PHL Brag List: Food + Dining

Storied Reading Terminal Market gets packed for lunch because it offers something for everyone to love.


Philadelphia has a lot to be proud of. Here’s a sampling.

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  • Bon Appetit called Philadelphia one of America’s greatest eating cities in 2016, calling out High Street on Market, Zahav and the best pizza in America.
  • Volver, the centerpiece of celebrated chef Jose Garces’ restaurant empire, was awarded five stars by the 2016 Forbes Travel Guide. Only 56 restaurants in the world have earned five stars from the guide. The restaurant Lacroix at The Rittenhouse also was awarded four stars in the 2016 guide, as was the hotel.

  • The Oyster House was named in Food & Wine’s rankings of America’s Best Oyster Bars.
  • Philadelphia was named one of Zagat’s Top Food Cities of 2015.
  • The Washington Post named Philadelphia one of the Best Food Cities in America (2015).
  • El Vez was listed as one of the Top 100 Hottest Restaurants in America in 2015 by OpenTable.
  • According to thedailymeal.com, Zahav and Vetri are two of the 101 Best Restuarants in America for 2015.
  • Reading Terminal Market, Mood Café, Beiler’s Bakery in Reading Terminal Market and Café la Maude were all featured on Yelp’s Top 100 Places to Eat for 2015 (National).
  • Time Magazine named Philadelphia one of America’s Best Food Cities in 2015.
  • Hop Sing Laundromat was rated No. 8 of 30 Best Bars in the World by Conde Nast Traveler in 2015.
  • Fork chef Eli Kulp was named as one of the 2014 Best New Chefs by Food & Wine.
  • Michael Solomonov , of Zahav Restaurant, was named Chef of the Year (National) in the 2014 Eater Awards.
  • Philadelphia was ranked as one of the 5 Best Bar Cities in America of 2014 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
  • The Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia was named one of the 18 best food neighborhood’s in America by thrillist.com (2014).
  • Genarro’s Tomato Pie was mentioned as one of the 33 Best Pizza Shops in the Country by thrillist.com (2014).
  • Village Whiskey, Best Veggie Burger Ever; Pizzeria Vetri, Best Pizza Rolls Ever; Sweet Lucy’s Smokehouse , Best Pulled Chicken Sandwich Ever; and Supper, Best Dessert for Breakfast Ever; were all mentioned by Food Network chefs on the show “Best Ever” (2014).
  • Philadelphia was ranked in the top 10 best food cities of America by thrillist.com (2014).
  • Abe Fisher, Laurel and Talula’s Daily – Secret Supper Club were listed as some of the Best Restaurants in America in 2014 by opentable.com.
  • El Vez also was recognized as having the 50th best tacos in the nation by TheDailyMeal.com in 2014.
  • Vetri was ranked as one of the Best Italian Restaurants in the US by Travel and Leisure (2012).
  • DiNic’s Roast Pork Sandwich was voted by Alan Richman as Best Sandwich in America (2012).
  • Taken from the National Geographic book Food Journeys of a Lifetime, the worldwide list of “Top 10 Places to Eat Ice Cream” in 2011 ranked Capogiro Gelato Artisans No. 1.

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