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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Pho Ha Saigon
Pho Ha Saigon is a very large, very casual Vietnamese spot in South Philly, right by the stadiums.
The Dutch is a corner BYOB and brunch spot in South Philly that you’ll wish you lived around the corner from.
Bok Bar is a seasonal rooftop bar in South Philly with one of the best views in the city.
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Royal Boucherie is a small, dark French place in Old City that works for a date or Happy Hour.
Front Street Cafe
Front Street is an all-day spot in Fishtown with a big patio, affordable cocktails, and way better food than you’d expect.
Rex 1516 in Rittenhouse is about as close as you can get to New Orleans without leaving Philly.
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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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