Best New Restaurant Semifinals Reached

The Philadelphia magazine Best New Restaurant bracket has reached its final four. Barbuzzo, Talula’s Garden, The Dandelion and Adsum all advanced. Adsum narrowly squeaked past JG Domestic in the most hotly contested first-round matchup. Vote now to see who moves on the Best New Restaurant Finals.

Best New Philadelphia Restaurant [Philadelphia Magazine]

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  • Wgarton

    It’s impossible that everyone who voted for Talula’s Garden has been there, right?

  • Mark

    I agree. It’s been open for what…2 weeks. It will be a sad day for the Philly dining scene if a steven Starr themed British pub wins best restaurant in Philly.

  • The dude

    Seriously? Farm and the fisherman is so much better than all of these. It’s incredibly absurd. If only this city actually knew food

  • Pedro Dias

    Pretty impressive: I actually disagree with *all* of the choices. Usually I only disagree with *nearly* everything in your articles. If only I could have been bothered to vote…

  • foodie77077

    Barbuzzo is a snack bar, not a restaurant, and a rip-off of Barbuto in NYC, I will never vote for them. Dandelion is a pub that serves British food, do I need to explain more? TG is at least a restaurant serving real good food. Adsum is good too, but I am not sure it deserves best new restaurant in Philly.

  • Bill Lohse

    i think the fix is in. these people must not get out often. it’s one of those “not what you know but who you know”. we need to do this all over.

  • Brian

    I’ve been to all four. They are all good, but Dandelion does not deserve to be in the group.

    Barbuzzo is very similar to Avec in Chicago, which I have been going to from it’s beginnings 5 years ago.

    Adsum is unique, we have been numerous times. Some of the dishes have a French Canadian influence.

    Talula’s Garden is actually very good, even with Starr’s involvement. Not every dish is a winner but what we had was close. I was a bit surprised at the upper age level of the clientele. Starr has perfected the theme and design thing and has had to step up his game against the competition, the food actually has to measure up. Pod and Buddakan are good examples of the opposite, and also shameful indications of the tastes of some Philadelphians. Maybe the covers are all tourists.

    I still like Osteria the best. It has a near perfect balance of casual and quality. Oh and what happened to Amis, doesn’t it qualify for the list?

  • Jason

    barbuzzo is a great new small plate restaurant. foodie 77077 must be a gourmand, not a gourmet. i’ve been there several times and is one of my new favorites, not just favorite new place

  • Gus

    I hate when people compare a restaurant to another that is is nothing like. Foodie 77077 give me one example of how Barbuzzo is a rip off of Barbuto in NY, besides they share 6 letters in their names? I can hardly wait to hear. I too have eaten at all four, and Barbuzzo is my favorite. I also love Avec in Chicago, but Barbuzzo’s menu is much larger and varied. The tables are way too tight, which really wouldn’t matter except they are packed EVERY night. I go after 10pm.

  • Gus

    I like Osteria too, but $20+ pizzas are ridiculous, as is the rest of the pricing. And Amis is alright, they should serve pizzas there and not at Osteria=lightbulb.