The seasonal French menu at Townsend is inspired by the Chef Townsend Wentz’s love for pairing food with his carefully cultivated wine selection. Open only for dinner, the menu is a small, curated list for customers. This wining and dining will bring out flavors never before experienced by diners, with the layers of flavors and subtle contemporary flair put into each dishes’ timeless French qualities.
Address & phone number: 1623 E Passyunk Ave Philadelphia, PA 19148 267-639-3203
Located just a few blocks from the square, Le Virtu highlights chef Joe Cicala’s passion for Abruzzese cuisine inspired from farm-style Abruzzese culinary tradition. Most ingredients the chef uses here are local, but what they can’t find they import from Abruzzo. The meats are hand-butchered and hand-cured by centuries-old methods and the pasta is hand-made. Try any of the pasta dishes, like the maccheroni alla mugnaia, which is a six-foot single-strand pasta. The patio is one of the best places to dine outside and don’t forget that Tuesday is BYOB night!
Address & phone number: 1927 E Passyunk Ave Philadelphia, PA 19147 215-271-5626
Part of Philadelphia’s hottest dining strip, the fusion Noorde Eetcafe is an idiosyncratic and tasteful experience. The menu boasts modern vegetable mixes such as the sautee of baby heirloom squashes with citrus butter and jasmine rice. A casual homeyness is present in the clean white decor. The standouts of Noord are the fish dishes like grilled prawns in North Sea-style citrus butter. Chef Joncarl Lachman romanticizes the Scandanavian fare and brings a lighter and approachable take to Philadelphia.
Hours: Wednesday-Thursday 5PM-10PM, Friday-Saturday 5PM-10:30PM, Sunday 11AM-2PM, 5PM-9PM
Address & phone number: 1046 E Tasker St Philadelphia, PA 19148 267-909-9704
Mainly a brunch spot, Porto is a hip fusion of New American, Portugese-inspired morning pick-me-ups. With a rotating menu, Porto always has something creative on their brunch menu, like pierogies with eggs and kielbasa or falafel tacos. Food always comes with four complimentary hot sauces ranging in temperature and spice, adding the perfect kick to your palate. Porto is perfect for a warm, casual brunch
Address & phone number: 1301 S 11th St Philadelphia, PA 19147 267-928-3956