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Feb 11 2014

What's In The East Passyunk & Pennsport Neighborhoods?

Restaurant, Shops, Bars & Coffee Shops In The East Passyunk & Pennsport Neighborhoods

For years, insiders have flocked to South Philadelphia’s East Passyunk Avenue for its restaurants, particularly its red-gravy Italian spots. The neighborhood surrounding the avenue—a diagonal interruption to Philadelphia’s grid layout—has enjoyed revitalizations in recent years, creating a sort of renaissance for the thoroughfare itself. Visitors who stroll down Passyunk (pronounced pashunk by those in the know) find eclectic boutiques, coffee shops, gastropubs, excellent Mexican and sushi fare, as well as the amazing Italian eateries that first made this street famous—not to mention the two across-the-street cheesesteak rivals, Pat’s King of Steaks and Geno’s Steaks. Generally, the area known as East

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Feb 3 2014

What's In The Logan Square Neighborhood?

Restaurant, Shops, Bars & Coffee Shops In The Logan Square Neighborhood

Logan Square’s personality defies a single definition. Corporate and municipal office buildings cover swaths of wide streets, creating the bustle of daily commerce. Luxury high-rises and modern and historic houses line leafy side streets. The museums that border the broad, tree-lined Benjamin Franklin Parkway add yet another dimension. Green spaces—including the square that gives the area its name—provide spots for relaxation, reflection and fun.

The center of the city government’s daily business, City Hall is a natural focal point. Its elaborate architecture and ornamentation makes people stop and take notice—and photos. The architectural equivalent of a wedding cake, the sprawling

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Dec 23 2013

What's In The Old City Neighborhood?

Restaurants, Shops, Bars, Cafes, Galleries & Theaters In Historic Philadelphia’s Old City

Located just next to Independence Mall, where the country’s Founding Fathers declared liberty and built a free nation, Old City still boasts charming cobblestone streets and plenty of 18th-century charm—along with an independent streak that’s evident in everything from its owner-operated shops to its edgy art scene.

Its proximity to the Liberty Bell, Penn’s Landing and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge make Old City a favorite for out-of-towners as much as for the residents who call it home. People love the neighborhood for its fashionable boutiques, great restaurants, eclectic galleries and theaters and vibrant nightlife. Especially popular are First

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Nov 22 2013

What's In The Washington Square West Neighborhood?

Restaurants, Bars, Shops, Galleries & Theaters In Washington Square West, Midtown Village & The Gayborhood

Three neighborhoods in one: That’s the perfect way to describe Washington Square West, a thriving enclave that also includes Midtown Village and the Gayborhood. Running roughly from 7th to Broad Streets and Chestnut to South Streets, the buzzed-about ’hood is increasingly a go-to spot for trendy restaurants and owner-operated boutiques.

Midtown Village maintains its own personality thanks to a small-business boom concentrated on the
13th Street corridor, where power couple Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran preside over a handful of popular restaurants and shops. The Gayborhood sets itself apart with dozens of rainbow street signs that adorn poles

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Jun 1 2013

Philadelphia Food Trucks Satisfy

The Mobile Food Movement Flourishes In Many City Neighborhoods Via Classic, Casual & Contemporary Cuisine

Say it five times fast: Philly’s fallen for food trucks. From Temple University’s campus to South Philly, the beyond-fun dining craze has truly boomed. If a diner craves something, chances are he or she can find it on wheels: brick-oven soppressata pizza, green-tea macaroons, gourmet mac and cheese, Spam musubi, sweet cream ice cream, pour-over coffee, along with staples such as soul food, cheesesteaks, crepes and falafels. Lunch seekers can find trucks all over the city, especially near universities, but they know to check Twitter and Facebook before they make a trip. These trucks have wheels and often use them

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May 30 2013

Poll: Philly's Beer Scene Runneth Over

GPTMC’s Newly Created “Philly Friends” Panel Has Spoken, & 54% Love Their Suds Alfresco

Inspired by Philly Beer Week, kicking off today, the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) polled the newly created Philly Friends opinion panel about the city’s beer scene. The findings are mouthwatering.

Question #1: What do you think makes Philly’s beer scene so impressive? (Select all that apply.)

  • Beer-centric pubs & bars – 76%
  • Quality breweries – 69%
  • Beer gardens – 54%
  • Philly Beer Week – 43%
  • Bartenders who know their stuff – 37%
  • Home-brewing scene – 19%
  • Other – 7%

Question #2: What is your favorite place in Philadelphia to enjoy beer on a hot summer day?

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May 8 2013

What's New & Notable In Philly's Restaurant Scene This Spring?

