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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La Virgen de Las Nieves
La Virgen De Las Nieves is a Mexican spot in South Philly that has huge, delicious huaraches served in pizza boxes.
Mighty Bread Company
Mighty Bread Company’s shop in South Philly is only opened on weekends and usually sells out by noon, but you should go for their sourdough alone.
Angelo’s is a counter-service pizza shop in Bella Vista with an excellent Detroit-style “Upside Down Jawn” pizza.
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Helm is a good date spot in Rittenhouse where you can have a few drinks and split some seasonal small plates.
Cadence is a BYOB in Fishtown with one of the best and most affordable prix fixe menus in the city.
Southwark is a bar and restaurant in Queen Village that’s basically a 3-in-1, with a cocktail bar, a dressy dining room, and a casual back patio.
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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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