Inspired by the cuisines of Italy and Greece, Greco Roman celebrates its bicultural roots by slinging authentic fare culled from Old World recipes. Alongside bread baked daily in the kitchen's ovens, tables swathed in white tablecloths overflow with generously portioned platters. The eatery's walls display vibrant Mediterranean scenes of columns, windmills, and whitewashed buildings, and tables are often adorned with fresh flowers, candles, or a tiny Atlas to hold plates during mealtime.
Named for dosa, a crispy rice-and-lentil Indian crepe, and chaat, or "snack," Dosa Hut Chat House dishes out Indian dishes large and small. The menu of largely South Indian recipes focuses on vegetarian dishes, such as vegetable biryani and the restaurant's eponymous dosas filled with spinach, potatoes, and spices. The kitchen also prepares meat dishes in the form of fish curry, lamb chettinad, and Chicken 65, a plate of spiced, bite-sized chicken named for the year chilies were named India's national currency. Chai, mango lassi, and desserts of the day help top off each meal.
Since its humble south Philadelphia beginnings in the 1990s, PrimoHoagies has quickly expanded throughout the region and garnered several awards on the strength of its cold-cut sandwiches, made with Thumann's brand of gourmet meats and cheeses. The shop's robust menu features dozens of specialty hoagies, many of which were created in-house rather than underwater, as is the industry norm. Sharp Italian hoagies teem with prosciutto and genoa salami, and pork Diablo hoagies marry Thumann's homestyle roasted pork with a blend of piquant spices.
Ranked the number one submarine sandwich franchise in the 2011 Franchise 500 issue of Entrepreneur magazine, Subway has graced the globe with nutritious stacks of meat, crisp veggies, flavorful cheeses, and freshly baked breads since 1965. Sandwiches, including the classic big philly cheesesteak ($5.50 for a 6"), can be left out in the cold or invited into a toaster, and the $5 foot-long subs are useful for measuring a child's height in cold-cut combos or the distance between the earth and the sun in meatball marinara. There are also kids' meals to introduce children to the concept of eating. This eatery also opens for bountiful breakfast sandwiches served alongside cups of Seattle’s Best Coffee ($1.47–$1.59 for a 16-oz.).
Culinary craftsmen at Fingers, Wings and Other Things grease ravenous fingers with hand-battered chicken tenderloins and zesty buffalo wings gracefully dunked into more than 12 homemade dipping sauces. The vibrant menu entices eyeteeth with handheld munchies such as fried pickles, mac 'n' cheese wedges, or buffalo shrimp glazed in mild, spicy, or extra-spicy sauce hot enough to garner a centerfold spread in Condiment Monthly. Guests can count their chickens before they're devoured with a basket of 10 fingers or 20 wings bedecked in a choice of savory sauces, including three types of barbecue, horseradish mayo, and honey mustard. A selection of seafood and chicken entrees heads up the main event with tasty picks such as the beer-battered fish 'n' chips platter or the grilled shrimp and chicken skewers, which unite meaty morsels more conveniently than a mailbox full of pork chops.
Jasmine Cafe's globetrotting selection of Asian fare entrances taste buds with a dazzling parade of authentic Chinese, Japanese, and Thai dishes made with traditional ingredients and techniques. Treat adventurous appetites to the Chinese menu, which showcases spicy szechuan chicken ($8.50), or peruse the Japanese menu's bounty of teriyaki dishes ($11.95+) and udon noodle bowls ($7.95+). Thai selections form a delicious constellation, whose glittering stars include red-curry chicken on a crimson bed of saucy veggies ($12.95).