Best of Philly 2015

bop-2015-cover-305x400Our annual Best of Philly issue may come out in August, but every Philadelphia magazine editor and writer knows that researching this massive compendium of the very best is an all year-process. Our style editor has been known to close in on any well-dressed man she passes on Walnut Street and demand to know where he gets his suits tailored. Our food editor wakes up at the crack of dawn (or possibly doesn’t ever go to sleep) all in the name of eating another stack of fluffy pancakes. Our writers circle names in their notebooks of the people who sources continue to insist are the ones that are doing remarkable things for our city.

All of these notes, tastes, and discoveries come together to form our annual list, which, when taken as a whole, shows off the newest and best of Philadelphia in 2015. As we start to put together the list, trends — the things that truly reflect what is happening in the city now — always emerge. For example, bowls are apparently huge this year. Bowls filled with mountains of black rice, fresh-pulled noodles, and local veggies are being composed by chefs in high-end restaurants and quick-serve lunch spots alike. (In fact, nine of our food winners this year were in the bowl form. We agree that this one-dish eating is pretty awesome.) In other food news, East Passyunk is still one of the most exciting food neighborhoods. Our food writers awarded “Best Ofs” to 10 restaurants, bars, and dishes from the cluster of establishments located on these few South Philly blocks. Read more »

The Best Philadelphians 2015

Clockwise from upper left: Mayor Michael Nutter, Maria Quiñones-Sánchez, Adam Granduciel of the band War on Drugs, Nerlens Noel, Todd Carmichael, Courtney and Chad Ludeman. Illustrations by Brett Affrunti

Clockwise from upper left: Mayor Michael Nutter, Maria Quiñones-Sánchez, Adam Granduciel of the band War on Drugs, Nerlens Noel, Todd Carmichael, Courtney and Chad Ludeman. Illustrations by Brett Affrunti

This group of Best Philadelphians should have so many more people on it — several million more — because every Philadelphian is a Best Philadelphian. Every single one of us should get a gold star, dammit, especially when it’s snowing outside and the buses aren’t running and the ramp to 95 is closed. But all yearbooks must have superlatives, so we do want to highlight some people who have made this a banner year — starting with the guy who kind of runs things in this town. Read more »

The Best Workouts in Philadelphia

Yoga on the Pier at Race Street Pier | Photo by Matt Stanley

Yoga on the Pier at Race Street Pier | Photo by Matt Stanley

As you might already know, Philadelphia magazine’s brand-spankin’-new Best of Philly issue just hit shelves, and it is loaded with everything from the best healthy eats in town to the best healthy sweets to the best running trails and more. And of course, we included some of the best workouts, too! Below, the five best workouts in Philly, each to fit a different sweat-session need. Read more »

The Best Family Activities in Philadelphia

Kid playing in a TK at Diggerland. | Photo by Daryl Peveto

Kid trying out a real bulldozer at Diggerland. | Photo by Daryl Peveto


Philadelphia magazine’s chock-full Best of Philly 2015 issue is on the stands just in time for you to begin plotting how to entertain the kids until they return to school in the fall. Here, we’ve culled five Best of Philly winners to help you curate a variety of great, family-friendly adventures in and around town. From roller coaster rides to romps through secret gardens, this should have you scoring all kinds of cool-mom (or dad!) points when the neighborhood playground just isn’t cutting it. Read more »

Our 2015 “Best of Philly” LGBT and Gayborhood Winners

From a recent Our Night Out event.

From a recent Our Night Out event.

Every year, our mother publication, Philadelphia magazine, releases a list of hundreds of top picks that we emphatically call our “Best of Philly” winners. Of course, there’s plenty of gay-related selections that we can’t wait to share with our readers.

The list that follows is a non-exhaustive selection of the LGBT champions for 2015. In addition, we also threw in some additional winners that are peppered throughout the Gayborhood (plus several gay-owned businesses). For our full “Best of Philly” list, click here.

Best Gay Night Out: Our Night Out“The smartest, most in-the-know, impeccably dressed queer professionals make these monthly Delaware Valley Legacy Fund events a permanent fixture on their calendars for one reason: the incredible networking. That they’re held at outside-the-circuit locales like FringeArts and Morgan’s Pier makes them all the more appealing.”

Best Gay Bar: Boxers PHL“It’s hard to say exactly what the biggest draw is at this new gay sports bar. The cheap drinks? The pool-table action? The big game on the big screen? Oh, who are we kidding? It’s the shirtless bartenders wearing only the namesake uniform.” Read more »

Bon Appetit Salutes Pizzeria Beddia

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Pizzeria Beddia | Photo by Courtney Apple

Last year, Philadelphia magazine named Pizzeria Beddia Best Pizza in Philly and it’s been onwards and upwards for pizza genius Joe Beddia since then. Today Bon Appetit named Beddia the pizzeria… not best in Philly, not best in Pennsylvania, not even best in the Northeast, but the best in AMERICA.

With this news the lines will only get longer, but we’re willing to wait. Huge congrats to Joe, “the Pizza Saint” for this recognition – the man deserves it – after all, he does hand-make every pie himself.

Pizzeria Beddia [Foobooz]

Write a Love Note, Be Featured in Best of Philly!

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The website Philly Love Notes has a simple mission: to find — and to celebrate — all of the things Philadelphians truly love about the city we live in. (Check out our Q&A with P.L.N. founder Emma Fried-Cassorla in the April issue of the magazine, and her live session on the power of the positive message at last year’s ThinkFest.)

We here at Philly Mag think that this mission aligns perfectly with Best of Philly, our annual August compendium of all of the greatest food, drink, places, people and experiences Philadelphia has to offer. Which is why this year we decided to team up with Philly Love Notes for a fun collaboration. Read more »

Best of Philly Poll: What’s Your Favorite Day Spa in Philly?

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Best of Philly voting season is upon us! In anticipation for our August Best of Philly issue, Philadelphia magazine invites readers to weigh in on a BOP category each month. Then in June, we select the three most popular nominees and again open it to a vote to name the winners. This month, we want to know your favorite, most blissful, oasis-like day spas.

Do they have the plushest bath robes? Give the most pain-free extractions around? Knead out the knots in your neck with no second-day soreness? We want to know.

You can vote once a day, every day, until March 24th. Bonus: After voting, you’ll be entered to win two tickets to the annual Best of Philly party. So show your favorite spa some love. Read more »

Now Online: Philly’s Best Of Wellness and Fitness

Instructor Jessica Sullivan of Body Cycle Studio | Photograph by Adam Jones

Instructor Jessica Sullivan of Body Cycle Studio | Photograph by Adam Jones

August and September are fun ones for us here at Philly Mag. With our Best of Philly issue hitting stands in August and our Be Well Philly print issue coming out in September (more on that in a bit), it’s basically a two-month-long celebration of everything that’s awesome about living in and around Philly.

All of the Best of Philly winners and Best of Be Well Philly winners are now available for your online perusal. Best of Be Well Philly is part of the annual Be Well Philly print issue that just went out to Philly Mag subscribers. You can’t find it on newsstands, but in the next day or two, we’ll have a way for you to subscribe for free online; just give us your info and we’ll be happy to mail you a copy. (By the way, this year’s issue has more than just the Best of Be Well Philly winners. We also have the results of a massive reader poll—yes, we probed your deepest, darkest gym habits—and what we’re calling the Ultimate Philly Fitness Bucket List, featuring 25 things every fitness-obsessed Philadelphian needs to do at least once. So yeah. You’ll want to snag a copy.)

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