What you may not realize when you pick up our Best Of Philly issue each August: Months and months of research goes into our picks. We start our searching for the best of what’s out there early (yep, when snow’s still on the ground) and then we spend countless hours whittling down the contenders. Still, each year, without fail, we hear some version of: Why didn’t X win? So, all you wonderful, opinionated, shopping-obsessed readers, it’s time for you to weigh in: Which is the best women’s boutique in Philly?
Vote because you absolutely adore that cute hidden gem on the corner; vote because you absolutely can’t live without the hard-to-find designer lines carried at that boutique across town; vote because the owner of that one shop didn’t blink an eye when you broke the zipper trying on those too-small jeans. Or, you know, vote because each time you do, you’ll be entered to win tickets to our always-fabulous Best Of Philly party. (I can tell you from experience, it’s a lot of fun.) You can vote once a day, every day, through February 26th. I can’t wait to see which shop you choose—and, if we’re being completely honest here, I’m happy that I don’t have to do the choosing, because the competition this year? It’s fierce.
Go on, vote right here!
Our latest issue — the last of the year — is on the streets now, and we think it’s our best one yet. Here’s a peek at the goodies you’ll find inside:
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In the most recent Best of Philly issue, we gave Sbraga an award for “Best 2nd Year.” And, come October, chef Kevin Sbraga is going to be celebrating that milestone with a new counter menu that draws on everything he’s learned over the past two years.
It’s a “truly momentous” menu, according to the crew. Six courses. $75 (with an optional $50 beverage pairing add-on). Available from October 7 through the 31st. And because they’re only doing one seating per night (at 6pm), availability is severely limited. You want a reservation? You actually have to pick up a phone, call the house and ask for one. No Open Tabling this one.
Check out the (deliberately minimalist and likely misleading) menu after the jump.
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Hangover Cure: Bacon pancakes at Cousin’s Grubhouse | Photo by Courtney Apple
Best of Philly winners for 2013 are now online. Check out the food and drink winners as well as those that won awards in fun and games.
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The Dream Dinner: Michael Solomonov’s counter menu at Zahav will be the best meal you’ll have all year.
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Classic Best of Philly: The Eternal Draw of McGlinchey’s
I remember the first time I went to McGlinchey’s, the notoriously divey (and smoky) dive bar on 15th Street. It was just after my 21st birthday (I’m 39 now, egad!), and I had heard that the beers were some of the cheapest in the city, which is all I needed to know.
Given that these were the days before Philadelphia was Beer Town U.S.A., I ordered a Rolling Rock. Within minutes, I managed to get screamed at by the prickly bartender and have a beer spilled on me. On a later visit, a blond bartender pegged me in the eye with an ice cube, and a girl puked on my shoe. Little has changed.
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The Best Burgers for Every Mood
Philadelphia magazine’s 40th anniversary Best of Philly issue is online now. We at Foobooz are highlighting some of our favorite food and drink winners. Here are the winners for best burger, from gastropub to backyard.
Best Gastropub Burger
We’re not sure what’s the best part—the aged beef blend, Vermont cheddar, smoked bacon, pickles from Brooklyn Brine, or mysterious Churchill Sauce with its dozen-odd ingredients. 124 South 18th Street, Rittenhouse, 215-558-2500.
Best Bar Burger
Best Backyard Burger
From Pat’s to Ponzios, Victor Fiorillo revisits some of the most notable Best of Philly winners from 1974.
Forty Years Later, Are These Philly Favorites Still the Best? [Philadelphia Magazine]
For the first time in years Philadelphia magazine’s Best of Philly party will be open to the public. The big bash happens tomorrow, Tuesday, August 20th at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Tickets are on sale now and check out the impressive list of Best of Philly winners from the past 40 years that will be feeding guests.
UPDATE: The Best of Philly Bash is completely sold out
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Philadelphia magazine’s 40th anniversary Best of Philly issue is hitting newsstands right now. Philadelphia magazine’s is tweeting out some winners now and we are sharing these best pizza winners with you on Foobooz.
For all the winners, pick up a copy of Philadelphia magazine at your local bookstore or newsstand now.
Any way you slice it, Best of Philly Pizza Choices »