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reading terminal market philadelphiaPhiladelphia is famous for its cheese steaks, but this cosmopolitan city also offers a variety of more sophisticated fare in its wealth of restaurants -- from one of the best French eateries in the Northeast to trendy ethnic eateries in Old City. Pack your appetite!

Founded in 1773, the historic City Tavern is kitschy but fun; waiters dress in colonial costume, and George Washington and Benjamin Franklin really did eat here! On the menu are traditional dishes like braised rabbit and Martha Washington-style colonial turkey pot pie, but also fried tofu, the directions for which were inscribed in a 1770 letter from Franklin.

One of Philly's favorite spots for lunch is Reading Terminal Market, housed in a huge, late-19th-century railroad shed at 12th and Arch Streets. Vendors at the market offer nearly every imaginable cuisine from sushi and seafood to gyros and vegetarian snacks. Local favorites include Philadelphia's famous cheese steaks, roast pork sandwich with sharp provolone and broccoli rabe, and Amish home-baked goods.

Barbuzzo is on 13th Street, in a once-desolate neighborhood that has recently transformed into a trendy midtown village with new restaurants and boutiques. The Mediterranean-inspired fare includes pasta with wood-smoked mushrooms, ricotta and a lemon-walnut pesto. Top it off with apple and raisin bread pudding for dessert. Small plates, sophisticated farmhouse decor and rather reasonable pricing will help you forget about the cramped tables.

More casual but still hot and trendy is the Devon Seafood Grill, also in the Rittenhouse Square area. The menu changes depending on the fresh catch of the day, but usually includes favorites such as jumbo lump crab cakes, fresh shucked oysters and Maine lobster bisque.

For pub fare, try Monk's Cafe, offering comfort food favorites like burgers and chicken pot pie, as well as a wide selection of fine brews. "If you think that you don't like beer," the restaurant's Web site claims, "then you have never really tasted quality beer."

Also in Old City, Cuba Libre is eclectic and dynamic (and has fabulous mojitos). The menu offers Cuban and Latin favorites like paella, arroz con pollo and, of course, a classic Cuban sandwich.

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