24 Hour Visit From Brooklyn
My wife and I are visiting Philadelphia this upcoming Saturday and will be in town for 24 hours. I used to live on South Saint Bernard Street in 2009 and have not returned since. I recall really liking the Philadelphia Pho and beer scene and not being able to afford much beyond that. I now return for a day and am eager to eat a really wonderful dinner.
My wife and I are looking to eat a meal at a place that has either nice décor or a lively scene that serves up good food. I typically eat lighter fair and usually elect for fish and meat and not fried fare. Any recs would really be appreciated. I'm staying at an apartment near Rittenhouse but would like to travel someplace if it is memorable. Also, any beer bar recs. I recall loving the Devil's Den and the happy hour at the Irish Pol as being unbeatable.
If you liked the Pho you may want to consider Cheu Noodle Bar. It's on 10th St and a short walk from Rittenhouse and it's an upscale bar with Americanized Pho bowls and inventive cuisine like brisket buns and pho with matzo balls.
Closer to Rittenhouse there are always good options like Tria, Dandelion, and there are places like Barbuzzo and Little Nonna's on or near 13th Street that are great.
A bit further afield, places that would be beer destinations would include Monks (decent mussels), Khyber Pass (cajun style food), Alla Spina (house made mortadella hot dogs and amazing Italian beer selection), South Philly Tap Room (love the boar tacos there), Brauhaus Schmidtz (excellent german beer selection and good german style food) and Standard Tap (fan of the smelt there). Each of these places has a good to great craft beer selection, with some emphasizing local and american, other emphasizing belgian german or italian beer.
you should go to khyber pass pub for beer, and then either fork or high street on market for dinner (they are around the corner from each other. Fork is more upscale and expensive, but is really phenomenal. high st is more whimsical in terms of the food, but really creative and a slightly lighter meal. same chef for both.