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Crave Comfort Food? Here Are The Best Restaurants in Philadelphia to Enjoy Some



Heading out to dinner while in the city of Philadelphia can often mean fancy dishes and small portions. Other times pizza and take-out Chinese make the grade. Then there are those instances when nothing but a bit of comfort food will cut the mustard. When you and your crowd want a home-cooked meal without actually cooking it, or when a family-style restaurant is where you'd prefer to dine, 10 Best has recommendations to keep you satisfied and happy. Imagining a heaping plate of mac and cheese? How about meatloaf or a BBQ option? Dreaming of pasta until you can't take it any longer? Places such as Maggiano's keep you happy with Italian-American plates big enough for the table to share them. Osteria serves up a wonderful selection of homestyle pasta choices that satisfy your comfort food craving. Finally, when you're interested in good old down-home soul food, don't miss a trip to Philadelphia's own Warmdaddy's. No matter what you're craving, there's an option in this city to curb it, many in warm and inviting atmospheres that make you feel just like you're coming home for a bit. With so many dinner options, it's nice to discover spots that take you in and envelope you in their warmth, serving up dishes that send you home filled with comfort from head to toe.


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Midtown Village


Bud & Marilyn's is familiar, yet unique. It is like something out of the past when you walk in, yet it's fresh and innovative when it comes right down to the food and drinks. Stop in and feel like you've come home, but just to a menu that's been allowed to breathe a bit and take on some exciting tastes and textures. Order up some Nashville hot buns or cheese curds and bask in the belly-rubbing satisfaction you're sure to get once this delicious food has settled in to your stomach. Polish it off with a tasty beverage and a dessert and life is good all over.


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Penn's Landing


Situated near Penn's Landing along the Delaware River, WarmDaddy's offers up delicious soul food, southern culture and hospitality and a warm an inviting environment that'll make you feel like you're right at home. Known for it's soulful music, this establishment features real southern rhythm and blues and prides itself in being one of the city's premier dining and nightspots. The contemporary southern decor is welcoming and fun, while the spacious dining room and cozy bar area are perfect for catching up with friends, chatting with coworkers, or to bring a date or that special person in your life. Whether you come for the ambiance, the food, the music or the company, you'll settle right in at this cozy space.


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Cook and Shaker is quickly becoming a neihborhood favorite in quaint little Fishtown. This small and cozy place features a fun atmosphere & delicious comfort food on the menu to warm your heart and satisfy your belly. QHat better to comfort you than a delicious meatloaf sandwich with cheddar mashed potatoes, some of their eggplant rollatini, a side of Buffalo-fried Brussels sprouts, polenta fries? There's even a scrumptious veggie sandwich with mashed chickpeas, eggplant and sun-dried tomato pesto to fill up hungry vegetarians in the area. Why settle for food that's mediocre when satisfying cuisine like this is ready and waiting? There's even a bar here as well for a well-rounded evening.


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Challah French toast. Check. Fresh-fried potato latkes. Check. Toasted bagel platter with Nova lox or whitefish salad? No, you're not dreaming you're in your great-grandma's Brooklyn walk-up. You're at one of two locations of this Jewish-inspired breakfast diner, where the eggs are local and free-range, the mayonnaise is house-made and it feels as if your bubbie may actually pinch you on the cheek and tell you you're not eating enough while your hipster cousin snickers over her bottomless cup of La Colombe coffee. This is food and atmosphere coming together for the best dining experience you'll have had in a long time.


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North Philadelphia


Marc Vetri, the talent behind Center City's award-winning Vetri Ristorante, brings his world-renowned cooking to the city's emerging restaurant row on North Broad Street. Osteria carries a more casual, bistro vibe than its fine-dining older sister and presents gourmet pizzas, antipasti and fresh seafood and meat entrees at a mid-range price-point, along with a full bar. Vetri proteges Jeff Michaud and Jeff Benjamin, who run the restaurant, have garnered their own share of awards, with Michaud earning recognition from the James Beard Foundation as the Best Mid-Atlantic Chef in 2010 and the restaurant receiving a James Beard nomination for Best New Restaurant in 2008. Flavors range from pizza topped with trentino grilled figs, gorgonzola dolce and speck, to primi courses like duck casoncelli with quince, brown butter and sage and secondi courses for two such as house aged rib-eye "fiorentina" with tricolored cauliflower cooked in beef fat.


Butcher & Singer


Feel free to break out your faux furs and finest cuff links when heading out for an elegant meal at Butcher & Singer. This restaurant, located in swanky Rittenhouse Square, features soaring ceilings and oodles of old Hollywood glamour. Service is known to be impeccable, and the dishes are out-of-this-world delicious. Begin your culinary experience with classic cocktails and scrumptious crab cakes followed by the dry aged porterhouse, perfectly charred on the outside and oh-so-juicy on the inside. Patrons visiting here also unanimously recommend the blissful baked Alaska with homemade banana ice cream to finish off your meal. It's hard to go wrong with a lineup like that!




Family-style doesn't have to mean the place is low-budget. Maggiano's serves family-style Italian-American specialties in style and with an atmosphere that's classy and fun. No paper table cloths here. Your party of four or more can come and share entrees to sample a variety of options while still feeling like you've treated yourself to a special night out. Priced per person, the plates continue to be refilled until everyone is satisfied. What's not to love about Mom's Lasagna, 4-Cheese Ravioli, Chef Mann's Country-Style Pasta, Fettuccine Alfredo or Crab & Shrimp Cannelloni? Paired with an appetizer, salad, beverages and a dessert and you've got a meal to remember.




This 18th century tavern is a must-visit restaurant when sightseeing in the City of Brotherly Love. Paul Revere stopped here to let people know about the closing of the port of Boston by the British Government. Established in 1773, it is not only a historic building, but a terrific place to eat. It is part of Independence National Historical Park and features seven dining rooms, a lovely and scenic garden, as well as three wine cellars. A variety of dishes are offered by owner and Executive Chef Walter Staib that use authentic 18th-century recipes to satiate both interested tourists and hungry locals.


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