Philadelphia , Pennsylvania
Tel: 215 386 9224
Concierge.com's insider take:
Squeezed into three adjacent Victorian row houses on one of the most enduringly charming streets in University City, the White Dog is an institution. Owner Judy Wicks is a champion of social causes—she's been supporting local farmers, organic food, and sustainable agriculture since she opened this place as a coffee shop in 1983. Now she runs a nonprofit foundation out of the cafe, organizing tours and roundtables that cover all the enviro-friendly bases you can imagine. The vibe is activist but laid-back, and tables of mismatched chairs and quirky lamps are filled with Penn profs and locals, college students and their grandparents. The food? Consistently good, occasionally great, and always organic (for example, baked St. Peter's fish crusted with crab, shrimp, and toasted almonds in a creamy tomato-dill sauce). The sandwich-centric bar menu is just as satisfying, and the bar itself is a great perch for checking out the local scene.
Open daily 11 am to 2:30 pm, 5:30 to 10 pm.