If you’ve ever seen Mad Men and wished your work life was all drinking and smoking cigarettes and having “creative meetings” that are really just more drinking, you should be hanging out at Bud & Marilyn’s. It’s perfectly retro, with wood-paneled walls and black-and-white dial TVs, and you can eat all of the buttery comfort food you want - like crispy cheese curds and fried chicken - without any of the obvious cons of living in the 1960’s. Plus, their weekend brunch includes some of the best breakfast cocktails we’ve found in Center City, and the caramelized apple french toast is exactly what your Sunday needs to distract you from the impending work week.
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Tredici Enoteca is a wine bar in Midtown Village that has a big, inexpensive wine list and solid small plates.
Mission Taqueria is a bright and airy Mexican spot in Center City where you should go for Happy Hour or a casual date.
Vetri is expensive, completely over the top, and possibly the best restaurant in Philadelphia.
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Vernick Food & Drink
Vernick is one of the best restaurants in Philly, with a formal dining room upstairs and a more casual bar below.
Farmicia is a casual restaurant in Old City with a good Happy Hour and perfectly decent comfort food.
Honey’s Sit ’n Eat
Honey’s Sit ’N Eat is where you should go for brunch when you don’t have any other plans for the rest of the day.
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The Love in Rittenhouse feels like a nicer version of a mall restaurant, but their pastas and fried chicken are some of the best around.
1225 Raw Sushi & Sake Lounge
When you’re looking for reasonably priced sushi, but still want it to feel a little special, head to 1225 Raw in Center City.
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