Chloe: Sweet & Cozy

Chloe little eatery features a cozy ambiance, friendly, knowledgeable servers and a great menu of fresh, tasty food. Fire up your appetite with a small plate like Pear Salad with honey lime vinaigrette, or a Grilled Caesar Salad with grilled romaine, roasted garlic dressing & parmesan crackles. Entrees feature a tasty assortment of dishes, including Ravioli with roasted pumpkin ricotta, dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds & brown sage butter, Grilled Salmon Filet with crispy polenta, sweet & sour eggplant chutney & basil pesto, Pan Seared Sea Scallops with crispy potato pancake, watercress & red onion salad, and Grilled Ribeye rubbed with Kona coffee, baked potato planks, seared spinach, roast shallot butter & house made worcesteshire. Chloe is open for dinner Wednesdays through Saturdays.

232 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 629-2337

XIX Nineteen: An Elegant Philadelphia Restaurant

XIX Nineteen is a Philly favorite for a refined meal in a spectacular setting, with an expansive terrace and floor-to-ceiling windows that offer amazing views of the city. Settle in with a glass of wine from their expansive and diverse selection. The raw bar offers a Seafood Tasting for Two with oysters, littleneck clams, shrimp, jumbo lump crab and scallops, served with an assortment of sauces. Other starters include Crispy Calamari with house made sweet and sour sauce and Lobster Risotto with wild mushrooms, saffron, white truffle oil & tarragon. Entrees include Roasted Organic Chicken Breast with wild mushroom hash, shallots & thyme jus, Grilled New Zealand Lamb Rack with rosemary jus and Wild Pacific Halibut with tomato confit & dill butter. XIX Nineteen is open every day for dinner.

XIX Nineteen
200 S. Broad Street
19th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 790-1919

Matyson: A Highly Acclaimed BYOB with Consistently Outstanding Cuisine

For fine dining with a cosmopolitan twist, head over to Matyson. The small yet bustling Philadelphia BYOB is known for its unique dishes, which combine unlikely ingredients for a mouth-watering and satisfying dining experience. Depending on the season (and with it, the freshest ingredients available), diners can nosh on watermelon and feta salad or squash blossom tempura to start and entrees like succulent pork tenderloin or scallops with watercress and ginger risotto, maitake mushrooms, and miso broth. With glowing praise by everyone from Zagat to Philadelphia Style, Matyson is the ideal destination for an upscale night out that's worth every penny.

37 South 19th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 564-2925

Vedge: Flavorful Vegan Fare

Vedge is in a slick Center City townhouse. Don't be scared by the vegan menu — this food is delicious. You will be shocked how much flavor can be created without any of the typical kitchen staples. The menu is full of unique dishes like squash pierogis and celery root fritters. The dishes do not try to imitate meat flavors but rather embrace the flavors of the vegetables. If you like beets order the salt roasted gold beets with avocado, smoked tofu, rye, capers, creamy cucumber. The meals are served as small plates so ordering a couple of dishes is recommended. Cocktails, beer, and wine are available. The service is attentive and friendly. Vedge is slightly pricey but it's perfect for a special occasion. 

1221 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 320-7500

Percy Street Barbecue: Goin’ South

Percy Street Barbeque is the place to chow down on some tasty barbeque in a casual, relaxing setting. Settle in with a refreshing cocktail like the Percy St. Punch with gin, pomegranate juice, sweet tea & lemon, alongside an appetizer like Fried Green Tomatoes with tomato bacon mayonnaise, Macaroni & Cheese with garlic crumbs, or Avocado Salad with fresh lime & cilantro. Barbeque meats include Smoked Brisket with Creekstone Farms angus beef, Spare Ribs with root beer chipotle glaze, a Pulled Pork Sandwich, BBQ Chicken Salad with buttermilk dressing and a Percy Burger with house-ground brisket. Sides include Pinto Beans, German Potato Salad and Collard Greens. Order the Combo and get an appetizer, meat and side for $21. Beer and wine are served. Open every day.

