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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 of the more than 380 articles and accolades highlighting the city’s food and dining scene that VISIT PHILADELPHIA® collected over the past year:
- “The 27 Best Ramen Shops in America,” Thrillist – Cheu Noodle Bar (#5) and Terakawa Ramen (#16)
- “The 26 Hottest Food Cities of 2016,” Zagat – Philadelphia is #8
- “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
- “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
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- “The 5 Best New Sandwiches in America,” Bon Appétit – Sandwich of the Year: The Classic Lox Sandwich from Philly Style Bagels
- “50 Iconic Foods Across America That Demand a Road Trip,” MSN Foods – Philly cheesesteak is #5
- “10 foodie vacations for every price point,” Canadian Living online
- “The top 10 restaurants in America, according to OpenTable,” Business Insider – Vetri is #10
- “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
- 2016 Star Ratings, Forbes Travel Guide – Volvér named a five-star restaurant; Lacroix named a four-star restaurant
- “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
- “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:
- 50 Best Places to Travel in 2017, Food & Wine, December 2016
- Food & Wine picked up the Travel + Leisure destination accolade.
- Drop the Cheesesteak: These Are the Regional Foods You Have to Eat in Philadelphia, Bon Appétit, Alex Delany, December 13, 2016
- “We’ve praised Philadelphia’s restaurant scene for a while here at Bon Appétit. Whether it’s pizza, bagels, or tacos, Philly knows how to cook.”
- Eat This Now: Philadelphia’s 30 Essential Dishes, Zagat, November 21, 2016
- “From decades-old sandwich institutions to bright newcomers making national headlines, Philadelphia’s dining scene is positively booming.”
- A Four-Day Feast in Philadelphia, The New York Times, November 22, 2016
- “Even leaving aside its indigenous cheesesteak sandwiches and soft pretzels, Philly as a culinary destination feels like an organic accomplishment — the natural outcome of being itself.”
- Philadelphia Food Freedom, Travel Industry Today (Canada), November 1, 2016
- “My food intake reached the maximum levels even though I just scratched the surface of the incredible culinary scene from food trucks to food emporiums to gourmet restaurants.”
- Great Restaurants in Philadelphia, Travel + Leisure, October 21, 2016
- “Philadelphia isn’t some flashy food town easily swayed by passing trends. True to the spirit of its founding fathers, the city is a refuge for freethinking entrepreneurs who put their faith in community.”
- 11 Ideas For Your Next Weekend Getaway, Black Enterprise, August 31, 2016
- “With over 200 BYOBs (bring your own whatever), it’s a perfect opportunity to taste test your way around the city.”
- The Perfect Three-Day Weekend in Philadelphia, Travel + Leisure, August 23, 2016
- “Philly is home to world-class art museums, sprawling parks, and a buzzy restaurant scene that embraces everything from Israeli to specialties to funky vegan-meets-Mexican mash-ups.”
- How To Eat Fresh In Philly, Paste Magazine, August 23, 2016
- “Philadelphia is a tinderbox of culinary creativity.”
- Philadelphia’s culinary and cultural convention bounce, Boston Globe, August 9, 2016
- “The Democratic National Convention became much of the country’s excuse to visit the City of Brotherly Love, but Philly’s historical significance—and killer restaurant scene—will remain a worthy tourist destination well beyond this election cycle.”
- In Philly for the DNC? Dine Like a Political Power Player at These Restaurants, Vogue, July 27, 2016
- Delegates and conventioneers will enjoy Philly’s “exceptional food scene.”
- 10 great places to eat in Philadelphia, for convention-goers and the rest of us,
The Washington Post, July 12, 2016
- “No contest. The clear winners in the 2016 presidential convention game are the Democrats.” (Thanks to Philly’s food scene.)
- Everything You Need to Know About Philly’s BYOB Scene, AFAR, June 10, 2016
- “Only in Philly can you show up to dinner with a bottle of whiskey and be taken seriously.”
- In the City of the Cheese Steak, Vegans Feel at Home, The New York Times, May 4, 2016
- “Philadelphia…has blossomed into a dynamic universe of vegan food.”
- 5 Travel Destinations For Foodies, Black Enterprise, March 10, 2016
- “Philadelphia’s foodie scene is thriving with a new crop of restaurants, cafés and even food trucks.”
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Philadelphia's New Spring Restaurants Are All Over Its Map
The arrival of spring itself is reason to celebrate, but a fresh list of restaurant openings provides the what and where. Now is the time to try SPAM musubi (like maki) near Rittenhouse Square (Poi Dog), Taiwanese fried squid in Chinatown (Cheers Cut) and quirky beers in Fishtown (Evil Genius). Whether it’s a dining destination in King of Prussia (Mistral) or a burger joint in Manayunk (Napoleon Burger), great eating awaits. Here are some recently launched venues to experience—asterisks (*) mark venues with alfresco dining:
Center City East:
What's in the Callowhill Neighborhood?
