Best of Philly

Best Appetizer

2014 BEST Bitterballen

Noord

He loves working the dining room as much as the stove, so chef Joncarl Lachman might hand-deliver this dish himself: fried doughy balls of pork shoulder, spiced with nutmeg and mustard.

1046 Tasker Street, Philadelphia, PA | 267-909-9704 | Website


2014 BEST Squid

A. Kitchen

135 South 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA

This tender squid is stuffed with pork shoulder and ‘njuda, a spreadable sausage from Italy. The result is almost too rich until you swirl a bite in the bracing, bright-green cilantro sauce it’s floating on. It’s a one-two punch, in the best possible way. Read more »

2014 BEST Appetizer

Serpico

604 South Street, Philadelphia, PA

Thanks to Cope’s corn ravioli a mashup of old-school Lancaster dried corn, chorizo, and hearts of palm soaked in lime juice the most riveting pasta in town is no longer Italian, but Mexican by way of the Pennsylvania Dutch. Read more »

2014 BEST Foie Gras

Bibou

1009 South 8th Street, Philadelphia, PA

It’s served with poached cherries in the summer and spiced pumpkin bread in the fall. Regardless of the seasonal accompaniments, the foie here is always expertly prepared. BYO sauternes. Read more »

2009 BEST Appetizer

Le Virtù

1927 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

It’s hard to believe that any single bite can pack as much pleasure as one crisply fried olive at Le Virt. Each fruity green specimen is crammed with a potent mixture of three types of slow-braised meat (beef, pork and chicken), then breaded and fried for the ideal amount of crunch. The tangy-meaty-briny babies are… Read more »