6 Must-Try Foods in Philadelphia
Recognized as the 6th best food city in America by The Washington Post the number one best city in the U.S. by Lonely Planet, Philadelphia should be at the top of your must-visit list this year. Get your stomach ready, because there’s a lot to eat in this town, starting with my favorite dishes below.
Whiz wit at Jim’s Steaks
400 South St, Philadelphia
Fun fact: Philadelphians rarely eat cheese steaks. It’s what tourists do. Having said that, I firmly believe you should try it once, and do it right at Jim’s on South Street: a long Italian roll, thinly sliced juicy beef, a slab of cheese whiz, and diced caramelized onions helped on top. Just don’t mess up your order: say ‘whiz wit’ at the counter and move along.
NOW CLOSED: Nashville-style hot chicken at The Fat Ham
3131 Walnut St, Philadelphia
Among the reigning chefs of Philadelphia is Chef Kevin Sbraga who owns The Fat Ham, home to my favorite Southern fried chicken in the city. The ‘Top Chef’ winner takes the best of Nashville style hot chicken (60% cayenne pepper is the trick) and serves it up piping hot and crispy over a bed of sliced white bread and silky ranch dressing. Try it as a slider for happy hour next time you’re near 30th Street Station.
Mt. Vesuvius sundae at Franklin Fountain
116 Market St, Philadelphia
For ice cream lovers, there is no better spot to treat yo’ self than at old school parlor shop, Franklin Fountain in Old City. The Mt. Vesuvius is a chocolate lovers dream: chunks of chocolate brownie under hot fudge ‘lava’ that is topped with malt powder and whipped cream, all served under a mountain of your choice of chocolate or vanilla ice cream.
‘Hot Fresh’ donuts at Federal Donuts
Grab donuts hot off the fryer at Federal Donuts. Chef Michael Solomonov has blessed Philadelphia with several top restaurants, and luckily for us, his fried chicken and donut chain is available throughout the city. For less than $1.50 you can have your pickings from Vanilla Lavender, Appolonia, or Indian Cinnamon-dusted hot and fresh donuts, or, for a buck more, upgrade to a “fancy” donut like Blueberry Mascarpone.
DiBruno Bros cheese
Since I moved to Philadelphia I have lost count at how many dollars I continue to spend (totally worth it) at the legendary DiBruno Bros specialty foods shops. If cured meats and cheese are your thing, drop everything you’re doing and go to one of their six locations now. They do not skimp on free samples!
Truffled egg toast at Tria
It’s the little things, right? I’ve discovered the little thing that keeps me coming back to Tria, a stellar wine and cheese bar, time after time: the Truffled Egg Toast with Fontina Fontal. For egg sluts like myself, there is nothing better than this dish which features a jello-like egg yolk atop a cheese-melted slice of densely toasted brioche. Drool.