Zagat–rated Kabul Afghan Cuisine transports diners to another land with spiced Middle Eastern dishes in a dining room adorned with traditional rugs, colorful costumes, and ornate desert murals. Soft Afghan music floats through the festive dining room, mixing with the scents of spice-simmered lamb and chicken dishes and sizzling kebabs of ground beef, salmon, and veggies as diners balance palates with their BYOB bounty. In the back of the restaurant, patrons can reserve a taqh—a raised platform covered with Afghan rugs and ornate cushions—where parties kick off their shoes and dine without silverware to invoke airs of an authentic Afghan dinner or of a meal savored at home while waiting for the dishwasher repairman.
Paddy Whacks Irish Sports Pub brings the best of Ireland and the States together under one roof, thanks to its hearty menu of Irish and American fare. Patrons can gather around the bar to watch sports on a high-definition TV as they munch on everything from spicy buffalo wings and philly cheesesteaks to golden-fried fish ‘n’ chips or bangers and mash. Friday and Saturday nights encourage customers to take their draft or bottled beers to the dance floor, where they can burn calories to the beats of a house DJ, the live crooning of a local band, or the constant reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance that hasn’t left their heads since middle school.
Spanish Island Restaurant fuses Caribbean and Spanish cooking for a dynamic menu of sauce-slathered enchiladas, hearty burritos, and soups and salads made from scratch with all-natural ingredients. Street-vendor-style appetizers include green-banana shells, potato balls, and sweet plantains, all stuffed with seasoned beef via a reverse-vacuum hose. Sandwiches arrive on warm, pressed bread and steam beside platters of juicy rotisserie chicken marinated for a full 22 hours. Spanish Island is a BYOB establishment and invites guests to bring their favorite tequila varieties for mixing with the house-made margarita base.
Gracing a building once inhabited by gourmand mainstays Astral Plane and Fish, according to the Philadelphia City Paper, Brick American Eatery now takes the space's culinary torch with a menu of both new creations and reinventions of classic dishes. Helmed by Jolly Weldon of Jolly’s Piano Bar, and Jason DiDomenico, the contemporary kitchen's small plates of wine-drenched seafood and Asian-tinged pub fare act as prelude to cuts of steak, pork, and fish imbued with gourmet additions such as cucumber-dill-yogurt sauce and rich truffle butter. Chef Emilio Jiminez executes this classic American Bistro menu.
The chefs at Adriano’s Cucina Italiana usher the hunger out of grumbling stomachs with a lengthy menu of authentic Italian cuisine. Sunset hues and Italian-inspired décor wrap around the quaint eatery as hearty meals slide onto casual wooden tables, piping-hot and loaded with fresh pasta and proteins. The colorful fare is accented by savory sauces, spices, and sprinkles of sundried tomatoes, shiitake mushrooms, and hot cherry peppers. Pendant lights reach down from above the full-size wooden bar, illuminating Adriano’s friendly bartenders as they mix specialty cocktails, pour glasses of wine, and slice limes with their minds.
Raheem Brock, a Philadelphia native and a four-year letterman at Temple University who started in 33 career football games, has always held his hometown close to his heart. That’s why, after traveling the country as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, and Seattle Seahawks, Brock returned home to open Brock’s Wings & Things. At his restaurant, diners chomp on boneless and regular wings in 16 different flavors ranging from sweet barbecue to the spicy Atomic. Seafood platters of catfish, shrimp, and whiting arrive tableside with golden fries as waiters hail-mary sliders into hungry mouths.