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Round 2 of voting has ended. Winners are listed below. 

Welcome to Round 2 of Billy Penn‘s pseudoscientific, made-up, but otherwise utterly reliable bracket-tournament-style contest crowning The Most Philly Thing Ever. We picked the most Philly things we could think of in four categories: the most Philly person, the most Philly food and drink, the most Philly thing from the outside and the most Philly pastime. You voted in Round 1 — now the stakes are higher, and the competition is stiffer.

We picked two competitors in each sub-category, and then seeded them. Round One had 16 match-ups for a total of 32 Philly things. Welcome to the Sweet 16, people. (Disagree with our seeding and selections? Send your angry tweets to @billy_penn and we may or may not argue back.)

As the Democratic union machine says, vote early and vote often.

Round 1 recap: Most Philly person

Best Founding Father: Ben Franklin and William (Billy) Penn

Chef’s Empire: Jose Garces and Stephen Starr

Most Hollywood: Will Smith and M. Night Shyamalan

Most Political: Chris Matthews and Ed Rendell

The round 2 match-ups:


Will Smith once owned the Philadelphia playgrounds where he chilled out, maxed and relaxed, but Ben Franklin helped bring Philadelphia and America the freedom of choice that is allowing you to choose whether Hitch or democracy is more important.

WINNER: Ben Franklin


Ed Rendell helped remake the city in the ’90s. Ya know, the one that Billy Penn founded.

WINNER: Billy Penn

Most Philly food or drink

The competitors:

Most Philly Snack: TaskyKake and Soft Pretzel

Most Philly Sugary Sweet: Peanut Chews and Water Ice

Most Philly Beer: Yards Brawler and Kenzinger

Sammich-off: Cheesesteak and Roast Pork

The round 2 match-ups:


Philly cheesesteaks are an institution in their own rite, but wooder ice could pull an upset here.

WINNER: Cheesesteak


The Philly Soft Pretzel is up against our fave childhood snacks. TastyKake beat out Roast Pork in Round 1 — can it pull off another upset?

WINNER: Soft pretzel

Most Philly thing from the outside

The competitors:

-Adelphia pun: Filthadelphia and Killadelphia

Most Philly cliche (that’s really true): Rocky’s town and Awful sports fans

Most musical representation: “Summertime” and Motown Philly

Most Philly establishment: Wawa and Reading Terminal Market

The round 2 match-ups:


Wawa is ubiquitous, but Filthadelphia is just plain true.



Booing Santa Claus, holding cells, batteries, the list goes on for Awful sports fans. DiNic’s pork, Fourth Street Cookies and the Flying Monkey Bakery have Reading Terminal Market putting up a battle in this matchup.

WINNER: Reading Terminal Market

Most Philly pastime or activity

The competitors:

Best Baseball Team: Taney Dragons and Philadelphia Phillies

Best Basketball Team: Temple U. and Philadelphia 76ers

Best Drunken Party: Mummer’s Parade and Fat Tuesday on South Street

Best Parking Practice: Center lane parking and Saving parking spots

The round 2 match-ups:


Our nation’s oldest continuing sports pastime is the Phillies, but saving parking spots is that asshole-y thing we all hate to admit we do.

WINNER: Phillies


A lot of cities park in the center lane, but none like we do here. And no city has anything remotely close to the Mummers.

WINNER: Mummer’s Parade

Anna Orso was a reporter/curator at Billy Penn from 2014 to 2017.