Best Philadelphia, PA Restaurants

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    10. Will BYOB

    Modern French-inspired fare by chef and owner Chris Kearse will have you licking your lips after each and every course. Each third Tuesday of the month offers an ingredient-driving tasting menu (pumpkin-focused in...

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    9. 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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    8. Noord Eetcafe

    Noord Eetcafe is a BYOB Northern European inspired restaurant, think seared Norwegian salmon and duck confit. Chef-owned by Joncarl Lachman, be sure and make a reservation to enjoy his hospitality (he greets guests...

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    7. 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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    6. Fond

    Don't skip dessert at this contemporary American corner spot on East Passyunk Avenue, you'll miss out on freshly-baked delicacies by the masterful Jessie Prawlucki. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't load up on...

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    5. 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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    4. 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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    3. 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. If you're with a group,...

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    2. 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. Vetri Ristorante

    With only 35 seats, this nationally acclaimed restaurant is booked one to two months in advance, so call way ahead for reservations. Chef-owner Marc Vetri prepares elegant "new" Italian cuisine, served only as a prix...

About Philadelphia, PA Restaurants

Years ago, folks on the outside looking in 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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