Philadelphia’s 50 Best Restaurants and the Pope


Amada, one of the 50 Best doing something special for the Pope | Photo by Nina Cazille

It’s almost that time. With Pope Francis on his way, Philadelphia’s preparations have been a bit hectic to say the least. If you’re wondering where to eat during this weekend of Pope madness – fear not – we checked in with Philadelphia magazine’s 50 Best Restaurants to see who’s open and ready to feed the masses.

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Papal Food and Drink Specials to Get You Started


It’s beginning to look a lot like Pope-a-palooza.

The fencing off of Center City has begun. Port-a-potties line the streets. We may not know exactly what to expect when Pope Francis comes to town, but it is clear that we will not go hungry or thirsty. The city has co-opted our #OpenInPHL hashtag and made it an official part of figuring out what is open for business in Philadelphia during the Papal visit. The hashtag will be the dynamic way of finding out what is indeed open for business during the Pope’s visit.

But here are some of the best Papal related food and drink offerings happenings that we’ve spotted in and around Center City Philadelphia.

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#OpeninPHL: Where to Do Hot Yoga in Philly Today

Bikram Yoga Philadelphia | Photo via Facebook

Bikram Yoga Philadelphia | Photo via Facebook

You know what’s even better than hot cocoa on a snow day? Hot yoga. It warms you up and, at the end of the day, makes you feel like you did something other than sit on your couch watching Criminal Minds and drinking Swiss Miss for 12 hours straight. Plus, it only takes 90-minutes max — so you actually can sit around watching Criminal Minds while drinking Swiss Miss for the rest of your day. Now, that’s what I call a win-win.

A lot of yoga studios have taken a snow day today (we don’t blame them), but a few are keeping their doors open. Below, four hot yoga classes to trek to in Philly this afternoon. Read more »

Here’s What’s #OpenInPHL

We coined the #OpenInPHL hashtag back when Hurricane Irene was drenching us in 2011. We thought it would be an interesting social media experiment and useful tool for people looking to splash their way to a local bar.

Today, businesses take to the hashtag without prompting, telling everyone when and where they can go to avoid cabin fever.

And as the big snow storm closes in, here’s what’s #OpenInPHL.

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Doobies Is #OpenInPHL and Offering a Kind Gesture

patti-doobies-400Yes, we have fun with the #OpenInPHL hashtag on holidays, during storms and such. But Patti Brett from Doobies reminds us that an open bar can also be a welcome respite from being alone.

Brett posted the below message on the bar’s Facebook page:

The holidays are difficult enough without the stress of not having anyone to share them with. Please anyone that is alone on Thanksgiving come by Doobies. You don’t have to purchase anything, if you just want somewhere to go and spend some time with some people I’m offering our spot. No one should have to be alone on a holiday. We open at 4pm.

Another good reason to be thankful for Doobies today? The bar narrowly avoided being the victim of an accident involving a Philadelphia cab yesterday.

Doobies Bar [Facebook]

What Is #OpenInPHL

Foobooz-SnowingThe power outages are racking up, colleges have closed and many offices aren’t open today. But there are some businesses, defiantly swinging open their doors and welcoming the cabin fever suffering masses in for caffeine, fried chicken and of course booze.

Here’s what’s #OpenInPHL. If you’re a business owner, announce that you’re open on Twitter with the hashtag, #OpenInPHL.

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Stuck at 30th Street? JG Domestic Offers Respite


If you haven’t given up on AMTRAK or SEPTA regional rail after today’s ice storm and find yourself stranded at 30th Street Station and considering your second chalupa of the day, we’ve got a better suggestion.

JG Domestic is kicking off happy hour early today, starting at 3 p.m. Jose Garces’ restaurant attached to 30th Street Station will be offering smoked chicken wings (Apricot Chile Glaze, Whipped Rogue Creamery Smokey Blue) paired with a Sly Fox Helles for $10 or consider the JG Reuben (House corned beef, Swiss cheese, beer mustard, Sauerkraut).

JG Domestic [Foobooz]

Another Snowstorm, Here’s What’s #OpenInPHL


The snow can look beautiful but we’re sure most of you are getting tired of all this white stuff. It might even drive one to drink. Luckily many local bars and restaurants are open and serving. Even if they aren’t getting their beer delivery today.

Here’s what’s #OpenInPHL. If you’re a business owner, announce that you’re open with the hashtag, #OpenInPHL.

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