Franklin’s Table probably came into existence as kind of a quasi-cafeteria for college students, but it’s turned into an outpost for some of the best restaurants in Philly to serve more casual stuff that can be picked up in between classes or on your way home from the gym. Kensington Quarter’s spot in the hall is called KQ, and it serves a short menu of mostly sandwiches (plus fries and pickled vegetables). The only thing you really need to focus on here, though, is the classic burger, which comes topped with cheddar, KQ sauce, and roasted red onions, and is one of the best burgers in the city.
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Dim Sum House
Dim Sum House in University City serves food until 1am every night, which is about as late as you can get a sit-down meal in Philly.
City Tap House
City Tap House in University City is a bar and pizza place that’s great for groups and popular with students.
Gojjo Ethiopian Bar & Restaurant
Gojjo in West Philly is an Ethiopian spot that has things like wings and burgers, along with more traditional Ethiopian food.
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Harper’s Garden has the best outdoor space around Rittenhouse Square, along with a good late-night Happy Hour and solid small plates.
The Continental Mid-Town
The Continental in Rittenhouse is basically the same as the one in Old City, except this one has an indoor/outdoor rooftop.
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Kensington Quarters is a nicer spot in Fishtown where you should go on a second or third date and definitely eat the burger.
Vietnam Cafe is a huge restaurant in West Philly that has some great Vietnamese food and lots of Polynesian cocktails.
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