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  • Ida Mae’s Bruncherie

    An international house of breakfast

    Diners at this breakfast destination find a cozy atmosphere, friendly staff and a huge menu of delicious brunch goodies.

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  • Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
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    Brewery micro-chain has inviting beer, great food and awards galore

    Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

    The award-winning Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant is the kind of place where old friends can enjoy a round of brews at the billiards tables, or dine on seared ahi tuna and prime rib.

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  • Jim’s Steaks

    Cheesesteaks worth the wait

    Jim's Steak's, South Street's cheesesteak authority

    South Street’s eclectic mix of people makes for an excellent customer base for Jim’s Steaks, South Street’s premier cheesesteak shop. The crowds can often mean a bit of a wait before you actually get to taste one of Jim’s fine cheesesteak sandwiches, as the line at Jim’s on weekends can stretch out the front door and around the corner onto Fourth Street.

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  • John’s Roast Pork

    South Philadelphia sandwich shack sending customers away happy since 1930

    John's Roast Pork

    Though the cheesesteak here is considered by some critics to be the city’s best, it may only be the second best sandwich on the menu; the namesake roast pork sandwich is actually good enough to keep you from even thinking about ordering anything else.

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  • Jones

    Upscale comfort food in a retro chic environment

    Jones interior

    Shaggy, stylish décor and unfussy, upscale comfort food are the focus at this moderately priced, 70s-themed restaurant.

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  • Lil’ Pop Shop

    Everything tastes better on a stick

    For those who think everything tastes better on a stick, Jeanne Chang is your new hero: her whole-other-ballgame artisan popsicle flavors include mango sriracha, apple pie “a la mode” and peanut butter curry.

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  • Moe’s Hot Dog House

    Awesome hot dogs from an unassuming corner spot on Washington Avenue

    A self-proclaimed “mini-diner,” Moe’s has expanded its menu from 14 hot dog and sausage options to sandwiches, fish, salads and breakfast fare. Don’t worry — they still serve the original treats, many topped with homemade condiments.

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  • North Bowl

    It’s not just about bowling at this Northern Liberties hotspot

    North Bowl

    Seventeen regulation bowling lanes on two levels, an old-school photo booth and a billiards area makes this throwback spot a perfect pick for noshing with friends, a date or a family outing.

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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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  • Peddler’s Village

    Charming countryside village just one hour from Philadelphia

    Peddler's Village

    Peddler’s Village offers small town, colonial charm just one hour from Center City Philadelphia. Explore 65 independently owned and operated specialty shops, six restaurants, a 71-room inn, family-friendly attractions and exciting annual events.

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  • Philly Flavors

    Your friendly, neighborhood ice cream shop

    Hugely popular with Fairmount kids of all ages (that definitely includes adults), Philly Flavors serves a huge variety of ice cream treats and award-winning water ice made from scratch.

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  • Pizzeria Stella

    Stephen Starr’s Headhouse Square restaurant focuses on gourmet pies

    Pizzeria Stella

    Combining Philadelphia’s love of pizza and Stephen Starr restaurants, the restaurateur has opened Pizzeria Stella, a gourmet-minded, neighborhood pizza shop.

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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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  • Sabrina’s Café & Spencer’s Too

    Stuff yourself at Sabrina’s second location

    Outside of the second location for Sabrina's Cafe.

    The Italian Market darling for brunch boasts an outpost in the Fairmount neighborhood, where hungry diners fill up on oversized portions of comfort food during brunch, lunch and dinner. Hint: The brunch line is worth the wait.

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  • Sabrina’s Café

    A bright and cozy BYOB in South Philadelphia

    Nestled near the Italian Market in South Philadelphia, this corner bakery-turned-restaurant serves outstanding, consistent dishes in a cozy, inviting atmosphere. And it just may be Philadelphia’s most popular restaurant.

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  • Shank’s Original

    Classic Philly cheesesteaks and hoagies on the South Philadelphia waterfront.

    Shank's Original

    Visit Shank’s Original for a highly reputed cheesesteak and an old-school South Philly experience transplanted to the waterfront. The tradition of Shank’s dates back to 1962 when Shank’s and Evelyn’s (“Shank’s”) opened its doors to the Italian Market near 10th and Catherine Streets. In 2009, Shank’s closed it’s original location and opened a new location on Columbus Boulevard. The new location is right at the base of Pier 40 on the Delaware River.

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  • Sonny’s Famous Steaks

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

    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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  • Steve’s Prince of Steaks

    Another member of Philly’s cheesesteak royalty.

    Steve's Prince of Steaks

    Steve’s Prince of Steaks has been a cheesesteak institution in Northeast Philadelphia for more than three decades and now that they’ve opened a location in downtown Philadelphia, more and more happy customers are becoming “loyal subjects” of the Prince…, as the slogan on Steve’s t-shirt happily declares. And for good reason: the cheesesteaks at Steve’s are legit.

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  • The Blind Pig

    Northern Liberties gastropub serving eye-opening eats

    Since 2011, this gastropub has been winning over diners with innovative dishes and an impressive canned beer list.

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  • The Bourse

    A historic building on Independence Mall with a food court and specialty shops

    Stopping for lunch at The Bourse.

    Located adjacent to Philadelphia’s historic Independence Mall, the Bourse offers a convenient resting spot while you sight-see. The 105-year-old Victorian building — listed on the National Register of Historic Places — houses a food court and specialty shops.

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  • The Gold Standard Cafe

    All-day breakfast

    The odd intersection of 48th, Florence and Baltimore converges in the dining room of the Gold Standard, a straightforward local favorite serving eggy plates, salads, burgers and sandwiches.

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  • Tommy DiNic’s Roast Pork and Beef

    Home to the “Best Sandwich in America”

    DiNic's Roast Pork in Reading Terminal Market

    Located in the famous Reading Terminal Market in Center City, DiNic’s has been wowing locals and visitors alike for decades with its amazing roast pork sandwich. In 2012, its roast pork sandwich was deservingly crowned “The Best Sandwich in America” by Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich in America.

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  • Valley Green Inn

    Philadelphia’s last remaining roadhouse

    The Valley Green Inn is one of the most beloved places in Fairmount Park.

    A leafty retreat set in Fairmount Park along the banks of the Wissahickon Creek

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  • Vietnam Café

    Full Vietnamese flavor

    Owner Benny Lai introduced a smaller version of Chinatown’s Vietnam Restaurant to West Philadelphia. The inviting café features sleek décor, Vietnamese fare, a warm atmosphere and friendly service. Those waiting for a table can migrate to the glossy wooden bar to watch mixologists craft tropical-style cocktails.

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