Philly’s Best Pies

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I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions. But if I did, I would only go for the selfish ones. Travel more, see more, take more time to relax–that kind of thing. And also, the gluttonous ones. Eat more tacos. Drink more fine whiskey. Spend more time at the bar and less time at the desk. I once drove all the way across the country looking for a great fish taco and, at the time, this seemed like a perfectly reasonable thing to do. I regularly crossed state lines for the world’s best green chile cheesesburger when I lived in Colorado (because said cheeseburger is found at the Owl Bar in San Antonio, New Mexico). And maybe this year I’ll get back to doing more of that, too. Maybe 2017 is going to be the year of ridiculous things.

But in the meantime, I’m just going to try to eat more pie. Why? Because pie is awesome. Because pie > cake in every respect. And because I’m not generally a dessert kind of guy (especially when eating out for work), and I feel like that is just stupid because when you have an expense account like I do, that essentially means that someone else is buying the pie for you–and anyone who turns down free pie is just a damn fool.

So I’m going to eat more pie. Sweet and savory both. And here are some of the places I intend to do it.

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Field Guide: Where to Find the Best Fried Chicken in Philadelphia

Fried Chicken from Fat Ham Philadelphia

Fried chicken from Fat Ham | Photograph by Vanessa Beahn

While Philly isn’t a traditional bastion of poultry excellence, its fried chicken game has gotten strong. Today’s restaurants have innovated, resurrected classic styles, and even won awards for dunking birds. So check out these joints (some new, some old) next time you feel like getting a little fried chicken in you. We give you: the best fried chicken in Philadelphia.

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Foobooz Six Pack: Philly’s Best Pie

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Double Crust Apple Pie à la mode from Jones

Philadelphia is a quintessentially American city. We have the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the Betsy Ross House. Even more important, we have some of the best pies in the country — and there is nothing more American than pie. Here are six of the best places in Philly to get a slice.

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BEST OF THE GAYBORHOOD AND BEYOND: Restaurants

Marie Turney and Valerie Safran's enchanting Little Nonna's gets our prize for Best New Gayborhood Restaurant.

A table spread at Marie Turney and Valerie Safran’s enchanting Little Nonna’s, which gets our prize for Best New Gayborhood Restaurant. Photo courtesy of Jason Varney.

GAYBORHOOD RESTAURANT: Amis
You don’t have to spend the mortgage at Marc Vetri’s eponymous townhouse to get that delicious Vetri Italian cooking. This exposed-brick, slightly industrial-feeling space has food that will simply knock your socks off, including our fave, the addictive tonnarelli. Sit at the counter, sip some very good wine, and watch the masters do their thing. 412 S. 13th St., 215-732-2647, amisphilly.com.

NEW GAYBORHOOD RESTAURANT: Little Nonna’s
Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran’s latest is a step back in time to the cozy kitchen of some little Italian granny—one who wants to put some meat on those bones. Loosen your belt and dive head first into the homemade meatballs sopped in “Sunday gravy” and a plate of the fluffiest gnocchi this side of Trastevere. 1234 Locust St., 215-546-2100, littlenonnas.com

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Starr-Maddox BBQ Challenge

This year’s Stephen Starr-Garry Maddox BBQ Challenge returns to Citizens Bank Park on Saturday August 11th. For the eleventh year Philly’s biggest restaurateur and Phillies legend, Garry Maddox team up for the ultimate grill-off. Restaurant teams from Starr’s line up and other local venues will compete against each other, and in the pit master division BBQ enthusiasts will face off, all for bragging rights to the best barbecue. This day of friendly competition ends in the winner-takes-all Garry’s Rib Challenge, where the prize is tickets to the 2012 World Series.

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Tonight: Back to School Deals

This month Starr Restaurants Group is offering several back to school deals for college students. Tonight from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m at Frankford Hall it is $5 half-liters of beer and food specials. You also get a free SEPTA token when you present your student ID.

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Happy 4/20, You Stoners: A 12-Course Dream Menu to Pair With Your Weed

Happy Weed Day, everyone!

Yes, today is April 20th and as every college student, Phish fan, trust-fund hippie, glaucoma patient and resident of Boulder, Colorado knows, April 20th is a very special day on the calendar. It’s a day for celebrating the joys of nature’s bounty, a kind of harvest festival for the dreadlocked and tie-dyed. It’s a holiday most commonly observed by getting totally weird on the pot and pretending like your public consumption of said hippie lettuce has a political bent by wearing t-shirts demanding the immediate legalization of the thing you’re openly smoking in the middle of a public park on a Wednesday afternoon.

As reported by Grub Street earlier this afternoon, Domino’s apparently knows full well what 4/20 means and has released a one-day-only Groupon which will get peckish weed enthusiasts still capable of operating a phone a 10-topping pizza for just $8. And while that’s all well and good (we can’t imagine anyone but a gang of very stoned liberal arts majors and drum circle attendees even considering a 10-topping pizza–or eating anything from Domino’s, period), we here at Foobooz HQ put our heads together and decided that, as a service to some of our more gastronomically picky (but still super-stoned) readers, we’d come up with a list of some of the best ways for the discriminating stoner to take the edge off his or her munchies this evening.

List after the jump. You’re welcome in advance.

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Jonesing After Work

Hungry for some after work bites? Jones is rolling out a new bar menu today featuring small bites like pigs in a blanket, pretzel bites and Swedish meatballs. The menu is offered Monday through Friday between 4 and 7pm. The menu tops out at $8.

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