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.
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House
When you want to eat a steak inside of a bank vault, go to Del Frisco’s.
Butcher And Singer
Butcher & Singer is a steakhouse in Center City where you should go when someone else is picking up the tab.
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La Peg is an American pub set inside the Fringe Arts building that turns into a huge beer garden during the summer.
Jerry’s is a renovated dive bar that serves good, gastropubby food and has a long list of local beers.
As long as you’re prepared to spend a lot, go to Barclay Prime for the best steaks in Philly.
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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.
Little Nonna’s is an Italian spot in Midtown Village that has the perfect back garden for a date night.
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