I've hit up several very good to great restaurants in Philadelphia the last few months, so I figured I would post some quick thoughts.
Will: This French-inspired BYOB on Passyunk Avenue features a seasonal menu with really well prepared food. Nothing outrageous, just very, very good.
Townsend: Another French restaurant on Passyunk Avenue, but this one features an interesting wine list and a very wine-savvy staff. Great food, but my favorite part might have been the wine descriptions offered by our server.
Le Virtu: I've been meaning to visit this Passyunk Avenue Italian restaurant for some time now (this Passyunk Avenue sure has a lot of great places to eat). It did not disappoint. For places known for their pasta, like Le Virtu, I often go whatever pasta con vongole dish they offer. At Le Virtu, the maccheroni alla chitarra con vongole was outstanding. Chitarra is "guitar cut" pasta, basically like spaghetti but with a square cross-section. This dish had a little bit of heat and the pasta was perfectly cooked.
Lo Spiedo: One of Marc Vetri's newest ventures, this restaurant located in the old gatehouse of the Naval Yard specializes in grilled and spit-roasted meats. The menu is pretty funky -- it reads like Italian grilling meets Southern classics. I really enjoyed the polenta cornbread (with fatty meat drippings), the grilled chicken wings, and the pork ribs with rosemary.
Buena Onda: Buena Onda is Jose Garces's taco joint and my new favorite local place to eat. They specialize in fish tacos -- my go-to so far are the grilled mahi mahi tacos. Big bonus: they have a soda fountain stocked with Boylan sodas.