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The morcilla creste di gallo at Friday Saturday Sunday in Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square neighborhood.
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The 38 Essential Restaurants in Philadelphia, Winter 2020

A guide to Philly's defining restaurants

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The morcilla creste di gallo at Friday Saturday Sunday in Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square neighborhood.
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The Eater 38 is the answer to any question that begins, “Can you recommend a restaurant?” This elite group collectively represents what it means to dine out in Philadelphia, spanning cuisines and budgets to satisfy nearly every restaurant need.

Every season, Eater Philly reviews the list, polls friends and colleagues, and adds a few restaurants that recently stepped up their game or have been open long enough to be eligible.

This winter, Elwood in Fishtown, Amma’s in Center City, and Stina in South Philly join the 38, which is presented in geographical order. In addition, Stock’s fast-casual Rittenhouse location replaces the Fishtown BYOB, if only because sometimes (often) you just want to pick up bowl of khao poon or spicy peanut noodles on the way home.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Vedge

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1221 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 320-7500
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The pioneering Vedge, set in a beautiful brownstone designed by Frank Furness, isn't just a must-try vegan restaurant — it's one of Philly's best restaurants, period. Tofu and seitan play minor roles here; instead, the focus is on vegetables, treated with reverence and sophistication. If tables in the dining room are booked up, snag a seat at the front bar and order something off the list of natural wines.

2. Vetri Cucina

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1312 Spruce St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 732-3478
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It’s been more than two decades since star chef Marc Vetri debuted Vetri Cucina and the intimate Washington Square West restaurant is still the gold standard for dining in Philly. The tasting menu ($165) is the only choice here, with options adjusted for every table and each course, from the almond tortellini to the smoked goat to the chocolate polenta soufflé, a lesson in what modern Italian food can be.

dining room with white tables clothes, wood chairs, chandelier Vetri [official photo]

3. Kanella Grill

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1001 Spruce St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(267) 928-2085
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The flavors of Konstantinos Pitsillides’ kebabs, falafel, and grilled halloumi are addictive at Washington Square West’s small, bright Kanella Grill. Go for a platter or a pita sandwich and a mint iced tea, or bring along a bottle of wine — it’s BYOB. 

4. Abe Fisher

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1623 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 867-0088
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The modern Jewish cuisine chef Yehuda Sichel creates at Abe Fisher will give any diner an entirely new appreciation of the genre, from the potato latkes, to the veal schnitzel tacos, to the Montreal-style smoked short ribs that take pastrami to a whole new level. The Center City restaurant — from the same team as Zahav — is worlds away from the typical Jewish deli with its night-on-the-town vibe and excellent cocktails.

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5. Oyster House

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1516 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 567-7683
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Many years have gone by, many restaurants have come and gone, and Oyster House remains unfazed in its Sansom Street digs. The seafood and raw oyster king has been part of the Philly tradition since 1947 and in its present location since 1969. A revamp in the 2000s gave the space a glossy new look, with white-tile walls, a marble bar, and wooden tables.

6. Amma's South Indian Cuisine

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1518 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 563-2917
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Philadelphians no longer have to head into New Jersey for south Indian fare now that Amma’s is here with aloo bonda served with cooling coconut chutney, idli dipped into sambar, masala dosa, and lamb chettinad. For an introduction to the industrial-chic Rittenhouse restaurant, start with a lunchtime thali, available in veggie and meat versions. It’s BYOB.

7. Parc

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227 S 18th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 545-2262
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James Beard Award-winning restaurateur Stephen Starr’s ever-consistent ode to Parisian bistros draws in the crowds with its lively, feel-good atmosphere and morning-to-night menu that starts with ham and gruyére croissants and ends with steak frites and crème brûlée. Parc’s prime location right on Rittenhouse Square and its row of coveted sidewalk tables make it perfect for people-watching. 

8. Stock Rittenhouse

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1935 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 988-9480
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Tyler Akin’s Fishtown BYOB of the same name is always worth a visit, but in 2020 the newer, fast-casual Stock in Rittenhouse feels like the place to be. The chef’s takes on Southeast Asian dishes — like pho and banh mi, Burmese noodles with tahini sauce, Thai crispy rice salad, and khao poon — are customizable, and several are, or can be made, vegan.

