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The Hottest New Restaurants in Philly, November 2022

Where to get breakfast tacos, seasonal vegan dishes, Ethiopian fried chicken, and pasta made with stone-ground flour

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Notable new restaurants open all the time in Philadelphia, offering an array of options for Philly’s diners. From casual takeout spots to fancy sit-down dinners, there is something for everybody in our constantly evolving, deliciously diverse dining scene. Be patient as changing times and over two years of ups and downs have been tough on restaurants and their staff. And don’t forget to tip well.

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Jollibee

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At long last, Jollibee — the Filipino fast food chain serving buckets of fried chicken, spaghetti, peach mango pies, burgers, and more — is open on Bustleton Avenue in the Northeast. The drive-thru chain is a cult favorite, and now, with this addition to Philly, we can be proud to say we’ve got the only Jollibee in the state of Pennsylvania.

Tulip Pasta & Wine Bar

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The best restaurants tend to be collaborations between passionate people, and at Tulip Pasta and Wine Bar, it’s like the Marvel Cinematic Universe but for Philly restaurants. Chefs Jason Cichonski and Alex Beninato partnered with brothers Zachary and James Wilson of Wayvine Winery in Nottingham, PA to bring diners fresh pasta made with stone-ground flour and the perfect wines to match. Reservations can be made on Resy.

La Chingonita

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La Chingonita — the beloved roving Mexican food truck run by chefs Rebecca Baez and Omar Martinez — has found a permanent home on Girard Avenue where, if you catch them during the daytime lunch hours, Baez and Martinez will serve you carnitas tacos, tortas, and conchas that will change your life. Keep a lookout on social media — the menu changes often.

Persimmon Coffee

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The brick-and-mortar outpost of Philly’s favorite coffee pop-up is finally at home in Fishtown, right next door to Weckerly’s. What started as a pandemic coffee roasting project from three friends is now a full-blown coffee shop, with specialty drinks, merch, and beans, all served in a lovely, airy space. Try the Cloud Dancer, an espresso drink made with tonic water, ginger beer, blueberry preserves, heavy cream, and a sprig of mint over ice.

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Pietramala

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In a cozy spot on North 2nd Street, vegan and carnivore diners alike will enjoy Ian Graye’s excellent seasonal, thoughtful, and beautifully curated menu. Dishes like delicata squash with black walnut dukkah and faux ricotta are so tenderly handled that Graye and his team successfully show off the true flavors of their produce, which isn’t always easy. It’s BYOB.

Saami Somi at Reading Terminal Market

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There are few things better than the combination of bread and cheese, and at Saami Somi — the new Georgian stall at Reading Terminal Market — the pairing achieves new heights. That’s because Saami Somi serves khachapuri, the Georgian bread boat made with salty, melted cheese and topped with a cracked egg. Don’t forget to order khinkali dumplings, too.

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Honeysuckle Provisions

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Honeysuckle Provisions in West Philly is the new grocery store and takeout spot from chefs Cybille St.Aude-Tate and Omar Tate — a place where you can go and shop for local produce and provisions, while also grabbing a simple breakfast sandwich or a full dinner spread to feed the whole fam. Everything is made to honor and highlight Afrocentric foodways, and local ingredient sourcing is essential to the chefs, so you know everything you’re getting will be good.

Doro Bet

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Berbere-spiced fried chicken battered in gluten-free teff flour is the draw at the new fast casual restaurant Doro Bet on Baltimore Avenue. Chef Mebruka Kane is adding a twist to the Ethiopian restaurant scene in West Philly, with sides of collared greens and Addis fries to go with half or whole chickens.

Paulie Gee’s Soul City Slice Shop

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We Philadelphians tend to raise an eyebrow at any New York export that decides to make its second home in Philly, but at Paulie Gee’s Soul City Slice Shop, no side-eyeing is necessary. That’s because pizza from Paulie Gee’s is a dream no matter where you get it — see the Freddy Prinze, an upside-down Sicilian pie with a sesame seed bottom — and at Philly’s new outpost, you can pay pool while eating pies until 2 a.m. on the weekends.

