How Philly Became the Dynamic Culinary Destination it is Today

How Philly Became the Dynamic Culinary Destination it is Today

The City of Brotherly Love is no longer just a food stop-over town sandwiched between DC and New York. Beard Foundation award winners, trendsetters, and serious cooks are making Philly more than just a town known for its cheesesteaks.

“The Philly restaurant scene has vastly improved since I started cooking back in 2001. It has quickly become one of the most dynamic food cities in the country,” said Ben Puchowitz, co-owner, and chef of Cheu Noodle Bar, Cheu Fishtown, Bing Bing Dim Sum, and Nunu. Cheu lands at the top of the list for ‘Must Eats’ in Philly. With a unique approach to menu and interior design, Cheu’s lessons in delivering memorable food experiences make him one of the operators driving the restaurant scene in Philly out of larger cities’ shadows.

Rebellious, Ironic, Different

Crab fries that don’t have crab (just ask Chicky and Pete’s, a Brotherly Loved icon) are only the start. Food anomalies are as easy to find in Philadelphia as rabid sports fans.

What is happening in this old city that is full of new thinking?

Less Fish, More Hip

Philly’s Fishtown neighborhood has morphed into a hipster haven, and proudly so. Suraya, Kensington Quarters, Cheu, Wm. Mulherin’s Sons, and Stock all call the renaissance neighborhood of Fishtown home. You know the type; old warehouses, formerly run-down storefronts, a narrow maze of streets with nearly impossible parking opportunities. Inject cash, reclaimed wood, Edison lights, and a keen sense for what Millennials, Gen X, and Boomers want for dinner, and there is little guesswork.

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New Whole Foods Market in Philadelphia Debuts Four Local Eateries

New Whole Foods Market in Philadelphia Debuts Four Local Eateries

By Adria Valdes Greenhauff, Editor-at-Large

Shopping at Whole Foods Market is already an experience in and of itself. From the fresh seafood to the wide selection of international cheeses, there are plenty of aspects that keep customers coming back to this beloved natural food chain.

Beginning Oct. 14, shoppers in Philadelphia will have a few extra incentives to make their weekly trip to Whole Foods — the four local eateries that will anchor the new Whole Foods Market’s Center City location. 

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Philadelphia Emerges as a Top Food Destination

Photo Credit: The Guardian

Photo Credit: The Guardian

Philadelphia, typically known for its cheesesteaks and soft pretzels, is quickly becoming a leading food destination. Even New York's top chefs like Eli Kulp are beginning to migrate to the burgeoning food scene. Chef Kulp recently accepted the position of Executive Chef at Fork, arguably one of the first restaurants to usher in the Philly food renaissance.

Fork's adjacent food market Fork:etc is making the transformation from market to an almost fast casual style bakery, serving freshly made sandwiches and salads called High Street on Market. The extension will take their "casual eat-in/take-out concept to a whole new level equal in inspiration to Chef Eli Kulp’s acclaimed, boundary-pushing food in Fork." Read More