March 6, 2017

Philadelphia's Top Restaurants & Bars For NFL Draft Media

Where To Dine & Drink in Philly, Breakfast Through Late-Night

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Sabrina’s Café. Photo by J. Fusco for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®
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When it comes to dining and drinking, Philly has almost too many choices, especially when it comes to NFL Draft time. Here are a few restaurants and bars recommended for members of the press who don’t have time to read reviews—or have dinner out, for that matter. The list below is organized by neighborhood, and many of the spots are good for groups.

FAIRMOUNT (Center City, Art Museum Area)

Breakfast:

  • Sabrina’s Café & Spencer’s Too – Known for its oversized portions of comfort food during lunch, brunch and dinner. Wi-Fi. 1804 Callowhill Street, (215) 636-9061, sabrinascafe.com

Lunch:

  • McCrossen’s Tavern – Stepped-up tavern favorites and friendly, polished service. Wi-Fi. 529 N. 20th Street, (215) 854-0923, mccrossens.com
  • Rybread – Father- and son-run sandwich shop focused on fresh ingredients. Wi-Fi. 2319 Fairmount Avenue, (215) 769-0603, rybreadcafe.com

Late-night Drinks:

  • London Grill – Local microbrews and classic cocktails at London Grill and local and sustainable wines at the adjoining Paris Wine Bar. Wi-Fi. 2301 Fairmount Avenue, (215) 978-4545, londongrill.com
  • SOUTH – Live jazz served alongside a wide selection of American whiskeys and fun custom beers from Evolution Brewing. Good for groups. No Wi-Fi. 600 N. Broad Street, (215) 600-0220, southrestaurant.net

You Gotta Try:

  • Pizzeria Vetri – The rotolo, a perfect pinwheel of pizza dough stuffed with mortadella and ricotta, topped with pistachio pesto. Wi-Fi. 1939 Callowhill Street, (215) 600-2629, pizzeriavetri.com

RITTENHOUSE SQUARE (Center City, West of Broad Street)

Breakfast:

  • a.kitchen – Simple, modern food at elegant, understated breakfast-through-dinner spot, known for its artisan bread program. Wi-Fi. 135 S. 18th Street, (215) 825-7030, akitchenandbar.com
  • Parc Brasserie – Parisian bistro offering lunch, happy hour and dinner, as well as quiet morning dining: eggs en cocotte and breadbaskets. Good for groups. No Wi-Fi. 227 S. 18th Street, (215) 545-2262, parc-restaurant.com
  • Rooster Soup Company – Morning-through-night spot serving up comforting breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes. All proceeds go to Broad Street Ministry, providing meal and services to the city’s most vulnerable. Wi-Fi. 1526 Sansom Street, (215) 454-6939, roostersoupcompany

Lunch:

  • DanDan – Authentic Sichuan and Taiwanese food for savvy, spice-loving eaters. Gluten-free and veggie options available. No Wi-Fi. 126 S. 16th Street, (215) 800-1165, dandanrestaurant.com
  • Oyster House/Mission Taqueria – Classic, fresh seafood, including impressive raw bar, fried oysters and chicken salad (a Philly thing) served downstairs; ceviches, tortas and tacos served in bright and airy upstairs space. No Wi-Fi. 1516 Sansom Street, Oyster House, (215) 567-7683, oysterhousephilly.com; Wi-Fi; Mission, (215) 383-1200, missiontaqueria.com
  • V Street – Casual bistro and bar for global street food; all vegan. Closed Monday. No Wi-Fi. 126 S. 19th Street, (215) 278-7943, vstreetfood.com

Late-Night Eats:

  • The Dandelion – Sprawling, handsome, Brit-inspired pub dealing in fish and chips, Welsh rarebit, deviled eggs and shepherd’s pie. Good for groups. Serving until 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until midnight Friday and Saturday. No Wi-Fi. 124 S. 18th Street, (215) 558-2500, thedandelionpub.com
  • Village Whiskey – Worth braving the crowds for a massive Whiskey King burger and a bourbon. Serving until 11 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday; midnight Thursday; 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. No Wi-Fi. 118 S. 20th Street, (215) 665-1088, villagewhiskey.com

