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Mar 10, 2009 07:55 PM

I haven't been to Philadelphia in over 3 years

and I'm sad about it.

But, the good news is that I'll be back in the states for a vacation in a few months and I've planned a philly day-trip as well.

Breakfast at Joy Tsin Lau or the Imperial (leaning towards Joy) and a walk around Chinatown
Slice of pizza for a snack on South St. and some shopping
A cheesesteak/pork sandwich snack (the ladyfriend and I will split one)

I need a dinner idea for something I can't get anywhere else, are there any places in Little Italy I should try?
or perhaps something along the Constitutional Walking Tour I should stop and try?

no Japanese food please!

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  1. Welcome back to a great town. I'm sure you will get some good ideas here.

    1. where else have you been in those 3 years?
      it sounds like not China, but where you shoudl go in Philly depends on what you can/can't eat in your new hometown.

      1. Do people often call the Italian Market or South Philadelphia Little Italy?

        For Italian in general I like Paradiso, Caffe Casta Diva, Marra's and Branzino.

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        1. re: saturninus

          I have no idea, it's how I've always referred to it (grew up in Allentown) but maybe that was just my family.

        2. In addition to the Italian places Saturninus recommends (on east Passyunk, an area largely redeveloped since you left) I'd add Le Virtu. Also in that same area there are many new hole in the wall taqueria's thanks to a growing Mexican population - my fav is del pueblo on 9th between federal and washington.
          In a different vein there is Ansill (he had Pif when you were last here) at 3rd and Bainbridge :
          and Gayle just up the street on 3rd that has been written up in food and wine

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          1. re: Bigley9

            I'm very excited about the taqueria news, the Mexican food scene in Tokyo is not that great at all.

            1. re: lost squirrel

              Oh then search this board - there are LOTS of options now! It has been great!

              1. re: lost squirrel

                In that case listen to Bigley and go to Los Taquitos de Puebla, it's probably the best of the tacquerias. Tacqueria Veracruzana is very good too. If you want to go a bit more upscale, I really like Las Bugambilias (not a tacqueria), on South St. just east of 2nd.

            2. One of my favorite restaurants to open since you've left is Zahav, which is a block south of the City Tavern, which is on the Constitutional walking tour. I'd recommend stopping in there. Ansill is my other favorite.