Restaurants

Top Choice Fast Food in Philadelphia

Federal Donuts

Tucked behind a faded red, white and blue awning are these amazing doughnuts: specialty flavors include blueberry-lavender or strawberry cheesecake, with light cake-like crumb and no oily aftertaste. In the morning,…
Top Choice Ice Cream in Philadelphia

Franklin Fountain

A fantastic yet kitsch-free throwback, from the phosphates and vintage ice-cream flavors (try the teaberry) right down to the ancient telephone and the carton cups. Cash only. Also check out the owners' equally old-…
Top Choice Japanese in Philadelphia

Morimoto

Morimoto is high-concept and heavily stylized, from a dining room that looks like a futuristic aquarium to a menu of globe-spanning influence and eclectic combinations. A meal at this Iron Chef regular's restaurant …
Top Choice French in Philadelphia

Baril

This Rittenhouse Square dining option has lovely haute French fare, creatively presented in a rustic, wood-heavy setting. Do not miss the chance to choose from the cheese cart, and the owner or staff will happily su…
Top Choice Market in Philadelphia

Reading Terminal Market

Among the many highlights at this massive, multiethnic food market: Beiler's doughnuts, Miller's Twist buttery pretzels, Tommy Dinic's roast pork and Amish meals at Dutch Eating Place. On weekends, due to crowds, th…
Top Choice Italian in Philadelphia

Le Virtù

The owner of this restaurant is dedicated, obsessively so, to the cuisine of Abruzzo, the region east of Rome, where he long studied with home cooks. He also runs more casual Brigantessa up the street, with a slight…
Top Choice American in Philadelphia

White Dog Cafe

If the dozen Boston terriers on the wall seem incongruous with the food, don't worry: this place has been serving farm-to-table since 1983. Come here for your truffles and artisan cheeses, peak summer tomatoes and p…
Top Choice Middle Eastern in Philadelphia

Zahav

Sophisticated 'modern Israeli' cuisine, drawing primarily from North African, Persian and Levantine kitchens. Pick your own meze and grills, or go for the Mesibah ('Party Time') tasting menu. In a slightly incongruo…
Caribbean in Philadelphia

Cuba Libre

Colonial America couldn't feel further away at this festive, multistory Cuban eatery and rum bar. The creative and inspired menu includes shrimp ceviche, Cuban sandwiches, guava-spiced BBQ and excellent mojitos. A $…
Italian in Philadelphia

Gran Caffè L'Aquila

Mamma mia, this is impressive Italian food. Not only are the flavors everything you could ask for, one of the owners is an award-winning gelato maker and the 2nd floor has its own gelato factory. Some of the main co…