Best of Philly

Best Bar Food

2016 BEST Bar Menu


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 of just how good we’ve gotten at it. 627 South 3rd Street, Queen Village

627 South 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA | 267-687-8512 | Website

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 »