Philly’s Favorites 2012

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Why: For the people-watching. Yes, the food is excellent—beef bourguignon, baguettes, escargot—and the champagne equally so, but we love Parc most for the way it allows us to partake in conspicuous consumption while conspicuously comparing everyone else’s hair and shoes.

Honorable mention : Bibou.

Favorite Indian Restaurant

Why: When it comes to Indian, the timeless Fishtown debate of “Ekta or Tiffin?” rings down through the years. In 2012, Tiffin’s hip little sister Tashan steps up; whether you lean toward Ekta’s Goan shrimp curry or Tashan’s goat cheese naan, you win.

Honorable mention : Tiffin.

Favorite Italian Restaurant

Why: Spasso is damn classy and that’s all there is to it; the ravioli quatro formaggio is about as good as they come. Modo Mio is gorgeous and its portions are bountiful; lasagna bolognese and swordfish are musts.

Honorable mention : Le Virtu.

Favorite Mexican Restaurant


Why : Guacamole, and lots of it: “Indian Red” with spicy crab and cilantro; “Tito Santana” with mango and papaya; “Bazooka” with goat cheese and pistachio; “Cesar Chavez” with basil, Oaxaca cheese and pasilla-balsamic sauce.

Honorable mention : Tequilas.

Favorite Pizza


Why: Amid a list with lots of longtime favorites, it’s awesome to see Philly’s newest pizza destination shooting to No. 1 with a bullet. Pizza Brain serves amazing artisan pies alongside a literal museum of pizza memorabilia; look around, eat, and look some more.

Honorable mentions: Pizzeria Stella, Rustica, Santucci’s, Fairmount Pizza, Slice.

Favorite Thai Restaurant


Why: Pineapple yellow curry, sauteed wild boar, lemongrass-marinated rack of lamb, fried white dragon, the irresistibly named “fantasy duck,” and the best mango sticky rice (with coconut cream) you’ll find around these parts.

Honorable mention: Circles.

Favorite Vegetarian Restaurant


Why: Only open a year now, Vedge has already made a name for itself both in town and out as a top-notch foodie mecca—its dishes locally sourced, meat-free and lovingly prepared. Autumn squash pierogies for the win.

Favorite Vietnamese Restaurant


Why: Le Viet cares about giving its customers a memorable dining experience—from the modernist aesthetic to the stunning array of two dozen unique stir fries. An arbitrary delicious choice: Mâng Tây Xào Bò, beef with asparagus, bamboo, and onions.

Favorite Wine Bar


Why: Bright and cheery environs, bries and goat cheeses till you can’t take any more, and an amazing wine list that spans American reds like Siduri’s cherry-inflected pinot noir as well as exotic dessert wines like the honey-nut treat of a Portuguese Malmsey.

Honorable mentions: Panorama, Vintage.


Favorite Barbershop


Why : Cool cuts for cool-lookin’ dudes. Like any good barbershop, it ain’t complicated.

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1. J.H. said... on Nov 28, 2012 at 05:09PM

“John Bolaris OVER Melissa Magee? What are you smoking? M.M. is the best (and hottest) meteorologist in this city.”

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2. Anonymous said... on Nov 29, 2012 at 01:27AM

“Eric Smith is the creepiest looking mofo in this city.”

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3. Anonymous said... on Dec 4, 2012 at 08:48AM

“XPN has lost the magic they once held. They have not met their fundraising goals in 4 years. Listeners are leaving everyday as they have not made the change to embrace to youth of Philadelphia and the oldsters that gave XPN its name are looking for funeral homes more than musical ones”


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