15+ New Restaurants Now Open In Philly

Fall’s looking pretty flavorful in Philly...

Seasons may come and go but the question of where to eat is timeless.

Of course, when the local restaurant scene is as bustling and innovative as Philly’s, there’s never a shortage of great new eateries to try out, and that’s particularly true this fall.

Upscale Filipino food, a seafood-specific gastropub, a kebab house from a celebrated restaurateur—you just can’t go wrong this autumn. Use this list as a cheat sheet and resolve the age-old dilemma of where to chow down next:

Perla

Hello, coconut Spanish mackerel and duck adobo. Passyunk’s Perla stylishly updates Filipino cuisine, with a four-course pre-fixe menu that emphasizes seasonal ingredients and picturesque presentation.

Perla

Where:Perla, 1535 S. 11th Street

www.perlaphilly.com

Lou Bird's

Lou Bird’s is that neighborhood restaurant you wish was in your neighborhood. Smartly updated comfort food like roasted potato and duck confit pierogis and hand-torn pasta with lobster pairs nicely with fresh cocktails like the Hall and Rye (rye, Fernet Branca rinse and blueberry syrup).

Lou Bird's

Where:Lou Bird's, 500 S. 20th Street

www.loubirds.net

Butcher Bar

The new outing from the owners of Valanni, Varga Bar and Mercato is a carnivorous showplace. The menu offers chicken chicharrone, a house hot dog grinder, four kinds of meatballs, and smoked wild boar ribs, along with 16 beers and six wines on tap.

Butcher Bar

Where:2034 Chestnut Street

www.butcherbarphilly.com

Mission Taqueria

Sansom Street Oyster House doubles up with sunny, mod Mission Taqueria on the upper floor. The Mexican menu showcases original accents, like braised goat tacos with feta and black currants; plantain empanadas; and tuna and watermelon ceviche.

Mission Taqueria

Where:Mission Taqueria, 1516 Sansom Street

www.missiontaqueria.com

Kanella Grill

The original Kanella restaurant space now houses Kanella Grill, a spinoff concept with a more casual bent. The emphasis is on kebabs (pork, chicken, lamb), plus falafel, lamb burgers and exquisite homemade sweets.

Kanella Grill

Where:Kanella Grill, 1001 Spruce Street

www.facebook.com/kanellagrill/

Bait & Switch

Booze and seafood form a powerful union at Bait & Switch. New England style fried fish and shellfish reigns supreme, sides like hush puppies and grits show a Southern edge, and the classic Philly style hot dog gets a remix as a fish cake and sausage.

Bait & Switch

Where:Bait & Switch, 2537 E. Somerset Street

thebestseafood.com

Real Food Eatery

Healthy, balanced and seasonal food rules the day at Real Food Eatery. The gluten-free menu features seared entrees (portobellos, salmon, chicken) over a bed of greens or grains, along with sides like quinoa salad, avocado and roasted sweet potatoes.

Real Food Eatery

Where:Real Food Eatery, 207 S. 16th Street

www.realfoodeatery.com

Aroma

Washington Square gets a new ristorante to call its own. BYOB Aroma promises contemporary Italian fare like grilled octopus with fennel over ceci beans; mascarpone gnocchi with lobster; and grilled baby lamb chops with rosemary.

Aroma

Where:Aroma, 1120 Pine Street

Medusa Pizzeria

Amid the Neopolitan pizza craze, Medusa Pizzeria offers a refreshing alternative in Fishtown. Wood-fired Sicilian pies are topped with combos such as mushrooms, pesto and tomatoes or chorizo, egg, roasted peppers and scamorza.

Medusa Pizzeria

Where:Medusa Pizzeria, 2327 Gaul Street

medusapizza.com

Foghorn

Arthur Cavaliere has already revolutionized East Falls dining with In Riva. For his second act, he introduces “Philly style” fried chicken at Foghorn, a fast service joint with a tightly focused menu and killer chicken sandwich.

Foghorn

Where:Foghorn, 4213 Ridge Avenue

foghornphilly.com

Garage North

Replicating the success of the original Garage in South Philly, Garage North relays the same nighttime playground concept to Fishtown. Booze plus pool tables plus a rotating chef roster equals big fun.

Garage North

Where:Garage North, 100 E. Girard Avenue

www.garagephilly.com

La Mula Terca

La Mula Terca’s pan-Latin street fare—zucchini blossom quesadillas, chorizo montaditos, corn silk tea and Mexican lime water ice—takes Point Breeze eating to the next level of yum.

La Mula Terca

Where:La Mula Terca, 2053 S. Beechwood Street

www.facebook.com/lamulatercaphilly

Tiki

Fall may be here but summer lives on inside bamboo walls of this Midtown Village cocktail bar. Sip on rum and fresh fruit drinks and munch on Asian-inspired snacks like spicy beef summer rolls, king oyster mushroom bao buns and satay.

Tiki

Where:Tiki, 102 S. 13th Street

tikiphilly.com

Jansen

Mt. Airy’s newest destination eatery, Jansen presents a bistro experience, replete with signature cocktails and an extensive wine list. Eats include raw bar selections, beet carpaccio and chicken breast roulade over artichoke risotto.

Jansen

Where:Jansen, 7402 Germantown Avenue

jansenrestaurant.com

MilkBoy South Street

MilkBoy doubles its holdings with a new South Street location. The multilevel concept—live music venue meets bar meets restaurant—remains the same.

MilkBoy South Street

Where:MilkBoy South Street, 401 South Street

www.milkboyphilly.com

Federal Distilling Room

The makers of Stateside Vodka introduce a new way to appreciate their spirits in situ. The tasting room pours signature vodka cocktails, but there’s also beer, wine and snacks such as chili and hot dogs.

Federal Distilling Room

Where:Federal Distilling, Stateside Urbancraft Vodka, 1700 N. Hancock Street

www.statesidevodka.com

Lil' Pop Shop

The much-loved Lil’ Pop Shop is now slinging popsicles at its new Rittenhouse location. Stop by the super cute shop for pops in flavors like goat cheese with juneberries, Vietnamese iced coffee, vanilla bean with rainbow sprinkles, watermelon lemonade and more.

Lil' Pop Shop

Where:Lil' Pop Shop, 229 S. 20th Street

www.lilpopshop.com

Bar Volver

As of early September, Bar Volver upped its offerings with full-blown dinner service and a menu of seriously delicious offerings. Dinner, which is available Wednesday through Sunday, includes a range of cheeses, delicate small plates, a meat-heavy entrée section and more.

Bar Volver

Where:Bar Volvér, 300 S. Broad Street

www.volverrestaurant.com

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