Food & Drink

The 12 best French fries in Philly

Published On 07/23/2014 Published On 07/23/2014
COLIN JOLIAT
Eulogy Belgian Tavern
Royal Tavern
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Kyle Born
Cassie Hepler
Cassie Hepler
Hot Diggity
Cassie Hepler
Cassie Hepler
Cassie Hepler
John Mathas for Stone Rose
Chickie's & Pete's
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1. Eulogy Belgian Tavern 136 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (Old City)

With 400 beers and some of the best fries in Philly (seriously -- you've got to try 'em!), this Old City resto/tavern is definitely worth checking out. It's all about state-of-the-art presentation here, which means the bartenders are trained to notice every little detail that goes with drinking great beer.

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2. Royal Tavern 937 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (Italian Marketbella Vista)

The unassuming, minimally labeled outside of this Passyunk place gives way to a classic, deep red pub on the inside where the Angus Burger reigns king. The small, laid-back crowd of regulars who know about Royal Tavern line the full-service bar in the afternoon and late night to get a bite of rare beef and bacon, caramelized onions, smoked gouda, pickled longhots, and chile mayonnaise. They don't dare forget the side of thick, crispy fries with a sprinkling of Old Bay, either.

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3. Mama's Vegetarian 18 S 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Rittenhouse)

Don't let the word "vegetarian" in the name fool you -- Mama's is serving up some pretty kick-ass eats. The menu is on the smaller side here, but this kosher Middle Eastern restaurant just off the square means business with its dishes, like its latkes platter and eggplant sandwich. You'd also be smart to try basically anything involving the falafel: sandwiches, platters, soups. Be sure to top it all off with the baklava.

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4. Charlie was a sinner. 131 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (Midtown Village)

Charlie certainly was a sinner, and a glutenous one at that. Despite a mostly vegan menu, Charlie's knocks it out of the park with decadent small plates and seemingly whimsical cocktails that hit you fast. Dark wood-paneled walls and plush velvet booths create a warm, intimate interior that's perfect for a date night. Take a seat at one of the candlelit tables and indulge in the always mysterious Charlie's Punch.

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5. The Continental Mid-Town 1801 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Rittenhouse)

The Continental Mid-Town is a great place to bring a big party group to enjoy some delicious cocktails or chow down on lobster mac-n-cheese... or just drink a lot of cocktails.

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6. Flat Iron 26 East Oregon Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148 (South Philadelphia)

Flat Iron has many faces -- it's a dance party and music venue at night, a sports bar during games, and a place to bring your friends to eat during the day. It's got a great menu that includes gluten-free options too.

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7. Hot Diggity 630 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (South Street)

This Philadelphia dog joint will take you on a flavor tour of wieners from around the nation and beyond, featuring menu options such as the Chicago-style "Windy City"and the hot dog-meets-banh mi "Saigon Fusion."

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8. Khyber Pass Pub 56 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

The KPP is a late-night joint offering some fan-food favorites from down South, like red beans & rice and even beignets. And oh-so-much beer.

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9. Pub & Kitchen 1946 Lombard St, Philadelphia, PA 19146-1411 (Rittenhouse)

Pub & Kitchen's name pretty much says it for you -- this chic corner eatery in south Rittenhouse houses a homely kitchen and restaurant in the front of house, serving a simple menu of bar snacks and game- and vegetable-heavy dishes like rabbit meatballs and cornish chicken. In the back of house lies a dark, polished pub decked in black paint and wall-to-wall brown leather booths, serving up the same dishes from the kitchen plus a handful of wines, draft beers, and seasonal specialty cocktails.

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10. Winnie's LeBus 4266 Main St, Philadelphia, PA 19127 (Manayunk)

Microbrews, wine, cocktails, and hearty entrees and small plates in Manayunk.

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11. StoneRose 822 Fayette St, Conshohocken, PA 19428 (Montco)

Two DelCo guys who've had designs on opening a bar even before they were allowed in one have taken over the old Y2K Tavern, completely renovating the dingy beer & shot joint into an airy, beige, chocolate & wine schemed casual bistro with dark hardwood floors, high ceilings hung with crushed bronze/alabaster globe chandeliers, and a 12-seat dark wood bar, complete with a pair of plasmas and wall-hung wine racks; there's also a 30-seat dining area where locally sourced ingredients'll grace dishes described as "refined comfort food", which you previously defined as putting chopped Ball Park franks in your mac 'n' cheese.

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12. Chickie's & Pete's 1526 Packer Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19145 (South Philadelphia)

This solid sports bar's got eight locations, all boasting an extensive menu with the works. Fret not health junkies, there is a separate gluten-free menu too.

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