - Spartan decor, but fantastic food including falafel and hummus has kept Philly foodies coming back for nearly 20 years (closed M; BYOB)

August $$
1247 S. 13th (at Wharton) 215-468-5926
D; Italian - A cozy neighborhood Italian with excellent food, particularly pasta, that makes it a local gem (closed M-T; BYOB; cash only), augustbyob.com

Beau Monde $$
624 S. 6th (at Bainbridge) 215-592-0656
L, D; Creperie - Go for the amazing crepes, made in the classic Breton style, and filled with savory or sweet options. (closed M), www.creperie-beaumonde.com

*Bibou $$$
1009 S. 8th (at Kimball) 215-965-8290
D; French - A beloved bistro with a cozy dining room and a kitchen that creates sophisticated French fare (closed M-T; BYOB; cash only), www.biboubyob.com

Bistrot La Minette $$$
623 S. 6th (at Bainbridge) 215-925-8000
D; French - A Parisian-style bistro with a decor and well-executed menu that recreates an authentic French experience, www.bistrotlaminette.com

Bomb Bomb $$
1026 Wolf 215-463-1311
L, D; BBQ and Italian - A real local 'joint' with good Italian and great BBQ; yep, bombs went off here twice in the 30s (closed Sun), www.bombbomb-restaurant.com

Cafe du Laos $$
1117 S. 11th (near Washington) 215-467-1546
L, D; Thai and Loatian - For terrific Thai, exit Chinatown and head to the Italian Market; the decor and service inside are charming (BYOB), www.cafedulaos.com

Carluccio's $$$
932 S. 10th (at Carpenter) 215-574-5000
L, D; Italian - Another of Philly's authentic, worthwhile Italian restaurants, this one chef-owned (closed M; BYOB), www.carlucciosphilly.com

Carman's Country Kitchen $
1301 S. 11th (at Wharton) 215-339-9613
B, L, Br; Eclectic - The space is quirky, fun, and tiny, but the Southern-inspired portions are huge and delicious (closed T-Th; cash only)

Cochon $$$
801 E. Passyunk (at Catharine) 215-923-7675
D, Br; French - A tasty, charming neighborhood bistro with a focus on pork (closed M, brunch Sun; BYOB; cash only; gluten-free available), cochonbyob.com

Cucina Forte $$$
768 S. 8th (at Catharine) 215-238-0556
D; Italian - A converted town home houses this namesake Italian that focuses on home-made pastas and classics (closed M; BYOB), www.cucinaforte.com

Dmitri's $$$
795 S. 3rd (at Catharine) 215-625-0556
D; Greek - Great seafood, grilled meats, and other Greek favorites in a friendly atmosphere (BYOB; two other locations), www.dmitrisrestaurant.com/3rd.html

Famous 4th St. Deli $$
700 S. 4th (at Bainbridge) 215-625-0556
B, L, D; Deli - A classic Jewish deli (est. 1923) with a huge menu and huge servings (breakfast Sat-Sun; BYOB; also at 700 S. 4th), www.famous4thstreetdelicatessen.com

Fond $$$
1617 E. Passyunk (at Tasker) 215-551-5000
D; New American - A crowded, but homey, BYOB with standout cuisine located on South PhillyÕs Restaurant Row (closed Sun-M; BYOB), www.fondphilly.com

Hosteria Da Elio $$
615 S. 3rd (btw South and Bainbridge) 215-925-0930
D; Italian - Namesake host Elio serves great food and makes all of his guests feel at home (closed M; BYOB)

Franco's High Note Cafe $$
1549 S. 13th (at Tasker) 215-755-8903
D; Italian - Franco's provides the charming combination of good Italian and opera entertainment at the same meal (closed M-T), www.highnotecafe.com

Grace Tavern $
2229 Grays Ferry 215-893-9580
L, D; Bar Food - Grace Tavern is a great bar - easy-going, noisy, and darkÑwith a terrific New Orleans-influenced menu and burgers, www.gracetavern.com

