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Restaurant Rows: The Best of South 20th Street

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Welcome to Restaurant Rows, where your local Eater team puts together a guide of where to eat and drink on those Philly city blocks that are densely populated with restaurants, bars, and cafes. Next up: South 20th Street in Rittenhouse.

general_01.jpgCook holds it down on the corner of 20th and Rittenhouse [Photo: Citysearch]

20th Street along the west perimeter of Rittenhouse Square is a hotbed of strong restaurants that have been holding down the fort for many years. Unlike most other Restaurant Rows in Philly, turnover here doesn't happen all that often, which allows these beauties to build loyal followings.

From Meritage and Pub & Kitchen to Audrey Claire and Twenty Manning Grill, there's an eclectic collection of different cuisines and atmosphere tucked away in this corner of the park. So, whether you're craving fresh Mediterranean fare, craft beer, or just a damn good burger, you'll find something for everyone along this strip.


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Meritage Restaurant & Wine Bar

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Chef Anne Coll is a class act, and so is her almost-a-decade-old Rittenhouse restaurant Meritage. Don’t miss the epic Korean fried chicken, available on Thursdays.

Pub & Kitchen

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Even without Chef Johnny Mac at the helm, Pub & Kitchen delivers solid pub plates and snacks - think Cape Cod mussels, triple-cooked chips and, of course, a signature burger.

Pamcakes: A Philly Cupcakery

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Some have called it Philly’s best cupcake shop. Namesake Pam’s treats come in mini, standard (stuffed or not), and jumbo sizes in fresh flavors like Lemon Razzle Dazzle and Spiced Carrot.

Food & Friends

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The best beer shop near Rittenhouse Square also sells grab-and-go snacks and groceries.

Audrey Claire

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Still holding it down at the corner of 20th and Spruce is Audrey Claire Taichman’s namesake BYOB. Get the antipasti plate, and never miss dessert.

Seafood Unlimited

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25-year-old Seafood Unlimited got a makeover last summer, including a doubled-in-size bar and revamped menu. They’ve also got a “reverse happy hour” from 9 p.m. to close.

Twenty Manning Grill

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Audrey Claire’s cousin Twenty Manning Grill offers prime al fresco seating complete with misters in the summer and heat lamps in the winter. All four burgers are great, especially with a dollar side order of homemade pickles.
Audrey Claire Taichman's Kitchen/classroom/boutique COOK hosts a monthly rotating schedule of classes with chefs from Mike Solo to Scott Schroeder.

Yogorino

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The Rittenhouse set’s favorite froyo spot dishes up probiotic-packed tart yogurt with kicked-up toppings like meringue crumble and kiwi.

Meritage Restaurant & Wine Bar

Chef Anne Coll is a class act, and so is her almost-a-decade-old Rittenhouse restaurant Meritage. Don’t miss the epic Korean fried chicken, available on Thursdays.

Pub & Kitchen

Even without Chef Johnny Mac at the helm, Pub & Kitchen delivers solid pub plates and snacks - think Cape Cod mussels, triple-cooked chips and, of course, a signature burger.

Pamcakes: A Philly Cupcakery

Some have called it Philly’s best cupcake shop. Namesake Pam’s treats come in mini, standard (stuffed or not), and jumbo sizes in fresh flavors like Lemon Razzle Dazzle and Spiced Carrot.

Food & Friends

The best beer shop near Rittenhouse Square also sells grab-and-go snacks and groceries.

Audrey Claire

Still holding it down at the corner of 20th and Spruce is Audrey Claire Taichman’s namesake BYOB. Get the antipasti plate, and never miss dessert.

Seafood Unlimited

25-year-old Seafood Unlimited got a makeover last summer, including a doubled-in-size bar and revamped menu. They’ve also got a “reverse happy hour” from 9 p.m. to close.

Twenty Manning Grill

Audrey Claire’s cousin Twenty Manning Grill offers prime al fresco seating complete with misters in the summer and heat lamps in the winter. All four burgers are great, especially with a dollar side order of homemade pickles.

COOK

Audrey Claire Taichman's Kitchen/classroom/boutique COOK hosts a monthly rotating schedule of classes with chefs from Mike Solo to Scott Schroeder.

Yogorino

The Rittenhouse set’s favorite froyo spot dishes up probiotic-packed tart yogurt with kicked-up toppings like meringue crumble and kiwi.

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