Old City

Where Philadelphia - - The Guide -

CITY TAV­ERN— Amer­i­can. At this re­con­structed tav­ern used by del­e­gates to the First and Sec­ond Con­ti­nen­tal Con­gresses, en­joy a Colo­nial-style meal by ac­claimed chef Wal­ter Staib. Vis­i­tors are wel­come to walk through. L, D (Daily). www. city­tav­ern.com. 138 S. Sec­ond St. at Wal­nut, 215.413.1443. Map 1, K5

DINARDO’S FA­MOUS SEAFOOD— Seafood. This fam­ily-owned seafood house is an Old City in­sti­tu­tion, serv­ing up out­stand­ing steamed hard-shell crabs and sautéed gar­lic crabs since 1976. Grilled steaks, chicken and fresh pasta are also fea­tured. L

(M-Sa), D (daily). www.di­nar­dos.com. 312 Race St., 215.925.5115. Map 1, K4

FORK— Amer­i­can. One of Old City’s orig­i­nal restau­rant pi­o­neers, Fork of­fers sim­ple ele­gance with an open kitchen. Menu changes of­ten. L ( W-F), D (daily), Br (Su). www.forkrestau­rant.com. 306 Mar­ket St., 215.625.9425. Map 1, K5

HIGH STREET ON MAR­KET— Amer­i­can. The menu here changes spon­ta­neously to show­case ev­ery­thing from dif­fi­cult-to-find for­aged in­gre­di­ents to art­ful Old World preser­va­tion tech­niques. Stop in for some of the fresh­est, most in­ge­niously crafted food in Philly. B, L (daily), D ( Tu-Su). www. high­stree­ton­mar­ket.com. 308 Mar­ket St., 215.625.0988. Map 1, K5

THE LIT­TLE LION— Amer­i­can. Pay­ing homage to one of the coun­try’s found­ing fathers Alexan­der Hamil­ton, The Lit­tle Lion (Hamil­ton’s nick­name) has opened with a flour­ish in the heart of Old City. The historic build­ing which houses this up­scale ca­sual eatery dates to 1847. On the men, find South­ern­in­flu­enced com­fort food, a raw bar and an im­pres­sive list of beers and cock­tails. Great kid’s menu, per­fect for trav­el­ing fam­i­lies. L and D (daily), brunch (Sa-Su). www.the­lit­tle­lion­philly.com. 241 Chest­nut St., 215.792.4110. Map 1, K5

THE OLDE BAR— Seafood. Chef Jose Garces opened The Olde Bar in the historic dis­trict with a menu that pays homage to tra­di­tion fea­tur­ing fresh seafood, a brunch on Saturday and Sun­day and stand­out items like crab cake benedit and Olde Bar fries with crab, lob­ster but­ter and oys­ter stout-ched­dar fon­due. D (Daily), Brunch (Sa-Su) www.the­olde­bar.com. 125 Wal­nut St., 215.253.3777. Map 3, K5

RED OWL TAV­ERN— Amer­i­can. Ev­ery­thing from pick­ling veg­eta­bles to smok­ing meats hap­pens in-house at Red Owl, and din­ers reap the ben­e­fits in dishes like pick­led dev­iled eggs, bouil­l­abaisse, short-ribs, and co­conut-curry mus­sels. The bar pro­gram is top shelf, fea­tur­ing classic cock­tails and Amer­i­can wines. B, L (M-F), D (daily), Br (SaSu). www.re­dowl­tav­ern.com. 433 Chest­nut St., 215.923.2267. Map 1, K5

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