Fitz on 4th

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In the space that formerly held Fitz and Starts, Fitz on 4th is a new destination in Queen Village for vegan tapas and exciting cocktails. Think cashew ricotta with garlic focaccia or jackfruit sliders with house-made cheese sauce, and cocktails like the Mason’s Garden, made with gin, cucumber, basil, and lemon. Sunday brunch is also an option.

Roxanne

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Alexandra Holt’s tasting menu restaurant is at once serious and playful — the chef’s fine dining culinary experience is on display in expertly composed dishes that also come with a wink. Think tomato cannolis, raclette ice cream cake with caviar, and potatoes all ways. (As Holt attests, potatoes are her favorite food.) The menu will change frequently, according to whatever Holt feels like cooking. Reservations can be booked online here.

Taco Heart

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For a few hours every morning (save for Monday and Tuesday), diners on East Passyunk Avenue can pick up breakfast tacos from Taco Heart, the brick-and-mortar taco spot from pop-up taco mastermind Nano Wheedan. Wheedan makes the flour tortillas that enrobe refried pinto beans, chorizo, eggs, and avocados (among other ingredients), and they’re all recipes inspired by his time living in Austin, Texas. You can preorder online up to a week in advance online.

Arepa Grub Spot

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In the Italian Market, a new arepa spot is open for business, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner arepas to be eaten in or taken to-go.

Milk Jawn

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Everyone’s favorite pop-up ice cream purveyor has finally opened its first brick and mortar on East Passyunk, and even if it’s already fall, ice cream is good all year. The new storefront will sell pints, scoops, and cups in flavors like tahini fudge swirl; cold brew and caramelized cacao nibs; and lemon curd with blueberry basil swirl. Vegan and non-dairy options are also available.

Ocho Rios Parrilla

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East Passyunk Avenue is home to some of Philly’s best restaurants and we’re lucky to have another one in the mix. Ochos Rio Parrilla is serving up Jamaican food and cocktails, like beef patties, jerk chicken, oxtail stew, and triple rum punch. Platters are large and the space is cozy — another East Passyunk gem-to-be.

Jollibee

At long last, Jollibee — the Filipino fast food chain serving buckets of fried chicken, spaghetti, peach mango pies, burgers, and more — is open on Bustleton Avenue in the Northeast. The drive-thru chain is a cult favorite, and now, with this addition to Philly, we can be proud to say we’ve got the only Jollibee in the state of Pennsylvania.

Tulip Pasta & Wine Bar

The best restaurants tend to be collaborations between passionate people, and at Tulip Pasta and Wine Bar, it’s like the Marvel Cinematic Universe but for Philly restaurants. Chefs Jason Cichonski and Alex Beninato partnered with brothers Zachary and James Wilson of Wayvine Winery in Nottingham, PA to bring diners fresh pasta made with stone-ground flour and the perfect wines to match. Reservations can be made on Resy.

La Chingonita

La Chingonita — the beloved roving Mexican food truck run by chefs Rebecca Baez and Omar Martinez — has found a permanent home on Girard Avenue where, if you catch them during the daytime lunch hours, Baez and Martinez will serve you carnitas tacos, tortas, and conchas that will change your life. Keep a lookout on social media — the menu changes often.

Persimmon Coffee

The brick-and-mortar outpost of Philly’s favorite coffee pop-up is finally at home in Fishtown, right next door to Weckerly’s. What started as a pandemic coffee roasting project from three friends is now a full-blown coffee shop, with specialty drinks, merch, and beans, all served in a lovely, airy space. Try the Cloud Dancer, an espresso drink made with tonic water, ginger beer, blueberry preserves, heavy cream, and a sprig of mint over ice.

