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SugarHouse Casino nabs three Readers' Choice Awards

27 June 2017

(PRESS RELEASE) -- SugarHouse Casino was voted the winner of seven top awards at's 2017 Readers' Choice Awards. Named Philadelphia's Best Casino, SugarHouse took home several coveted titles including Best Wedding Venue for its Event Center and Best Steakhouse for Hugo's Frog Bar & Chop House. Readers' Choice winners were announced at a cocktail reception at Le Meridien Philadelphia on Wednesday, 21 June.

Recognized for its first-class dining experience, Hugo's, whose menu features a robust variety of steaks, chops and fresh seafood, took home the Best Seafood title as well. As a member of Gibsons Restaurant Group, Hugo's is Philadelphia's only restaurant with USDA Gibsons Prime Angus beef, a specialty certification above Prime, bringing an unmatched level of quality beef to the city.

In addition to USDA-certified steaks and chops, including the restaurant's signature Philly Cut — a 16 oz. bone-in filet mignon — Hugo's serves fresh lobster tails, king crab legs and a variety of seafood favorites. Executive Chef Andrew Pearce continues to present fresh seasonal menus that currently feature filet mignon, miso glazed Chilean sea bass and Van Well Family Farms lamb chops.

"If you haven't had a steak at Hugo's yet, then you haven't had the best steak in Philly," said Wendy Hamilton, general manager of SugarHouse Casino. "We're thrilled to be recognized as the city's Best Steakhouse, Best Casino and Best Wedding Venue by the readers."

As Philadelphia's only casino, SugarHouse is the city's hub for exceptional dining, live entertainment, private event services and endless gaming options that can't be found elsewhere in the city. Opened in 2010, SugarHouse is Philly's premier entertainment destination along the Delaware River. Fresh off its recent $164 million expansion, SugarHouse is home to the 30,000-square-foot Event Center, where first-class service, food and décor come together to make memorable events, especially weddings.

The casino's dedicated event services team oversees every wedding aspect so that couples can tie the knot in unforgettable style at SugarHouse. The Event Center's additional features include rooms for pre-function festivities, a bridal suite and green room, dedicated coat check, and direct access to the banquet space from the casino's free parking garage. Guests under the age of 21 are welcome in The Event Center, which is separate from the gaming floor.

The Readers' Choice Awards are a reader-driven voting initiative by, giving Philadelphians the opportunity to nominate and vote for their favorite venues in six major categories: Food & Dining, Home & Services, Recreation & Entertainment, School Spirit, Shopping and Wellness & Personal Style. readers also chose The Refinery at SugarHouse as the winner in the Best Happy Hour and Best Outdoor Dining categories. The casino's Saxbys Coffee location also won for Best Dessert Spot. The awards reaffirm SugarHouse's place among top dining destinations in the city.

Another SugarHouse exclusive was welcomed by Philly foodies: Fishtown Hops. Philadelphia's newest beer garden and summer hot spot debuted Thursday, 22 June. Located on the river walk behind SugarHouse Casino and designed by Philly's own Groundswell Design Group, the beer garden offers a wide variety of local craft beers and a custom food menu.

Fishtown Hops is the city's outdoor waterfront sanctuary with breathtaking views of the Ben Franklin Bridge. Selections of canned and draft ales and IPAs from regional breweries are featured, including "Philly's Winner," a saison from Yards Brewing Company, exclusively named for the beer garden. The food menu offers a variety of popular bar bites and unique takes on some Philadelphia staples, featuring Layered Cheesesteak Nachos and Original Philly Cheesesteak Rolls.

Fishtown Hops features live music including bands and DJs, and a rotating roster of the city's popular food trucks. Guests can also play corn hole, shuffleboard, foosball and other games throughout the day and night. Parking is free for the beer garden and for all the casino's restaurants.

To learn more about the food and beverage options at SugarHouse Casino, please visit the website. To see a full list of the 2017 Readers' Choice Awards winners, visit the 2017 Readers' Choice Awards Winners page.

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