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What's the best restaurant in Philadelphia?

I visit quite often yet haven't been to any of the great restaurants. How do Le Bec Fin and the Fountain stand?

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  1. Here is my short list...

    1) Vetri
    1a) The Fountain

    There are others that I like a lot, but when someone says "Best Restaurant in Philadelphia" those two jump out immediately for me.

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    1. re: Philly Ray

      Is Vetri fine dining? and do you like Le Bec Fin

      1. re: mjm1218

        The Bec Fin is tired.

        1. re: Nancy S.

          it seems so

    2. Amada for my money is the best right now and it's not really close.

      1. Vetri over both. Le Bec Fin last. For less luxurious but great food: Fish. Byob: Bibou.

        1. There is no one 'best', my list would be Zahav, Bibou, Kanella, Koo Zee Doo, Vetri. If you are measuring bang for your buck, Vetri drops off the list. If you're a vegetarian or vegan, add Horizons.

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          1. re: Buckethead

            Admittedly I looked at the title of this thread and wondered how you can pick out one best place. For example, I like Amada but I also like Estia, the Dutch Eating Place, Zahav, and DiNic's. Which is best? It's like comparing oranges and apples to me. The scary part is if told I could only choose one dish, it probably is the pancakes.

            1. re: bluehensfan

              bluehensfan, you've been talking about those pancakes for years. the line has always scared me away in the past and i've opted for the pretzel instead, but entertaining out-of-town guests this week we happened upon three open seats at the dutch eating place. though we were all hung over from a late night of catching up, those blueberry pancakes and fresh-squeezed orange juice were so good they nearly made us weep. thumbs way up.

              1. re: rabidog

                rabidog, glad you liked it! Not that the pretzel at Miller's Twist is the least bit bad (for dessert, after the pancakes of course), the pancakes at the Dutch Eating Place are the best. And if you get there at 8 AM when the market opens, there is never a line! As an aside, I read somewhere that you're not supposed to consume pancakes with orange juice, as aparently the acidity of the juice adversely affects the flavor of the syrup. But the juice there is fresh squeezed...what to do?

          2. best meal i've had: omakase at Morimoto. haven't been to Le Bec Fin or Vetri. Ate at The Fountain in 1984, so I don't count it.

            1. I'd have to say Vetri - lots of other places I love for various reasons and at various times but "Best in Phila" has to be Vetri.

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              1. re: Bigley9

                John's Roast Pork

                1. re: OlderPhiladelphian

                  Bibou.

              2. Of course there is no one "best" and everyone has different taste.. but if you want an interesting list here are the top ten based on "food" per opentable based in diners reviews

                Bibou
                Fountain Restaurant
                Vetri
                Le Bec-Fin
                Amada
                Fish Restaurant
                Morimoto
                Moonstruck Restaurant
                Barclay Prime
                Capital Grille - Philadelphia