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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Mike’s BBQ is a tiny barbecue spot in South Philly with some of the best smoked meat in the city.
The Dutch is a corner BYOB and brunch spot in South Philly that you’ll wish you lived around the corner from.
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Milkboy is an all-day cafe and music venue on South Street that also serves Jim’s cheesesteaks.
Kensington Quarters is a nicer spot in Fishtown where you should go on a second or third date and definitely eat the burger.
Front Street Cafe
Front Street is an all-day spot in Fishtown with a big patio, affordable cocktails, and way better food than you’d expect.
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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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