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A day of decadence: Five Philadelphia delicacies to try in December

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” – Virginia Woolf

One secret to a happy life is to periodically give in to your epicurean whims. Leave your diet at home and head out on the town in search of good food.

Every month, starting with December, Laurie Phillips Philadelphia Luxury Real Estate will share 5 must-experience delicacies to pleasure your palate. Try them all on one day of decadence or delight your taste buds one culinary adventure at a time.

Breakfast – duck eggs Benedict and crème brulee French toast

Maison 208

208 South 13th Street

215.999.1020

Brought to you by one of Philly’s most popular celebrity chefs, the new brunch at Maison 208 is vintage Sylva Senat. Reserve your table for a champagne breakfast every weekend. The coconut pancakes and Skuna salmon frittata will keep you busy between pours.

Lunch –Vietnamese-inspired eggplant sandwich 

Middle Child

248 South 11th Street

267.930.8344

Middle Child is a Zagat-rated casual eatery near Washington Square with inventive lunch creations and tasty treats to go. For your first visit, lay your hands on their soon-to-be-famous “Phoagie”. Even meat lovers will have to admit they’re blown away by owner Matthew Cahn’s pho and sambal infused sandwich.

Dinner – an eclectic take on Japanese cuisine

Royal Sushi

780 S 2nd Street

267.909.9002

Take your fine dining experience east this month with the chic omakase experience behind an unmarked blue door on 2nd Street. Make sure to check out both the sushi bar in back and the rocking bar scene out front.

Drinks – unleash your libations on the 19th floor

XIX – Nineteen Bar

Broad and Walnut Streets

Perched high above the city, there are few places in town better suited for a stiff drink and charcuterie. If you’re hungry for more than just a nibble, order the seafood tasting platter from the raw bar or a soft pretzel tartine.

An exceptional wine and beer selection is available, but don’t leave XIX without sampling the mixology. The gin wiz witte, rubytini and rose cello highlight a creative bar menu that will have you leaving the car and calling a taxi or Uber.

Dessert – chocolate makes everything better

Townsend

1623 East Passyunk Avenue

267.639.3203

For the ultimate chocoholic nightcap head to Townsend for a chocolate soufflé with a side of Pernod Chantilly--you’ll wish you’d saved room for two.