You ran into your old high school friend a few weeks ago and they gave you one of those “We should totally catch up soon!” lines. You figured they probably wouldn’t follow up, but now here you are planning a dinner. Instead of doing the classic wine-and-cheese combo, take them to Terakawa. For a bowl of ramen in West Philly you can’t do much better, and the service is super fast, so you can get in and out before their life updates become more painful than listening to the Liberty Mutual jingle on loop.
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Walnut Street Cafe
Walnut Street Cafe is an all-day spot near 30th Street Station that looks like the apartment in Rittenhouse you’ll never be able to afford.
Vietnam Cafe is a huge restaurant in West Philly that has some great Vietnamese food and lots of Polynesian cocktails.
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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.
Cheu is a noodle and dumpling spot in Fishtown where you should start a night out.
Neighborhood Ramen is a small, eat-in only spot in Queen Village that usually has a line out the door (but it moves quickly).
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Pod in West Philly looks like the inside of a spaceship and serves a mix of Chinese and Japanese dishes.
Honest Tom’s Taco Shop
Honest Tom’s is a vegan taco shop near Penn that looks like Snow White’s cottage.
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