What’s New Winter 2016: Philadelphia

The city’s best restaurants to hunker down in for the winter
Mission Taquería

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The spirit of summer is in the flavors of Philly's Mission Taquería.

Well, summer is over and fall is winding down. Winter, to us, means a chance to check out all the new restaurants — even if they don’t have a patio! Here are the newest Philly restaurants on our radar so you’ll know where to find us if you need us.

 

Mission Taquería

This fun and festive Mexican-cantina-meets-beer-garden spot will be sure to liven up a night. It’s nestled above its sister restaurant, the Oyster House. Swing by for the happy hour of $3 Coronas and tacos.

 

Butcher Bar

Butcher Bar is Chestnut Street’s new classy meat-centric spot. Wash all the protein down with 16 draft beers and six wines on tap. The cocktail menu leans heavily on whiskey, perfect for those cold winter nights.


Perla

Lou Boquila has worked his way through Philly’s food scene to finally open his first restaurant. This 30-seat BYOB, serving Filipino cuisine, is named after his mother, whose cooking Boquila confesses he didn’t appreciate when he was young. Perla will fit right in the growing East Passyunk food scene.


Lou Bird's

This American bistro is from one of Philly’s powerhouse restaurant couples, Norris and Debbie Jordan of Center City's Happy Rooster. Their warm neighborhood spot will be bringing New American fare to Fitler Square.


Foghorn

From the owners who brought you the East Falls cyclist retreat In Riva comes the city’s newest fried chicken spot. Tapping into the nation’s comfort-food craze, Foghorn will bring a concise menu of Philly-style fried chicken to riverside Kelly Drive.


Federal Distilling Room

This new Kensington cocktail bar attracts the masses with a variety of cocktails made using its award-winning Stateside Vodka. Sop up the drinks with well-made bar snacks such as hot dogs and chili.


Aroma

This Italian BYOB is tucked in a quaint spot on Pine and Quince. Dine on upscale Italian dishes, offered at (lucky for us) very reasonable prices.


Medusa Pizzeria

This Fishtown pizza joint is the embodiment of one Sicilian family’s longtime dream. The BYOB spot serves doughy pies straight from with wood-fired ovens, but we’ll wait until it warms up again before trying the rooftop seating. 

 

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