It’s no secret that Philadelphia is home to some of the best food in the country. From tiny street carts to James Beard award-winning restaurants, and everything in between, the City of Brotherly Love has it all. The latest local businesses to receive recognition on the national stage are Philly Style Bagels and South Philly Barbacoa, who each received special distinctions from Bon Appétit Magazine this month.
The Classic Lox Sandwich at Fishtown’s Philly Style Bagels was named the Best New Sandwich in America, and South Philly Barbacoa was included in the magazine’s list of America’s Best New Restaurants for 2016.
Located in Fishtown, Philly Style Bagels gives their product an added local touch by boiling the bagels in beer from Philadelphia-based brewery Yards. In a video interview with the magazine (above), co-owners Collin Shapiro and Jonathon Zilber discuss the appeal of doing business in the City of Brotherly Love, saying “the dream is still alive in Philly,” and note that it is much more affordable to open a shop like theirs in Philadelphia versus other major cities such as San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York.
After a fruitful run as a food cart, South Philly Barbacoa has quickly become a hotspot in East Passyunk since opening in 2015. The colorful Mexican restaurant has proven that a simple menu can bring great success – serving up just two specialties, tortas (Tuesday-Thursday) and barbacoa (Friday-Sunday). Beginning in September, South Philly Barbacoa will scale their menu back even further, focusing solely on barbacoa, which will be sold Fridays through Sunday. So, grab your tortas while you can!