By Lydia Geisel | June 15, 2016 | Food & Drink
We love good food, but we love it even more when it’s fresh and local. These Philly-based restos know how to dish up flawless dining experiences, all while staying connected to their roots.
Aimee Olexy brings her passion for hospitality and fascination with cheese for all of Philly to taste at her Washington Square gem. Alongside partner and executive chef Charles Parker, Olexy channels her inspirations from their early food memories of eating simply and naturally, and make it their mission to make people happy through their menu. Devour their cheese plates to start, before you dive into a fine dining experience in a charming and relaxed atmosphere. 210 W. Washington Sq., 215-592-7787
This Rittenhouse Square haunt prioritizes clean eating, rich flavors, and a whole lot of toast. Chef Greg Vernick and his team keep their food fresh and flavorful with plenty of fish and vegetable offerings. It’s tough to beat their impeccably plated food and relaxed bar atmosphere, though their "On Toast" selections will send your senses into the ultimate frenzy. 2031 Walnut St., 267-639-6644
At each of their three Philadelphia locations, White Dog Café puts local and sustainable ingredients first. Working within a 50-mile radius, this contemporary American restaurant always keeps the community and taste buds of their customers in mind. Their American-bred wine selection, local craft beers, and quirky atmosphere are sure to uplift your experience, too. If it's your first time, opt for their truffle Parmesan fries paired with a juicy burger for a meal you won't forget. 3420 Sansom St., 215-386-9224; 200 W. Lancaster Ave., 610-225-3700; 379 Lancaster Ave., 610-896-4556
Take a stroll through Philadelphia’s historic Old City and stop by FARMiCiA for simply crafted food. Their team dishes up inventive dishes in a lively atmosphere. Plus, they incorporate local products with each and every bite. If that's not enticing enough, they have a BYOB policy, which is just as decadent as their flourless chocolate torte. 15 S. Third St., 215-627-6274
Touting French-inspired cuisine, Liberté Lounge at Sofitel Philadelphia puts a creative spin on traditional farm-to-table dining. Their summer food and cocktails are created based on what’s growing on their rooftop garden, or what's buzzing around in their bee hatchery. This season, their summer menu items incorporate their current supply of heirloom cherry tomatoes, lemon thyme, lavender, and more. If you’re planning to stop by the bar for a sweet summer sip, we suggest ordering the Val’s Garden cocktail. 120 S. 17th St., 215-569-8300
Oftentimes, you can find chef Jose Garces out in Bucks County on Luna Farm, where he's constantly looking for new ingredients—from eggs to herbs—to incorporate into the menu of his Philly hotspot, JG Domestic. With a strong focus on seasonality and domestic wines, beers, and spirits, this resto is an ideal place to grab a quick bite at the bar or celebrate a special occasion for an unforgettable meal. 2929 Arch St., 215-222-2363