In Bloom: BYOBs, Gastropubs, A Biergarten, A Raw Bar, A Noodle Bar & More

Spring in Philadelphia means more than baseball and cherry blossoms: It also means brand-new BYOBs, gastropubs, a biergarten, a raw bar, a noodle bar and the list goes on. Among the crowd of culinary creators are a number of second, third and beyond acts by some of the region’s hottest restaurateurs. And, as is appropriate in the warm weather, there’s news on the ice cream front too. Here’s what’s cooking in Philly this spring:

Recent Openings:

  • Northern European cuisine, including smoked fish, smørrebrød, bitterballen and lots of beets, get their day in the sun thanks to Chef Joncarl Lachman’s
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Apr 18 2013

What's In The Graduate Hospital Neighborhood?

Restaurants, Shops, Bars & Coffee Shops In The Graduate Hospital Neighborhood

Graduate Hospital goes by many names (Center City South, South of South, G-Ho), which is fitting for a neighborhood that draws its personality from the people inside it: young transplants, born-and-raised neighbors, hip urban professionals, craft beer crowds and more. In recent years, the area stretching from Lombard Street to Washington Avenue and from Broad Street to Gray’s Ferry Avenue has accumulated a healthy dose of restaurants, bars, cafes, shops and markets that reflect the area’s residential and cool vibe.

Restaurants & Bars:

  • Balkan Express Restaurant – This family-run bring-your-own-bottle (BYOB) spot serves up Mediterranean fare that’s both wallet-friendly
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Feb 28 2013

What's In The Rittenhouse Neighborhood?

Restaurants, Bars, Shops, Cafes & Culture Around Rittenhouse Square

Long-considered one of the toniest neighborhoods in the city, Rittenhouse Square isn’t just an enviable address. Along its sidewalks—many of which boast seating for alfresco dining and drinking in the warm months—residents and visitors find high-end stores; locally owned boutiques; small galleries; renowned museums; cafes; beer, wine and cocktail bars; and restaurants of all kinds. And, of course, the one-block Rittenhouse Square is more popular with sunbathers, readers, families, artists and even dogs than city founder William Penn ever could have imagined. With a number of hotels also in the area, this neighborhood remains an out-of-towner favorite.

Restaurants, Bars &

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Feb 20 2013

What's In The West Philadelphia Neighborhood?

Restaurants, Shops, Bars, Coffee Shops And Galleries In West Philadelphia

Every resident knows (and secretly loves) Will Smith’s Fresh Prince of Bel Air lyric “In West Philadelphia, born and raised … ” Not obvious from the 1990s theme song is the dynamic culture that thrives inside the large area—due to historic characteristics, large educational and research institutions and new developments and residents.

Separated from Center City by the Schuylkill River, West Philadelphia resembles a microcosm of the city itself, with a number of smaller, distinct neighborhoods inside it. Many of its attractions and events—community gardens, Ethiopian restaurants, offbeat performances and the like—were created to benefit the people living in the

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Feb 11 2013

Backgrounder: Pet-friendly Philadelphia

Pet lovers are crazy about their animal companions and spend more than $50 billion a year in the U.S. on pet services and accoutrements to prove it. For those who love to spoil their pet but hate to leave him behind while traveling, the Philadelphia region proves to be the “purr-fect” getaway. Pet-friendly hotels, restaurants and retail shops welcome visitors and their animal companions in all sections of the city and its suburbs. From canine-friendly parks to VIP (Very Important Pet) hotel programs, the Philadelphia region makes it easy for visitors to bring their furry friends along for the ride.

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Jan 16 2013

What's In The Fishtown Neighborhood?

Restaurants, Bars, Cafes, Music & A Casino In Burgeoning Fishtown

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 the Fishtown section of the city ever since William Penn made peace with the Lenape Indians there 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 and visit the world’s only pizza museum. Fishtown’s

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Oct 22 2012

What's In The Northwest Philadelphia Neighborhoods?

Local Brews, Great Reads & Tasty Treats Abound In Chestnut Hill, Germantown, Mt. Airy & West Oak Lane

Getting to the diverse and historic neighborhoods of Chestnut Hill, Germantown, Mt. Airy and West Oak Lane 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 enclaves in the northwest section of the city.

