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Philadelphia restaurants

From working-class street eats to haute cuisine, Philadelphia is a city that loves its food. When Le Bec-Fin, the revered French establishment, was renovated in 2002, Drexel University snapped up many of the original furnishings so it could re-create the interior in its student-run restaurant. Local concert promoter Stephen Starr has become a restaurant impresario (with 12 venues) by dishing out good food in entertaining environs. Access to regional ingredients from Pennsylvania Dutch farms encourages seasonal innovation, and even the restrictive state liquor laws work to the city's culinary advantage by fomenting a network of small B.Y.O.B. restaurants. We haven't included every place to get a great meal, but if you're looking for others, just ask around. Philadelphians are opinionated about food and will happily tell you where to go and what to order.

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Amada, Philadelphia

Reinterpreting authentic Spanish tapas is the specialty of chef/owner Jose Garces, who used to work with Douglas Rodriguez (the "godfather" of Nuevo Latino...more

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Capogiro Gelato Artisans, Philadelphia

Following yet another trip to Italy, Stephanie and John Reitano decided to remedy the lack of gelato in their lives by producing small batches of their own,...more

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Dmitri's, Philadelphia

The grandfather of Philadelphia's B.Y.O.B. movement was born in 1990, when Dmitri Chimes decided to abandon the kitchen and prepare all meals from the counter...more

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Honey's Sit 'n' Eat, Philadelphia

When Honey's opened in March 2005, the kitchen closed down at 4 pm each day, but fans demanded the restaurant's Southern-Jewish comfort food after brunch hours...more

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John's Roast Pork, Philadelphia

The South Philly corner of South 9th Street and Passyunk Avenue is the neon-heavy carnival setting of the Philly cheesesteak wars—and the destination of...more

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Jones, Philadelphia

Taking its design cues from The Brady Bunch, this Stephen Starr enterprise has a see-through fireplace, fieldstone walls, and swivel chairs—and an equally...more

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Le Bec-Fin, Philadelphia

Since 1970, chef and owner Georges Perrier has reigned supreme at this Philadelphia landmark near Rittenhouse Square. It was redesigned in...more

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Lee How Fook, Philadelphia

The boisterous families and groups of friends that gather at this Cantonese institution (in the heart of Philly's small, yet rewarding, Chinatown) hardly...more

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Marigold Kitchen, Philadelphia

Philly's crowded field of BYOBs can be monotonous: Most of the genre's better examples are stuck in the Mediterranean, and one menu often blends into the next....more

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Osteria, Philadelphia

Since opening Vetri in 1998 (1312 Spruce St.; 215-732-3478;, chef Marc Vetri's kitchen has been supplying Philadelphia with brilliant...more

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