Best Restaurants on South Street

December 7, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Philly's most famous street has a slew of eclectic eateries; here are the local favorites.

American · Bella Vista · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.4

"Holy cow" , the "impeccable presentations" are "off-the-charts delicious" at this "rare find" in Bella Vista, where you're urged to "sit at the counter" and allow the kitchen to "push you out of your comfort zone" with a "refreshingly untrite" American menu and "unusual drink combinations that work" ; there's a "cool" vibe, a "gorgeous" setting, "welcoming" service – and "sticker shock."
Nomad Pizza
Pizza · Bella Vista · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.2

"No more roaming around" needed say fans of these "memorable" pizzerias spun off of a Jersey-based mobile wood-fired operation, producing "fantastic pizzas" with "perfect" thin crusts and "sublime" sauce (Bella Vista is Neapolitan and Center City is Roman); add apps and salads, a well-selected wine-and-beer selection and "service with a real smile" and you're in "heaven."
South Street Souvlaki
Greek · Society Hill · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.4 · Service 4.2

So "the decor ain't much to write home about" , but this "quirky" , "ancient" South Street taverna "survives for a reason" : its "homemade" Greek fare "tastes like Athens" and is doled out in "generous portions" ; with "inexpensive" tabs to boot, it's a wonder it remains one of the city's "best-kept secrets."
The Good King Tavern
Bistro · Bella Vista · $$$
Food 4.1 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.1

A "delightfully unexpected upgrade" to Bella Vista, this “charming, neighborhood-y” haunt "really pulls off" a "modern American spin” on a “Provence-inspired menu” of "hearty" “French-bistro dishes” ; even if the seating at the "community table" and booths can be "a little tight" , with the "classic" bar and "cute" outdoor area factored in, it works for “a date night or night out."