“I do believe in my heart that I have the best cheesesteak in Philadelphia,” Steve Iliescu told Philadelphia Life magazine, “and, therefore, the best cheesesteak in the world because this is the town of cheesesteaks.” A bold claim, to be sure, but his recipe is beloved, made up of sliced ribeye, his own American cheese sauce, and a top-secret roll recipe. And there are more sandwiches beyond this city staple—you can enjoy a cheeseburger with pizza-fries, cheese-fries, or lounge singer Richard Cheese. Also on the menu: hoagies, pork rolls, or chicken tender sandwiches.
Inside Picanha Brazilian Grill, diners sit back as waiters slice endless amounts of freshly grilled meats at the table. The meat masters roast the tender tidbits over a charcoal grill, ensuring each cut retains its natural juice and flavor before slicing it tableside until visitors' carnivorous cravings have been sated. As waiters ration off beef sirloin, ribs, pork, chicken, and sausage, mouths water, crying at the thought of the meal's end. Each rodizio meal also includes selections from the hot food bar, such as fried bananas, rice, beans, and polenta, as well as verdant greens and fresh fruits from the salad bar. Although not included in today's meal, guest eaters can moisten palates with one of the Brazilian tropical fruit juices and smoothies or bring their favorite brew or grape juice to the BYOB establishment.
Every minute of every day, Parx Casino blinks, buzzes, and sends big winners home happier than when they arrived. As a bustling 24-hour gaming complex, Parx features 3,350 cutting-edge slots and a poker room with 60 tables. It’s also home to 100-plus live table games, where guests can play blackjack, craps, and roulette, cheered on by friends.
In between games, visitors can fuel up at the complex’s dining establishments, which include Sangkee Noodle House, an authentic Asian-style noodle bar, and Parxgrill, an elegant steakhouse with a cozy cocktail bar. Drinks also flow freely at Jax sports bar and 360, which provides upscale nightlife options including table reservations and bottle service.
Steak 38 founder Joe DiAmore and fellow restaurateur Ben Blumberg began working together as teenagers, waiting tables at Chubby’s Restaurant in Collingswood. The two later opened their own establishments, with Joe manning the grill at Steak 38 and Ben dishing out undersea treats at Barnacle Ben’s. After more than 40 years, the epicurean duo has once again joined forces to combine their surf 'n' turf experience into a full menu of entrees seasoned with the world's most popular spice—fire. Many of Steak 38's signature dishes include tableside preparation, as waiters carve meats, debone fish, and ignite flaming desserts such as bananas foster before ringing the dinner bell. The restaurant’s intimate bar stocks its bins with toast-ready spirits, filling glasses with effervescent champagne, bracing scotch, and a selection of timeless after-dinner cordials.
At Kampachi Hibachi Steak House & Sushi Bar, visual flair is just as important as flavor. Behind a traditional hibachi grill, chefs theatrically chop, dice, and cook succulent morsels of premium ingredients—such as scallops, sirloin steak, and lobster—right in front of diners. Once they finish showcasing their cooking tricks or all-shrimp productions of Hamlet, they'll scoop up rice and flip meats onto plates just a few feet away.
While some of the chefs put on a show for visitors, others put all their artistry into plating beautiful sushi rolls. Servers, meanwhile, help customers choose special sakes and cocktails to pair with their fresh-from-the-grill or totally raw fare.
While technically a chain restaurant, Houlihan's bedazzles its chain with glitter and winsome intrigue, boldly preparing every last bite of its savory fare by hand. Hosts of diverse ingredients culminate inside one open kitchen where professional food handlers slice, sauté, marinate, and arrange food to its tasty and aesthetic best, allowing each meal to display its individuality before being broken down into individual nutrients for absorption in the body. Casual dining is elevated by meticulously designed restaurants that pepper a patron's experience with a playlist of hand-picked tunes and customer-designed coasters that give a voice to condensation-catchers.