After trying the wood-fired pizzas and dishes accented with vegetables and fresh cheeses, Barbuzzo will have patrons drooling over their food for days. Barbuzzo serves classic re-vamped twists on classic dishes. The restaurant has urban-farmhouse style flair with its rustic woods and marble bar. The wood-fired pizzas are thin, crispy and delicate, and each dish is more creative than the last.
Address & phone number: 110 S 13th St Philadelphia, PA 19107 215-546-9300
Get an exotic spin to your Sunday brunch at Indeblue. However, the Indian food at Indeblue becomes less exotic and more inventive with its mash-up with American classics. Brunch boasts chaats and kabobs galore all with a spicy American twist.
Address & phone number: 205 S 13 St Philadelphia, PA 19107 215-545-4633
Lolita is a small Mexican restaurant with a casual atmosphere where patrons can purchase fantastic margaritas, street-food inspired tacos and inventive Mexican cuisine. The casual vibe mixed with the exposed brick and sleek wood tables make for a cozy-chic vibe. The seasonal menu changes, so make sure to check the chalkboard for specials like their fried squash blossoms.
Address & phone number: 106 S 13 St Philadelphia, PA 19107 215-546-7100
Amis has been praised for its original and modern Italian dishes. The Roman-style trattoria offers small plates of pasta and meats with creative gusto. The industrial space with sleek wood keeps the décor relevant and in tune with its classy Italian cuisine.
Address & phone number: 412 S 13th St Philadelphia, PA 19147 215-732-2647
Garces Trading Co.
A charcuterie store/dessert bar/restaurant, Garces Trading Company has some of the best food around. Located in an old Western Union building on Locust St, the white subway tiles give the environment a New England kitchen while the elegant furniture give a refined casualness. The modern European menu is another Garces treasure, boasting duck fat fries, funghi pizza with shiitake and truffle mushrooms or fresh salads and omelettes for brunch.
Address & phone number: 1111 Locust St Philadelphia, PA 19107 215-574-1099
Inspired by tours through Spain, Jamonera brings the flairs of Spanish flavors; a blend of garlic, fresh fish, salty cheeses and rich breads, to every dish. The menu consists of fishes, ham and several paella dishes. The Rioja-colored accents and dark atmosphere make for a romantic evening; perfect for that tapas sharing.
Address & phone number: 105 S 13th St Philadelphia, PA 19107 215-922-6061
Vetri was recently added to our guide because it’s considered one of the best restaurants not just in Philadelphia, but across the country. Diners should make their reservation in advance; it may take about two months to reserve, as they sit only 30 in their main dining room.
Address & phone number: 1312 Spruce St Philadelphia, PA 19107 215-732-3478
Vedge is a fine dining vegan restaurant that doesn’t just have to be for vegans. It is a nationally-recognized restaurant with an amazing selection and combination of seasonally and locally-sourced ingredients. It’s so good, it will be a surprise to many that it’s even vegan. The happy hour selection with cocktails with house-made syrups is one of the best in the city.
Address & phone number: 1221 Locust St Philadelphia, PA 19107 215-320-7500
If looking for another Mexican fix, this upscale fusion restaurant may hit the spot. The décor is just as appetizing as the food with its round, gold velvet tufted booths and colorful, lively bar area with a light-up rotating bike. El Vez’s food presentation is beautiful and its menu ranges from tacos to burritos and enchiladas. Made with simple yet fresh and tasteful ingredients,
Address & phone number: 121 S 13th St Philadelphia, PA 19107 215-928-9800
Nomad Roman Pizza
Using fresh, organic and local ingredients, Nomad Pizza is a slice of Roma transplanted into a cozy little area of Midtown Village. Nomad Roman has a menu that changes weekly, but usually they serve about 12 different styles, including the popular spicy soppressata. The best time to go if seats are available is their happy hours during the week from 4:30-6:30PM. On weeknights, they have a late night happy hour at 10PM as well.
Address & phone number: 1305 Locust St Philadelphia, PA 19107 215-644-9287