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Jun 23 2017

Philly Welcomes New Restaurants This Summer

The Season’s Openings Include French Fare, Fried Chicken, Breweries & Vegan Cheap Eats

Summer’s here—and Philly’s food scene is hotter than ever. Recent openings include plenty of fast-service options, from Taiwanese fried chicken (Chi Ken) to vegan bao (Baology), a fresh pair of brewpubs (Roy-Pitz Barrel House, Urban Village Brewing Company); a spinoff of a highly successful locavore tavern (Blue Duck on Broad) and a beautiful, long-awaited debut from Sylva Senat (Maison 208). As always, the flavors are exciting, the concepts are intriguing and there are enough unexplored eateries to last all season long. Here are a few of the newest comestibles to covet in the city and beyond:

Center City East:

  • Bocconcini – The one-time Giorgia Pizza on Pine has been transformed into Bocconcini. The Washington Square bring-your-own-bottle (BYOB) spot serves up small plates like arancini and fra diavolo cauliflower, along with pastas and pizzas (both with gluten-free options). 1334 Pine Street, (215) 545-2482,
  • Chi Ken – Taiwanese-skewered popcorn fried chicken continues to take Chinatown by storm, and this storefront serves it by the bento box. Other options include fried squid and pork chops, plus milk and bubble teas. 938 Race Street, (267) 273-1136,
  • Maison 208 – Chef Sylva Senat’s brand new Midtown Village bistro has an elegant neighborhood vibe, contemporary fare with French sensibilities, a Coravin wine by-the-glass system and the city’s first retractable roof. 208 S. 13th Street, (215) 999-1020,

Center City West:

  • Baology – Once a rarity in the city, Taiwanese street food can now be sourced in Center City. Trading in potstickers, buns and steamed spring rolls, the cleverly named, just-opened fast-service eatery offers vegan and gluten-free options. 1829 John F. Kennedy Boulevard,
  • Blue Duck on Broad – The owners of popular Northeast Philly BYOB the Blue Duck have graced a grateful Center City with their easygoing yet sophisticated locally derived fare—fried egg-topped pork roll burgers on brioche, for example—plus cocktails and DJed Sunday brunches. 220 S. Broad Street, (267) 455-0378
  • Sweet Charlie’s – Given the success of its initial location in Washington Square, the Thai-rolled ice cream parlor doubles its holdings with a Rittenhouse satellite. Visitors can choose a base (ice cream, yogurt or vegan), watch as an array of toppings are mixed in—and can choose to spike their dessert with chocolate liqueur, red wine or Kahlua. 1921 Walnut Street,

North of Center City:

  • Pizza Dads – The second outing from the Pizza Brain team brings an old-school pizza parlor experience to Brewerytown. The gas-fired ovens turn out classics (Forbes comes with red sauce, smoked pepperoni, fontina and basil), as well as signature pies (Bruno features a pretzel crust, sausage, aged sharp provolone, sauerkraut and spicy mustard). 2843 Girard Avenue, (215) 763-3237,
  • Roy-Pitz Barrel House – Spotlighting barrel-aged and sour ales, the new brewpub enriches the lively local beer scene. The facility in Spring Garden serves up drafts like Daddy Fat Sacks and Old Jail Ale and easygoing eats such as burgers, wings and salads. 990 Spring Garden Street, (215) 995-6792,

Northern Liberties:

  • Love and Honey Fried Chicken – Culinary Institute of America graduates bring their love and honey butter-drenched cornbread to the nexus of Northern Liberties and Fishtown. In addition to the main attraction of fried chicken, the couple serves mac and cheese, collard greens, potato salad and banana pudding with spiced brittle. 1100 N. Front Street, (215) 789-7878,
  • Urban Village Brewing Company – Craft beer meets brick-oven pizza at No. Libs.’ newest brewpub. House drafts such as Space Kolsch and apricot juice-spiked Nectar wheat beer accompany mussels, fennel sausage pizza and brisket sandwiches. 1001 N. 2nd Street, (267) 687-1961,

South Philadelphia:

  • Palizzi Social Club – An old-school South Philly social club gets a savvy reboot with chef Joey Baldino, a descendant of one of the club’s original owners. Under his tutelage, the members-only, cash-only restaurant serves octopus with salsa verde, egg yolk and spinach ravioli, brascioli and spumoni, along with inventive spins on Italian cocktails. 1408 S. 12th Street,

West Philadelphia:

  • Walnut Street Café – The team from New York City’s acclaimed Rebelle recently opened this casual, 3,000-square-foot bistro, serving refined breakfast-through-dinner fare. Located in the foot of the shining new FMC Building, Walnut Street is convenient both for guests of the sleek, onsite AKA University City and nearby 30th Street Station. 2929 Walnut Street,

Suburban Openings:

  • Cedar Craft and Kitchen – This intimate, laid-back pub with an emphasis on craft beers both local and national sticks with traditional comfort foods with an Italian bent. That means shrimp scampi, meatloaf and fontina sandwiches and chicken picatta. 1061 Cedarwood Road, Glenolden, (610) 537-7003,
  • DanDan – The second location of a Rittenhouse Square hit, DanDan’s Wayne outpost specializes in upscale Szechuan and Taiwanese fare. A full bar quenches palates after fiery dishes like rib-eye brew pot and twice-cooked fish and shrimp with pickled peppers. 214 Sugartown Road, Wayne, (484) 580-8558,
  • Farm & Fisherman Tavern – Modeled after the popular Farm & Fisherman Tavern in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, the Horsham location stays true to its farm-to-table roots. The restaurant, serving brunch, lunch and dinner plus a full slate of drinks, highlights local producers in its “bloody” beet salad and roasted cod with grits cake. 575 Horsham Road, Horsham, (267) 673-8974,
  • Taste – Sand Castle Winery’s retail wine store has transformed into a vegan eatery. Meatless versions of Laotian sausage tacos, fried chicken and shortrib wraps can be paired with Pennsylvania beers and spirits and Sand Castle’s wines. 236 Bridge Street, Phoenixville, (484) 924-9530,

Coming Soon:

  • Green Eggs Café – The well-loved eco-friendly bruncherie opens up a fourth location this summer in Rittenhouse Square.
  • The Kettle Black – A French bakery and café brings a cosmopolitan edge to Northern Liberties.
  • Fishtown Brewpub – An old elevator factory in Fishtown becomes the latest site for local beer brewing, drinking and revelry.
  • Kyung Ho – The highly anticipated second outing from Peter Serpico and Stephen Starr will serve both traditional and contemporary Korean eats at 2025 Sansom Street.
  • Rione – This upcoming BYOB promises authentic Roman-style pizza by the slice for 102 S. 21st Street.
  • Six Feet Under – This underground tavern will cook up gastropub fare in a convivial, barlike atmosphere on Washington Square.
  • Tradesman’s – American barbecue and all its regional variations, plus dozens of draft beers, make this latest offering from the team behind BRU Craft & Wurst and U-Bahn an intriguing addition to Midtown Village
  • Tredici Enoteca – Bryn Mawr receives the third and largest version of this classic Mediterranean eater—the first locations are in Midtown Village and Washington, DC.
  • The Ugly Duckling – The fellas behind the Blue Duck plan to debut their third project this summer, an American twist to the hipster noodle bar for Washington Square West.
  • Usaquén – Colombian fusion fare, first conceived in a series of pop-ups, finds a full-time home in Kensington.
  • Wiz Kid – Quick, cheap and vegan, the newest addition to the Landau/Jacoby empire (Vedge and V Street) makes their signature fare more accessible than ever in a nearly-opened Rittenhouse shop set to serve a seitan-based cheesesteaks and Korean-fried tempeh sandwiches.
  • Yiro Yiro – Roxborough welcomes a new fast-service eatery specializing in fresh contemporary Greek food.

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Mar 22 2018

Wee Hours, Great Food: Philly's Late-Night Dining Scene

Plenty Of Options For Midnight & After Midnight Eats In Philly

As Philadelphia’s dining scene continues to grow, the city’s bistros, gastropubs, brasseries, eateries, diners and fast-food spots are growing by…hours. By law in Philly, last call at the bar happens at 2 a.m. Last call for food, however, is anywhere from 11 p.m. to never. Check out this list of the hottest, coolest and coziest spots to nibble, nosh, gobble and dine well into the early-morning hours.

Until Midnight On Weekends:

  • Brauhaus Schmitz – Cravings for late-night sausage sandwiches are answered here. The links are house-made at this authentic German restaurant and beer hall, where the lunch menu becomes
Mar 21 2018

Culinary Tours & Tastings Flavor Visits To Philadelphia

Food-Focused Tours & Classes Tempt Taste Buds In & Beyond Philadelphia

When foodies hit the road, they take their passion for culinary tours and tasting experiences with them. In Philadelphia, visitors can partake in cooking classes and plenty of wine and beer celebrations—and in doing so get a great sense of the city and its neighborhoods. Here’s a look at some of the region’s culinary happenings:

Food & Drink Tours:

  • Brewery Tours – America’s best beer-drinking city proudly brews some of the nation’s best beers. People can get an up-close look at the process during tours of area breweries, including Yards Brewing Company, Philadelphia Brewing Company (PBC), Manayunk Brewing Company
Mar 16 2018

Those Famous Philly Flavors—Delicious And Deciphered

A Guide To The Philadelphia Region’s Legendary Foods

Philadelphia’s signature flavor is a dynamic mix of traditional recipes, new culinary inventions, well-known treats and obscure dishes—specialties that can be found everywhere—from corner stores to the fanciest restaurants. Among the region’s best-known foods are Italian water ice, Pennsylvania Dutch pretzels and the ever-popular cheesesteak. More local favorites include pork roll and scrapple, which are available here in the region and through services such as Taste of Philadelphia, one of many companies that ship Philly goodies across the United States.

