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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Irwin’s is an indoor/outdoor bar in the Bok Building in South Philly that serves Mediterranean food along with solid cocktails.
Angelo’s is a counter-service pizza shop in Bella Vista with an excellent Detroit-style “Upside Down Jawn” pizza.
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The Hadley is an American restaurant in an apartment building that you don’t need to go to.
Soup Kitchen Cafe
Soup Kitchen Cafe is a small breakfast and lunch spot in Kensington that’s easy, casual, and pretty cheap.
Jerry’s is a renovated dive bar that serves good, gastropubby food and has a long list of local beers.
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Vetri is expensive, completely over the top, and possibly the best restaurant in Philadelphia.
Murph’s is an Irish pub in Fishtown that also happens to make some of our favorite Italian food in the city.
South Philly Barbacoa
South Philly Barbacoa in the Italian Market makes the best tacos in Philadelphia. Period.
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