Late-Night Drinks:

  • The Franklin Bar – Upstairs-downstairs speakeasy: 1970s at street level, literary cocktailer-y below ground. No Wi-Fi. 112 S. 18th Street, (267) 467-3277 thefranklinbar.com
  • Oscar’s Tavern – Circa-1972 dive with deep booths, awesome jukebox, cheap Yuengling Lager, 23-ounce Long Island iced teas, chicken wings and fries. Good for groups. 1524 Sansom Street, (215) 972-9938

You Gotta Try:

  • Federal Donuts – Cinnamon brown sugar, strawberry lavender, tres leches and other flavored doughnuts; also some of the best fried chicken this side of Korea. More locations throughout Philly. Wi-Fi. 1632 Sansom Street, (215) 665-1101, federaldonuts.com

MIDTOWN VILLAGE/WASHINGTON SQUARE WEST (Center City, East of Broad Street)

Breakfast:

  • Green Eggs Café – Specializes in breakfast, lunch and brunch that comes in the form of chicken and waffles Benedict, veggie burgers and red velvet pancakes. No Wi-Fi. 212 S. 13th Street, (267) 861-0314, facebook.com/greeneggscafe.com
  • Talula’s Daily – Quaint spot on Washington Square for counter-served espresso drinks, pastries and petite egg sandwiches; pretty tables, indoors and out. Wi-Fi. 208 W. Washington Square, (215) 592-6555, talulasdaily.com

Lunch:

  • Garces Trading Company – Spacious and sunny, Jose Garces’ spot dealing in duck-fat fries, French-accented entrées and creative salads. Good for groups. Wi-Fi. 1111 Locust Street, (215) 574-1099, garcestradingcompany.com
  • Barbuzzo – Mediterranean bistro drawing crowds for its house-made charcuterie boards, short-rib and pork meatballs, life-altering salted caramel budino dessert. No Wi-Fi. 110 S. 13th Street, (215) 546-9300, barbuzzo.com
  • Jake’s Sandwich Board – Belly-busting sandwiches, including a half roast pork, half bacon, part sriracha and sharp provolone. Good for groups. Wi-Fi. 122 S. 12th Street, (215) 922-0102, jakessandwichboard.com

Late-Night Eats:

  • Double Knot – Underground brick-walled speakeasy-style izakaya serving impressive roster of sushi and sashimi, robatayaki, dumplings and bao buns. Good for groups. Wi-Fi. Last reservations at 11:30 p.m. 120 S. 13th Street, (215) 631-3868, doubleknotphilly.com
  • Franky Bradley’s – Dimly lit, purposely kitsch two-level restau-bar known for smoky wings, big burgers and more. Good for groups. Wi-Fi. Serving until 1 a.m. daily. 1320 Chancellor Street, (215) 735-0735, frankybradleys.com
  • Strangelove’s – Great beer bar with great bar food: fish and chips, muffalettas, loaded burgers and fun vegetarian options. Good for groups. Serving until 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and midnight Friday and Saturday. No Wi-Fi. 216 S. 11th Street, (215) 873-0404, strangelovesbeerbar.com

Late-Night Drinks:

  • Charlie was a sinner. – All-vegan hangout, where guests chase small global plates with chartreuse-spiked wheatgrass. Wi-Fi. 131 S. 13th Street, (267) 758-5372, charliewasasinner.com
  • McGillin’s Olde Ale House – Philly’s oldest continuously operating pub. Good for groups. Wi-Fi. 1310 Drury Street, (215) 735-5562, mcgillins.com
  • Woody’s Bar – One of Midtown Village’s original gay bars. Wi-Fi. 202 S. 13th Street, (215) 545-1893, woodysbar.com

You Gotta Try:

  • Capogiro Gelataria – 24 flavors of gelato—called the best outside of Italy by National Geographic. Wi-Fi. 119 S. 13th Street, (215) 351-0900, capogirogelato.com

HISTORIC DISTRICT (Center City between the Delaware River & 7th Street and between Vine & Lombard Streets)

Breakfast:

