4 hot Philly food trends to try

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By JESS MOSS

Philly's food scene is exploding -- and it's a lot more than hoagies and cheesesteaks. Star chefs are experimenting with new spaces and styles, and menus are popping up with everything from vegan pizza to international street food. If you're going to the city of brotherly love, here are four foodie trends you've gotta try:

Wood oven cooking

There's a lot of wood fire cooking going on right now at Philadelphia restaurants. Pizza is a big part of this -- Philly, like much of the country, is in a pizza boom. (There's even a pizza museum!) You can get expertly crafted pies at places like Capofitto in Old City, which installed an authentic Italian wood oven. Pizzeria Vetri doesn't stop at pizza -- its custom-made wood fire oven roasts calzones, a dessert Nutella pizza and even salads. At Lo Spiedo, an Italian restaurant by Marc Vetri in the Navy Yard, a wood fire cooks octopus, ribs and steaks. Over in the Rittenhouse Square area, Vernick has a wood fire oven that roasts chicken and fish dishes.

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We are shrooming. #pizzanapoletana #capofitto
Buon Giorno! Who needs to carb up before the snow? #brunch #pizza #nowthatsafire
We're #OpeninPHL. Walk over and warm up. #snowpizza #friendsatthebar #capofitto
It might be cold and snowy outside but it's nice and warm in here! Come grab a pizza! #firstdayofspring
Bagels ain't got nothin on this! Smoked salmon, scallion ricotta, spiced creme fraiche #fridaybrunch #fourdayweekend #pizza @kingkaz_180
The Crudo
Poetry in motion #porkshoulders #spitroasted
Creekstone Farms porterhouse #steak #handsareburning
Nothin like some spit roasted cabbage to kick your weekend off! And don't forget about our happy hour from 4:30-7pm tonight!!!! @scatcookthat @jeffmichaud @marcvetri @chefbradspence
Cedar-Roasting Sunday's. Easy there @el_dwardo
roasting venison au poivre tonight! #venison #aupoivre
#porchetta #tonnato prep
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Chefs who cook their own food

While the empires of big name Philly chefs like Marc Vetri and Stephen Starr continue to grow, a counterculture of sorts is also picking up speed: chef-owners actually doing the cooking in their own restaurants. "Top Chef" winner Nick Elmi cooks at Laurel, a tiny 22-seat South Philly BYOB. When asked why he was making what looked like a "backwards" move, Elmi said this way he can "touch every plate, every table." Elmi isn't alone. You can find chef-owners Townsend Wentz and Greg Vernick are manning the kitchens at Townsend and Vernick, respectively.

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suzuki with yuzu kosho & potato
monkfish & merguez #DoubleThumbsUp
love #nantucketbayscallops season! Here with green apple mignonette.
Live Diver Scallop w/ Candied Buddha's Hand, Yuzu & Thyme #chefstasting
Roasted Walu w/ Hijiki, Cucumber, and a Lobster/Saffron Broth.
Roasted Squab (Breast & Confit Leg) w/ a Melange of Spring Beans & Dehydrated Strawberries #tastingmenu

Townsend

(Photo: Neal Santos)

Townsend

(Photo: Neal Santos)

Townsend

(Photo: Neal Santos)

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Byobs

This isn't a new trend, but if you're new to Philadelphia it's one you've gotta try. Many Philly restaurants allow you to bring your own alcohol to drink with your meal, often with a corkage fee that varies from $5 to $15. And no, these aren't your cheap college spots or places that just haven't gotten a liquor license yet -- some of the city's best eats allow you to BYO. Some top spots to try include: Kanella (Greek), Will BYOB (French) and Noord eetcafe (Northern European).

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one of the best dinners I've had in #philly #kanella #greek #byob #lambstew #phillyfoodporn #phillyfoodie
Brunch just doing brunch things #kanella
@fredmuser does it again! Lebanese Style Flatbread- tomato pomegranate ragu, spiced chickpeas, topped with a citrus tahini cabbage salad #Kanella #vegan #brunchspecial #brunch #cypriot #mediterranean #philly #philadelphia #bestbrunchphiladelphia #1001sprucest
Aspirational interiors
Smoked Trout Rillette!
Tandoori spiced kampachi curdo. Almond Meyer lemon ponzu avocado
Ready. Set. Go!
Chilled heirloom tomato bisque, pickled cherry tomato relish, Leiden cheese
Garnalenkroketten in the jordaan with Joncarl lachman.
Pork loin, juniper, caraway, thyme
This is what refer to as table #22. It's by the front door (behind those curtains). We have a 6:15pm reservation available for tonight's 5-course Vday menu - $125/couple. Call us if you want to take it... 267-909-9704. And you get the tulips and the balloon! #table22 #valentinesday
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Vegan food

Philadelphia is developing a national reputation for vegan cooking -- it's so good that non-vegans are lining up, too. Vedge is one of the city's top vegan picks (chef Rich Landau was recently nominated for a James Beard Award). Over in Rittenhouse, V Street is a new vegan bar that's reimagining street food from around the world. There's even a vegan pizzeria, Blackbird Pizza, which makes things like wings, pizzas and sandwiches with absolutely no animal products.

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Aperitivos con ese chico. #appsandzerts #vstreet #happyhora @carydactyl
The tap water tastes a little funky in Philly but the food is fantastic. This was the Dan Dan Noodles dish (we already wolfed down the Peruvian fries). #vstreet #philadelphia #dandan #noodles #ramen #mushroom #food #phillyeats #scallion #vegan #restaurant #noms #sesame #peanut #coconut #zucchini
Enjoying some JERK TRUMPET MUSHROOMS with cashews, hot sauce and sweet potato at @vstreetfood #VStreet made by Rich Landau.
Have you tried the red dawn yet?
Raspberry Rose cupcakes are in fact DELICIOUS. #vegan #cupcakes #blackbirdpizzeria #blackbird #whatveganseat
Mac and cheese slice! Thanks to @nadynefawn for the photo
Dinner at Vedge!ūüćī
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Ate at #vedgephilly last night and it was so good! My favorite dish was this portobello carpaccio #veganfoodshare #vscocam
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