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What to Eat in Philadelphia

Philadelphia's dining scene has experienced a culinary makeover in recent decades, with new dining establishments rapidly popping up all over the city. The pricier restaurants are concentrated around trendy Old City and Rittenhouse Square (Parc, The Dandelion and The Love are two relatively new favorites). Meanwhile, you can enjoy French, Indian and Japanese fare in Center City. Head to South Philly or Center City for simple Italian and farm-to-table cuisine (Talula's Garden is a hit with both critics and visitors).

But no trip to Philly would be complete without tasting a soft pretzel or a Philadelphia cheesesteak. A hoagie-like sandwich made with thin slices of steak and cheese and often accented with onions, peppers and mushrooms, Philly's trademark sandwich is best experienced in South Philly. Recent travelers specifically recommend the area's Italian Market for your own customized cheesesteak, but Pat's King of Steaks and Geno's Steaks are also popular stops. Another great place to sample a variety of foods is the Reading Terminal Market.

BYOB (bring your own bottle) establishments abound in Philly and can help keep you within budget, since you can pick up your own libations and take them to the restaurant. Call ahead if you're unsure about a certain establishment's BYOB policies.

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  • #1
    Ristorante Pesto
    #1 of 4,863 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 3052 reviewsTripadvisor (3052)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    1915 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19148-2216
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  • #2
    Beiler's Bakery
    #2 of 4,863 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1288 reviewsTripadvisor (1288)
    $ | American, Fast Food
    Reading Terminal Market 51 North 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
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  • #3
    The Victor Cafe
    #3 of 4,863 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 723 reviewsTripadvisor (723)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    1303 Dickinson St, Philadelphia, PA 19147-6213
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  • #4
    Cafe La Maude
    #4 of 4,863 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 174 reviewsTripadvisor (174)
    $ - $$ | Lebanese, Mediterranean, Cafe
    816 N 4th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123-2271
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  • #5
    V Street
    #5 of 4,863 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 180 reviewsTripadvisor (180)
    $ - $$ | International
    126 S 19th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-4647
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  • #6
    Miller's Twist
    #6 of 4,863 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 188 reviewsTripadvisor (188)
    $ | American, Fast Food
    51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2902
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  • #7
    Reading Terminal Market
    #7 of 4,863 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 10598 reviewsTripadvisor (10598)
    $ | Italian, Mexican, Chinese, Japanese, American, Dutch, Seafood, Spanish, Asian, Greek, Middle Eastern, International
    12th and Arch Sts., Philadelphia, PA 19107
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  • #8
    Bistro Romano
    #8 of 4,863 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 631 reviewsTripadvisor (631)
    $ - $$ | Italian, European
    120 Lombard St Society Hill, Philadelphia, PA 19147-1602
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  • #9
    Hershel's East Side Deli
    #9 of 4,863 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 394 reviewsTripadvisor (394)
    $ | American, Deli
    51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2902
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  • #10
    The Original Turkey
    #10 of 4,863 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 200 reviewsTripadvisor (200)
    $ | American, Fast Food
    45 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2902
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  • #11
    The Couch Tomato Cafe' & Bistro
    #11 of 4,863 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 526 reviewsTripadvisor (526)
    $ - $$ | American, Pizza, Soups
    102 Rector St 1st Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19127-1507
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  • #12
    Terakawa Ramen
    #12 of 4,863 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 183 reviewsTripadvisor (183)
    $ - $$ | Japanese, Asian, Soups
    204 N 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-1813
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  • #13
    Bassetts Ice Cream
    #13 of 4,863 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 635 reviewsTripadvisor (635)
    $ | American
    45 N 12th St Reading Terminal Market, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2902
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  • #14
    Talula's Garden
    #14 of 4,863 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1415 reviewsTripadvisor (1415)
    $$ | American
    210 W Washington Sq, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3514
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  • #15
    Vernick Food & Drink
    #15 of 4,863 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 815 reviewsTripadvisor (815)
    $$ | American, Seafood
    2031 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-4493
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  • #16
    Vedge
    #16 of 4,863 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 718 reviewsTripadvisor (718)
    $$ | American
    1221 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-5572
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  • #17
    Zahav
    #17 of 4,863 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1644 reviewsTripadvisor (1644)
    $$ | Israeli
    237 St. James Place, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3936
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  • #18
    Dutch Eating Place
    #18 of 4,863 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 492 reviewsTripadvisor (492)
    $ | American, Dutch, Cafe, Diner
    1136 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2956
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  • #19
    Vetri Cucina
    #19 of 4,863 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 348 reviewsTripadvisor (348)
    $$ | Italian
    1312 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-5885
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  • #20
    Gran Caffe L'Aquila
    #20 of 4,863 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 754 reviewsTripadvisor (754)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Cafe, Tuscan, Romana, Lazio, Central-Italian
    1716 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-5132
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