In Philadelphia, Japanese restaurants bring the nuances and delicacies of Japan to the land of cheesesteaks and pretzels. These outposts of Asian eats—many of which are among the best restaurants in Philadelphia—spread across the city, offering up everything from the hibachi showmanship of the suburban Shangri-La Inn to sushi at Old City's Zento, which the Philadelphia Inquirer praised for its chef's "ability to elevate the mundane to something worthy." They sometimes even incorporate a little East Coast influence; situated near the Philadelphia Zoo, Pod boasts fusion dishes that range from tempura lobster to fluffernutter spring rolls.

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