Royal Tavern looks like your average corner pub got a little bit of a facelift. The brick exterior is painted bright blue, and you won’t find any ripped barstools or sticky tables by the narrow bar area. The menu also has things you’d find at a regular bar, like a burger and nachos, listed right next to dishes that you wouldn’t normally consider “bar food.” There's fire-roasted mussel stew, butter chicken in a tomato-coconut curry, and a delicious lemongrass yuba banh mi.
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Famous 4th Street Delicatessen
When you’re craving deli classics like corned beef and smoked fish, head to Famous 4th Street Deli in Queen Village.
Angelo’s is a counter-service pizza shop in Bella Vista with an excellent Detroit-style “Upside Down Jawn” pizza.
Sam’s Morning Glory Diner
Sam’s Morning Glory in Bella Vista has been around for over 20 years and has everything a diner should have.
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Curran’s Irish Inn
This pub in Northeast Philly has excellent garlic wings - the sauce is satisfyingly spicy and the meat falls right off the bone.
Abe Fisher is an upscale dinner spot in Midtown Village serving updated Jewish deli classics, like smoked short ribs and borscht tartare.
Harper’s Garden has the best outdoor space around Rittenhouse Square, along with a good late-night Happy Hour and solid small plates.
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Murph’s is an Irish pub in Fishtown that also happens to make some of our favorite Italian food in the city.
Martha in Kensington has the three things we wish every bar had: a nice patio, great cocktails, and way better food than you’d expect.
Olly is an American bar and restaurant in Queen Village that’s a good alternative to a sports bar.
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