50 Best Restaurants Poll: Bistrot La Minette

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This week, we’re running daily surveys, polling readers about where they believe certain restaurants will land on Philadelphia magazine list of the 50 Best Restaurants.

Answer the poll question now, and if you aren’t already subscribed to Philadelphia Sunday, add your email address after submitting your answer and you’ll get the whole list in your email box, early Sunday morning.

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50 Best Restaurants Poll: Volver

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This week, we’re running daily surveys, polling readers about where they believe certain restaurants will land on Philadelphia magazine list of the 50 Best Restaurants.

Answer the poll question now, and if you aren’t already subscribed to Philadelphia Sunday, add your email address after submitting your answer and you’ll get the whole list in your email box, early Sunday morning.

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50 Best Restaurants Poll: Stateside

Stateside-Jeff-Fusco-for-Visit-Philadelphia-940Philadelphia magazine’s 50 Best Restaurants list will be released on Sunday, December 21st in the new digital property, Philadelphia Sunday.

This week, we’ll be running daily surveys, polling readers about where they believe certain restaurants will land on Philadelphia magazine list of the 50 Best Restaurants.

Answer the poll question now, and if you aren’t already subscribed to Philadelphia Sunday, add your email address after submitting your answer and you’ll get the whole list in your email box, early Sunday morning.

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50 Best Restaurants Poll: Vernick Food + Drink

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Vernick Food + Drink | Photo by Karrisa Olsen

Philadelphia magazine’s 50 Best Restaurants list will be released on Sunday, December 21st in the new digital property, Philadelphia Sunday.

This week, we’ll be running daily surveys, polling readers about where they believe certain restaurants will land on Philadelphia magazine list of the 50 Best Restaurants.

Answer the poll question now, and if you aren’t already subscribed to Philadelphia Sunday, add your email address after submitting your answer and you’ll get the whole list in your email box, early Sunday morning.

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The Gastronaut: The Next Exit

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High-profile chefs often leave the places they made famous. But few have caused the kind of  earthquake George Sabatino did when he announced he was leaving Philly’s best restaurant.

“When I opened this place, I was literally just trying to not run out of food.”

That’s George Sabatino, the now-former chef at Stateside on East Passyunk Avenue. He’s musing about his early days there as a young first-time exec—terrified and excited, exhausted, so busy he didn’t have time to blink. When owners Stephen Slaughter and William Bonforte brought him aboard, he’d never been in charge before. He wanted to make a restaurant that his chef friends would like. He wanted to focus on small plates, charcuterie and American whiskies. Most of all, he didn’t want to embarrass himself.

“Stateside was like this huge lucky break,” he says now. “I never knew it could get so big. I’m really surprised by it all, dude. I’m just a cook, you know?”

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The 50 Best Restaurants in Philadelphia: 2013

The 50 Best Restaurants in PhiladelphiaThese are the restaurants we want to eat in right now. Not yesterday. Certainly not last year. Maybe not even tomorrow. But right now. Philadelphia, at this moment, is in a state of flux that mirrors (and in some cases heralds) the changes happening in the restaurant industry at large—a movement toward a new casualness, where the best meal you’ll ever have is one you eat in blue jeans while sitting at a rough wood table in a neighborhood you wouldn’t even have driven through a decade ago. In this brave new world of cuisine, the restaurants our parents and grandparents knew—those temples of white-tablecloth haute cuisine—are struggling to find or recapture relevance. And in many cases, the cooks who trained at them are now the chefs who are taking their trade away. In order to put together this year’s list of Philly’s 50 best, we started with a total of 170 restaurants, then spent three months eating and arguing and researching and arguing and revisiting and arguing over who belonged where. The question was not only who seared the best foie gras, but which restaurants in town had the most weight. The heaviest gravity. We wanted to suss out which mattered most at this contentious moment in time, and then to figure out why. This list is our answer to those questions, compiled with a total disregard for history or nostalgia or debts owed. It’s a snapshot—a frozen instant that, we hope, serves as a window into a changing world of cuisine.



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In Case You Missed It: The 50 Best Restaurants In Philadelphia

Last week was a big week ’round Foobooz World HQ. All the holiday kerfuffle aside, it was also the week that we posted the Philadelphia magazine list of the 50 Best Restaurants in Philadelphia for 2012, and the response to said list was…overwhelming.

But the 50 Best Restaurants package wasn’t the only thing that got posted over the holiday week. There was a whole bunch of other 50-Best-related stuff that also hit the internets while you might’ve been looking in another direction. So here, for the convenience of our less-than-fanatical readers, is the full accounting of last week’s 50 Best Restaurants action, all in one convenient place.

Cheers, and have a happy New Year.

50 Best Restaurants In Philadelphia for 2012 This is the big list, and a good place to get started. For those looking for a little more information, the issue (with write-ups and explanations for every restaurant on the list) is on the stands right now–though we’ve been hearing that it has been selling out everywhere, so be quick.

Please Ignore This List–Our Insatiable Obsession With The Philadelphia Restaurant Scene A counter-punch to our big list, coming from one of the people who helped put it together.

Philly’s 51st Best Restaurant In a city with so many great restaurants, here’s what it means to be the 51st-best in town.

Methodology: How The 50 Best Restaurants List Came To Be It took us months to come up with the 50 best restaurants in Philly. Here’s how we spent our time.

Methodology: How The 50 Best Restaurants List Came To Be

See that little dancing picture up there? That’s how the list of Philadelphia’s 50 Best Restaurants came to be. That’s one wall of Foobooz World HQ, covered completely with 170-odd Post-It Notes, representing every single restaurant that was in contention for a spot in the 2012 rankings. That’s what we lived with for roughly three months–a constantly shifting and evolving representation of Philadelphia’s restaurant scene to be stared at, debated, argued over, torn down, rebuilt and obsessed over until me and Art and the rest of this year’s 50 Best Restaurants crew had gone all A Beautiful Mind and saw the thing in our sleep.

How did Stateside end up at #1? Why didn’t Fette Sau or Rittenhouse Tavern make the list at all? And what were we thinking with Marigold Kitchen? There are answers to all of those questions, and it all began back in August with a deceptively complicated question:

What are your favorite restaurants in Philadelphia?

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