Best of Gay Philly: Where to Eat in Midtown Village
Best New Restaurant
Jamonera, the newest eatery from chef Marcie Turney, is all about small plates packing big Spanish-inspired flavor, like Lancaster pig egg and clams with house-made chorizo.Â To learn more about the Best New Restaurant in Gay Philly: Jamonera,Â 105 South 13th Street, Philadelphia, 215-922-6061.
BestÂ Brunch â€™nâ€™ Lunch
We love Green Eggs in South Philly. We love Green Eggs in NoLibs. And now we love Green Eggs in the Gayborhood.Â To learn more about the Best Brunch ‘n’ Lunch in Gay Philly: Green Eggs,Â 212 South 13th Street, Philadelphia, 267-861-0314.
BestÂ Vegetarian/Vegan Restaurant
Vedge planted itself in the Gayborhood, where it bucks tradition with its gourmet twists on meat-free cuisine by chefs/owners Richard Landau and Kate Jacoby. The bar is set high in this sleek eateryâ€”not just for plant-based plates, but for Philly dining period. To learn more about the Best Vegetarian/Vegan Restaurant in Gay Philly: Vedge,Â 1221 Locust Street, Philadelphia, 215-320-7500.
BestÂ To Go
Garces Trading Company is the perfect spot to pick up a great red or white, or gourmet treats for that last-minute shindig. To learn more about the Best To Go in Gay Philly: Garces Trading Company,Â 1111 Locust Street, Philadelphia, 215-574-1099.Â
BestÂ Thai Restaurant
Looking for authentic Thai food? Sawatdee is a fast, affordable BYOBâ€”and a great alternative to the usual haunts for that first date night. To learn more about the Best Thai Restaurant in Gay Philly: Sawatdee,Â 1501 South Street, Philadelphia, 215-790-1299.
BestÂ Italian Restaurant
Amis is a little bit rustic and a little bit rock â€™nâ€™ roll, thanks to multicourse meals that are certainly not for the carbophobic. And the atmosphere? Perfect for celebrating a milestone.To learn more about the Best Italian Restaurant in Gay Philly: Amis,Â 412 South 13th Street, Philadelphia, 215-732-2647.
BestÂ Bar Food
Westbury has upgraded its beer list, and the longtime gay bar is vying to be a true gastropub thanks to affordable comfort food from burgers and fries to shepherdâ€™s pie. To learn more about the Best Bar Food in Gay Philly: Westbury,Â 261 South 13th Street, Philadelphia, 215-546-5170.
BestÂ Quick Bite inÂ the â€™Burbs
Get your Greek on at Desert Rose, a low-key restaurant and market that keeps it real with authentic Mediterranean dishes and a laid-back vibe in downtown Media. To learn more about the Best Quick Bite in the ‘Burbs in Gay Philly: Desert Rose,Â 305 State Street, Media, 484-442-8012.
BestÂ Shore Thing
You donâ€™t have to go to the Shore to taste chef Jose Garcesâ€™s Spanish tapas, but youâ€™ll want to when you see the stunning oceanfront view from Amada at Revel. To learn more about the Best Shore Thing in Gay Philly: Amada at Revel,Â 500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 855-348-0500.
BestÂ Juice Bar
Do it raw at Jar Bar. From the elixirs to the no-nonsenseÂ dishes that do a body good, recharge from the night beforeÂ with a cucumber, celery, lemon, parsley and spinach juice. To learn more about the Best Juice Bar in Gay Philly: Jar Bar,Â 113 South 12th Street, Philadelphia, 215-923-1600.
BestÂ Late-Night Bite
Chicago-style hot dogs feed Phillyâ€™s after-hours scene. Underdogs serves up some of the best beef wieners in the city until 4 a.m. on the weekend with highly original toppings. Thereâ€™s even a veggie dog. To learn more about the Best Late-Night Bite in Gay Philly: Underdogs,Â 132 South 17th Street, Philadelphia, 215-665-8080.
BestÂ New Hope Eats
Experience a taste of New Orleans at the refined Creole kitchen Marsha Brown, where the eponymous chef pays homage to her Louisiana roots in gay-friendly Bucks County, a stoneâ€™s throw from the Raven. To learn more about the Best New Hope Eats in Gay Philly: Marsha Brown,Â 15 South Main Street, New Hope, 215-862-7044.
Itâ€™s all about farm-to-table at Russet, a rustic BYOB that serves up local-inspired specialties with many ingredients from nearby Lancaster County. To learn more about the Best BYOB in Gay Philly: Russet,Â 1521 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, 215-546-1521.
BestÂ Collingswood Eatery
Donâ€™t expect a lot of extras at Il Fiore. But do expect a traditional Italian feast for less than you might spend just to get into Voyeur for the night. 693-695 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood, 856-833-0808.
Finally, something for the adult sweet tooth. Federal Donuts bakes â€™em fresh with flavors like Indian Cinnamon and Creamsicle. The fried chicken is a bonus. To learn more about the Best Dessert in Gay Philly: Federal Donuts,Â 1219 South 2nd Street, Philadelphia, 267-687-8258.
BestÂ Healthy Takeout
Three words: Crispy HipCity Ranch. Eat this meatless â€śchickenâ€ť sandwich with a green smoothie at HipCityVeg and you wonâ€™t regret itâ€”and neither will your waistline. These vegan dishes are a Rittenhouse delight. To learn more about the Best Healthy Takeout in Gay Philly: HipCityVeg,Â 127 South 18th Street, Philadelphia, 215-278-7605.
It may have changed owners (and names) over the years, but CafĂ© Twelve is still the coffee shop to see and be seen in the Gayborhood. The sweets and sandwiches arenâ€™t too shabby either. To learn more about the Best Coffee in Gay Philly: CafĂ© Twelve,Â 212 South 12th Street, Philadelphia, 215-893-5680.