Philly Top 25 Restaurants: July 2018

Philly is no longer just known for its cheesesteaks anymore. The culinary scene has been transformed, thanks to the number of chefs and restaurateurs elevating the city's food game. 

Many of these chefs are at the helm of the restaurants on Foodable's Top 25 Philly Restaurants list.

On this ranking, there are nine restaurants that have made their debut on the Foodable Top 25, including two of the top three restaurants. 

Double Knot, a coffee shop, and lunch spot hybrid known for its sushi, dumplings, meats, and other food offerings served in the basement lands on the list for the first time ever at No. 2. 

Rounding out the top three, we welcome Hungry Pigeon, an American restaurant in low-key Queen Village that serves up comfort food with a twist. 

Landing at the coveted No. 1 spot is Foodable Top 25 veteran Laurel, which was No. 1 in the last ranking and continues to land on this socially curated list. This stylish BYOB (bring your own bottle) bistro owned by Chef/Owner Nicholas Elmi has made a name for itself by serving delicious French & American fare. 

Other new restaurants include the Lebanese cafe Suraya at No. 5, the Italian restaurant Vetri Cucina at No. 7, the new American restaurant Friday Saturday Sunday at No. 9, the Israeli restaurant Zahav at No. 16, the farm-to-table BYOB spot Helm at No. 17, the American eatery and bar Kensington Quarters at No. 20, and the seafood gem Little Fish at No. 21.

Check out what other restaurants return on the list this month below!

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  1. Laurel | Video | 183.66
  2. Double Knot | 183.65
  3. Hungry Pigeon | 183.09
  4. VEDGE | 183.06
  5. Suraya | 183.01
  6. Townsend | 182.99
  7. Vetri Cucina | 182.42
  8. High Street on Market | 182.18
  9. Friday Saturday Sunday | 182.16
  10. VERNICK | Video | 182.06
  11. Little Nonna's | 181.62
  12. Abe Fisher | 181.55
  13. A Mano | 181.09
  14. Serpico | 180.61
  15. Fork | 180.09
  16. Zahav | 179.56
  17. Helm | 179.02
  18. Birchrunville | 178.66
  19. Bibou | 178.61
  20. Kensington Quarters | 178.33
  21. Little Fish | 177.16
  22. Wister | 177.09
  23. Fond | 176.08
  24. Noord | 175.11
  25. a.kitchen+bar | 173.65

Philadelphia Top 25 Restaurants: November 2017

You'll be feeling the love in "The City of Brotherly Love" with our latest round of Philadelphia's Top 25 Restaurants. And there's a reason the No. 1 restaurant for November is the champion — it doesn't rest on its laurels, although its name may suggest otherwise. Laurel, a stylish, intimate restaurant that serves French and American fare, with Chef Nicholas Elmi at the helm, took the throne with a score of 177.99. Following close behind at 177.05 is Fond, complete with homemade bread and desserts, which we're sure guests are fond of. 

Jokes aside, the competition was fierce, but Vedge rose through the ranks. From its previous place at No. 14, it landed at No. 5, jumping nine spots on the board. Pretty impressive, especially for having only a strictly vegetarian menu. While one restaurant grew in popularity, an old favorite took a heavy drop. NOORD eetcafe,which sat comfortably at No. 9, is now barely hanging on at No. 20. That's not to discredit them, as being on the Top 25 is already an accomplishment, but will we see this hotspot make a comeback?

Speaking of comeback, let's welcome back three restaurants, who haven't appeared in our Top 25 since December 2015: Vernick Food & Drink, V Street, and Bibou. And it's looking like good things come in threes, because we have three newcomers who have made their debut to the Top 25. Congratulations to the modern and sophisticated Fork, the cozy and classic A Mano, and the hip and seafood-centric Wister BYOB!

Curious to see the rest of the countdown? Check out the full list below.

