Bistro St. Tropez provides patrons with platefuls of traditional Provencal cuisine made with fresh, seasonal ingredients, and serves up eyefuls of gorgeous views overlooking the Schuylkill River. After training at the Culinire de Nice, chef and owner Patrice Rames cooked his way through France, Britain, America, and the fourth dimension before bringing his fancy Gallic eats to Philadelphia. In an exquisite five-course dinner (selections vary weekly), guests light the gastronomic fuse with the marriage of creamy lobster bisque to a 2010 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau, for example ($48 per person, additional $30 for wine pairing). Next, diners might make a heartbreaking choice between a terrine de lapin or Fire Island oysters in a sherry mignonette. Then a main course such as striped bass with wild rice and mushrooms leaps into the mouths of deserving diners, chased by a 2008 Guillaume chardonnay. Lovers of four-legged fare may opt for a pairing of slow-braised lamb shank with roasted shallots and a 2008 Château Viella Madiran Tradition. Finally, a cheese course and dessert such as pumpkin profiteroles mollifies appetites into submission with the dulcet accordion notes of a French lullaby.
The dinner menu at this neighborhood gem uses classy ingredients in creative ways, forming a lineup that's accessible to all palates. The menu changes often, but sample starters include fried clams tartar with grilled lemon ($9) and barbecue veal ribs with peach salsa ($12). Main courses ($12–$25) range from a familiar pizza topped with barbecue sauce, pineapple, chicken, red pepper, and Vidalia onions ($12) to gnocchi with rabbit-chorizo sausage, artichokes, and goat cheese ($16 for full portion). London Grill is also open for lunch (Tuesday–Friday 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m.) and weekend brunch (11 a.m.–2:30 p.m.). The midday feast includes various sandwich options, such as a roasted turkey BLT with fries ($8.50) and main dishes such as the fresh-daily vegetable harvest ménage á trois ($13). Accompany any meal with a pull from the full bar, including micro and macro beers on tap and in bottle and a lengthy wine list.
By 4 p.m. in the UK, weekend soccer matches are in full swing. In Philadelphia, where it's only 11 a.m., Liberty Bar & Grill is just opening its doors so that patrons can catch the day's action live on flat-screen televisions. Soccer jerseys adorn the exposed brick interior of the cozy bar—which, later in the day, accommodates DJs, karaoke, and other televised sports until its daily 2 a.m. closing.
The kitchen calls it a day only a half-hour earlier, diligently serving late-night helpings of pizza cheesesteaks and house-made roast beef sandwiches. An extensive beer selection complements eats, as do mixed beer drinks such as the Blacksmith, a Guinness and Smithwick's Ale blend combined via hard labor over an anvil.
It's easy to quickly feel at home at Liberty Bar?Phillies pennants and beer signage make the cozy space feel familiar, chicken wings and cheeseburgers fill the menu, and your bed is set up at the bar. When local and international soccer matches aren't playing on the flat-screen TVs, there's often DJs or karaoke sing-alongs.
The Philadelphia City Paper asked its readers to “imagine eating a silky soft-serve cone and finding a bunch of Twizzlers tucked into the ice cream. OK, now imagine a beef-fat-laden version of that.” This exercise in visualization comes courtesy of Slate’s signature burger, a short-rib and mushroom-stuffed burger served with a side of truffle fries that the paper dubbed an “unapologetically delicious beast.” “Eat this immediately,” the writer concluded. But a quick tip: don't skip the rest of the menu. Slate’s menu—American staples prepared with fresh, seasonal ingredients—is awash with mouthwatering dishes such as cornish game hen with andouille sausage, and glazed duck breast with Guinness hoison sauce. Chefs make sure to include vegetarian options as well—the current menu features green-curry tempeh and tofu with a potpourri of vegetables and cilantro, and a meatless gyro sandwich. At brunch, the festive din of diners resounds throughout the modern space as they feast on Florentine eggs benedict beneath large abstract art pieces, or sip pomegranate mimosas at the striking slate and marble bar.
If you’re pork-passionate, beef-bananas, and sausage-smitten, today’s Groupon will melt your little animal protein-loving heart. For $25, you’ll stuff your stomach with all the skewered meat you can eat at Chima Brazilian Steakhouse. The cost per person of the unlimited rodizio dinner is $39.50, so you'll have money left over for drinks and dessert to get your $50 value at Chima.