Philadelphia Top 25 Restaurants: October 2015

Four of last month’s restaurants fall off the Top 25 ranking for Philly this month, and four new ones take their place. NOORD eetcafe, last month’s No. 1, takes a tumble but still remains in the Top 5. Meanwhile, a newbie to the list — Brigantessa, a Southern Italian pizzeria — steals No. 2 with an exceptionally high score for a first-timer. 

Also new to the list this month, we welcome Girard, Kensington Quarters, and 2nd Story Brewing Company. Which Philly restaurant made No. 1? Who fell off this month’s list?

Check out the full rankings below!

Scallops with roasted cauliflower, pickled cabbage, and aji dulce at a.kitchen+bar  | Instagram, @akitchen_philly  

Scallops with roasted cauliflower, pickled cabbage, and aji dulce at a.kitchen+bar | Instagram, @akitchen_philly
 

Taccozzelle, housemade sausage, porcini, Navelli saffron, black truffle at Le Virtù  | Instagram, @joe_cicala

Taccozzelle, housemade sausage, porcini, Navelli saffron, black truffle at Le Virtù | Instagram, @joe_cicala

Pizza at Brigantessa (yellow tomatoes, pork ragu, buffalo mozzarella, roasted red peppers, basil, lemon, Calabrian chili oil)  | Instagram, @brigantessaphila

Pizza at Brigantessa (yellow tomatoes, pork ragu, buffalo mozzarella, roasted red peppers, basil, lemon, Calabrian chili oil) | Instagram, @brigantessaphila

Matzo Brei with smoked salmon at NOORD eetcafe  | Instagram, @noordphilly

Matzo Brei with smoked salmon at NOORD eetcafe | Instagram, @noordphilly

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 a.kitchen+bar  180.95  
2 Brigantessa 180.19  
3 Le Virtù 179.88  
4 NOORD eetcafe 179.56  
5 Vernick Food & Drink 178.68  
6 Bibou 178.64  
7 Girard 178.33  
8 Laurel 178.21  
9 Kensington Quarters 177.54  
10 Federal Donuts 177.36  
11 2nd Story Brewing Co. 175.43  
12 Vedge 173.57  
13 Abe Fisher 173.11  
14 Fond 172.59  
15 Little Nonna's 172.07  
16 High Street on Market 171.55  
17 Fitler Dining Room 171.45  
18 Serpico 170.51  
19 Blackfish 169.99  
20 Will BYOB 169.37  
21 Pub & Kitchen 167.45  
22 Sbraga 167.29  
23 Santucci's 167.11  
24 Talula's Daily 166.77  
25 PHO 75 166.43  

Philadelphia Top 25 Restaurants: August 2015

This month, NOORD eetcafe makes its No. 1 spot debut with an impressive Social Score of 181.28, a.kitchen+bar climbs into the Top 5 at No. 2 (up from No. 10), and Vernick Food & Drink moves back up on the list, to No. 3.

NOORD is a BYOB restaurant serving Dutch cuisine (brunch and dinner) on Tasker Street. Dinner menu items include Amsterdam-style Mussels (beer-steamed, garlic, fennel, star anise, dried basil, house potatoes) and Konijn in het Zuur (rabbit leg confit, smoked sausage, lardons, baby turnips, zuurkool). The brunch menu includes a 12-hour braised brisket hash and takes on a variety of eggs-and-sides dishes. Plus, deep-fried french toast.

Last month’s frontrunner, Laurel, moves down a few spots to No. 4. Big movers for August include Abe Fisher and Will BYOB, and we welcome back three restaurants to the list: Talula’s Daily, PHO 75, and Barbuzzo. 

Check out the full ranking list below!

Clams and zuurkool   at NOORD  | Yelp, Elva L.

Clams and zuurkool at NOORD | Yelp, Elva L.

Artic char at Vernick Food & Drink  | Yelp, Meredith B.

Artic char at Vernick Food & Drink | Yelp, Meredith B.

Grilled octopus at a.kitchen+bar  | Yelp, Flora W.

Grilled octopus at a.kitchen+bar | Yelp, Flora W.

Truffle crusted wagyu beef, braised cheek, broccoli, black barley, garlic chips at Laurel  | Yelp, Sari A.

