With New York City as a neighbor, Philly often doesn’t get the credit it deserves as a food city. But the city’s diverse neighborhoods offer a wide range of delicious cuisine from all over the globe and some of the best restaurants on the East Coast. Center City is a hotbed for premium culinary experiences. Some of the favorite places among our staff of Philadelphia personal injury lawyers include:


Barbuzzo has been one of the best-known restaurants in Philadelphia for years, and deservedly so. This small, trendy eatery specializes in a variety of Mediterranean-influenced pizzas, pasta, and a several other dishes. Start with an order from the extensive wine, cocktail, and beer menus before getting appetizers for your group. Some of our favorite apps include the smoked trout tartine, sheep’s milk ricotta, and smoked duck arancini. A house-made charcuterie or cheese board are also great ways to begin your meal.

If you’re looking to split some pizza with your group, you can’t go wrong with any of the five unique options on the menu. Everything is delicious – from the simple Margherita to the complex Fera (featuring local pears, secret sauce, gorgonzola dolce, arugula, prosciutto, toasted walnuts, and vincotto.

If you’re in the mood for pasta, you have the choice of several specialty dishes. Some of our favorites include the bay scallop bucatini, pan-seared gnocchi, and sopressini.

There are several other entrees available as well, including delicious grilled Meditteranean octopus, seared Bronzino, and grilled skirt steak, among others.


Sampan is an Asian fusion restaurant which features street food-inspired cuisine from all over Asia. Enjoy classics like crab rangoon, pork and shrimp spring rolls, Szechuan chicken stir-fry along new innovations like General Tso’s soup dumplings and Hamachi ceviche. The diverse flavors from throughout the Asian continent mix and mingle to create some of the most unique Asian fusion dishes in the region. We highly recommend making a reservation, especially if you’re planning to dine on a weekend, as Sampan is also one of the most popular Asian restaurants in the city.

Some of our favorite menu items include:

  • Chicken bao bun
  • Edamame dumplings
  • Wagyu beef satay
  • Swordfish satay
  • Green papaya salad
  • Crab wonton tacos
  • Umami fried chicken
  • Wok-charred lobster

Bud & Marilyn’s

Bud & Marilyn’s serves premium comfort food which draws from unique influences – ranging from Kentucky to East Asia. The restaurant offers an extensive cocktail menu of expertly crafted drinks – some of our favorites include the Lakeside (vodka, lime juice, mint, violet), Sage Derby Smash (bourbon, grapefruit, honey, sage), and the Green Gatsby (London dry gin, green chartreuse, lemon, rosemary).

Starters include a combination of American and Asian fare, including Creekstone steak tartare and crispy Wisconsin cheese curds. The hot buttered buns are a must – you have the choice between stuffings of hot fried chicken or shaved pork belly, with various related condiments and toppings.

Some of our other favorite specialty menu items include:

  • Short rib stroganoff
  • Sea scallops
  • Marilyn’s fried chicken
  • Roasted Idaho trout
  • Fontina & chard-stuffed meatloaf

Little Nonna’s

Little Nonna’s is a small, unassuming Italian place in Center City, but it packs some of the most delectable Italian food in the city. Start with one of their many delectable antipasti choices, such as stracciatella, wild mushroom arancini, or the eggplant parmigiana. If you’re feeling like something lighter, the broccoli rabe salad is a good option.

Pasta specialties include macaroni and gnocchi, which delicious options like Tonnarelli nero, bucatini, and rigatoni alla vodka.

If you want to splurge, there are a few great chicken and seafood options, including Bronzino oreganato, seared sea scallops, and chicken al mattone.