Walnut Street Cafe is an all-day cafe right near 30th Street Station that has floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides and looks like an unobtainable home from Pinterest that clearly no one lives in. Because it’s open from breakfast to dinner, it’s where you should go when you’re just coming back from a business trip on the Acela and want something a little better than a day-old sandwich from the Pret in the station. They also have good Happy Hour food deals, with things like $3 caramel popcorn and a $5 pretzel with beer cheese from 4-7pm on weekdays. Or if you want something a little more substantial, you can get their tempura fried fish with tartar sauce for just $8.
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Vietnam Cafe is a huge restaurant in West Philly that has some great Vietnamese food and lots of Polynesian cocktails.
The Terakawa in University City is an offshoot of the original one in Chinatown, and it has some of the better ramen in the area.
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Jerry’s is a renovated dive bar that serves good, gastropubby food and has a long list of local beers.
Farmicia is a casual restaurant in Old City with a good Happy Hour and perfectly decent comfort food.
American Sardine Bar
American Sardine Bar in Point Breeze is a neighborhood spot that you wish you lived closer to, with a nice patio and good seafood.
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Front Street Cafe
Front Street is an all-day spot in Fishtown with a big patio, affordable cocktails, and way better food than you’d expect.
Pod in West Philly looks like the inside of a spaceship and serves a mix of Chinese and Japanese dishes.
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