Philly has its fair share of restaurants in big, historic buildings, but most of them are white-tablecloth spots filled with people who look like characters from Clue. Porta is different. It’s the third location of an Asbury Park pizza shop and just like the first two, it’s fun. The walls of what used to be a furniture store are covered in graffiti, and the huge space is perfect for you to invite all of your friends, and then for them to invite all of their friends. After dinner, they even set up a dance floor, so you don’t have to split two Ubers six ways to get to a crowded bar in Fishtown.
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Good Dog Bar & Restaurant
Good Dog is a 3-floor bar in Rittenhouse that’s covered with photos of dogs.
Howl At The Moon
Howl At The Moon is a dueling pianos bar in Center City that gets very crowded on the weekends.
Loco Lucho’s Latino Kitchen
Loco Lucho’s is a Puerto Rican stand in Reading Terminal Market with a great Cuban sandwich.
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Ristorante Pesto is an Italian BYOB in East Passyunk where you should start a night out with a lot of pasta.
Barbuzzo Mediterranean Kitchen & Bar
Barbuzzo is a great place to escape Center City for a low-key date, or any other time you want some charcuterie and pasta.
Fiore Fine Foods
Fiore is an attractive all-day, Italian place that’s good for sharing some pasta and a bottle of wine with a friend.
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Head to Trattoria Carina in Fitler Square for some good outdoor seating and even better pasta.
Pizza Brain is a slice shop, BYO, and pizza museum on Frankford with huge pies and a nice patio outback.
The Original Tacconelli’s Pizzeria
Tacconelli’s is a reservation and cash-only spot in Port Richmond serving crispy, thin crust pizzas.
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