Can’t Miss Philly Food
Philly is full of amazing food of all varieties. I could write for days about the endless choices, but here are a few of my favorites spots (in no particular order) to get you started.
In a city known for its greasy and artery-clogging (but delicious) sandwiches, a gourmet vegan establishment may seem out of place, but this is one spot you do not want to miss. Check out Vedge’s Happy Hour (available at the bar on weekdays) for an amazing selection of small plates and drinks, or try the full dinner menu for an array of flavorful combinations that will have you coming back and ordering even more. Their mushroom plates are by far my favorite, and the Golden Beets salad is hard to top!
Cheu Noodle Bar
Founded by two self-proclaimed “dudes from Philly,” Cheu Noodle Bar never claims to be completely authentic. Instead, this two year-old spot on 10th street offers new twists on old favorites. Grab a seat at the bar and start with their unbelievable black garlic wings. Finish with a delicious bowl of brisket ramen, or try the Yakisoba for a refreshing blend of cold noodles, vegetables, and lamb.
John’s Roast Pork
For an authentic Philly experience and the best sandwich in the city (sorry, cheesesteaks), head to John’s Roast Pork. Order the namesake sandwich with sharp provolone and broccoli rabe, served on a perfect seeded roll, and prepare to be blown away. Don’t be turned off by the industrial surroundings and non-central location- John’s is the real deal. Just be sure to check the hours before you go, as John’s opens and closes very early.
This spot on restaurant-heavy 13th street makes amazingly light and refreshing gelato that I imagine can only be topped in Italy itself. Try any of their mix of classic and unique flavors. My favorite combination is the cappuccino or coffee flavor paired with a lighter option such as kiwi or lemon.
Dim Sum Garden
There are endless quality options in Philadelphia’s Chinatown, and Dim Sum Garden is a consistent classic. The Shanghai Steamed Pork Soup Dumplings are my favorite, and their other dumpling offerings are equally awesome. If you feel like exploring their menu of larger dishes, the Sliced Pork in Garlic Sauce is delicious , as is their Beef with Broccoli.
Although Philadelphia may not offer the juice bar options of, say, New York, Sip-N-Glo provides everything you could need. Try their monthly smoothie specials- currently The Great Pumpkin and Pearfection- or the delicious Honeylove, which is always on tap. And while I still haven’t tried their juices, I have no doubt they are tasty and refreshing as well.
Café La Maude
For brunch, skip the long waits and head to this French-Lebanese gem that is by far the best of Philly! I’ve only tried a few things on the menu (due to the Huevos Rancheros being so amazing) but I guarantee that nothing they make is anything less than perfect. In addition to their food, the strong coffee and fresh orange juice, paired with friendly and attentive service, are the perfect way to start the weekend!