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I will be visiting Philadelphia next week and will be staying near Rittenhouse Square. I am looking for restaurants that in your opinion an out-of-towner cannot miss. I want to avoid the infamous cheese steak. Open to mostly anything. Also would like lunch recs near university city and logan square as well as breakfast recs near rittenhouse square.

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  1. Townsend (Passyunk Ave. - South Philly)
    Little Fish (Bella Vista)
    Modo Mio (Northern Liberties)
    Le Cheri (Rittenhouse Square)
    Bibou (South Philly)

    Little Fish, MM, and Bibou are byob, a nice Philadelphia perk.

    1. How many dinners will you be here for?

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        1. Zavino has great pizza and small plates. It's at 3200 Chestnut in University City. There is also a Federal Donuts in UCity on Sansom between 35th and 36th St. Great donuts and decent fried chicken.

          I would add Zahav to your dinner list. Also, make sure to visit Reading Terminal Market for breakfast, lunch, or snacks while you are in town.

          1. "Cannot miss" is quite subjective as you will see many different opinions here. So interesting favorites are:
            The Oyster House -obvious
            Village Whiskey - Burgers
            Lolita - Mexican
            Dandelion - British
            Zahav - Middle East/Israeli
            Amada - tapas
            Parc -French
            The Prime Rib -Great Beef
            Reading Terminal Market - you name it.
            Four Seasons Fountain Room -upscale more formal
            Little Nonna's -Italian American Home Cooking with a twist.
            All are walkable from Rittenhouse Square.

            1. Estia for Greek seafood.
              Le Cheri in the historic Art Alliance for French delights.
              Vernick for down-home perfect cooking.
              Prime Rib for steak stuff.
              All in your vicinity.

              1. The antithesis of the cheesesteak is Vedge. All vegan, almost fine dining, very good

                The most interesting and consistently excellent meals, great for groups, is Zahav. Good price point to boot. You might want to take a cab here, but it's like five minutes in a car

                Parc and Lacroix are musts for breakfast/brunch. Parc is more accessible, but still nice. Lacroix is fancy

                Townsend is very hip right now for French bistro food

                Vernick's is the easiest to like and covers a lot of ground in a good way