Not only is it home to the ever-delicious Reading Terminal Market – the oldest continually operating farmer’s market in the country – Philadelphia is also home to a large and diverse selection of incredible restaurants. If you’re lucky enough to spend a few days here, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the culinary scene. But even if you’re just passing through, stopping in for a bite at one of these eateries is well worth your time.
John’s Roast Pork
Let’s face it. It’s hard to find a bad cheesesteak in Philly. But while everyone else is weighing in on the epic rivalry between iconic cheesesteak joints Geno’s and Pat’s, John’s Roast Pork is serving up what’s arguably the best in the city. This sandwich is loaded with high-quality, perfectly seasoned beef that’s cooked to order and never soggy. Crusty sesame seed rolls and sharp provolone round out the cheesesteak to perfection. FYI: If you plan to come on a Saturday, be prepared to wait in a long line!
Charlie Was a Sinner
Proving that Philly is so much more than cheesesteaks, this vegan cafe is almost always crowded with vegans and carnivores alike. What’s not to like about Korean-style fried tofu, caramelized eggplant bao buns, and artichoke frites? This midtown hotspot also serves up incredible desserts, coffee, and tea.
Among Philly’s waterfront restaurants, Moshulu stands above the rest. Rather, its mast stands above the rest. This former shipping vessel — the oldest and largest four-masted tall ship on Earth — is docked in Penn’s Landing, where it delivers stellar city views and modern American fare ranging from tuna tartare to boneless ribeyes.
Want to eat like a Philadelphian? Head to Hungry Pigeon in Queen Village. This flawlessly upscale yet simple eatery has managed to capture the hearts (and taste buds) of the locals with its joyful approach to good food. Imagine noshing on a banana bread sticky bun with a cup of coffee for breakfast or trying a four-course tasting for dinner. No matter what time of day you stop by, you’re in for a treat.
With its artisan butcher on hand, Kensington Quarters serves up an amazing menu of meat-forward dishes like its charcuterie starter or mixed grill platter. But this Fishtown restaurant is also beloved for its chic industrial vibe and its non-meat plates, including its baked cheese and mushroom toast.
Wm. Mulherin’s Sons
Another Fishtown favorite, Wm. Mulherin’s Sons is nestled in a former whiskey distillery. With its menu of wood-fired Neopolitan pizza, pasta, and amazing brunch items, this urban Italian eatery routinely makes many best-of lists. Beloved for its flavorful food and cool vibes, Wm. Mulherin’s Sons is a solid choice for any food lover.
Even non-vegans can enjoy the dishes at Vedge, highly regarded as the best vegan restaurant in the country. But what you might not realize is that this gem is also one of the best restaurants in the city. Think veggies aren’t exciting? Just a couple bites of specialties like eggplant braciole, seared maitake mushrooms, and wood-roasted carrots will surely change your mind.
Once one of Society Hill’s hidden gems, Zahav has evolved into one of Philly’s finest, earning a solid No. 4 spot on the 2017 list of the 50 Best Restaurants from Philly Magazine. And it’s a must-try for anyone who wants to experience modern Israeli cuisine. Chef Solomonov’s specialties extend well past hummus and vegetable salads — although those are equally divine here — to include dishes like branzino grilled over hot coals and pomegranate lamb shoulder.
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