Best of Philly

Best Restaurant

2015 BEST Restaurant

Laurel

From his delicate gnocchi to pork shoulder “sausages” wrapped in caul fat, Laurel’s Nick Elmi exceeds expectations on every front — not least by resisting (so far) the temptation to forsake his kitchen in favor of an empire. Actually, scratch that. This place smells like a gerbil cage, and Elmi just insulted your mother. Stay away. (It’s the only way we’ll ever get a table.)

1617 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA | 215-271-8299 | Website


2015 BEST Philly Stalwart

Dmitri’s

795 South 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA

This BYOB may have two locations, but the 25-year-old Queen Village original has inspired a generation of chefs to open their own restaurants, thereby making Philadelphia the BYO capital of the country. And it still turns out the same great Greek dishes it always has, including the best grilled octopus in the city. Read more »

2014 BEST Restaurant Reboot

A. Kitchen

135 South 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA

With the menu here taken over by inspired chef Eli Kulp and Jon Nodler crushing it in the kitchen, this urbane corner restaurant is serving food thoughtful and creative enough to match its trendsetting wine list and West Coast aesthetic. Add this to your must-revisit list. Read more »

2014 BEST Second-Year Comeback

Fitler Dining Room

2201 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA

Though things got off to a rough start, chef Rob Marzinsky has found his stride in his sophomore year. He’s quietly toiling in the open kitchen, making menu changes that showcase gorgeous, inspired seasonal dishes a zucchini soup with curried yogurt, a roast chicken with pine-nut puree. Well worth a return trip if you can… Read more »

2014 BEST Restaurant

Fork

306 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA

Ellen Yin’s Old City fine-dining fixture has one of America’s most compellingly creative chefs in Eli Kulp. From his alt-Peking duck dinners to the painstakingly crafted breadcrumbs on his handmade pastas, sophistication doesn’t get more soulful than this. Read more »