Best Food and Drink for 2016 LOVE Awards

There is a lot to love about our community. So it’s no surprise that when we ask you each year to tell us who some of the most family-friendly, fun, exciting, delicious, and influential businesses are around Philadelphia, you have no problem answering. The next time you need … anything … simply turn to this list of amazing and outstanding companies.

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Best Bakery

Stock’s Bakery
Pound cake. If you know this Northeast destination that’s all we need to say. The no=frills bakery is often the home of a line of devoted fans who come for pies, cookies, donuts, and a variety of amazing, rich, pound cake.
2614 E. Lehigh Ave., Philadelphia

Kermit’s Bake Shoppe
2204 Washington Ave., Philadelphia;

Four Worlds Bakery
4634 Woodland Ave., Philadelphia;

Best Coffee Shop

La Colombe
From its simple original location off Rittenhouse Square to the warm and rustic ambience of the Fishtown shop, these homegrown coffee shops win us over with quality brews and service. Be sure to try the draft latte, a patented invention by owner Todd Carmichael that’s coffee-meets-milkshake consistency is a true delight.

“We love to make Philadelphia area families happy with coffee,” says Kathryn O’Connor, director of brand management and marketing. “Whether we see you at the beginning, middle or end of your day, we want to give you a special, handcrafted beverage that we know you’ll love.”
Locations in Fishtown, Center City, Rittenhouse Square, and Old City;

Ultimo Coffee
2149 Catharine St, Philadelphia and 1900 S. 15th St., Philadelphia;

Black ‘n Brew
1523 E. Passyunk Ave., Philadelphia;

Best Ice Cream

Franklin Fountain
Dessert dreams come true at this old-timey outpost in Old City. Hop on a stool and order anything from classic egg creams and floats and massive, creative sundaes from your bow tie-wearing waiter. We can’t do anything about the sugar rush they’ll have in an hour, but you can feel good knowing all the ingredients are house-made and delicious.
116 Market St., Philadelphia;

Little Baby’s Ice Cream
2311 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia and 4903 Catharine St., Philadelphia;

2223 Grays Ferry Ave., Philadelphia and 1514 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia;

Best Meal Delivery Service

Home Appetit Philly
Healthy meals, delivered, and prepared locally? Done, done, and done. Home Appetit is a weekly meal delivery service for busy professionals, families on-the-go, and anyone who craves a simpler and more flavorful quality of life.

“Philadelphia has provided Home Appetit with a great deal of opportunity to grow and thrive in its food rich culture,” says chef and owner Lee Wallach. “Our clients truly enjoy our staple dishes each week, but are also extremely receptive to the varied dishes we introduce from all over the world. We feel there is an exciting energy in Philadelphia surrounding new businesses, especially in the food service industry, and we are ecstatic to be a part of it.”

Blue Apron

Hello Fresh

Best Pizza

Pizzeria Stella
A fun and funky outpost from acclaimed local restaurant genius Stephen Starr, this casual outpost featuring communal tables and rustic touches also pulls out some impressive Italian dishes, including amazing, authentic pizza. Wood oven-fired, options range from your classic Margaherita to more grown-up flavor combinations.
420 S. Second St., Philadelphia;

Pizzeria Vetri
1939 Callowhill St., Philadelphia and 1615 Chancellor St., Philadelphia;

Nomad Pizza
611 S. Seventh St., Philadelphia and 1305 Locust St., Philadelphia;

Best Place for Dinner When You Have a Sitter

Perhaps the very definition of a room with a view, this stunning restaurant on the 37th floor of Two Liberty Place offers up a look at the city even the most jaded local has to appreciate. When you can tear your eyes off the windows, enjoy the culinary display featuring creative American dishes featuring local ingredients and the modern and sleek interior design.
50 S. 16th St., Philadelphia;

Vernick Food & Drink
2031 Walnut St., Philadelphia;

757 S. Front St., Philadelphia;

Best Place for Dinner With the Family

Pietro’s Coal Oven Pizzeria
A family affair in the kitchen delivers perfect family dining at the table at these two bustling locations open for lunch and dinner. Centered around a family recipe developed more than 60 years ago, Pietro’s pies balance that delicate and so-important line between melty and charred, crispy and chewy, and satisfy the cravings of all ages.
1714 Walnut St., Philadelphia and 121-123 South St., Philadelphia;

Honey’s Sit and Eat
800 N. Fourth St., Philadelphia and 2101 South St., Philadelphia;

Dock Street Brewery
701 S. 50th St., Philadelphia;