Goldie is the fast casual falafel shop from the people behind Zahav and Federal Donuts, and it’s a good go-to for a weeknight lunch or dinner when you don’t have the energy to make too many decisions or sit down for a multi-course meal. They have a pretty short menu, but that’s because they do one thing really well - falafel. It’s flavorful and crispy, and you can get it with a few different sauces, but the harissa is our favorite. Also, you should save room for a tehina milkshake - they’re fantastic.
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Barbuzzo Mediterranean Kitchen & Bar
Barbuzzo is a great place to escape Center City for a low-key date, or any other time you want some charcuterie and pasta.
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Hadramout is a small Yemeni restaurant near Penn that’s good for a quick lunch or group dinner.
Manakeesh in West Philly makes super affordable Lebanese food that’s some of the best in the city.
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Spice Finch is a Mediterranean spot in Rittenhouse that’s great for everything from a client dinner to drinks at the bar.
Abe Fisher is an upscale dinner spot in Midtown Village serving updated Jewish deli classics, like smoked short ribs and borscht tartare.
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