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Top Scallops In Philadelphia

Scallops and other seafood are favorites for people in the warmer weather months, but should be consumed all year round. At least there is little reason not to enjoy them. Scallops served in restaurants are often sea scallops, not to be confused with bay scallops which are smaller and usually in pasta dishes. The simplicity of a scallop is part of its draw, and also in its execution. You don't want raw or overcooked-rubbery scallops. Here are the top five places to find deliciously cooked scallops in the Philadelphia area.

Bud & Marilyn's
1234 Locust St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 546-2220

Bud & Marilyn's are open for Lunch and Dinner and is both a restaurant and bar. There are portions of the restaurant you can just walk in and get a table; otherwise you need a reservation for dining. However if you are just looking for a quick bite of delicious fresh scallops at the bar you can do this as well. Their popular scallop dish comes with corn cakes, pancetta and a side of succotash. People also love their cheese curds for an appetizer and beef ribs.

217 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 625-2450

Amada is one of the most popular restaurants in Philadelphia and serves up some of the best Latin flavors in the entire city, so if spice is what you want in your scallops you may want to consider Amada. Owned and operated by Iron Chef Jose Garces the scallops here are consistently cooked properly and can be served either as a tapa, or as a grilled main dish.

Talula's Garden
210 W. Washington Square
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 592-7787

If you are looking for to be on the whimsical and romantic side, you may wish to try Talula's Garden for a special date night, or just because you like whimsy. They are happen to be a Farm to Table restaurant so menu options will change from time to time depending on what is in season. The Scallops here are cooked to perfection and are often paired with another fish such as squid or salmon, and the in season vegetable. Talula's Garden also brings to your table fresh cheeses as opposed to complementary bread.

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Oyster House
1516 Sansom St.
Philadelphia, MI 19102
(215) 567-7683

The Oyster House is a popular place in general for all seafood lovers and has been open since 1976.  The Scallops can be served a few ways here, most popular is the seared with veggies. Oyster House isn't cheap so you may wish to consider for a fancy night out or come by for their happy hour. If you also love oysters the Oyster Happy Hour is from 5-7 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday nights from 9-11 p.m.  Dessert here is heavenly from cinnamon ice cream, coconut custard or chocolate peanut butter pie, you can't pick wrong.

Barclay Prime
237 S 18th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 732-7560

Barclay Prime is a Zagat pick, so this is a fine dining restaurant for a nice evening out.  The Scallops here are oversized and cooked to perfection. You can order them as a bacon wrapped appetizer or as your main dish. If you are or have a carnivore lover with you, the steaks here are some of the best you can get in the city and everything here is cooked to perfection. Even the complimentary bread is homemade, flaky and comes with a sea salt butter. Plus they have caramel chocolate cake, or you can just get more scallops for dessert.

Related: Top Seafood Restaurants In Philadelphia

Christina Dagnelli is a freelance writer in Philadelphia and the author of Little Squares with Colors: A Different way to look at autism. Her work on examiner can be found here

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