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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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  • 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

    Outdoor retreat just steps from Independence Mall

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

    Independence Beer Garden (IBG) is a 20,000-square-foot outdoor retreat overlooking the Liberty Bell Center and Independence National Historical Park.

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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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  • Pub & Kitchen

    Part bar, part culinary showcase near Rittenhouse Square

    Pub & Kitchen

    It’s a simple formula: Local beer and in-house-infused liquors (“Pub”) and mouth-watering gourmet fare (“Kitchen”).

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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

    Iron Chef Jose Garces’ first Philadelphia restaurant

    Amada by Iron Chef Jose Garces

    At Old City’s Amada, chef Jose Garces has created the city’s grandest 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 — tortilla espanola, Spanish olives, warm fava bean salad — to edgy — foie gras flatbreads and artichoke and spinach empanadas.

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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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  • Parc

    Stephen Starr’s popular Rittenhouse Square bistro pays homage to Paris

    Parc on Rittenhouse Square

    With Parc, famed restaurateur Stephen Starr brings a certain je ne sais quoi to Rittenhouse Square. Parc offers an authentic French bistro experience, fully equipped with a chic Parisian ambiance and gorgeous sidewalk seating overlooking the Square.

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  • Kennett Square Mushroom Festival

    September 6-7: All things mushroom celebrated in “The Mushroom Capital of the World”

    The Kennett Square Mushroom Festival is a major draw for families.

    Expect to taste your way through a competitive line-up of soups and other mushroom dishes prepared by local restaurateurs on Sunday, and you won’t want to miss what the group of celebrity chefs and culinary arts students will be serving up throughout the festival.

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  • Victor Cafe

    Italian with a side of opera

    If this looks familiar, it’s because Victor Cafe was the stand-in for the fictitious “Adrienne’s” restaurant in 2006’s Rocky Balboa.

    First opened in 1933, Victor Cafe is the only restaurant in Philadelphia that continues the old world tradition of waiters and waitress performing operatic arias for diners each and every night.

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  • High Street on Market

    Freshly made artisanal breads and season ingredients from the team behind Fork

    The house-baked breads of High Street on Market.

    Since opening in the fall of 2013, High Street on Market by the team from Fork has garnered praise for serving high-quality fare and innovative baked goods.

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  • Mixto Restaurant

    Cuban, Latin and Carribean flavors collide

    Latin-American and Caribbean plates are the specialty at Mixto.

    Latin-American and Caribbean plates are the specialty at Mixto, a neighborhood favorite on Antique Row on Pine Street.

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  • Jerry’s Bar

    A Northern Liberties gastropub with Jazz Brunch Sundays

    Formerly a relic in Northern Liberties, Jerry’s Bar has been transformed into a raved-about gastropub.

    Formerly a corner-bar relic in Northern Liberties, Jerry’s Bar has been transformed into a raved-about gastropub serving house-smoked meats, bistro bar favorites and a stellar brunch.

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  • Ms. Tootsie’s Restaurant Bar Lounge

    Soul-satisfying southern cuisine on South Street

    Enjoy some of Philadelphia’s best soul food — and a few cocktails — at Ms. Tootsie’s.

    The charming bar and lounge restaurant has been a neighborhood favorite since opening in 2000. Its southern comfort cuisine has a built a reputation as being among the best in the city.

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  • The Stephen Starr-Garry Maddox Barbecue Challenge

    Sample some of Philly’s best BBQ outside the ballpark

    The annual Stephen Starr-Garry Maddox Barbecue Challenge pits some of the city’s best BBQ dishes against each other — then has attendees vote on the best. Bonus: It’s all for a good cause.

    The annual Stephen Starr-Garry Maddox Barbecue Challenge pits some of the city’s best BBQ dishes against each other — then has attendees vote on the best. Bonus: It’s all for a good cause.

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  • Valanni Social

    Stellar food and drink just off the Avenue of the Arts

    Fancy drinks in a stylish setting are just the beginning at Valanni Social.

    Fancy drinks in a stylish setting are just the beginning at Medi-Latin eatery Valanni Social, which boasts one of the best late-night snacks in town — a feast of roasted feta, Greek olives, hummus and pita, spicy pulled-chicken empanadas and grilled adobo beef kebobs.

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  • Concerts in the Park – Rittenhouse Square Summer Concert Series

    The series celebrates 24 years in 2014

    “Concerts in the Park” attracts thousands with live music from reputable local and national bands spanning musical genres from jazz to rock, country to R&B.

    Rock out in Rittenhouse Square during the 24th annual “Concerts in the Park” series, sponsored by Philadelphia Weekly. The free concert series attracts thousands with live music from reputable local and national bands spanning musical genres from jazz to rock, country to R&B.

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  • 2nd Street Festival

    Super-sized block party in Northern Liberties

    Every August, thousands pack a seven-block stretch of North 2nd Street between Germantown Avenue and Spring Garden for a day of music, food, beer gardens, art, workshops and vendors of all kinds.

    Every August, thousands pack a seven-block stretch of North 2nd Street for a day of music, food, beer gardens, art, workshops and vendors of all kinds.

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