In Philadelphia, 2009 was a red meat renaissance, with steakhouses and burgers ruling the day. What will 2010 bring?


The carnivores will continue to make some noise this year — thanks in part to Bobby Flay bringing his burger chain to West Philly — but if you force us to pick two hot trends, we’re going with a pair that goes great together: pizza and beer.


Stephen Starr’s Pizzeria Stella (420 S. Second St.) already has people talking about the quality pizzas coming out of the 800-degree oven, and we expect Philadelphians will seek out more upscale pizza options. And so, evidently, does Starr, who is planning an as-yet-unnamed pizza takeout and delivery spot next to his Parc on Rittenhouse Square. (It’s also been rumored that he is interested in a similar operation in Chestnut Hill.)


Beer and pizza have long had a symbiotic relationship that many of us first fostered in college. But as pizza has grown up, so has beer. Instead of shopping for the cheapest six-pack at the corner store, brew boutiques are offering single bottles that cost more than that six-pack. The Foodery began this revolution, but the recently opened Hawthornes (738 S. 11th St.) and forthcoming Brew (1900 S. 15th St.) and Bottle Shop (1941 E. Passyunk Ave.) look to make it a full-fledged trend.


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