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RESTAURANTS � Susanna Foo, 1512 Walnut St. Nationally-recognized upscale Chinese restaurant. � The Striped Bass, 1500 Walnut St.; Brasserie Perrier, 1619 Walnut St.; The Saloon, 750 S. 7th St.; The Palm, 200 S. Broad St. Best places to impress clients and out-of-towners. Bring the gold card. � Bistro St. Tropez, 2400 Market St. Great date spot. Gourmet but not wallet-busting. � Zocalo, 3600-04 Lancaster Ave. This ain’t Taco Bell. Inspired variations on Mexican entrees. � Fork, 306 Market St. Tough to get a reservation on a weekend, but well worth booking weeks in advance. � Judy’s Cafe, 3rd & Bainbridge Sts. Offers unusual takes on traditional “comfort” food, like veal and pork meatloaf for those who miss Mom. � Samosa Indian Vegetarian Cuisine, 1214 Walnut St., Suburban Station. Great place to grab lunch. It’s quick and for $4.95, it’s all you can eat. � Cherry Street Chinese Vegetarian Restaurant, 1010 Cherry St. The best place to get meatless Chinese in the whole city. � The Painted Parrot Cafe, 209 Chestnut St. Desserts galore! Wednesday nights are best with the themed all you can eat dessert buffet for $7.95. � Dmitri’s, 795 S. 3rd St., and Audrey Claire, 276 S. 20th St. Two of the foremost BYOBs in the city. The first concentrates on seafood prepared with a Mediterranean flair. The latter offers a wide variety, but don’t leave without trying the creme brulee. � Sante Fe Burrito Co., 227 S. 20th St., and Hot Tamales, 114 S. 20th St. Good for quick-hit Mexican food. Sante Fe has burritos as big as your head. � Joe’s Pizza, 122 S. 16th St. Pizza that melts in your mouth. It’s a quick and easy choice for lunch. � Bertucci’s, 1515 Locust St., and Pietro’s Coal Oven Pizzeria, 1714 Walnut St. Great coal oven pizza. Nice for sit-down lunch or dinner. � Marathon Grill, Broad & Chestnut Sts., 19th & Market Sts., Suburban Station Building, 16th & Sansom Sts., 19th & Spruce Sts. You will probably not be able to get through the summer without lunching at one of these locations. A lunch staple for anybody who works in the city. 19th & Spruce location, just south of Rittenhouse Square, stays open late for dinner and serves alcohol. � Pat’s King of Steaks, 1237 E. Passyunk Ave.; Geno’s Steaks, 9th & Passyunk Aves.; Jim’s Steaks, 400 South St. Philly is home of the best cheesesteaks in the world. The best is debatable, so check out all three. BARS � Dave & Busters, Pier 19, 325 Columbus Blvd. An arcade for grown-ups. Have a few beers and then challenge a buddy to skee ball. � Pitcher’s Pub, 4328 Main St., Manayunk, and Shula’s Steaks, 36th & Chestnut Sts. Great sports bars to catch a beer and a Phillies game. � Warmdaddy’s, 4 S. Front St., and Zanzibar Blue, 200 S. Broad St. Hottest swanky places in the city to hear live jazz and blues while dining. � Bob & Barbara’s Lounge, 1509 South St. Philadelphia’s best kept secret. Great jazz and blues. Cheap drinks. � Irish Pub, 2007 Walnut St.; Fergie’s Pub, 1214 Sansom St.; McGillan’s Old Ale House, 1310 Drury Lane; The Bards, 2013 Walnut St.; Dickens Inn, 2nd & Pine Sts. Happy hour at its finest, Ireland style. � The Five Spot, 5 Bank St. Philadelphia’s premiere swing club. Lessons available. � Sugarmom’s, 225 Church St., and Tattooed Moms, 530 South St. Great beers. Cool people. Lots of games and toys to play with. Good juke box. � Lucy’s Hat Shop, 247 Market St. Very hip bar in Old City. G-Love has been spotted there. � Cutters, 20th & Market Sts. Happy hour for the corporate-minded. Good food to boot. � Roosevelt Pub, 2220 Walnut St. Cheapest happy hour around. Amazing burgers. � The Continental, 2nd & Market Sts. For the cooler than cool. Wear black. All black. � The Khyber, 56 S. 2nd St.; Pontiac Grill, 304 South St.; The Attic, 16 S. 2nd St.; Grape Street Pub, 107 Grape St.; Tin Angel, 20 S. 2nd St. Hear live, mostly local, original music. � Polyester’s, 1201 Race St. Philly’s premeire ’70s & ’80s dance club. � Shampoo, 417 8th St. Like a NYC club. Lots of techno. Unisex bathroom. � Abilene, 429 South St., and Mexican Post Restaurant and Bar, 104 Chestnut St. Puts Chi Chi’s and