The 50 Best Restaurants in Philadelphia: Summer 2018

New this season: Philly’s best new restaurant, and a very, very good reason to cross the Delaware.

Suraya | Photo by Michael Persico

It’s officially summertime in Philadelphia, which is, without a doubt, the absolute best time of year to eat out in the city.

We’re in produce heaven. Squash blossoms, cucumber saladscorn stuffed inside pasta, blueberries in pies, and soon enough, big, ugly, heirloom tomatoes that chefs all over this city will surely lose their minds over. Right now, they’re just as excited about cooking this stuff as we are about eating it, and that kind of balance in the restaurant universe only comes once a year: Now.

But more importantly, Philly is a city by the shore, so when the weather’s nice, Philly turns into something of a ghost town — which is great for us diners, because we get the restaurants all to ourselves. Been meaning to check out what’s new at Laurel, or Vernick, or Zahav, or Friday Saturday Sunday, but couldn’t get a weekend res? Here’s your opportunity.

Oh, and we’ve got a few adds, too. A few shake-ups.

A stellar review and a couple of exemplary dining experiences (morning to night) pushed Suraya right into the Top 10. It is a must-go. And you better do it before some national magazine throws it some coverage. Also: Hearthside, Dominic Piperno’s New American BYOB in Collingswood is right up there with Zeppoli as a very convincing reason why Philadelphians should be crossing the Ben Franklin Bridge to eat. Take the PATCO — it’s less than a five minute walk from the stop to the restaurant. You won’t be sorry. Promise.

Happy eating, everyone. It’s going to be a great summer.

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