January 10, 2017

Philly's Dining Scene Scores Major Media Praise In 2016

Bon Appétit, Travel + Leisure & Others Rave About Philly's Fantastic Food

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At East Passyunk Avenue’s Cheu Noodle Bar, noodles are the main attraction at this 32-seat restaurant. Photo by C. Smyth for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®
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Modern Israeli cuisine at Zahav, named one of America's 38 Essential Restaurants by Eater. Photo by M. Fischetti for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®
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Chefs Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby of Vedge, the Best Farm-to-Table restaurant in PA, according to Travel + Leisure. Photo by N. Santos for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®
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Philadelphia’s raved-about restaurants racked up loads of accolades and positive reviews from media heavy hitters such as Bon Appétit, Travel + Leisure and so many others in 2016. The city ranked #8 on Zagat’s “26 Hottest Food Cities of 2016,” took the #6 spot on The Washington Post’s “10 Best Food Cities in America Ranked” and claimed a place on Travel + Leisure’s “America’s Best Cities for Foodies.” Philadelphia also starred in a major New York Times feature entitled “A Four-Day Feast in Philadelphia.”

Here’s a look at some of the more than 380 articles and accolades highlighting the city’s food and dining scene that VISIT PHILADELPHIA® collected over the past year:

Food Accolades:

December 2016

  • “The 27 Best Ramen Shops in America,” Thrillist – Cheu Noodle Bar (#5) and Terakawa Ramen (#16)

November 2016

  • “The 26 Hottest Food Cities of 2016,” Zagat – Philadelphia is #8

September 2016

  • “The Best Farm-to-Table Restaurant in Every State,” Travel + Leisure – Vedge
  • “The 10 Best Pepperoni Pizzas in America,” The Daily Meal – Pizza Brain is #9

August 2016

  • “The 12 Best Places for Pasta Around the U.S.,” AFAR – Modo Mio
  • “America’s Best Cities for Foodies,” Travel + Leisure
  • “America’s 50 Best New Restaurants 2016,” Bon Appétit – South Philly Barbacoa and Wm. Mulherin’s Sons
  • “The 5 Best New Sandwiches in America,” Bon Appétit – Sandwich of the Year: The Classic Lox Sandwich from Philly Style Bagels

June 2016

  • “50 Iconic Foods Across America That Demand a Road Trip,” MSN Foods – Philly cheesesteak is #5

April 2016

  • “10 foodie vacations for every price point,” Canadian Living online
  • “The top 10 restaurants in America, according to OpenTable,” Business Insider – Vetri is #10

March 2016

  • “11 of the Best US Cities for Vegans,” Matador Network – Philadelphia is #5
  • “101 Best Restaurants in America 2016,” The Daily Meal – Zahav (#37) and Vetri (#82)
  • “Best Airport Sitdown Dining,” USA Today’s 10 Best – Local Tavern at Philadelphia International Airport is #7
  • “5 Travel Destinations for Foodies,” Black Enterprise

February 2016

  • 2016 Star Ratings, Forbes Travel Guide – Volvér named a five-star restaurant; Lacroix named a four-star restaurant

January 2016

  • “The 50 foods that best represent the 50 states,” USA Today College – Cheesesteak is Pennsylvania’s
  • “America’s 38 Essential Restaurants,” Eater – Zahav and Vedge

December 2015

  • “The 10 Best Food Cities in America Ranked,” The Washington Post – Philly is #6
  • “The 25 Best New Restaurants in America,” Gear Patrol – Neuf
  • “These Are the 10 Best Restaurants in America,” Elle Decor online – Vetri is #10

Great Food Destination Stories:

VISIT PHILADELPHIA® is our name and our mission. As the region’s official tourism marketing agency, we build Greater Philadelphia’s image, drive visitation and boost the economy.

On Greater Philadelphia’s official visitor website and blog, visitphilly.com and uwishunu.com, visitors can explore things to do, upcoming events, themed itineraries and hotel packages. Compelling photography and videos, interactive maps and detailed visitor information make the sites effective trip-planning tools. Along with Visit Philly social media channels, the online platforms communicate directly with consumers. Travelers can also call and stop into the Independence Visitor Center for additional information and tickets.

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