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Laurel

Laurel, an East Passyunk BYOB by Top Chef winner Nicolas Elmi. Credit: M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Those who think ‘cheesesteak’ when thinking Philly food: Think again. Philadelphia — long known for American history, passionate sports fans and, yes, cheesesteaks — continues to emerge as one of the country’s finest culinary destinations.

More than a decade of development has transformed the region’s dining scene from merely memorable to absolutely abundant. Explore this section to find a restaurant (or a few) for your next visit.

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  • Pizzeria Beddia

    Named the “Best Pizza in America” by Bon Appétit

    One of the highly sought after pies at Fishtown’s Pizzeria Beddia.

    The ingredients are simple, the space is small and the rules are succinct at Fishtown’s lauded Pizzeria Beddia: no slices, no phoning ahead and cash only.

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  • Reading Terminal Market

    America’s oldest farmers’ market

    Delicious Pennyslvania Dutch pies and baked goods? Yes, please.

    Established in 1892 at 12th and Arch Streets, Reading Terminal is the nation’s oldest continuously operating farmers’ market. Today, this indoor foodie paradise is a one-stop shop for everything from local produce and meats to artisanal cheeses and incredibly delicious desserts and baked goods. It’s also home to the “best sandwich in America.”

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  • Laurel

    Intimate East Passyunk location for Top Chef winner

    Laurel, an East Passyunk BYOB by Top Chef winner Nicolas Elmi.

    Philadelphia’s East Passyunk neighborhood is proud to welcome a Top Chef to the neighborhood. Chef Nicholas Elmi, winner of Top Chef New Orleans, continues his winning-streak with the modern French-influenced American BYOB Laurel.

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  • Independence Beer Garden

    Cold beer and tasty food steps from Independence Mall

    Independence Beer Garden is a massive new outdoor retreat in Philadelphia’s most historic neighborhood.

    Independence Beer Garden is an outdoor retreat overlooking the Liberty Bell Center and Independence National Historical Park that supplies America’s most historic square mile with a destination for casual alfresco eating, drinking and playing.

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  • Di Bruno Bros.

    A glistening specialty food emporium providing a veritable feast for the senses

    Cheesecave at the Chestnut Street Di Bruno Bros.

    The Di Bruno Bros. specialty store on Chestnut Street is an absolute must-see if you appreciate food. At all. Seriously. This place is very close to a boutique foodies heaven.

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  • Zahav

    The critical favorite brings Israeli cuisine to Society Hill

    Zahav

    A modern Israeli restaurant, Zahav — which means gold in Hebrew — offers authentic Middle Eastern fare in a family-style dining setting typical of the region.

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  • Morimoto

    The Iron Chef’s first American restaurant

    Morimoto

    The restaurant’s namesake and head chef, Morimoto (of Food Network’s Iron Chef fame), has created a menu offering the very best in contemporary Japanese cusine. While regulars flock here for the exquisitely prepared sushi, Morimoto offers diners a broad spectrum of flavors that delve beyond nigiri and sashimi.

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  • Amada

    Jose Garces’ first Philadelphia restaurant

    Amada by Iron Chef Jose Garces

    At Old City’s Amada, chef Jose Garces has created a grand tapas restaurant, complete with a wall of wooden sangria casks, cured hams and cheeses hanging over the main bar and a menu that ranges from traditional eats to modern take on Spanish fare.

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  • Vetri

    One of the nation’s most acclaimed Italian restaurants

    Marc Vetri is one of the nation’s most respected chefs.

    Star chef Marc Vetri’s titular restaurant is considered one of America’s finest Italian restaurants. If you find yourself at a table here, consider yourself very lucky.

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  • Russet

    Charming farm-to-table BYOB in Rittenhouse Square

    Russet’s ever-changing menu focuses on the freshest ingredients available.

    Located in Philadelphia’s scenic Rittenhouse Square neighborhood, Russet is a charming BYOB focused on creating quality cuisine with the freshest ingredients.

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  • Tinto

    Small, Basque-country-inspired plates near Rittenhouse Square

    Tinto features a rustic and intimate atmosphere upstairs and cozy lounge environment downstairs, both perfect for conversing over tapas and a glass of wine.

    Chef Jose Garces’ Tinto showcases the extraordinary tastes of the Basque country, the coastal and mountainous region that blurs the lines of demarcation between Spain and France.

