Philly Food & Drink

Reading Terminal Market

Reading Terminal Market
Photo by J. Smith for GPTMC

Philly is home to so many outstanding restaurants, world renowned chefs, mouthwatering markets, and the BYOB sensation.  These are just a handful of our very favorites.


● = Reservation Recommended


Chef Michael Solomonov 

Staff Pick: Zahav ●, Best Restaurant 2009 (and still amazing today) & Federal Donuts…because you can’t go wrong with donuts and fried chicken

Iron Chef Jose Garces

Staff Pick: Village Whiskey, one of Philly’s best burgers and a great whiskey list

Stephen Starr

Staff Pick: Dandelion ●, the cities coziest pub, awesome cocktails & voted Best Bar Food 2012

Capogiro Gelato 

Voted best ice cream in the WORLD!!!  Feeling adventurous?  Ask a knowledgeable server for a funky flavor combination

Vetri Family

Staff Pick: Amis ●, salumi, formaggi & antipasti, need I say more

13th Street Restaurants & Shops

Chef Turney has transformed 13th street with her 3 shops and 3 restaurants, and we love it.  We recommend  Barbuzzo ●, we are obsessed with the salted caramel budino dessert!!!

Reading Terminal Market

Home of DiNic’s, voted best sandwich in the NATION, and countless other culinary delights, you really can’t go wrong

Italian Market

The oldest market in the U.S. and a South Philly staple, stroll the stalls and nibble on some amazing authentic Italian treats


Some of our beloved bars and restaurants…Cheers!

Beer Bars

Monk’s Café

Nodding Head Brewery & Restaurant

Frankford Hall

Good Dog


Wine Bars


Tria Café


Dive Bars

Bob & Barbara’s, Voted Best Dive Bar of 2012

Dirty Frank’s



Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co., Voted Best Cocktail Bar 2012

Stateside ●, Voted Best New Philadelphia Chef 2012

Hop Sing Laundromat



Burger Spots

Royal Tavern

Standard Tap

Shake Shack


Roast Pork

Jake’s Sandwich Board, Voted Best Roast Pork 2012 (also known for their Garlic Bomb)

DiNic’s, located in the Reading Terminal Market, DiNic’s was voted Best Sandwich in the NATION!


Cheesesteak (learn everything you need to know about the Philly Cheesesteak)

Tony Luke’s, Voted Best Cheesesteak 2012




Old School Fun

Barcade, Voted Best Geeky Fun 2012

North Bowl

Tattoo Moms


White Tablecloth

The Farm and Fisherman ●, Voted Best Farm to Table 2012

XIX Restaurant at the Hyatt ●, Voted Best View

Vedge ●, Voted Best Vegetarian 2012

Talula’s Table


Philly has far too many outstanding restaurants and bars to list here.  If you’d like to know a little more check out these links.

We were recently featured in the New York Times Travel section 36 Hours in Philadelphia.

Need more?  Philadelphia Magazine’s Best of Philly will keep you busy all year!

Tony finally does Philly!  See Anthony Bourdain in his Travel Network show No Reservations as he dines on anything but cheesesteaks!

Still feeling like you’re missing something?  We’ve got your back!  The entire Cultural Alliance staff is dedicated to eating our way through the city.  If you would like any additional recommendations, ask us!

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One response

10 04 2013
rjgore3 (@rjgore3)

Don’t miss out! Have a DiNic’s Pork and Broccoli Rabe sandwhich at Terminal Market. You’ll thank me.

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