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Old Favorites: Four Philadelphia Restaurants to Revisit

One of the best things to do when visiting the city of brotherly love is to eat. There are hundreds of restaurants in Philadelphia so every taste bud is sure to find what its craving. With so many choices, it is easy to forget some of the old favorites. Here are four Philadelphia restaurants in Center City that offer themed menus and exciting atmosphere that will delight the senses without emptying the wallet.

Monk’s Cafe

One of the best places to eat in Philadelphia has to be Monk’s Cafe. No visit to Center City is complete without stopping into Philly’s bona fide version of a Belgium eatery. This joint takes its beer seriously and the Monk’s Beer Bible is proof. In it you will find hundreds of bottled beer with a selection of Belgian brews on tap. And get this, all beers are served in their proper glasses. Monk’s also dishes up traditional Belgian fare that goes beyond just mussels and pommes frites, though they have all that, too. Yum.Rouge on Rittenhouse Square

At Rouge, expect an eclectic, French-infused menu served in a romantic setting. And perfectly placed on Rittenhouse Square, a romantic walk through the park will alleviate some of the guilt of enjoying one of the Rouge’s decadent desserts. The chef chooses fresh ingredients daily so the menu is constantly changing. It would be wrong not to mention though that a staple on the menu, the Rouge Burger, picked up accolades from GQ Magazine as being a must-have hamburger to eat before you die. Heed the warning and visit the Rouge web site for more information.

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

Catch a glimpse of Old Havana in the heart of Old City when you dine at Cube Libre. This Philadelphia restaurant may serve up both traditional and modern Cuban fare, but there is nothing contemporary about the interior. Instead the restaurant offers an authentic look at Cuba of a bygone era. Cube Libra presents a unique dining experience that is only heightened when sipping one of their killer mojitos or signature rum concoctions.


“Iron Chef” Masaharu Morimoto opened his Philadelphia restaurant in 2001. With a contemporary and sleek interior and almost fluid feel of the furnishings, Morimoto offers diners a Zen-like setting to enjoy their meal. Whether it’s freshly hand-rolled sushi, served on a beautiful slate plate, a main entrée of the warm black cod miso or something else from Morimoto’s menu, those hunger pangs should be calmed and balance restored.