  1. Laurel | 177.99

  2. Fond | 177.05

  3. a.kitchen+bar | 176.98

  4. Le Virtù | 176.41

  5. Vedge | 175.6

  6. Aldine | 175.49

  7. Townsend | 175.31

  8. Vernick Food & Drink | 175.27

  9. Fork | 175.12

  10. A Mano | 175.03

  11. Wister | 175.02

  12. Little Nonna's | 174.55

  13. V Street | 174.37

  14. South | 174.31

  15. Bibou | 174.13

  16. Fitler Dining Room | 174.07

  17. Sbraga | 173.64

  18. High Street on Market | 173.59

  19. Abe Fisher | 173.35

  20. Serpico | 173.11

  21. Birchrunville | 173.11

  22. NOORD eetcafe | 172.99

  23. Pub & Kitchen | 172.58

  24. Will BYOB | 172.42

  25. Santucci's | 172.05

Philadelphia Top 25 Restaurants: November 2016

You'll be feeling the love in "The City of Brotherly Love" with our latest round of Philadelphia's Top 25 Restaurants. And there's a reason the No. 1 restaurant for November is the champion — it doesn't rest on its laurels, although its name may suggest otherwise. Laurel, a stylish, intimate restaurant that serves French and American fare, with Chef Nicholas Elmi at the helm, took the throne with a score of 177.99. Following close behind at 177.05 is Fond, complete with homemade bread and desserts, which we're sure guests are fond of. 

Jokes aside, the competition was fierce, but Vedge rose through the ranks. From its previous place at No. 14, it landed at No. 5, jumping nine spots on the board. Pretty impressive, especially for having only a strictly vegetarian menu. While one restaurant grew in popularity, an old favorite took a heavy drop. NOORD eetcafe, which sat comfortably at No. 9, is now barely hanging on at No. 20. That's not to discredit them, as being on the Top 25 is already an accomplishment, but will we see this hotspot make a comeback?

Speaking of comeback, let's welcome back three restaurants, who haven't appeared in our Top 25 since December 2015: Vernick Food & Drink, V Street, and Bibou. And it's looking like good things come in threes, because we have three newcomers who have made their debut to the Top 25. Congratulations to the modern and sophisticated Fork, the cozy and classic A Mano, and the hip and seafood-centric Wister BYOB!

Curious to see the rest of the countdown? Check out the full list below.

Salt Roasted Beets, Pomegranate, Black Walnut and Hibiscus #newmenuitems

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Goat cheese stuffed squash blossom with cherry tomatoes and pesto #summertime

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A brunch feast a.kitchen style. 📸 @corisuemorris

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Schiacciata. #grapeseason

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RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 Laurel 177.99  
2 Fond 177.05  
3 a.kitchen+bar  176.98  
4 Le Virtù 176.41  
5 Vedge 175.6  
6 Aldine 175.49 Play Video
7 Townsend 175.31  
8 Vernick Food & Drink 175.27  
9 Fork 175.12  
10 A Mano 175.03  
11 Wister 175.02  
12 Little Nonna's 174.55  
13 V Street 174.37  
14 South 174.31  
15 Bibou 174.13  
16 Fitler Dining Room 174.07  
17 Sbraga 173.64  
18 High Street on Market 173.59  
19 Abe Fisher 173.35  
20 Serpico 173.11  
21 Birchrunville 173.11  
22 NOORD eetcafe 172.99  
23 Pub & Kitchen 172.58  
24 Will BYOB 172.42  
25 Santucci's 172.05  

Philadelphia Top 25 Restaurants: February 2016

We recently saw four new establishments added to the ranking for Philly’s Top 25 Restaurants. And while there aren’t any newbies on the list this month, Aldine Restaurant, which climbed on just last month, jumps from No. 9 to No. 1 with a Social Score of 178.54, the lowest score the top spot has seen for this city since 2015. While this does not speak negatively to Aldine, it could mean that locals just didn’t show as much love on social for the month of February, the month in which this data is pulled from to show a full-month scope.

Run by George and Jennifer Sabatino, Aldine offers a brief menu of American dishes in the $10-$30 range. Dishes include grilled sweet potato with molasses glaze, fried egg, and crispy quinoa; handmade lumache with local mushrooms, thyme, and olive oil; and stuffed quail with dirty rice, royal trumpets, and pickled grapes. They offer a $35 prix fixe menu on Sunday nights, and also have a brunch menu. 

Jumping back onto the list from months past are four restaurants, and the biggest mover this month is last month’s No. 1, Fond.

Check out the full ranking below!

