29 New Restaurants In Philly To Check Out This Fall

Autumn’s openings include marquee eateries, fun bars, low-key lunch spots and more...

Autumn’s on the way — and so is a crop of new Philadelphia restaurants.

The latest additions to the dining scene include Spice Finch from chefs Jennifer Carroll and Billy Riddle, the reconceptualization of Rooster Soup Co. as The Rooster, two sweet spots (Aurora Grace Chocolates and Flow State CoffeeBar) from lauded pastry chefs and several soon-to-be staples for neighborhood brunching.

Add to that Seattle- and Puerto Rican-style lunch options and a cafe specializing entirely in cereal, and the season gets even more intriguingly delicious.

Here’s a look at some of the newest restaurants in Philadelphia, below.

The Rooster

The RoosterPhoto courtesy The Rooster

The restaurant formerly known as Rooster Soup Co. has a new name and a new menu that hews more closely to Jewish deli traditions, including corned beef and smoked whitefish sandwiches. The philanthropic mission, with all profits going to Broad Street Ministry, remains the same.

The Rooster

Where:The Rooster, 1526 Sansom Street

www.theroosterphilly.com

Spice Finch

Spice FinchPhoto by Eric Ashleigh for Spice Finch

Chefs Jennifer Carroll and Billy Riddle return to Philadelphia with a modern Mediterranean restaurant and bar in Rittenhouse Square. A light and airy, Art Deco-inspired interior sets the stage for dishes such as date-braised lamb shank, salt-baked eggplant and peri-peri shrimp with harissa.

Spice Finch

Where:Spice Finch, 220 S. 17th Street

www.spicefinchphilly.com

TALK

TalkPhoto courtesy Talk

Open since early summer, this chic Rittenhouse restaurant delivers shareable plates in a moodily lit, brass-trimmed dining room. Seasonal dishes might include peaches and foie gras, scallops over succotash or chocolate cake with Thai basil and pink peppercorn.

TALK

Where:Talk, 2121 Walnut Street

www.talkphl.com

Seattle Teriyaki

A Seattle native brings his city’s most iconic dish to Center City. The quick service luncherie specializes in its namesake dish and platters of grilled meats over rice with salad.

Seattle Teriyaki

Where:Seattle Teriyaki, 1608 Sansom Street

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Aurora Grace Chocolates

Aurora Wold, a pastry chef linked to some of New York’s finest restaurants, sweetens up Society Hill with her new shop, selling coffee, breakfast breads, cookies and scones, as well as gorgeous bonbons.

Aurora Grace Chocolates

Where:Aurora Grace Chocolates, 517 S. 5th Street

www.auroragracechocolates.com

Loco Lucho

Chefs Luis Liceaga and Rafi Nieto team up to recreate their favorite Puerto Rican street fare. Their lunch stand in Reading Terminal Market serves authentic eats like bistec sandwiches, Cubano sandwiches, tostones and rice and beans.

Loco Lucho

Where:Loco Lucho, Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th Street

www.locolucho.com

Nauti Mermaid

Nauti MermaidPhoto courtesy Nauti Mermaid

With a Maryland accent, this Old City seafood house features crab in all forms, oysters and seafood boils. Nauti Hour, from 9 to 10 p.m. nightly, offers seafood specials, $3 beers and $4 wine on tap.

Nauti Mermaid

Where:Nauti Mermaid, 110 Chestnut Street

www.nautimermaidphilly.com

Sandler’s on 9th

Sandler's on 9thPhoto courtesy Sandler's on 9th

Housed in The Franklin, Sandler’s hearkens back to the coffeeshop era with a diner sensibility and an all-day menu. The casual restaurant emphasizes local and sustainable ingredients while turning out comfort foods like salted caramel French toast, turkey club sandwiches and steak and potato platters.

Sandler’s on 9th

Where:Sandler's on 9th, 834 Chestnut Street

www.sandlersrestaurants.com

Tradesman’s

The BRU Craft and Wurst and U-Bahn crew turn to American fare for their latest addition—an enormous, multilevel restaurant incorporating regional barbecue, whiskey and beer.

