La Terrasse $$$
3432 Sansom St., 215/386-5000,
HOURS: Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.–2 a.m.
COST: Most entrées more than $20
Nestled on a narrow side street near the heart of Penn’s bustling campus, La Terrasse offers an alternative to the post-adolescent energy of the college scene that dominates many nearby bars and restaurants. Instead, it caters more to the faculty, staff, grad students, and locals, with a mature selection of wines and food.
It opened in 1966 and began as a French bistro, one of the first in Philadelphia, but its menu has evolved and diversified into what they now call Mediterranean.
Popular for lunch, post-work drinks, and dinner, the menu includes offerings like littleneck clams, apple-and-brie salad, seared tuna, and seared duck breast. The lunch menu features well-constructed sandwiches with a variety of tasty spreads and ingredients.
© Karrie Gavin from Moon Philadelphia, 1st Edition