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5 of the Best Hipster Places to Eat in Philadelphia

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By AAA Travel Editor Patricia Miller
October 24, 2019
There’s a certain indefinable something that makes some restaurants cool, and cool places usually appeal to hipsters. Unusual dishes and cuisine, locations that are a little off the beaten path and unique décor often add to the cool factor, and Philadelphia has more than its fair share of restaurants like these. Although the restaurants in this list may be quite different from one another, they have one thing in common: amazing food.
Barbuzzo Italian restaurant Philadelphia
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Barbuzzo

110 S. 13th St.
(215) 546-9300
Located in Midtown Village, an area of Philly that’s busy even on weeknights, this happening spot buzzes with an exciting energy exuded by its mostly young clientele. Popular with locals as well as with national publications that have given it rave reviews, Barbuzzo earns its accolades by way of its unusual pizzas with unexpected toppings like truffled eggs and squash blossoms as well as pasta dishes featuring littleneck clams and dandelion greens. But the ultimate prizewinner here is the salted caramel budino, a vanilla bean caramel pudding with sea salt and chocolate cookie crumbs; the in-demand dessert is so good it often sells out.
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French toast breakfast with fruit and bacon
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Honey's Sit 'n Eat

800 N. 4th St.
(215) 925-1150
Hipsters will love the Northern Liberties restaurant for the retro look that combines grandma’s kitchen with 1950’s diner style. They’ll also enjoy its unusual takes on breakfast and lunch dishes that feature a Southern and Jewish twist; foodies will fancy that aspect, too, whether they’re hip or square. Bubby’s brisket breakfast and challah French toast are great choices, but if you’re super hungry, go for The Bomb, a huge pancake stuffed with scrambled eggs, potatoes and sausage. Prices are quite reasonable here, so it won’t cost a lot of dough to fill your tummy with deliciousness at one of Philadelphia’s best places to eat breakfast and brunch.
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bar at Jones Restaurant
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Jones

700 Chestnut St.
(215) 223-5663
Swoon-worthy décor hits you right in the face the minute you walk into the dining room at Jones. This ridiculously cool space is jazzed up with a tastefully done medley of mid-century furnishings à la “The Brady Bunch” and “The Jetsons,” complementing the menu perfectly. You’ll find modern renditions of comforting standards just like mom used to make including matzo ball soup, meatloaf and baked macaroni and cheese. If you want to really feel like you’re at home, have some chocolate layer cake, served (as it should be) with ice-cold milk.
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Kraftwork restaurant gastropub hamburger bacon french fries Philadelphia
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Kraftwork

541 E. Girard Ave.
(215) 739-1700
This Fishtown gastropub effortlessly serves up a wide variety of tasty pub grub, but what makes it stand out is its extensive craft beer menu, which frequently changes. A detailed list describes this week’s and next week’s brews, so aficionados of IPAs, stouts and ales can plan their schedules accordingly. Of course, no pub worth its salt is complete without something to chow down on, and Kraftwork doesn’t disappoint there, either. A variety of succulent sandwiches and tempting bar appetizers like a mushroom Reuben and crispy pierogis go perfectly with your hops-laden drink of choice. The rustic yet modern interior adds ambience with artistic touches, including a brick wall emblazoned with a world map and a door handle shaped like an oversized screw.
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pho noodles steak won ton smoothie salad
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Pho Xe Lua Viet Thai Restaurant

907 Race St.
(215) 627-8883
When hunger strikes during tours of the attractions on your vacation, this is a great spot for a filling yet budget-conscious meal. If you’re not familiar with pho, it’s basically a meal in a bowl of steaming broth that contains rice noodles with chicken, steak or seafood. If soup doesn’t strike your fancy, this bare-bones food place near the National Constitution Center also offers stir-fried noodle and rice dishes. For dessert, order a scrumptious smoothie in flavors like mango, pineapple, avocado and yellow bean served in a cute plastic cup decorated with cartoon animals.
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