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9. Vernick Food & Drink

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2031 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(267) 639-6644
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James Beard Award winner Greg Vernick now has a few Philly restaurants to his name, but you’ll never go wrong booking a table at the original. Set in Rittenhouse, Vernick Food & Drink serves beautifully presented new American dishes that change with the seasons. Start with a glass of orange wine and one of the thick toasts the restaurant is known for, like scallop with black truffle butter or fromage blanc with pickled kumquats.

fancy toast with cheese and apple and jam Clay Williams

10. Friday Saturday Sunday

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261 S 21st St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 546-4232
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Chad and Hanna Williams got rid of everything but the name at Friday Saturday Sunday when they took over the 40-year-old Rittenhouse institution. The revamped fine-dining restaurant now serves an imaginative new American menu full of unexpected flavor combinations. Head to the second-floor dining room or settle into a plush seat at the marble-topped bar on street level.

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11. Abyssinia

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229 S 45th St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 387-2424
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The chair cushions are worn through, the floor sags, and the service is leisurely, but it all adds to the comfortable charm at Abyssinia, which cooks up some of the best Ethiopian food in Philly. In place of utensils, diners scoop up the stew-like dishes — including several vegetarian and vegan options — with perfectly thin, spongy, slightly sour injera bread. Up a narrow staircase from the dining room is Fiume, a thimble-sized dive bar with a surprisingly thorough whiskey list.

12. High Street on Market

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308 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 625-0988
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The versatile High Street on Market in Old City was one of Philly’s first notable all-day cafes. Stop by in the morning for a cup of coffee and a breakfast sandwich on some of the city’s best bread, or bring out-of-towners for a dinner of seasonal new American dishes that will explain why everyone started paying attention to Philadelphia’s restaurant scene.

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13. Royal Boucherie

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2810, 52 S 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(267) 606-6313
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Top Chef winner Nick Elmi teamed up with the veteran bar owners behind several Philly hot spots for Royal Boucherie, a lively French brasserie in Old City with dark wood, exposed brick, and antique touches. To eat: Champagne-braised escargot, house-made charcuterie, and steak au poivre. But this isn’t just a dinner and drinks spot. Royal Boucherie is open for lunch and brunch, and also serves a late-night menu.

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14. Zahav

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237 St James Pl
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 625-8800
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Zahav, the 2019 James Beard Award winner for best restaurant in the country, first introduced Philly to the delights of Israeli cuisine and its myriad influences more than a decade ago and continues to set the standard with its menu of laffa, mezze, and grilled meats and vegetables. The real showstopper at Michael Solomonov and Steve Cook’s restaurant is the pomegranate molasses–braised lamb shoulder (only available via tasting menu), but even something as simple and now ubiquitous as hummus is genuinely eye-opening here. Book well in advance.

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15. Serpico

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604 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 925-3001
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Stepping inside Serpico, incongruously set in a former Foot Locker on South Street, feels like stepping out of Philly. Peter Serpico, previously the head of David Chang’s restaurant empire, brings a New York vibe (in a good way) to his eponymous restaurant, which he owns with acclaimed restaurateur Stephen Starr. Try to get a seat at the chef’s counter circling the open kitchen for a view of the cooks making gorgeous Asian-influenced plates like dry-aged sirloin tataki and Japanese eggplant with pistachio and feta mousse.

white plate with pieces of fish with green and white sauce Serpico [official photo]

16. The Good King Tavern

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614 S 7th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 625-3700
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Bella Vista's Good King Tavern is appropriate for any occasion with fantastic wines, friendly service, and expertly prepared French bistro fare, all in a relaxed neighborhood spot that's effortlessly cool enough to draw in diners from far and wide. Grab a seat at the bar for an after-work cocktail or settle into a booth and peruse the chalkboard for the day’s specials.

