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Trip List by queenbee19

Philly for foodies

30 Jul 2006  Avid seeker of the best eats anywhere I go
4.0 of 5 bubbles based on 8 votes

These are the go-to places for people that love to eat!

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Philadelphia
  • Category: Best of
  • Traveler type: Sightseeing, Never been before, Repeat visitors
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Budget travellers , Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Jim's Steaks Center City
    Jim's Steaks South St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Forget about Pat's and Geno's. Head to the real deal on South Street and 4th. The prime choice cut rib eye steak is cut up and cooked right in front of your eyes and you have a choice of Cheese Wiz, Provolone or American. Top it with fried onions and additional toppings such as hot peppers, and you're good to go. I think what makes the cheesesteak great here is the really soft and fresh roll the cheesesteak is put in. It tastes so fresh and really brings the cheesesteak experience altogether.

    Another tip: when the line for the cheesesteak is out the door (literally), try the hoagies, which usually has no line. It's also a great sandwich with fresh cut prosciutto, ham, salami topped with oil, vinegar and the works. Again, the same fresh roll is used and really makes it that much better!

  • 2. Reading Terminal Market
    Reading Terminal Market, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    This place is located on around Arch St and 12th. The place is amazing and the absolute must go-to place for any food connoiseur. There's dozens of little eateries, shops and food delicacies they offer, from coffee, to cookies, to fresh fish and meat, to Dutch goodies. I usually make it there for a late breakfast/early lunch, and walk around to pick up gifts for family and friends afterwards.

    The places I like best in there:

    Dutch Eating Place: the best Reuben I've had in such a long time. Their ingredients are fresh and wholesome, expect to be stuffed! There's usually a short line to grab a seat at their counter style eatery, but everyone means business here. You eat, pay and leave as soon as you're done. I love their pancakes, reuben sandwich, their fresh cut fries, and their cups of lemonade.

    DiNic's: STOP THE PRESSES! The roasted pork, greens, and provolone sandwich is AMAZING. I vote to make this Philly's premiere sandwich, right next to the cheesesteak. I was too stuffed from eating at Dutch Eating Place, but I made sure to bring back these sandwiches back home to eat for dinner. It was delectable reheating it many hours later, I can only imagine it's like a slice of roasted pork heaven if I ate it at the counter! RUN to DiNic's!!

    Chocolate by Mueller: I always pick up a batch of their chocolated covered pretzels for friends back home. Always a hit!

    Fisher's Soft Pretzels: This is where Auntie Anne's must've gotten their inspiration from. Butter dipped soft, hand rolled pretzels by the Amish.

    Old City Coffee: I love the smell of their coffee roasting as you walk in. I can never resist a cup as I walk around the Market.

  • 3. Genji

    It looks like a small Japanese restaurant from the outside, but inside it opens up to many sections of seating. As soon as you walk in, you are greeted by the Japanese sushi chefs ("Welcome!") and you see many Japanese businessmen with their heads down devouring the sushi. Always a good sign, btw.

    We had a solid Japanese meal here and it was very affordable. If you can't score a seat or want to pay the exorbitant price at Morimoto's around the way, definitely check out Genji for solid Japanese made by Japanese folks.

  • 4. Haru

    Haru is a chain of Japanese restaurants that is well-known in New York. There's a branch that opened up in Center City, in the heart of Philadelphia. The place is known for consistently good sushi rolls in New York, though not necessarily mind blowing.

    The location in Haru has huge ceilings, ambient lighting, chill music playing in the background and a young, trendy staff. It seems like the upstairs area on the weekends becomes a lounge with loud, hip hop music blasting from the speakers.

    The food itself was the same in Philly - consistent, good and fresh. We had a sampling of various sushi rolls and a great chilean sea bass. We didn't get a server right away, and the server we did get apologized and offered us a free dessert. In addtion, we got free CDs to mark the 1 year anniversary of Haru's opening in Philly.

  • 5. Lorenzo Pizza
    Lorenzo's Pizza, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Another Philly institution, go here for a huge slice of "Philly" pizza. The crust is definitely thicker than New York style, but the cheese and the sauce have a nice freshness and slight sweetness that makes it really addictive. The line, at times, are a bit insane, but worth the $2.25 for a huge slice that can't even fit on your plate without the end being bent!

  • 6. Campo's
    Campo's, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    One word: HOAGIES!!

    I tried the Campo Special - which is a slice of Italian, hoagie heaven. Prosciutto, ham, peppered ham, salami, sharp provolone, lettuce, tomato, onions, salt, pepper, oil and vinegar on a soft, fresh roll from Sarcone's Bakery... all for under $7.

    Plus, this place is open until 10PM, whereas a lot of the other hoagie spots are opened until 4PM.

  • 7. Monk's Cafe
    Monk's Cafe, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Seinfeld fans might recognize the Monk's name from the diner the Seinfeld gang always hangs out in... but no relation.

    Go here for the mussels. Amazing. A small bucket for about $9 is a very large, generous portion of mussels. You can choose about 9 different ways to have it cooked for you. We chose the Ghent - which is some concoction of garlic, bleu cheese, bacon, carmelized leeks, butter and other really delicious ingredients that made the mussels fantastic.

    They also have tons.. well, hundreds of different types of Belgian and other European beers. They have quite a few Belgian beers on tap as well. I love Belgian beer b/c there's always some type of beer to please everyone.

  • 8. Fork
    Fork, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    After stuffing ourselves with super greasy items from many of the Philly institutions, this is a nice break from the grease and a little bit of gourmet. Fork itself is a really quaint, sit down restaurant (albeit a tadbit expensive). However, in the front of Fork on Market St is "Fork etc" which is a communal type of eating area for a fraction of the price.

    I went for a late morning/early afternoon bite. I ordered a delicious egg, Italian sausage and broccoli rabe sandwich which was on grilled flatbread. Delicious and for $6! My significant other had a delicious Turkey BLT with bibb and spicy aoili. We ate the sandwiches in peace and had a few magazines and newspapers to browse through during our meal.

    Fork etc also sells some interesting concoctions to bring home, like simmer sauces, specialty olive oils and various cheeses.

  • 9. Naked Chocolate

    A chocolate lovers' heaven! Decadent chocolate pieces, hot chocolate, frozen hot chocolate, brownies, and various other types of chocolate delectables.

    Though a bit on the pricey side (a small chocolate lollipop will run you $3+), it is definitely worth it. There are also a few tables and chairs to relax in and savor your chocolate.

    Another note to add: I tried some sort of concoction they serve - it's like the drinkable chocolate drink. It is the calling for all chocolate lovers. It's similar to the "frozen hot chocolate" found here at Serendipity's, but this drink from Naked Chocolate blew that drink away. I highly recommend trying it - it's probably got about 1000 calories but all worth it.