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30 Awesome Places to Eat in
Philadelphia’s Gayborhood

Great spots to grab a bite to eat

Tucked inside the larger Midtown Village neighborhood, the Gayborhood has always been known as an enclave for lively nightspots and excellent restaurants.

Running from Pine to Chestnut streets and 11th to Broad streets, the area offers a variety of cuisines, price points and unique atmospheric settings from which to choose.

Find a handful of diverse restaurants in the area from powerhouse business partners Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran, like Bud and Marilyn’s and the Spanish-inspired Jamonera.

An array of other hotspots line the lively 13th Street corridor, including Double Knot (serving up modern Japanese food and top-notch coffee) and Tredici Enoteca (where you can find a wide selection of wines and small plates).

Read on for our roundup of great spots to dine in Philadelphia’s Gayborhood.

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Tredici Enoteca

Small plates paired with diverse wines

Some 20 diverse wines by the glass, a raw bar and a selection of small plates such as fried goat cheese and bacon-wrapped dates are among the signature elements of Tredici Enoteca, which sits along the bustling 13th Street corridor across from its sibling pizzeria Zavino.
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Big Gay Ice Cream

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Colorful ice cream concoctions and atmosphere

Big Gay Ice Cream, which started as a food truck in New York City, has quickly become a Philly favorite via inventive concoctions like the Bea Arthur, composed of vanilla ice cream, dulce de leche and crushed Nilla Wafers and the Mermaid, featuring key lime pie curd and graham-cracker crumbs layered with ice cream and whipped cream.
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Green Eggs Cafe

Breakfast, lunch and brunch

Specializing in breakfast, lunch and brunch, Green Eggs Cafe opened its third location in 2012. It quickly became a favorite of the neighbors who no longer have to trek to South Philly or Northern Liberties to enjoy the chicken and waffles Benedict or the red velvet pancakes.
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Mercato

Classic Italian loaded with local ingredients

Chef R. Evan Turney creates a market-themed contemporary Italian menu at this cheery BYOB hotspot, with an emphasis on fresh local ingredients. Don’t miss the antipasti loaded with Italian meats and cheeses and grilled, marinated veggies.
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More Than Just Ice Cream

Old-fashioned ice cream parlor with more than just dessert

Beyond the mammoth treats available at this old-fashioned ice cream parlor, there’s a menu of homemade soups, entrée salads, tasty appetizers and dinner specials.
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Vetri

A worthwhile splurge

As one of the nation's most acclaimed Italian restaurants, Vetri serves up some to-die-for fresh pasta and a wine list that reaches from a cellar housing more than 5,000 bottles. The Vetri tasting menu is the sole dining offering and reservations to experience it are strongly recommended.
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1225Raw Sushi and Sake Lounge

Sleek sushi spot

Suede couches, Japanese lamps, hardwood floors and a glass bar set the scene at this sleek Japanese hotspot. In addition to an extensive sake menu, Raw offers a full sushi bar, along with other Asian dishes served with modern American twists.
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Pennsylvania 6

Extensive raw bar and fresh seafood-filled menu

Whether seeking lobster, oysters, shrimp or top neck clams, Pennsylvania 6 offers a well-stocked raw bar, along with an array of hot seafood, steak and lamb chop options. Pair it with a well-crafted cocktail from the lengthy libations list while relaxing in one of the bright red booths that line the restaurant.
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Zavino

Fancy pizza paired with affordable wine

The wines are low-priced at Zavino’s marble-topped bar and the eats cooked up by chef-partner Steve Gonzalez — pizza with toppings like béchamel, local mozzarella, Kennett Square mushrooms and an array of antipasti — are sophisticated yet similarly affordable.
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Opa

A taste of the Mediterranean

Opa’s modern Greek food brings a taste of the Mediterranean to Sansom Street. Create your own meal of Mezedes — small plates — that includes options like grape leaves stuffed with ground beef and walnuts, zucchini fritters with feta and shrimp and spreads like fava bean hummus and skordalia. Fire-kissed entrees including grilled lamb, whole fish and bright vegetable sides allow the experience to feel rich without being too heavy.
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IndeBlue

Delicious Indian food that goes beyond takeout

Most of Philly’s Indian restaurants tread a well-worn path of take-out standards, but IndeBlue is upping the game with Indian-inspired dishes like the samosa chaat with tamarind-date chutney, crispy cauliflower, a variety of kebabs and a selection of vegetarian and meaty entrees. Dine on Tuesday evening or at Sunday brunch and your meal will be accompanied by live sitar and tabla music.
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Valanni

Hip lounge with innovative tapas

This hip lounge attracts a well chiseled crowd for top-notch cocktails and innovative Mediterranean Latin cuisine. The popular tapas sampler includes an oversized tasting of hummus, spicy empanadas, kabobs and more. The lively bar scene can be enjoyed well into the wee hours of the night.
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Tria Cafe Wash West

Cheese, craft beer, a well-curated wine list and more

Tria is dedicated to the fermentation trio – wine, cheese and beer – and like its other three locations, you'll find plenty of well-thought-out options among those categories to pick from. If you're not sure what to choose, the well-trained staff will be happy to guide you in a menu tour, often delivering insight into the origin behind each item.
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Nomad Roman

Fantastic wood-fired pizza

The delicate, crispy crust and seasonal toppings at this wood-fired pizzeria make for some memorable pies. Don't miss the spicy soppressata, which comes topped with a brilliant combination of sweet and savory ingredients, including garlic, red pepper flakes, organic parmesan, honey and of course thinly sliced soppressata salami.
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Strangelove's

Hearty and innovative gastropub eats

From savory bar snacks to "use both hands" sandwich options to hearty entrees, Strangelove's offers a menu full of innovative gastropub fare alongside a solid list of draft beer. There are always a few comfort food offerings to excite both the meat-lover and the vegetarian, like a smoked tempeh muffuletta and a fried chicken sandwich with horseradish mayo.
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The Tavern

Casual and cozy setting serving modern American fare

Modern American fare finds a home at The Tavern, serving tuna tartare burgers with capers and white anchovies, kale chips with parmesan aioli and shaved fennel salad, along with classic cocktails, local beers, wines by the glass and boozy popsicles.
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