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Jan 16 2017

No Chill For Philly Restaurants This Season

Winter Brings New Gastropubs, Fast Casual Eateries, BYOBs, Breweries & More

Many things slow down in the winter season, but Philadelphia’s restaurant scene is not one of them. The region’s growing list of restaurants includes several entries from celebrity chefs, not one but two arepa eateries (Puyero Venezuelan Flavor and Tart Areperia 18.64), a vegan dim sum restaurant (Mi Lah) and a reboot of a longtime Center City favorite (Friday Saturday Sunday). Here are some notable additions to the local inventory, organized by neighborhood:

Old City & Washington Square West:

  • Sausages of all kinds and beef hot dogs meet regional topping combinations like the Paul
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Jan 16 2017

Rooster Soup Company Joins A Dozen Pay-It-Forward Restaurants In Philadelphia

Good Food & Doing Good Are Both On The Menu In Philly

With the imminent opening of Rooster Soup Company, Philadelphia’s population of philanthropic restaurants hits another high mark. The long-awaited Center City luncheonette is the brainchild of acclaimed chef Michael Solomonov and partner Steven Cook, who’ve collaborated with chef Erin O’Shea to create home-style breakfasts, lunches and suppers to benefit Broad Street Ministry’s Hospitality Collaborative, which provides meals and services to Philadelphians in need. Rooster Soup joins West Philadelphia’s non-profit EAT Café, where guests pay what they wish for dinner four nights a week. The owners of a trio of watering holes (Hawthornes, The Cambridge and Tio Flores) match

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Jan 10 2017

Philly's Dining Scene Scores Major Media Praise In 2016

Bon Appétit, Travel + Leisure, Zagat & So Many Others Rave About Philly’s Fantastic Food

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

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Jan 5 2017

What's In The East Passyunk & Pennsport Neighborhoods?

Restaurants, Bars, Cafes, Shops, Parks And More

For decades, insiders have headed to South Philadelphia—particularly the neighborhoods east of Broad Street, for the red-gravy Italian restaurants. Today, the area around East Passyunk Avenue—a diagonal interruption to Philadelphia’s grid layout—has enjoyed much revitalization. This is especially so on the food front, with many new eateries earning enormous acclaim from Bon Appétit, The New York Times, Travel & Leisure and more.

Visitors who stroll down Passyunk (pronounced “pashunk” by old-timers) find boutiques, coffee shops, gastropubs, excellent Malaysian, French, Mexican and Filipino fare, as well as the ristoranti (Marra’s, Victor Café, Mr. Martino’s, Tre Scalini) that first made this street

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Dec 29 2016

Live Music Venues In Philadelphia

Spaces Large & Small Host Musicians Of All Genres And Audience As Diverse As The Music

Dozens of venues cultivate and showcase live music throughout Philadelphia. It’s no wonder: The birthplace of Gamble and Huff’s The Sound of Philadelphia, hometown of The Roots and chosen site for Jay Z’s Made in America festival has long been a proving ground for musicians of all genres. Here’s a look at the places where visitors can see and hear music makers getting their start—or simply showing the city that they’ve made it:

Jazz Spaces:

  • Chris’ Jazz Café, the longest-operating jazz club in Philly, hosts live jazz six nights a week. Performances by local, national and international artists accompany
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Dec 29 2016

25 Things To Know About Philly's Food Scene

Think Outside The Hoagie Roll For Great Eats In Philadelphia

Philadelphia food is so much more than the cheesesteak and the soft pretzel, or even scrapple, or roast pork sandwiches. It’s also amazing vegan fare, quirky BYOB (bring-your-own-bottle) restaurants, world-class craft local beer, emerging distillery scene, or chef-driven concepts and passion projects. Philly’s food scene is about neighborhoods that grow with their restaurants. And competing chefs who work together. It’s about sourcing ingredients from the region’s farms and giving casual dining its due. It’s about embracing delicious diversity.

Here is a primer of 25 lesser-known components of Philly’s lush and luscious food scene:

Major Attributes:

  1. Richly Rewarding Food Shed:
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Dec 29 2016

What's In The Avenue Of The Arts Neighborhood?

Restaurants, Cafes, Shops, Theaters and More

Although technically named South Broad Street, the center of Philadelphia’s performing arts community—stretching from City Hall to Lombard Street—has earned the nickname Avenue of the Arts. And for good reason. The energy is contagious as theatergoers, orchestra fans, opera lovers, dance aficionados and artists spill onto the street to mix with the locals who live, work and dine on the storied thoroughfare.

Home to the striking Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the legendary Academy of Music, The Wilma Theater, Merriam Theater, University of the Arts, Arts Bank and other cultural landmarks, the Avenue of the Arts has earned its

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Dec 29 2016

What's In The Logan Square Neighborhood?

