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.
Mike’s BBQ is a tiny barbecue spot in South Philly with some of the best smoked meat in the city.
Pho Ha Saigon
Pho Ha Saigon is a very large, very casual Vietnamese spot in South Philly, right by the stadiums.
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Hearthside is an American BYOB in Collingswood that you’ll be happy you drove across the river for.
Helm is a good date spot in Rittenhouse where you can have a few drinks and split some seasonal small plates.
Milkboy is an all-day cafe and music venue on South Street that also serves Jim’s cheesesteaks.
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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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