West Philly gets a new go-to for smart comfort food.  

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Maybe it’s because it just opened in August, or because few students find time to venture past 41st Street, but why The Farmacy isn’t everyone’s go–to for a nice dinner spot escapes me. This Green Acorn–certified local eatery specializes in fresh, locally–sourced comfort food. The look and feel jives well with its neighborhood a top–notch selection that holds no pretense.

The Farmacy is not for the calorie–conscious—the portions are hearty and filling. Quite a few of the entrees were Asian–inspired, with a twist. The Cheesesteak Spring Roll (price not listed), for example, was inventive in its concept and familiar in its aromas, small details like the Sriracha and ketchup dip adding the right amount of heat. The rich umami flavor of the Lobster Skins ($12) is brought together by the salty bacon, rich shellfish and a generous helping of sweet caramelized onion.

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A warm, attentive wait staff accompanied the food. They explained that the restaurant’s name was inspired by the history of the building, which originally housed a pharmacy. The attention to detail—from crafting the friendly, coffeeshop–esque decor to the selection of seasonal, responsible ingredients—makes The Farmacy stand out among its peers.

Above everything else, Rx the Farmacy just has a great vibe, with a soundtrack straight out of Dirty Dancing and a fun, neighborhood clientele, who would likely join you at Local 44 for a drink post–meal.

Rx, the farmacy

4443 Spruce St.

West Philadelphia

@thefarmacyrx

Don't Miss: Anything with Maine lobster

Skip: Soup

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