The roots of Memorial Day are sobering, but as we honor those who laid down their lives for our country, we also celebrate a life of freedom with our families and friends in the United States. There’s no better place to celebrate this national holiday than the nation’s history capitol when your luxury apartment in Philly is close to everything! Now, for the best Memorial Day events in Philly:
Meritage serves contemporary American fare just a few blocks from Rittenhouse Square. The dining room, which seats 55 people, boasts golden yellow walls and gleaming hardwood floors, proving the space to be equal parts cozy and chic.
Meritage promises to be one of the more wallet-friendly fine dining destinations in the tony Rittenhouse Square neighborhood. A full bar offers an impressive variety of wines under $50, while elegantly plated dishes don't exceed $30. The gourmet fare here includes vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. For those without dietary restrictions, the free-range chicken breast with whipped potatoes, and sauteed spinach is a local favorite. Finish your meal with the decadent goat cheese cake with pistachio, poppy seeds, and lemon curd.
Meritage serves dinner 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
There’s nothing better after a long weekend than a mimosa-filled Sunday brunch. Philadelphia is home to numerous brunch spots that will satisfy your craving for eggs benedict or gourmet waffles, and these are three of the best—just make sure you arrive early to beat the inevitable crowds.
Honey’s Sit ‘n Eat
With a location in Northern Liberties and one on South Street, Honey’s Sit ‘n Eat offers home-style weekend brunch to folks all across the city. The menu includes breakfast classics like omelets, home fries, lox, and huevos rancheros. It’s also BYOB, which is always a brunch plus.
Sabrina’s Cafe is another great BYOB brunch option in Philadelphia, and its brunch specials change bi-weekly to keep things fresh. These specials include fun twists on the traditional eggs benedict, French toast, and pancakes with unique toppings like dried apricots or toasted coconut, as well as hearty sandwiches with a slew of sauces and seasonings. Sabrina’s also offers many vegan and vegetarian options for meat-free visitors.
Crêperie Beau Monde
If you prefer a more sophisticated brunch option, Crêperie Beau Monde is a traditional Breton crêperie serving French cuisine based on centuries-old recipes. Brunch is served on weekends from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. only, and while dishes here are a bit pricier than most, the decadent ingredients and luxurious atmosphere make it well worth the cost. Crêperie Beau Monde's bloody mary is so good that it has won awards, and sweet and savory crêpes offer something for any palate.
Most people automatically think of cheesesteaks when they think of Philadelphia’s most famous foods, but there are a few other iconic food landmarks in the City of Brotherly Love. Here are just a few of Philly’s most memorable bites, and none of them come in traditional restaurant form.
Reading Terminal Market
This historic public market is located conveniently in Philadelphia’s Center City, and it is home to a wide variety of restaurant stands and grocery vendors. The market’s stands sell local produce, Amish specialties, meats and seafood, and even fresh cut flowers. Visitors fill up on Thai food, salads, pizzas and pasta as they shop, and the market even offers quality wines and baked goods.
Pat’s and Geno’s Cheesesteaks
Though the two are always in friendly competition, Pat’s King of Steaks and Geno’s Steaks are arguably Philadelphia’s most famous cheesesteak vendors. Pat’s has been around since 1930 and Geno’s first opened in 1966, but today both are known for that signature thin-sliced steak, melted cheese, and freshly baked bread that tastes distinctly like Philly.
9th Street Italian Market
Philadelphia has a very large Italian-American population, and this has translated into South 9th Street’s unique mix of sights, smells and tastes. The 9th Street Italian Market is located in the area of the city’s first Italian restaurants and grocers, and it still sells the same high quality herbs, spices, fresh seafood, pastas ,and other traditional Italian fare.
Reminiscent of Spanish pintxo bars, Tinto is an intimate tapas bar and restaurant in Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square neighborhood. Here, two modern and cozy dining rooms are decorated with antique cork screws and stacked wooden wine crates full of Spanish wines.
