Philly's food scene — often highlighted for its cheesesteaks, roast pork and water ice — has experienced a restaurant renaissance over the past decade. Now-renowned chefs have built their legacies here, filling local and visiting stomachs with creative, diverse and, most importantly, delicious meals.
Whether you're looking for inventive, modern cuisine or an old comfort (cheesesteaks do live up to the hype), Philadelphia can satisfy nearly every palate.
You want to hit one of Philly's gems? We've got a list for you. Inquirer food critic Craig LaBan's list of the top 25 restaurants in Philadelphia has something for everyone.
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Venture beyond the market and you'll find Chinatown, where dim sum and Cantonese cuisine shine. This guide to navigating Chinatown's food scene, which also includes southeast Asian, Korean and Japanese cuisine, is a great place to start. And, if your sweet tooth acts up, here's where to find the neighborhood's best desserts.
Go beyond Pat's, Geno's and Jim's. The top cheesesteak spots, according to LaBan, are "found deep in the neighborhoods at shops run by people passionate" about the ins and outs of steak — from quality meat to crusty rolls. For hoagies, try Pastificio Deli in South Philly, about a mile north of the stadiums.
After cheesesteaks, these are the other staple items of Philly's cuisine. Pick from the dozens of local choices we recommend here.
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