• Reading Terminal Market Eat everything from Pennsylvania Dutch treats to Thai curry at this Center City institution.
  • Zahav Golden Israeli-influenced gastronomy from award-winning chef Michael Solomonov.
  • Valley Green Inn Step back in time at this idyllic American inn surrounded by greenery.
  • Vetri Cucina Elegant, classic Italian food in an intimate Midtown Village townhouse.
  • CHeU Noodle Bar Asian-Jewish fusion that packs a tasty punch.

By Budget: $

  • Rooster Soup Co Smoked matzo-ball soup and other diner delights.
  • Frieda Superior cafe with home-baked treats and a packed schedule of events.
  • Whole Foods Market Top picks from the city's dining scene in one handy location.

By Budget: $$

  • White Dog Cafe Indulge in artisan cheeses, peak summer tomatoes and plenty more.
  • Noord Generous portions of Dutch comfort food presented with style.
  • Hungry Pigeon Head here for dinner and let the chefs choose what you eat.

By Budget: $$$

  • City Tavern History informs the food and ambiance at this replica of the 1773 tavern where Founding Fathers supped.
  • Townsend Fine French food at this romantic option on the E Passyunk Ave dining strip.
  • Morimoto Iron Chef Morimoto's establishment is as extravagant as the show. Plan on being wowed at every bite.

Cheesesteaks & Sandwiches

  • Pat's King of Steaks Invented the cheesesteak, way back in 1930.
  • Jim's Steaks 'Pizza steak' – topped with tomato sauce – is an option, as are hoagies (cold-cut sandwiches on long rolls).
  • Tony Luke's Famous for its roast pork sandwich, it also does a great veggie-only version.
  • John's Roast Pork Classic, cash-only joint in business since 1930.
  • Joe's Steaks & Soda Shop Eat in or take-away at this Fishtown joint that offers a vegan cheesesteak.

Vegetarian & Vegan

  • Vedge If you're vegan curious this fine-dining establishment will sweep you away with its finesse.
  • V Street The flavors and execution of this vegan street food are so good that you'll not miss the lack of meat.
  • PS & Co Relaxed vegan cafe serving tempting options including barbecue tempeh burgers and Burmese chickpeas.


  • Mercato Rustic Italian dishes served in good-sized portions at this buzzy neighborhood BYOB.
  • Gran Caffè L'Aquila Impressive food from Italian immigrants, plus award-winning gelato.
  • Le Virtù Sample the classic cuisine of Abruzzo made with the cream of local produce.


  • Stock Superb Asian salads and steaming bowls of delicious noodles at this no-frills Fishtown joint.
  • Saté Kampar Set your taste buds tingling with the Malaysian sate skewers and other Southeast Asian specialties.
  • Hardena/Waroeng Surabaya James Beard–nominated Indonesian cafe where the rice plates can't be beat.

Jewish & Middle Eastern

Brunch & Diners

  • High Street on Market Inventive brunch dishes many of which are served on delicious house-baked breads.
  • Fitzwater Cafe Classic South Philly diner serving breakfast all day plus soup and sandwich combos.
  • Silk City This 1950s diner keeps it contemporary with an attached bar and outdoor dining space.
  • Sabrina's Cafe Super popular, particularly at its Italian Market location on the weekends.



Ice Cream

  • Franklin Fountain Nostalgia is laid on with a trowel at this classic sundae and shake emporium.
  • Weckerly's Ice Cream Delicious flavors made with fresh ingredients including organic cream and free-range eggs.
  • Big Gay Ice Cream Are you a friend of Dorothy or more a fan of Salty Pimp?