One fateful afternoon in 1930 Pat Olivieri, the owner of a modest hot dog stand, ran out of sausages for his customers and decided to continue business by selling meatloaf cut into strips and served with a touch of onion and a good amount of melted cheese. From that moment on his life changed completely. Pat had just created a new kind of sandwich that can be found all over Philadelphia and is all the rage. The restaurant Pat's King of Steaks is the real thing and you can not miss the opportunity to enjoy one of these sandwiches.
With a menu of more than 500 wines which you can try up to nearly 150 by the glass (without requesting the entire bottle), it/s the best restaurant in Philadelphia for small shared plates, nibbling and trying different wines. I would recommend asking for one of the "wine towers", a sort of chandelier with 5 hanging glasses of different wines to choose from their extensive menu. Great price for what they offer (about $ 40 per person with wine and dinner). It is located in the Old Town Market on the corner of Front and Market Streets.
Some townspeople took me to discover this lovely little place, located in the Washington Square area. Although it doesn´t have much space, it is always welcoming, with spring colors and fresh smells. The cakes (brownies, donuts and some other types) are homemade and cheap as well as the different quality teas and coffees. It´s really a nice place to relax and enjoy a snack (or even for breakfast, as the place opens from morning!)
One of the best places to enjoy a coffee or breakfast in Philadelphia. Friendly staff, great food and great coffee. I recommend any of their sandwiches or varieties of french toasts with a large cappuccino. The place offers free WiFi for customers. You can also have lunch or dinner, but it's a small place so it's ideal to go first thing in the morning ;)
This contemporary American cuisine restaurant has its main attraction in the fact that it's located in a building right in the middle of Philadelphia, on the 37th floor.
The views are spectacular. From practically any table you can gaze the whole city and enjoy dinner during a sunset.
The food is also good and not excessively expensive for what I was expecting (in fact, it's kind of difficult to find places that are too expensive in Philadelphia).
The Brasserie is open pretty much all day. They have a menu for breakfast, brunch, lunch, tea and dinner ... They aren't skipping any details. Great service with quality food and an extensive wine and champagne list. Again it doesn't have to be expensive just because it's trendy and in the center of the city. It belongs to the Starr Restaurants restaurant chain, which has dozens of places around town with different themes and specific styles. Regarding the price, be careful with wine or champagne if you don't want to be startled.
The XIX (Nineteen) Restaurant Lounge Bar is one of the most exclusive in the city, it's actually very easy to meet local celebrities enjoying the incredible views, which together with the location are the best that you are going to find at any place citywide. If after you go to a Phillies game you may find some of the players there. Once again (I guess compared to prices in Spain I found everything cheaper there), the price of the restaurant is more than reasonable if not cheap. You can eat like a king on average for $40/50 per person. You can take a peak at the menu and prices on the Foursquare link: https://es.foursquare.com/v/xix/4a069823f964a52000731fe3/menu
Shane Confectionery was a candy store Philadelphia from 1863 that marked an era and earned a place in the hearts of everyone who lived in the city. With the passage of time and the death of one of its partners, the store eventually closed, but the funny thing is that this story was repeated on more than one occasion at 110 Market St. as several candy and chocolate stores opened here. The tradition of the place, its location and the fact that each new company that is set to continue make their own products makes this store a unique place in Philadelphia and the world. Do not miss it.
Just past the threshold of the door of this cozy tavern, we are transported back in time, to Philadelphia in the 18th century. Everything is done to give the illusion to the customer: candlelight, old dishes, cups and metal ... servers in clothes from that time period. The food is delicious and prepared by the chef through old recipes of the time. The chef, Walter Staib is known for a quite popular cooking show in the USA (A Taste of History), which has also been nominated several times and won two Emmy Awards in 2010 and 2012. You can see the trophies in the window of the entrance. The building is not the original, unfortunately, the latter having burned several times during its history, but has been rebuilt thanks to the exact plans that had been preserved. Therefore a treat for the eyes and taste buds!
Tender buns? Crispy fries? Hefty patties? Potent cheese? The best burgers in University City are New Deck Burgers. It's a not-too-original Irish tavern with good food and atmosphere that's popular among the "dude'n'bro" fratboy set.
Very varied menu with dishes both from Philadelphia and international cuisine with some Mediterranean touches. Extraordinary service. Very pleasant surprise for a visit to the touristic colonial area. Highly recommended.
Yes, I watch too many episodes of Iron Chef and yes, my husband has a celebrity crush on Morimoto. When we found ourselves with a few hours to spare in downtown Philadelphia, we made a beeline to Morimoto's self-named restaurant in order to feast on sushi and cooked seafood dishes.
Arriving right as the restaurant opened for lunch, we found ourselves the only customers. The restaurant has a funky, modern design -- it looks cool at first but gets old quickly. There's an unmovable lightpiece in the middle of your table that always seems to be in the way, making sharing plates difficult and annoying. Additionally, once the restaurant started filling up with other guests, it got noisy. If it's loud in the middle of the day, it must be ridiculous on a Saturday night.
Our server greeted us within moments of being seated and from there on out, the service was extraordinary. Already, Morimoto was worlds above our strip mall sushi joint. Our server informed us of the lunch omakase option and suggested a few other menu items to be aware of. This wasn't just an average lunch date for us, so we were excited to try Morimoto's specialties.
I knew I wanted to try a few specific dishes, so ordered a sushi starter followed by one of the lunch sets: ishi yaki bop (a rice dish prepared tableside in a hot stone bowl) with soup and salad. My husband ordered the omakase, or tasting menu.
As we ate through our numerous courses, our reactions varied from "it's good" to "wow, I've never eaten anything better!". Nothing was a bad dish, but some things weren't particularly special and therefore very overpriced. I'd pass on what I ordered (the miso soup, house salad, and ishi yaki bop) and instead recommend any of the sushi, the tartare, seared scallop, and black cod miso.
So the real question is…was Morimoto worth it? After detouring into Center City, tasting roughly a third of the menu, and parting with $210, my opinion is NO, it wasn't worth all that. My meal was very good and the service was great, but it wasn't $200 good. For the record, my husband disagrees with me and certainly wouldn't mind trying one of Morimoto’s other restaurants.
This is my favorite restaurant to have fish in Philadelphia. The quality is excellent, especially the sea bass and crab cakes. The soup of chopped clams (clam chowder) is very comforting. They bake the bread themselves and it is irresistible. The décor is also quite unique, in a building with a vaulted ceiling and tiled walls.