17. Little Fish

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746 S 6th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(267) 455-0172
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Philly doesn’t have too many restaurants devoted entirely to seafood. A teeny BYOB with the kitchen in the dining room and a sophisticated all-seafood menu that changes daily? There’s just the one. Chef-owner Alex Yoon took over Little Fish a few years ago and continues to raise the bar at this Queen Village mainstay with his expertly composed dishes, where fresh seafood is always the star. The best deal is the Sunday-only tasting menu with five courses for $48.

a black plate with colorful fish and vegetables Little Fish [official photo]

18. Kalaya Thai Kitchen

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764 S 9th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 385-3777
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If only the tables were bigger at My-Le Vuong and chef Chutatip “Nok” Suntaranon’s petite Bella Vista BYOB, so you wouldn’t have to decide between the laab ped, sliced beef salad, braised pork belly, hot and sour soup with river prawns, and whole branzino in a lime broth. But it’s just another reason to come back to this crowded, energetic eatery where neighbors feast on spicy southern Thai specialities. Be prepared for a lot of heat.

metal bowl of red soup with giant prawns Nok Suntaranon

19. Angelo's Pizzeria South Philly

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736 S 9th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

For the essence of South Philly, get in line at Danny DiGiampietro’s cash-only takeout shop near the Italian Market. On the menu: traditional pizzas with whole-milk mozzarella, fior di latte, and grana padano, thick square pan pies, and stacked sandwiches on phenomenal bread (start with the chicken cutlet, prosciutto, fresh mozz, flash-fried artichokes, arugula pesto, and balsamic combo). There’s a counter to lean on inside and a few tables set up on the sidewalk, in case you can’t wait until you get home to dig in.

overflowing sandwich with meat cheese and greens Angelo’s Pizzeria [official photo]

20. Royal Sushi & Izakaya

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780 S 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Jesse Ito’s Queen Village destination is a two-in-one deal. Look for the red lantern outside and walk into a hip Japanese bar with anime projected on the wall, Hitachino and Kirin on draft, and plates of sushi and skewers. It feels like enough, but so far you’ve only tried Royal Izakaya. Hidden in the back, behind a thick curtain, is Royal Sushi, where Ito offers two or three omakase seatings a night, priced at $130. The izakaya doesn’t take reservations; book well in advance for the omakase dinners. 

man holding a bowl with sushi fish inside Hillary Messman

21. Fiore Fine Foods

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757 S Front St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 339-0509
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The dilemma at Fiore, a contemporary Italian restaurant on Front Street, is whether you should go in the morning for a pistachio cornetti and a BLT with Calabrian chile aioli on focaccia, or wait until dinnertime to fill the table with cacio e pepe tonnarelli, fusi istriani with pork ragu, and swordfish with black garlic and citrus. Day or night, don’t skip whichever flavor of house-made gelato is featured.

a patterned plate with ravioli stuffed with red beets Fiore [official photo]

22. Bibou

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1009 S 8th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 965-8290
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Bibou, with its white tablecloth service and artfully presented plates, has long been regarded as one of Philly's top French restaurants. Chef Pierre Calmels is peerless when it comes to creating sophisticated versions of classics rooted in French peasant cuisine. And even better, he'll pick out every plate: The BYOB is tasting menu-only, at $125 a head.

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23. South Philly Barbacoa

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1149 S 9th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(267) 746-7658
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After a couple of moves, Cristina Martinez’s nationally praised lamb tacos are safely ensconced in their sunny Italian Market home. But be warned that South Philly Barbacoa is only open Friday to Monday during the day, and thanks to Netflix shows Chef’s Table and Ugly Delicious spotlighting the casual counter-service Mexican eatery a lunch crowd is pretty much guaranteed.

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24. Palizzi Social Club

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1408 S 12th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

South Philly’s Palizzi Social Club is the reinvention of a century-old hangout for Italian immigrants, complete with vintage decor and a 1950s soundtrack. Chef-owner Joey Baldino (known for Zeppoli) inherited the club from his uncle and added a menu full of the Italian-American favorites he grew up with, like stuffed artichokes, calamari and peas, and spaghetti with crabs. The 30 seater is tucked inside a rowhouse and members-only — due to Palizzi’s popularity, memberships ($20) can be hard to come by.

