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…


French: Bibou, 1009 S 8th St.

Italian: Le Virtu, 1927 E Passyunk Ave

Contemporary Bakery: Belle Cakery, 1437 E Passyunk Ave

New chef: Christopher Kearse at Will BYOB, 1911 E Passyunk Ave

Risotto: Lobster Risotto at Fond, 1537 S 11th St. (This was omitted from the first version of the story. Sorry!)

Bar Burger: South Philly Tap Room, 1509 Mifflin St

Ballpark eats: Federal Donuts, 1219 S 2nd St

Thai: Circles, 1516 Tasker St.

Cheesesteak: Pittsburgh cheesesteak at American Sardine Bar, 1800 Federal St.

Beer-centric happy hour: Devil’s Den, 1148 S 11th St.

Bargain breakfast: Honey’s Sit ‘n’ Eat, 2101 South St


Garden store for people with patios: Urban Jungle (Why not simply, best garden store since there wasn’t one listed for suburban yards. whatever), 1526 E Passyunk Ave

Pinterest board come to life: Occasionette, 1825 E Passyunk Ave

Car wash: Southport Plaza Car Wash (did they test them all?), 1600 S. Columbus Blvd.

Home accessories, pretty and polished: Home Furnishings Boutique (what, no category for gritty, unbecoming?), 1815 E. Passyunk Ave.

5 thoughts on “South Philly’s Best of Philly winners – and there are plenty of them

  • July 30, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    And Fond best Risotto of 163

    • July 30, 2013 at 9:00 pm

      Yes! Best risotto. Sorry about the omission, Fond crew.

  • July 31, 2013 at 10:45 am

    There was a “best garden store for people with acres” and a “best home accessories, salvaged and industrial” as well.. Hence the detail with Urban Jungle and Home Furnishings Boutique!

  • July 31, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    like your site.

    I think you missed Chickie’s Italian sandwich or something like that

    • July 31, 2013 at 2:03 pm

      Thank you for the compliment, douche. But technically, that would be “some douche WHO prefers to correct you THAN add anything of importance.” No, seriously. I appreciate the addition. There are like 400 categories in that thing.

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