Philadelphia, PA - There's no slowing down for Philly restaurants, even in the dog days of summer. This year, how about visiting a few hometown-local eating options in all neighborhoods. Such as Farmer's Keep Center City's seasonal sourced eatery or down-to-earth cooking at Mercer Cafe.
Best of Philly Restaurants and Must Eats
Here are a few more restaurants to add to the must-try list:
The healthy fast-casual trend surges on, but Center City's seasonal sourced eatery, Farmer's Keep's mission is manifold. Besides light, fresh meals such as build-your-own salads, the offerings also include seasonal cocktails. 10 S. 20th Street.
The down-to-earth cooking at Port Richmond's Mercer Café always satisfies, and now a second location in the Navy Yard brings those easygoing banana pancakes, creamed chip beef, turkey clubs, and crab quesadillas (plus Taconelli's pizza) to a different audience. 4920 S. 15th Street, (267) 457-5585.
There is no such thing as too much of a good thing, and Pizzeria Vetri's new Rittenhouse Square branch proves the point. The original location's char-freckled crusts are replicated here, with the same delicious toppings (Tonno: Sicilian tuna, onion, peperoncino; Salsiccia: fennel sausage, roasted fennel), along with the same inventive salads, creamy soft-serve ice cream, and bottled cocktails. 1615 Chancellor Street, (215) 763-3760.
SawTown Tavern reinvents a historic bar, boasting custom-crafted house beers hearty. Pop in for a scratch-made brunch and lunch eats such as biscuits and sausage gravy and French toast; pub fare, including barbecue pork skewers, brought in from neighboring Pasiano's. 4717-19 Princeton Avenue, (215) 332-1699.
White Dog Cafe
A legendary restaurant at its third location: White Dog Café's sustainability-focused cooking prevails in a new Haverford outpost, with local artisan cheese plates, Kennett Square mushroom soup, and Jersey scallops served with pea shoots and jalapeño sweet corn cream. Desserts like strawberry and cream bread pudding, cocktails, and local beers round out the offerings. 379 Lancaster Avenue, Haverford Square, Haverford, (610) 896-4556.