Located six miles outside of Center City, the classic town of Germantown is known for its colonial-era attractions and eclectic food shops. But the restaurants alone are worth a trip to this historic neighborhood. In addition to housing some of the area’s best casual cafes, Germantown’s quaint setting is the backdrop for several premiere take-out places and an upscale bistro that will take you back a century. Read on for five of the top restaurants in Germantown.

Rose Petals Café & Lounge
322 W. Chelten Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19144
(267) 388-1150
www.rosepetalscafe.com

From specialty smoothies to French toast platters, paninis and salads, this full service café serves up breakfast and lunch classics made with fresh ingredients that are locally sourced. With ten waffle specialties that include peanut butter waffles and waffle quesadillas, the menu can’t be found anywhere else. In addition, Rose Petals features free Wi-Fi and a child entertainment center, so busy parents can dine in peace.

All The Way Live
6108 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19144
(215) 821-7298
www.alllivefood.com

This vegan and raw food restaurant was the first raw food eatery in Philadelphia when it opened in 2008. Masterminded by raw food artisan Nyeisha, All The Way Live serves alkaline foods made with healthy ingredients. Menu items include soulful greens, veggie lasagna made with nut cheese and zucchini pasta, chickpea burgers and a one-of-a-kind cheesecake that won’t have you feeling guilty. If you’ve been hesitant to try raw foods, this vegan and raw food restaurant, which is located in Germantown’s Tulpehocken Station Historic District, is a great way to sample this healthy eating option.

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Paris Bistro
8229 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118
(215) 242-6200
www.parisbistro.net

Located next to the Chestnut Hill Hotel, this classic Paris bistro offers an upscale vibe with its 1930s setting, live jazz entertainment and a large menu that features an impressive selection of French food and wines. Try classic French fare like duck a l’orange, cassoulet and beef bourguignon, or check out the Sunday brunch, which is a three-course, prix fixe menu that includes an appetizer, entree, dessert and a Bloody Mary or mimosa. There are also seasonal menu specials, which offer a culinary tour of France with three-course menus and wine pairings.

Tasties Soul Food
1214 N. 52nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19144
(215) 477-0281
www.tastiesoulfood.com

If you’re looking for food made with heart and a whole lot of soul, look no further than Tasties Soul Food. Lead chef Barbara Devan first opened this fantastic eatery in 2007 before switching locales and adding a food truck option. Today, Tasties offers a menu full of soul comfort food, including a full breakfast menu all day long. Be sure to try the soulful platters and the famous fried rice, and you can sample all of the sumptuous sides, like baked mac and cheese, collard greens and candied yams in smaller portions for an affordable price. Save room for dessert, because there’s lemon, carrot, coconut, red velvet and 7-Up cake on the menu.

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Trattoria Moma
7131 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19119
(267) 437-3838
www.trattoriamoma.com

This authentic Italian restaurant has only been open since the summer of 2014, but it’s already a stand-out with its combination of northern and southern Italian cuisine. Ingredients are purchased locally, while owner/chef Bledar Istrefi prepares his own cured meats, pastas and breads. The menu features a selection of antipasti, such as grilled calamari and eggplant rollatini, with pasta options that include spinach gnocchi, wild mushroom ravioli and linguine with seafood. Veal, chicken, salmon and beef entrees also populate the menu, so be sure to come hungry. Desserts are also made from scratch and include Italian favorites such as cannolis and Nonna’s cake, which is made with Madeira.

Victoria Miller is a freelance entertainment writer who also covers recreation and leisure activities in the Philadelphia area. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.