A white coffee machine with red text that says la marzocco. Chaereen Pak

Pietramala

In a cozy spot on North 2nd Street, vegan and carnivore diners alike will enjoy Ian Graye’s excellent seasonal, thoughtful, and beautifully curated menu. Dishes like delicata squash with black walnut dukkah and faux ricotta are so tenderly handled that Graye and his team successfully show off the true flavors of their produce, which isn’t always easy. It’s BYOB.

Saami Somi at Reading Terminal Market

There are few things better than the combination of bread and cheese, and at Saami Somi — the new Georgian stall at Reading Terminal Market — the pairing achieves new heights. That’s because Saami Somi serves khachapuri, the Georgian bread boat made with salty, melted cheese and topped with a cracked egg. Don’t forget to order khinkali dumplings, too.

Alyza Enriquez

Honeysuckle Provisions

Honeysuckle Provisions in West Philly is the new grocery store and takeout spot from chefs Cybille St.Aude-Tate and Omar Tate — a place where you can go and shop for local produce and provisions, while also grabbing a simple breakfast sandwich or a full dinner spread to feed the whole fam. Everything is made to honor and highlight Afrocentric foodways, and local ingredient sourcing is essential to the chefs, so you know everything you’re getting will be good.

Doro Bet

Berbere-spiced fried chicken battered in gluten-free teff flour is the draw at the new fast casual restaurant Doro Bet on Baltimore Avenue. Chef Mebruka Kane is adding a twist to the Ethiopian restaurant scene in West Philly, with sides of collared greens and Addis fries to go with half or whole chickens.

Paulie Gee’s Soul City Slice Shop

We Philadelphians tend to raise an eyebrow at any New York export that decides to make its second home in Philly, but at Paulie Gee’s Soul City Slice Shop, no side-eyeing is necessary. That’s because pizza from Paulie Gee’s is a dream no matter where you get it — see the Freddy Prinze, an upside-down Sicilian pie with a sesame seed bottom — and at Philly’s new outpost, you can pay pool while eating pies until 2 a.m. on the weekends.

Fitz on 4th

In the space that formerly held Fitz and Starts, Fitz on 4th is a new destination in Queen Village for vegan tapas and exciting cocktails. Think cashew ricotta with garlic focaccia or jackfruit sliders with house-made cheese sauce, and cocktails like the Mason’s Garden, made with gin, cucumber, basil, and lemon. Sunday brunch is also an option.

Roxanne

Alexandra Holt’s tasting menu restaurant is at once serious and playful — the chef’s fine dining culinary experience is on display in expertly composed dishes that also come with a wink. Think tomato cannolis, raclette ice cream cake with caviar, and potatoes all ways. (As Holt attests, potatoes are her favorite food.) The menu will change frequently, according to whatever Holt feels like cooking. Reservations can be booked online here.

Taco Heart

For a few hours every morning (save for Monday and Tuesday), diners on East Passyunk Avenue can pick up breakfast tacos from Taco Heart, the brick-and-mortar taco spot from pop-up taco mastermind Nano Wheedan. Wheedan makes the flour tortillas that enrobe refried pinto beans, chorizo, eggs, and avocados (among other ingredients), and they’re all recipes inspired by his time living in Austin, Texas. You can preorder online up to a week in advance online.

Arepa Grub Spot

In the Italian Market, a new arepa spot is open for business, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner arepas to be eaten in or taken to-go.

Milk Jawn

Everyone’s favorite pop-up ice cream purveyor has finally opened its first brick and mortar on East Passyunk, and even if it’s already fall, ice cream is good all year. The new storefront will sell pints, scoops, and cups in flavors like tahini fudge swirl; cold brew and caramelized cacao nibs; and lemon curd with blueberry basil swirl. Vegan and non-dairy options are also available.

Ocho Rios Parrilla

East Passyunk Avenue is home to some of Philly’s best restaurants and we’re lucky to have another one in the mix. Ochos Rio Parrilla is serving up Jamaican food and cocktails, like beef patties, jerk chicken, oxtail stew, and triple rum punch. Platters are large and the space is cozy — another East Passyunk gem-to-be.

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