International Cuisine: Philadelphia

Even as the world shrinks, food and dining options continue to grow. Happily for Philadelphians, there's at least one dining outpost of almost any country you can find on a map.

Updated: October 21, 2009

Dining Around the World


Dahlak Restaurant

4708 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19143

Like to get your hands dirty? Then submerge them in some Ethiopian food, which is like Indian food but served in little plops on a pizza-sized-sourdough platter and scooped up with torn pieces of the injera bread. Options for vegetarians and meat-eaters abound, as well as choices for those with and without a tolerance for heat.


Chifa

707 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Perhaps the area's most unusual culinary fusion can be found at this Jose Garces concoction of Chinese and Peruvian food. Wrapped in dramatic blues, reds and blacks, the restaurant features dozens of small plates--from the Chinese rice dishes you'd order at your corner take-out place to exotic ceviches and paellas.


Little Marakesh

1825 south Limekiln Pike, Dresher, PA 19025

Located just outside of the metro area, this Moroccan restaurant/hookah bar is a place that no foreign food connoisseur should pass up. Sit back on a comfy couch and share family-sized portions of tender roasted chicken, bastilla, and beef kebabs--then finish it up with a relaxing bowl of premium shisha and a decadent slice of baklava.


Zahav

237 St. James Place, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Before Michael Solomonov opened this authentic Israeli restaurant in Society Hill, he brought his staff to Israel to directly experience the cuisine in its place of origin. Sip on an Israeli Salad Martini, dine on expertly prepared cured wild sturgeon or lamb mixed with cumin, rice and beans, then lean back on your chair and savor a perfect Moorish coffee. Whether you're with a first date or your parents, the jovial yet refined ambiance and view of Old City is guaranteed to enhance your mood.


Chima Steakhouse

1901 John F. Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Unique, fast-paced, filling--all of these can describe an energetic night out to one of Philadelphia's Brazilian steakhouses. Gorge on the salad bar, then pick a meat, any meat, then have it slow-roasted over an open flame and served again and again until you've had your fill. Want to try eight different meats? Flag the gaucho-style waiters who will slice different varieties onto your plate, mas y mas y mas.