Food & Drink

The Most Criminally Underrated Restaurants in Philly

Published On 09/16/2015 Published On 09/16/2015
Tres Jalapeños
Lucky’s Last Chance
Seafood Unlimited
Positano Coast
Miles Table
Vientiane Cafe
Llama Tooth
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1. Abyssinia 229 S 45th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

This Ethiopian restaurant serves large plates for a small price in a quiet atmosphere with simple surroundings. There's an upstairs bar in addition to the main dining room.

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2. Tres Jalapeños 901 S 8th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

This formerly BYOB restaurant serves standard Tex-Mex fare with vegan options and has no shortage of gimmicky deals like Margarita Monday and Taco Tuesday. The introduction of a liquor bar has turned this underrated place into a real Philly gem.

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3. Lucky's Last Chance 4421 Main St, Philadelphia, PA 19127

Lucky's brought pub-height two-tops into the former Yunkers while covering the walls with a rose-vine mosaic and sweet vintage beer posters, serving serious burgers prepped with local ingredients and a tidy roster of craft brews.

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4. Seafood Unlimited 270 S 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

This fish restaurant offers a daily rotating menu of fresh seafood. Mondays are for all-you-can-eat mussels, reasonably-priced lobster dinners are impromptu and seasonally-inspired dishes are always being debuted. The spot is also great for brunch with items like shrimp & grits and crabmeat Benedict.

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5. Giorgio on Pine 1328 Pine St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

This rustic Italian trattoria in Washington Square West supplies a variety of gluten-free eats among other Italian classics, like a prosciutto platter, veal melanzane, and gnocchi tossed in house made, 12-hour braised beef ragout. Giorgio on Pine is also BYOB, so guests can enjoy the traditional cuisine with their favorite bottle of wine.

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6. Positano Coast 212 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

This airy mediterranean restaurant has a roof deck and serves small plates with a seafood focus. There's tuna tartare, Italian sashimi and other inventive plates alongside more traditional staples. The wine list is hand-curated with an emphasis on Italian grapes.

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7. Miles Table 1620 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19146

Head to Miles Table for fresh brunch staples and a few wild-card dishes. It’s one of few trusted places in Philly for a decent bagel, so try the Nova Bagel (smoked salmon, cheese, lettuce, tomato, and onion) with a side of Red Pepper Home Fries.

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8. Vientiane Cafe 4728 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19143

This Laotian-Thai BYOB cafe is compact but can still accommodate group dinners. Expect authentic food from this family-run joint that is more than willing to accommodate dietary restrictions like vegetarianism and gluten intolerance.

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9. Modo Mio 161 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Modo Mio is serving up some great Italian food in NoLibs and is a great place to bring a bunch of friends to enjoy a good meal and good times.

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10. Verdad Restaurant & Tequila Bar 818 W Lancaster Ave, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

Euro-Latin tapas and creative cocktails shine in this stylish eatery in the 'burbs. Get adventurous with a tequila flight to sample their extensive liquor menu or catch one of their two happy hour windows: one in the early evening and one later on in the night.

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11. Llama Tooth 1033 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

You can’t get more Philly than drinking microbrews next to a mural. This Spring Garden spot is a great asset to the rising neighborhood and has some great brews to try.