Top Choice Fast Food in Philadelphia

Federal Donuts

Tucked behind a faded red, white and blue awning are these amazing doughnuts: speciality flavors like blueberry-lavender or strawberry cheesecake, with light cake-like crumb and no oily aftertaste. In the morning, t…
Top Choice Ice Cream in Philadelphia

Franklin Fountain

A fantastic yet kitsch-free throwback, from the phosphates and vintage ice-cream flavors (try the teaberry) right down to the ancient telephone and the carton cups (cash only). Also check out the owners' equally old…
Top Choice Japanese in Philadelphia


Morimoto is high-concept and heavily stylized, from a dining room that looks like a futuristic aquarium to a menu of globe-spanning influence and eclectic combinations. A meal at this Iron Chef regular's restaurant …
Top Choice French in Philadelphia


This Rittenhouse Sq dining option has lovely haute French fare, creatively presented in a rustic, wood-heavy setting. Do not miss the chance to choose from the cheese cart, and the owner or staff will happily sugges…
Top Choice Market in Philadelphia

Reading Terminal Market

Among the many highlights at this massive, multiethnic food market: Beiler's doughnuts, Miller's Twist buttery pretzels, Tommy Dinic's roast pork and Amish meals at Dutch Eating Place. On weekends, due to crowds, th…
Top Choice Italian in Philadelphia

Le Virtù

The owner of this restaurant is dedicated, obsessively so, to the cuisine of Abruzzo, the region east of Rome, where he long studied with home cooks. He also runs more casual Brigantessa up the street, with a slight…
Top Choice American in Philadelphia

White Dog Cafe

If the dozen Boston terriers on the wall seem incongruous with the food, don't worry: this place has been serving farm-to-table since 1983. Come here for your truffles and artisan cheeses, peak summer tomatoes and p…
Top Choice Middle Eastern in Philadelphia


Sophisticated 'modern Israeli' cuisine, drawing primarily from North African, Persian and Levantine kitchens. Pick your own meze and grills, or go for the Mesibah ('Party Time') tasting menu. In a slightly incongruo…
Top Choice Pub Food in Lancaster

Lancaster Brewing Co

This brewery, established in 1995, is a local favorite. The restaurant serves hearty but sophisticated food – lamb chops with tzatziki, say, and housemade sausage. But you can't beat specials like $5 all-you-can-eat…
Top Choice Fast Food in Pittsburgh

Conflict Kitchen

This takeout stand near the Cathedral of Learning reinvents itself periodically, cooking food from another country the US has issues with. It has so far been Afghani, Palestinian and Cuban, among other cuisines.