Univer­sity City

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BABY BLUES BBQ— Bar­be­cue. Get some South­ern hospi­tal­ity at this BBQ joint amongst a col­le­giate crowd. Ex­pect Memphis-style ribs and other fa­vorites like grilled black tiger shrimp. Wash it down with a beer from the se­lec­tion on tap. L, D (daily). www.baby­blue­sphilly.com. 3402 Sansom St., 215.222.4444. $$ Map 1, D5 COZARA— Ja­panese. Chef Zama Tanaka’s bi-level Ja­panese pub, sit­u­ated in Ch­est­nut Square Plaza just a block from the Ch­est­nut Street Bridge, fea­tures tapas-style small plates with a fo­cus on yak­i­tori. You won’t find sushi here, but just about ev­ery­thing else you can imag­ine, in­clud­ing a whole chicken yak­i­tori served with yak­i­tori sauce and honey mus­tard miso, is on the ex­ten­sive menu. L (M-F), D (daily). www.cozara­philly.com. 3200 Ch­est­nut St., 267.233.7488. $$$ Map 1, D5 DISTRITO— Mexican. From Philly’s ac­claimed chef/ restau­ra­teur Jose Garces comes this high-en­ergy spot with a menu of fresh in­ter­pre­ta­tions of clas­sic Mexican fare, all in­spired by the spir­ited cul­ture and cui­sine of Mex­ico City. L, D (daily). www.dis­tri­torestau­rant.com. 3945 Ch­est­nut St., 215.222.1657. $$ Map 1, C5 MARIGOLD KITCHEN— Amer­i­can. Lo­cated in­side a tra­di­tional Vic­to­rian row house, this restau­rant fea­tures the culi­nary alchemy of An­drew Kochan and Tim Lanza. Each build tast­ing menus meant to “sur­prise,” with dishes draw­ing from the sea­sons, that are as beau­ti­ful to look at as they are tasty to eat. D ( Tu-Sa). www.marigold­kitchen­byob.com. 501 S. 45th St., 215.222.3699. $$ Map 1, A7

VIET­NAM CAFÉ— Viet­namese. With this small but sleek out­post of Chi­na­town’s pop­u­lar Viet­nam Restau­rant, owner Benny Lai has brought his beloved Viet­namese cui­sine to the Univer­sity City neighborhood. Ex­pect sa­vory noodle soups and dishes, seafood, rice plat­ters and the chef’s spe­cial bar­be­cued ap­pe­tizer sam­pler. L, D (daily). www.eatatviet­nam.com. 816 S. 47th St., 215.729.0260. $$ WAL­NUT STREET CAFE— Amer­i­can. The team be­hind New York City’s Miche­lin-starred Re­belle brings its win­ning for­mula to the banks of the Schuylkill with this ven­ture. A sleek and airy two-level space opens up to sev­eral din­ing ar­eas for all-day graz­ing, even grab-and-go op­tions (pas­tries, Ri­val Bros. cof­fee). Dishes run the gamut from a cheese­burger to lasagna and porter­house steak for two, laced with a Borde­laise sauce. The eclec­tic 130-bot­tle wine list also pours more than 40 by the glass. B, L (M-F), D (daily), Br (Sa-Su). www.wal­nut­street­cafe.com. 2929 Wal­nut St., 215.867.8067. $$ Map 1, E5 WHITE DOG CAFE— Amer­i­can. This homey, an­tiques-filled din­ing room is as well known for its food as it is for its so­cial ac­tivism. Dine on clas­sic dishes made from lo­cally grown and or­ganic ingredients, like chicken liver mousse, soups and sand­wiches, and omelets made with cage-free eggs. L (M-F), D (daily), Br (Sa-Su). www.white­dog.com. 3420 Sansom St., 215.386.9224. $-$$ Map 1, D5

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