Midtown Village is home to some of the best restaurants in Philadelphia, offering everything from farm-to-table eats in a 30-seat BYOB to casual brunch fare to modern Italian at The Independent Hotel’s own Little Nonna’s. Breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and dessert are never far away in our neighborhood, whether you’re wandering down Locust in search of a quick bite or settling in at Talula’s Garden for an upscale evening on the square.
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Just because you won’t find a Philly Cheesesteak at Vedge doesn’t make it any less essential to the fabric of Philadelphia’s culinary scene. Vegetable-based but not lacking for decadence, Vedge’s menu includes delicacies like Fresh Hearts of Palm Vindaloo, Seared Black Kale and Crispy & Creamy Sunchokes. In addition to its showstopping array of entrees, Vedge offers a full cocktail list, each drink infused with creative floral and botanical additions. This must-visit vegetarian restaurant sits in an artfully designed space less than one block from The Independent Hotel.
More info: www.vedgerestaurant.com / @vedgerestaurant
The Farm and Fisherman BYOB
This intimate 30-seat restaurant looks like an unassuming neighborhood joint. In truth, it’s homey and friendly, but its food is anything but understated. Renowned locavore chefs — and married couple — Josh and Colleen Lawler plate sustainably sourced ingredients in a variety of appealing ways. Cauliflower is paired in a light salad with pistachio and autumn fruit, Berkshire Pork is complemented by braised bacon and smoky beans, and Hake pulled from the Gulf of Maine is served alongside lobster, turnips and dates. If you’re seeking thoughtfully sourced and prepared food in a casually refined setting, look no further than The Farm and Fisherman — but bring your own bottle.
More info: www.thefarmandfishermanbyob.com / @FarmFisherman
Tucked away in a charming space on Locust Street, Little Nonna’s updates the classic flavors of South Philly Italian food with Midtown Village style to create a friendly neighborhood gathering spot. Created by Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran, the pair responsible for standout local restaurants like Lolita, Grocery, and Barbuzzo, this Philadelphia italian restaurant is conveniently located at the Independent Hotel. Start your meal with a rich Italian Chianti or a bubbly San Pellegrino before moving on to Eggplant Parmigiana and Ricotta Cavatelli with duck sausage, taggiasca olive, rapini, pecorino and pear. Don’t forget dessert, whether you opt for a cup of local coffee from La Colombe, an after-dinner Amaro, or Little Nonna’s famed Hazelnut Cannoli.
More info: www.littlenonnas.com / @littlenonnas
Green Eggs Café
This Philly favorite operates three locations, one of which is just steps away from The Independent Hotel. Green Eggs serves classic breakfast, brunch and lunch dishes daily, but isn’t afraid to mix it up with creative menu options like Quinoa Porridge, Red Velvet Pancakes and Short Rib Benedict. You can’t go wrong with the restaurant’s signature and most simple dish: Eggs Your Way with breakfast meat and fresh bread from local Le Bus Bakery.
More info: www.greeneggscafe.com / @GreenEggsCafe
Overseen by famed Philly restaurateur Stephen Starr, up-and-coming young chef Charles Parker, and farm-to-table luminary Aimee Olexy, Talula’s Garden takes New American cuisine to new heights in an art deco-style building on Washington Square. Brunch and dinner each offers a collection of sublime dishes, including Pan-Roasted Whole Porgy with heirloom radishes and shishito peppers, Brown Butter Glazed Potato Gnocchi, and Duck Pappardelle with wine-scented apricots.
More info: www.talulasgarden.com