Philadelphia Magazine has revealed a sneak peek of their Annual 50 Best Restaurants Roundup. Even though this roundup hasn’t yet hit newsstands, they’ve unveiled a sneak peek of the rankings online. Several Northern Liberties restaurants have made this list!
#13. Koo Zee Doo Northern Liberties | Portuguese
At this NoLibs BYOB, chef David Gilberg serves up the rustic, family-style Portuguese fare he learned from wife Carla Gonçalves’s mother. Don’t miss the pork and clams or the hearty caldo verde soup. Did you know: Carla makes all the pastries in-house. Consider the bread basket a sneak preview of just how delicious dessert is here. Insider tip: Go on Sunday night for the grilled chicken and ribs, the equivalent of Portuguese barbecue. 614 North 2nd Street, 215-923-8080 .
#24. Modo Mio Northern Liberties | Italian
Where else does $33 buy four rich Italian courses – ranging from pillowy gnocchi to calf’s tongue – plus an amuse-bouche? Don’t miss: Braised veal cheek with cherries and walnuts. Insider tip: Lasagna here is always a solid bet. 161 West Girard Avenue, 215-203-8707
#38. Bar Ferdinand Northern Liberties | Spanish
At this rosy NoLibs tapas bar, the sangria flows freely and patrons gamely feast on the enormous array of (mostly) Spanish small plates. Don’t miss: Pixin con pancetta – a small skewer of fabulously fatty pork belly paired with salty monkfish and seasoned with rosemary. Did you know: The first Friday of every month, there are live flamenco dancers. 1030 North 2nd Street, 215-923-1313 .
#45. Standard Tap Northern Liberties | Gastropub
The original Philly gastropub remains one of the best. Low-key chef Carolyn Angle has been delivering spot-on fare since 2001 to go with the all-local beer list. Don’t miss: The messy, drippy, delicious pork sandwich, the better-than-any-of-our-moms’ meatloaf, or the flaky, rich chicken potpie. Season’s greetings: Don’t expect to devour that killer tomato sandwich with basil dressing again until next summer – Angle strictly adheres to the gospel of seasonal produce. 901 North 2nd Street, 215-238-0630
Since our office is located in the heart of Northern Liberties, At The Piazza at Schmidts, we are very fortunate that we are able to walk to most of these restaurants! It makes us proud in a way that we work in a neighborhood whose restaurants make lists such as these.
[photo via PhillyMag.com]