Best of Philly Reader Taste Tests: Free Juice Tomorrow at the Comcast Center

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Consider Thursday’s lunch plans covered: This year, Philadelphia magazine is opening a few of the annual Best of Philly food categories up for taste tests, and you are invited! The three categories being tested are Best Whoopie Pie, Best Tomato Pie and—drumroll, please—Best Juice. Mmmmm….

Philadelphia magazine editors have chosen the top four contenders in each category—the spots competing for Best Juice are Sip-N-Glo, Yellow Juice Bar, Sook Hee’s Produce and Pangea Juice & Co.—and tomorrow they will be doling out free samples from each nominee so that YOU can cast your ballot for Best of Philly. To snag a lunch of free juice, tomato pies and whoopee pies (yes, please!), all you’ve got to do is show up at the lower level of the Comcast Center (near the food court) around noon tomorrow and get your taste test on.

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Vote for This Year’s Best of Philly

BOP-2014_logo_FINALThis year a select number of Best of Philly categories have been opened up to the public for voting. And now through June 25th, you can vote for the finalists in several categories of particular interest to Foobooz readers:

  • Best Food Truck
  • Best Chef
  • Best Bar

Vote once a day, every day, through June 25th — the winner will be announced in the August issue of Philadelphia magazine.

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Best Of Philly: Vote For Your Favorite Boutique And You Could Win Tickets To Our Best Of Philly Bash!

BOP VotingWhat 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!

A Second Anniversary Counter Menu for Sbraga

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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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Best of Philly: McGlinchey’s, the Best Dive of Them All

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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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