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25. Hardena

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1754 S Hicks St
Philadelphia, PA 19145
(215) 271-9442
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Hardena is that no-frills, family-run restaurant everyone loves to know. Choose from beef rendang, oseng tempeh, peanut-y gado gado, collard greens cooked in coconut milk, and other Indonesian dishes served on styrofoam plates in this snug South Philly restaurant started by Ena and Harry Widjojo and now run by their daughters Diana and Maylia, and always say yes to a dollop of their sambal — it’s easily one of the best hot sauces in town.

platter of indonesian food Neal Santos

26. Stina Pizzeria

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1705 Snyder Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19145
(215) 337-3455
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Chef Bobby Saritsoglou and Christina Kallas-Saritsoglou’s Mediterranean BYOB in an evolving section of South Philly is deceptive: You think you’re headed to Stina Pizzeria for a spicy soppressata-topped pie, maybe some hummus and a stretch of house-made pita to start, and then you leave stuffed with flaky borek layered with kashkaval cheese and drizzled in honey, fat lamb-stuffed Turkish dumplings on an impossibly airy cloud of labneh, pide filled with mustard-y braised greens, egg, and goat cheese, and a curve of octopus with dollops of olive tapenade, almond romesco, and black garlic. And that’s all before you get to the baklava.

27. Le Virtù

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1927 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 271-5626
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East Passyunk Avenue’s warm, inviting Le Virtù draws from the flavors of Italy’s Abruzzo region — and uses ingredients imported from Abruzzo — for pasta, fish, and meat dishes that change with the seasons. Start with the lamb arrosticini, choose a pasta, like the signature maccheroni alla mugnaia, and if the scrippelle is on the menu, get it.

plate of spaghetti and bowl of bread Kateri Likoudis

28. Saté Kampar

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1837 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(267) 324-3860
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A warning: Once you try the saté, grilled over coconut shell charcoal and served with peanut sauce at chef Angelina Branca’s Malaysian BYOB, you'll be craving it for days afterward. Round out the meal at Saté Kampar with pulled milk tea, a side of pickled veggies, and nasi lemak bungkus — coconut cream–soaked rice, egg, roasted peanuts, crispy anchovies, and spicy sambal snuggled together in a banana leaf.

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29. Mike's BBQ

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1703 S 11th St
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(267) 831-2040
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It’s best to call ahead to reserve your meat at Mike’s BBQ. Michael Strauss’s casual counter-service barbecue destination in South Philly opens at noon Wednesday to Sunday and stays open until it sells out — which is a daily occurrence. The ribs are known to disappear first, but any smoked meat aficionado will be more than satisfied with the brisket, available on its own, in a sandwich, or as a cheesesteak with onions and Cooper Sharp whiz.

hands holding cheesesteak and spooning cheese onto it Angela Gervasi

30. Laurel

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1617 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 271-8299
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Top Chef winner Nick Elmi’s French-influenced fare is intricate, refined, and inventive at Laurel, with each dish in the ever-changing tasting menu ($85 or $125) a graceful balance of flavors. Before or after dinner at the elegant, but not stuffy, East Passyunk Avenue restaurant, stop next door at Elmi’s cocktail bar ITV for an aperitif or nightcap.

a shell with a creamy food and flowers in it on a bed of salt Neal Santos / Laurel: Modern American Flavors in Philadelphia

31. Noord

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1046 Tasker St
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(267) 909-9704
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It's worth going to this simply decorated East Passyunk BYOB just for the novelty of Philly native Joncarl Lachman's Dutch-Scandinavian menu. The house-made breads and smoked and cured seafood — not to mention the hearty brunch dishes — are good enough to keep diners coming back again and again. New to Noord? Bite into a bitterballen (a nutmeg-tinged fried pork croquette) to see what the fuss is about.

