Philly's LGBT Gayborhood Dining Scene's. Philadelphia’s dining scene continues to draw national accolades for its quality and variety, from innovative gastropubs to inviting wine bars to new twists on Italian and other ethnic cuisines. Everyone is welcome at the table, whether the restaurants are located in the heart of the Philadelphia's Gayborhood in Center City or one of its adjacent up-and-coming neighborhoods. Here are some of the city’s newest spots that are popular with the LGBT community:
Philadelphia is a foodie’s kind of town, and gay-friendly guests can be sure that they’ll eat well and eat comfortably while in town thanks to dozens of restaurants offering a world of choices at a variety of price points.
Here’s a look at some of the city’s newest gay-friendly spots—many of which are gay-owned:
- Bud & Marilyn’s, a retro-inspired restaurant-bar, is the latest hotspot from business and life partners Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran. Inspired by Turney’s restaurateur grandparents, the restaurant serves new takes on American classics like meatloaf, the wedge salad and chop suey, paired with cocktails like the Blinker, a whiskey sour made with rye, and Marilyn’s O-F, a brandy old-fashioned. 1234 Locust Street, (215) 546-2220, budandmarilyns.com
- 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 (vanilla ice cream, dulce de leche and crushed Nilla Wafers) and the Mermaid (key lime pie curd and graham-cracker crumbs layered with ice cream and whipped cream). 521 S. Broad Street (entrance on South Street), (267) 886-8024, biggayicecream.com
- Scratch Biscuits promises down-home food that’s perfect for late-night munchies. Gluten-free and regular biscuits supply the foundation for breakfast sandwiches (Pennsylvania Dutchman: homemade sausage, apple butter, grilled onion and cheddar), lunch sandwiches (Kentucky Klassic: Benton’s country ham, house pickles and pimento cheese) and sweet biscuit puddings (Fluffernutter; Nutella). 1306 Chestnut Street, (267) 930-3727, eatscratchbiscuits.com
- Tredici Enoteca 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 will be the signature elements of Tredici Enoteca, which is set to open this fall along the bustling 13th Street corridor across from sibling pizzeria Zavino. 114 S. 13th Street, zavinohospitalitygroup.com