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Updating the Eater 38: The Essential Philly Restaurants

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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 suddenly white-hot Vernick Food and Drink, the always-stylish Indian lounge Tashan, and the sandwich fan must-visit American Sardine Bar.

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.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Osteria

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Kanella

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Barbuzzo

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Zeppoli

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Han Dynasty of Philadelphia

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Modo Mio

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Le Virtù

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Amada Restaurant

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Brauhaus Schmitz

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Koo Zee Doo

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Pub & Kitchen

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Bistro La Minette

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John's Roast Pork

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Federal Donuts

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South Philadelphia Tap Room

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Cafe Diem

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Paesano's

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Tacconelli's Pizza

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Santucci's Original Square Pizza

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Standard Tap

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Vernick Food & Drink

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Jamonera

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Tai Lake Restaurant

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Varga Bar

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Stateside

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Hot Diggity!

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David's Mai Lai Wah Chinese

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American Sardine Bar

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Loco Pez

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