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What's Happening in:  Bella Vista :  East Passyunk Crossing 

OpenTable names 3 South Philly restaurants as ‘Best Restaurants for Foodies in America’

The restaurant reservation website, OpenTable, has compiled a list of 100 of the “Best Restaurants for Foodies in America.”


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What's Happening in:  Bella Vista :  East Passyunk Crossing :  Hawthorne :  Passyunk Square :  Queen Village 

South Philly dominates Zagat’s list of Philly’s Top 50 Restaurants

With staples and standouts up and down E. Passyunk Ave., it’s no secret that South Philadelphia is rapidly becoming the place to dine in the city.


The foie gras helped push Bibou all the way to #4 on the list. (Photo: Serious Eats)

Zagat just released their list of the Top 50 Restaurants in Philadelphia and South Philly takes up 30%, 15 out of 50 spots, on it. Let’s see the results.

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What's Happening in:  Bella Vista :  East Passyunk Crossing :  Passyunk Square 

List of semifinalists for James Beard awards reads like a South Philly restaurant directory


The James Beard Foundation has released the nominations of its annual culinary awards – which are something like the Oscars of the food world – and South Philly is well-represented.

In various categories, Will, Bibou, Le Virtu, Laurel, Fond and Serpico have all been nominated as semifinalists. Check out the full list of local restaurants on Foobooz here.

They may not have won just yet, but isn’t it an honor just to be nominated?

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Will BYOB is celebrating 1-year anniversary in style

Will BYOB (1911 E. Passyunk Ave.) has a lot to celebrate.

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Its chef, Christopher Kearse, took home the Best New Chef accolade from Philly mag’s annual Best of Philly issue earlier this month, and the restaurant itself is commemorating a milestone — one year of serving South Philly, as of Aug. 24.

To mark its first birthday, Will is throwing a party, and you’re invited. Between Aug. 21 and 24, Kearse is plating a special tasting menu that reads like a greatest hits of his favorite dishes from the past year.

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What's Happening in:  Bella Vista :  East Passyunk Crossing :  Passyunk Square :  Point Breeze 

South Philly’s Best of Philly winners – and there are plenty of them

best-of-philly-2013Once again, South Philly represented a disproportionate share of Best of Philly winners in Philly mag’s August issue, which marked the 40th year the publication has been running this list.

Some winners are not surprises, but they’re honors just the same. Then there are some quirky little winners like the best car wash. Ok.

Without further ado…


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Beard love, slimy wings, horse meat, Gennaro’s sings

So much going on around here, it calls for a link dump.

Grub Street finds out that East Passyunk has four finalists for the James Beard Awards with nods to the folks at Artisan Boulanger, Will BYOB, Le Virtu and Fond.

Adam Erace of the City Paper pans the Asian barbecue wings at Stix, at 1225 Fitzwater. “Glazed in a sugary-gingered slime, they made me want to bang bang my head against the wall.”

Speaking of Le Virtu, Foobooz spotted that chef Joe Cicala says that despite a horse meat scandal in Europe, he wants to put horse meat on the menu, and apparently so does Marc Vertri and Peter McAndrews at Monsu.

Phyllis Stein-Novack at South Philly Review loves Gennaro’s, which we told you about last month. “If you like thin-crust pizza, you will love Gennaro’s pies.”

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South Philly is for lovers, right? Things to do on Valentine’s Day, 14 and counting

Ohh, my heart! Isn’t that a-DOR-able?

Some people hate Valentine’s Day, but they’re all bitter. Kidding, kidding. But in case you were on the search for something to do that night, here are a few options, some more glamorous than others. We’ll keep adding to this list as we hear about more events. And if you know of anything else happening, leave it in the comments or email us at

To getting some!

1) For the veg crowd
Miss Rachel’s Pantry – Farmhouse Table Special Valentine’s Day menu at their Farmhouse Table.
3 nights – 2/14, 2/15, 2/16.

2) For the intimate experience

In lieu of the a la carte menu, Will is featuring a 5 course tasting menu for $65.  Will accommodate any dietary restriction.

3) For the Hater

Devil’s Den Anti-Valentine’s Day
Instead of serving love- or aphrodisiac-themed bevvies, Devil’s Den is offering $1 off beers that remind us of our exes.  Examples: Flying Dog’s Raging Bitch, Weyerbacher’s Blithering Idiot, Stone’s Arrogant Bastard, AleSmith Horny Devil and others.  The fun(?) starts at 7pm.

4) For the big spender

Ruby Buffet on S. Columbus is hosting a Valentine’s Day Lobster & Seafood Buffet on February 14 from 3-10pm.  $15.99 for adults, $8.99 for children ages 2-10.

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