Philly's hottest food neighborhood

When we decided to launch a series of occasional spotlights on Philly's hot restaurant zones, there was no question where to start. East Passyunk – the locals say PASH-yunk – is serving up a rare combination of new restaurant energy and serious quality.

Seven restaurants with The Inquirer’s “three-bell” rating for excellence now dot a 10-block stretch of the Avenue, a former Lenni Lenape trail that slices diagonally northeast across the city's grid. And though its success is a happy confluence of many factors, the timing makes sense, and it continues to grow. Read the full story behind East Passyunk’s emergence here.

Meanwhile, here is a curated list of favorites places that has been recently updated, plus a couple notable places you should know about.


Read on for critic Craig LaBan's top picks to eat, shop, & sip >>

Watch photographer David Swanson's video tribute to East Passyunk >>