Posted on: December 30, 2013
Philadelphia has always been a world class city. For many years it has thrived in the areas of arts and culture, historical significance and architecture. However, until recently, Philly has never been known as a culinary hotbed. Sure, there were a few heavy hitters, but nothing like it’s current offerings. These days, it seems Philadelphia gives cities like Chicago, New York and San Francisco a run for their money in edible excitement. We are a city of neighborhoods filled with BYOB’s, Iron Chefs and Ethnic Delicacies.
Manayunk and Roxborough, two neighborhoods Northwest of Center City, offer an urban experience with small town charm. These hilly enclaves offer a surprising amount of wonderful food options for such a small amount of geography! The bustling Main Street is the hub of entertainment and nightlife in the region and offers a bounty of edible delicacies. Off to Manayunk and Roxborough!
Hikaru: (Japanese) Hikaru is Philadelphia’s first sushi bar and is still widely regarded as having the best and most authentic Japanese cuisine in Philadelphia, since 1983!
Yanako: (Japanese) A multi-sensory Japanese restaurant and sushi bar featuring classic dishes, superior-quality ingredients and a soothing, vibrant interior.
Laxmi’s Indian Grill: (Indian) The only authentic Indian restaurant in Manayunk! A warm, relaxed atmosphere provides the backdrop to savory dishes that can only be produced with time, expertise and a multitude of spices.
Kildare’s: (Irish) Traditional Irish pub with great beer and excellent food.
Zesty’s: (Greek) Traditional Greek dishes with a quiet dining experience.
Han Dynasty: (Chinese) Han Dynasty offers some of the best Chinese food in the city of Philadelphia.
Chabaa Thai Bistro: (Thai) Chabaa Thai is a modern yet authentic BYOB, serving elegant yet authentic Thai cuisine that is equally exciting in taste, presentation and experience.
Cactus Cantina: (Mexican) Cactus Cantina is a fun, casual tex-mex bar & grill with good times and good friends. Our specialty is southwestern and Mexican influenced cuisine.
Ali Baba Palace: (Persian): A variety of Kabob served over rice.
Tacqueria Feliz: (Mexican): Tons of Mexican entrees and a great cocktail menu.
Il Tartufo: (Italian) Tuscan specialties and wine list.
Agiato Restaurant: (Italian) Great selection of Panini’s and Pasta dishes.
Bella Tratoria: (Italian) Besides offering tasty southern Italian cuisine, Bella Trattoria also has an extensive wine menu.
Maria’s Ristorante: (Italian) The staff at Maria’s prepare the family recipes as well as specials every night using only the freshest and finest ingredients. Maria herself makes all of the desserts available minus ice cream and sorbets at both locations. In addition to classic homemade Italian dishes Maria’s has a casual all day menu with burgers, wings, and specialty sandwiches. The Roxborough location also boasts a large bar area featuring 10 craft beers on draft and seasonal favorites such as homemade flavored vodkas and limoncello in addition to the beautifully appointed dining rooms.
Pierogie Kitchen: (Eastern European) Pierogies, Soups and Kielbasa.
PIZZA / CHEESESTEAKS:
Tomato Bistro: The Tomato Bistro’s menu has award winning pizza, the addition of small plates, a unique beer & wine list, and much more.
D’Alassandro’s Steaks: A contender for best cheesesteak in the city of Philadelphia. Try it and compare!
The Couch Tomato Cafe: Soups, sandwiches and pizzas.
Chubby’s: There will always be a great debate on where to find the best steak sandwich in Philadelphia. Chubby’s of Henry Avenue prepares steak sandwiches, burgers, hoagies, and sandwiches the way you like it. With cheese or without, homemade chili, party platters and more.
Santucci Brothers V: Home of the original square pizza.
Jake and Coopers: (Wine Bar) Their mission is to provide a level of service that is unmatched by most, a menu quality that does not compromise on any level, and offer a diverse list of wines and beers.
Lucky’s Last Chance: (American) Artistic Burgers, Craft Beer and Serious Hot Dogs.
Bourbon Blue: (American / Cajun) The charm and beauty of Bourbon Blue’s revamped mill building takes your breath away before you even taste the food, which has a hint and style of New Orleans.
Sapphire: (Eclectic and Al Fresco Dining) Saphhire Manayunk offers one of the largest outdoor dining experiences. Enjoy a great meal and a cocktail while people watching out front or enjoy truly private dining on the back deck.
Manayunk Brewing Company: (Eclectic American) Manayunk Brewery offers a broad selection of beverages including their own handcrafted beers and ales, as well as a diverse menu with everything from American cuisine to hand-rolled sushi.
Derek’s: (American) Derek’s is your anytime, come as you are neighborhood restaurant and bar.
Winnie’s LeBus: (Comfort Food) A visit to Winnie’s offers comfort food and great drinks in a welcoming setting.
Ugly Moose: (Bar Bites) Appetizers, Sandwiches, Salads and Entrees.
Sole to Soul: (Seafood/ Southern) Soul Food, Seafood and Karaoke.
Bob’s Diner: (Diner) When arriving at Bob’s Diner, you may think the 1940’s silver dining car is what makes it unique or that for over 70 yrs, it has sat adjacent to a cemetery. However, when you experience the award winning, home cooked food and family friendly atmosphere, you will find what really makes them stand out from the rest.
Tommy Gunns: (BBQ) Well regarded BBQ joint. Dine in, take out and catering available.
There are also dozens of coffee shops, sandwich shops and other food options too numerous to list, and many new restaurants pop up almost daily. Bon Appétit!