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1. Revolution Taco 2015 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA (Rittenhouse)

Revolution Taco in Rittenhouse is an unassuming, fast-casual newcomer that serves fresh tacos (and a hidden burger) with surprising fillings, including beef tongue and pork shoulder. This place will satisfy all palates, from the tenacious “I only eat beef” to the adventurous “Gimme all you got.” There are tasty tofu and mushroom options for vegetarians, too. The servings are heartier than typical tacos and come in four degrees of spiciness, and there's also a BYOB policy at this counter service spot.

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2. The Little Lion 243 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (Old City)

There's an irony in the fact that this American tavern in historic Old City is titled after a cutesy name for Alexander Hamilton: the man did champion a whiskey tax in his day, after all. Nonetheless, the atmosphere at the 19th-century multi-story stop across from the Museum of the American Revolution is spot on, with lots of wood work, large arched windows, and bright red colonial chairs next to banisters painted black. The food is filling and true to American tastes: barbecue chicken is heaped on slaw and mac & cheese gets served in a hot skillet. Cheers to the fact that the Revolutionary War was won with a historically inspired cocktail menu, which you can sip in the mezzanine bar.

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3. Knead Bagels 725 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (Market East)

If there is such a thing as an avant-garde bagel, Knead Bagels is the place to find it. The non-traditional Philly bagelry is in the business of remastering a timeless classic: the bagel and cream cheese. This means lavender bagels with vanilla honey cream cheese, or fennel seed and sea salt bagels with roasted tomato cream cheese, or Capsicum bagels (Japanese chile) piled with 12-hour brisket, coffee barbecue sauce, and picked onions. And if attempting to decide whether scallion lime cream cheese would pair well with black sesame stumps you, the bakers are like gluten mixologists -- they'll know exactly what you knead (sorry).

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4. Honey’s Sit N' Eat 2101 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19146 (South Street)

Honey’s Sit N' Eat, a premier breakfast/Southern comfort food spot on Philadelphia's South Street, serves all of your favorite morning specials, and then adds three different kinds of bacon just to make you sweat. Made mostly of locally farmed and fresh ingredients, this eatery encourages sweet, gluttonous indulgence with a conscience. Normally it's one or the other.

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5. Palladino’s on Passyunk 1934 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148

This much-anticipated South Philly spot from Chef Luke Palladino did not disappoint: it offers the one-two punch of watching his crew at work in an open kitchen and savoring the food. Your mouth may be watering while you wait. Get the prosciutto-wrapped, truffle butter-soaked, Parmesan-sprinkled homemade Truffled Grissini. Trust us. You're welcome.

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6. SLiCE 1740 Sansom St, Phildelphia, PA 19103 (Rittenhouse)

After just one slice you may be begging for the whole pie. SLiCE’s hand-tossed pies are topped with homemade sauce from hand-crushed San Marzano plum tomatoes. Gourmet combos include truffle with portobello and artichokes, chicken scaloppini and clams casino.

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7. Creperie Beau Monde & L'Etage 624 S 6th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (Italian Marketbella Vista)

L’stage is a French bistro that specializes in signature and build-your-own Crepes. The romantic atmosphere with picture windows is well-suited for date nights, family dinners, and other large parties. After dinner, take the party downstairs for an all-night club party. Beau Monde hosts monthly cabarets and weekly DJ parties.

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8. Kensington Quarters 1310 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125 (Kensington)

Meat is taken seriously at this industrial chic butcher/restaurant in Fishtown, where every animal is used head-to-tail, and every diner leaves not only full, but with a primer in butchery and meat-curing. Right when you enter Kensington Quarters, you'll see the on-site butcher counter and retail section. Once seated, order the mixed house-made charcuterie followed by braised pork shoulder, a hulking pork chop, or a ribeye with smoked cheddar. Don’t be a meathead and remember to grab a salami for home on your way out.

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9. Federal Donuts 1219 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (South Philadelphia)

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?).

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10. Osteria 640 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19130 (Fairmountart Museum)

Check out this trattoria featuring wood grilled meats and fish, thin crust pizzas, and homemade pasta. Osteria is a real gourmet heavyweight in Philly. Its 100+ Italian wine list has nearly everything you could crave with your meal. The Ventri family has created a warm and inviting atmosphere that’s great for date nights or special occasions.

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11. Davio's 111 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Center City West)

Just off the fashionable Rittenhouse Row, Davio’s has mastered regional Italian foods. High ceilings and a white color palette give the restaurant a clean and modern feel, which is perfect for date nights, special occasions or business lunches. The biggest perk is the fact that it’s located on the second floor: the room is flooded with natural sunlight by day and at night, you can take the party outside onto the rooftop.

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12. McGillin's Olde Ale House 1310 Drury St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (Market East)

Imagine: the year was 1860, Lincoln was elected, and McGillin's Olde Ale House first opened. It's safe to say they place is doing something right, because generations of people can't be wrong. This is the oldest continuously operating tavern in Philly. They have since changed the beer taps, we promise.

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13. The Victoria Freehouse 10 S Front St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (Old City)

The crew behind Haddonfield's British Chip Shop has expanded its empire across the Delaware, turning Old City's Swanky Bubbles into The Victoria Freehouse. These bad boys are pouring Scottish ales, English 'tails, and Irish whiskeys to wash down UK delicacies like bangers and mash and a cheesy mash-stuffed shepherd's pie. And nothing pairs better with these fine meals than a backdrop of live soccer broadcasts.

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