Best Philadelphia, PA Restaurants

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    10. Pumpkin

    This quaint Philadelphia restaurant is really just part of a larger enterprise including a cafe and a market. The restaurant utilizes fresh local ingredients (resulting in a menu that changes daily) and manages to...

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    9. Fond

    This contemporary American corner spot on East Passyunk Avenue delivers selections done in top-notch style, like elegantly prepared sea scallops, pork belly, sweet potato green curry soup, seared foie gras and salmon...

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    8. The Farm and Fisherman

    Chef Josh Lawler was a forerunner in the locavore movement, and his practice and dedication shows in every bite at The Farm and Fisherman. This cozy 30-seat restaurant on Antique Row invites you to bring your own...

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    7. Vernick Food & Drink

    Two floors of ingredient-driven cuisine is what you'll find at Vernick Food & Drink. Recognized as a Rising Philadelphia Chef by Star Chefs, Greg Vernick and his wife Julie bring artful dishes to the Rittenhouse...

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    6. Bibou

    Lauded as one of the nation's best French bistros, this quaint, cash-only BYOB is well deserving of the countless glowing reviews bestowed upon its warm, personalized service and exceptional cuisine. French-born chef...

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    5. Amada

    Owner-chef Jose Garces' tantalizing tapas -- Spanish octopus and garlic shrimp among them -- give his fabulous lobster paella, suckling pig and other main courses a true run for their money. It's food you'll be...

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    3. Zahav

    Before James Beard chef Michael Solomonov opened the only upscale Israeli restaurant in Philadelphia, he took his entire staff to Israel to give them a taste of the land, the spirit and the food. The result is a...

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    1. Vedge

    Anyone who thinks vegan food can't be flavorful hasn't eaten at Vedge. Not only is this friendly and inviting Center City restaurant the best vegan/vegetarian join in Philly and the entire United States (by leaps and...

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About Philadelphia, PA Restaurants

Not long ago, many viewed the notion of "innovative Philly cuisine" as little more than topping a steak sandwich with Swiss cheese instead of Cheese Whiz. How times do change! These days, Philadelphia's restaurant scene has emerged as one of the most admired on the East Coast – heck, the city's even crafted and perfected its own genre of restaurants. Characterized by warmly intimate confines and limited seating, most of Philadelphia's BYOB (bring-your-own-bottle) establishments earn high marks, thanks to the fantastic skills of their relatively young and inventive chefs. Stellar eateries without liquor licenses -- Koo Zee Doo and Fond, for example, charge no or minimal corkage fees, and this plays right into the average Philadelphian's sense of independence. Of course, the city boasts its fair share of fully licensed restaurants, as well, particularly in the Rittenhouse, Old City and Manayunk neighborhoods.

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