Philadelphia, by far, is one of the most underrated cities in America.
The culture of Philadelphia floods the city from South Street to Center City, with shops, beer gardens, and the theater district. However, the absolute best thing about this city has to be the food. Of course, Philly is known for its cheesesteaks, but there’s so much more that the city of brotherly love has to offer your appetite.
Whether you’re a local or embarking on a new adventure, here are five restaurants in Philly you need to check out:
1. Little Spoon Cafè
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so shouldn’t it be the most delicious? If you’re looking for a quaint, cozy place that will feed you a brunch you’ll never forget, you have to take the time to eat at Little Spoon Cafè. This tiny corner shop packs big flavor into every dish it serves. Its unique menu is adorn with choices such as grits with goat cheese and jelly, a to-die-for Monte Crisco Sandwich with jalapeño mayo (seriously, you have to try it) some of the most perfectly brewed coffee you’ll ever taste.
If you love wonton soup, this is where you need to be. DANDAN is bursting with
Sichuan and Taiwanese cuisine right in the heart of Philadelphia. It’s sleek design and industry vibes create a relaxed atmosphere to sit back and enjoy a night out on the town. If you’re unsure about the choices, take my word for it and just give it a try. From scallion pancakes, house made lo mein (my favorite) and pork belly with a sweet garlic chili oil, to exotic house specialty dishes, DANDAN will blow you away.
3. The Twisted Tail
The south comes to South Street in the Twisted Tail. Rustic charm and a bourbon selection that will blow you away, make this the perfect place for a Saturday night with friends or that special someone. The live music will take you back to a different time as will the cobblestone street this hidden gem is set on. If you’re looking for some soul food, the menu will not let you down. The Senat Farm Fried Chicken, Shrimp & Grits, Crawfish Mac-n-Cheese and Homemade Cornbread are just some of my absolute favorites. Throw back some booze and enjoy!
4. Jon’s Bar & Grill
Just look for the iconic Three Stooges member Curly, plastered on the front of the bar. Only at Jon’s Bar & Grill will you have a Bloody Mary made with Old Bay Vodka. (Perfection.) Their outside patio puts you right in the middle of all the South Street action- it’s the perfect spot to hang out at for brunch or dinner and drinks. Coconut Shrimp and the Crab & Shrimp dip is perfect for any time of the day, but the Apple Cobbler Tart will keep you coming back for more.
5. Cuba Libre
Walk through the doors of Cube Libre and you’ll forget you’re in America. One of the most breathe taking restaurants you’ll ever have the pleasure of dining in, this place knows how to bring culture to the city. Sky high ceilings, decor that makes you feel as if you’re eating Al Fresco in Havana- and margaritas that will send you into party mode. Cuba Libre never fails to please. Ceviche, empanadas and grilled baby octopus? Count me in. There is nothing about this 2nd Street hole in the wall you won’t fall in love with.
Good food is hard to find, but when it is found, it needs to be shared with the world.
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