Today we update the Eater 38, your answer and ours to any question that begins, “Can you recommend a restaurant?” This highly elite group covers the entire city, spans myriad cuisines and collectively satisfies all of your restaurant needs, save for those occasions when you absolutely must spend half a paycheck (sorry Vetri and Lacroix). Every couple of months, we'll add pertinent restaurants that were omitted, have newly become eligible. This update includes the national darling Pizza Brain, New Jersey pie import and South Street anchor, Nomad Pizza, and the newest BBQ king in town, Fette Sau. Yes, Fette is a replica of the Brooklyn favorite, but it's definitely deserving of a place on this list.
We've made a few controversial choices, and there will surely be a few stage-4 meltdowns out in readerland. It's not that we don't love a lot more places in Philly, It's just that someone else brought more to the table, so to speak, or came in with a better value.
For those of you readying the pitchforks because your favorite restaurant isn't on the list, wouldn't it just be more productive to nominate it for inclusion? State your cases for (or against) restaurants in the comments or in the tipline.