  Charred baby carrots, green goddess dressing, endive, and peanuts at Aldine Restaurant  | Instagram @aldinephilly

Charred baby carrots, green goddess dressing, endive, and peanuts at Aldine Restaurant | Instagram @aldinephilly

  Homemade pasta at Le Virtu  | Yelp Alison N.

Homemade pasta at Le Virtu | Yelp Alison N.

  Spiced cauliflower at a.kitchen+bar  | Instagram @akitchen_philly

Spiced cauliflower at a.kitchen+bar | Instagram @akitchen_philly

  Live diver scallop with candied Buddha's hand, yuzu, and thyme  | Instagram @laurelpx

Live diver scallop with candied Buddha's hand, yuzu, and thyme | Instagram @laurelpx

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 Aldine Restaurant 178.54  
2 a.kitchen+bar  178.39  
3 Le Virtù 177.85  
4 Laurel 177.58  
5 Vernick Food & Drink 177.31  
6 Federal Donuts 177.13  
7 Bibou 177.04  
8 Fond 177.00  
9 NOORD eetcafe 176.52  
10 Will BYOB 176.23  
11 Little Nonna's 175.96  
12 South Restaurant 175.95  
13 Fitler Dining Room 175.44  
14 Vedge 175.13  
15 High Street on Market 174.82  
16 Abe Fisher 174.51  
17 Serpico 174.20  
18 Blackfish 173.89  
19 Sbraga 173.58  
20 Birchrunville 173.27  
21 Pub & Kitchen 172.96  
22 Santucci's 172.65  
23 The Fat Ham 172.34  
24 Talula's Daily 172.03  
25 PHO 75 169.88  

Philadelphia Top 25 Restaurants: December 2015

For the first time ever, Fond climbs to the No. 1 spot on Foodable’s Top 25 Restaurants in Philadelphia list. With a social score this month of 180.11, Fond is a intimate restaurant located on the corner of South 11th Street. Helmed by head chef Lee Styer, pastry chef Jessie Prawlucki, and dining room manager Tory Keomanivong, Fond is known for its contemporary American cuisine and small venue charm.

Also making the Top 5 are Le Virtù, a.kitchen+bar, NOORD eetcafe, and Vernick Food & Drink. Jumping onto the ranking for the first time, we welcome Aldine, South, and V Street, and welcome back Zeppoli and Townsend, both of which jumped back onto the list from months past.

Check out the full ranking below!

  Escargot with mango, pineapple, kaffir lime and coconut broth at Fond  | Instagram @fondphilly

Escargot with mango, pineapple, kaffir lime and coconut broth at Fond | Instagram @fondphilly

  Spiced cauliflower at a.kitchen+bar  | Instagram @akitchen_philly

Spiced cauliflower at a.kitchen+bar | Instagram @akitchen_philly

  Taccozzelle, house-made sausage, porcini, Navelli saffron, and black truffle at Le Virtu  | Instagram @joe_cicala

Taccozzelle, house-made sausage, porcini, Navelli saffron, and black truffle at Le Virtu | Instagram @joe_cicala

  Molasses and beer-braised short ribs at NOORD eetcafe  | Instagram @noordphilly

Molasses and beer-braised short ribs at NOORD eetcafe | Instagram @noordphilly

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 Fond 180.11  
2 Le Virtù 179.88  
3 a.kitchen+bar  179.62  
4 NOORD eetcafe 179.56  
5 Vernick Food & Drink 178.68  
6 Brigantessa 178.64  
7 Bibou 178.60  
8 Will BYOB 178.56  
9 Aldine Restaurant 178.54  
10 Girard Brasserie & Bruncherie 178.33  
11 Laurel 178.21  
12 Kensington Quarters 177.54  
13 Federal Donuts 177.36  
14 South Restaurant 175.95  
15 Fitler Dining Room 174.56  
16 V Street 174.35  
17 Vedge 173.57  
18 Zeppoli 173.55  
19 Abe Fisher 173.11  
20 Townsend 172.16  
21 Little Nonna's 172.07  
22 High Street on Market 171.55  
23 Serpico 170.51  
24 2nd Story Brewing Co. 170.12  
25 Blackfish 170.12