Philadelphia’s culinary awakening has made headlines across the country—and with good reason. Using locally sourced ingredients and techniques that draw on the East Coast’s ingenuity and diversity, chefs are upping the ante. If the avant-garde Fishtown neighborhood is too much of a trek (though Wm. Mulherin’s Sons really is as good as everyone says), stick to Center City favorites like Vernick Food & Drink, the five-year-old New American stalwart that continues to inspire fawning reviews, and Zahav, the modern Israeli restaurant that has become the centerpiece of James Beard Award–winning chef Michael Solomonov’s mini empire. The latest addition to the all-day restaurant craze is Walnut Street Café, an airy dining room just across the Schuylkill River. Come for the fresh-baked pistachio-cherry croissants and coffee from local purveyor Rival Bros., and stay for the pan-seared scallops and grilled quail. If a seat in the sunshine is more your speed, Maison 208 serves cocktails and French-inspired small bites under a retractable roof.