Summer is officially here, and you’re probably pretty busy, but that’s no excuse not to run, walk, drive, ride a bike, or even brave SEPTA -- seriously, do whatever you have to --  and try the eight best new bars and restaurants in Philadelphia. Feast your eyes...

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Buena Onda

Fairmount
Jose Garces’ latest is a one-stop shop for fresh tacos and even fresher beer and margaritas. The fish tacos are the reason to go, which you can get either fried or glazed and opt for the always changing fish of the day. The spot is also still offering up free beer specials of its exclusive Yards brew that goes quite nicely with said tacos.

Same Same

Same Same

Northern Liberties
NoLibs’ brand-new Vietnamese spot doesn’t offer the same (same) stuff you get at other Southeast Asian eateries. Instead, it's serving tons of veggie options and fresh handmade spring rolls seasoned with a unique blend of herbs. There’s also the most Philly-Vietnam hybrid item you will ever encounter, in the form of the spot’s cheesesteak-esque bun sandwiches.

William Street Common

William Street Common

University City
The West Philly beer garden offers gracious space both indoors and outdoors, serving vegan and gluten-free options as well as one of the best new brunch menus in town. William Street Common is also following a new trend toward gratuity-included dining and higher salaries for servers -- plus, Quizzo!

Fourth and Cross

Fourth & Cross

Pennsport
The cash-only spot by Dickinson Narrows offers fresh classics for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, every day. This BYOB is worth going to for its simple approach to farm-to-table dining, offering the comforts of diner food with the sustainability of high-brow dining.

Brick and Mortar

Brick and Mortar

Callowhill
From one of the guys behind Franklin Mortgage & Investment Company, this newly opened cocktail bar offers the same kind of high-quality food and drink you may have to wait in line for at other top-notch cocktail bars, including eats from a Kennett vet, and a booze menu that includes house-bottled cocktails and low-alcohol “shims” for easy drinking.

Big Gay Ice Cream

Big Gay Ice Cream

Washington Square West
This accolade-heavy New York ice creamery’s finally made its way to Philly, and it's the perfect place to go when you’re in the mood for a no-expense-spared cone that’s dipped in caramel, glazed with chocolate, and given a funny name like the Salty Pimp. And when aren’t you in the mood for that?!

Smokey Pint

Smokey Pint

Bridesburg
Inspired by two of the best things ever, beer and BBQ, this new collab combines a beer bar with Philly’s premier BBQ food truck Oink & Moo, and boasts a half-dozen (mostly local) beers on tap and a menu that includes sliders, tacos, pulled pork, baby back ribs, and solid teamwork, obviously.

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Dos Tacos

Rittenhouse
Dos Tacos offers street eat-inspired food with Rittenhouse ambiance, repping authentic tacos and other bites that don’t require a long trek to a distant part of the city. Stay for the yucca fries, and add some extra flair with truffle oil, sea salt, Jamaican jerk sauce, or spicy chili.

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1. Buena Onda 1901 Callowhill St, Philadelphia, PA 19130 (Fairmountart Museum)

Taking inspiration from the Baja Peninsula and run by chef Jose Garces' Garces Group , Buena Onda serves tacos, quesadillas, and margaritas. The taqueria operates on a sustainable plan, partnering with Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch and composting and recycling as much as they can.

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2. Same Same 614 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123 (Nolibs)

It may be named Same Same, but the menu definitely is a bit different. This fast casual Vietnamese restaurant serves spring rolls, rice noodles, and Bahn Mi sandwiches with unique toppings (including a sandwich that is almost like the classic cheesesteak).

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3. William Street Common 3900 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

William Street Common is the next Philly spot to nix the tip for diners, instead opting for tip-included three-drink brunches and Southern comfort-food dishes. Try one of the three types of pierogi or maple-glazed bacon to start.

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4. Fourth & Cross 1527 S 4th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (Pennsport)

This colorful BYOB diner serves elevated American classics in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Visit for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, all cooked by a veteran diner chef -- but make sure you have cash since it is cash-only.

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5. Brick & Mortar 315 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (West Phillyu City)

This gastropub and cocktail bar serves high quality everything, from their food to their drinks. The elevated American food includes small, medium, and large plates, plus a full assortment of rotisserie meats. The bar serves house bottled cocktails and plenty of beers, so everyone should be able to find something to love.

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6. Big Gay Ice Cream 521 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (Midtown Village)

This Philly outpost of the NYC famous ice cream shop brings the same flavors and vibe to Washington Square West.

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7. Smokey Pint 2549 Orthodox St, Philadelphia, PA 19137 (The Northeast)

This brew and BBQ restaurant is a brick and mortar version of the popular Oink & Moo food trucks, and serves the same quality barbecue alongside craft brews in a casual setting. Most of the beers are local, and the menu includes sliders, tacos, pulled pork, and ribs.

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8. Dos Tacos 120 S 15th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102 (Rittenhouse)

This taqueria serves Mexican street food, but with unique twists and flavors from Chef Sylva Senat. The inside is small but the eats are worth it, like the yucca fries or the kamikaze taco. Plus, on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights they stay open and serving a late night menu until 3 am.

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