Welcome to Philadelphia, “The City of Brotherly Love.” There’s no shortage of things to do and see in this city that is nestled in the Delaware Valley, which is the country’s fifth-largest metropolitan area. Philadelphia’s rich history, great cultural attractions and beautiful cityscapes will keep you entertained, and the culinary options in this largest city in the state of Pennsylvania are wide and varied. Sure, Philadelphia is known for its cheesesteaks and soft pretzels, but there’s so much more to taste here. The city boasts enough unique eateries to please even the most discerning of palates, and there’s always something new to explore, with options as diverse as the city itself. Read on to find out about some of our favorite fun and unusual restaurants in the city.
What: A relatively new addition to the University City dining scene, the Midatlantic fuses together the modern sensibility of a swanky, sleek restaurant with the culinary traditions of the Pennsylvania Dutch in a concept that has really made a mark on the Philadelphia food scene. The understated Amish decor provides a calming element, while dishes like Crab Scrapple, Welsh Rarebit Fondue and Dutch-Style Saffron Egg Noodles give a nod to the restaurant’s Pennsylvania Dutch roots.
Where: 3711 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
What: Having the distinction of being Philadelphia’s one and only Afghan restaurant earns Kabul Afghan a spot on our list of the most unusual restaurants in the city. Founded in 1991, the restaurant is decked out with plush Afghan rugs, pillows, artwork and even costumes, and has quickly earned a reputation of being one of the most impressive restaurants in the city. Everything here is made fresh and steeped in spices, tradition and authenticity. Make sure to try one of the house specialties, combination dinners featuring expertly cooked lamb and chicken as well as flavorful vegetable side dishes.
Where: 106 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
What: With a funky, retro decor with wood paneling, swiveling chairs, mod fireplaces and shag carpet, Jones combines a Brady Bunch and The Jetsons aesthetic, and is one of Philadelphia’s most fun restaurants. The menu is standard comfort fare with a few eclectic dishes thrown in for good measure, with dishes ranging from classic macaroni and cheese to meatloaf and chicken pot pie. Top your meal off with a delicious slice of Duncan Hines chocolate layer cake and a cold glass of milk.
Where: 700 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
What: One of Philadelphia’s most unique restaurants isn’t actually a restaurant at all – it’s a food truck, and it has been a staple in Philadelphia’s Templetown neighborhood since its humble beginnings as a local food truck that mostly catered to students at Temple University. The Creperie has now become a household name, and the truck’s constant long lines attest to its success. The Creperie’s main specialty is just that: crepes, both sweet and savory. Choose from the over-the-top Alexander the Crepe, which is stuffed with gyro meat, pepperoni, vegetables, cheese and covered with pizza sauce and ranch dressing, or the sweet and decadent Banana Nutella Crepe. Either way, you can’t go wrong.
Where: Temple University, 13th and Norris St., Philadelphia, PA 19176
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