Tradesman’s

Where:Tradesman's, 1322 Chestnut Street

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Kontrol

Interior of Kontrol underground bar in PhiladelphiaPhoto courtesy Kontrol

This developed-in-secret bar located beneath Tradesman's and accessed via U-Bahn offers a late-night kitchen menu (think bar bites and sandwiches) and a drinks menu with a special focus on cocktails. Also on view: the door from the cellar vault from the Tradesman's National Bank and Trust Company that formerly occupied the building.

Kontrol

Where:Kontrol, 1320 Chestnut Street

Elixr Roastery and Cafe

The award-winning local coffee roaster has opened a huge new coffee shop in Callowhill with an “omakase” menu of brews to sample.

Elixr Roastery and Cafe

Where:Elixr Coffee Roasters, 315 N. 12th Street

www.elixrcoffee.com

Frankie Ann’s Bar and Grill

Taking over where Fairmount staple Rembrandt’s left off, this neighborhood pub pleases the trickiest crowds with an easygoing menu of sports-bar starters such as wings and fried cheese, burgers and pasta entrees, plus beers to match.

Frankie Ann’s Bar and Grill

Where:Frankie Ann's Bar & Grill, 741 N. 23rd Street

www.frankieannsbarandgrill.com

Dolce & Caffe

With cannoli shells and ricotta imported from Sicily, the gelato from Umbria, coffee by Lavazza, plus classic Italian bruschetta, salads and panini, this Northern Liberties neighborhood newcomer exudes Southern European cafe-ness.

Dolce & Caffe

Where:Dolce & Caffe, 706 N. 2nd Street

www.dolceandcaffe.com

Flow State CoffeeBar

The mural-adorned walls at Fishtown’s newest sweets shop are now open for public viewing. Inside, the kitchen turns out donuts, cookies and homemade gelato and sorbet, alongside coffee from Lancaster’s Square One roasters, with a menu of savory fare, too.

Flow State CoffeeBar

Where:Flow State CoffeeBar, 2413 Frankford Avenue

www.flowstatecoffeebar.com

The International Bar

The owners of Johnny Brenda’s and Standard Tap know how to transform a neighborhood with good food and beer. Highlights at their new Kensington watering hole include house rye, a Cruvinet wine bar and eclectic snacks.

The International Bar

Where:The International Bar, 1624 N. Front Street

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Kurant Cider

Kurant CiderPhoto courtesy Kurant Cider

A 19th-century carriage house in Fishtown now encloses the Kurant production facility, as well as a tasting room. At the bar, the full lineup of ciders can be sampled on draft, along with a small selection of organic hot dogs.

Kurant Cider

Where:Kurant Cider, 436 E. Girard Avenue

www.kurantcider.com

Over Easy Breakfast Club

The Philly brunch scene welcomes an excellent entry with a French Laundry pedigreed chef to Fishtown. The signature “dinosaur egg” comes encased in avocado and wrapped in bacon; the menu also includes crab melts and shareable monkey bread.

Over Easy Breakfast Club

Where:Over Easy Breakfast Club, 2302 E. Norris Street

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The Pineville

The Pineville TavernPhoto courtesy The Pineville Tavern

Bucks County’s historic restaurant doubles down with a Fishtown location featuring popular dishes from Bucks: “Bawlmer” crab cakes, a Million Dollar bacon burger, Peter Luger-style steaks, plus Sunday brunch, family-style Sunday dinners and jazz in the second-floor lounge.

The Pineville

Where:The Pineville, 2448 E. Huntingdon Street

www.pinevillefishtown.com

Irwin’s

The BOK Building’s newest year-round tenant is an inviting bar serving cocktails in a vintage-inspired lounge and on a rooftop terrace. On the edible side, chef Paul Garberson turns out Mediterranean-accented small plates.

Irwin’s

Where:Irwin's, 1901 S. 9th Street

www.irwinsupstairs.com

L’Anima

Diners eating inside and outside at L'Anima in PhiladelphiaPhoto courtesy L'Anima

The owners of well-loved Melograno and Fraschetta make their third time the charm with L’Anima, a Roman bring-your-own-bottle (BYOB) spot in Graduate Hospital. Homemade pastas and seafood dishes shine in the sunny modern dining room — with outdoor seating, too.

L’Anima

Where:L’Anima, 1001 S. 17th Street

www.lanimaphilly.com

Laos Cafe

Husband and wife Kha Vorasarn and Asia Keomanivanh create their home country’s cuisine at a new storefront in West Passyunk. The diminutive restaurant serves flat noodles, larb and crispy rice wrapped in lettuce leaves.

