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Museum-District Meals

With the opening of the much-anticipated Barnes Foundation on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, there's more reason than ever to grab a bite in the Fairmount neighborhood.

• Named for the prominent hill on which the Philadelphia Museum of Art sits, the Fairmount area is hilly and largely residential, with an ever-growing handful of excellent neighborhood spots. Pull up a chair at
Lemon Hill, the latest collaboration between The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. cocktail bar and Supper farm-to-table restaurant. Expect top shelf tippling, from artisanal cocktails to six craft beers on tap and ingredients sourced from local Blue Elephant Farm, where chef Mitch Prensky regularly harvests veggies for his establishments. Try a carefully crafted old fashioned cocktail, the classic patty melt made with La Frieda’s signature burger blend and the mushroom French dip. 727 N. 25th St., 215.232.2299

• Terry Berch McNally and chef Michael McNally were pioneers in the hood at London Grill, a local favorite with a lively bar scene and a mean brick chicken. In a case of culinary détente, London Grill is now sharing a menu with McNally’s newly opened Paris Wine Bar, a cozy 50-seater pairing local Pennsylvania wines with French-inspired fare. Live jazz is the perfect accompaniment for a beet and goat cheese salad and classic croque Madame. London Grill, 2301 Fairmount Ave., 215.978.4545; Paris Wine Bar, 2303 Fairmount Ave., 215.978.4545

• In between gawking at the world-class art and sculpture collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, have lunch at
Granite Hill, an impressive destination restaurant from the prolific Stephen Starr Restaurants that is reason enough to run up those front steps, à la "Rocky." Enjoy fresh salads and bistro fare including a house-roasted turkey club with homemade chips that is simply a work of art. For a casual meal, fill a tray at the cafeteria-style eatery next door. 26th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 215.684.7990

• Although it’s not in the Fairmount neighborhood, the new
Rittenhouse Tavern is museum quality, thanks to its location within the Philadelphia Art Alliance design and craft museum on Rittenhouse Square. Chef is Nicholas Elmi (last of the sadly shuttered Le Bec-Fin) and the menu is modern American in an airy setting, complete with a jewel-box garden. 251 S. 18th St., 215.732.2412