Funky, spirited and eclectic University City is one of the most unique neighborhoods in Philadelphia. Only 2.2 square miles, University City is home to University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University and University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, not to mention several prominent medical institutions. Filled with Victorians and early 20th century homes, this quaint neighborhood is also home to an incredible variety of restaurants that occupy spaces between student housing, cute shops, fun nightlife destinations and galleries. University City restaurants range from popular sushi restaurants like Pod to neighborhood favorites like Marigold to organic restaurants like White Dog Café. The prices in these beautiful restaurants vary drastically, offering options suitable to both doctor and student budgets.
Contemporary American, Mediterranean.
Marigold, originally opened in the 1930's as the Marigold Tea Room, has quite a history in its over 70-year tenure in the University City neighborhood of Philadelphia. The present day incarnation of Marigold is a stylish, contemporary American restaurant and BYOB that perennially receives high praise in the Philadelphia restaurant press.
3611 Walnut St., Philadelphia PA 19104
Penne Restaurant, as the name suggests, is a Philadelphia Italian restaurant that specializes in unique pasta dishes. All of the pasta at Penne Restaurant is hand-made onsite. Penne Restaurant features an in-house master sommelier who leads tasting courses weekly. Penne Restaurant also offers cooking classes to inspired Philadelphia foodies.
3636 Sansom St., Philadelphia PA 19104
Asian, Japanese, Sushi.
This innovative Asian-fusion restaurant and sushi bar is yet another acclaimed creation of Philadelphia dynamo restaurateur Stephen Starr. Pod lives up to its name, with seating available in both a more traditional open dining room and numerous "pods," in which guests control the lighting of each individual pod to further enhance the vibe of the restaurants high-modern interior. Pod of Philadelphia also features a sushi bar where delicacies are served via conveyor belt.
The Restaurant School
4207 Walnut St., Philadelphia PA 19104
A truly distinctive dining experience, The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill in Philadelphia is actually a culinary academy. Several themed restaurants onsite showcase the talents of The Restaurant School's finest pupils. While some may be leery of a "teaching restaurant," guests of The Restaurant School's numerous restaurants (all with full bars) should realize that Philadelphia's master chefs create the menus at the Restaurant School, and provide hands-on instruction.
White Dog Café
3420 Sansom St., Philadelphia PA 19104
Organic, Contemporary American.
Located in three adjacent Victorian brownstones, this Philadelphia concept restaurant features only sustainably raised, organic ingredients in the preparation of its contemporary American cuisine. But the White Dog Café has a reputation for more than just the food. Committed to the betterment of the Philadelphia community, and the world, The White Dog Café directs numerous social activist programs and has gained national recognition for their work in both sustainable cuisine and social action.