Eating is a fact of life and we all have to do it, so why not enjoy it! When I’m on holidays, I love to indulge in the tradition cuisines of the place I am visiting. When I planned my trip to Philly, my hopes for new and interesting food, was second thought to Philly’s well known attractions such as The Liberty Bell, The museum of the American Revolution and of course those famous stairs ‘Rocky’ ran up! When we got to Philly, my taste buds were surprised to learn that Philly is a FOODIE TOWN! From their famous Cheese Steak Sandwiches to their coffees to their sweets, they have something sure to please every palate!
1.. Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches from Sonny’s Famous Steak
When in Philly, you must eat the namesake food! I was aware that there was a sandwich called the Philly Cheese Steak sandwich, but I had never seen one or tasted one. A traditional Philly Cheese steak Sandwich is made from thinly sliced pieces of beefsteak and cheese whiz in a long roll. In order to get an authentic Philly sandwich, we polled the staff at the hotel to find out which local restaurant was known for their Cheese Steak Sandwiches. We were surprised to find that all though several different restaurants were named, Sonny’s Famous Steak seemed to top everyone’s list for the best. The best part! They offer GLUTEN FREE BREAD!!
2.. Draft Cold Brew Iced Coffee from Old City Cafe
Coffee is my addiction. It wakes me up, tantalizes my taste buds and changes me from a cranky bear into a princess. Just because I’m not home, doesn’t mean I’m going to give up my coffee! When touring the old city, we had the opportunity to stop into OLD CITY CAFE and try one of their famous draft cold brew iced coffees. It involves the use of draft lines to infuse nitrogen with coffee and cream. The result is a less acidic, smoother flavor that is higher in caffeine.
3. Candy from Shane’s Confectionary
Although I need coffee to survive, it is candy and chocolate that hold the key to my heart! When I heard the Philly was known for one of the OLDEST CANDY SHOPS in the States (established in 1911), I knew I had to check it out for myself! The shop was set up the way I imagine an old fashion candy store would look (complete with old fashion uniforms and cash registers). It has all the old fashion candies you remember from rock candy to candy sticks to honey and lavender infused toffee. If you are looking for an extra sweet treat, you can visit their chocolate bar in the back and watch as they brew your hot chocolate from shavings they have carved off a block of solid chocolate!
4. Macarons at The Reading Terminal –The Reading Terminalis known as THE indoor farmer’s market to visit when in Philly (since 1892!). It is a huge indoor market that features fresh meat, veggies, and fruits as well homemade Mennonite products, flowers and treats. One of the Travel Mavens was craving Macarons, so we searched out all of our opportunities! There were several options for these sweet treats, but the Flying Monkey caught our attention! Fresh, amazing flavours (I had Birthday cake! For a gluten free girl that is rare!) and brilliant colours!
5. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Little Lion – The Little Lion is a swanky old bank turned restaurant that serves American comfort food with a Southern Twist. From fresh oysters to blackened Catfish to grits. When we arrived, we were told that we must try the Fried Green Tomatoes. Imagine tomatoes and bacon jam mixed with buttermilk ranch and pimento cheese coming together to create a taste sensation in your mouth. Now, sadly I didn’t get to try this one, but the look the smell and the reactions of my travel companions compelled me to add it to the list.
What is your MUST EAT dish when visiting Philly??