Restaurants

Top Choice Caribbean in Old City & Society Hill

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 $…
Top Choice Italian in Rittenhouse Square & Center City West

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…
Top Choice Fast Food in Rittenhouse Square & Center City West

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 Old City & Society Hill

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 Chinatown & Center City East

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 Market in Chinatown & Center City East

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 South 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 University City & West 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 Old City & Society Hill

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…
Jewish in Rittenhouse Square & Center City West

Abe Fisher

'Foods of the Jewish diaspora,' taken to a higher, slightly whimsical level. Seltzer flows freely. (Next door, under the same ownership, is equally hot snack bar Dizengoff, for hummus straight out of Tel Aviv.)