Philly Food Guide

Last Updated 7/8/18
Philadelphia has become quite the food town over the past few years and I have been lucky enough to dine in some of the best restaurants that this city has to offer. Whether you're looking to try something new or visiting Philly for the first time, I highly recommend trying a place or two on the list! 

Talula's Garden - 210 W. Washington Square
Talula's is by far my favorite restaurant in Philadelphia. The menu changes every month since they are known for using seasonal ingredients. They offer the best cheese plates that this city has to offer; they are fresh and perfectly presented. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and always willing to give you an excellent suggestion. Their wine selection is great and I highly recommend the Malbec that they have on the menu. If you are looking for a quick bite, try Talula's Daily next door. You and a friend can easily grab a table for lunch to catch up over cheese and some beer. 

Parc - 227 S. 18th St.
While I am not the biggest fan of Parc's dinner menu, their brunch is hands down one of the best. The meal starts with a basket of freshly baked French breads with she creamiest butter. Their Mimosas are delightful or I would recommend a glass of Rosé. As for food, I would recommend trying the Spinach and Goat Cheese Omelet, Quiche Lorraine or Cheeseburger. Their Pommes Frites are also pretty good. 

Audrey Claire - 276 S. 20th St.
Philadelphia is filled with BYOBs which is what makes our food scene different from the rest. Audrey Claire is a great, casual place to grab dinner. They don't take reservations on the weekends so it's best to get there a little earlier to put your name in and hopefully you can score an outside table on a nice day. The Grilled Flat Breads are a good snack to start with as are the Brussel Sprouts. My favorite entrees to date have been the Penne Arrabiata and the Chicken Milanese.

Tria on Spruce - 1137 Spruce St.
This wine bar has always been my go to happy hour spot. They have a great selection of wine and beers that are ever changing. When it comes to cheese I love to try something new. My suggestion is to ask the staff to give you their favorites and I promise you won't be disappointed.

Pizzeria Stella - 420 S. 2nd St.
Stella can do no wrong when it comes to pizza. They offer unique pies that will keep you coming back for more. I recommend starting off with the Kale Salad; it's the perfect amount for two to share. When it's time to pick a pizza, good luck. They are all amazing. Some of my recommendations are Sausage, Pepperoni, Quattro Formaggi and Tartufo.

Village Whiksey - 118 S. 20th St.
This restaurant has by far, the best hamburger you will find in Philadelphia. Keep it simple and get the Village Burger with a side of Duck Fat Fries. They are a fairly small establishment so be prepared to eat early or wait around an hour. If you do have to wait, grab a drink at the bar. They have a great drink menu.

The Dandelion - 124 S. 18th St.
This place is great to grab a quick snack and drinks. Their cocktails are some of the best I've come across during my time in Philadelphia. I can't pass up their Pimm's Cup or Red Sangria; both available in pitchers if you have a larger group. As for food, try the Macaroni and Cheese. You will not be disappointed.

Cheu Noodle Bar - 225 S. 10th St.
Cheu is perfect for a small group or a date since the place is not very spacious. But what it's missing in space, it makes up for in food. The Black Garlic Wings are beyond delicious, highly recommend as an appetizer. My bowls of choice are the Miso Ramen and the Brisket Ramen. The menu is ever evolving and the beer selection is great as well.

Double Knot - 120 S. 13th St. 
Getting a reservation at this place is a little difficult but well worth the wait. The menu is extensive and a little overwhelming, so I highly recommend giving the tasting menu a try. The Tuna from the Cold Menu is absolutely wonderful with it's side of avocado and I also loved the Bacon Yakisoba.

Zahav - 237 St. James Pl 
Another one of those places that is difficult to get a reservation at, but worth going at least once. Highly recommend the tasting menu which is more than enough food and provides a good representation of the full menu. Do not pass up the Hummus, Fried Cauliflower or Haloumi. They are equally amazing and long time staples.

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