  • High Street on Market – Some of the country’s most inventive breads, pastries and egg sandwiches at stylish morning-night bistro. Wi-Fi. 308 Market Street, (215) 625-0988, highstreetonmarket.com
  • Café Ole – Basic, fantastic, all-day, order-at-the-counter neighborhood coffee shop, with friendly service, traditional pastries, refreshing iced tea and stupendous Israeli shakshuka. Wi-Fi. 147 N. 3rd Street, (215) 627-2140

Lunch:

  • AmadaIron Chef Jose Garces’ first restaurant—busy at night, calm during the day—for tapas and sandwiches. Good for groups. Wi-Fi. 217-219 Chestnut Street, (215) 625-2450, amadarestaurant.com
  • The Continental Restaurant and Martini Bar – Cheesesteak eggrolls, calamari salad and shoestring fries in a retro diner setting. Good for groups. No Wi-Fi. 138 Market Street, (215) 923-6069, continentalmartinibar.com

Late-Night Eats:

  • Khyber Pass Pub – Low-lit tavern serving muffalettas, nachos, fried green tomato BLTs, po’boys and burgers. Serving until 1 a.m. daily. No Wi-Fi. 56 S. 2nd Street, (215) 238-5888, khyberpasspub.com
  • Sonny’s Famous Steaks – Cheesesteaks of all sorts, rib-eye burgers, cheese fries and onion rings for late-night partiers. Serving until 3 a.m. on weekends. No Wi-Fi. 228 Market Street, (215) 629-5760, sonnysfamoussteaks.com

Late-Night Drinks:

  • 2nd Street Brewing –Craft beer brewed on site, along with a full menu of wine, cocktails and creations made with other brewers. Wi-Fi. 117 Chestnut Street, (267) 314-5770, 2ndstorybrewing.com
  • Mac’s Tavern – From the actors and producers of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, straightforward restau-bar with large selection of draft and bottled beers. Wi-Fi. 226 Market Street, (267) 324-5507, macstavern.com
  • National Mechanics – Old bank building, now a big, hip bar for craft beer in pint glasses etched with Philly luminaries. Wi-Fi. 22 S. 3rd Street, (215) 701-4883, nationalmechanics.com

You Gotta Try:

  • The Franklin Fountain – Banana splits, shakes, sundaes and flavored sodas made with homemade ice cream. No Wi-Fi. 116 Market Street, (215) 627-1899, franklinfountain.com

NORTHERN LIBERTIES/FISHTOWN (North of Old City/Center City East)

Breakfast & Lunch:

  • Honey’s Sit N Eat – Homey Southern-Jewish diner for latkes with grits, challah French toast, veggie burgers, Reubens, drop biscuits with sausage gravy and limeade. Cash only. No Wi-Fi. 800 N. 4th Street, (215) 925-1150, honeyssitneat.com
  • La Colombe – Home base for world-renowned roasting company in giant Fishtown warehouse with cafe, bakery, tasting room, roasting facility and distillery. No Wi-Fi. 1335 Frankford Avenue, (267) 479-1600, lacolombe.com
  • Pizza Brain – Quirky cool brick-oven pie shop/museum for world’s largest collection of pizza-related memorabilia. No Wi-Fi. 2313 Frankford Avenue, (215) 291-2965, pizzabrain.org

Late-Night Drinks:

  • Frankford Hall – Indoor/outdoor hotspot pouring 15 draft beers and 15 more in bottles; open-air picnic-table seating; ping-pong and foosball tables; and plenty of fire pits and heat lamps. Wi-Fi. 1210 Frankford Avenue, (215) 634-3338, frankfordhall.com
  • Standard Tap – Draft-only gastropub stalwart highlighting Philly-area brews in its 20-beer rotation. Wi-Fi. 901 N. 2nd Street, (215) 238-0630, standardtap.com

Late-Night Eats:

  • Loco Pez – Ten kinds of tacos, giant nachos, bacon-wrapped Mexican Street Dog, 36 sipping tequilas. Serving until 1 a.m. daily. No Wi-Fi. 2401 E. Norris Street, (267) 886-8061, locopez.com
  • Silk City – One-third diner, one-third club and one-third beer garden, with American fare. Serving until 1 a.m. daily. No Wi-Fi. 435 Spring Garden Street, (215) 592-8838, silkcityphilly.com

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