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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 return to 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

    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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  • 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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  • Chaddsford Winery

    Enjoy a locally grown and produced wine in Chester County or at Peddler’s Village

    Chaddsford Winery invites guests out for a luxurious trip to the Chester County countryside, where wine and cider tastings await upon arrival.

    Award-winning Chaddsford Winery offers two locations where visitors can relax in a luxurious sampling session of dry and sweet wines and locally-made cider, too. Visit the countryside winery or swing by the tasting room in historic Peddler's Village.

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  • Mugshots Coffeehouse

    A community-driven pour house in Fairmount

    Fairmount hangout Mugshots Coffeehouse maintains a commitment to sustainability via recyclable packaging; vegan, vegetarian and organic snacks; fair-trade coffee; and local-food offerings.

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  • The Logan, Philadelphia’s Hotel

    Vibrant sophistication blended with modern luxury

    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 Shops at Liberty Place

    More than 55 popular shops and restaurants in an urban setting

    J. Crew, Express, The Body Shop and more are located at The Shops at Liberty Place

    Located in the middle of Center City’s shopping district, The Shops at Liberty Place feature more than 55 shops and restaurants in a chic, urban setting.

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  • SliCE

    True Italian pizza in Center City

    Slice uses a variety of regular and gourmet toppings on its authentic Trenton-style pies.

    Serving Neapolitan-style pizza (think thin, crispy slices) to the Center City crowd, SliCE prides itself on making their crave-worthy Trenton-style pizzas from scratch, hand-tossing the dough then topping their pizzas with the freshest ingredients available.

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  • Sonny’s Famous Steaks

    The late-night cheesesteak shop in Philly’s Old City neighborhood

    Sonny’s serves up cheesesteaks of all sorts, rib-eye burgers, cheese fries and onion rings to residents, visitors and partyers who need to fuel up before going down for the night.

    What Pat’s, Geno’s and Tony Luke’s are to South Philly, Sonny’s Famous Steaks is to bar-filled Old City. Open until 3:00 a.m. on weekends, Sonny’s serves up cheesesteaks of all sorts, rib-eye burgers, cheese fries and onion rings to partyers who need to fuel up before going down for the night.

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  • Howl at the Moon

    A high-energy, live music bar in Center City

    Audience participation is highly encouraged at Howl at the Moon.

    Warm up your vocal cords and prepare for a night singing along with your favorite songs at Howl at the Moon in Center City.

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  • The Barnes Foundation

    One of the world’s leading collections of French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings

    Gallery space at The Barnes Foundation, arranged as originally intended.

    The Barnes Foundation on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway inspires discovery with the world’s largest collections of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and early Modern paintings and African sculpture.

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  • Feria del Barrio

    31st anniversary of one of Philly’s largest celebrations of Latino music and culture

    The annual Feria del Barrio is one of Philadelphia’s largest celebrations of Latino music and culture.

    September 13, 2015
    The annual Feria del Barrio is one of Philadelphia’s largest celebrations of Latino music and culture, bringing together thousands of residents to celebrate 30 years of arts, education and community. The free, family-friendly day is filled with performances, crafts, games and other activities.

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  • Fratelli’s Italian Bistro

    Casual Italian dining in an upscale Center City setting

    Fratelli’s Italian Bistro offers a casual Italian dining experience in an upscale setting in Center City Philadelphia.

    Fratelli’s Italian Bistro offers a casual Italian dining experience in an upscale setting in Center City Philadelphia.

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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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  • Philly Brew Tours

    A brand new way to take in the awesome Philadelphia beer scene

    With Philly Brew Tours, locals and visitors alike can wrap their hands around the ginormous mug of deliciousness that is our region’s craft brewery scene.

    Get a grip on Philly’s vast and ever-growing beer scene with Philly Brew Tours, all-inclusive itineraries that give visitors a direct line to the taps at key breweries and distilleries with food pairings, VIP access and round-trip transportation.

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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 around the world.

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  • Spruce Street Harbor Park

    Summertime haven, presented by Univest/Valley Green Bank, returns

    Spruce Street Harbor Park is back with hammocks, dining, outdoor fun and more all summer long!

    Opens Spring 2016
    Good things come to those who wait. Last year’s blockbuster summer attraction on the Delaware River Waterfront, Spruce Street Harbor Park, is making its grand return on Memorial Day weekend.

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  • Ultimo Coffee

    Craft coffee at its best

    Pretty, bright Ultimo, which has another successful location in the Newbold neighborhood, focuses on high-quality coffee and espresso brewed using Counter Culture beans.

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