I’ve probably mentioned that my boyfriend moved to Philly at the start of the year, and though I miss him dearly, I love having a new city to visit. I’ve gone to see him a few times now, which means I’ve had the chance to find some really great spots to eat, drink, shop and just hang out in the City of Brotherly Love.
And now I want to share them with you (with a little help from Harrison)!
Best Place to Get a Sandwich:
Mary: Shake Shack—I’ve loved Shake Shack since the first time I waited an hour in Madison Square Park for a bite of the delicious burgers, fries and shakes. Rest assured: The Philly location on Samson Street is just as amazing as any of the NYC spots (minus the wait!). 2000 Samson St.
Harrison: Carmen’s Famous Italian Hoagies—Forget about Pat’s and Geno’s. Located in one of Philly’s busiest tourist attractions, Reading Terminal Market, Carmen’s is the locals’ choice for cheesesteaks outside of Jim’s on South Street. But take note: It’s cash only. 51 N. 12th St.
Best Place to Grab a Beer:
M: Monk’s Cafe—Any place with a Beer Bible, Russian River and multiple bars is a good place in my books. Just come expecting a crowd. 264 S. 16th St.
H: Locust Rendezvous—It’s tough to beat what locals dub “the Vous”, with its all-day drink specials and proximity to the heart of Center City. It’s also one of the handful of bars that still honors the citywide drink special—a shot and a beer for $3—but it ups the ante by offering local drafts instead of the usual PBR. 1415 Locust St.
Best Spot for Small Plates:
M: Tria—This quaint little wine bar is simply divine. The Italian meats are delicious, the list of cheeses goes on and on, and the wine is fabulous. Oh, and I think I’m going to crave the Pistachio Herbed Ricotta with Lavender Honey Bruschetta every day for the rest of my life. 123 S. 18th St.
H: Vic Sushi Bar—Avoid peak meal hours at this 12-seat sushi bar, as it almost always has a long wait. But the 3 rolls for $10 special, paired with your drink of choice (it’s BYOB), makes Vic a great happy hour destination.
Best Place to Get Lost for Hours:
M: Reading Terminal Market—This place has everything you could possibly need or want under one roof: dirt-cheap but high-quality produce (Iovine brothers); fresh seafood, cheeses, Italian meats and sausages; and cuisines ranging from Mediterranean to Chinese. And did I mention the ahh-mazing Amish sweet shops? Harrison has to drag me away from Beiler’s Bakery every time. 51 N. 12th St.