Here are some of the sandwiches, snacks, meats and more that have left a lasting mark on the Pennsylvania palate:

Mar 13 2018

20 Must-Try Eateries For First-Time Visitors To Philadelphia

The Ultimate Dining List For The Philly First-Timer

Philadelphia’s abundance of craft restaurants, independent cafes and food-forward bars poses a delicious mealtime dilemma for every diner—especially first-time visitors. No matter how a newcomer chooses where to eat in Philly—pre-arrival research, an app, a stroll along a neighborhood food corridor—certain iconic spots serve as great culinary starting points.

These essentials of Philadelphia’s restaurant scene include fine-dining stalwarts, historic seafood houses, international standouts and classic sandwich joints. They’re places locals who’ve moved away dream of from afar and make a point of returning to each time they come home. Beloved for their unpretentious settings and unforgettable food, these spots are

Feb 15 2018

Philadelphia’s Fabulous Brunch Scene, Neighborhood By Neighborhood

Philly’s Many Great Brunch Spots Offer Classic-To-Global Meals

Philadelphia’s brunch scene has always been strong, thanks to beloved line-out-the-door spots such as Sam’s Morning Glory Diner, Sabrina’s and Honey’s Sit ’N Eat. But more and more, Philly’s brunch options have gone truly global. On the a.m. rise right now: sweet bao and kimchi Bloody Mary’s (Bing Bing Dim Sum), bologna eggs Benedict and Dutch baby pancakes (The Dutch), huevos rancheros and scrapple-stuffed tortas (Mission Taqueria), lobster frittatas (Fork) and vegan Monte Cristos (The Tasty). Here’s a look at some of the region’s best brunch options:

Center City East, Old City & Washington

Jan 30 2018

“Greased Pole” Doughnuts And More Fun Philly Foods For Super Bowl LII

Philadelphia Chefs Come Up With Clever Fare As the Philadelphia Eagles Head To The Big Show

In Philadelphia, the excitement for the Eagles’ trip to Super Bowl LII isn’t just palpable: It’s edible. The ultimate football turn of events has inspired the city’s chefs, cooks and bartenders to come up with clever, quirky—delicious—Birds-inspired food and drink.

Among the ever-growing list of Eagles fan fare are vegan pastry inspired by Broad Street’s greased poles (Dottie’s Donuts), all-green Bloody Mary cocktails (Pub & Kitchen), broccolini cheesesteaks (Rooster Soup Co.) and underdog everything, including soft pretzels (Philly Pretzel Factory) and mac-and-cheese (Mac Mart). Here are the details:

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Jan 23 2018

What's In The Neighborhood?


Beyond Philadelphia’s historic Friendship Arch at 10th and Arch Streets lives a thriving Asian neighborhood, settled in the mid-19th century by Cantonese immigrants. Stretching from Vine to Arch Streets between 9th and 12th Streets, Philly’s Chinatown is packed end-to-end with restaurants and stores that represent Hong Kong, Cantonese, Fujianese, Northern Sichuan and Taiwanese cultures, with a sprinkling of Korean, Thai, Malaysian, Burmese, Vietnamese and hipster thrown in for good measure. On any given day or night, Chinatown is active and authentic, popular for steaming platters of hand-stretched noodles, seasonal street festivals, a new food hall (

Jan 22 2018

Philadelphia Bakeries: More Delicious By The Dozen

A Guide To The Region’s Top Makers Of Bread, Buns, Cakes And Pastries

Philadelphia, a city of neighborhoods, is also a city of neighborhood bakeries. Cannoli from the 9th Street Italian Market’s Isgro’s and Termini Brothers, tomato pie from Manayunk’s Marchiano’s Bakery and pound cake from Port Richmond’s Stock’s Bakery are just some of the crumbs of Philly’s culinary makeup. Today, the city’s blocks also burst with modern French patisseries and boulangeries (J’aime French Bakery, Machine Shop), specialized bakeries (Dottie’s Donuts, ICI Macarons and Café and gluten- and allergen-free specialist Sweet Freedom Bakery) and artisans with modern ideas about heritage ingredients (High Street on Market, Lost Bread

Jan 3 2018

Taquerias And Taco Trucks Dot Philadelphia Neighborhoods

South Philly Leads The City’s Taco Craze

Philly’s turned into a bona fide taco town. Between the authentic, mom-and-pop taquerias of South Philly, tried-and-true tequila bars, roving food trucks and the newest crop of Mexican joints, there’s truly a taco for everyone and their hermano. Here’s where:

South Philly:

  • Blue Corn – Distinguished among its quick-serve counterparts on the 9th Street Italian Market, this family-owned and operated restaurant has genuine warmth and hospitality—not to mention a liquor license and incredible tacos made with a rotating lineup of specialty tortillas pressed on the premises. 940 S. 9th Street, (215) 925-1010, @bluecornrestaurant
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Nov 30 2017

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