Native Highlight: @PhillyFoodLove was born and raised in Philly and has a passion for the food scene

Native Highlight: Philly Food Love

Sembat Dramgotchian, the mastermind behind the Instagram account @PhillyFoodLove, has been enamored by the Philly food scene since the day he was born - he was born and raised in the city of brotherly love. For him, visiting restaurants was more than just trying great food; it was the experience that made him fall in love with the Philly food scene. Whether he was working at a restaurant, visiting a new spot that just opened, or doing research for people that asked for suggestions, Sembat's passion for the Philly food scene has driven him to become an expert finding the top spots around Philly.

Check out a behind the scenes look at a Native obsessed with the food around Philly and find out his favorite spots!

The inspiration behind the account

I’ve always been an adventurous eater, and loved exploring new restaurants and trying out the latest food trends. I wanted a way to share my experiences with my friends and family and Phillyfoodlove seemed like a perfect way to do so. It started out as a hobby where my cousin and I would just post a few pictures here and there on Instagram, but it evolved into something much greater.

Sembat has always been one to try new foods and keep up with the food trends. If there is a new trend that's hot in the streets, chances are @phillyfoodlove is on it. 

@phillyfoodlove has grown from a way to share the experiences of trying new foods to an account tons of people use to get recommendations on where to go. 

The following kept growing to the point where he is one of the top Philly food accounts on Instagram. Followers aside, the inspiration continues to come from the trust he's created with his following.

Why the philly food scene?

I was born and raised in Philadelphia, so I love my city and it will always have a special place in my heart. I really developed my love for food while I was working in a restaurant throughout high school and college. It was there that I learned to truly appreciate good quality ingredients and service. The Philly food scene is extremely diverse and has so much to offer. It has evolved remarkably over the past few years and we now have some of the greatest chefs and restaurateurs who are getting national recognition. We are a real food city with high standards and we do not accept mediocrity.

It doesn't get more "native" than that! Sembat has been involved in the food scene in Philadelphia for all of his life, and loves to see how it has evolved over the years. 

He noted that just in the last few years, there's been an influx of top chefs and restaurateurs calling Philly home. Philly is consistently in the conversation for the best city for food, and has really made a case for number one in the last few years. 

Nothing beats fresh

When I traveled to Armenia for the first time, I was absolutely blown away by the taste of the naturally organic fruits and veggies that were grown there. It was unlike anything I had ever tasted and when I got back home the grocery store stuff just didn’t cut it anymore. I decided to start my own garden in my backyard and I still grow my own veggies every year. It seems like such a small thing but it makes a huge difference in cooking and the taste is second to none. My house is always full of fresh veggies in the summer like tomatoes, cucumbers and jalapeños and I love to share.

Nothing beats fresh. Not only does Sembat know about the best food around Philly, but he also has learned to appreciate the art of growing fresh veggies and using them in meals. He's up for sharing, and we might just have to take him up on that!

Why you need to follow @PhillyFoodLove right now

Phillyfoodlove is a resource for finding the most outstanding foods and restaurants in the Philadelphia area. I never post anything that I don’t like, and I take all my own original photos. My mission is not just to get likes on social media. I am genuinely passionate about great food and I am always doing research to provide my followers with the latest and greatest in Philly food.

@Phillyfoodlove is authentic, positive, and you can truly see the passion for food in every post. He is so passionate about the Philly food scene that he even started to keep you updated on the food happenings with honest reviews, top recommendations, and trending news. 

Pro Tip: 

Low Key spot. Food is great! Amazing brunch.

2) Andy's Chicken

2108 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19146

Pro Tip:

The best Korean fried chicken I have had. Andy is a great guy and fun to talk to.


3) Apricot Stone

1040 North 2nd Street #601, GPS 1040 N. American St., Philadelphia, PA 19123

Pro Tip 

Only place in Philly to get real, authentic, home-cooked Armenian food.


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