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Best Spicy Food Restaurants in University City

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A photo of White Dog Cafe - University City restaurant
4.5
Awesome(4587)
$$$$
• Contemporary American • University City
Booked 72 times today
White Dog Cafe, an iconic restaurant in University City for over 30 years, is a leader in using environmentally sustainable, organic and local foods from farms within 50 miles. Known for warm hospitality, inspiring and award winning food, the White Dog's historic three brownstones were recently completely renovated offering charming and whimsical dog décor and artwork in its many unique dining spaces and outdoor patio.
A photo of Talula’s Garden restaurant
4.8
Exceptional(10985)
$$$$
• American • Washington Square
Booked 139 times today
Behind the wrought iron gate, past the herbaceous patio and through the atrium is Talula's Garden, the warm and elegant Washington Square eatery from Aimee Olexy and Starr Restaurants. The modern menu, prepared with carefully-sourced ingredients and a light European touch, changes with the seasons. The artful cuisine, hospitable staff, sustainable spirits, and a focus on cheese make the dining experience here incredibly memorable.
A photo of Continental Midtown restaurant
4.7
Exceptional(1532)
$$$$
• American • Center City
Booked 107 times today
Three full stories of fun await you at the Continental Mid-town. Whether you’re relaxing in the lounge, swinging in a basket chair on the jet-set mezzanine or taking in the night along the airy rooftop patio, it’s a total reprieve from the expected. The mouth-watering menu features bold and eclectic flavors, from signature jumbo lump crab pad thai and Szechuan shoestring fries to playful spins like cheesesteak eggrolls and French onion soup dumplings. Expertly mixed pop and retro cocktails ensure there’s something for everyone to sip on, no matter the occasion.
A photo of Trattoria Carina restaurant
4.8
Exceptional(708)
$$$$
• Italian • Center City
Booked 70 times today
Trattoria Carina is a casual neighborhood Italian restaurant from the same family as Pub & Kitchen, focused on providing delicious food and a welcoming atmosphere at a great value. Located on the corner of 22nd and Spruce, it’s a charming and easygoing 32-seat trattoria, whose name means “Little Darling” in Italian. The menu changes seasonally, but always features a variety of homemade pastas and classic Italian dishes made up of the freshest ingredients. Trattoria Carina has a small bar program, featuring Italian wines by the glass, seasonal beer options, and a selection of cocktails including Negronis and Aperol spritzes. Should guests choose to BYO, there is no corkage fee. Trattoria Carina is open seven days a week for dinner starting at 4:30 PM.
A photo of El Vez restaurant
4.6
Exceptional(6088)
$$$$
• Mexican / Southwestern • Center City
Booked 101 times today
A contemporary Mexican restaurant, El Vez offers many unique items such as mahi mahi tacos, ahi tuna tostadas, carne asada and pasilla braised pork pozole. Enjoy their made-to-order guacamole & margaritas with fresh-squeezed juices. Top off your meal with "The El Vez," a flourless chocolate cake, peanut butter mousse and carmelized bananas.
A photo of Mei Mei restaurant
4.3
Awesome(626)
$$$$
• Chinese (Taiwan) • Old City
Mei Mei offers a modern twist on traditional Asian dishes, paying homage to the family traditions of owner, and executive chef, Jay Ho, who was born in Taiwan.Dishes on the menu include Fried Rice with Taiwanese Pork Sausage, Korean Fried Chicken Bites, Scallion Pancakes, and Miso Caesar Salad. Join us for brunch every Saturday and Sunday. *Dinner menu will not be available on Sunday but will be available on Saturday's.
A photo of Buddakan - Philadelphia restaurant
4.7
Exceptional(9768)
$$$$
• Asian • Old City
Booked 111 times today
Stephen Starr’s Buddakan is a spectacular restaurant featuring exotic flavors of modern Asian cuisine with creativity and drama. Bon Appetit notes, "The mostly white space is striking, with a lit-from-within communal table in the middle of the room, a waterfall & a ten-foot, candle-bedecked Buddha. The religious icon watches over hip customers indulging in pan-Asian cuisine that far surpasses the fare usually found at hot spots like this." Newsweek reports, "Design also serves as a signifier for cuisine. You walk into Buddakan, one of the hottest new restaurants in Philadelphia, past a shimmering waterfall & Japanese river stones & you say to yourself, 'ginger-miso everything' even before you see the magnificent 10-foot Buddha dominating the dining room." Named one of “America's Top 50 Restaurants" by Travel & Leisure and 'Top Restaurant for Fun' by Gourmet, Buddakan has become one of the country's most talked about restaurants.
A photo of El Rey - Philadelphia restaurant
4.5
Awesome(357)
$$$$
• American • Chestnut Hill
Booked 37 times today
Inspired by the cuisines of Puebla and Veracruz, El Rey captures the essence of Mexican home cooking. Boisterous and broken-in like a laidback roadside cantina, the dining room hums from midday to late-night. Folk art, kitchsy found objects and vintage movie posters adorn the walls, providing plenty of visual stimuli for eaters digging into authentic tacos, tortas, enchiladas, sopes and more. Add a bar stocked with the best tequilas, mezcals and cervezas and you’ve got a cantina fit for a king.
A photo of Urban Farmer- Philadelphia restaurant
4.5
Awesome(2116)
$$$$
• Unspecified • Center City
Booked 43 times today
In a world of white tablecloths and subtle snobbery, we’re doing something rare: being real. We’re less steak and more house. Our house – and yours. Urban Farmer was founded on the idea that combining responsibly sourced food, high-quality ingredients and down-to-earth values would create a new kind of steakhouse, where people could create memories and communities could thrive.
A photo of Moshulu restaurant
4.2
Awesome(7334)
$$$$
• Contemporary American • Penn's Landing
Booked 90 times today
Moshulu is one of the most unique dining experiences in Philadelphia aboard a ship. Dine indoors in our newly remodeled dining rooms or outdoors in the open-air or covered decks. Our menu features modern American fare including the freshest seafood, steaks, and sushi. Paired with seasonal craft cocktails, canned beer, and an extensive wine list. Reservations are recommended and available for indoor tables and outdoor dining under the covered tent. Due to the high volume of requests and limited space, outdoor seating is on a strictly first come first serve basis, even for reservations. We look forward to seeing you!
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