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5 Classic Eats from Philly Bakeries That Every Philadelphian Must Try At Least Once

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1. Italian Cookies Everyone has a favorite (ricotta for us), but it’s not about individual cookies; it’s about showing up with the giant plate of all the cookies. The bakeries of South Philly always have dozens to choose from, but come holiday time, get there early or leave with a sad face. Try them at: Isgro…

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9 Gorgeous Philly-Made Cakes That Are Practically Works of Art

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1. Mini Bundt Cakes at Flying Monkey Bakery, Market East Cinnamon bourbon apple, Arnold Palmer, hot buttered rum, Dark and Stormy, $3 each. 2. Partially Naked Cake at Bredenbeck’s Bakery, Chestnut Hill Butter pound cake with salted caramel and espresso filling with chocolate buttercream icing, $5.70 a serving. 3. S’more’s Cake at Clara’s Groovy Deliciousness,…

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The New Faces of Philly Wine

From left: Tim Kweeder, 35, general manager, Kensington Quarters; Jason Malumed, 30, partner, MFW Wine Co. importers; Greg Root, 39, co-owner, Root Restaurant + Wine Bar; Michele Konopi, 25, sommelier, Savona; Cristina Tessaro, 35, GM, Royal Sushi and Izakaya; Chloé Grigri, 29, co-owner, the Good King Tavern; Kate Moroney Miller, 35, wine director, Vintage and Heritage, and co-founder of Philly Wine Week. Photographed at Root Restaurant + Wine Bar. Photograph by Stuart Goldenberg

Really, it’s about time. Craft beer has been holding on longer than skinny jeans. And cocktails? Even bad chain restaurants now have drink “programs” designed by New York consultants. So the moment is right: Wine is ready for a comeback.

It’s already happening here thanks to that thing that always makes old stuff cool again: youth. Sommeliers, managers and owners at some of the city’s trendiest neighborhood spots, like the Good King Tavern and Kensington Quarters, are lighting those encyclopedia-size wine lists on fire and building ones that are small and focused and easy to understand. They’re caring more about how makers think and less about ratings from Wine Spectator. Many are happy to learn on their own. (No official certification needed.) The number of females is notable. A lot of these experts — managing big buying budgets, introducing New World grapes to Francophiles, lobbying Harrisburg for better laws — are under 40.

“I’m underestimated — a lot,” says Michele Konopi, the sommelier at Savona, the wine-focused Main Line stalwart. She’s 25. “But it’s an advantage, I think. At first, a lot of the regulars wouldn’t even let me touch their wine.” Now, they trust her. Konopi hosts wine tastings every Friday at Savona, and customers are open to trying her suggestions. On her list: American wines. (“I think people want to drink domestic right now.”)

Even Fishtown has two wine bars. Root Restaurant + Wine Bar, co-owned by 39-year-old Greg Root, sits in between a yoga studio and the whiskey-and-barbecue temple Fette Sau. On a nice day, people linger at sidewalk tables for hours, as if they’re at Rouge. That probably has something to do with the 20-plus wines by the glass, one of which is from Turkey. Because it’s all about discovering something new.

Published as “The New Faces of Wine” in the June 2017 issue of Philadelphia magazine.

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15 Places to Dine Outdoors in and Around Philadelphia

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Front Street Cafe | Photograph by Stuart Goldenberg

Front Street Cafe, Fishtown
The scene: Sunup to sundown noshing

Out back, this all-day eatery has a covered bar, well-placed trees, and tables large enough for all of your friends. The menu has standouts (the tostada grain bowl, the grilled cheese), and there’s kombucha on draft. But the breakfast-until-three thing is why there are regulars. 1253 North Front Street, 215-515-3073. 

Fette Sau, Fishtown
The scene: Laid-back BBQ

Dry-rub meats, in Fishtown, by way of Brooklyn? Shockingly, it all works. The food here is so very right, the outdoor setup (with picnic ...

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Mitch Prensky Finds Storefront for His Biscuits

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Scratch Biscuits at Night Market

When did Supper chef Mitch Prensky know that his love of making biscuit sandwiches was worthy of its own bricks-and-mortar location? The first time he sold one. (We agree – and named it one of the five must-try Philly sandwiches.

You’ve probably seen his Scratch Biscuits tent popped-up at festivals, Phish shows, farmer’s markets and Night Markets (at the one Night Market he sold a whopping 1,100 biscuits in less than three hours). Now, he’s signed a lease at 1306 Chestnut Street for an actual location.

It’ll sort of work like Chipotle – order ...

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