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Philly's 13th St. brings good luck to great food

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 15, 2014 at 3:00 pm •  Published: April 15, 2014
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Thirsty? Duck into historic McGillin's Olde Ale House, one of the nation's oldest taverns, where the walls are filled with Philly-oriented memorabilia, beer collectibles and liquor licenses dating back to the 19th century. Or try the much younger Bru, a German beer hall specializing in Bavarian cuisine. Both have entrances on tiny Drury Street, just off 13th between Sansom and Chestnut.

For dessert, try Marcie Blaine Chocolates tucked in the back of the Verde gift shop — both of which are Turney/Safran enterprises. Or head to Capogiro gelato.

Capogiro specializes in small batches that use seasonal ingredients, so don't be surprised by concoctions like lemon opal basil sorbetto. You're allowed to combine flavors in a single cup; be sure to take advantage of the free tastings before you mix and match. Hint: If it's available, orange-cardamom pairs wonderfully with milk chocolate. Mmmmmm.

Farther down 13th Street, toward the neighborhood affectionately known as the Gayborhood, you'll hit the upscale Indian restaurant Indeblue. When you get to Locust Street, you'll find Little Nonna's; well-reviewed Nomad Pizza; and Vedge, the acclaimed vegan restaurant helmed by "Chopped"-winning chef Rich Landau. Fans say you won't even miss the meat and dairy because the flavors are so tantalizing.

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If You Go...

MIDTOWN VILLAGE, PHILADELPHIA: http://www.midtownvillage.org

TURNEY/SAFRAN RESTAURANTS AND SHOPS: http://13thstreetphilly.blogspot.com/

CAPOGIRO: 119 S. 13th St., http://www.capogirogelato.com

ZAVINO: 112 S. 13th St., http://www.zavino.com

McGILLIN'S: 1310 Drury St., http://www.mcgillins.com

VEDGE: 1221 Locust St., http://www.vedgerestaurant.com

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