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Rittenhouse Restaurants

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Federal Donuts
1632 Sansom St., Rittenhouse
Yes, the donuts at this teeny spot are exceptional (flavors rotate and the cinnamon brown sugar is a good introduction to what they do here), but many would argue that the main draw is the fried chicken. Instead of a biscuit, chicken platters—customize yours with a choice of seasonings and glazes—come with a honey donut on the side. Get here on the early side, the fresh-baked stuff tends to go crazy-fast and plan on eating yours on-the-go as seating as limited.
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Goldie Falafel
1526 Sansom St., Rittenhouse
If you talk to a foodie from Philly, they’ll likely mention Goldie. This vegan falafel shop opened spring 2017 to much anticipation–and it’s lived up to its hype. There will likely be a line stretching along the sidewalk, but we recommend waiting, as the menu is mighty and includes some of the best falafel we’ve had: crispy on the outside, light and fluffy on the inside paired with an excellent tehina. And did we mention the fries? Killer. We love the standing counter if you’re looking to grab a quick lunch.
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Pizzeria Vetri
1615 Chancellor St., Rittenhouse
The dough here is so delicious that you can easily make a meal of the crusts alone—or order a Rotolo as an appetizer. The Napoletano-style pies cover all the toppings bases—margherita, porchetta, even a tuna—though after eating your way through the city, one of the salads, which are excellent (we like the arugula), is a lighter option. For dessert, the Nutella/marshmallow pizza is a big hit with the littles and so is the soft serve. The space is cozy, so you can watch the pies go in and out of the massive wood-fired oven from pretty much anywhere.
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Rooster Soup Co.
1526 Sansom St., Rittenhouse
From the same people behind Zahav and Federal Donuts, Rooster is an amazing diner that uses the leftover chicken bones from Federal to create the broth base for their soups. With a menu that's both Southern- and Jewish-bent, you'll find everything from grits to biscuits and sausage gravy to matzo ball soup. The best part? 100 percent of the proceeds go to support the Broad Street Ministry’s Hospitality Collaborative, which serves meals to Philadelphians in need.
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V Street
126 S. 19th St., RIttenhouse
From the same people behind Vedge, V Street is a similarly impressive and popular vegetable-forward dining spot, where you can expect some next-level vegan food that’s really just excellent food, period. Consider some of their brunch options: pho French dip, waffles with sesame butter, blackberries, and ponzu, a side of Peruvian home fries, and purple sweet potato ice great with orange granita, coconut whip, and picked pineapple for dessert. This spot is decidedly more casual (and cheaper) than Vedge, but it’s still sleek and vibrant; they have a full bar with great cocktails, plus a selection of natural wines and draft beers.
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