The Best Venues for Gaming Gourmets in Philly

Getting stuck into a game with a snack nearby is our idea of heaven

Getting stuck into a game with a snack nearby is our idea of heaven

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Philadelphia, PAPhilly Restaurants - Philadelphia has a thriving food scene and restaurateurs come from all over the country to set up shop here. We're in a state that grows great produce and we have a populace that sees the importance of eating well and supporting local producers. However, there's a fast-growing sub-sector within the food scene involving venues where you can both eat and be entertained at the same time. Whether it's top-class casino restaurants or casual board game cafes, gamers have more options than ever before to satisfy their hunger for food and fun. We're going to take a look at some of Philly's best gourmet gaming venues.

Queen and Rook Game Cafe

Queen and Rook Game Cafe is a cut above your average coffee shop. This stunning little venue offers a petite but perfectly formed menu of plant-based delights that make the most of whatever produce is in season. Fancy a homemade spinach and artichoke dip whilst you get stuck into a game of Dungeons and Dragons? Or would you rather enjoy a heaping pile of Ghuizo-style fries, loaded with homemade spicy pickles, cilantro, and slivers of green onions? Whichever you'd prefer, this cafe can do it.

Plus, they've got an incredible cocktail menu. In fact, this games cafe is at the cutting edge of creative cocktail making; for example, you can grab a non-alcoholic Butterbeer which Harry Potter fans can pair with a wizarding board game. At the moment the Pokémon-themed cocktails are a big hit, with the fiery Charizard spiked with Tajin particularly popular amongst the most powerful of Pokémon trainers. If you play a game that you particularly like during your time at the cafe then the team most likely have it available to buy. They stock more than 1000 different games at any one time and, if they don't have one in store, then you can order it to be delivered.

Martorano's Prime Restaurant

Steve Martorano isn't known as the Godfather of Italian-American cooking for nothing; this celebrity chef knows his way around a pasta dish. He makes that abundantly clear in the menu at his newly announced Martorano's Prime Restaurant at the Rivers Casino. He's also upped the stakes by having huge flat-screen televisions installed to play Hollywood classics, further cementing his inimitable style.

In terms of gaming, this restaurant couldn't be better placed. You can just stroll outside and straight into the expansive Rivers Casino. There you'll find a selection of slot machines which is almost on par with some of the best online sites for those who like to play casino games. Although you won't be able to snag the same offers as you can online, the Rivers Casino still provides a great selection of table games and slot machines, perfect for an afternoon of entertainment.

Thirsty Dice

If you enjoy late-night junk food - but the really good kind - served alongside milkshakes for grown-ups then you're going to love Thirsty Dice.

NachosThe nachos at Thirsty Dice are to die for

This gaming joint is the longest-running in the city and prides itself on providing the perfect atmosphere for gaming and gorging on treats such as wings, pizzas, and nachos. This is a great spot for those who are new to the gaming group as you can scan a code on any of the games using your mobile and be taken to a page that will explain exactly how to play it. Once you've got to grips with things, you can join the team for their mammoth Dungeons & Dragons sessions, or an all-night Quizzo party.

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