Here in Philadelphia, we take our cheesesteaks very, very seriously - like way too seriously for something that is literally boiled steak and cheese wiz on a roll. But if you’re here and you want to do a classic cheesesteak the right way, go to John’s. They’ve been around forever, they know what they’re doing, and they use provolone instead of the classic “wiz wit”, which may not be the most Philly way of doing things, but it definitely tastes better.
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Wokano Chinese Cuisine
At South Philly Chinese spot Wokano, there are more dumpling choices than coupons attached to a CVS receipt.
South Philadelphia Tap Room
South Philadelphia Tap Room is a neighborhood bar where you plan to stop for a drink and end up spending the whole night.
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Cafe Lift is a good option for brunch just north of Center City. Make sure to get some cannoli French toast.
Brown’s in Ocean City has the best donuts down the shore, and you will wait for them.
Harp & Crown
Harp & Crown in Rittenhouse has private dining rooms and bowling lanes, which makes it a good spot for to go all out for a special occasion.
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Vetri is expensive, completely over the top, and possibly the best restaurant in Philadelphia.
Murph’s is an Irish pub in Fishtown that also happens to make some of our favorite Italian food in the city.
South Philly Barbacoa
South Philly Barbacoa in the Italian Market makes the best tacos in Philadelphia. Period.
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