Bada Bing Sports Bar and Grille has a little something for everyone. Seafood lovers delight in the fresh Boncella's crabs. Sports fans love the TV screens tuned to the big game. And the late-night crowd can debut their new dancing shoes or dancing flippers to the tunes of live bands and DJs. Add to that an array of pool tables, beer-pong tables, and arcade games, and you've got the laid-back, brew-fueled atmosphere that keeps Bada Bing's customers coming back.
Frank Sinatra tunes spill out to the sidewalk beneath the red awning of Emma's Cafe and Restaurant as servers inside carry veal parmigiana, warm bread, and sweet sea scallops to tables. Under the restaurant's BYOB policy, patrons may bring libations from home to accompany entrees.
Murph's Bar matches its full bar with a full kitchen that fires its food cannon until 1 a.m. every night. In addition to boasting pulled-pork and cheesesteak sandwiches, the menu also tells tales of 12-inch pizzas topped with spinach, shrimp, and ricotta cheese. Inside, eclectic furnishings such as a jewelry-wearing bear head and old beer signs surround a lengthy wooden bar bedecked in hundreds of shiny pennies. On the ceiling, a colorful mural of hunters stalking snakes, boars, buffalo, and dogs illustrates a common event throughout human history, the zoo escape.
Cuisine Type: Italian-American Cuisine
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 5?10
Parking: Free street parking
Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes
Pizza Warehouse's chefs spend their days crafting sixteen specialty pies and an equal number of stuffed stromboli for hungry diners, but they don't stop there. Cooks also whip up burgers, pasta, and even seafood platters, in addition to perpetually popular hot sandwiches such as cheesesteaks. Additionally, they prepare breakfast eats such as omelets for early risers and those who foolishly forgot to refrigerate their leftover pizza so they could eat it cold in the morning.
Amid the verdant, golf-cart-traversed grounds of Indian Spring Country Club and Pennsauken Country Club, executive chef Dean Marco blends herbs with Maryland crab meat to make his broiled jumbo lump crab cakes. The crisp yet creamy morsels, which are Marco’s signature dish, are properly placed near the top of the menu at Marco’s Restaurant, above succulent meats such as filet mignon, Atlantic salmon, and whole crabs with authentic New England accents. Given both locations’ proximity to the links, each kitchen also sates golfers’ appetites with Angus burgers and sandwich baskets that come with optional sides such as lobster-and-shrimp bisque.
The specialty pies number in the dozens at this self-described home of “unusual pizza and sandwiches” – and that’s just one section of Rustica’s expansive menu. This unassuming-looking Northern Liberties spot sources its imported Italian meats and cheeses from Claudio Specialty Foods in the Italian Market, which means that the humble pepperoni becomes something special, while more offbeat pizzas continue to wow. The Chicken Pot Pie is a pizza that comes topped with house-smoked chicken, rosemary roasted carrots and garlic mashed potatoes, while the Crawdaddy is a white pie with tomatoes, cilantro, red onion and spicy crawfish. The thick-crust Sicilian pies are made-to-order and require an hour to prepare, while sandwich options come hot or cold, but are equally massive. Extremely limited seating is available inside the long, brick-stacked space, making most orders to-go; there are a few sidewalk tables for diners looking to grab some Philadelphia sunshine.