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1. CHeU noodle bar255 S 10th St, Philadelphia
2. Federal Donuts1632 Sansom St, Philadelphia
3. Federal Donuts1219 S 2nd St, Philadelphia
4. Federal Donuts1 Citizens Bank Way, Philadelphia
5. Chick-a-Licious138 S 11th St, Philadelphia
6. Sto's Bar236 Market St, Philadelphia
7. Chickie's & Pete's1526 Packer Ave, Philadelphia
8. City Tap House3925 Walnut St, Philadelphia
9. Supper926 South St, Philadelphia
10. Varga Bar941 Spruce St, Philadelphia
Owned by the Philly boys behind Bing Bing Dim Sum, CheU serves traditional Asian noodle dishes with plenty of added Philadelphia flavor. Rather than attempting to recreate authentic Asian cuisine, the restaurant makes classic ramen and soba bowls local, adding brisket, pork shoulder, and matzo balls to the typical miso broth, rice-noodle combo. The space itself is narrow with low-hanging paper lamps, and the eclectic noodle soups are meant to be eaten at stools along the bar. While the wood-paneled bar is primarily for noodles, the place has excellent happy hour deals on wine, beer, sake, and its collection of creative house cocktails.
Federal Donuts, situated in Philadelphia's Center City West neighborhood, serves the absolute best of both worlds: donuts and fried chicken. If, for some reason, "fancy" and freshly hot donuts (made in house) doesn't excite you, Federal offers an unforgettable cup of coffee.
With several locations around the city, Federal Donuts has grown into a sugar-coated Philly favorite. FD's secret weapon is a "Donut Robot," a mechanical monster-mastermind that handles all the dough dispensing, frying, and flipping. The deep-fried dough rings are sweet, sinful, and eminently scarf-able -- coming in flavors like maple-bacon, lemon bar, spicy PB&J, Turkish mocha and, of course, classic glazed. Because specializing in just one caloric indulgence doesn't cut it, this spot slings famous fried chicken in a changing lineup of rubs and sauces (coconut curry, anyone?).
The third location of the donut franchise is at Citizens Bank Park and serves Section 140 with twice-fried chili-garlic and barbecue-glazed bird, plus out-of-left-field sugared 'nuts like lemon creme and chocolate malted.
Chick-a-licious, located in Midtown Village, is exactly what it sounds like. Using fresh ingredients, this comfort food spot serves wings dipped and seasoned with dry rubs and features, wait for it, a fried chicken-finger sandwich.
With an 80in flatscreen TV that can show six games at once, and a bar menu that includes a hoagie baked into a folded pizza crust (!), Sto's Bar and Restaurant is a great destination for people looking to sit down and stay a while.
This solid sports bar's got eight locations, all boasting an extensive menu with the works. Fret not health junkies, there is a separate gluten-free menu too.
City Tap House has an extensive selection of micro-brews and delicious food to go along with them, as well as a killer patio for outdoor drinking.
This spot serves superior seasonal supper and sides for sweet sustenance on South St. And, if you're not one for alliteration, then forget about this description and crack open the menu to find classics like the Supper Burger or one of their rotating options that change frequently.
Inspired by Alberto Vargas's 1940s pin-up art, the guys behind Mercato have taken the old Azul and decked it out with a 14-stool black bar, black and green banquettes, a checkered tile floor, and, most impressively, a stunning fresco'd ceiling of classy floozies in various seductive poses.