Chef John Talbot delivers mouthwatering fare from the land and the sea to rest on Creed's elegant white tablecloths. Yellowfin tuna drizzled with ponzu sauce ($29) and chimichurri-topped New Zealand king salmon ($28) headline a list of fresh charcoal-grilled fish. Manager and sommelier Josef Plattner is often on hand to offer suggestions for which wine to pair with a New York strip steak ($38) or to mingle with a mustard-herb-crusted rack of lamb ($36). Though the menu favors meat, there are also a number of tasty vegetarian options, including the house-made vegetarian ravioli, stuffed with crimini mushrooms and ricotta cheese, served with fried spinach and a gazpacho coulis ($18). With its soft cream-hued walls and tasteful décor, Creed's is an ideal location for romantic get-togethers or business meetings with bands of ravenous highwaymen.
Benny the Bum's 19-year-old local establishment offers an extensive menu of fresh seafood dishes that range from raw-bar specialties to pastas. Chefs arrange massive platters of steamed crabs, shrimp, and clams along with garlic sauce and potatoes, and pots of housemade chowder and creamy crab soups bubble on the stove. Servers tote plates and glasses of colorful cocktails into spacious dining rooms, where glittery silver pillars, nautical knickknacks, and flat-screen televisions catch the eyes of patrons seated at booths and tabletops. A lively, well-established local joint, Benny's was lauded by actor and Philadelphia native Bradley Cooper as his favorite restaurant in the city.
For three generations, the Kelly Family has warmed patrons' midsections with an expanse of shrimp, fish, steak, and sandwiches. Inside the newly renovated eatery, the lunch and dinner menus proffer satiating scents of beer-battered coconut shrimp ($14.75) and seafood pescatore, a gathering of shrimp, scallops, clams, and mussels in red sauce or garlic and olive oil ($17.75). For stomachs that prefer land-born comestibles, Kelly's servers drop off plates of fried chicken ($11.75) and sirloin steak ($16.50). Sandwiches such as the tuna salad melt ($7.75) and lunch platters weighed down by Kelly's crab cakes ($13.75) fuel diners during the middle of the day so that they can bounce back to work as energized as an aerobics instructor with fresh batteries.
In 1772, soldier, scholar, and businessman Andrew McMinn saw the need for a way station for travelers, so he opened his home to those with coin. The building served as a base for General Francis Murray during the Revolutionary War, and has passed through the hands of generations of owners, ultimately taking on the name The Temperance House. Whatever its title or whoever its proprietors are, the location has provided a place to meet, eat, and plot against the British throughout its 200-year lifespan. The current managing couple, Carlene and Pasquale Deon, enhances the building's rustic charm with fully restored décor to preserve the historically rich interior. Their chefs craft menus that blend culinary styles from France, Asia, and Italy into an international menu of fine eats that includes everything from kimchi rolls to gnocchi with buffalo mozzarella. :m]]
For 35 years, DiNardo’s has been a Philadelphia favorite for fresh crab, serving it either ‘hot and dirty’ Baltimore-style or with sautéed garlic. Winner of OpenTable's diner’s choice for best seafood, the brick building which houses DiNardo’s Famous Crabs has been alive since 1776. Today its exterior displays a rainbow of painted crustaceans outside, while nautical trinkets fill the inside of the restaurant. There, trays of secretly spiced hard-shell crabs arrive to tables alongside plates of tender crab cakes, steamed littleneck clams, and broiled seafood platters decorated with sea scallops and retired extras from The Little Mermaid.
The prix-fixe menu is in constant rotation depending on the available ingredients and Magic 8-Ball of Executive Chef Darryl Harmon. Though the menu is always subject to change, current first-course options include soup du jour or a Water Works salad followed by a sorbet selection. Entrees include pan-seared airline chicken breast, grilled salmon, or risotto du jour. For the most important course, dessert, you'll just have to be surprised with the chef's duo, just like when you were surprised to wake up with your hair on backwards. As a lifelong culinary enthusiast, Darryl draws upon years of experience in preparing and eating to plate his creative take on American fare.