Whether you're a food aficionado with a discriminating palate or a general food lover looking for a new hot spot, Twitter is your friend. If you're not following the area's best food bloggers and restaurants yet, it's time to start. Sign up in a matter of minutes, take a little tutorial, then follow these links. By simply following the tweets of the city's top restaurants, chefs and blogs, you can stay in the know as they communicate food hot spots, menus, specials of the day and tempting food photos--all in 140 characters or less.
On Foobooz, founder Arthur Etchells lists updates on the latest restaurants, bar openings and culinary events throughout Philly. On the site's Twitter page, expect event listings and openings that any foodie will want to keep on his or her radar. This is the perfect resource to check out for a weekend out and about in the city. When you want to make a good impression and really appear as a food ambassador, this site has all the info you need.
Starr Restaurants, owned by restauranteur Stephen Starr, consists of several of the chefs' multi-concept restaurants, which serve up delicious cuisine in stylish settings. On the company Twitter page, get the scoop on anything from what's for dinner to specials and events. When it comes to Stephen Starr restaurants, your taste buds are in for pure delight, no matter which one of his establishments you choose.
Owned by the Bynum Brothers, Warm Daddy's merges food, culture and music. The restaurant is perfect for those who love to make their dining experience a lively one. Warm Daddy's posts tweets that not only tempt the appetites of soul food lovers, but also tip off followers to the night's musical entertainment.
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Vedge, owned by husband and wife chef duo Richard Landau and Kate Jacoby, has become super-popular since its launch back in fall 2011. The vegan restaurant serves up globally-inspired dishes using locally sourced ingredients in a classic and elegant dining setting. Their Twitter page includes a rapidly growing list of press coverage proving how good the meals are, as well as dishes that will make an appearance on the menu and the daily specials. The menu is full of amazing choices you'll definitely want to stick your fork in.
Noted as one of the top food trucks in the city of Philadelphia, Cucina Zapata serves meals that make mouths water daily. Cucina Zapata offers a fusion of Thai and Mexican dishes that boast serious flavor. Follow Zapata for specials of the day and news shared about the food scene throughout the city. Even though its food is made for those on the go, the TLC that goes into each bite is sure to keep you coming back for more.
Those with a sweet tooth will love the treats at the Sweetbox Truck. The dessert truck is owned by Gretchen Fantini, who specializes in gourmet cupcakes. Sweetbox's Twitter page boasts comments from its satisfied patrons, specials on cupcakes and its participation at events throughout the city. If your intentions are to bring a treat home from Sweetbox for dessert, buy extras, or all you'll bring home is a full tummy and crumbs.
Grub Street Philadelphia is a blog that's all about food, and so is its Twitter feed. This page features the latest news on Philly restaurants, openings and chefs, and Grub Street takes the guess work out of wandering around aimlessly looking for lunch or dinner.
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