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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The Dutch is a corner BYOB and brunch spot in South Philly that you’ll wish you lived around the corner from.
It might not be the best cheesesteak in the city, but Tony Luke’s does have one of the better ones.
Blue Corn Restaurant
Blue Corn is a Mexican spot in the Italian Market with solid margaritas and some really great tacos.
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Southwark is a bar and restaurant in Queen Village that’s basically a 3-in-1, with a cocktail bar, a dressy dining room, and a casual back patio.
Bing Bing Dim Sum
Bing Bing is a non-traditional dim sum spot in East Passyunk that’s great for a casual date or weeknight dinner.
Kensington Quarters is a nicer spot in Fishtown where you should go on a second or third date and definitely eat the burger.
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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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