Wash­ing­ton Square

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AMIS— Ital­ian. At this con­vivial trat­to­ria (one of three Philadel­phia eater­ies by cel­e­brated Chef Marc Vetri), dig into tapas-style fare like bone-in strip steak, pork chop parmi­giana and monk­fish cac­cia­tore. D (daily), Br (Su). www.amis­philly.com. 412 S. 13th St., 215.732.2647. $$$ Map 1, I6

BODHI COF­FEE— Cof­fee House. This ar­ti­sanal cof­fee shop is known for sourc­ing sin­gle-ori­gin beans from the well-known Stump­town Cof­fee Roast­ers, based out of Port­land, Ore­gon, to cre­ate fla­vor­ful drinks. Stop in for an ex­pertly crafted bev­er­age and or­ganic, lo­cally sourced fare, in­clud­ing pas­tries from Au Fournil, cook­ies from Fly­ing Mon­key and bagels and spreads from South Street Bagels. B, L (daily). www.bod­hicof­feep­hila.com. 410 S. Sec­ond St., 267.239.2928. $ Map 1, K6

BUD AND MAR­I­LYN’S— Amer­i­can. Head to­ward the neon sign on 13th & Lo­cust to this mid-cen­tury joint that’s gar­nered plenty of buzz. In “Mad Men”-style en­vi­rons, tuck into up­graded retroAmer­i­can clas­sics in­clud­ing fried chicken with house­made hot sauce and short rib stroganoff. On Sun­days, groups and din­ers with kids in tow dig into caramelized ap­ple French toast and le­mon ri­cotta pan­cakes dur­ing brunch. L (M-F), D (daily), Br (Sa-Su). www.bu­dand­mar­i­lyns.com. 1234 Lo­cust St., 215.546.2220. Map 1, I6 CRAFTS­MAN ROW SA­LOON— Amer­i­can. Lo­cated along his­toric Jew­eler’s Row, Crafts­man Row Sa­loon is an Amer­i­can-style restau­rant from the own­ers of Opa. At this spot, find clas­sics with a twist, like juicy burg­ers topped with mac and cheese or sausage gravy, plus lo­cal beers and spiked milk- shakes. L, D (daily). www.crafts­man­rowsa­loon.com. 112 S. 8th St., 215.923.0123. $$ Map 1, J5

EL FUEGO— Mexican. This hap­pen­ing spot whips up tasty “Cal­i­for­nia-style” bur­ri­tos, along with ta­cos, que­sadil­las and soups. The lunch hour is par­tic­u­larly lively, so get there early. L, D (M-Sa). www. el­fue­gophilly.com/. 723 Wal­nut St., 215.592.1931. $ Map 1, J5 LIT­TLE SPOON CAFE— Cof­fee House. Lo­cals and vis­i­tors alike flock to this cheery brunch spot known for its adorable kitschy decor. In-house pre­pared of­fer­ings in­clude soups, pas­tries and en­trees, plus cof­fee drinks, from lo­cal roaster Philly Fair Trade Cof­fee. Their stel­lar brunch menu in­cludes le­mon ri­cotta pan­cakes, ba­con grilled cheese and a crowd-pleas­ing Monte Cristo sand­wich made with honey ham, smoked gouda, a fried egg and jalapeno mayo. B, L (daily), Br (Sa-Su). www. lit­tle­spoon­cafe.com. 1500 South St., 267.587.6559. $ Map 1, H7 PERCY STREET BAR­BE­CUE— Bar­be­cue. For clas­sic bar­be­cue en­trees and sides, in­clud­ing fried green toma­toes, col­lard greens and but­tered bis­cuits, bring the fam­ily to this laid-back South­ern-in­spired joint. De­li­cious smoked meats, an ex­ten­sive sup­ply of bour­bon and beer and even a vin­tage juke­box are all ac­counted for at this de­li­cious bar­be­cue stop. L ( Th-Su), D (daily). www.per­cys­treet.com. 900 South St., 215.625.8510. $$ Map 1, J7

TALULA’S DAILY— Amer­i­can. Lo­cated across the street from leafy Wash­ing­ton Square, Aimee Olexy’s ca­sual counterpoint to Talula’s Gar­den com­bines a bustling mar­ket car­ry­ing “real, whole­some” fare and a charm­ing sit-down restau­rant serv­ing a sea­sonal, five-course set-price menu. Reser­va­tions are a must for the in-de­mand eatery, so book well in ad­vance. Mar­ket: B, L, D (daily). Restau­rant: D ( Tu-Su, one seat­ing only). www. talu­las­daily.com. 208 W. Wash­ing­ton Square, 215.592.6555. $$-$$$ Map 1, J6 Map 1, J6

VEDGE— Vegan. Hus­band-and-wife team Richard Landau and Kate Ja­coby give vegan cui­sine a good name at their in­ven­tive, mod­ern bistro in­side a hand­some row house. In the chef’s deft hands, roots and leaves be­come the stuff of haute cui­sine in dishes like “seared maitake mush­room” with cel­ery root frit­ter, smoked re­moulade and leek ash vinai­grette. Cock­tails with house­made syrups and bit­ters are also musts. Reser­va­tions re­quired. D (M-Sa). www.vedger­estau­rant.com. 1221 Lo­cust St., 215.320.7500. $$$ Map 1, I6

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