Laos Cafe

Where:Laos Cafe, 2340 S. Hemberger Street

Teas N’ Mi

A sandwich from Teas N' Mi in PhiladelphiaPhoto courtesy Teas N' Mi

East Passyunk’s Vietnamese eatery specializes in banh mi and phorathas, sandwiches that wrap pho-spiced filling in paratha-style bread. There’s also a full menu of bubble and milk teas and smoothies.

Teas N’ Mi

Where:Teas N’ Mi, 2220, 1907 East Passyunk Avenue

www.teasnmi.com

Honest Tom’s Plant Based Taco Shop

The West Philly taco shop that got its start on a truck has turned into a fully vegan venture. Instead of chicken and beef, guests can order “carbacoa” with slow-cooked carrots and lentils or “chucken,” chickpeas and plantains.

Honest Tom’s Plant Based Taco Shop

Where:Honest Tom's Plant Based Taco Shop, 261 S. 44th Street

www.honesttomsplantbasedtacoshop.com

Loco Pez

The newest outpost of the Fishtown taco and tequila bar serves plenty of vegan and vegetarian options. Also on the menu at the party spot are burritos, nachos, L.A. hot dogs and enchiladas.

Loco Pez

Where:Loco Pez, 4631 Baltimore Avenue

www.locopez.com

Louie Louie

Louie LouiePhoto courtesy Louie Louie

The Inn at Penn’s new restaurant takes its cues from European bistros with a lush, colorful interior design. Diners can indulge in raw shellfish, duck confit and escargot, along with signature cocktails, wine and beer.

Louie Louie

Where:Louie Louie, 3611 Walnut Street

www.louielouie.restaurant

Bistro Perrier

The interior courtyard of Bistro Perrier in West PhiladelphiaPhoto courtesy Bistro Perrier

Former Le Bec-Fin owner and Walnut Hill College Master-in-Residence Georges Perrier is behind this French bistro in West Philly. The menu features classic French cuisine (escargots, steak tartare) as well as daily specials from the Le Bec-Fin menu.

Bistro Perrier

Where:Bistro Perrier, 4207 Walnut Street

www.walnuthillcollege.edu

South Philly Barbacoa opened its Italian Market standalone restaurant in early 2018. Chef Cristina Martinez — whose eats earn Bon Appétit raves — serves up slow-cooked lamb barbacoa and pancita tacos that come loaded with fresh toppings. The menu also features an insanely delicious consommé – like a brothy soup. Drinks like atole, soda and agua frescas are available for purchase, and diners are welcome to bring their own alcoholic beverages along.  

Where:South Philly Barbacoa, 1140 S. 9th Street, Philadelphia

www.southphillybarbacoa.com

Terrain Cafe - Devon

Garden Cafe at Terrain's Devon location promises hand-selected menu items from local, trusted farmers. The plant-filled, glass-roofed cafe serves seasonal brunch and dinner menus, in addition to daytime coffee service. Salads, burgers and cheeseboards offer familiar comforts, while dishes like the Atlantic Halibut served with freekah tabbouleh, pistachio dukkah, zucchini and lemon yogurt make help Terrain Cafe stand out

Terrain Cafe - Devon

Where:Terrain Cafe, 138 W. Lancaster Avenue #120, Devon

www.shopterrain.com

Amis at Devon Yard

The fourth location of this trattoria serves the favorite dishes Amis lovers have come to rely on, including bucatini with jalapeño and almond pesto. Pizettes are a small plate option for diners looking to sample, but the dinner-only menu boast plenty of main dishes sure to leave guests full. 

Amis at Devon Yard

Where:amis trattoria, 138 W. Lancaster Avenue #140, Devon

www.amistrattoria.com

P.J. Clarke's

New York City-based P.J. Clarke's made its Philly debut in early fall 2018 at the Curtis Center. Though it's new to Philly, the American food and cocktail bar has been around since 1884, and owner Phil Scotti hails from Norristown. Visitors should be sure to order the restaurant's staples — whiskey, burgers and a raw bar. 

P.J. Clarke's

Where:P. J. Clark’s, 601 Walnut Street, Philadelphia

www.pjclarkes.com

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