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Philadelphia for Foodies

The food scene in Philadelphia is expanding by the minute. With new restaurants popping up constantly—all with innovative concepts and recognizable chefs—it’s safe to say that Philly has officially become a food city. 

A Foodie's Paradise

Stroll down Midtown Village for back-to-back restaurants serving everything from pork buns and sushi rolls to Spanish tapas and Southern fare, or venture to neighborhoods like Fishtown and Northern Liberties for new foodie spots that are quickly gaining in popularity.

Whatever your taste, Philly has something to please any appetite (including a museum dedicated to pizza!). And after all that time in restaurants, don’t forget to make a pit stop at Reading Terminal Market—the original foodie paradise.

Eat up!

Pizza Brain

This socially and environmentally aware pizza shop is the world’s first pizza museum and has a claim to fame in the Guinness Book of World Records with the largest stock of pizza memorabilia. The restaurant also features vegan options and delivery. L, D (daily).

Reading Terminal Market

Founded in 1893, Reading Terminal Market has evolved into one of Philadelphia’s major dining destinations, a food mecca where you can taste international and local specialties, including cheesesteaks and Pennsylvania Dutch treats.

Vetri Cucina

Book well in advance for a table at this tiny, 35-seat stunner, one of the hottest restaurants in town. Chef-owner Marc Vetri’s award-winning cuisine shines with delicate takes on classic old-world treats. Reservations are required. L (F), D (daily).

Cheu Noodle Bar

This cozy spot focuses on noodle bowls with a variety of ingredients. The miso ramen bowl is a favorite and comes with pork shoulder, a soft-boiled egg and black garlic. Small plates include creative (not to mention tasty) fare like black garlic wings and pork pizza dumplings. L, D (daily). 

Vedge

Husband-and-wife team Richard Landau and Kate Jacoby give vegan cuisine a good name at their inventive, modern bistro inside a handsome row house.

Barbuzzo

The rustic furnishings here set a cozy vibe for the Mediterranean-influenced dishes and well-stocked bar. Reserve a table for simple, yet flavorful fare, including roasted bone marrow and grilled fresh fish. L (M-Sa), D (daily).

Zahav

At his heralded restaurant perched above the street, James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Solomonov carefully prepares creative, contemporary Israeli food. A well-edited a la carte menu highlights small plates and salatim—a colorful collection of cold salads that traditionally start meals in Israel.

Abe Fisher

Chef Yehuda Sichel serves up delicious small plate dinners inspired by the cuisine of the Jewish diaspora. The decadent dinner menu features veal schnitzel tacos, Montreal-style smoked short ribs (so thoroughly prepared it's available only by pre-order!) and Hungarian duck. D (daily).

Laurel

"Top Chef" Nicholas Elmi's first restaurant is one of the toughest tables to get in the city. Reserve well in advance for Elmi's lauded tasting menu, showing exactly why he won the crown. D (Tu-Sa).

Di Bruno Brothers

The original Italian Market outpost of this Philly mecca for world-class cheese bustles day and night. At the Chestnut Street location, find a gourmet food emporium with takeout panini, gelato and additional specialty items. Hours vary by location.

Philly Cheesesteak Tour

Learn about Philly’s favorite food during this interactive bus tour. Sample five of the most popular cheesesteak spots in Center City and South Philly and then vote on your favorite, all while learning fun facts about the famous steak sandwich and seeing popular Philadelphia landmarks. Tours depart at 1:15 pm, Th-Su.

Taste of Philly Food Tour

Learn the story behind Reading Terminal Market and Philly food favorites during this 75-minute, food-writer-led walking tour. Discover where Milton Hershey got the idea for Hershey Kisses and the proper way to order a cheesesteak. Reservations required. Tours depart W and Sa at 10 am.

High Street on Market

The menu changes spontaneously to showcase everything from difficult-to-find foraged ingredients to artful Old World preservation techniques. Stop in for some of the freshest, most ingeniously crafted food in Philly. B, L, D (daily).

John's Roast Pork

A family business for three generations, John's Roast Pork serves up award-winning, homemade roast pork sandwiches (a family recipe since 1930). Plus, the Philly cheesesteaks here have been named the city’s best by the Philadelphia Inquirer and Gourmetmagazine. B, L, D (Tu-Sa).