Guidebook for Philadelphia

Suz & Chris

Guidebook for Philadelphia

Drinks & Nightlife
Great atmosphere, delicious food. Try the mussels or the French dip.
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Jerry's Bar
129 West Laurel Street
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Great atmosphere, delicious food. Try the mussels or the French dip.
Vegetarian quesadilla is amazing. Good margaritas too. Hubby always gets the papaya salad and chimichanga. Always interesting specials.
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Cantina Dos Segundos
931 North 2nd Street
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Vegetarian quesadilla is amazing. Good margaritas too. Hubby always gets the papaya salad and chimichanga. Always interesting specials.
A popular local hang out with good food and great music.
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Johnny Brenda's
1201 Frankford Avenue
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A popular local hang out with good food and great music.
Remember all the arcade games from the 70's, 80's and 90's? They're HERE!
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Barcade
1114 Frankford Avenue
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Remember all the arcade games from the 70's, 80's and 90's? They're HERE!
A Philadelphia institution, Standard Tap is one of the oldest beer houses in the country. They change their menu frequently and you'd be surprised at the selections of food and beer.
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Standard Tap
901 North 2nd Street
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A Philadelphia institution, Standard Tap is one of the oldest beer houses in the country. They change their menu frequently and you'd be surprised at the selections of food and beer.
Frankford Hall is part of the resurgence in Fishtown and will be jammed on the weekends.
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Frankford Hall
1210 Frankford Avenue
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Frankford Hall is part of the resurgence in Fishtown and will be jammed on the weekends.
Grungy, grimy and fun, The Barbary will feature a number of genres and artists to help you get your groove on.
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The Barbary
951 Frankford Avenue
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Grungy, grimy and fun, The Barbary will feature a number of genres and artists to help you get your groove on.
Regularly packed--particularly on Friday nights. More American bistro-y.
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Abbaye
637 North 3rd Street
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Regularly packed--particularly on Friday nights. More American bistro-y.
Food Scene
Crazy long lines on the weekend (be prepared to wait for up to an hour!) but the portions are massive and the coffee keeps flowing. We recommend the "Breakfast Bomb".
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Honey's Sit 'n Eat
800 N 4th St
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Crazy long lines on the weekend (be prepared to wait for up to an hour!) but the portions are massive and the coffee keeps flowing. We recommend the "Breakfast Bomb".
Weekend lines can be a downer but the brunch is fresh and reasonably priced. Go during a day or time that won't be so busy.
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Green Eggs Cafe
719 North 2nd Street
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Weekend lines can be a downer but the brunch is fresh and reasonably priced. Go during a day or time that won't be so busy.
Reasonably priced and reliable Thai food. Pad thai is good as are the curries.
Baan Thai Thai cuisine
1030 North American Street
Reasonably priced and reliable Thai food. Pad thai is good as are the curries.
Our standard go-to place when we don't feel like cooking. Amazingly fresh seafood and Greek specialties. Try the appetizer sampler and fresh whole fish.
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Dmitri's
944 North 2nd Street
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Our standard go-to place when we don't feel like cooking. Amazingly fresh seafood and Greek specialties. Try the appetizer sampler and fresh whole fish.
Always packed on week nights, week ends, brunch. Great menu variety.
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North Third
801 N 3rd St
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Always packed on week nights, week ends, brunch. Great menu variety.
Amazing hand crafted coffees and massive brunch portions. A bit pricey but the culinary artistry and barista expertise can't be beat.
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One Shot Cafe
217 West George Street
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Amazing hand crafted coffees and massive brunch portions. A bit pricey but the culinary artistry and barista expertise can't be beat.
Massive assortment of well priced pizza--many of them are square so it's not your average pie.
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Trios Fresh Italian
342 West Girard Avenue
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Massive assortment of well priced pizza--many of them are square so it's not your average pie.
Honestly, we are not fans. They charge $2 for chips and salsa and sprinkle everything with chipotle. But, their shrimp & grits are divine.
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El Camino Real Restaurant
1040 North 2nd Street
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Honestly, we are not fans. They charge $2 for chips and salsa and sprinkle everything with chipotle. But, their shrimp & grits are divine.
A nice twist on Thai. Service is good and they do a good to-go business too.
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Circles Thai
812 N 2nd St
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A nice twist on Thai. Service is good and they do a good to-go business too.
Part of Fishtown's recent resurgence, this place gets packed--along with Frankford Hall--on weekends.
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Fette Sau
1208 Frankford Avenue
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Part of Fishtown's recent resurgence, this place gets packed--along with Frankford Hall--on weekends.
Reliable home-cooked Mexican food known for their mole sauces. This is a proper meal, not a bar so don't think it's chips, margaritas and get out of there. No, mama expects you to sit down and eat.
Las Cazuelas Restaurant
426 West Girard Avenue
Reliable home-cooked Mexican food known for their mole sauces. This is a proper meal, not a bar so don't think it's chips, margaritas and get out of there. No, mama expects you to sit down and eat.
Sometimes people just want to go where they know...
McDonald's
22 West Girard Avenue
Sometimes people just want to go where they know...
Creative menu but hugely overpriced. A lot of our neighbors are literally addicted to this place and go every weekend.
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Cafe La Maude
816 North 4th Street
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Creative menu but hugely overpriced. A lot of our neighbors are literally addicted to this place and go every weekend.
All vegan, all the time.
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Soy Cafe
630 North 2nd Street
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All vegan, all the time.
Arts & Culture
Fun, laid back jazz and other music genres most days of the week.
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Ortlieb's
847 North 3rd Street
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Fun, laid back jazz and other music genres most days of the week.
Feel like having a beer or two while pitching a heavy ball down a lane? Do it here with several of your friends or make new ones. This place is always packed.
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North Bowl
909 North 2nd Street
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Feel like having a beer or two while pitching a heavy ball down a lane? Do it here with several of your friends or make new ones. This place is always packed.
From big names to not-yet-big names, Union Transfer offers an intimate look (<1000 people) at the concert scene.
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Union Transfer
1026 Spring Garden Street
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From big names to not-yet-big names, Union Transfer offers an intimate look (<1000 people) at the concert scene.
Traffic will be out of control whenever the Electric Factory hosts a band. A smaller venue but still larger than a lounge, acts playing here get up close and personal with the audience.
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Franklin Music Hall
421 North 7th Street
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Traffic will be out of control whenever the Electric Factory hosts a band. A smaller venue but still larger than a lounge, acts playing here get up close and personal with the audience.
Essentials
This may be the biggest assortment of craft beers in the city that you can buy by the bottle. We also appreciate their huge 'jerky' and snack selection. Not cheap though.
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The Foodery
837 North 2nd Street
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This may be the biggest assortment of craft beers in the city that you can buy by the bottle. We also appreciate their huge 'jerky' and snack selection. Not cheap though.
Everything Else
We get all of our plants from here. If you are into plants, do check out their assortment.
City Planter
814 North 4th Street
We get all of our plants from here. If you are into plants, do check out their assortment.
Mani/pedi for $35 for an hour. Comes with half leg massage and choice of polish.
Genesis Nail Salon
984 North 2nd Street
Mani/pedi for $35 for an hour. Comes with half leg massage and choice of polish.
Casinos...it's why you come to Philly (not).
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Rivers Casino Philadelphia
1001 North Delaware Avenue
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Casinos...it's why you come to Philly (not).