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  

Philadelphia Top 25 Restaurants: October 2015

Four of last month’s restaurants fall off the Top 25 ranking for Philly this month, and four new ones take their place. NOORD eetcafe, last month’s No. 1, takes a tumble but still remains in the Top 5. Meanwhile, a newbie to the list — Brigantessa, a Southern Italian pizzeria — steals No. 2 with an exceptionally high score for a first-timer. 

Also new to the list this month, we welcome Girard, Kensington Quarters, and 2nd Story Brewing Company. Which Philly restaurant made No. 1? Who fell off this month’s list?

Check out the full rankings below!

Scallops with roasted cauliflower, pickled cabbage, and aji dulce at a.kitchen+bar  | Instagram, @akitchen_philly  

Scallops with roasted cauliflower, pickled cabbage, and aji dulce at a.kitchen+bar | Instagram, @akitchen_philly
 

Taccozzelle, housemade sausage, porcini, Navelli saffron, black truffle at Le Virtù  | Instagram, @joe_cicala

Taccozzelle, housemade sausage, porcini, Navelli saffron, black truffle at Le Virtù | Instagram, @joe_cicala

Pizza at Brigantessa (yellow tomatoes, pork ragu, buffalo mozzarella, roasted red peppers, basil, lemon, Calabrian chili oil)  | Instagram, @brigantessaphila

Pizza at Brigantessa (yellow tomatoes, pork ragu, buffalo mozzarella, roasted red peppers, basil, lemon, Calabrian chili oil) | Instagram, @brigantessaphila

Matzo Brei with smoked salmon at NOORD eetcafe  | Instagram, @noordphilly

Matzo Brei with smoked salmon at NOORD eetcafe | Instagram, @noordphilly

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 a.kitchen+bar  180.95  
2 Brigantessa 180.19  
3 Le Virtù 179.88  
4 NOORD eetcafe 179.56  
5 Vernick Food & Drink 178.68  
6 Bibou 178.64  
7 Girard 178.33  
8 Laurel 178.21  
9 Kensington Quarters 177.54  
10 Federal Donuts 177.36  
11 2nd Story Brewing Co. 175.43  
12 Vedge 173.57  
13 Abe Fisher 173.11  
14 Fond 172.59  
15 Little Nonna's 172.07  
16 High Street on Market 171.55  
17 Fitler Dining Room 171.45  
18 Serpico 170.51  
19 Blackfish 169.99  
20 Will BYOB 169.37  
21 Pub & Kitchen 167.45  
22 Sbraga 167.29  
23 Santucci's 167.11  
24 Talula's Daily 166.77  
25 PHO 75 166.43  

Philadelphia Top 25 Restaurants: August 2015

This month, NOORD eetcafe makes its No. 1 spot debut with an impressive Social Score of 181.28, a.kitchen+bar climbs into the Top 5 at No. 2 (up from No. 10), and Vernick Food & Drink moves back up on the list, to No. 3.

NOORD is a BYOB restaurant serving Dutch cuisine (brunch and dinner) on Tasker Street. Dinner menu items include Amsterdam-style Mussels (beer-steamed, garlic, fennel, star anise, dried basil, house potatoes) and Konijn in het Zuur (rabbit leg confit, smoked sausage, lardons, baby turnips, zuurkool). The brunch menu includes a 12-hour braised brisket hash and takes on a variety of eggs-and-sides dishes. Plus, deep-fried french toast.

Last month’s frontrunner, Laurel, moves down a few spots to No. 4. Big movers for August include Abe Fisher and Will BYOB, and we welcome back three restaurants to the list: Talula’s Daily, PHO 75, and Barbuzzo. 

Check out the full ranking list below!

Clams and zuurkool   at NOORD  | Yelp, Elva L.

Clams and zuurkool at NOORD | Yelp, Elva L.

Artic char at Vernick Food & Drink  | Yelp, Meredith B.

Artic char at Vernick Food & Drink | Yelp, Meredith B.

