FYI Philly's Best of 2021: A look back at Philly's top restaurants, spots

Tuesday, January 4, 2022
FYI Philly's Best of 2021: A look back at Philly's top spots
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FYI Philly celebrates entrepreneurs and small business owners who made the region better in 2021.

PHILADELPHIA -- As we embark on a new year with fresh hopes for the future, we are celebrating entrepreneurs, small business owners who saw a reason for hope in a time of fear and uncertainty and decided to chase their dreams.

Hosts Christie Illeto and Alicia Vitarelli look back at businesses that came into being in 20201, braving the COVID-19 pandemic.

6 New Spots to Philly and Beyond

Tina's Tacos | Facebook | Instagram

2327 East York Street, Philadelphia, PA 19125

Gabriella's Vietnam | Facebook | Instagram

1837 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19148

Suya Suya | Facebook | Instagram

400 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19123

267-704-9033

11:30am-8:00pm Tues-Sat, until 6:00pm on Sundays

Tambayan | Instagram

Runners Sweets N Treats | Instagram

Reading Terminal Market (on the east side of the market, near Arch Street)

51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

The Borscht Belt Delicatessen| Facebook | Instagram

19 Bridge Street, Stockton NJ 08559

609-460-4051

Open Thursday- Sunday 7AM-3PM

Lost Bread Cafe Rittenhouse | Instagram

2218 Walnut Street, Philadelphia PA 19103

215-309-2773

New BBQ, Comfort Food spots

Rick's Backyard BBQ & Grill | Facebook

6931 US-40 (Harding Way), Mizpah, N.J. 08342

609-476-4040

(open weekends only)

Los Gio's Smoke & Grill | Facebook | Instagram

Ma Lessie's Chicken & Waffles | Instagram | Facebook

Reading Terminal Market (12th Street side)

51 N. 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

open daily, 11am-6pm

Huff and Puff BBQ | Facebook | Instagram

246 S 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

267-239-5617

6 New Vegn Spots

LesbiVeggies | Facebook | Instagram

112 W Merchant St, Audubon, NJ 08106

856-323-8458

Fresh Jawn at The Classics Unisex Salon and Hub | Instagram | Bookings and Information

2116 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19145

267-496-1011

Boardwalk Vegan | Instagram | Facebook

28 N. Manoa Road, Havertown, PA 19083

484-453-8798

Closed Mon.-Tues.

Jaya Kava | Facebook | Instagram

Lightbox Cafe | Facebook | Instagram

704 S. 4th Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147

267-687-1649

Vegans Are Us

Atlantic City, New Jersey Location: 122 North Michigan Avenue, Unit 200, Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401

Vineland, New Jersey Location: 636 East Landis Avenue, Vineland, New Jersey 08360

Float Dreamery | Instagram

1255 E Palmer Street, Philadelphia, PA 19125

267-225-7618

Pickup Saturdays, noon-3pm at Castellino's Italian Market

New Sweet Spots

Dolci Desserts | Instagram

267-850-1565

Orders can also be placed via email: d.desserts@yahoo.com

Hey Sugar| Instagram

Buy online or at Bloomsday Cafe

414 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147

267-319-8018

Marlei's Sweet Tooth | Facebook | Instagram

443 West Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19123

Milk Jawn | Facebook | Instagram

In stores:

Stones Beverage

1701 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Alif Brew & Mini Mart

4501 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19143

Parlour Ice Cream Shop

18 W Lancaster Ave, Ardmore, PA 19003

Culinary Harvest

School Lane in downtown Wayne, PA

Pandemic Side Hustles

The floor-to-ceiling bar at Ancient Spirits & Grille

Ancient Spirits & Grille | Facebook | Instagram

1726 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

215-478-8777

Open daily, 11am-11pmCozinha Portugal Pop-up | Instagram | Happy Hour Hospitality

Persimmon Coffee | Facebook | Instagram

M-F, 8am-noon, Essene Market & Cafe

719 S. 4th Street (4th & Moore), Philadelphia, Pa. 19147

First two Saturdays of every month

1613 Pine Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19103

Remaining Saturdays & Sundays: check their Instagram for special popups

The Corner Store PHL | Instagram | Facebook

Philly Cookie Company | Instagram

315 Elm Ave, Woodlynne, NJ 08107

609-332-6628

Pandemic Partnerships

Popalong Truck | To book email events@weckerlys.com | catering@lilpopshop.com'

lil Pop Shop | | Instagram

265 S 44th Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19104

(215) 222-5829

Weckerly's Ice Cream | Instagram

9 W. Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa. 19123

215-423-2000

Metuka Freshly Baked | Facebook | Instagram

Cohen & Co. Hardware Store | Facebook | Instagram

615 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Sisterly Love Food Fair | Facebook | InstagramKampar Kitchen

WFHT: Working From Home trends

Newbold Exchange | Facebook | Instagram

1727 Snyder Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19145

267-361-0606

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