The Essential Philadelphia Restaurants

The Essential Philadelphia Restaurants

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Find out what's cooking at these outstanding restaurants in Philadelphia.

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    Easily manages to live up to all the hype. The fancy donuts are inventive, the hot fresh are always right out of the fryer, and the chicken is unbelievable. Impossible to leave unhappy. -- Jack LaViolette via Foursquare
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    The rooftop lounge is Mid-town’s pièce de résistance. Partially enclosed so that it’s servicable year-round, the deck area is one of the most popular nightspots in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood. -- Visit Philly via Foursquare
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    Treat the beer menu like a to-do list and then head to the balcony upstairs to catch a better view of local bands. There's also a secret bar up there with shorter lines. -- Men's Health Mag via Foursquare
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    The minute you land in Philly you must head over to Tony Luke’s for the best cheese steak sandwich in the city. - Nikki -- Showtime Network via Foursquare
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    The menu -- like the space -- is larger, with Intelligentsia beans joining their existing PT & Southpaw espresso blends -- Thrillist via Foursquare
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    Proof that pub fare is more than a fad here: the fish-and-chips, which achieves the pinnacle of moistness and flavor when its crust puffs up to encase the cod, letting the steam work its magic. -- Travel + Leisure via Foursquare
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    Even in winter, this place is an awesome place to drink. The heat lamps will make you totally forget that it is the middle of December, if the liters of beer don't first. -- Jake Smith via Foursquare
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    Enjoy homemade guacamole, a rotating pillar of tequila and an old fashioned photo booth. El Vez is equal parts piñata explosion and fresh-from-the-market Mexican feast. -- STARR Restaurants via Foursquare
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    Go back in time at this Old City ice cream parlor, where the Berley brothers geek out about historic techniques and handlebar mustaches. Try one of the old-timey sundaes, like the Maple Leaf Rag. -- Allie Ilagan via Foursquare
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    Anyone who thinks this line is worth it is clearly a tourist. There's about 90 other places on South Street that make a decent steak without an aggravatingly long wait. -- Mikey Ilagan via Foursquare
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    Claim some Rittenhouse real estate outside Parc with an iced Vietnamese, croissant, and the Inqy. -- Thrillist via Foursquare
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    Duck away from the Rittenhouse retail flagships to find the beer bar in Philly, which’ll provide you with draft labels like the Dupont Avec les Bons Voeux and Russian River Damnation -- Thrillist via Foursquare
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