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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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1. Meritage Restaurant & Wine Bar

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500 S 20th St
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(215) 985-1922
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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.

2. Pub & Kitchen

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1946 Lombard St
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(215) 545-0350
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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.

3. Pamcakes: A Philly Cupcakery

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404 S 20th St
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(215) 546-2860
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.

4. Food & Friends

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1933 Spruce St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 545-1722
The best beer shop near Rittenhouse Square also sells grab-and-go snacks and groceries.

5. Audrey Claire

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276 S 20th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 731-1222
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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.

6. Seafood Unlimited

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270 S 20th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 732-9012
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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.

7. Twenty Manning Grill

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261 S 20th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 731-0900
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.

8. COOK

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253 S 20th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 735-2665
Audrey Claire Taichman's Kitchen/classroom/boutique COOK hosts a monthly rotating schedule of classes with chefs from Mike Solo to Scott Schroeder.

9. Yogorino

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233 S 20th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(267) 639-5287
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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1. Meritage Restaurant & Wine Bar

500 S 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19146
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.
500 S 20th St
Philadelphia, PA 19146

2. Pub & Kitchen

1946 Lombard St, Philadelphia, PA 19146
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.
1946 Lombard St
Philadelphia, PA 19146

3. Pamcakes: A Philly Cupcakery

404 S 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19146
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.
404 S 20th St
Philadelphia, PA 19146

4. Food & Friends

1933 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
The best beer shop near Rittenhouse Square also sells grab-and-go snacks and groceries.
1933 Spruce St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

5. Audrey Claire

276 S 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
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.
276 S 20th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

6. Seafood Unlimited

270 S 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
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.
270 S 20th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

7. Twenty Manning Grill

261 S 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
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.
261 S 20th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

8. COOK

253 S 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Audrey Claire Taichman's Kitchen/classroom/boutique COOK hosts a monthly rotating schedule of classes with chefs from Mike Solo to Scott Schroeder.
253 S 20th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

9. Yogorino

233 S 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
The Rittenhouse set’s favorite froyo spot dishes up probiotic-packed tart yogurt with kicked-up toppings like meringue crumble and kiwi.
233 S 20th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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