Jean-Georges Philadelphia: "Should you not be able to secure a reservation for dinner, don't be afraid to visit during lunch, as the views, dishes and service as well as a more relaxed atmosphere might be just what you're looking for."
Jaxon BYOB: "Fans rave about the octopus here, so don't leave without sampling it."
Res Ipsa: "Try the Chef's tasting menu for a sampling of great options you may not have thought to try."
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.
Sharon is a native to the Philadelphia area, but loves to wander from its familiar borders. She has traveled to more than 30 countries, trekked five continents, ventured out with family, friends and on solo trips and tackled numerous adventures that were both in and well out of her comfort zone. When she's not traveling, you may find her out on her bicycle on the... Read More