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.
541 E. Girard Ave.
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.AAA / Patricia Miller
Pho Xe Lua Viet Thai Restaurant
907 Race St.
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.
AAA Travel Editor Patricia Miller
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