This location of Milkboy, the all-day cafe and music venue mini-chain, isn’t as well-known as the one in Old City, but it’s the better of the two. And that’s mostly because they have some underground deal with Jim’s next door, where you can order one of their cheesesteaks directly to your table without having to wait in line.
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Federal Donuts is a donut and fried chicken shop on South Street from the people behind Zahav.
Pumpkin is a small BYOB on South Street that focuses on seasonal vegetables and works well for a slightly more serious date.
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Jaxon is a neighborhood BYOB in Northern Liberties with a small, seasonal menu that’s great for both a special occasion or a casual weeknight dinner.
Charlie Was A Sinner
Charlie Was A Sinner is a vegan bar in Midtown Village that’s good for meeting up with a friend for a drink and a few small plates.
Pearl’s Oyster Bar
Pearl’s is an oyster bar and brunch spot in Reading Terminal Market that’s never super crowded.
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The Hungry Pigeon
Hungry Pigeon is an all-day spot in Queen Village where you’ll go for breakfast, stick around until lunch, and consider coming back for dinner.
Head to Marrakesh is a cash-only Moroccan spot in Society Hill with belly dancers and tables you recline at.
Hops is a 4,500-square-foot spot in Brewerytown that’s nicer looking than your average brewery.
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