Gayborhood Grub

Visit Philly · Philadelphia Top 10 Guide · created almost 6 years ago

From Chestnut to Pine and between 11th and Broad Streets, Philadelphia’s Gayborhood overflows with culture. Home to most of the city’s LGBT bars, nightclubs and boutiques, the area also boasts some of the most scrumptious dining in Philly. You’ll fall for the draft beer selection at Woody’s, get a buzz with Lolita’s famous margaritas, devour the prosciutto pizza at Terra and whet your sweet tooth with a salted caramel budino at the delectable Barbuzzo. Though modest in size, the Gayborhood contains a burgeoning food scene chock-full of delicious options. Let the rainbow street signs guide you, and your appetite will show you the way.

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    Grilled Octopus at opa in Philadelphia, PA

    Soak up the spirit of traditional Greek life at this trendy downtown restaurant and bar. The swanky décor adds a modern vibe to the place, but the menu items are as authentic as they come. Opa!

  • Tabu Nachos at Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar in Philadelphia, PA

    Don’t let the martini happy hour fool you. This gay-friendly sports bar is the perfect place to grab a beer and catch the game, with a food menu to keep you going through halftime. And for the wheat-wary, Tabu serves a gluten-free drink selection.

  • Knock Burger at Knock Restaurant and Bar in Philadelphia, PA

    Walk right in and open a tab at Knock’s well-stocked bar. Or grab a table and let the welcoming wait staff deliver some consistently good American dishes.

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    Pork Banh Mi at Sampan in Philadelphia, PA

    Chef Michael Schulson’s 95-seat eatery is a feast for the eyes, with reclaimed timber and distressed metal accents. Taste the modern Asian small plates served from the open kitchen, and get a glimpse of the Graffiti Bar out back.

  • Lobster And Shrimp at Mercato Restaurant in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Chef Mackenzie Hilton infuses the slow-cooking traditions of Old World Italy with an experimental style and bold take on new Italian American cuisine at this airy, neighborhood BYOB.

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    Truffled Egg Toast With Fontina Fontal at Tria in Philadelphia, PA

    This truly unique eatery celebrates the three great fermented foods: wine, cheese and beer. Rest easy, beginners—Tria’s novice-friendly menu is arranged by adjective, from “sociable reds” to “stinky” cheeses to “profound” beers. You’ll feel smarter leaving this place, and it’s delicious to boot.

  • "Fall off the Bone" Baby Back Pork Ribs at Walnut Street Supper Club in Philadelphia, PA

    Looking for more than a great meal? Based on the vibrant supper clubs of the 1940s, this restaurant-venue contains a stage for nightly live music and boasts a wait staff that sings while they serve. But don’t let that distract you—the menu is a comprehensive roster of Italian and New American classics.

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    Grilled Corn On The Cob at El Vez in Philadelphia, PA

    Guacamole prepared tableside, rare tuna tostadas and specialty margaritas are menu highlights at this buzzing Mexican spot. You can score a burrito at lunch only, but they’re worth it!

  • Tuna Lunch Box at raw japanese restaurant & lounge in Philadelphia, PA

    Release your inner Japanophile at any of Raw’s three Philly locations. A sake lounge and sushi bar, Raw delivers especially good specialty rolls and an extensive sake menu in a hip, dimly lit dining room. Order a lunchbox at midday for a taste of everything.

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    Medi-Latin Plate at Valanni in Philadelphia, PA

    Great drinks in a stylish setting are just the beginning at this wonderful Medi-Latin eatery, which boasts one of the best mezza plates in town, a feast of roasted feta, Greek olives, hummus and pita, spicy pulled chicken empanadas and grilled adobo beef kebobs.

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    Salted Caramel Budino at Barbuzzo in Philadelphia, PA

    Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran are at it again, this time serving up irresistible Mediterranean cuisine. From goat cheese boards to braised short rib, Barbuzzo’s menu runs the gamut of seaside fare. But don’t feel pressured to pick the right dish. Everything here is delicious!

  • Naranja de Sangria Margarita at Lolita Restaurant in Philadelphia, PA

    Chef Marcie Turney turns out tasty contemporary Mexican cuisine at this 50-seat restaurant known for its BYOT policy—that’s short for “bring your own tequila.”

  • Prosciutto Pizza at Terra Restaurant (New Concept - The Tavern) in Philadelphia, PA

    Tucked beneath the entertainment hub Tavern on Camac is Terra, a cozy and intimate New American restaurant housed in an aging building. Chef Eric Paraskevas imports many of his ingredients from local vendors, dishing out some of the freshest food in the Gayborhood.

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    Mile High Apple Pie at More Than Just Ice Cream in Philadelphia, PA

    The name doesn’t lie. This BYOB cafe has great sandwiches, homemade soups, fresh salads and a healthy selection of omelets. But this popular spot’s claim to fame lies in its gargantuan ice cream desserts and colossal pastries.