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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 5,582 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 2875 reviewsTripAdvisor (2875)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    1915 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19148-2216
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  • #2
    Beiler's Bakery
    #2 of 5,582 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1234 reviewsTripAdvisor (1234)
    $ | American
    Reading Terminal Market 51 North 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
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  • #3
    Bistro Romano
    #3 of 5,582 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 611 reviewsTripAdvisor (611)
    $$ | Italian, European
    120 Lombard St Society Hill, Philadelphia, PA 19147-1602
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  • #4
    The Victor Cafe
    #4 of 5,582 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 704 reviewsTripAdvisor (704)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    1303 Dickinson St, Philadelphia, PA 19147-6213
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  • #5
    Cafe La Maude
    #5 of 5,582 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 170 reviewsTripAdvisor (170)
    $ - $$ | Lebanese, Cafe, Mediterranean
    816 N 4th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123-2271
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  • #6
    Miller's Twist
    #6 of 5,582 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 185 reviewsTripAdvisor (185)
    $ | American
    51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2902
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  • #7
    V Street
    #7 of 5,582 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 175 reviewsTripAdvisor (175)
    $ - $$ | International
    126 S 19th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-4647
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  • #8
    Reading Terminal Market
    #8 of 5,582 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 10498 reviewsTripAdvisor (10498)
    $ | Italian, Mexican, Chinese, Japanese, American, Dutch, Seafood, Spanish, Asian, Greek, Middle Eastern, International
    12th and Arch Sts., Philadelphia, PA 19107
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  • #9
    Talula's Garden
    #9 of 5,582 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1398 reviewsTripAdvisor (1398)
    $$ | American
    210 W Washington Sq, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3514
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  • #10
    Hershel's East Side Deli
    #10 of 5,582 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 386 reviewsTripAdvisor (386)
    $ | American, Deli
    51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2902
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  • #11
    The Original Turkey
    #11 of 5,582 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 198 reviewsTripAdvisor (198)
    $ | American, Fast Food
    45 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2902
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  • #12
    Bassetts Ice Cream
    #12 of 5,582 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 597 reviewsTripAdvisor (597)
    $ | American
    51 N 12th St Ste 45 Reading Terminal Market, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2902
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  • #13
    Vedge
    #13 of 5,582 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 705 reviewsTripAdvisor (705)
    $$ | American
    1221 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-5572
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  • #14
    Terakawa Ramen
    #14 of 5,582 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 178 reviewsTripAdvisor (178)
    $ - $$ | Japanese, Asian, Soups
    204 N 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-1813
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  • #15
    The Couch Tomato Cafe' & Bistro
    #15 of 5,582 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 518 reviewsTripAdvisor (518)
    $ - $$ | Italian, American, Soups, Pizza
    102 Rector St 1st Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19127-1507
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  • #16
    Butcher and Singer
    #16 of 5,582 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 831 reviewsTripAdvisor (831)
    $$ | American, Steakhouse
    1500 Walnut St Ste M101, Philadelphia, PA 19102-3523
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  • #17
    Dutch Eating Place
    #17 of 5,582 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 487 reviewsTripAdvisor (487)
    $ | American, Dutch, Diner
    1136 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2956
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  • #18
    Dizengoff
    #18 of 5,582 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 140 reviewsTripAdvisor (140)
    $ | Fast Food, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Israeli
    1625 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-5121
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  • #19
    Zahav
    #19 of 5,582 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1619 reviewsTripAdvisor (1619)
    $$ | Israeli
    237 St. James Place, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3936
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  • #20
    Vernick Food & Drink
    #20 of 5,582 Places to Eat in Philadelphia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 810 reviewsTripAdvisor (810)
    $$ | American
    2031 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-4493
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