Best of Philly

Best Bar Food

2017 BEST Bar Snack

Duck hearts at Fond

Bar food is typically meant for mass appeal; it’s usually fried, it’s never too complicated, and ideally, it pairs well with most drinks. Duck hearts? They aren’t exactly for everyone. But when they’ve got deep grill marks, when they’re this tender, when the tahini yogurt and black sesame seeds make for an addicting, nutty sauce, you’ll get why everyone else at the bar is nibbling on them, too.

1537 South 11th Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-551-5000 | Website

2016 BEST Bar Menu


627 South 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA

Oysters with strawberry vinegar, gnocchi tots with black truffle dipping sauce, homemade Cheetos, bar nuts spiked with curry powder and, on top of everything else, a crazy burger topped with Cabot cheddar and shitake mushrooms on a black sesame bun? Philly has always been an eat-at-the-bar kind of town, and Ela is the best example… Read more »

2014 BEST Potato Skins

Royal Tavern

937 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

It’s easy to fall hard for upscale comfort food. This dish won over our stomachs (again and again) with its shredded duck confit, thick slices of melted gruyre and touch of truffle. Read more »

2013 BEST Bar Food

Resurrection Ale House

2425 Grays Ferry Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

Seasons change, plates change, but there are always thoughtful dishes coming out of this tiny and impressive kitchen. Read more »

2013 BEST Bar Snack

Popcorn at Forest and Main

61 North Main Street, Ambler, PA

Fantastic beer demands fantastic snacks. The curried popcorn at this brewpub keeps the beers going down. Read more »

2013 BEST Use of a Waffle

Broadway Bar and Grill

329 East Broadway Avenue, Clifton Heights, PA

When Tony Blanche, owner of Clifton Heightss Clam Tavern, bought the bar across the street, he found waffle irons in the kitchen. That led to the jalapeo-cheddar waffle creation that he tops with roast beef, roast pork, turkey or meatloaf. He branches out with other varieties, too (why serve plain stuffing with turkey dinner when… Read more »

2010 BEST Bar Snack


926 South Street, Philadelphia, PA

Deviled eggs are a treat, but deviled eggs tarted up with lump crab or black truffle or whatever else is on chef Mitch Prensky’s mind can’t be beat when paired with a cocktail or glass of wine. Read more »

2009 BEST Bar Food

Barclay Prime

237 South 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA

In this age of the gastropub, you’re more likely to find tomato lager soup or lobster BLTs on the menu at your local bar. That’s why when serious bar-food cravings hit, we turn to the new, unexpectedly back-to-basics pub menu at Barclay Prime. Take a seat in the sleek black-and-white lounge for your favorite classics… Read more »

2009 BEST Eating at the Bar


701 South 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA

It’s not that there’s anything wrong with the back dining room at Southwark. It’s candlelit and cozy, just like the front bar. But there’s something special about eating at the wide wooden bar here, where locals gather to swap stories over expertly poured throwback cocktails. And the bartenders you can always find co-owner (and the… Read more »