Dubbed the “Loft District” by real estate developers and “The Eraser ’Hood” by locals referencing the once-dark landscape that inspired former resident David Lynch’s cult classic Eraserhead, Callowhill is something between these two extremes. The stylish-yet-still-transforming neighborhood attracts both young professionals who enjoy its high-end condos and close proximity to Center City and artists looking for affordable studio and gallery spaces. The formerly industrial neighborhood charms with a rich stock of large, urban buildings, remnants of cobblestone streets, edgy rock clubs, emerging galleries and hidden cultural gems.
Just north of Center City, Callowhill’s boundaries run from 8th to Broad...
Arcades, Museum Parties, Drag Shows & More Alternatives To Nighttime Fun In Philadelphia
Philadelphia’s famously hip bars, jazz lounges, indie rock haunts and electric dance clubs are worth exploring, but visitors whose after-dark tastes trend toward the less usual can also enjoy bowling, dance lessons, drag shows, museum parties and game nights. To make the nighttime fun continue into the next day, visitors can sleep over and take advantage of the popular Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package—packed with perks, including free hotel parking.
Games For Grown-Ups:
- Barcade – Childhood dreams come true when grown-up gamers can defeat Donkey Kong and master Marble Madness—all while choosing from a list of a couple
Philadelphia's Top Restaurants And Bars For NFL Draft Media
When it comes to dining and drinking, Philly has almost too many choices, especially when it comes to NFL Draft time. Here are a few restaurants and bars recommended for members of the press who don’t have time to read reviews—or have dinner out, for that matter. The list below is organized by neighborhood, and many of the spots are good for groups.
FAIRMOUNT (Center City, Art Museum Area)
- Mugshots Coffeehouse – The area’s original coffeehouse, serving up locally farmed foods, fairly traded organic coffee and tea, and vegan and gluten-free grub. Wi-Fi. 1925 Fairmount Avenue, (267) 514-7145,
Black-Owned Shops, Restaurants, Day Spas & More Boom In Philadelphia
Shops, restaurants, galleries and bars owned and operated by African-Americans are abundant in Philadelphia. Among Philly’s destination-worthy black-owned businesses: high-end lingerie boutique Coeur, nerdy-cool hangout Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, healthful juice and açai bowls bar Stripp’d Juice, top-shelf nightclub Reserve, and and West Philadelphia’s inimitable arts space, the Tiberino Museum.
Here’s a traveler-tailored list of some of the city’s standout black-owned businesses.
- Amazulu Collections – Charita Powell, owner. Seven days a week and for more than 25 years, this popular Reading Terminal Market stand has represented artists from all over the world and lived the motto, “where cultures meet.”
Philadelphia's Brunch Scene Goes Global
Some of the country’s best brunches take place in Philadelphia, a city that begins its culinary pioneering at the earliest of hours—and doesn’t stop until late afternoon. Philly’s traditional, weekend breakfast-meets-lunch game is strong, thanks to line-out-the-door spots such as Sam’s Morning Glory Diner, Sabrina’s and Honey’s Sit ’N Eat. But more and more, the brunch menu has gone global. Popular right now: sweet bao and kimchi Bloody Marys (Bing Bing Dim Sum), bologna eggs Benedict and baby pancakes (The Dutch), huevos rancheros and scrapple-stuffed tortas (Mission Taqueria), lobster frittatas (Fork) and...
What's In The Fishtown Neighborhood?
Like its hip neighbor Northern Liberties, Fishtown has quickly become one of the coolest sections of Philadelphia, thanks to an influx of quality restaurants, inventive bars, impressive music venues and forward-thinking art galleries.
Philadelphians have found new and innovative uses for Fishtown ever since William Penn made peace with the Lenape Indians in what’s now Penn Treaty Park. It’s the only place in the city where, in the same evening, someone can buy a custom-made guitar, drink craft beer while playing Tetris, eat stellar Yugoslavian food, sample Philly-made craft whiskeys and visit the world’s only pizza museum. Fishtown’s Frankford Avenue...
What's In The Northern Liberties Neighborhood?
Once considered an up-and-coming neighborhood, Northern Liberties has officially arrived, evidenced by the international restaurants, respected gastropubs and trendy boutiques—all this while maintaining the artistic vibe that made it so cool in the first place.
The warehouses that populate the former manufacturing district found new life as condos, galleries, stores and restaurants, and along with newly designed buildings, Northern Liberties enjoys a pleasant mix of older functional and modern design. Two shopping/dining/art/entertainment plazas helped make the area accessible and thriving: Liberties Walk and The Schmidt’s Commons.
The neighborhood lies north of Old City, and its borders (depends who you ask,...
A Guide To Group Dining In Philadelphia
Dinner just tastes better when everyone’s together, and this is especially true in Philadelphia, where the concept of Brotherly Love extends across the table. For breaking bread with family, friends or both, a restaurant that’s both physically and conceptually designed to handle a big, hungry bunch is an invaluable find. Here’s a diverse selection of Philadelphia’s top group dining options, including casual spots to pop in with a party of 10 (and more upscale destinations where foodies book big tables in advance), bistros with prix-fixe menus and/or BYOB (bring-your-own-bottle) policies that take the worry out of splitting the bill, to...
No Chill For Philly Restaurants This Season
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:
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