Percy Street Barbeque
900 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 625-8510

Fond: Get Fond

Diners are fond of Fond’s winning culinary formula. A spacious, open dining room, attentive service, stellar views of the Passyunk fountain and a sleek, handcrafted bar add to the appeal of this trendy hotspot. You can also arrange your own intimate party in their private dining room with a peekaboo window to the kitchen. The menu features an array of delectable appetizers like Butternut Squash Soup, Seared Fois Gras, Lobster Risotto and Escargot. Once you’ve whetted your appetite, move on to an entrée such as Chicken Breast with confit cabbage, Pork Belly with Okinawa sweet potatoes, Beef Short Ribs with Bordelaise sauce or Swordfish with garlic vichyssoise. Don’t forget dessert – Chocolate Almond Croissant Pudding, anyone? Open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday.

1537 S 11th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 551-5000

Bar Ferdinand: Classic Tapas

Bar Ferdinand offers traditional Spanish tapas along with new interpretations of age old recipes that hail from Spain. They also have an expansive wine and craft beer selection along with specialty cocktails like the Sandía Fresca with scotch, watermelon purée, lemon juice & mint simple syrup and the Sol de Cadíz with pilsner & fresh squeezed orange juice. The tapas menu rolls out taste pleasers like Pan con Tomate with Jamon – bread with ham & tomato, House Marinated Olives, Oysters on the Half Shell and Tuna Crudo with celery & apple. Large plates feature and Crispy Pork Belly with Butternut Squash Bacon Sherry, New York Strip Steak with organic fried egg & truffles, Seared Duck Breast with dried figs & pistachios and Paella Valenciana with shellfish, chicken and chorizo. Open every day.

Bar Ferdinand
1030 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 923-1313

Rotisseur: Seasonal & Delicious

Who says you can’t have a stellar meal artfully prepared from fresh, seasonal ingredients in a speedy, self-serve setting? Not the staff at Rotisseur, who regularly turn out tasty fare at this relaxed little eatery. Rotisserie-roasted Amish-raised chickens that are hormone and antibiotic free and raised outside of cages is what’s on the menu here. You can have yours whole, halved or in pieces, and team it up with flavorful sides like Mac & Cheese, Roasted Potatoes, Pickled Beets, Kale Chips, Green Salad and Corn Muffins. Thai-style sandwiches include a Chicken Banh Mi, Duck Confit Banh Mi, Barbeque Chicken, and Tofu Banh Mi. Salads are also on the menu as are some refreshing drinks. Open Monday through Saturday from 12p.m. until 9:30p.m.

100 5 S 21st St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 496-9494


Sky Café: Philadelphia’s Destination for Indonesian Cuisine

If you’ve never had Indonesian food before, you’re in for a treat. The cuisine of the island nation is remarkably diverse and exciting, drawing inspiration from other Asian cultures while maintaining a style of its own. Philadelphians know that  the place to go is Sky Café. The menu is extensive and can be a little overwhelming to newbies, so here are some must-try dishes. Regulars rave about the toothsome kari bhun, a chicken curry made with the thin rice vermicelli noodles known as bee hyun. The flavor is remarkably rich and complex, with a subtle milkiness unlike other curries. Other favorites include the nasi goring, fried rice with slivers of sausage, pork, and pickled vegetables spiced to perfection, as well as the mie BBQ pork noodle soup, which is served with the broth in a separate bowl so you can add as much or as little as you like. Portion sizes are very generous and prices are low. Sky Café is a real jewel of a restaurant.

Sky Café
1540 Ritner Street
Philadelphia, PA 19145
(215) 271-1983

Vedge: One of Philadelphia’s Best Vegetarian Restaurants

If you think vegetarian food is bland and tasteless, you’re about to change your mind. Philadelphia’s Vedge is widely considered to be one of the best meat-free restaurants in the United States. Chefs Richard Landau and Kate Jacoby have both been involved in the vegetarian movement since the 1990s. Vedge, which opened in 2011 in the historic Tiger Building, takes inspiration from a swath of global cuisines and combines it with fresh, seasonal ingredients from the verdant farmlands of the Northeast. The results are tasty, inspiring, and even healthy. Landau’s philosophy has always been to make vegetarian dishes work for a carnivore’s palate, and some of the standouts at Vedge include the grilled gochujang tofu with smoked miso dashi and edamame puree, as well as the popular “Dirt List,” today’s market vegetables prepared in a way that brings out their awesome essential flavors. Vegetarian or carnivore, you should try Vedge!

1221 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 320-7500

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