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 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 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 Middle Eastern in Philadelphia


Sophisticated 'modern Israeli' cuisine, drawing primarily from North African, Persian and Levantine kitchens. Pick your own meze and grills, or go for the $54 Mesibah (Party Time') set menu. In a slightly incongruou…
Top Choice Japanese in Philadelphia


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 …
Fast Food in Philadelphia

Federal Donuts

All fried, all day: in the morning, the menu is cake doughnuts and quality coffee. After 11am comes the super-crispy Korean-style fried chicken. There's a branch in University City, next to White Dog Cafe.
Top Choice American in Philadelphia

White Dog Cafe

If the atmosphere and food here seems more refined than your average farm-to-table restaurant, it's because it has been serving since 1983. Come here for your spring ramps and morels, peak summer tomatoes and plenty…
American in Philadelphia


Dedicated to simply crafted, local and organic foods, the meals at this BYOB spot – including an organic Angus burger with caramelized onions, and Alaskan salmon with roasted beets and lentils – are creative and sou…
Jewish in Philadelphia

Abe Fisher

'Foods of the Jewish diaspora,' taken to a higher, slightly whimsical level. Seltzer flows freely; beets abound. (Next door, under the same ownership, is equally hot snack bar Dizengoff, for hummus straight out of T…
Breakfast in Philadelphia

Sabrina's Cafe

Sabrina's made its name with brunch: stuffed French toast, gooey pork sandwiches – in short, what you need to ease into the day, in a pretty atmosphere. There's also a Fairmount branch too, near the art museum.