32. Fond

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1537 S 11th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 551-5000
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Husband-and-wife chefs Lee Styer and Jessie Prawlucki serve new American fare at their small, elegant corner spot on East Passyunk Avenue. Sidle up to the bar at Fond for a plate of oysters and a glass of bubbly or sit down to a meal of grilled duck hearts with tahini yogurt, braised lamb shoulder, and, for dessert, malted milk chocolate ice cream with peanut brittle.

fond Fond [official photo]

33. Perla

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1535 S 11th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(267) 273-0008
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Chef Lou Boquila cooks modern takes on the foods he grew up with at Perla, his polished Filipino BYOB on East Passyunk Avenue. Bring a hungry crowd to the twice-weekly family-style kamayan dinners, where diners eat with their hands — rice, whole fish, chicken, pork belly, and more off a tablecloth of banana leaves.

chicken, fish, and spring rolls piled on banana leaves Perla [official photo]

34. Musi BYOB

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100 Morris St
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 377-9466
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With its small, noisy dining room tucked next to a petite open kitchen, plants lining the windowsill, and mismatched china, Musi gets the neighborhood BYOB vibe just right. The Pennsport newcomer then kicks it up with an ever-changing menu of imaginative in-season fare. Opt for the tasting menu and let chef-owner Ari Miller decide what you should eat.

china plate with greens and grilled polenta Rachel Wisniewski

35. Elwood

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1007 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 279-7427
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There’s a story behind every dish at Elwood, chef Adam Diltz’s ode to the region’s culinary history and his Pennsylvania Dutch family. At the Fishtown restaurant — named after Diltz’s grandfather and designed by his co-owner/wife, architect Jenny Ko — homey dishes like snapper soup, ham pot pie, whole rabbit, and even funnel cake, usually reserved for paper plates at a fair, are served on delicate flowered china, landing it somewhere between elegant BYOB and grandma’s kitchen.

36. Cadence

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161 W Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 419-7537
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At Cadence, a tiny BYOB in South Kensington, chefs Jon Nodler and Samantha Kincaid are making creative new American fare like roasted beets with huckleberries and cashew cream, bison tartare with miso pita, and maitake mushrooms with sweet corn and malted grains. There’s a liquor store across the street for those who want to pick up a bottle of wine before dinner.

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37. Cheu Fishtown

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1416 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(267) 758-2269
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At Cheu Fishtown, set in a former horse stable on Frankford Avenue, diners settle in under a mural of an octopus slurping up noodles and dig into inventive Asian-Jewish fare: brisket ramen with matzo balls, Bubbie Chow’s sliced beef, a pastrami jianbing done up like a Reuben sandwich. It’s unlike anything else in Philly (except across town at the original, Cheu Noodle Bar, where the food is just as good but the space and menu are smaller).

ramen with a matzo ball Taylor Chlebina

38. Suraya

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1528 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 302-1900
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The sprawling Suraya is a restaurant, daytime cafe, and market all rolled into one, with a long bar inside and a spacious garden out back for al fresco dining. Diners head to this attractive Lebanese destination for man’oushe in the morning, kebabs, grilled fish, and arak cocktails at night, and rose-pistachio crullers anytime. 

kanafeh on blue and white china plate Heidi’s Bridge

1. Vedge

1221 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

The pioneering Vedge, set in a beautiful brownstone designed by Frank Furness, isn't just a must-try vegan restaurant — it's one of Philly's best restaurants, period. Tofu and seitan play minor roles here; instead, the focus is on vegetables, treated with reverence and sophistication. If tables in the dining room are booked up, snag a seat at the front bar and order something off the list of natural wines.

1221 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

2. Vetri Cucina

1312 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
dining room with white tables clothes, wood chairs, chandelier Vetri [official photo]

It’s been more than two decades since star chef Marc Vetri debuted Vetri Cucina and the intimate Washington Square West restaurant is still the gold standard for dining in Philly. The tasting menu ($165) is the only choice here, with options adjusted for every table and each course, from the almond tortellini to the smoked goat to the chocolate polenta soufflé, a lesson in what modern Italian food can be.

1312 Spruce St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

3. Kanella Grill

1001 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

The flavors of Konstantinos Pitsillides’ kebabs, falafel, and grilled halloumi are addictive at Washington Square West’s small, bright Kanella Grill. Go for a platter or a pita sandwich and a mint iced tea, or bring along a bottle of wine — it’s BYOB. 

