Philadelphia Theater Restaurants

Seeing a show at World Café Live? Getting your modern fix at the Institute of Contemporary Art? Check out these local spots for a casual bite.

White Dog Café: This classic — and our Chez Panisse — won’t disappoint with Black Run Farm steak burgers and good beers on tap. 3420 Sansom Street; 215-386-9224

Las Tarascas En Zocalo: Zocalo features authentic Mexican (think ceviche, roasted pumpkin seed salsa, shredded pork, and mole chicken) in a festive, brightly colored dining room. Sample a flight of their carefully chosen tequilas. 3600 Lancaster Avenue; 215-895-0139

Penne Restaurant & Wine Bar: Chef Roberta Adamo hand-makes all the pasta that’s served here and gives as much attention to meatier dishes like seared sea scallops, a local pork chop, and roasted veal loin. 3611 Walnut Street; 215-823-6222

Post-Show Drinks and Nibbles
Distrito: This fun restaurant has a menu of seriously good Mexican small plates and a long tequila list. 3945 Chestnut Street; 215-222-1657

Pod: Strong drinks, a conveyer belt carrying sushi, and color-changing plastic booths keep all the guests in a happy-go-lucky mood. 3636 Sansom Street; 215-387-1803

New Deck Tavern: A laid-back bar with that college-campus feel where you can have a pint, watch a game, and maybe even stumble upon a round of Quizzo. 3408 Sansom Street; 215-386-4600