Here in Philadelphia, we take our cheesesteaks very, very seriously - like way too seriously for something that is literally boiled steak and cheese wiz on a roll. But if you’re here and you want to do a classic cheesesteak the right way, go to John’s. They’ve been around forever, they know what they’re doing, and they use provolone instead of the classic “wiz wit”, which may not be the most Philly way of doing things, but it definitely tastes better.
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Oregon Diner has a full bar and is open 24/7. For late night food after an Eagles game, there’s nowhere better (or cheaper).
Blue Corn Restaurant
Blue Corn is a Mexican spot in the Italian Market with solid margaritas and some really great tacos.
Sky Cafe is a tiny, very good Indonesian restaurant inside of a strip mall in South Philly.
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Walnut Street Cafe
Walnut Street Cafe is an all-day spot near 30th Street Station that looks like the apartment in Rittenhouse you’ll never be able to afford.
Butcher And Singer
Butcher & Singer is a steakhouse in Center City where you should go when someone else is picking up the tab.
Hearthside is an American BYOB in Collingswood that you’ll be happy you drove across the river for.
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Vetri is expensive, completely over the top, and possibly the best restaurant in Philadelphia.
South Philly Barbacoa
South Philly Barbacoa in the Italian Market makes the best tacos in Philadelphia. Period.
Murph’s is an Irish pub in Fishtown that also happens to make some of our favorite Italian food in the city.
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