Philadelphia's Most Buzzed-About Dining
by christina pellegrini
Magpie’s Pie Fries, made of pie crust and served with sweet dips.
The New York burger chain finally made its long-awaited debut in Philadelphia this summer. Juicy burgers and creamy shakes are the specialties here, and Philly-themed “Concrete” blended treats incorporate local ingredients like Termini Bros. cannoli shells, La Colombe coffee beans, and soft pretzels. 2000 Sansom St., 215-809-1742
Holly Ricciardi’s career has taken her from ad executive to boutique bakery owner, serving slices and whole pies in savory and sweet varieties, including blueberry cardamom polenta and spinach dill feta. Also on the menu are Pie Fries, crispy piecrust strips served with dips like strawberry rhubarb compote and inspired by a childhood treat that her mother once made. 1622 South St., 267-519-2904
A tribute to the restaurant industry, this new South Philly restaurant and bar serves dinner and brunch to foodie patrons in the neighborhood. The cocktail menu contains several odes to the region—the Pennsport Fizz contains rum, egg whites, Willowglen tawny port, and lemon juice, while the Mummer’s Punch is a rum concoction with fruity notes that can be ordered for four or six guests. 1401 E. Moyamensing Ave., 215-271-9500
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This Chinatown bar has been shrouded in mystery for some time, but its recent opening revealed owner Lêe’s high-quality liquor selection and a cocktail menu that offers beverages made from freshly squeezed juices for both simple and complex palates. The eclectic décor—like the bar covered with thousands of nickels—is an instant conversation starter. 1029 Race St.
Salads, stir-fries, and smoothies bulk up the menu developed with consultant and local chef Shola Olunloyo, in this first in a series of healthy fast food restaurants with a seasonal focus. The spot’s sleek interior features high-tech touch-screen ordering kiosks that remember repeat customers and their favorite combinations. 1601 Sansom St., 215-279-7724
An outdoor beer garden with a picture-perfect view of the Delaware River and the Ben Franklin Bridge, Morgan’s Pier has made a splash with tasty bar food and plenty of domestic craft beers. DJs make the weekly rotation, and Little Baby’s Ice Cream Tricycle is stationed on-site most of the week to scoop its artisan flavors. 221 N. Columbus Blvd., 215-279-7134
It’s hard to miss the large brick oven in the back of the Old City bar and restaurant, and the pizzas that come out are just as noteworthy. The fried-egg-topped truffle pizza, loaded with taleggio cheese, mushrooms, and truffle essence, makes this spot stand out among the pizza slingers in the neighborhood. 239–41 Chestnut St., 215-238-9983
La Petite Dauphine
Inspired by Paris’s famed cafés in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés arrondissement, the luxurious space at the chic new Rittenhouse café serves food and coffee for leisurely dining and socializing. French reading materials are available to expand your cultural horizons, and dinners conducted entirely in French are promised to be in the works. 2029 Walnut St., 267-324-5244
Nestled inside the newly renovated boutique Latham Hotel in Rittenhouse Square, the wine bar and restaurant has great views of busy Walnut Street. The wine list here is fun and approachable, and the restaurant offers breakfast and all-day dining options so that guests can sit down and order from the Italian-inspired menu whenever they wish. 135 S. 17th St., 215-825-3583
photography by william brinson