Restaurants, Cafes, Shops, Theaters and More

Logan Square’s personality defies a single definition. What’s there? Corporate and municipal office buildings; the museum-packed Benjamin Franklin Parkway; and green spaces, including the square that gives the area its name. Once called Northwest Square, Logan Square—one of the city’s original five squares—was renamed to honor 18th-century mayor James Logan.

City Hall is a natural focal point of the Logan Square neighborhood. Its elaborate architecture and ornamentation makes people stop and take notice—and photos. The sprawling building is adorned with carvings of allegorical figures and is capped off with a massive statue of William Penn, all of which was designed

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Dec 6 2016

The BYOB Restaurant: A Philly Phenomenon

Region Boasts 300-Plus Bring-Your-Own-Bottle Restaurants

Despite decades of popularity and expansion, one quintessential Philadelphia dining phenomenon continues to fly deliciously under the radar. It’s the BYOB, the bring-your-own-bottle restaurant—BYO, for short. Typically independently owned and operated, Philly’s BYOBs number into the three hundreds. Diners find them on dozens of corners in Center City, along avenues of renewed urban neighborhoods and tucked down rural roads. It’s a curious trend with an interesting backstory—and an even more interesting present.

Here’s a short explanation of how the BYOB scene came to be—and advice on navigating the landscape.

What Is A BYOB?:
A BYOB restaurant allows patrons to

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Dec 2 2016

A Wave Of Authentic Taquerias & Roving Trucks Make Philly A Bona Fide Taco Town

South Philly Leads The City’s Taco Craze

Little by little, Philly’s turned into a bona fide taco town. Between the mom-and-pop taquerias of South Philly, tried-and-true tequila bars, a roving pack of lunch trucks and the newest crop of gringo-owned joints, there’s truly a taco for everyone and their hermano. Here’s where the hungry masses can get their tacos on:

New-Wave Mexican:

  • Fishtown’s divey Loco Pez found its inspiration in L.A.’s fusion-y taco trucks, and the result is a mix-and-match selection of fun—and sometimes unexpected—flavors. Classic preparations like al pastor and cochinita pibil share menu space with unconventional choices, like vegan-friendly seitan and spinach, and soy
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Nov 28 2016

Holiday Highlights In Philadelphia

An Abbreviated Guide To Lights, Trees, Parades, Fireworks, Shows & More

Holiday tradition runs deep in Philadelphia, home of the new Philly Holiday Festival, a seven-week citywide celebration, and the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package, offering overnight guests at 38 hotels free parking, two tickets to Jurassic World: The Exhibition at The Franklin Institute and more perks, bookable at visitphilly.com.

Here are some highlights of the winter holidays in Philadelphia:

Christmas Traditions:

  • Christmas Village – Philadelphia City Hall transforms into holiday central, adding to its grounds a German-style market with live entertainment. In adjacent Dilworth Park, there’s a new setup for the live, 38-foot Christmas tree, Rothman Institute Ice
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Nov 22 2016

Philadelphia Rings In 2017 By Starting Early & Ending Late

Two Fireworks Shows & The Mummers Parade Are Among Philly's All-Ages Festivities

In Philadelphia, ringing in the New Year begins early and ends late. Daytime and early-evening bashes entertain children at the Please Touch Museum®, Franklin Square and Independence Seaport Museum. Fireworks displays over the Delaware River go off at 6 p.m. and midnight. On New Year’s Day, thousands of colorfully costumed merrymakers march in the Mummers Parade, the nation’s oldest folk parade.

The Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package lets revelers enjoy every moment with free hotel parking, two tickets to The Franklin Institute’s Jurassic World: The Exhibition, admission and skate rentals for two at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, a

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Nov 18 2016

What's in the Washington Square West Neighborhood?

Restaurants, Cafes, Shops, Theaters and More

Washington Square West is a historic Center City neighborhood comprising a 17th-century park, the vibrant enclaves of Midtown Village, the Gayborhood and lots more.

Named “Southeast Square” in 1682, Washington Square once served as a grazing pasture and potter’s field on the edge of the original city of Philadelphia. Today, modern residences surround the park, home to the Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier, a sycamore moon tree and a steady stream of visitors. To Washington Square’s north are the nearly 300 jewelry merchants of Jewelers’ Row. And to its south is Antique Row, tree-lined blocks of

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Nov 16 2016

What's In the Chestnut Hill, Germantown & Mount Airy Neighborhoods?

