The 2009 Philly Mag 50: Restaurants 26 to 50

49. Bar Ferdinand
49. Bar Ferdinand
Northern Liberties | Spanish | Entrées: Less than $12
Last Year’s Ranking: 45

This hip restaurant doesn’t try to play the look-at-me, I’m-so-cool game, and for that, it’s effortlessly attention-getting and organically cool. Yet the vibe would be nothing without the good drinks and affordable, traditional tapas that are simple, but never ­boring (although sometimes slightly greasy), like the empanadas filled with cream cheese, dates and bacon, and croquettes made of salt-cured cod. If only all trendy ­restaurants could be this understated. Order: The addictive patatas bravas. 1030 North 2nd Street, 215-923-1313.

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