Dizengoff
Brigantessa
Girard
Kensington Quarters
Palladino's
Abe Fisher
2nd Story Brewing Co.
Dottie's Dinette
Juniper Commons
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1. Dizengoff 1625 Sansom St, Philadelphia , PA 19103 (Rittenhouse)

It's a thorouhgly Middle Eastern joint, but fear not: this resto's ever-changing menu has a lot more going on than just chickpeas and olive oil, with daily specials such as ground lamb, cured beef, and ticket-only Israeli brunch.

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2. Brigantessa 1520 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19147

This Italian restaurant, with marble and wood accents, centers its menu on its wood-fired oven that bakes authentic pizza and other eats inspired by southern Italy. Pizzas are served without pre-cut slices, as is traditional to the region of Naples, though your server will be happy to cut it for you if you’re weary of pulling it apart on your own. Baked pastas, meats, and fish round out the menu in addition to beer and wine.

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3. Girard Brasserie & Bruncherie 300 E Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125 (Fishtown)

After being mentioned on SNL and lauded by NPR for its novel no-tipping policy, brand-new Girard (on Girard Ave, of course) lives up to the hype with locally sourced French brunch and dinner dishes, which means you can keep it simple AND classy.

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4. 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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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. Abe Fisher 1623 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Rittenhouse)

Inspired by the food of the Jewish diaspora, Abe Fisher breathes new life to typical Center City cuisine with small plates incorporating a creative range of goods, from shrimp fried rice to veal schnitzel tacos.

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7. 2nd Story Brewing Company 117 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (Old City)

Yes, the second-floor brewery gives this brewpub its name, but fried starters by the basket and other savory bites are just as good a reason to hit up this Old City spot that formerly housed Triumph Brewing.

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8. Dottie's Dinette 1080 N Delaware Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125 (Fishtown)

Dottie’s gives you the best diner staples with a fresh dose of the unexpected (bacon glazed with maple syrup, thanks) as well as brunch favorites without too much frilly yuppie nonsense. When the craving hits for mac & cheese with a root beer float, this is the spot.

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9. Juniper Commons 521 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (South Philadelphia)

You're probably washed out on ‘90s nostalgia by now, so head to Juniper Commons -- Kevin Sbraga’s third Philly restaurant -- and dig into the decade of lycra and Axl Rose with 1980s-inspired decor plus apropos soundtrack and menu of American classics.

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