795 S. 3rd St., 215/625-0556
HOURS: Mon.–Sat. 5:30–10 p.m., Sun. 5–11 p.m.
COST: Most entrées between $10–20
It’s not easy to get a table at Dmitri’s. This tiny corner BYOB doesn’t accept reservations, but it’s well worth the wait. Be sure to come at least an hour before you’re hungry, and don’t even bother trying on weekends during prime dinner hours.
You can wait outside, or have a drink across the street at the great bar New Wave Café and wait for the hostess to come get you. Once seated, you will be treated to an affordable menu of fresh, grilled Mediterranean-inspired seafood like shrimp, scallops, bluefish, and octopus.
Most dishes are sautéed and marinated with fresh, simple flavors like olive oil, garlic, lemon, and red-wine vinegar. Don’t miss the perfect hummus and baba ghanoush served with grilled pita wedges or the avocado citrus salad for starters.
For a similar menu without as long of a wait, visit the Center City West location (2227 Pine St., 215/985-3680). While it doesn’t have as much character as the original, the second location still turns out excellent food from a very similar menu, and has a full bar.
Both have cool open kitchens so you can watch the action.
© Karrie Gavin from Moon Philadelphia, 1st Edition