1001 Spruce St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

4. Abe Fisher

1623 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Alexandra Hawkins

The modern Jewish cuisine chef Yehuda Sichel creates at Abe Fisher will give any diner an entirely new appreciation of the genre, from the potato latkes, to the veal schnitzel tacos, to the Montreal-style smoked short ribs that take pastrami to a whole new level. The Center City restaurant — from the same team as Zahav — is worlds away from the typical Jewish deli with its night-on-the-town vibe and excellent cocktails.

1623 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

5. Oyster House

1516 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Many years have gone by, many restaurants have come and gone, and Oyster House remains unfazed in its Sansom Street digs. The seafood and raw oyster king has been part of the Philly tradition since 1947 and in its present location since 1969. A revamp in the 2000s gave the space a glossy new look, with white-tile walls, a marble bar, and wooden tables.

1516 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA 19102

6. Amma's South Indian Cuisine

1518 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Philadelphians no longer have to head into New Jersey for south Indian fare now that Amma’s is here with aloo bonda served with cooling coconut chutney, idli dipped into sambar, masala dosa, and lamb chettinad. For an introduction to the industrial-chic Rittenhouse restaurant, start with a lunchtime thali, available in veggie and meat versions. It’s BYOB.

1518 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19102

7. Parc

227 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

James Beard Award-winning restaurateur Stephen Starr’s ever-consistent ode to Parisian bistros draws in the crowds with its lively, feel-good atmosphere and morning-to-night menu that starts with ham and gruyére croissants and ends with steak frites and crème brûlée. Parc’s prime location right on Rittenhouse Square and its row of coveted sidewalk tables make it perfect for people-watching. 

227 S 18th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

8. Stock Rittenhouse

1935 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
a bowl of pho Alexei Mansour

Tyler Akin’s Fishtown BYOB of the same name is always worth a visit, but in 2020 the newer, fast-casual Stock in Rittenhouse feels like the place to be. The chef’s takes on Southeast Asian dishes — like pho and banh mi, Burmese noodles with tahini sauce, Thai crispy rice salad, and khao poon — are customizable, and several are, or can be made, vegan.

1935 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

9. Vernick Food & Drink

2031 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
fancy toast with cheese and apple and jam Clay Williams

James Beard Award winner Greg Vernick now has a few Philly restaurants to his name, but you’ll never go wrong booking a table at the original. Set in Rittenhouse, Vernick Food & Drink serves beautifully presented new American dishes that change with the seasons. Start with a glass of orange wine and one of the thick toasts the restaurant is known for, like scallop with black truffle butter or fromage blanc with pickled kumquats.

2031 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

10. Friday Saturday Sunday

261 S 21st St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
fancy bar with marble top and black and white checkered floor Jason Varney

Chad and Hanna Williams got rid of everything but the name at Friday Saturday Sunday when they took over the 40-year-old Rittenhouse institution. The revamped fine-dining restaurant now serves an imaginative new American menu full of unexpected flavor combinations. Head to the second-floor dining room or settle into a plush seat at the marble-topped bar on street level.

261 S 21st St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

11. Abyssinia

229 S 45th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

The chair cushions are worn through, the floor sags, and the service is leisurely, but it all adds to the comfortable charm at Abyssinia, which cooks up some of the best Ethiopian food in Philly. In place of utensils, diners scoop up the stew-like dishes — including several vegetarian and vegan options — with perfectly thin, spongy, slightly sour injera bread. Up a narrow staircase from the dining room is Fiume, a thimble-sized dive bar with a surprisingly thorough whiskey list.

229 S 45th St
Philadelphia, PA 19104

12. High Street on Market

308 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Chaucee Stillman

The versatile High Street on Market in Old City was one of Philly’s first notable all-day cafes. Stop by in the morning for a cup of coffee and a breakfast sandwich on some of the city’s best bread, or bring out-of-towners for a dinner of seasonal new American dishes that will explain why everyone started paying attention to Philadelphia’s restaurant scene.

308 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19106