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Corned beef cheesesteaks and Nutella pizza: Philly's hottest off-menu action

Ever order every single dish on the menu and still covet what's being served two tables over, only to realize if you knew the magic word (pro tip: it's usually "please"), the chef would've stuffed your appetizers inside the entrees? No? Good, because now you don't have to -- we asked nicely all over town and uncovered the five most secret eats that'll make the other diners as envious of your dinner as they are of your manners.

Nutella Pizza, Osteria
There are already nine pies on the menu at Marc Vetri's Tuscan feastery -- how many more do you want? If the answer is "one", wait 'til dessert, then order this Nutella pizza, an oven-baked dough-hooded chocolate-hazelnut smothered crust buried under a mound of powdered sugar.
Dill Pickle-Glazed Fried Chicken, Federal Donuts
Forget about honey-ginger and chili-garlic, because ask nicely and the fry cooks at Fed Nuts' Sansom St locale will combine your love of fried pickles & fried chicken and coat your crunchily twice-fried bird with a salty-sweet slather of dill pickle juice glaze.
Foie Gras-Stuffed Lobster Tails, Davio's
Center City
What's more baller than the off-menu foie gras skewers at Zahav? A hulking slab of that fatty goose liver goodness stuffed all up inside a half-pound tarragon butter-poached lobster tail at this Center City northern Italian joint.
Corned Beef Cheesesteak, McGillin's Olde Ale House
Penn Center
Want to celebrate your Irish-Italian-Jewish heritage in meat form? Get the best of all worlds with this secret cheesesteak that replaces chipped ribeye with salt-cured Reuben-filler bundled with melted cheddar inside a hoagie roll.
Welsh Rarebit Chips, Victoria Freehouse
Old City
There's two reasons to whisper this dish's name: 1) the twice-fried chips smothered in hot cheesy bacon, onion, and ale gravy are an off-menu treat previously only known to employees, and 2) you're probably ordering this ultimate hangover cure for a very good reason.

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1. Osteria 640 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Osteria is an Italian trattoria by the Vetri folks with a 100+ wine bottle list and a menu of awesome Boot-inspired grub.

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2. Federal Donuts 1632 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Federal Donuts, situated in Philadelphia's Center City West neighborhood, serves the absolute best of both worlds: donuts and fried chicken. If, for some reason, "fancy" and freshly hot donuts made in house doesn't excite you, there is also coffee.

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3. Davio's 111 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Davio's is a Northern Italian steakhouse in Philadelphia that's cooking up traditional dishes as well as innovative international hybrids cuisine.

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4. McGillin's Olde Ale House 1310 Drury St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

The oldest continuously operating tavern in Philly, McGillin's Olde Ale House opened its doors the year Lincoln was elected. They have since changed the beer taps, we promise.

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5. The Victoria Freehouse 10 S Front St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Now that George Washington's out of the picture (too soon?) the crew behind Haddonfield's British Chip Shop has expanded its empire across the Delaware, turning Old City's Swanky Bubbles into The Victoria Freehouse, pouring Scottish ales, English 'tails, and Irish whiskeys to wash down UK delicacies like bangers and mash and a cheesy mash-stuffed shepherd's pie against a backdrop of live soccer broadcasts.

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