Lee's Hoagie House traces its origins back to 1953, when a small storefront at 19th Street and Cheltenham Avenue in Mount Airy, Philadelphia, began to lure in a dedicated clientele with its addictively delicious hoagies and cheesesteaks. Over the years, the popular sandwich shop has blossomed into a Philadelphia-area institution, spreading out to 17 locations throughout the region, all turning out tasty sandwiches with roast beef, turkey, chicken, and Italian meats, as well as veggies, fresh cheese, and the restaurant's secret oil recipe. Far more than a mere walk-in sandwich joint, Lee's can cater social gatherings and lunch meetings with delectable sandwich plates or fuel parties with spicy chicken wings and fresh salads.
Cranberry Cafe's mavens-in-charge Soo and Cathy innovatively combine sauces and spices to craft salads drizzled with feta vinaigrette and sandwiches smothered in creamy cranberry mayo. Fresh ingredients become breakfasts, brunches, and lunches that land on checkered tablecloths or are delivered to customers' doorsteps and burrow openings.
If people are what they eat and generally eat three meals a day, then indulging at Brasserie 73 for lunch and dinner can help you achieve up to 66.66% of the je ne sais quoi you need to land the starring role in Amelie: Part Deux. Start the meal of your choice with some succulent slurps of lobster-tomato bisque topped with a flaky puff pastry ($10), or apply the vibrant crimson hues of a roasted beet salad ($7 dinner, $10 lunch) to your lips, its earthy flavors balanced with creamy, crumbled chevre. For dinner's first course, indulge in a serving of pan-seared foie gras atop sweet dried-apricot risotto and drizzled with white truffled honey ($18) or cinnamon-dusted scallops with pickled jalapeños ($16). Beef buffs, on the other hand, can delight in the grilled NY strip steak served with caramelized cauliflower, onion rings, and smoked tomato coulis ($33) while herbivores happily help themselves to plates of garden vegetable pasta ($15).
A native of Nepal, executive chef Tekman Tamang and his culinary gurus at Everest Grill use fresh ingredients to conjure the made-from-scratch Persian and Indian dishes on their vegetarian-friendly dinner menu. Start with a Persian appetizer such as panir-sabzi, in which a savory mélange of bulgur cheese, radishes, and scallions lounge on a bed of watercress ($8.95), or nosh on vegetable samosas stuffed with potatoes and peas ($3.95). A clay oven puts the finishing touches on tandoori chicken marinated for 24 hours in masala yogurt ($11.95), and the Kabab Koubideh's spiced veal kebabs silence grumbling stomachs before they blurt out their owners' ATM pin numbers ($13.95). Meatless munchers can dine on Everest Grill's vegetarian dishes, including saag paneer, in which homemade paneer cheese is tossed with spinach and spices ($11.95).
The Broad Axe is America’s second-oldest tavern, with a rich history that includes a woman named Hatchet, an angry ghost, and eighteenth-century trivia games that usually ended in a trip to the stocks. Drink in the establishment’s robust selection of beers, both bottled and on tap, to provide the essential layers of eats between drinks, while sampling the hearty menu of steaks, seafood, and sandwiches. Live entertainment makes the Broad Axe experience as musical as it is sharp; for those who prefer fun in two dimensions, there’s free WiFi on tap as well.
Fine dining needn't be stuffy. That was the belief of Antonio Spinola and Salvatore Carratta when they opened L'Angolo Blue, a restaurant that serves the elegant cuisine of southern Italy in a relaxed setting. Today, their comfortable dining room hosts guests looking to taste such dishes as homemade gnocchi with scallops, veal in marsala sauce, grilled eggplant panini, and daily fresh fish specials. And that easy-going elegance can be savored off-site as well—L'Angolo Blue can cater virtually every sort of occasion, whether it's a wedding reception or a congratulations-on-breaking-up-that-wedding party.