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  • Garces Trading Company

    Neighborhood bistro from Chef Jose Garces in Washington Square West

    Garces Trading Company

    Situated in a large space in the Washington Square West neighborhood, Garces Trading Company — full-service bar and restaurant — highlights the Chef Jose Garces’ favorite foods from his travels to cafes throughout western Europe.

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  • Amada

    Jose Garces’ first Philadelphia restaurant

    Amada by Iron Chef Jose Garces

    At Old City’s Amada, chef Jose Garces has created a grand tapas restaurant, complete with a wall of wooden sangria casks, cured hams and cheeses hanging over the main bar and a menu that ranges from traditional eats to modern take on Spanish fare.

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  • JG Domestic

    Garces goes homegrown

    J.G. Domestic in the Cira Centre

    Jose Garces takes a decidedly American approach at the aptly named JG Domestic, his creative, whimsical eatery in the Cira Centre.

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  • Village Whiskey

    Jose Garces tackles the classic American spirit, with bar snacks to match

    Located in a Rittenhouse Square, Chef Jose Garces’ prohibition-like bar Village Whiskey features a library of over 80 varieties of whiskey, bourbon, rye and scotch.

    Located in a Rittenhouse Square, Chef Jose Garces’ prohibition-like bar Village Whiskey features a library of over 80 varieties of whiskey, bourbon, rye and scotch.

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  • Volvér

    A theatrical dining experience by Chef Jose Garces at the Kimmel Center

    Two different ever-evolving tasting menus highlight seasonal and local ingredients.

    Based on Jose Garces’ world travels, Volvér offers two distinct experiences for diners: a sparkling wine, caviar and small plates experience in the stylized bar and a decadent multi-course chef’s tastings in the intimate dining room.

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  • The Olde Bar

    Jose Garces resurrects a history-steeped seafood haven and landmark

    The Olde Bar serves items like Fish House punch, raw and fried oysters, snapper soup and strawberry shortcake for two in booths and at the bar.

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  • Distrito

    Tapas and tequila reign at this funky Mexican hot spot

    Distrito offers a casual bar scene with as many as 250 tequila options.

    At Distrito, Jose Garces’ two-story Mexican outpost in University City, incredible tapas dishes mingle with a funky (and mostly pink) décor — including the restaurant’s famous Volkswagen Beetle booth.

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  • Urban Farmer Philadelphia

    A modern steakhouse with a rural chic feel

    Urban Farmer Philadelphia brings a modern steakhouse to Logan Square.

    Located inside The Logan Hotel, Urban Farmer Philadelphia brings a modern steakhouse to Logan Square.

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  • The Logan, Philadelphia’s Hotel

    Cosmopolitan culture with an artistic sensibility

    The Logan’s 391 stylish guest rooms and suites offer the ultimate comfort and relevant luxury.

    The Logan hotel nods to Philadelphia’s rich history, but its atmosphere exudes modern luxury with fresh color palettes, updated rooms and meeting space, a renovated spa and fitness center and a brand-new restaurant — Urban Farmer Steakhouse.

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  • The Little Lion

    Revolutionary flair and classic southern cuisine

    Offering brunch, lunch and dinner, The Little Lion offers American food with Southern flair just blocks from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Center.

    Offering brunch, lunch and dinner, The Little Lion offers American food with Southern flair just blocks from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Center.

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  • Saxbys Coffee

    Philadelphia-based café serving coffee, cold brew and more

    Saxbys Cold Brew Iced Coffee

    With more than a dozen locations in Philadelphia, Saxbys is a coffeehouse heavy-hitter offering refreshing beverages in a comfortable café setting.

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  • L’Etage

    Dance (or laugh) the night away at this hidden-in-plain-sight cabaret

    L’Etage features a u-shaped bar, curtained booths and a petite dance floor that hosts both dancers and cabaret artists.

    This elegant second-floor lounge (upstairs from restaurant Creperie Beau Monde) has a u-shaped bar, curtained booths and a petite dance floor that hosts both dancers and cabaret artists.

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  • Bar Hygge

    Cozy brewpub serving housemade beer in Fairmount

    At Fairmount’s brewpub and restaurant Bar Hygge, enjoy up to seven house-made beers alongside American contemporary cuisine.

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  • Keating’s Rope & Anchor,
    Bar + Kitchen

    Waterfront dining at the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing

    For a waterfront dining experience, look no further than Keating’s Rope & Anchor, Bar + Kitchen at the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing.

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