The food world tends to be obsessed with what's new and what's next, but in a city like Philadelphia with such a rich history, it’s well worth revisiting time-tested restaurants. Some of Philly’s oldest restaurants and bakeries date back to the mid-1800s, a tenure to celebrate, especially when the quality has stayed high.
These 16 old-school institutions remain today more or less the same as they were when they were founded, which means the classic restaurants, dive bars, bakeries, and sandwich shops below represent a taste of Philly's past, particularly its storied Italian American heritage. (Philadelphia is also home to plenty of iconic dishes, some of which come from these same venerable restaurants.)Read More