Food & Drink

Philly's Fall Food TV Guide: Eat here before these places get even more famous

Published On 09/03/2013 Published On 09/03/2013
Cookie Confidential's Melissa Torre strikes a pose with her signature Glock
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1. Bubba's Texas BBQ 19 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Somehow not serving shrimp kabobs, or shrimp creole, or shrimp gumbo, or pineapple shrimp, or lemon shrimp, or coconut shrimp, or pepper shrimp, or shrimp soup, or shrimp stew, or shrimp salad, or shrimp burger, or shrimp sandwich, Bubba's Texas BBQ is an antler chandelier-ed corner barstaurant in Fishtown instead doling out the neighborhood's first authentically Texas-style 'cue.

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2. Sbraga 440 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19146

Top Chef champ Kevin Sbraga's eponymous joint offers a predominantly prix-fixe global menu in an interior full of repurposed fir-planked walls, low-slung leather & tweed banquettes, and vintage-look Edison-style lighting.

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3. Ela 627 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

An American restaurant directed by the steady hand of acclaimed chef Jason Chichonski, Ela serves cuisine that changes seasonally but is consistently innovative and crafted to perfection. With an extensive wine list and large collection of craft beers, something is bound to go well with your whipped foie gras.

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4. Rittenhouse Tavern 251 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Occupying most of the ground floor of the historic Wetherill mansion, RT's a brasserie-cum-bar from an ex-Le Bec chef, serving up a delicately seasoned set of proteins in a garden-wrapping pair of dining rooms that sport enough wood and leather, it's a wonder Halle Berry and the four horny dudes who actually watched Catwoman aren't involved.

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5. Cookie Confidential 517 S 5th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

This airy cafe serves up One Village coffees and ice cream from Franklin Fountain along with fresh-baked cookies (chocolate/vanilla-swirled peppermint; key lime coconut), muffins, brownies, and macaroons.