Truffle crusted wagyu beef, braised cheek, broccoli, black barley, garlic chips at Laurel | Yelp, Sari A.

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 NOORD eetcafe 181.28  
2 a.kitchen+bar  180.44  
3 Vernick Food & Drink 179.17  
4 Laurel 179.12  
5 Le Virtù 177.55  
6 Federal Donuts 177.38  
7 Bibou 176.74  
8 Abe Fisher 175.93  
9 Fond 175.33  
10 Little Nonna's 175.12  
11 High Street on Market 174.31  
12 Vedge 173.09  
13 Serpico 171.07  
14 Blackfish 170.26  
15 Fitler Dining Room 170.09  
16 Will BYOB 170.02  
17 Sbraga 169.64  
18 Birchrunville Store Cafe 169.24  
19 THE FAT HAM 169.02  
20 Avance 168.79  
21 Pub & Kitchen 168.57  
22 Santucci's 168.34  
23 Talula's Daily 167.89  
24 PHO 75 167.67  
25 Barbuzzo 167.59  

Philadelphia Top 25 Restaurants: June 2015

For the past four months, Vernick Food & Drink and High Street on Market have been fighting for Philly’s top spot on our Foodable Top 25 Restaurants list. This month, Laurel swoops in to take No. 1 for the first time since October 2014. With a Social Score of 180.98, it’s the highest we’ve seen in Philly so far. In fact, Social Scores of the Top 4 are all the highest we’ve seen, meaning more restaurant love from Philly locals.

Fond jumped an impressive seven spots, claiming the No. 2 spot, Le Virtù holds steady at No. 3, Will BYOB leaps up from No. 15 to No. 4, and the No. 5 spot is held by a Top 25 newbie, Townsend. Also new on the list this month is Zeppoli

Check out the full rankings below!

Catfish at Laurel  | Yelp, Gia M.

Catfish at Laurel | Yelp, Gia M.

Handmade Pasta at Le Virtù  | Yelp, R. B.

Handmade Pasta at Le Virtù | Yelp, R. B.

Red Snapper Ceviche at Fond  | Yelp, Tania D.

Red Snapper Ceviche at Fond | Yelp, Tania D.

Cured Scottish Salmon at Will BYOB  | Yelp, Liz V.

Cured Scottish Salmon at Will BYOB | Yelp, Liz V.

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 Laurel 180.98  
2 Fond 180.37  
3 Le Virtù 180.12  
4 Will BYOB 179.83  
5 Townsend 179.74  
6 Bibou 179.26  
7 Vernick Food & Drink 179.18  
8 Zeppoli 178.87  
9 NOORD eetcafe 178.40  
10 a.kitchen+bar  178.09  
11 Little Nonna's 177.54  
12 Fitler Dining Room 177.52  
13 Federal Donuts 175.93  
14 High Street on Market 174.09  
15 Vedge 173.18  
16 Sbraga 172.19  
17 Kanella 171.36  
18 Birchrunville Store Cafe 171.03  
19 Serpico 170.45  
20 Blackfish 169.54  
21 The Fat Ham 168.71  
22 Avance 167.55  
23 Pub & Kitchen 166.39  
24 Santucci's 165.23  
25 Abe Fisher 164.07  

Philadelphia Top 25 Restaurants: April 2015

Hello, Philly! The Top 25s are back with more good eats to send your way. No new restaurants entered the chart this time around. With how fiercely competitive this food fight is, it's always a challenge for a rookie to try to make its way into the ranks, but one restaurant did make a surprising return since its last appearance in December. As a whole, the same restaurants have been shifting up and down, taking turns for the top spots.

Without further ado, congratulations to Vernick Food & Drink, the champion of the Philadelphia April 2015 Top 25! Its current score of 178.14 means it jumped a little more than five points since last month's countdown. Laurel followed closely behind at No. 2 with a score of 177.55. Unfortunately, last month's No. 1, High Street on Market, had to hand over the crown and now sits comfortably at lucky No. 7 with a score of 176.09.

Let's welcome back The Fat Ham! Its clever homage to Southern cooking with a unique, well-thought twist was missed since it last strutted its stuff in the December 2014 Top 25. It ranked at No. 19 with a score of 167.11.

