Avenue of the Arts
Yet another Top Chef master, Kevin Sbraga, has elevated the Philly dining scene by opening his eponymous American eatery in 2011. Featuring both tasting and a la carte menus, the food reflects what’s freshest, but mainstay items include a pork belly-squid hybrid dish, and escargot inspired by Le Bec-Fin (RIP).
The essential Rittenhouse hole-in-the-wall is so much more than your typical brewpub: the Belgian-inspired menu is heavy on buttery mussel dishes, and boasts a wide selection of burgers and unexpected appetizers (frog legs and grilled scallops are a couple popular items). The spot has also received many awards for its unmatched beer selection, earning it a rep as one of the best beer bars in the city.
Cheesesteaks may be Philly’s signature sandwich, but the sandwich menu at American Sardine Bar is the real star of the city. The laid-back gastropub offers simple, yet creative sandos, including a $2 sardine sandwich (if you don’t opt to just order them sautéed, grilled, or fried). The sides are a shareable feast in themselves, so feel free to get a plate of the of cheese fries for the table.