By now, you know Philadelphia has some amazing and underrated restaurants, but did you know that the city is also incredibly multicultural? There’s no shortage of good food from cuisines around the globe. So whether you’re feeling adventurous or just looking for some good enchiladas ditch your deep web searches for the best Chinese or Ethiopian or any food, and just read this short guide to the best restaurants, there are 23 different cuisines in Philly, we handpicked just a few, the others you should discover for yourself:
British: Victoria Freehouse
Most people might give you a skeptical glance at the mention of ‘English cuisine,’ but Victoria Freehouse proves not all British food is bland. This pub serves enough traditional dishes to make any expat happy (fish and chips, bread pudding), and seals the deal with a drink menu full of cask ales, ciders, and single-malt scotch. You can also brunch as the English do with crab on toast as you sip your bloody Mary, pinky out.
Burmese: Rangoon Burmese Restaurant
No need to be intimidated as a newcomer to Burmese cuisine — digging into Rangoon’s 1,000-layer bread paired with chicken curry or BBQ beef will be altogether familiar. Considering its proximity to all the other amazing Asian restaurants housed in Philly, this joint can be easy to overlook, but some signature dishes — including the crunchy tea leaf salad — make it worth your attention.
Brazilian: Fogo De Chao
The feel of a traditional Brazilian churrascaria meets over-the-top ambiance at Fogo de Chao, where hand-cut chandeliers hang like stalactites above your head while you scarf down charred steak. Or whatever other meat is carved directly from the skewer onto your plate. With more than 100 wines in the cellar and a dessert menu that doesn’t quit, come hungry and decisive, and there’s a salad bar to balance out the protein-heavy meal with a couple of green things.
Chinese: Ting Wong
Yes, Han Dynasty has multiple locations throughout Philadelphia with plenty of seating to eat those delicious dandan noodles in comfort, but for a hole-in-the-wall experience in Chinatown, look no further than Ting Wong. Some of its dishes are the best of its kind in Chinatown. Don’t miss the roast duck, shrimp dumplings, and wonton soup.
You may come with a group of friends fully intending to split some doro wat, but even after you’ve filled up on injera for your appetizer, you’ll have the moment where you realize you want your own dish. The no-frills bar and dining room offer a refreshing break from all that’s newly built-up in West Philly, and best of all is Abyssinia’s “secret” upstairs bar.
German: Brauhaus Schmitz
Most German eateries in Philly emphasize beer over food, but luckily, you don’t have to sacrifice either at Brauhaus Schmitz. Rather than serving just a basket of fries or a pretzel with your brew, the menu here is flush with hearty dishes (think pork shank, stuffed potato ravioli, and croquettes). Just make sure to get there early or have a reservation because this place is always packed. Big plus: Brauhaus Schmitz likes to throw its own Oktoberfests every now and again.
Everything about Kanella’s new-and-improved South Philly location puts us in a state of bliss. Opt for main dishes like trout in saffron with a lobster salad, or perch up at the bar, order a round of caipirinhas, and snack on homemade pita chips and falafel.
Indian: Mumbai Bistro
There are three ways to eat Mumbai Bistro goods: self-service, where the price tag reflects the weight of your food choices; delivery; or a sit-down dining experience. The weigh-your-gluttony option is great if you’re looking to try more than one type of curry and fuel up on homemade paneer.
Indonesian: Indonesia Restaurant
You’ll want to try just about everything on this menu, from fried tofu to fried rice, and the price points won’t get in your way from doing so. The Gamelan music and batik tablecloths are nice touches straight from Southeast Asia.
Yet another gem in the Passyunk restaurant scene, Townsend offers fresh takes on French delicacies. Your foie gras will come as a mousse with pear-ginger marmalade on that grilled bread. If you’re afraid of escargot, this is the place to conquer those moronic fears, because anything tastes good in a bacon-sherry creme.
Thanks to the new taqueria at Distrito, Jose Garces’ salute to Mexico City is the best of two worlds: Want a fine dining experience? Try the three-course chef’s tasting menu or drop in for dinner to feast on enchiladas, huaraches, and other entrees. Want to grab a few tacos and maybe a few drink specials during an Eagles game? You’ll have to wait for the Eagles aspect, but Distrito has got you covered on the rest.
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