Restaurants in Pennsylvania

Vedge offers no animal products, but don't call it a vegetarian or vegan restaurant; it’s a vegetable restaurant. One of Philadelphia’s most exciting and attention-grabbing eateries, Vedge performs magic tricks, such as a creamy—and cheeseless—rutabaga fondue.

Garnering national attention for its highly coveted pizzas, this eatery only serves 40 pies a day. Some customers line up three hours early for the pizza, topped with tomato, whole milk mozzarella, aged cheese, and extra virgin olive oil.

Celebrity chef Kevin Sbraga brings the South to Philly at this University City spot. Brace yourself for the Hot Chicken entree that balances burning heat with cool ranch dressing and dill pickles on brioche.

Chefs Valerie Safran and Marcie Turney bring Mediterranean to their row of restaurants on 13th Street with Barbuzzo, where ingredients like French feta, fennel, basil, olive oil, marcona almonds, and pecorino set the tone.

Meant for “open-minded, convivial Philadelphians,” this shop has two locations and uses Pennsylvania ingredients to make small-batch ice cream in surprising flavor combinations. For the adventurous: Cucumber Dill, Everything Bagel, and Earl Grey tea with Sriracha.

Exclusively serving hummus platters, this casual eatery often has lines out the door. Creamy hummus comes topped with a rotating list of toppings such as lamb with pistachios. All orders come with soft, slightly charred, fresh-baked pita, as well as seasonal salads and Israeli pickles.

Favorite local chef Eli Kulp elevates bakery and diner fare at this new destination in Old City.

With five locations, this fried chicken and donuts shop has become a staple of the Philadelphia food scene. “Hot Fresh” donuts get showered in vanilla spice, strawberry lavender, or cinnamon brown sugar.

Authenticity isn’t the goal at this small, hip space where they serve up quirky ramen fusion such as a rich, brothy bowl with brisket, noodles, kimchi, and a matzo ball. A refreshing cocktail menu carries Asian flavors like toasted sesame syrup, miso and chili lemongrass.


The strangest sandwiches in town are found at this hip diner. The “Doh! Nut” burger is topped with chocolate-covered bacon and served on a glazed donut. Every week a new burger—wilder than the last—is born.

Reminiscent of a Texas barbecue joint, this Stephen Starr restaurant serves smoked meats by the pound on trays with brown paper. Enjoy brisket, pulled pork, and ribs at al fresco picnic tables. The drink menu features over 100 North American whiskeys and bourbons.

One of Philadelphia’s most unique eateries, Abe Fisher serves foods of the Jewish diaspora. Traditional ingredients are deliciously transformed: Smoked beef tongue works as crispy lardons in matzo brei, and pumpernickel becomes warm bread-pudding croutons in a summer squash caesar salad.

The most casual eatery in hometown hero Marc Vetri’s growing empire of popular Italian restaurants.

Serving authentic Abruzzese meals in South Philadelphia, Le Virtu cooks up Italian food that stands out in a city filled with it.

Knoebels is also notable for some of the most inventive theme-park food in America, including peanut butter and jelly milkshakes and deep-fried brownies.