Grilled octopus at a.kitchen+bar  | Yelp, Flora W.

Grilled octopus at a.kitchen+bar | Yelp, Flora W.

Truffle crusted wagyu beef, braised cheek, broccoli, black barley, garlic chips at Laurel  | Yelp, Sari A.

Truffle crusted wagyu beef, braised cheek, broccoli, black barley, garlic chips at Laurel | Yelp, Sari A.

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 NOORD eetcafe 181.28  
2 a.kitchen+bar  180.44  
3 Vernick Food & Drink 179.17  
4 Laurel 179.12  
5 Le Virtù 177.55  
6 Federal Donuts 177.38  
7 Bibou 176.74  
8 Abe Fisher 175.93  
9 Fond 175.33  
10 Little Nonna's 175.12  
11 High Street on Market 174.31  
12 Vedge 173.09  
13 Serpico 171.07  
14 Blackfish 170.26  
15 Fitler Dining Room 170.09  
16 Will BYOB 170.02  
17 Sbraga 169.64  
18 Birchrunville Store Cafe 169.24  
19 THE FAT HAM 169.02  
20 Avance 168.79  
21 Pub & Kitchen 168.57  
22 Santucci's 168.34  
23 Talula's Daily 167.89  
24 PHO 75 167.67  
25 Barbuzzo 167.59  

Philadelphia Top 25 Restaurants: April 2015

Hello, Philly! The Top 25s are back with more good eats to send your way. No new restaurants entered the chart this time around. With how fiercely competitive this food fight is, it's always a challenge for a rookie to try to make its way into the ranks, but one restaurant did make a surprising return since its last appearance in December. As a whole, the same restaurants have been shifting up and down, taking turns for the top spots.

Without further ado, congratulations to Vernick Food & Drink, the champion of the Philadelphia April 2015 Top 25! Its current score of 178.14 means it jumped a little more than five points since last month's countdown. Laurel followed closely behind at No. 2 with a score of 177.55. Unfortunately, last month's No. 1, High Street on Market, had to hand over the crown and now sits comfortably at lucky No. 7 with a score of 176.09.

Let's welcome back The Fat Ham! Its clever homage to Southern cooking with a unique, well-thought twist was missed since it last strutted its stuff in the December 2014 Top 25. It ranked at No. 19 with a score of 167.11.

Well, don't take our word for it -- check out the full list below and start planning your food crawl around town!

GRILLED OCTOPUS AT VERNICK FOOD & DRINK  | YELP, MICHELLE L.

GRILLED OCTOPUS AT VERNICK FOOD & DRINK | YELP, MICHELLE L.

BURATTA PUGLIESE AT LE VIRTU  | YELP, JOHN R.

BURATTA PUGLIESE AT LE VIRTU | YELP, JOHN R.

NIMAN RANCH BEEF AT LAUREL  | YELP, JOHN K.

NIMAN RANCH BEEF AT LAUREL | YELP, JOHN K.

PIED DE PORC AT BIBOU  | YELP, LORI L. 

PIED DE PORC AT BIBOU | YELP, LORI L. 

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 Vernick Food & Drink  178.14  
2 Laurel  177.55  
3 Le Virtù  177.14  
4 Bibou  176.94  
5 NOORD eetcafe  176.84  
6 Little Nonna's  176.41  
7 High Street on Market  176.09  
8 Vedge  175.88  
9 Fond  175.73  
10 Kanella  175.35  
11 Serpico  174.82  
12 Blackfish  173.23  
13 a.kitchen+bar  173.19  
14 Fitler Dining Room  172.70  
15 Will BYOB  171.64  
16 Sbraga  171.11  
17 Birchrunville Store Cafe  170.94  
18 Federal Donuts  170.94  
19 The Fat Ham  167.11  
20 Avance  165.19  
21 Pub & Kitchen  164.35  
22 Santucci's  163.93  
23 Abe Fisher  163.51  
24 Talula's Daily  163.34  
25 Pho 75  163.09