When we visited Philadelphia for Independence Day Weekend we were looking forward to trying out some new places to eat and drink, as well as visiting some of our favorite spots. What better place to celebrate the July 4th weekend than in the city where it all happened! Not only is the City of Brotherly Love great for history buffs but also for foodies! Scroll down for our latest pictures from our weekend roadtrip!
A Foodies Dream
When we first started to visit Philadelphia we would only come for the famous cheesesteak sandwiches. After a couple of visits we wanted to explore what other foods the city had to offer. We discovered Reading Terminal Market, a paradise for food lovers everywhere. With different restaurants and stands serving a variety of cuisines form around the world, it's hard to get bored here.
First stop for every newbie should be Tommy DiNic's. Serving up the best roast pork sandwiches, this is the perfect lunch. Order the sandwich with their famous sharp provolone and broccoli rabe and you'll be in heaven. If you like fried chicken and soul food, stop by Keven Parker's Soulfood Cafe. They were featured on the Food Network for having some great fried chicken and we understand why; crispy, juicy chicken, perfectly cooked with delicious sides, you can't wrong go here.
Sound too heavy for lunch? Then maybe Pearl's Oyster Bar is for you. We usually stop here for a dozen (or two) oysters just to start off our day. You can wash all this delicious goodness down with a cold beer from Molly Malloys. The only place in Reading Terminal Market serving alcohol and you can get it to-go to enjoy anywhere within the Market.
If you're staying in an Airbnb, why not cook your lunch or get lunch to-go. You can have a delicious home-cooked meal at DiBruno's Market. When we visited, we ate with our eyes because we walked out with two bags filled food. They are generous with the portions and everything is made with fresh ingredients. Their location in Rittenhouse Square also has an upstairs cafe where you can dine in.
You can't visit Philadelphia without trying one of their famous cheesesteaks and there is no shortage of shops cooking up these delicious sandwiches. Depending on who you talk to, you'll get a different answer each time on which place is the best! I'm sure you've heard of Pat's King of Steaks and Geno's Steaks. Both are very good but I do tend to be a Geno's man myself. The tender slices of steak covered with cheese wiz and onions (BTW the only way to order a cheesesteak) is heavenly. However, I might have found a new favorite in Jim's Steaks. While I do like slices of steak (like Geno's) and not chopped up pieces, Jim's Steaks more than make up for it with their double layer of cheese wiz. While it may not be good for your waistline your tastebuds will thank you! Take a run up the Rocky steps to burn off the extra calories!
Visit Philadelphia in the spring/summer months and you'll be able to enjoy the many outside beer gardens in the city. If you have a good group together and you want to play some games, visit Independence Beer Garden where you can play ping-pong, shuffleboard or play with a giant set of Jenga. If that's not your style and you want to relax, walk on over to Sprucestreet Harbor Park, where you can enjoy a local brew while laying in a hammock and looking out into the water.
A city rich with history and culture, Philadelphia is a must visit for every American and those interested in American history. Spend some time here, visit one of the many museums, walk around Old City, visit Independence Hall and while you're at it enjoy the great food and drinks this city has to offer. Go to Visit Philly for more information.
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