Restaurants, Cafes, Markets, Shops, Arts and Attractions

Diverse and historic, Chestnut Hill, Germantown and Mount Airy are urban neighborhoods in northwest Philadelphia. Each enclave has a distinctive style, feel and highlights that represent the communities’ past and present. All are worth day trips, and fortunately, getting there is a cinch via SEPTA, Philadelphia’s public transportation system. Check bus and regional rail schedules at septa.org before heading off to explore these vibrant neighborhoods.

Chestnut Hill (via the Chestnut Hill East/West train lines or the #23 Bus):
With a higher elevation than the rest of the city, Chestnut Hill, a National Register Historic District, was once a vacation

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Nov 15 2016

2017 Annual Events In Philadelphia

Philly Festivals & Events Celebrate All Sorts Of Interests

There’s a reason Philadelphia is on so many people’s list of must-see cities for 2017. A jam-packed schedule of fireworks, festivals, parades, shows and more keep folks coming back to Philadelphia year after year.

Here’s a look at what’s going on in the Philadelphia region in 2017:

January:

  • During the 120th edition of the Mummers Parade, 10,000 men, women and children dressed in colorfully lavish costumes twirl, sashay, pirouette and strut down one of the city’s main streets. The troupes in the String Band division entertain crowds with musical numbers and choreographed dances, and the Fancy Brigades stage two
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Nov 14 2016

Poke Makes A Splash In The Home Of The Soft Pretzel

A Guide To The Philadelphia Region's Trending Raw Seafood Craze

The Hawaiian poké craze has hit Philly in a major way, and no wonder: Raw fish over rice with vegetables, sauce and assorted fun toppings makes for a healthy and satisfying meal. While Japanese sashimi and Italian crudo continue to be widely popular, restaurant goers are also enthusiastically embracing fresh seafood in many new (to the region) ways, whether it’s a traditional dish of Philippino kinilaw or a completely unorthodox Mexican-Japanese mashup tuna taco.

Here are just some of the delicious ways to experience uncooked fish in Philly:

Poké:

  • Bubble tea meets sushi at the aptly named Bubblefish. The
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Nov 14 2016

'Tis The Season: Holiday Happenings In Philadelphia

The Region Celebrates With Lights, Trees, Parades, Fireworks, Shows & More

Twinkling lights, the echo of carols and a nip in the air all bring a sprinkle of seasonal magic to Philadelphia. This year the festivities get an extra touch of sparkle with the launch of the Philly Holiday Festival, the city’s colorful, seven-week holiday gift to locals and visitors, featuring a new spectacularly lit tree and America’s Garden Capital Maze in Dilworth Park, parades, light shows and two fireworks displays along the Delaware River. Beyond the festivals, revelers can enjoy all of their regional favorites, including the dazzling Longwood Gardens Christmas display and Washington’s annual Crossing of the Delaware River

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Nov 8 2016

Mummers 101: Celebrate New Year's Day Like A Local

A Primer To the Who, What, When, Where & Why of Philly's Mummer's Parade

New Year’s Day is about celebrating, and there’s no better place to fete than at Philadelphia’s Mummers Parade, a tradition dating back to 1901 in which 10,000 men, women and children dressed in colorfully lavish costumes twirl, sashay, pirouette and strut down one of the city’s main streets.

Over the past few years, tweaks to the traditional route now take the Mummers from north to south with judging at the start of the parade instead of at the end and performances along the length of the route rather than in specific locations.

While a carnival-like atmosphere welcomes anyone who decides

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Nov 8 2016

Philadelphia's Literary Legacy Makes For A Novel Visit

Visitors Can Get Their Read On At Authors’ Homes & Independent Book Stores

Literary roots run deep in Philadelphia, a city that has inspired countless authors and continues to nurture their legacies. Throughout the region, lovers of literature can connect with such classic authors as Poe, Whitman and Michener in places where they lived, worked and created some of their most celebrated works. And with so many libraries, book collections and indie bookstores, literature lovers can delve deeper into the collected works of these and other favorite authors.

Here’s a look at some of the region’s literary locales and independently owned booksellers:

Attention On The Author:

  • The Edgar Allan Poe National Historic
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Nov 8 2016

What's In The Fairmount & Spring Garden Neighborhoods

Restaurants, Bars, Cafes, Outdoors & Arts In Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square Neighborhood

Because of their proximity to the renowned arts and cultural institutions along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia’s Fairmount and Spring Garden neighborhoods are often referred to as the “Art Museum area.” But the personalities of these historic, laid-back, diverse communities are distinct in their own right.

Fairmount stands on its own as a destination in Philadelphia. The residential neighborhood is considered a sort of urban suburb, thanks to friendly residents and atmosphere. What’s a visitor to do here? Eat, drink and tour the former prison-turned-museum, Eastern State Penitentiary.

Wedged between the cultural powerhouses of the Parkway and better-known Fairmount, Spring

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