Well, don't take our word for it -- check out the full list below and start planning your food crawl around town!

GRILLED OCTOPUS AT VERNICK FOOD & DRINK  | YELP, MICHELLE L.

GRILLED OCTOPUS AT VERNICK FOOD & DRINK | YELP, MICHELLE L.

BURATTA PUGLIESE AT LE VIRTU  | YELP, JOHN R.

BURATTA PUGLIESE AT LE VIRTU | YELP, JOHN R.

NIMAN RANCH BEEF AT LAUREL  | YELP, JOHN K.

NIMAN RANCH BEEF AT LAUREL | YELP, JOHN K.

PIED DE PORC AT BIBOU  | YELP, LORI L. 

PIED DE PORC AT BIBOU | YELP, LORI L. 

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 Vernick Food & Drink  178.14  
2 Laurel  177.55  
3 Le Virtù  177.14  
4 Bibou  176.94  
5 NOORD eetcafe  176.84  
6 Little Nonna's  176.41  
7 High Street on Market  176.09  
8 Vedge  175.88  
9 Fond  175.73  
10 Kanella  175.35  
11 Serpico  174.82  
12 Blackfish  173.23  
13 a.kitchen+bar  173.19  
14 Fitler Dining Room  172.70  
15 Will BYOB  171.64  
16 Sbraga  171.11  
17 Birchrunville Store Cafe  170.94  
18 Federal Donuts  170.94  
19 The Fat Ham  167.11  
20 Avance  165.19  
21 Pub & Kitchen  164.35  
22 Santucci's  163.93  
23 Abe Fisher  163.51  
24 Talula's Daily  163.34  
25 Pho 75  163.09  

Philadelphia Top 25 Restaurants: February 2015

The city of Philly continues to fill its diners with delicious eats this month. Some familiar faces have made their long-awaited return to the Top 25, but for the most part, the same restaurants have been rotating amongst the rankings.

While all of these establishments have been vying for the top spot, it’s the newbie that still reigns supreme. High Street on Market, which made its debut in last month’s countdown at No. 1, is still the leading the boards with an improved score of 178.37. With its Contemporary American cuisine that fuses a myriad of food cultures together, it’s no surprise High Street on Market’s breakfast, lunch, dinner and catering menus are making a statement in Philadelphia.

Diners, if you’re craving a traditional Vietnamese meal, look no further. Let’s welcome back Pho 75, which last appeared on the Top 25 in November 2014. It may have barely squeezed through the door at No. 24, but its food and service is like no other.

There are some more old favorites who re-emerged into the Top 25. Say hello to Kanella at No. 6 and Santucci’s at No. 22. These restaurants were last seen in July 2014, but hopefully this new year will foreshadow their new successes.  

Check out the complete list below!

Breakfast Pastrami Sandwich at High Street on Market  | YELP, Melissa P.

Breakfast Pastrami Sandwich at High Street on Market | YELP, Melissa P.

Frozen Grand Marnier Souffl  é at Bibou  | YELP, John R.

Frozen Grand Marnier Soufflé at Bibou | YELP, John R.

Porchetta at Le Virtu  | YELP, Holly T.

Porchetta at Le Virtu | YELP, Holly T.

Italian Seafood Grill at Little Nonna's  | YELP, BostonBestEats X.

Italian Seafood Grill at Little Nonna's | YELP, BostonBestEats X.

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 High Street on Market  178.37  
2 Le Virtu  178.28  
3 Bibou  177.72  
4 Little Nonna's  177.29  
5 Vedge  177.12  
6 Kanella  174.72  
7 Serpico  173.37  
8 Vernick Food & Drink  173.01  
9 Laurel  172.12  
10 Blackfish  171.29  
11 Fitler Dining Room  170.92  
12 NOORD eetcafe  168.71  
13 Will BYOB  168.33  
14 Sbraga  167.95  
15 Fond  167.19  
16 Birchrunville Store Cafe  166.81  
17 a.kitchen+bar  166.43  
18 Talula's Daily  165.67  
19 Avance  165.29  
20 Federal Donuts  164.91  
21 Pub & Kitchen  163.93  
22 Santucci's  162.93  
23 Abe Fisher  162.19  
24 Pho 75  160.83  
25 John's Roast Pork  160.45