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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 Rich Landau's amazing Vedge, George Sabatino's Stateside, and Joe Scarpone's love letter to gnocchi, Ulivo.

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.

For more Eater 38 guides updated today across the Eater Universe, head over to Eater National.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Zahav

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237 St James Pl
Philadelphia, PA 19106

2. Bibou

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1009 S 8th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

3. Osteria

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640 N Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19130

4. Kanella

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1001 Spruce St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

5. Fond

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1617 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148

6. Barbuzzo

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110 S 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

7. Zeppoli

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618 Collings Ave
Collingswood, NJ 08107

8. Vedge

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1221 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

9. Han Dynasty of Philadelphia

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108 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

10. Modo Mio

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161 W Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19122

11. Le Virtù

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1927 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148

12. Amada Restaurant

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217 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

13. Brauhaus Schmitz

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718 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

14. Mémé

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2201 Spruce St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

15. Cochon

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801 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19147

16. Koo Zee Doo

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614 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

17. Pub & Kitchen

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1946 Lombard St
Philadelphia, PA 19146

18. Ela

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627 S 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

19. Sbraga

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440 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

20. Bistro La Minette

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623 S 6th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

21. Izumi Restaurant

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1601 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148

22. John's Roast Pork

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14 Snyder Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148

23. Federal Donuts

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1219 S 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

24. South Philadelphia Tap Room

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1509 Mifflin St
Philadelphia, PA 19145

25. Cafe Diem

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1031 S 8th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

26. Paesano's

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1017 S 9th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

27. Ulivo

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521 Catharine St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

28. Tacconelli's Pizza

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2604 E Somerset St
Philadelphia, PA 19134

29. Ekta Restaurant

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250 E Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125

30. Santucci's Original Square Pizza

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901 S 10th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

31. Standard Tap

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901 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

32. Jamonera

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105 S 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

33. Tai Lake Restaurant

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134 N 10th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

34. Varga Bar

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941 Spruce St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

35. Hot Diggity!

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630 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

36. David's Mai Lai Wah Chinese

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1001 Race St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

37. Loco Pez

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2401 E Norris St
Philadelphia, PA 19125

38. Stateside

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1536 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19147

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1. Zahav

237 St James Pl, Philadelphia, PA 19106
237 St James Pl
Philadelphia, PA 19106

2. Bibou

1009 S 8th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
1009 S 8th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

3. Osteria

640 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19130
640 N Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19130

4. Kanella

1001 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
1001 Spruce St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

5. Fond

1617 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148
1617 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148

6. Barbuzzo

110 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
110 S 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

7. Zeppoli

618 Collings Ave, Collingswood, NJ 08107
618 Collings Ave
Collingswood, NJ 08107

8. Vedge

1221 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
1221 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

9. Han Dynasty of Philadelphia

108 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
108 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

10. Modo Mio

161 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19122
161 W Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19122

11. Le Virtù

1927 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148