by Emily Thorson
IFAers Kay and Ben are headed to Philadelphia over Labor Day weekend. Normally I would take full responsibility for squiring them around the city and force-feeding them delicious Philadelphia food. But because I’ll be out of town, they’ll have to get their food advice blog-style–and so can you!
Here, in one convenient list, is everything you must eat and drink when visiting Philadelphia. Although it’s probably difficult to do all of these in a single weekend, you should try your damnedest. Note: relevant links for some but not all of these places are provided, under the assumption that anyone reading this list knows how to Google.
Food and Drink Must-Do’s in Philly
- Get a pork sandwich at DiNic’s or at John’s Roast Pork. Scoff at the losers who don’t realize that pork sandwiches are what real Philadelphians eat. Cheesesteaks are for tourists.
- Drink a perfect cocktail at the bar at Southwark. Chat with the bartenders.
- Buy a bottle of wine (or two) and bring it to dinner at a BYO (Little Fish, Cochon, Mr. Martino’s, Bibou, Tre Scalini, Audrey Claire, Chloe, Matyson). Marvel at how delicious, romantic, and yet inexpensive it all is. How is this possibly a viable economic model for a restaurant? Who cares?
- Pick up a gelato to go at Capogiro or a sundae the size of your head at Franklin Fountain. Walk it off.
- Go to Grace Tavern, Standard Tap, Pub and Kitchen, or the Memphis Taproom. Drink local beer.
- Stop by Monk’s, Eulogy, or the Beneluxx Tasting Room and be astounded at the variety of Belgian beer available in Philly. Order a snack.
- Wander through the Italian Market, buy some wicked cheap suspect produce, eat a banh mi at Cafe Nhu Y a or a BBQ sandwich at Bebe’s, check out Fante’s kitchen store, sample some cheese at DiBruno’s. Take a nap.
- Eat a sandwich from Sarcone’s. Take another nap.
- Dress up a little and go to Zahav, Supper, Amada, Osteria, or James. Hey look, even the fancy restaurants are cheaper than eating out in DC!
- Go to Bob and Barbara’s and have a beer and a shot for only $3 (the Citywide special). Repeat.
- Eat a Philadelphia pretzel (or three) hot from the factory, while drunk. Wake up the next morning miraculously hangover-free.
- Go home. Think about it for a few weeks. Move to Philadelphia.