Situated in the Sheraton Suites hotel near the Philadelphia Airport, Relish Burger Bistro offers wary travelers and local epicureans a casual spot to grab a burger and a drink. Featuring seven kinds of gourmet burgers, the menu includes classics such as a flame-grilled patty topped with lettuce and tomato, as well as fresh innovations, such as a blue-crab burger drizzled with a chipotle-infused remoulade. Vegetarians can enjoy a portabella burger or specifically request a veggie patty in place of the usual all-beef burger. Grilled NY strip steaks and flakey battered cod fillets round out the menu. For dessert, Kentucky bourbon pecan pie and warm lava cakes offer a sweet end, like the diploma dipped in frosting that is presented to every college graduate.
CrêpeMaker brings Parisian street fare to Philadelphia, cradling hearty fillings in a cocoon of fresh crêpe. Each of the eatery's hand-filled creations comes coned for convenient on-the-go or on-a-unicycle noshing. The chicken pesto ($6.95) hosts a palatable party of balsamic vinegar, spinach, sweet red peppers, and tomatoes, and the caesar steak ($7.45) bubbles with mozzarella cheese, sliced steak, and mushrooms so regal they're in danger of Shakespearean coup attempts. For sweet teeth, the simple Red & Black crêpe brims with gooey nutella and strawberries ($6.25), and the To Die For ($7.25) joins cheesecake, bananas, nutella, and strawberries in the more perfect union Thomas Jefferson dreamed of when penning the food pyramid. CrêpeMaker also crafts vegetarian-friendly phalange fare as well as egg-centric breakfast creations.
Dedicated to serving fresh, high quality food at reasonable prices, the South Philly outpost of Green Eggs Café draws loyal, hungry crowds for breakfast, lunch and brunch daily. One of three locations throughout the city, the popular restaurant serves standard early-day fare like eggs benedict and granola, but adventurous foodies with big appetites opt for more exciting specialties like red velvet pancakes and tiramisu French toast. For lunch, the menu features a selection of hearty salads and thick, crusty sandwiches. This family-friendly, cash-only eatery operates from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. daily, but patrons planning to dine here on weekends should plan for a wait – reservations are not accepted for parties of less than 6 on Saturdays and Sundays.
Three floors below the glitzy Bistro St. Tropez lies another side of French cuisine. Chef Patrice Rames founded both establishments, and at Le Petit Cafe he shows off recipes that are no less carefully composed for being less formal. In addition to Illy coffee drinks, croissants, and classic French pastries, the menu presents quiche, salads, and sandwiches such as the croque monsieur or an ultra-savory combination of Virginia ham, thyme, caramelized onion, and gruyere.
The staff's minds may be in France much of the time, but their feet are planted firmly in Le Petit Cafe's actual neighborhood. They source as many ingredients as possible locally, complementing other green initiatives such as using compostable serving ware.
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 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.