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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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  • 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

    Quality pub fare and cold craft beers since 2008

    Pub & Kitchen

    For more than six years, Pub & Kitchen one of Philadelphia’s quintessential restaurants for quality dishes, craft beers and elevated brunch offerings.

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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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  • Clover Market

    An upscale vintage and antiques bazaar

    Shoppers at the Clover Market can browse and buy from more than 100 high-end vendors peddling art, antiques, vintage and handmade goods.

    January 24-25
    The Clover Market attracts shoppers from all over to its beautifully displayed tents of vintage goods and artisan wares.

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  • Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
    Ardmore

    The latest location for this award-winning brewery micro-chain

    Iron Hill Brewery’s regional craft beer empire has come to Ardmore in Montgomery County.

    Iron Hill Brewery’s regional craft beer empire comes to Ardmore in Montgomery County with eight beers on tap, six beers visibly brewed onsite and an 11,000 square-foot restaurant that can accommodate 280 people for lunch and dinner.

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  • Yardley Inn Restaurant and Bar

    Bucks County dining on the Delaware River

    With a contemporary play on comfort food, the Yardley Inn is sure to be on your list of countryside dining destinations.

    In beautiful Bucks County, the Yardley Inn Restaurant & Bar offers a new perspective on our beloved Delaware River with its romantic porch seating. With a contemporary play on comfort food, the Yardley Inn is sure to be on your list of countryside dining destinations.

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  • Bside Lounge

    DJs, belly dancing, hookahs and more

    A night at the Bside Lounge might consist of a lot of things: guest DJs spinning Medina-flavored fusion along with house and techno music, belly dancers accompanied by live percussionists, or hookah nights.

    A night at the Bside Lounge, shared with Barra Italian Restaurant in Old City, might consist of a lot of things: guest DJs spinning Medina-flavored fusion along with house and techno music, belly dancers accompanied by live percussionists, or a hookah shared with friends.

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  • Center City District Restaurant Week

    More than 120 restaurants offering three-course meals from $20-35

    Center City District Restaurant Week returns this September with delicious, budget conscious meals at more than 120 restaurants, including Mercato.

    January 18-23, 25-30 and February 2-4
    Center City District Restaurant Week returns this winter with delicious, budget conscious meals at more than 120 restaurants from $20-35.

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  • Lolita

    Delicious, contemporary Mexican cuisine in Midtown Village

    Lolita brings the flavors of Mexico to Midtown Village.

    Lolita brings the flavors of Mexico to Midtown Village. Open since 2004, the restaurant recently underwent a renovation, reopening in 2014 with a new look, a liquor license and an updated, street-food-style menu.

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  • Moshulu

    Enjoy a breathtaking view of the Philadelphia skyline with your meal

    Moshulu

    Docked permanently at Penn’s Landing on the Delaware River Waterfront, the Moshulu is a restaurant that deserves a spot on your must-visit list. A Philadelphia landmark, the Moshulu is world’s oldest and largest four-masted Tall Ship.

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  • Pat’s King of Steaks

    The original and still among the best

    Pat’s King of Steaks

    Pat’s claim to fame is that its founder, Pat Olivieri, invented the steak sandwich in 1930. Since then, Pat’s has grown from a little stand at the southern end of South Philly’s Italian Market to one of the most famous cheesesteak shops in the world, albeit still in the same location (and still the only location).

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  • South Street

    Philadelphia’s famous street bustles with restaurants, galleries and a whole lot more

    The action on South Street

    Along South Street, visitors and residents, teenagers and adults, preppies and punk rockers, artists and attorneys all mix seamlessly together. The street is always buzzing no matter if you visit on a Tuesday afternoon or a Friday night.

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  • Sumo Steaks

    Offering authentic cheesesteaks in North Philadelphia

    Located near the campus of Temple University, Sumo Steaks serves up authentic Philly cheesesteaks made with quality ingredients.

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