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Where to Eat During the Democratic National Convention

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As of this morning (July 25), the nation's democrats have landed in Philadelphia and they're hungry. Positioning the convention in deep South Philly might be a smart move, logistically, but eating-wise the location is far from ideal. To fully embrace all that Philadelphia has to offer (and save everyone from continental hotel breakfasts), here's where to eat during the DNC.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Schlessinger's Delicatessen

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1521 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 735-7305
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Late nights and early mornings are two constants of convention life, and that means that a serious breakfast is a must. Breakfast starts at 7 at this Center City Jewish deli, and early morning menu is full of gems like nova, eggs and onions complete with toast and more importantly, bottomless cups of high octane coffee.

2. Philip's Steaks

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2234 W Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19145
(215) 755-4820
Lunch options down at DNC HQ are limited but if you have a noonish break head over to this OG, cash-only cheesesteak spot for a real deal, Cheez Whiz-heavy taste of Philadelphia. Make sure to round out your order with cheese fries and a trip to the al fresco hot pepper bar.
1615 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(267) 858-0669
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A pitstop between the stadiums and Center City seems like an ideal respite from government related goings on. Chef Nick Elmi’s new small plates and cocktails spot is an ideal halfway point to recharge over glasses of great wine and blue state sourced eats.

4. Italian Market

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900 S 9th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 627-8039
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With a brief, three day convention, downtime is going to be hard to come by. To make the most of a City of Brotherly Love visit, a trip to the Italian Market is basically the Philly version of speed dating. Stop by Paesano’s or George’s for a sandwich, grab a couple of tacos at Prima Pizza and round it out with a beer at 12 Steps down or a water ice at Obama favorite, John’s.

5. Vernick Food & Drink

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2031 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(267) 639-6644
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If there was ever an excuse to use that expense account, dinner at this Rittenhouse fave is it. From top tier service to a low key and lovely wine list and a kitchen that can hold its own on a national level, this is the place to go when impressions need to be made.

6. Tai Lake Restaurant

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134 N 10th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 922-0698
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Plenty of kitchens are extending their hours for late night convention dining, but when it comes to eating at odd hours, Chinatown is always tops. A massive menu, tanks stuffed with seafood and a bar that serves icy Tsingtaos and Johnny Walker are just a few of the reasons why this Chinatown staple is the best place to do a late dinner.

7. Urban Farmer at the Logan

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(215) 963-2788
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The newly revamped Logan Hotel has the space and swag to host top tier delegates with a cocktail menu that caters to all levels of the drink-mocracy. The beer list runs high-low with everything from Dogfish to High Life, the wine selection is a Untied Nations of varietals and cocktails run the gamut from classic to captivating.

8. Oscar's Tavern

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1524 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 972-9938
This Sansom Street mainstay is the place to get your citywide on. For the uninitiated, this Philadelphia standard consists of a cheap beer and a whiskey shot, served without circumstance and ringing in at around $5. Pros know that the Long Islands here are particularly potent and precarious.

9. The Franklin Bar

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112 S 18th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(267) 467-3277
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All references to the British Empire aside, Philadelphia Distilling’s Bluecoat is the official sponsor of the DNC. During the convention they’re hosting an informal election of their own with a classic Martini running against the vermouth spiked Martinez. The winner of this boozy battle will be announced at the Franklin Bar on July 28 at 10 p.m.

10. Wm. Mulherin's Sons

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1355 N Front St
Philadelphia, PA 19122
(267) 753-9478
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The buzziest Fishtown newcomer is miles away from both the DNC epicenter and all of the Center City hotels. That means all signs are pointing to open reservations for conventioneers who are interested in checking out pastas and wood-fired fare from one of Philly's most brilliant chefs, Chris Painter.

1. Schlessinger's Delicatessen

1521 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Late nights and early mornings are two constants of convention life, and that means that a serious breakfast is a must. Breakfast starts at 7 at this Center City Jewish deli, and early morning menu is full of gems like nova, eggs and onions complete with toast and more importantly, bottomless cups of high octane coffee.
1521 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19102

2. Philip's Steaks

2234 W Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19145
Lunch options down at DNC HQ are limited but if you have a noonish break head over to this OG, cash-only cheesesteak spot for a real deal, Cheez Whiz-heavy taste of Philadelphia. Make sure to round out your order with cheese fries and a trip to the al fresco hot pepper bar.
2234 W Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19145

3. ITV

1615 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148
A pitstop between the stadiums and Center City seems like an ideal respite from government related goings on. Chef Nick Elmi’s new small plates and cocktails spot is an ideal halfway point to recharge over glasses of great wine and blue state sourced eats.
1615 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148

4. Italian Market

900 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
With a brief, three day convention, downtime is going to be hard to come by. To make the most of a City of Brotherly Love visit, a trip to the Italian Market is basically the Philly version of speed dating. Stop by Paesano’s or George’s for a sandwich, grab a couple of tacos at Prima Pizza and round it out with a beer at 12 Steps down or a water ice at Obama favorite, John’s.
900 S 9th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

5. Vernick Food & Drink

2031 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
If there was ever an excuse to use that expense account, dinner at this Rittenhouse fave is it. From top tier service to a low key and lovely wine list and a kitchen that can hold its own on a national level, this is the place to go when impressions need to be made.
2031 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

6. Tai Lake Restaurant

134 N 10th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Plenty of kitchens are extending their hours for late night convention dining, but when it comes to eating at odd hours, Chinatown is always tops. A massive menu, tanks stuffed with seafood and a bar that serves icy Tsingtaos and Johnny Walker are just a few of the reasons why this Chinatown staple is the best place to do a late dinner.
134 N 10th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

7. Urban Farmer at the Logan

Philadelphia, PA
The newly revamped Logan Hotel has the space and swag to host top tier delegates with a cocktail menu that caters to all levels of the drink-mocracy. The beer list runs high-low with everything from Dogfish to High Life, the wine selection is a Untied Nations of varietals and cocktails run the gamut from classic to captivating.

8. Oscar's Tavern

1524 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
This Sansom Street mainstay is the place to get your citywide on. For the uninitiated, this Philadelphia standard consists of a cheap beer and a whiskey shot, served without circumstance and ringing in at around $5. Pros know that the Long Islands here are particularly potent and precarious.
1524 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA 19102

9. The Franklin Bar

112 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
All references to the British Empire aside, Philadelphia Distilling’s Bluecoat is the official sponsor of the DNC. During the convention they’re hosting an informal election of their own with a classic Martini running against the vermouth spiked Martinez. The winner of this boozy battle will be announced at the Franklin Bar on July 28 at 10 p.m.
112 S 18th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

10. Wm. Mulherin's Sons

1355 N Front St, Philadelphia, PA 19122
The buzziest Fishtown newcomer is miles away from both the DNC epicenter and all of the Center City hotels. That means all signs are pointing to open reservations for conventioneers who are interested in checking out pastas and wood-fired fare from one of Philly's most brilliant chefs, Chris Painter.
1355 N Front St
Philadelphia, PA 19122

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