From just past City Hall to Temple University’s campus, Philly’s North Broad Street corridor is evolving. Much of the excitement revolves around the $56-million renovation and reopening of the historic Met Philadelphia theater. In the last year, Madonna, Mariah Carey, and Dave Chappelle — just to name a few — have performed on its stage. New restaurants near The Met have also opened recently, making it easier to have dinner and a show or grab a post-concert bite.Read More
Where to Eat Before a Show at The Met
North Broad now has a restaurant scene, and there’s likely more to come
1. Flambo Caribbean Restaurant
Just a block from The Met, Trinidadian BYOB Flambo is where to go for curried mussels, slow-cooked oxtail with rice and beans, deep-fried red snapper, and a side of cinnamon-sprinkled plantains. Make sure to get a roti too, and try to save some room for dessert.
2. Cicala at the Divine Lorraine
Chefs Joe and Angela Cicala, who met in the kitchen at South Philly’s venerable Le Virtu, spent two years on the build-out of their elegant Italian restaurant inside the Divine Lorraine building, a grand architectural icon that’s on the National Register of Historic Places and underwent a complete renovation after years of deterioration. This is the place to get house-made charcuterie, handmade pasta, and fancy desserts, including one infused with black truffle.
3. Santucci's Original Square Pizza
This South Philly favorite for square pies also has a location on North Broad. It’s the most casual spot on this list, known for its sauce-on-top pizzas and its cannoli. There’s also a back room with a bar, making Santucci’s a good option for a pre- or post-show beer.
Originally a Marc Vetri restaurant, Osteria has undergone a few changes in ownership and interior design, but the quality of the modern Italian food has stayed top notch. James Beard Award winner Jeff Michaud is to thank for that: He’s been with the restaurant since the beginning. Order some handmade pasta, a Neapolitan and Roman style pizza, or a steak cooked in the wood-fired oven — it’s hard to go wrong here.
5. Green Soul
It might seem counterintuitive to go to a soul food restaurant for a healthy meal, but Green Soul (which shares owners with South) makes it work. The kitchen here makes simple swaps to create satisfying dishes like turkey jambalaya. Vegetarians will like the Buffalo cauliflower tacos, sweet potato soup, and parsnip fries.
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Brothers Robert and Benjamin Bynum, veterans of Philly’s music scene, draw diners to North Broad for South, their jazz club and Southern restaurant. The intimate music venue is separate from the dining room, so you can head here just for a drink at the bar, a dinner of grilled oysters, crab beignets, and cornmeal-dusted catfish, or to see a show — or all three. Order a bourbon punch or choose something from the list of zero-proof cocktails.
Peter Woolsey’s new French diner serves the classics in a casual space with art deco touches and walls lined with photographs by his wife, Peggy. Here, chef/co-owner Kenneth Bush, who also runs the kitchen at Woolsey’s Bistrot La Minette in Queen Village, is focused on unfussy dishes like onion soup, croque madame, and steak frites. Fans of French wine will enjoy Gabi’s vin offerings by the glass and bottle.
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