Jim's Steaks $
400 South 215-928-1911
L, D; Cheesesteaks - Forego Geno's and Pat's for Jim's iconic line around the corner, signed photos, and best 'steaks' (cash only; open late), www.jimssteaks.com

L'Angolo $$$
1415 W. Porter 215-389-4252
D; Italian - An easy-going Italian in south South Philly with a classic menu and a loyal following (closed M; BYOB), www.salentorestaurant.com/langolorest.html

Le Viet $$
1019 S. 11th (at Kimball) 215-463-1570
L, D; Vietnamese - A stylish Vietnamese that breaks the mold for its combination of fine food and upscale decor, www.levietrestaurant.com

Le Virtu $$$
1927 E. Passyunk 215-271-5626
D; Italian - Located on South Philly's Restaurant Row, a charming and very high-quality Italian dedicated to the Abruzze-style often with a twist, www.levirtu.com

*Little Fish $$$
746 S. 6th 267-455-0172
D; Seafood - Meat plays only a supporting role at this tiny seafood restaurant, one of the city's most accomplished and beloved (BYOB), littlefishbyob.com

Marra's $$
1734 E. Passyunk 215-463-9249
D; Italian - A Philly classic and family operation that's been around since 1927, serving fantastic thin-crust pizza and pastas (closed M), www.marrasone.com

Morning Glory $
735 S. 10th (at Fitzwater) 215-413-3999
B, L, Br; Diner - A classic diner, including a counter with round stools, but better because the food is fresh and fantastic (cash only), www.themorningglorydiner.com

Nam Phuong $$
1100 Washington 215-468-0410
L, D; Vietnamese - Where the locals go for authentic, excellent, well-priced Vietnamese in a no-nonsense atmosphere (BYOB)

Ralph's $$$
760 S. 9th (between Catharine and Fitzwater) 215-627-6011
L, D; Italian - The oldest family owned restaurant in the country (1900), RalphÕs still serves up great classics (cash only), www.ralphsrestaurant.com

*Sabrina's $
910 Christian 215-574-1599
B, L, D, Br; Eclectic - Arguably the best spot for breakfast or brunch, but darn good comfort food all day (BYOB; also at 1804 Callowhill), www.sabrinascafe.com

The Saloon $$$$
750 S. 7th (near Fitzwater) 215-627-1811
L, D; Italian Steakhouse - A South Philly landmark for over 40 years, with big, delicious portions and a clubby feel (lunch T-F; closed Sun), www.saloonrestaurant.net

Salt and Pepper $$$
1623 E. Passyunk 215-238-1920
D; New American - A small, but upscale, bistro with a sophisticated and well-executed menu that spans the globe (closed Sun-M), www.saltandpepperphilly.com

Scannicchio's $$$
2500 S. Broad (at Porter) 215-468-3900
D; Italian - A popular, traditional Italian with a menu that includes classic dishes like shrimp scampi and penne alla vodka (BYOB), www.scannicchio.com

Southwark $$$
701 S. 4th (at Fitzwater) 215-271-9300
D, Br; Eclectic - A slow food proponent with a focus on local ingredients made into a unique menu (brunch only Sun; closed M), www.southwarkrestaurant.com

Tre Scalini $$$
1915 E. Passyunk 215-551-3870
D; Italian - A family-owned Italian, chef Franca DiRenzo produces classics from her native region (closed M; BYOB), www.trescaliniphiladelphia.com

WORTH THE RIDE

ART MUSEUM

Cafe Lift $
428 N 13th (at Noble) 215-922-3031
L, Br; Luncheonette - A hidden gem of a luncheonette in an offbeat neighborhood (closed M; BYOB), www.cafelift.com

Doma $$
1822 Callowhill 215-564-1164
L, D; Japanese/Korean - Delicious, creative, innovative Japanese with a Korean influence (closed M, lunch T-F; BYOB), www.domarestaurant.com

Figs $$
2501 Meredith 215-922-3031
L. D, Br; Mediterranean - Very cozy, attentive BYOB with a Moroccan bent (closed M, brunch Sat-Sun; BYOB; cash only), www.figsrestaurant.com

