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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Blue Corn Restaurant
Blue Corn is a Mexican spot in the Italian Market with solid margaritas and some really great tacos.
SOMO SoPhi is a two-level American restaurant near the stadiums with tons of outdoor seating.
Comfort and Floyd
Comfort & Floyd is a breakfast spot in Pennsport that feels almost like an elementary school classroom.
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Alpen Rose is a small steakhouse in Midtown Village that looks like the inside of a retired Harvard professor’s personal library.
City Tap House
City Tap House in University City is a bar and pizza place that’s great for groups and popular with students.
Walnut Street Cafe
Walnut Street Cafe is an all-day spot near 30th Street Station that looks like the apartment in Rittenhouse you’ll never be able to afford.
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Vetri is expensive, completely over the top, and possibly the best restaurant in Philadelphia.
South Philly Barbacoa
South Philly Barbacoa in the Italian Market makes the best tacos in Philadelphia. Period.
Murph’s is an Irish pub in Fishtown that also happens to make some of our favorite Italian food in the city.
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