Every year Philly Mag releases their list of the city’s best restaurants. With South Philly’s top notch dining spots, we’ve come to expect a strong turnout on lists like this one. For the end of 2016, these 19 South Philly spots ranked in the top 50.
Laurel has been knocked out of the number one spot that it held on the list for years, but that doesn’t change the East Passyunk Avenue restaurant’s reputation one bit. After all, it is now a four bell restaurant, and number 2 on the list isn’t too bad either.
The Top Chef winner and owner of the highly-praised Laurel opened a new concept called ITV over the summer. Inquirer food critic, Craig Laban, has now visited the more casual restaurant and wine bar concept, located next door to Laurel at 1615 E. Passyunk Ave. Just as Laurel received a glowing three bell review in 2014, ITV has received the same three bell praise for the “blend of finesse and creative wit [that] elevates virtually every dish” at the restaurant.
Instead of simply making Laurel larger, this new location just next door at 1615 E. Passyunk Ave. will become a wine bar called ITV. The name was derived from his research of the name “Passyunk,” which is a Lenape Indian term that means, “in the valley.”