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Delicious Bites: Center City Culinary Gems

Delicious Bites: Center City Culinary Gems

We’ve already mentioned Washington Square’s impeccable coffee spots and the famous Zahav's, but Center City is filled with so many delicious food options that we couldn't help but share a few more special places with you. Enjoy world-renowned cuisine at these seven magnificent Philadelphia establishments. 

Vernick Food & Drink

Featuring pappardelle and rabbit, sea bass, cocoa-cured lamb and a variety of toasts that Philadelphia can't stop raving about, Vernick's creativity is every food enthusiast's dream. From sea urchin and scrambled eggs with arctic char to beef tartare and fresh horseradish on toast and a charcoal-grliled octopus nicoise, chef and owner Greg Vernick is determined to make every customer's dining experience an unforgettable and wonderful memory. Vernick was recently recognized as Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic at the James Beard Awards. 


Amis Trattoria prides itself on simple, fresh and sustainable family recipes featuring seasonal recipes and rotating ingredients. From seafood to lamb and eggplant to rhubarb, Amis brings you classic Italian food prepared with a love for tradition. An eclectic wine list, rare Italian craft brews and decadent desserts will round off your night with a perfect indulgence. 

Double Knot

Home to one of Philadelphia's favorite happy hour menus, Double Knot is a top destination all day long. Open from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm on weekdays, the restaurant has earned accolades for everything from its Elixir coffee and zucchini bread in the mornings; to its Vietnamese street food and fusion inspired lunch menu; to its sought-after sushi bar and robatayaki grill that produce live spot prawns and venison skewers for downstairs dinner guests to savor amid a candlelit, speak-easy style hideaway.


Come for the Sheeps Milk Ricotta and stay for the Salted Caramel Budino at Barbuzzo Mediterranean Kitchen & Bar. Another Avenue of the Arts stand-out, Barbuzzo can be your delicious stop for lunch, dinner or a late night happy hour pizza. Dedicated to Philadelphia and to their beloved neighborhood, Barbuzzo founders Chef Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran also pioneered Little Nonna's, Lolita, Jamonera and Marcie Blaine Artisanal Chocolates. 

Friday Saturday Sunday 

From grapefruit zest to Japanese whiskey, Paul MacDonald's cocktails alone are reason enough to move to Rittenhouse Square. Sip on one for yourself at Friday Saturday Sunday, a long-standing Rittenhouse institution that re-opened last winter to take the neighborhood by storm. Pair one of the creative cocktails with their raved-about octopus, charred cauliflower, gnocchi and New York strip steak, and end your evening with an unforgettable Black and Tan Sundae.

Butcher & Singer

To top off your list, indulge your taste buds with an offering by world-renowned restaurateur Stephen Starr. At Butcher & Singer, Starr bar-none brings his guests a world-class steakhouse with Great Gatsby elegance and textbook-perfect service. From their Baked Alaska, Onion Soup and Stuffed Hashbrown to soaring ceilings and jazzy background, Butcher & Singer is a nostalgic throwback that serves a filet mignon and Delmonico steak more than worthy of its timeless atmosphere.