Philadelphia Top 25 Restaurants: February 2016

We recently saw four new establishments added to the ranking for Philly’s Top 25 Restaurants. And while there aren’t any newbies on the list this month, Aldine Restaurant, which climbed on just last month, jumps from No. 9 to No. 1 with a Social Score of 178.54, the lowest score the top spot has seen for this city since 2015. While this does not speak negatively to Aldine, it could mean that locals just didn’t show as much love on social for the month of February, the month in which this data is pulled from to show a full-month scope.

Run by George and Jennifer Sabatino, Aldine offers a brief menu of American dishes in the $10-$30 range. Dishes include grilled sweet potato with molasses glaze, fried egg, and crispy quinoa; handmade lumache with local mushrooms, thyme, and olive oil; and stuffed quail with dirty rice, royal trumpets, and pickled grapes. They offer a $35 prix fixe menu on Sunday nights, and also have a brunch menu. 

Jumping back onto the list from months past are four restaurants, and the biggest mover this month is last month’s No. 1, Fond.

Check out the full ranking below!

Charred baby carrots, green goddess dressing, endive, and peanuts at Aldine Restaurant  | Instagram @aldinephilly

Charred baby carrots, green goddess dressing, endive, and peanuts at Aldine Restaurant | Instagram @aldinephilly

Homemade pasta at Le Virtu  | Yelp Alison N.

Homemade pasta at Le Virtu | Yelp Alison N.

Spiced cauliflower at a.kitchen+bar  | Instagram @akitchen_philly

Spiced cauliflower at a.kitchen+bar | Instagram @akitchen_philly

Live diver scallop with candied Buddha's hand, yuzu, and thyme  | Instagram @laurelpx

Live diver scallop with candied Buddha's hand, yuzu, and thyme | Instagram @laurelpx

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 Aldine Restaurant 178.54  
2 a.kitchen+bar  178.39  
3 Le Virtù 177.85  
4 Laurel 177.58  
5 Vernick Food & Drink 177.31  
6 Federal Donuts 177.13  
7 Bibou 177.04  
8 Fond 177.00  
9 NOORD eetcafe 176.52  
10 Will BYOB 176.23  
11 Little Nonna's 175.96  
12 South Restaurant 175.95  
13 Fitler Dining Room 175.44  
14 Vedge 175.13  
15 High Street on Market 174.82  
16 Abe Fisher 174.51  
17 Serpico 174.20  
18 Blackfish 173.89  
19 Sbraga 173.58  
20 Birchrunville 173.27  
21 Pub & Kitchen 172.96  
22 Santucci's 172.65  
23 The Fat Ham 172.34  
24 Talula's Daily 172.03  
25 PHO 75 169.88  

Philadelphia Top 25 Restaurants: December 2015

For the first time ever, Fond climbs to the No. 1 spot on Foodable’s Top 25 Restaurants in Philadelphia list. With a social score this month of 180.11, Fond is a intimate restaurant located on the corner of South 11th Street. Helmed by head chef Lee Styer, pastry chef Jessie Prawlucki, and dining room manager Tory Keomanivong, Fond is known for its contemporary American cuisine and small venue charm.

Also making the Top 5 are Le Virtù, a.kitchen+bar, NOORD eetcafe, and Vernick Food & Drink. Jumping onto the ranking for the first time, we welcome Aldine, South, and V Street, and welcome back Zeppoli and Townsend, both of which jumped back onto the list from months past.

Check out the full ranking below!

Escargot with mango, pineapple, kaffir lime and coconut broth at Fond  | Instagram @fondphilly

Escargot with mango, pineapple, kaffir lime and coconut broth at Fond | Instagram @fondphilly

Spiced cauliflower at a.kitchen+bar  | Instagram @akitchen_philly

Spiced cauliflower at a.kitchen+bar | Instagram @akitchen_philly

Taccozzelle, house-made sausage, porcini, Navelli saffron, and black truffle at Le Virtu  | Instagram @joe_cicala

Taccozzelle, house-made sausage, porcini, Navelli saffron, and black truffle at Le Virtu | Instagram @joe_cicala

Molasses and beer-braised short ribs at NOORD eetcafe  | Instagram @noordphilly

Molasses and beer-braised short ribs at NOORD eetcafe | Instagram @noordphilly

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 Fond 180.11  
2 Le Virtù 179.88  
3 a.kitchen+bar  179.62  
4 NOORD eetcafe 179.56  
5 Vernick Food & Drink 178.68  
6 Brigantessa 178.64  
7 Bibou 178.60  
8 Will BYOB 178.56  
9 Aldine Restaurant 178.54  
10 Girard Brasserie & Bruncherie 178.33  
11 Laurel 178.21  
12 Kensington Quarters 177.54  
13 Federal Donuts 177.36  
14 South Restaurant 175.95  
15 Fitler Dining Room 174.56  
16 V Street 174.35  
17 Vedge 173.57  
18 Zeppoli 173.55  
19 Abe Fisher 173.11  
20 Townsend 172.16  
21 Little Nonna's 172.07  
22 High Street on Market 171.55  
23 Serpico 170.51  
24 2nd Story Brewing Co. 170.12  
25 Blackfish 170.12