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The next time you’re a visitor in Philadelphia, try one of these two top-notch restaurants to satisfy your on-the-road hunger.
Housed in the Rittenhouse Hotel, Lacroix at The Rittenhouse serves fresh and local ingredients with international flair. The sophisticated ambience of the restaurant meshes well with the views of Rittenhouse Square, if you can glance up from your plate, that is. The tasting menu — a five- or eight-course affair — is a prime option for diners and the Sunday brunch, with a buffet set up in the kitchen, is a Philadelphia favorite.
Summer of 2012 saw Le Bec Fin reopening under a new owen, Nicolas Fanucci. Modern touches such as menus on iPads blend into the classic décor of the Louis XVI-era dining room and its gilded wall moldings and chandeliers while the local and seasonal cuisine hints at its French influences. Feeling a little more casual? Head down to the bistro-style Le Bar @ Le Bec Fin.
In Philadelphia, you have to get cheesesteak. And you’re either a Pat’s or Geno’s fan. They are the two rival steakhouses. I’m not going to say which I prefer because I’ll anger half of Philadelphia if I tell you which one.
One of the coolest places to go to eat is the Reading Terminal Market. There are all kinds of stalls and markets with fresh foods and veggies, pastries, fish, cheesesteaks. It’s right near the convention center as well. If you’re in Philly, you want to go to the Reading Terminal Market.
Philadelphia's restaurant scene is growing daily, with more esteemed chefs choosing the city as the spot to open a dining room that showcases impecable food with personality. Formal mainstays like The Fountain continue to wow, but with the recent shuttering of Le Bec-Fin, it's clear that Philadelphia diners are choosing fun over formality.
For bright, vibrant flavors take your pick of one of Chef Jose Garces' restaurants. Now enjoying Iron Chef America fame, Garces started years ago in Philadelphia and has built a series of popular outposts with varying styles of Spanish and Mexcian cooking, from his original Amada to the colorful Distrito to the more refined JG Domestic.
Another name with a line-up of must-try restaurants is Chef Marc Vetri, the local master of Italian. His orginal, Vetri, offers up a multi-course extravaganza of classics and modern takes, all in a charming townhouse. Osteria serves up amazing pastas with rustic charm, Amis small dishes with an Italian accent, and newer Alla Spina pub favorites and an impressive Italian beer list.
The farm-to-table concept is huge in Philadelphia, with chefs not only sourcing ingredients from area farms and purveyors, but many growing their own in restaurant gardens. For super fresh dishes with flair, try Fork, Talula's Garden, The Farm & Fisherman, or Fond.