Osteria $$$
640 N Broad (at Wallace) 215-763-0920
L, D; Italian - Superchef Marc Vetri's North Philly outpost serves drop-dead pizza and other great Italian (closed M, lunch Th-F only), www.osteriaphilly.com

Prohibition Taproom $
501 N 13th (at Noble) 215-922-3031
L, D, late night; Pub Food - Updated and upscale pub grub (think: hot chile wings) with a great beer selection, www.theprohibitiontaproom.com

Sazon $
941 Spring Garden 215-763-2500
D, Br; Venezuelan - Friendly, fresh, and chef-owned (closed M, brunch Sat-Sun; BYOB; cash only; gluten-free dishes available), www.sazonrestaurant.com

The Water Works $$$$
640 Water Works Dr. 215-236-9000
L, D, Br; Mediterranean - The food is fine, but Water Works is about the architecture and river views (closed M, brunch buffet Sun), www.thewaterworksrestaurant.com

NORTHERN LIBERTIES

Bar Ferdinand $$
1030 N 2nd (at Girard) 215-923-1313
D, Br; Tapas - Popular, bustling bar and tapas restaurant with a varied small plates menu (late night Fri-Sat, brunch Sun), barferdinand.com

Cafe Estelle $
444 N. 4th (at Spring Garden) 215-925-5080
B, L, Br; Diner - Upscale diner that serves homemade everything and earns raves for breakfast and brunch (closed M; BYOB), cafeestelle.com

Honey's Sit 'n Eat $
800 N. 4th (at Brown) 215-925-1150
B, L, D, Br; Southern Jewish - Southern Jewish? Trust us, you know what happened when challah became French toast (no dinner Sun; BYOB), www.honeyssitneat.com

*Koo Zee Doo $$
614 N 2nd (at Spring Garden) 215-923-8080
D; Portuguese - Diners rave about the authentic, rustic Portuguese food at Koo Zee Doo, the only one it is kind in the city (closed Tues; BYOB), www.koozeedoo.com

Modo Mio $$
161 W Girard (at Hancock) 215-925-9998
D; Northern Italian - Cramped, raucous, affordable Italian with big portions. (closed M; BYOB; cash only) www.modomiorestaurant.com

Standard Tap $
901 N. 2nd (at Poplar) 215-238-0630
D, Br, late night; Pub - Top pub with upscale food, one of the city's best burgers, and an extensive beer selection (brunch Sat-Sun), www.standardtap.com

UNIVERSITY CITY

Abyssinia $$
229 S 45th (at Locust) 215-387-2424
D; Ethiopian - Fun (where else can you eat with your hands?), down-scale, solid, Ethiopian
www.abyssiniarestaurantpa.com

*Distrito $$$
3945 Chestnut 215-222-1657
L, D, Br; Mexican - Don't let the generic 'Mexican' category or location keep you from DistritoÑitÕs awesome (lunch M-F, brunch Sat-Sun), distritorestaurant.com

Marigold Kitchen $$$
501 S 45th (at Larchwood) 215-222-3699
D, Br; New American - Charming BYOB set in a Victorian house with an ever-changing seasonal menu (closed M-T, brunch Sun; BYOB), www.marigoldkitchenbyob.com

Nan $$$
4000 Chestnut 215-382-0818
L, D; French Thai - Sedate, mature fusion restaurant that blends French elegance with Thai flavors (closed Sun, no lunch Sat; BYOB), www.nanrestaurant.com

Pod $$
3636 Sansom 215-387-1803
L, D; Pan Asian - It's about the good food and great decor, including (yes) pods, light show, and conveyer belt sushi (lunch M-F), www.podrestaurant.com

Rx $$
4443 Spruce 215-222-9590
D, Br; Eclectic - Located in an old pharmacy, Rx serves a natural, seasonal menu including a popular brunch (closed M, brunch Fri-Sun), www.rxrestaurant.com