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Looking Forward To 2013: 13 Places We Can’t Wait To Try

2013 will be an outstanding year to eat in Philadelphia. With a variety of new restaurants and food trucks hitting the scene, we can wait to dig in. (Photo courtesy: GPTMC)

Last Week we profiled the top 12 food and dining happenings we most enjoyed in 2012, today, we bring you part two in the series, 13 things we are most looking forward to in 2013.

Next year, some of the city’s favorite restaurants are expanding, new restaurants are opening and a number of out-of-towners have set their eyes on Philly’s booming food scene and are opening outposts within the city. With a slew of new sure-to-be hotspot restaurants slated to open, more ramen and some new food trucks hitting the scene, we can’t think of a better place to be eating than Philadelphia.

13 to Look Forward to in 2013

1. Reading Terminal Grows Stronger: Last year brought renovations to Reading Terminal, this year, the fruits of that labor will be realized with the addition of a number of new stalls. Keven Parker (of Miss Tootie’s fame) will open his Soul Food Cafe in former Delilah’s space, Nanee’s Kitchen will expand and now also include an Indian and Pakistani grocery, Border Spring Lamb Farm will offer the Terminal’s first ever all-lamb deli and the much awaited Valley Shepherd Creamery will serve as the Terminal’s only in-house cheesemaker.

2. Serpico: Finally, Peter Serpico, of New York’s Momofuku fame, will be opening up an eponymously named eatery on South Street with the help of Stephen Starr.

3. Noord: A Dutch BYO from Chicago chef Joncarl Lachman is slated to open on Tasker Avenue in East Passyunk.

4. Sophia: Also in South Philly, one-time local chef Chris Lee will be developing a new concept where Salt and Pepper currently stands. Lee returns to the city after a highly touted stint in New York.

5. Ramen Revolution: 2013 may well be the year of the noodle. After decades of a relatively ramen-free existence, Philly’s got a whole slew of new Japanese style joints: Nom Nom, Hiro Ramen House, Terakawa Ramen, Green Wasabi and more. For 2013, there will be no more running around to find Cheu Noodle Bar, as the popular Philly pop-up has secured a spot in Midtown Village.

6. Volver: Jose Garces will be opening a street-level restaurant at the Kimmel Center called Volver. The restaurant is set to open in spring 2013.

7. Honey’s Sit ‘n Eat: At last, 2013 should see the opening of Honey’s Sit ‘n Eat’s second location, at 21st and South. The Northern Liberties favorite will be bringing their tasty comfort food to eager Graduate Hospital brunchers after much anticipation.

8. Metropolitan Cafe: Metropolitan Bakery will be opening a sit-down cafe a stone’s throw from their current location in Rittenhouse Square. The cafe will be full of tasty baked goods, soups, a full espresso bar and more.

9. Talula’s Daily : The folks at Talula’s Garden will be opening up Talula’s Daily right next door to the restaurant’s Washington Square spot. Talula’s Daily will be a market full of all of the same types of things that make Talula’s Garden awesome, but with an urban and high-end general store twist.

10. Boot & Saddle: South Broad Street’s Boot & Saddle will reopen in 2013, thanks to Avram Hornik and team. The bar will serve as a live music venue in South Philly. R5 Productions will book live acts at the establishment.

11. A Waffle For Every Occasion: Coming this spring, everyone’s favorite brunch item will get turned into both sweet and savory deliciousness by the folks behind the soon-to-be Frolic Waffles truck. Headed up by a trio of foodie friends, we think this truck is going to make it big with dishes like the Bahn-Mi Waffle (um, yes please!) and a variety of dessert options too.

12. Hub Bub Goes All Bricks and Mortar On Us: Everyone’s favorite mobile coffee shop has decided to put down roots this year. No longer will caffeine fiends have to troll Twitter to find their fix as Hub Bub is setting up shop at 1717 Arch Street as of January 14th.

13. Philadelphia Live Arts Building Restaurant: The old high pressure fire service building at Columbus Boulevard and Race Street has recently obtained a liquor license and will soon be the Philadelphia Live Arts’ fantastic new home. The building will boast a 225-seat theater, an outdoor area and a 2,000 square-foot restaurant and bar. Another snazzy addition to the revitalized Delaware River Waterfront.