The moderately priced food is a gastronomist’s first pick. Fresh vegetables are delivered daily from Luna Farm, a sustainable, all-organic, 40-acre farm in Ottsville, Pa. Regular diners suggest you start your meal with the sopa de castaña, a truffled chestnut soup with duck and mushroom hash, fried quail egg, and pistachios. The diver scallops are another popular choice, set upon a bed of parsnips and crispy serrano ham. Downstairs, you'll encounter a sultry lounge that offers wines, crafted cocktails, signature sangrias, Spanish ciders, and craft beers.
Tinto is open 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Happy hour is offered 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays.
Audrey Claire is staple of Philadelphia's tony Rittenhouse Square neighborhood. Serving Mediterranean fare that's inspired by the seasons, this intimate corner eatery offers indoor and outdoor seating. During Philly's more temperate months, Audrey Claire's cafe windows are cast open, inviting a warm breeze to fill the space, while outside, cafe tables line the sidewalk.
Regulars recommend beginning your meal with an order of grilled flatbreads. The pear flatbread is a popular choice, topped with robust gorgonzola and crunchy sunflower seeds. Pass an order of salty olives around the table, then move on to a mesclun salad or the butternut squash risotto. As for entrees, the roasted chicken breast receives two thumbs up from regular diners. Vegetarians can enjoy the flavorful penne arrabiata. There are two prix fixe menus that are required for parties of seven to 25; both are reasonably priced at $35 or $45.
A BYOB establishment, Audrey Claire accepts cash only, so leave your credit cards at home. The eatery is open 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
Talula's Garden features a menu of fresh fare that’s as inspired as it is comforting. It’s the brainchild of restaurateur Aimee Olexy, whose love of fine food and beautiful décor is evident throughout this Philadelphia eatery.
Brunch is served on weekends, when you can stop in for Honey-Soaked Ricotta Donuts, Warm Field Mushroom & Goat Cheese Crepes, and Warm Spiced French Toast. The cheese menu lets you try a variety of yummy varieties from around the world.
The dinner menu at Talula's Garden offers starters like Crostini of Chicken Liver Mousse, Celery & Date Salad, Ragu of Wild Goose, and Buttery Little Gnocchi. Entrees include Honey Brined Boneless Pork Chop, Seafood Cassoulet, Muscovy Duck Breast, Petite Butcher Filet Au Jus, and Colorado Lamb Shank Ossobuco.
Craving some flavorful comfort food with a modern twist? Head to Jones and find something tasty right in Center City Philadelphia.
The menu at Jones features appetizers like cheese pierogies with caramelized onions, deviled eggs, baked macaroni and cheese, chicken nachos, and meatless wings. Pair your starter with a bowl of matzo ball or chicken rice soup. The tasty array of sandwiches offers up a brisket on brioche bun, Texas barbecue pulled pork, and a turkey burger with roasted tomato aioli. Tandoori chicken kebabs, fried chicken and waffles, pecan crusted tilapia, chicken pot pie, sesame seared tuna, and fried chicken in a basket are among the entrée options.
Jones also serves a popular weekend brunch. Visit its website to learn more!
Authentic fare is what’s cooking in Kanella’s kitchen in Philadelphia. Go there to feast on flavorful Mediterranean fare.
Stop by in the a.m. for the Cyprus Breakfast with two eggs fried in olive oil, with halloumi – cheese, lounza – smoked pork, and bread, the Shakshouka – two Eggs poached in a cumin scented tomato and pepper stew, with grilled bread, or Malohwa – pan fried savory puff pastry, boiled egg, spicy tomato salad & Greek yogurt. Some tasty sandwiches are on the menu, along with entrees like Whole Fish of the Day with fresh greens, Braised Rabbit Leg with fregula pasta, Organic Pig Cheeks with roasted fennel, Goat Chop with dolmades, and Stuffed Pepper with raisins, rice, lentils, & pine nuts.
Visit Kanella's website to find out more about this Philadelphia restaurant.