Musi, Miller’s neighborhood BYO, has all the expected trappings: It’s charming and delicious, and it offers a menu that changes often and relies heavily on what his purveyors have available. But the food is never too serious, and neither is Miller. And that’s what sets it — and him — apart. 100 Morris Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148, musiphilly.com.
Musi’s menu ventures somewhere in between the familiar and the unknown, with dishes like kreplach stuffed with kale-purslane-cabbage kraut. The restaurant — which chef/owner Ari Miller calls “not totally Jewish, not quite Israeli” — is stretching the imagination of Philly’s fine-dining scene. Come here to be taken out of your culinary comfort zone or possibly just eat some pasta that the menu says has nothing to do with Italy. 100 Morris Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148, musiphilly.com.
Miller's Twist has picked up where perennial BOP winner Fisher's has left off at Reading Terminal. The big, buttery, brown, salty soft pretzels fresh dough is made, rolled and baked daily, on-site provide perfect carb-y sustenance for a long day shopping the market's stalls. Reading Terminal Market, 12th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19138, millerstwist.com.
The Modern Republic
Sometimes it can feel like there’s too much art, both vintage and new, with which to decorate your house. How to decide? The Modern Republic, a mid-century modern retailer in Fairmount, is a great place to start: With vintage Alexander Calder and Herman Miller prints at reasonable prices, there’s something for every kind of house (plus great vintage furniture, to boot). If your walls could talk, they’d be thanking you. 1600 West Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19130, etsy.com/shop/TheModernRepublic.
Jogs with dogs! This group takes pups out of local shelters and brings them on group runs, making sure they get exercise and exposure to the community while they wait to get adopted. Keep reading here. PO Box 63574, Philadelphia, PA 19147, themonstermilers.org.
Warehouse on Watts
This warehouse feels like it could be busted by the cops at any moment, but rest assured: The once-illicit spot, with its rave-tastic rooms, killer beats and mesmerizing lighting, is now totally legit. 923 North Watts Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123, wowphilly.com.
At a time when cupcakery is becoming not just an overdone art (we'll pass on the chocolate-covered bacon sprinkles, thanks) but a reviled one, Colonial Farms bucks the trend with back-to-basics flavors. The chocolate, vanilla and killer red velvet cakes are adorned with occasionally cutesy icing creations (flowers, frogs, etc.), but the taste hits that just-like-Mom's sweet spot that was always the point of the cupcake's sudden rise to celebrity. 1108 Taylorsville Road, Washington Crossing, PA 18977, colonialfarms.com.
Vintage originals from all the heavy hitters Eames, Saarinen, Knoll, Herman Miller along with new versions of licensed classics, make up the stock at the Mid-Century Modern shop Mode Moderne. (They're also experts at refurbishment.) 159 North 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106, modemoderne.com.
With lump Maryland meat and no filler, chef Aaron Gottesman has returned some dignity to this clichéd menu item. 1516 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102, oysterhousephilly.com.
Tread and Shred
This class at SuperFit Gym, which has 30 minutes of treadmill intervals followed by 30 minutes of killer strength moves, weatherproofs your training schedule. 1050 Colwell Lane, Conshohocken, PA 19428, superfitsports.com.
Hand Rejuvenation at About Face Skin Care
A little filler to plump your skin, a little laser or photo-rejuvenation to zap sun spots and refresh texture, and voilà: Your hands will no longer give away your age. 1015 Chestnut Street, #1205, Philadelphia, PA 19107, aboutfaceskincare.com.
The steaks are perfectly good (and the calamari is actually killer), but food doesn't seem to be what's on the minds of the flirty, fizzy crowd that gathers here at happy hour and later in the evenings. Dress to impress. 1426 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102, delfriscos.com/steakhouse/philadelphia.
When a true tavern takes on anything vegetable-related, the results can be oh-so-wrong. But not here, where the veggie burger has as much depth and soul as meatier varieties: Legumes, grains and veggies (no filler) are hand-pressed daily into stellar patties and served on a brioche bun. 1600 River Road, New Hope, PA 18938, bowmanstavernrestaurant.com.
Friday Saturday Sunday
Chad and Hanna Williams have brought this institution back to life: an elegant dining room, killer cocktails, and inspired takes on classic dishes (like this roasted asparagus) that leave us wanting more. 261 South 21st Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103, fridaysaturdaysunday.com.
Cara Brady at Currie Hair Skin & Nails
She’s killer at cut and color, too—but when you’ve only got time for the finishing touch, you’ll still leave feeling like you got the whole shebang. 605 West Lancaster Avenue, Wayne, PA 19087, curriedayspa.com.