Where to eat with someone who’s cooler than you

Let's be honest. Sometimes we just have friends who are cooler than we are. The pressure when they ask you where to go is real. We've got your back with some of the Native's go-to's when you're eating with someone cooler than you.


Address: 135 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Ian: "Right off Rittenhouse Square, this place is always packed with wine lovers. They focus on importers which gives the small producers a fighting chance. Expect to see a lot of natural wine from new school American Pinot noir to cru Beaujolais. Fair warning, this place can be a little boujee so it’s best for if you are looking for an upscale experience."


Franklin Bar

Address: 112 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Marilyn: "The Upstairs Bar at The Franklin Bar is a tiki bar, the only one in Philadelphia right now. If you love tropical drinks & decor, this is the place for you!"

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Address: 944 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Austin: "Amazing Mediterranean food with a very fresh seafood selection. You'll love the nice quiet vibe. Get there early as the wait can get pretty long (the secret is out about this place)."


Address: 1528 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

Georgie: "The hype is legit people! From the moment you walk into Suraya, you know it’s special. As a former interior designer, I’m obsessed with the gorgeous Moroccan tiles and lighting. I can say with absolute certainty that their Lebanese chai latte is the best chai latte I’ve ever had, no joke! Not only does it taste amazing, but it’s stunning, as it is served in a colorful Turkish mug and topped with rose petals! I also highly recommend the Baba Ganoush, the rose/pistachio cruller, and any of the flatbreads! Make a ressie, because this place is always bumpin!"

WM. Mulherin's Sons

Address: 1355 N Front St, Philadelphia, PA 19122

Bari: "Every dish, pizza, and the cocktail I've had at Mulherin's has been %100. It's a rustic Italian centric spot focused on wood-fired fare. The "Spicy Jawn" pizza should be a requirement!"


Address: 600 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Adam: "SOUTH has a very homey atmosphere with natural wood colors and white paneling and glass cupboards all over. This makes SOUTH feel like a southern home. Smooth jazz and Frank Sinatra plays over the speakers as everyone eats their meal."

The Continental Mid-Town

Address: 1801 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Mollie: "I am a huge fan of Stephen Starr restaurants; the aesthetics and menus are so unique and never disappoint. This is also one of my favorite places to bring visitors from out of town. There is always something for everyone since they put a modern twist on classic dishes...i.e. cheesesteak eggrolls."

The Twisted Tail

Address: 509 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Stacey: "If you’re a whiskey fan, this is the place for you! With a nice selection of whiskey, bourbon, and scotch, you can imbibe while listening to live music. The Happy Hour offers a nice range of food but the chicken sandwich is my go to and it’s filling!

If you find yourself to be a regular, you might want to consider the free to join Bourbon Club. With a list of bourbons, you can check off the ones you try and be rewarded with a rocks glass(when you’ve completed the list), discounts and special tasting events!"