Roundup: Top Accolades Continue To Pour In For Philadelphia’s Food and Drink Scene

Ultimo Coffee is just one of the Philadelphia restaurants to receive awesome national accolades. (Photo by R. Kennedy for GPTMC)

It’s no secret to us that Philadelphia’s food scene is bigger and better than ever. No matter what you’re looking for, a restaurant (or multiple restaurants) in any of our neighborhoods will be able to satisfy your craving for superlative fare.

Some of our favorite Philly chefs and restaurants have been receiving major press from local and national news sources. Anthony Bourdain’s recent visit to Philadelphia and the airing of the Philadelphia episode of The Layover put the national spotlight on some of our favorite places and people. More recently, the James Beard Foundation announced its awards nominees which include Philadelphia-area finalists Brad Spence of Amis, Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head Brewery and Vetri restaurant. Plus, Food & Wine magazine just named East Passyunk Avenue as one of the best foodie streets in America!

From pizza spots to fine-dining establishments, Philly restaurants have been raking in major awards.

Check out our roundup of major food accolades for some of our favorite Philly restaurants, below:

Ultimo Coffee: Just last week, The Daily Meal named easygoing coffee shop Ultimo Coffee as the best in the country on its roundup of America’s best coffee shops thanks to the chill atmosphere and friendly attitude that abounds at both the Newbold and Graduate Hospital locales.

Vedge: GQ Magazine ranked Center City’s acclaimed vegan restaurant, Vedge number 3 on their recent list of the 12 most outstanding restaurants of 2013. The restaurant is changing opinions of what a folks believe a vegan restaurant is and is sticking out in a world of meat and fish.

Opa: Midtown Village’s Opa snagged a spot in Details magazine’s March 2013 issue. The blurb highlighted the feta-filled Bifteki Burger, and Opa’s Drury Beer Garden. The beer garden is located directly behind the restaurant and serves as their outdoor gyro and craft beer spot.

Osteria: Chef Marc Vetri’s Osteria landed a spot on Relish.com’s list of America’s 10 Best Pizza Restaurants. Osteria came in at number 2. Their standby, the polpo pizza which includes octopus, smoked mozzarella, tomato and red chili flakes was featured in the write up.

Barclay Prime: Stephen Starr’s steakhouse, Barclay Prime, secured a spot on Travel and Leisure’s list of the best steakhouses in the U.S. The article, which was published this month, highlighted the restaurant’s famed steak dishes and modern martinis. The article focused in on Barclay’s version of the Philly cheesesteak – featuring Wagyu rib eye, truffled fontina, mushrooms, onions and pickled hot peppers on a sesame-seed Italian loaf. Yum.

Gennaro’s Tomato Pies and Pizza Brain: Two of Philadelphia’s pizza restaurants snagged two spots on Eater’s February list of 21 Hottest Pizzerias Across America Right Now. The pair came in at 19 and 20. Gennaro’s Tomato Pies 1940’s-inspired dining room was highlighted along with its namesake; classic tomato pies. Pizza Brain’s kitschy pizza museum was highlighted.

Han Dynasty and Yangming: Both Han Dynasty and Bryn Mawr’s Yangming secured spots on Travel and Leisure’s online list of the Best Chinese Restaurants in the U.S. Neither restaurant are strangers to awards – between the two, they boast awards from Gourmet magazine, Main Line Today, Philadelphia magazine, and the one and only, Anthony Bourdain. Han Dynasty’s $20 tasting menu was recommended to readers and came in at number 13, and Yangming came in immediately after at number 14 – the spot’s veal ravioli with jalapeños was highlighted.

Bistro Romano: Travel and Leisure recently published an online list of America’s Most Romantic Restaurants, and included the Society Hill spot, Bistro Romano, at number 30. The restaurant’s historical ambience was highlighted along with its candle-lit wooden booths and cozy brick walls.

Han Dynasty and Vedge: Both restaurant’s are featured twice on our food accolades roundup, congrats Vedge and Han Dynasty! The pair were featured on Zagat’s 14 Restaurants With Cult Followings in 7 Cities list. Han Dynasty came in at number 3, and Vedge followed suit at number 4.

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