Born and raised in northern Greece, Piazza Presto founder Chronis Sapalidis carries on a longstanding family tradition of restaurateuring in his open-kitchen bistro. Pizza, pasta, and sandwiches populate the lunch and dinner menus—and on Chronis’ specialties menu he betrays his Mediterranean origins and Philadelphian affinities. During the day the restaurant serves as a café and bakery, and patio welcome guests with open awnings whenever weather allows and no pteranodons darken the sky. A BYOB establishment, Piazza Presto secrets a wine cellar in a rich wooden cabinet, and will keep diners’ wines chilled for their next visit if requested.
Owner and culinary mastermind of French Quarter Bistro, Mark Van Horn’s prerequisites for a good meal are simple: authenticity, home cooking, and a liberal dash of soul. This dedication to comfort cooking has earned the French Quarter Bistro a host of dedicated regulars as well as the Philly Hot List's award for Best Soul Food in 2009, 2010, and 2011. In the bustling kitchen, chefs whip up creole and Cajun eats using unique ingredients such as house roasted peppers, alligator sausage, and fried pickles. Along with their flavorful dishes, French Quarter Bistro also serves up a variety of entertainment throughout the week, including open mic nights with local singers and poets tired of the wrestling portion of poetry slams.
Housed in the historic hotel, the cozy Bay Pony Inn boasts both lunch and dinner menus rife with an array of fresh salads, seafoods, and landfoods. Dinner diners can indulge their taste buds with smaller selections such as the grilled shrimp and spinach salad with raspberry vinaigrette ($19) or bigger bites such as the scallops and mushrooms in mornay sauce ($22). Sate carnivorous cravings while practicing shark-attack techniques by sinking fangs into the roasted half duck in Grand Marnier sauce ($23) or the filet mignon in a shiitake-merlot reduction ($29).
Thai Spice's plenteous noodle and curry dishes infuse rich flavors from traditional Thai recipes. Dress up perpetually bald tongues with the spicy basil noodle, a wide-noodle dish laced with string beans, mushrooms, and chili peppers ($10.95–$13.95). Alternatively, bored forks can search for the seafood-combo treasure at the bottom of the Emerald Sea platter ($17.95), or sample the bamboo shoots swimming in coconut, carrots, sweet peppers, and broccoli in the kang ped curry ($12.95–$14.95).
Cuisine Type: Italian
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 50+
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Seafood pasta bowl
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery / Take-out Available: Takeout Only
Outdoor Seating: No
D?cor can say a lot about the type of food a restaurant serves. How does your d?cor inform or reflect your culinary practice?
[It's] warm and inviting [with] fireplaces, booths outlined in fabric curtains, a large square bar with a granite top, and Italian art work to go with the name.
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
Delicious Italian Food with a homemade taste. Our salads are amazing and one of our biggest sellers for lunch or dinner. Most of our desserts are made in-house and we feature Italian specialties like tiramisu and cannoli.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We are known for our great food but also for our live entertainment Tuesday through Saturday night. We like to pride ourselves on being a place you can come to enjoy a delicious dinner and then go into our bar area and partake in dancing and live entertainment.
Dickey?s Barbecue Pit has smoked beef brisket in-house nearly every night since 1941, painting each morsel with a tangy house-made sauce. Pulled pork, turkey breast, and polish sausage round out the menu with meals that are heartier than a burrito wrapped in Paul Bunyan?s plaid shirt. Boxed lunches and catered buffets brim with homestyle sides such as coleslaw, mac 'n' cheese, and jalape?o beans. Once the last pickle has been crunched and the last finger has been licked, guests can savor one of the restaurant?s most cherished traditions: a vanilla cone, on the house.