In the know: What's heating up Philadelphia's food scene this month

Want the inside word on Philadelphia's buzziest local spots?

We took a data-driven look at the question, using Yelp to deduce which restaurants have been getting a significant uptick in attention this month.

To find out who made the list, we looked at Philadelphia businesses on Yelp by category and counted how many reviews each received. Rather than compare them based on number of reviews alone, we calculated a percentage increase in reviews over the past month, and tracked businesses that consistently increased their volume of reviews to identify statistically significant outliers compared to past performance.

Read on to see which spots are worth exploring, right now.


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Open since July 2019, this breakfast and brunch spot is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "Breakfast & Brunch" on Yelp.

Citywide, breakfast and brunch spots saw a median 1.7% increase in new reviews over the past month, but Winkel saw a 55.1% increase, maintaining a sterling five-star rating throughout.

Located at 1119 Locust St. in Washington Square, the eatery offers breakfast bites like omelets and Belgian waffles. For lunch, look for braised corned beef sandwiches and salads. 

Winkel is open from 8 a.m.–3 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m.–3 p.m. on weekends.

Angelo's Pizzeria

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Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about Bella Vista's Angelo's Pizzeria, the spot to score pizza and sandwiches is a hot topic, according to Yelp review data.

While businesses categorized as "Sandwiches" on Yelp saw a median 1.9% increase in new reviews over the past month, Angelo's Pizzeria bagged a 25.3% increase in new reviews within that time frame, maintaining a superior 4.5-star rating.

Open at 736 S. Ninth St. since summer 2019,  the restaurant offers handheld eats like thin-crust pan pizza, roast pork sandwiches and Italian tuna hoagies. 

Angelo's Pizzeria is open from noon–9 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. (It's closed on Monday.)

Tipsy Bistro

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University City's Tipsy Bistro is also making waves. Open since March 2018 at 3131 Walnut St., the sports bar and New American spot has seen a 12.3% bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 1.7% for all businesses tagged "American (New)" on Yelp. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis Tipsy Bistro's review count increased by more than 160%.

There's more than one hot spot trending in Philadelphia's New American category: Louie Louie has seen an 8.5% increase in reviews, and Cafe Lift has seen a 1.3% bump.

Tipsy Bistro offers plates like Asian-style lemongrass chicken sandwiches, half-shell oysters and fried cauliflower. Over the past month, it's maintained a sound 4.5-star rating among Yelpers.

The business is open from 11 a.m.–midnight on Monday, Tuesday and Sunday and 11 a.m.–2 a.m. Wednesday-Saturday.

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