A former industrial chemist, Italian native Franco Federico brings the same attention to detail to his efforts to synthesize classic Italian flavors at Primo Bacio Ristorante Italiano & Bar. The owner's culinary team, led by the same chef for more than 10 years, painstakingly prepares each dish using fresh seafood and quality cuts of veal and steak.
Dishes such as chicken saltimbocca and veal marsala make their way out to tables in the main dining room, the banquet facilities, or the outdoor patio surrounded by a stone wall. Guests can also stick around for weekly entertainment, including weekend party nights, Thursday karaoke nights, and Tuesday nap times.
Lee's Hoagie House traces its origins back to 1953, when a small storefront at 19th Street and Cheltenham Avenue in Mount Airy, Philadelphia, began to lure in a dedicated clientele with its addictively delicious hoagies and cheesesteaks. Over the years, the popular sandwich shop has blossomed into a Philadelphia-area institution, spreading out to 17 locations throughout the region, all turning out tasty sandwiches with roast beef, turkey, chicken, and Italian meats, as well as veggies, fresh cheese, and the restaurant's secret oil recipe. Far more than a mere walk-in sandwich joint, Lee's can cater social gatherings and lunch meetings with delectable sandwich plates or fuel parties with spicy chicken wings and fresh salads.
The grillmasters at Jake's Wayback Burgers fan the flames of hungry appetites with an enticing menu of hand-crafted burgers, red-hots, and thick hand-dipped milkshakes. One, two, or three 100% beef patties pile up between warm buns and layers of gooey cheese to compose a burger more all-American than a bald eagle baking an apple pie at the World Series ($2.99–$6.79). Savory meats complement the sweet viscosity of hand-spun shakes in flavors such as luscious orange crème or decadent chocolate-banana ($2.49–$3.99). Chili cheese dogs ($2.99) incite a carnival of mouth flavors, and specialty sandwiches such as turkey or garden burgers ($4.09) sate healthier cravings. In addition to its regular menu, Jake's also flips and dips a rotating burger and milkshake of the month. The retro eatery embodies the spirit of classic 1950s diners with stainless steel accents and friendly servers occasionally muttering "daddy-o" under their breath. For those interested in multitasking with their meat, WiFi is available.
Elcy’s Café percolates perk with a menu laden with barista-blended beverages and homemade fare. Come in early for an herb garden egglette scrambled with tomato, spinach, basil, mushroom, and goat cheese ($7.50). Or, open your face to the open-faced Marezy bagel, kept modest with a dressing of tomato and melted american cheese ($4). Come lunchtime, treat teeth to a triumvirate of chicken, tuna, and roasted veggie salads, served atop a medley of greens ($8.95), or pillage the palate with a Viking sandwich, which arrives on a garlicy longship stuffed with pesto chicken, tomatoes, mushrooms, and provolone ($7.25). Soup selections change daily depending on the chef’s preferences and the international tureen market, with selections ranging from cheddar tomato basil to turkey corn chowder, while soup slurpfests can find a sweet end with fresh baked brownies and cookies.
Abe Levis fled Lithuania when he was 14 years old to avoid compulsory service in the czar's army. He found sanctuary in America, where he was able to enjoy a normal childhood before meeting his wife and opening a restaurant. In addition to serving sandwiches, fish cakes, and hot dogs, Abe made his own sodas with a marble soda fountain that he purchased in 1895. On summer nights, the restaurant's roof served as a movie screen for the silent films that people watched in the old days, before actors learned to talk. A century later, Levis Hot Dogs still stands in the same location that was once a haven for empty bellies during the Depression era and a sight for sore eyes returning home from fighting in World War II.
Framed paintings of the Old Country adorn the spacious BYOB dining room of the Gallelli family's Bistro Albertino, whose homey ambiance complements the kitchen's homemade Italian food. Chefs Flavio Farez and Julian Yarmark craft dishes representative of each of Italy's regions, paying homage to them with sauces and dressing made in-house. Their antipasti, pastas, and secondi include grilled calamari marinated in extra virgin olive oil, pancetta sautéed in creamy vodka sauce, and veal parmesan made with milk-fed veal and seasoned Italian bread crumbs.