Best of Philly

Best American Restaurant

2016 BEST American Restaurant

La Peg

In a year when French restaurants seemed to be staging something of a comeback in Philly, what did Peter Woolsey, one of the city’s best-known traditional French chefs, do? He napalmed the entire menu at his Fringe Arts French restaurant, La Peg, and rebuilt it from scratch as a straight regional American menu — one he executes with French techniques that launch pedestrian dishes (fried cheese, pot roast, clam chowder) to new, previously impossible heights.

140 North Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA | 215-375-7744 | Website


2015 BEST American Restaurant

Vernick Food and Drink

2031 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA

The second most impressive thing about chef Greg Vernick’s eponymous restaurant is that it started great and has, over the years, only gotten better — more confident, more daring, more a part of the neighborhood. The most impressive thing, of course, remains the kitchen’s light touch with the small plates (egg fettuccine with morels! Sweet… Read more »

2014 BEST New American Restaurant

Petruce et al.

1121 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA

Whether it’s lamb ribs, an exquisitely grilled porgy or a master class on carrots, Jonathan and Justin Petruce’s wood-fired cookery represents American food at its best: rustic, finely wrought and familiar but never predictable. Sommelier Tim Kweeder has also made this one of Philly’s best places to discover new wine especially by the glass. Read more »

2013 BEST New American Restaurant

Marigold Kitchen

501 South 45th Street, Philadelphia, PA

Robert Halperns cooking is as American as the Cabot-clothbound-cheddar cracker he likes to send out before appetizers, and as New as the liquefaction process that makes that cheese spill over your tongue like a stream of not-quite-molten lava. The amuse-bouches are the coolest things going in this timeworn rowhouse popcorn sauced with liquid nitrogen, ice-cream-droplet… Read more »

2012 BEST New American Restaurant

Ela

627 South 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA

Forget the melting pot. Jason Cichonski’s hyperactive mishmash of global ingredients and innovative technique is as American as a Ritalin kid watching Chopped on a caffeine high-only delicious. Read more »