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Wayne HotelThere's loads of history in the Main Line's suburban communities, but Wayne is the only suburb that is itself a historic landmark: its core residential and business districts are all National Register Historic Districts, and the Wayne Hotel, above, is a National Historic Landmark.

The first development to take place in what is now Wayne was "Louella," a subdivision begun in the mid-19th century by a banker named J. Henry Askin. Intended as a community of homes for the well-to-do, Askin got no further than building his own home and a few others before he ran into financial difficulties.

In 1880, banker Anthony J. Drexel and newspaper publisher George Childs together purchased Askin's 293-acre tract plus several adjacent parcels and began construction

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Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr, showing BMFIWilliam Harold Lee designed a slew of movie palaces in the 1920s that sought to bring big-city glamour to Philly's suburban Main Streets. One of the few that survive, and possibly the only one that's still a theater, is the Seville (1926), reborn as the Bryn Mawr Film Institute, an anchor of Bryn Mawr's lively business district.

So you've been looking for a movie theater right on Lancaster Avenue itself? Your quest is finally over.

While Bala and Narberth both have theaters, the Bryn Mawr Film Institute is the first Main Line movie theater to be located on the Main Line's main drag, at least as you head west from Philadelphia. The four-screen theater complex represents the successful conclusion of a decade-long campaign to rescue and preserve one of

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Tio Flores

We seriously doubt that anyone in Mexico, or for that matter anywhere in the Spanish-speaking world, has an Uncle Flowers in their family.

But Graduate Hospital residents and lovers of Mexican food have one now, at the southwest corner of 16th and South streets.

Tio Flores, which opened Nov. 18, is the latest brainchild of Chris Fetfatzes and Heather Annechiaricho, the duo who have made an art form of creating restaurants that pair distinctive cuisine and atmosphere with great beer (and wine and spirits, while they're at it).


Their other restaurants, the diner-deli-beer emporium Hawthorne's and the Anglo-American pub The Cambridge, have both attracted large and loyal followings, and this latest entry should be no different.


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Grocery Stores, Hospitals and Houses of WorshipThis map shows the grocery and convenience stores (in green), hospitals (in blue) and houses of worship (in red) within the Francis Festival Zone. Most of them will be open over the Papal Visit Weekend. Want to see this map in more detail? Here's a zoomable version.

If you live within the Francis Festival Zone, you will find many things closed or restricted on Papal Visit Weekend,

Nonessential city services, for instance, will be closed from Thursday through Monday. School's out from Wednesday to Friday as well. The courts will be closed from Wednesday through Monday, and there will be no mail delivery or pickup in the Center City, University City and Fairmount ZIP codes on Saturday.

What won't be closed are most of the restaurants and

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Of course, the cheesesteak remains Philadelphia's signature sandwich (though a sizable minority of Philadelphians say the roast pork Italian sandwich should hold that title). But the cheeseburger gets its due at a number of Philadelphia restaurants and pubs. There are dozens of places in this town that serve outstanding burgers, and we've eaten at several of them. Here are three of the best burgers we've had, in no particular order:

Ground Bacon Burger - Photo from Aversa PR & Events

Ground Bacon Burger
Nick's Roast Beef Bar and Grille, 16 South 2nd Street, Old City
Yes, everything's better with bacon, and all those bacon-topped burgers out there offer evidence that this is especially true for ground beef. But what about a burger that promises you the great taste of bacon in every bite? That's what

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View of Center City skyline from East Girard Avenue in Fishtown. Photo by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia.Fishtown offers residents and visitors more than just a pretty view of Center City. It's a proud neighborhood, rich in history, that's gotten a new lease on life thanks to new arrivals who have discovered its strong bones and many charms. But how did Fishtown become Fishtown? Read on. Photo by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia.

Longtime Fishtowners point with pride to the neighborhood's intimate character and industrial heritage. All that has been joined more recently by an influx of new residents with an entrepreneurial spirit and a broader outlook on the world. The new arrivals have made Fishtown a happening place, but we'll bet they have very little idea of all the things that have happened here already.

Longtime Fishtowners can probably rattle

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Misconduct TavernA little more modern Misconduct is nearly ready for its star turn at 18th Street and JFK Boulevard, joining Chops and Chima on a mini-restaurant row.

(English) Football fans, rejoice! If you've found it hard to follow your favorite teams because you can't find a bar stool to sit on at the expanded Misconduct Tavern on Locust Street between the Avenue of the Arts and Rittenhouse Square, owner Chuck Ercole has heard your pleas.

Same goes for you diehard Phillies fans, all 20 of you.

The nautical-themed sports bar whose burgers and house-made hot dogs have won acclaim and regional compeitions is nearly ready to open a second location in the Sterling apartment/office building at 18th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard in Logan Square.


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Reading Terminal Market interior
Good cooks come to the Reading Terminal Market to get the best in fresh and local produce, meats, seafood and more. Everyone else comes to chow down on some of the best fare in Philly, including the best sandwich in America. (Photo by J. Smith for Visit Philadelphia)

After the Liberty Bell, the Reading Terminal Market is the top visitor attraction in Philly. That's right, visitor attraction: the 122-year-old food emporium welcomes hundreds of thousands of out-of-towners through its doors each year.

Unlike us locals, most of them are there to get something to eat now, not to pick up top-quality foods and ingredients to make something wonderful at home. Fortunately, the RTM offers both, and there's nothing stopping us from chowing down while we shop

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P'unk BurgerBetter burgers with help from the neighbors: P'unk Burger kicks South Philly burger culture up several notches by keeping it local.

It's been eight years since Marlo and Jason Dilks took pizza in Philadelphia to places it had never been before with SLiCE, their affordable gourmet pizzeria at 10th and Federal streets, just west of the Italian Market in Passyunk Square.

As their pizza continued to gather accolades and fans, the Dilkses had an epiphany: What they did for pizza, they could do for burgers too. And they could bolster the South Philly economy while doing it.

The result is P'unk Burger, nestled between East Passyunk Avenue's two restaurant clusters on the 1800 block—just down the street from Marra's and Stogie Joe's and just up from Le

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Save yourself a little time: take a look at Beddia's menu of pies, taking care to note the many local producers who supply the ingredients. You'll be all ready for an outstanding experience when you get there.

If you haven't yet tried Pizzeria Beddia in Fishtown, you may want to wait a while, for the lines are going to be longer now that Bon Appétit has pronounced its pie "The Best Pizza in America."

"Pizzeria Beddia was one of those beautiful eating experiences that still haunts me," author Andrew Knowlton wrote in his review and profile of owner/chef Joe Beddia. "It was just me and that pizza in a forgettable space. But it changed everything."

Knowlton traces Beddia's obsession with perfect pizza to some of the other outstanding pizza

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