Zagat's Philadelphia Restaurants Survey, covering more than 650 restaurants and as voted on by more than 5,000 local diners, is out today.
The big winners are Vedge in Washington Square West for Top Food; XIX (Nineteen) at the Park Hyatt at the Bellevue for Top Decor; and the Fountain Restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel for Top Service.
Since most people put greater stock in the food, here are the Food rankings:
Behind Vedge are Vernick Food & Drink, Morimoto, Bibou, Zahav, Laurel, Amada, the Fountain, Noord, and Fond - that's three on East Passyunk, if you're counting. And Bibou, Laurel and Noord are BYOBs.
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant was voted Most Popular, followed by Chickie's & Pete's and the Capital Grille - all of which have more than one location.
Average Spend by Philly Diners: The average reported spend per person for dinner out in Philadelphia is $37.07 - which is below the national average of $39.40.
There is no shortage of good food at a reasonable price point in Philadelphia. This year's Best Buys ($25 & Under) are: 1. Dinic's at Reading Terminal Market, 2. Capogiro, 3. Sweet Lucy's Smokehouse, 4. Honest Tom's Taco Shop, and 5. Cafe Lift.
Top-rated cheesesteak was at Dalessandro's Steaks & Hoagies.
Dining Out: Philadelphians eat out 3.7 times per week for a combined lunch and dinner. And they are generous, leaving a reported 19.8% tip (vs. 19.3% nationally), second only to Austin diners, who leave 20%.
Favorite foods: When it comes to favorite cuisines, diners say Italian (26%), American (17%), French (9%), Seafood (9%), Steakhouses (7%) and Japanese (6%).
Dining Irritants: When asked about dining irritants, diners cited Service (28%), Noise (20%), Prices (20%), Crowds (12%), Food (8%) and Parking (8%). Upon further probing, diners' say their biggest service pet peeves are 1. Inattentive staff, 2. Slow service and tied for 3rd are rude staff and inadequate training.
Other interesting tidbits: 85% of diners say they seek out online menus before choosing a restaurant, and 67% report making their restaurant reservations online. 46% of diners say they are less inclined to dine at a restaurant with a cash-only policy, 84% admit to having eavesdropped on a conversation at the next table, and 64% of them say they "love" farm-to-table dining.