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.
Recommended for Homestyle because: This eatery is fun and retro, yet proudly satisfying.
Sharon's expert tip: Portions here are quite hefty, so don't be afraid to share your comfort.
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.
Recommended for Homestyle because: For some people, soul food is where it's at when it comes to comfort food. Warmdaddy's is well-known for good soul food.
Sharon's expert tip: Perfect for a great meal, the place is also wonderful as a nightspot as well, so leave yourself time to enjoy the entertainment here, too.
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.
Recommended for Homestyle because: The menu at this Fishtown restaurant features comforting options that would make Mom proud.
Sharon's expert tip: Try the Cook and Shaker Tots as an appetizer. They're rumored to be simply amazing.
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.
Recommended for Homestyle because: Breakfast is good all day, and this wonderful establishment really drives that point home.
Sharon's expert tip: The kids menu is half-off Monday through Thursday.
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.
Recommended for Homestyle because: This restaurant envelopes you in a warm, homey environment and serves up a rich pasta selection that whisks you back to the comfort of childhood.
Sharon's expert tip: For a truly special experience, book a reservation for a night when Vetri is hosting a guest chef or a post-dinner musical performance.
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!
Recommended for Homestyle because: This is an excellent steak and seafood shop with sides served family-style for those who like to keep their entrees to themselves.
Sharon's expert tip: Polish off your meal with the Baked Alaska for an amazing, shareable treat.
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.
Recommended for Homestyle because: Refined sharing at a place that's got delicious food but still loves to serve it family-style.
Sharon's expert tip: Bring friends, and order a variety of entrees to sample what they have to offer.
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.
Recommended for Homestyle because: When you try the Colonial Turkey Pot Pie baked in a pewter dish, complete with tender chunks of turkey, mushrooms, and delicious veggies, you'll understand.
Sharon's expert tip: Try to sit outside in nicer weather to appreciate the city and the scenery.