Federal Donuts
Bourbon & Branch
Neal Santos
Sancho Pistola’s
The Strip Joint
The Gaslight
Paris Bistro
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1. Bourbon & Branch 705 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

B&B features beer and pub fare with a fancy twist: think banh mi sliders, tikka masala mussels, etc, plus classics like fried pickles and mac-n-cheese.

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2. Zavino 3200 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

For an upscale pizza experience, Zavino is a great option. It's got a killer wine selection, are dark and intimate, and of course, serve really good pizza. Zavino’s wood burning ovens reach a peak temperature of 900 degrees, helping to perfectly char the crust while eliminating the soggy middles that can often accompany wood-fired pizza. It’s a little pricey, but you're paying for quality.

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3. Federal Donuts West 3428 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

FedNuts has crept over to West Philly, bringing you (and the Fresh Prince, presumably) all the same crazy creations and fried chicken as the original.

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4. The Gaslight 120 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Top Chef alum Jason Cichonski brings this American eatery with a specialty in burgers and innovative cocktails to Old City. Start with the charred eggplant salsa, wander on over to the GSLT Burger with aged cheddar and house-smoked pickles, and wash it down with the Sex Panther: a granny smith apple & cranberry-infused Cosmopolitan, which we hear is quite pungent.

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5. Petruce Et Al 1121 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Brothers Jonathan and Justin Petruce serve up Argentinian-inspired new American fare like roasted-on-the-bone Skate plated with potato dumplings, fennel, and lemon-chicken jus.

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6. Sancho Pistola's 19 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Firing up tacos like spicy tuna with guac and red onions, plus mains like Red Tail Bass with tempura-battered pickled red cabbage, chipotle aioli & cilantro, this Mexican eatery won't let you go thirsty, with 10 beers on tap and a whole mess of tequilas and mescals.

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7. The Strip Joint 918 S 22nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19146

This “value driven steakhouse” serves up all of the classic cuts of meat (steak tartare, NY strip, filet mignon, etc) at wallet-friendly prices. They pride themselves on a flawless execution of a simple menu, which also includes traditional sides like garlic bread, Brussels sprouts, and more.

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8. Paris Bistro 8229 Germantown Ave Ste A, Philadelphia, PA 19118

This classic French bistro features live Jazz music and a speakeasy-style vibe downstairs. Parisian staples like escargot, crepes, and decadent desserts teleport your taste buds to Europe: outdoor dining, and lively atmosphere with a solid drink list make this a no-brainer, n'est-ce pas?