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Dinner at SouthGate.
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The Essential Restaurants of Graduate Hospital

Delightful BYOBs, lively gastropubs, and fantastic brunch spots are what make this Philly neighborhood so special

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Just southwest of Center City, Graduate Hospital is a neighborhood known for its understated charm and picturesque streets spanning from Broad Street to the Schuylkill River. The dining scene here is no different, welcoming you with delightful BYOBs, lively gastropubs, and fantastic brunch spots. Prime for exploration, this neighborhood’s food landscape reveals what sets it apart and makes it so special.

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Nestled on the corner of 20th and Lombard streets, this euro-centric tavern’s laid-back atmosphere makes it a convenient spot to grab a drink or plan an intimate catch-up with friends. Its nostalgia-inducing brunch and dinner menus feature a mix of staple and rotating snacks, large plates, and sandwiches, such as deviled eggs, homestyle meatloaf, and an Italian pulled pork sandwich stuffed with broccoli rabe, sharp

SouthGate

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Considered one of Philly’s most underrated dining destinations, SouthGate reimagines infamous comfort foods through a Korean-inspired lens.  Stop by for happy hour or dinner to enjoy satisfying appetizers, such as Korean fried chicken or kimchi fries, and to sip on one of its many soju (a Korean liquor distilled from sweet potatoes). For something more substantial, try out a large plate, like the bulgogi burger or the miso shrimp salad.

Sabrina's Cafe

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An adored spot to grab a filling breakfast or brunch, Sabrina’s Cafe has five locations in the Philadelphia area with its most recent location opening at 21st and South Streets. Its expansive menu of breakfast and brunch features decadent takes on French toast, waffles, sandwiches, and pancakes. Its Graduate Hospital location is also the first to have bar service and extended hours, open daily from 7 am to 3 pm.

Ants Pants Cafe

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Childhood friends Liz Fleming and Nancy Silverman opened Ants Pants Cafe inspired by their collective culinary experiences in the Philadelphia area as well as Sydney, Australia. The menu includes house favorites like the sweet chili pork roll sandwich, and nourishing breakfast entrees (here they call it “brekkie” a nod to its Aussie roots) like the vegetarian hash or the bacon, egg, and cheese stuffed french toast.

Pumpkin BYOB

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For nearly two decades, this delightful BYOB has been serving a daily-changing, three-course menu for $55. With a heartfelt commitment to sustainability, every dish here is prepared with the freshest ingredients straight from dedicated farmers and fishermen in Philadelphia and surrounding areas. Dishes are most often inspired by the season and are made with a mix of root vegetables, seafood, farm-fresh meats, and poultry.

Jet Wine Bar

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Jet turns the idea of a traditional wine bar on its head, considering itself a global vineyard offering great wine, fantastic small plates, and a bit of fun. While the wine and food are more than enough reasons to visit, check out their event calendar for regular pop-ups, wine dinners, and spirit-forward events with diverse chefs and tastemakers.

Miles Table

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Open daily from 9 am to 2 pm, Miles Table is a brunch-centric bistro with a menu full of sandwiches, burgers, salads, and breakfast favorites like pancakes, omelets, and avocado toast. Its original location on South Street opened in 2012, and they have since opened a second location in the Bok Building.

Rex at the Royal

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Take a step back in time at Rex at the Royal, a South Street gem nestled in a modern renovation of Philadelphia’s historic Royal Theater. Open for happy hour, dinner, and weekend brunch, diners can choose from a wide selection of feel-good Southern-inspired dishes, like crawfish pot pie, cast iron pimento mac and cheese, or shrimp and grits. Cocktail enthusiasts will also appreciate the “royal-style” cocktails – luxurious twists on classics such as the old fashioned, martini, and negroni.

Prime Fusion Afro Grill & Lounge

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West African fusion at its finest, dining at Prime Fusion Lounge is a vibe from start to finish. Here the African diaspora is celebrated through inventive dishes like sweet and savory chicken wings made with 24 karat gold, soulful curries made with creamy coconut, and a host of jerk, peri peri, and suya spiced meats and fish. Stop by to enjoy a meal to a soundtrack of afro-beats while you sip on one of its stellar cocktails which change seasonally.

The Sidecar Bar & Grille

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Drag brunches, live music, and watch parties for sporting events are evidence of this gastropub’s big personality and lively spirit. Its eclectic menu is full of larger-than-life takes on pub fare, with fan-favorite dishes being the kung pao brussels sprouts, brisket cheesesteak, and the grilled cheese sandwich made with bacon, pimento, and pickled jalapeños. But don’t let the fun stop there — weekly specials are always in rotation, ranging from barbecue platters for up to 4 on Eagles game days to nachos and tacos on Wednesdays.

Los Camaradas

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While options for Mexican food in Philadelphia are plentiful, chef Joseph Scull and his wife Theresa Scull opened Los Camaradas to spotlight contemporary takes on this treasured cuisine. Here you can dive into top-notch bites (its nachos and manchego truffle fries are some of the best in the city), fruity margaritas, and an abundance of tequila.

Cafe Ynez

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Chef Gabriel Romero centers traditional Mexican flavors and preparations at this cozy BYOB on Washington Avenue. Choose from a variety of burritos, tacos, and quesadillas made with carnitas, birria, chicken, and cauliflower (for vegetarians), or try out a main course like the chicken enchiladas or the huevos rancheros. If bringing a bottle of your favorite spirit sounds appealing, the restaurant always has mixers in stock.

L’anima

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Philly boasts some of the best Italian food on the East Coast and L’Anima is a true testament to this claim. Each dish on its contemporary menu is beautifully composed, bringing artistry to flavorful pasta dishes like the tonnarelli anglione (made with crab meat, chili pepper, garlic puree, and plum cherry tomatoes) and fresh seafood like the grigliata di pesce (a combination of grilled branzino, octopus, and shrimp simmered in a tomato sauce).

