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.
Oregon Diner has a full bar and is open 24/7. For late night food after an Eagles game, there’s nowhere better (or cheaper).
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Laurel is a tasting menu spot in East Passyunk that’s perfect for celebrating something big.
La Peg is an American pub set inside the Fringe Arts building that turns into a huge beer garden during the summer.
Helm is a good date spot in Rittenhouse where you can have a few drinks and split some seasonal small plates.
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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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