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 was once a vacation spot for those who wanted to escape the summer heat of the lower-lying parts of the city. Today, the neighborhood’s eclectic

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Mar 12 2012

Eat On The Green This Spring In Philadelphia

Restaurant Gardens Set The Scene For A Beautiful Meal In Philadelphia And The Countryside®

With spring about to spring, diners are eager to enjoy their meals alfresco, and fortunately, Philadelphia and The Countryside® is flourishing with plenty of green-minded eateries. Whether it’s dinner in an urban courtyard, brunch in an antique greenhouse or beer and pizza on a green roof, there’s an abundance of options for taking in the local flora. Here’s a look at just a few of the region’s restaurants that boast flower power:

  • The enclosed veranda at The Brick Hotel’s Restaurant overlooks lush, well-tended flower gardens, which are a visual complement to the New American cuisine like line-caught salmon over saffron
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Mar 15 2011

Restaurant Independence In Historic Philadelphia

More Than 100 Restaurants Serve Up Menus From Affordable To Luxurious & Everything In Between

When choosing a restaurant in Historic Philadelphia, the key word is choice. In fact, there are so many restaurants, cafes and bistros that discerning diners could eat out all 108 days of summer without ever hitting the same spot twice. Here are just a few places where diners can please their palates:

Asian & South Asian:

  • Aqua – Those in the know order the special Thai iced tea or bring a favorite libation to this lively and brightly hued BYOB where the Thai and Malaysian cuisine brims with spice. 705 Chestnut Street, (215) 928-2838
  • Buddakan – Under the watchful
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Feb 25 2010

A World Of Flavors In Philadelphia

French, Italian, Asian, Hispanic, Irish, African-American & Jewish Meals Abound In Philly

Philadelphia and The Countryside® continues to build its reputation as a not-to-be-missed foodie town, and the city's diverse and multifaceted restaurant scene is doing its part to give discerning diners a taste of the world. It's in Philadelphia that authentic Burmese ginger salads, Brazilian barbecue and traditional Irish breakfasts are as accessible as Israeli eggplant sandwiches and Korean kimchi. The following is just a sampling of the region's global smorgasbord:

French Flair:

  • The city's premminent French restaurant, Georges Perrier’s Le Bec-Fin is consistently lauded for its superior dining experience. These days the menu has a contemporary twist (Jonah crab
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Feb 27 2009

56 Reasons Why Philly's Dining Scene Is As Tempting As Ever

New Restaurants, Small Plates, Beer Galore, Tea Rooms, Swanky Steakhouses

New On The Scene
There are plenty of newcomers to Philadelphia’s ever-growing restaurant scene. Here’s a look at some of the newest spots on the block:

  • This season’s most anticipated opening, Jose Garce’s Chifa promises the intriguing crossover of Peruvian and Chinese cuisines found in Peru—and now at 7th and Chestnut Streets. Like Garces’ other local holdings Amada, Tinto and Distrito, the menu will focus on made-to share-portions. Dishes will include congee, pork belly buns with foie gras and plenty of daily changing options from a ceviche bar.
  • Nola traditions continue to inspire local cooking. Restaurateur/chef John Mims, best
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Feb 11 2009

12 Cool Places To Eat In Philadelphia

Philly’s Restaurants Serve Up Plenty of Dramatic Atmosphere

A truly memorable restaurant experience goes beyond the plate, and nowhere is this more evident than in the restaurants of Philadelphia and The Countryside®. From a church converted into a Creole restaurant and a century-old boat with multi-leveled decks for dining to a sleek French bistro with a skyscraper’s view and a futuristic Asian restaurant with conveyor-belt sushi, the Philadelphia region is brimming with eateries where the surroundings are as compelling as the food. Here are a dozen examples:

Readapted Spaces:

  • Once a train shed, Reading Terminal Market became the city’s preeminent indoor marketplace in 1893, replacing the whistling
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Sep 23 2008

Backgrounder: Regional Dining

Suburban Philadelphia Restaurants Tempt Palates With Eateries That Range From Chic To Affordable

The towns of the Philadelphia countryside are serious about food, and that means great eating on any budget. Chic lounges, elegant restaurants and casual pubs in Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties provide a sophisticated day or evening on the town that’s just a short drive from Center City Philadelphia. And when the weather is favorable, foodies can enjoy the fresh air, as many of the region’s restaurants include outdoor seating. Here are just a few suggestions for high-, moderate- and low-priced dining:

Money-Is-No-Object Options ($40 per person and up):

  • A bring-your-own-bottle (BYOB) establishment set in a charming West
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May 29 2008

Lovin' The Nightlife In The Philadelphia Countryside

Philly's Suburbs Swing Into High Gear After Dark

Looking to enjoy a sophisticated evening on the town that’s away from the fast pace of big city life? Searching for refined haute cuisine amidst the serenity of the countryside? In the mood to sample new wines while gazing at the stars? Philadelphia’s nearby suburbs boast a welcome combination of artsy entertainment venues, chic lounges, fine dining restaurants and casual pubs. Here’s a look at four very different Philadelphia counties with all sorts of options for play after dark:

ITINERARY ONE: BUCKS COUNTY

For A Delicious Dinner: In Doylestown, enjoy a first class meal at Honey Restaurant, a warm bistro

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