Chile’s to shame. Mexican and Southwestern food with flare – and great margaritas. � Ludwigs Garten, 1315 Sansom St. Unbelievable selection of German beer. Good food and drink specials. POINTS OF INTEREST � Liberty Bell, Market St. between 5th & 6th Sts., and Independence Hall, 313 Walnut St. Birthplace of the nation. Must see native and tourist attractions. � Make it a Night (Wednesday evening restaurant & shop discounts). Started to boost consumerism in the city, some restaurants and stores offer special discounts on Wednesdays. � First Friday (extended art gallery hours in Old City). The first Friday of every month, art galleries in Old City often host special events and extend their hours making for a movable party. � Reading Terminal Market, 12th & Arch Sts. Convenient spot to pick up fresh produce, fish and exotic cheeses. While you shop, stop to munch at one of stands, ranging from vegetarian to Amish and Mexican to hoagies. � Fairmount Park, 215-685-0000. 63 separate parks with more acreage than NYC’s Central Park. Best place to check out is Valley Green in Roxborough and along the Wissahickon Creek in Manyunk and Mount Airy. � Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Ave. Embrace the kid inside. Primates are back at the zoo. Enjoy science galore at the museums. � Eastern State Penitentiary, 22nd St. & Fairmount Ave. This eerie prison hasn’t been in operation for almost 30 years, but if you go on a tour, you might recognize the bleak cells from movies like Twelve Monkeys and Return to Paradise. You could even bump into the ghost of Al Capone, who was once held here. MUSEUMS � African-American Museum in Philadelphia, 7th & Arch Sts. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m.; Closed Monday. Admission: Adults, $6; children under 12, students with I.D., the disabled and seniors, $4. 215-574-0380 x228. www.ushistory.org/tour/tour_afro.htm � Atwater Kent Museum of Philadelphia History, 15 S. 7th St. Everything you want to know about the City of Brotherly Love. Open every day but Tuesday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission: 215-922-3031. www.philadelphiahistory.org � Independence Seaport Museum, Penn’s Landing waterfront at 211 S. Columbus Blvd. & Walnut St. Open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m.. Combined admission to Independence Seaport Museum’s exhibitions and Historic Ship Zone: Adults, $7.50; seniors, $6; children 5 to 12, $3.50. Museum-only or ships-only admission: Adults, $5; seniors, $4; children, $2.50. 215.925.5439. www.tfaoi.com/newsmu/nmus121.htm � National Museum of American Jewish History, 55 5th St. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Admission: Adults, $2.50; seniors, students, children 6 and over, $1.75. 215-923-3811. www.ushistory.org/tour/tour_jewish.htm � Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Broad & Cherry Sts. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: Adults, $5; seniors and students with I.D. $4; ages 18 and under; $3. Sundays are free to all from 3-5 p.m. excluding special exhibitions. Wednesdays are $3 from noon to 1 p.m. excluding special exhibitions. 215-972-7600. www.pafa.org � Philadelphia Museum of Art, Benjamin Franklin Parkway and 26th St. Run up the steps like Rocky or go inside. Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.; closed Mondays. Admission: Adults, $8; seniors, students with I.D. and children, 5 to 17, $4.; Sundays, free until 1:00 p.m. Through Aug. 6 is “Mary Ellen Mark: Photographs” exhibit. Modern and contemporary galleries closed through the fall. 215-763-8100. www.philamuseum.org � The Franklin Institute Science Museum, 222 20th St. Daily 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Museum admission: Adults, $9.75; seniors and children 4 to 11, $8.50. IMAX and planeterium additional. 215-448-1200. www.fi.edu � The Pretzel Museum, 211 3rd St. Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tours: Every 15 minutes from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Admission: $1.50. 215-413-3010. www.ushistory.org/tour/tour_pretzel.htm.

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