The Democratic National Convention is coming to Philadelphia July 25-28, and lucky for you Philadelphia is one of the best cities in the world when it comes to food! The foodie haven is home to some of the best restaurants in the country and its diverse atmosphere provides something for everyone. Don’t believe me? Here’s proof…


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Because you can’t come to Philly without trying our namesake cheesesteak…

Pat’s King Of Steaks & Geno’s

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1237 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA

These famous cheesesteak institutions know the importance of a little friendly competition. Located right across the street from one another, they are both favorites to locals and celebrities alike. They are open 24/7 so anytime is a good time to stop by and enjoy a Philly favorite.


Because nothing says variety like a food market…

Reading Terminal Market

The Reading Terminal Market. (File photo by KYW’s Jay Lloyd)

51 North 12th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

If you love food and consider yourself a foodie, this is the place to be. The market offers ‘Taste of Philadelphia Market Tours’ and has everything from homemade condiments to artisan cheeses and desserts. Reading Terminal Market is America’s oldest farmer’s market.


Italian Market

Change is coming to South Philadelphia’s Italian Market. (Credit: John Ostapkovich)

S 9th Street and Washington Avenue
Philadelphia, PA

The Italian Market is the perfect place for foodies who crave variety. Stretching along 10 or more blocks in South Philadelphia, the market has dozens of vendors and classic Philadelphia eateries. From butcher shops, to fresh vegetable vendors, there’s literally something for everyone. The market is one of the oldest and largest open-air markets in the country.


If you’re in the mood for a pie…

Tacconelli’s Pizzeria

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2604 E Somerset St
Philadelphia, PA

Practically everyone likes pizza. And while Philly has a plethora of pizzerias to choose from, one Philly pizza shop is so popular that the owners suggest you call ahead to reserve your dough! Tacconelli’s Pizzeria is definitely worth the wait. Made in a brick oven, the steaming hot pizzas are topped with lots of red sauce and a crunchy crust to die for. CBS3’s Vittoria Woodill stopped by the Philly based store on ‘Taste with Tori.’ If you need any more convincing, click here.


Pizzeria Vetri

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(credit: CBS 3)

1939 Callowhill Street
Philadelphia, PA

Pizzeria Vetri is perfect for those who rather not reserve their dough. This pizzeria is the namesake of famed Philadelphia chef Marc Vetri and features Neopolitan-style, wood-fired pizza. With another location in Rittenhouse Square, DNC diners have no excuse, and plus they deliver.

If your stomach’s grumbling for Italian…


(Credit: Vetri Ristorante)

1312 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA

Time Out America named Vetri the best Italian restaurant in the country, not the city, but the country. The website describes meals at the Washington Square West restaurant as “once-in-a-lifetime.” Vetri’s menu changes seasonally, featuring both classic and contemporary Italian dishes. Chef Vetri hand-selects local ingredients to amplify the menu’s offerings. Not to mention the restaurant also has an award-winning wine cellar.

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Some Mexican to ease your munchies…

El Vez

121 S. 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA

El Vez is a very popular restaurant in its own right, whether it is Mexican you are seeking or not. The restaurant is most known for their fish tacos made from Mahi Mahi or Sea Bass. This is a great spot for vegans and vegetarians due to of the many options. Their Sangria Blanca, which is mixed with white wine, orange liqueur, seasonal fruit and is sweetened with agave nectar is worth a try. This is also a location which has outdoor seating which will be perfect come June.


If you’re longing for Chinese…

David’s Mai Lai Wah

Chinese food file photo (Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

1001 Race Street
Philadelphia, PA

If you’re looking for fine-dining this isn’t exactly the place. But, if your looking for a late night bite that’s budget-friendly, with tasty options than this may be the place for you. David Mai Lai Wah is a well-known spot for those who don’t mind eating after midnight. While the experience is no-frills, the salt and pepper wings, roast pork noodle bowls and walnut shrimp provide tasty sustenance.


If your appetite is asking for Japanese…


(credit: Morimoto)

723 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA

If the name sounds familiar, that’s probably because it is. Morimoto is the restaurant of famed Food Network Iron Chef Morimoto. The restaurant was named one of the “Best Restaurants in America” by Gourmet Magazine. It features a sleek interior and lavishly prepared sushi, along with other popular selections. If you get a chance to stop by, the restaurant offers a cosmopolitan made with sake that’s out of this world.


If you’re looking for some Middle Eastern flavor…


Michael Solmonov and Steven Cook strike gold again with Philadelphia’s finest modern Israeli restaurant. (Credit:

237 St. James Place
Philadelphia, PA

There’s something for everyone. Zahav, which means gold in Hebrew, is a family-friendly restaurant that offers authentic Middle Eastern selections. The menu draws inspiration from the many cultures that have left influenced Jerusalem over the years. A little bit of Morocco, Turkey, Yemen, and Egypt can be seen in many of the dishes prepared. Never had Middle Eastern? Well there options include kebabs, and lamb along with a variety of other delectable dishes.


And last but not least, if you’re vegetarian or vegan we’ve got something for you also…

Hip City Veg

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127 S 18th St
Philadelphia, PA

At this Center City hotspot not only is everything on the menu frighteningly delish (try the Groothie with the Curry Tofu Wrap and a frozen Banana Whip for dessert) but the faux-meat might have you second-guessing yourself; it’s that believable. Oh, and they deliver with no minimum–on bicycles!


Because you gotta have dessert…

Brown Betty Dessert Boutique

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722 North 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA

Do you remember the cakes and cookies your grandmother made from scratch? Well this is something like that. It’s not just an ordinary bakery. The cakes come with a slice of life and love. On Taste With Tori CBS3’s Vittoria Woodill stopped by and showed us why these desserts are worth the calories. From a chocolate sour cream cake, to a pineapple rum pound cake, believe us when we say it’s the perfect after dinner treat.


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Bon Appetit!