A seafood dish that includes risotto, mussels, and stewed tomatoes.
Risotto al nero di seppia at L’anima.
L’anima

Pub & Kitchen

Nestled on the corner of 20th and Lombard streets, this euro-centric tavern’s laid-back atmosphere makes it a convenient spot to grab a drink or plan an intimate catch-up with friends. Its nostalgia-inducing brunch and dinner menus feature a mix of staple and rotating snacks, large plates, and sandwiches, such as deviled eggs, homestyle meatloaf, and an Italian pulled pork sandwich stuffed with broccoli rabe, sharp

SouthGate

Considered one of Philly’s most underrated dining destinations, SouthGate reimagines infamous comfort foods through a Korean-inspired lens.  Stop by for happy hour or dinner to enjoy satisfying appetizers, such as Korean fried chicken or kimchi fries, and to sip on one of its many soju (a Korean liquor distilled from sweet potatoes). For something more substantial, try out a large plate, like the bulgogi burger or the miso shrimp salad.

Sabrina's Cafe

An adored spot to grab a filling breakfast or brunch, Sabrina’s Cafe has five locations in the Philadelphia area with its most recent location opening at 21st and South Streets. Its expansive menu of breakfast and brunch features decadent takes on French toast, waffles, sandwiches, and pancakes. Its Graduate Hospital location is also the first to have bar service and extended hours, open daily from 7 am to 3 pm.

Ants Pants Cafe

Childhood friends Liz Fleming and Nancy Silverman opened Ants Pants Cafe inspired by their collective culinary experiences in the Philadelphia area as well as Sydney, Australia. The menu includes house favorites like the sweet chili pork roll sandwich, and nourishing breakfast entrees (here they call it “brekkie” a nod to its Aussie roots) like the vegetarian hash or the bacon, egg, and cheese stuffed french toast.

Pumpkin BYOB

For nearly two decades, this delightful BYOB has been serving a daily-changing, three-course menu for $55. With a heartfelt commitment to sustainability, every dish here is prepared with the freshest ingredients straight from dedicated farmers and fishermen in Philadelphia and surrounding areas. Dishes are most often inspired by the season and are made with a mix of root vegetables, seafood, farm-fresh meats, and poultry.

Jet Wine Bar

Jet turns the idea of a traditional wine bar on its head, considering itself a global vineyard offering great wine, fantastic small plates, and a bit of fun. While the wine and food are more than enough reasons to visit, check out their event calendar for regular pop-ups, wine dinners, and spirit-forward events with diverse chefs and tastemakers.

Miles Table

Open daily from 9 am to 2 pm, Miles Table is a brunch-centric bistro with a menu full of sandwiches, burgers, salads, and breakfast favorites like pancakes, omelets, and avocado toast. Its original location on South Street opened in 2012, and they have since opened a second location in the Bok Building.

Rex at the Royal

Take a step back in time at Rex at the Royal, a South Street gem nestled in a modern renovation of Philadelphia’s historic Royal Theater. Open for happy hour, dinner, and weekend brunch, diners can choose from a wide selection of feel-good Southern-inspired dishes, like crawfish pot pie, cast iron pimento mac and cheese, or shrimp and grits. Cocktail enthusiasts will also appreciate the “royal-style” cocktails – luxurious twists on classics such as the old fashioned, martini, and negroni.

Prime Fusion Afro Grill & Lounge

West African fusion at its finest, dining at Prime Fusion Lounge is a vibe from start to finish. Here the African diaspora is celebrated through inventive dishes like sweet and savory chicken wings made with 24 karat gold, soulful curries made with creamy coconut, and a host of jerk, peri peri, and suya spiced meats and fish. Stop by to enjoy a meal to a soundtrack of afro-beats while you sip on one of its stellar cocktails which change seasonally.

The Sidecar Bar & Grille

Drag brunches, live music, and watch parties for sporting events are evidence of this gastropub’s big personality and lively spirit. Its eclectic menu is full of larger-than-life takes on pub fare, with fan-favorite dishes being the kung pao brussels sprouts, brisket cheesesteak, and the grilled cheese sandwich made with bacon, pimento, and pickled jalapeños. But don’t let the fun stop there — weekly specials are always in rotation, ranging from barbecue platters for up to 4 on Eagles game days to nachos and tacos on Wednesdays.

Los Camaradas

While options for Mexican food in Philadelphia are plentiful, chef Joseph Scull and his wife Theresa Scull opened Los Camaradas to spotlight contemporary takes on this treasured cuisine. Here you can dive into top-notch bites (its nachos and manchego truffle fries are some of the best in the city), fruity margaritas, and an abundance of tequila.

Cafe Ynez

Chef Gabriel Romero centers traditional Mexican flavors and preparations at this cozy BYOB on Washington Avenue. Choose from a variety of burritos, tacos, and quesadillas made with carnitas, birria, chicken, and cauliflower (for vegetarians), or try out a main course like the chicken enchiladas or the huevos rancheros. If bringing a bottle of your favorite spirit sounds appealing, the restaurant always has mixers in stock.

L’anima

Philly boasts some of the best Italian food on the East Coast and L’Anima is a true testament to this claim. Each dish on its contemporary menu is beautifully composed, bringing artistry to flavorful pasta dishes like the tonnarelli anglione (made with crab meat, chili pepper, garlic puree, and plum cherry tomatoes) and fresh seafood like the grigliata di pesce (a combination of grilled branzino, octopus, and shrimp simmered in a tomato sauce).

A seafood dish that includes risotto, mussels, and stewed tomatoes.
Risotto al nero di seppia at L’anima.
L’anima

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