1707 Delaware Ave.
Customers of Del Rose Café know what makes it a classic, and that’s why some eat there four or five days a week. For nearly half a century, the laid-back Trolley Square landmark has been a second home to its regulars, who go for traditional Italian fare such as homemade lasagna. The antipasto is legendary—Del Rose sells 200 to 300 orders a week—in part because the ingredients are combined before they are chopped, fusing their respective flavors. The Del Rose’s second personality comes to life around 10 p.m., when sit-down dining is swapped for drinking and dancing to live bands. The chicken fingers and other late-night menu selections are tough to beat. And for those who tire of the rowdy nightlife at neighboring establishments, Del Rose’s outdoor patio, with its fully loaded bar, is a great place to escape.