Published on March 2, 2016

4 University City Restaurants Locals Love

Looking to try a new restaurant near University City? Here's a list of University City Restaurants locals and critics love.

4 University City Restaurants Locals Love

1. The Fat HamAt Kevin Sbraga's second restaurant, The Fat Ham, the Top Chef winner prepares unique pork-centric and Southern-inspired small plates. The list of seasonal, specialty barrel-aged cocktails and more than 120 different bourbons and whiskeys also takes its inspiration from the South. An eclectic collection of tableware, chairs and artwork keep the high-ceilinged, retro-rustic space as unexpected as the fare.

2. Marigold Kitchen

Marigold KitchenMarigold Kitchen offers inventive New American tasting menus in a traditional Victorian home. The beautifully refined dishes highlight the freshest local ingredients, all served in an intimate dining room. At this elegant BYOB restaurant, guests are invited to complement the seasonally driven cuisine by bringing their own alcoholic beverages.

3. JG Domestic

JG DomesticJG Domestic is home to market-driven, contemporary American small plates and chef's tasting menus that showcase local and seasonal ingredients. Chef Jose Garces and Chef de Cuisine Chris Beyer's farm-inspired fare is complemented by the beverage program, which spotlights handcrafted cocktails and domestic wines, craft beers and spirits. Reminiscent of a greenhouse, the airy, modern space is filled with greenery and light wood tables inside the Cira Centre.

4. Distrito

DistritoDistrito serves up a menu of modern Mexican small plates and diverse street foods conceived of by Chef de Cuisine Maria Schmidt in collaboration with award-winning Chef Jose Garces. Stocked with more than 100 tequilas, the full bar also boasts notable margaritas. With pink walls, a secret karaoke room, swiveling booths, swinging seats and a four-seat dine-in taxi, the lively setting is a unique and ideal space in which to enjoy the vibrant fare.

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