Philly’s Favorites 2012

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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!


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.

Favorite Bagels


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.

Favorite Bakery


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

Favorite Cheesesteak


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


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


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.

Favorite Deli


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

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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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