This fall, PW asked readers to tell us what you love most around town. And sound off you did—about what wine and pizza you prefer, where you go for culture and entertainment, whose grinning mug you love seeing on the TV, and plenty more. So after tallying close to 1,000 nominations, we hereby present without further ado your most popularly beloved people, places and stuff!
[ FOOD + DRINK ]
Favorite American Restaurant
Village Whiskey, Pub & Kitchen (tie)
Why: Village Whiskey is often cited as home to the most satisfying burgers in Philadelphia; Pub & Kitchen rarely fails to please with the likes of stuffed rainbow trout and spiced duck breast—best enjoyed while sipping a Pimm’s Cup.
Why: Who would have thought we East Coasters would pick Montreal-style bagels—sweet, dense and dappled—as our favorite over any of the more familiar New York-style options? It’s testimony to Spread’s alluring menu of fresh, creamy condiments and hole-y sandwiches.
Why: Cannoli so perfect as to be worth the indulgence; signature cookie tins that bring together chocolates, macaroons, candied almonds and more; and a nine-decade family history that promises all the goodies come with a personal touch.
Favorite Beer Bar
Why: A wide range of tasty drafts from regional brewers—Dogfish Head, Philadelphia Brewing, Stoudts and Weyerbacher, to name but a few—plus a constant slate of fun events such as an all-Morrissey karaoke night.
Honorable mentions: Monk’s, the P.O.P.E., Nodding Head, Devil’s Den
Why: South Street may be as much a tourist destination as legendary South Philly steakmongers Pat’s and Geno’s are—yet, somehow, Jim’s holds more local cred. You’ll stand in line, but it’ll be worth it.
Honorable mention: Tony Luke’s.
Favorite Chinese Restaurant
SANG KEE PEKING DUCK HOUSE
Why: You do not go for the ambience. You do go for the food: savory, low-priced noodle soups; short ribs in black pepper sauce; and of course the quasi-eponymous roast duck, preferably with garlic plum sauce.
Honorable mention : Han Dynasty.
Favorite Cocktail Bar
THE FRANKLIN MORTGAGE
AND INVESTMENT CO.
Why : The door at 112 S. 18th St. isn’t particularly flashy, and that’s part of the reason we enjoy walking through it: to sip over-the-top cocktails like Franklin’s “When the Kite String Pops” (Black Grouse Scotch, Dios Baco Amontillado Sherry, Batavia Arrack, etc.) in an understated room.
Honorable mention : Continental.
Why: Hoagies hoagies hoagies. (Hoagies.) American Italian? Check. Old-fashioned Italian, with prosciutto? Check. The Garlic Lover’s special, all roasted garlic, provolone and tomato? Why not? A healthy turkey-and-spinach option named for Uncle Louie? Done.
Favorite French Restaurant
PW's Fall Guide 2014