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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Burg’s Hideaway Lounge
Burg’s is a tiki bar in South Philly that has a good Happy Hour and is quiet enough to have a conversation in.
Bar Amis is an offshoot of Amis Trattoria that serves solid pasta and antipasti dishes in the Navy Yard.
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The Old Causeway Steak & Oyster House
Old Causeway offers Happy Hour and serves very good American food in Manahawkin just before the bridge to LBI.
Vernick Food & Drink
Vernick is one of the best restaurants in Philly, with a formal dining room upstairs and a more casual bar below.
Parker’s Garage & Oyster Saloon
If you want to eat overlooking the water on Long Beach Island, do it at Parker’s Garage in Beach Haven.
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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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