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Oct 15, 2009 07:38 PM

Last few weeks in Philly- what are musts??

Before we moving, trying to hit as much as possible (specialty food shops & restaurants). Made it to Capogiro (will really miss it) and Corropolese for tomato pie. What places/items would you consider musts before moving?

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  1. Def Capogiro. Never been to Corroplese but tomato pie is a good call. My off the cuff list:

    Cheesesteak from Steve's Price of Steaks
    Cheesesteak from John's Roast Pork
    Roast Pork sandwich from DiNic's
    Many, many sandwiches from Sarcone's Deli
    Nick's Roast Beef
    Fresh soft pretzels from Center City Pretzel Co on Washington
    Frequent soft pretzels from corner stores and street vendors
    Christos' Truck (Falafel Nazi @ 20th & Market)
    Mama's Falafel
    Nam Phuong
    Habersett's Scrapple
    Burrito from Jose's (unless I was moving to Cali or somewhere else that actually has good burritos)
    Amada (their most expensive tasting menu)
    Modo Mio
    La Bec Fin (because I've never been there)
    Brunch at LaCroix (again, because I've never been)
    Lots of good Lancaster and Jersey tomatoes when they were in season
    Many nights at Standard Tap, Royal Tavern, and POPE with friends drinking great beer

    Shit, now I'm hungry.

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    1. re: barryg

      Oh yea and a W. 38th St from Famous 4th St (two knishes, one piled with corned beef and one piled with pastrami--it combines my three favorite things from Famous)--unless I was moving to NYC.

      1. re: barryg

        Get 3 other people to join you for the roasted pig at Amada.
        If you have never been to Vetri, try to get there before you go.
        Cannoli from Isgro's or Termini's
        Good Dog for a burger

        1. re: Philly Ray

          Ray, if you had the pig at Amada, was it very gamey tasting?

          I'd add a day of eating and grazing focused on Reading Terminal if that was me.

          1. re: bluehensfan

            I didn't find it to be gamey. It was like the best pork sandwich I ever ate without the roll, although that description really doesn't do it justice.

            1. re: Philly Ray

              Weird...when we went it was very pungent smelling and gamey...we actually gave away the leftovers to unsuspecting in laws and kept the leftover sides for ourselves! It was not at all like a good roast pork sandwich or Paesano's. The tapas were great though and I suspect from everyone's glowing comments that we caught them on an "off" day.

            2. re: bluehensfan

              Not gamey at all, just porky, but quite salty

        2. Franklin Fountain - the Mount Vesuvius
          Il Cantuccio - the Romana (fusilli pasta w/sausage and zucchini in pink sauce)
          Villa Di Roma - Baked Ziti
          Cosmi's - Cheesesteak Hoagie / Meatball Parm
          Barclay Prime - sliders
          Pica's (Upper Darby) - large plain pizza w/double cheese and well done
          Chickie's - the Chickie Special
          Sarcone's - can't even decide on one b/c they are all amazing
          Grace Tavern - burger w/cheddar and bacon
          Vetri - sweet onion tart
          El Fuego burrito

          Holy moly - i'm hungry. is it lunch time yet??!

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          1. re: micreynolds

            nice lists- covered some already--- so we went to Sarcone's last week, already made reservations for LaCroix brunch and Barclay, finally tried the HUGE corned beef hash from Famous 4th (we always watched it come out & had to try), opted to for Distrito instead of Amada since we'd never been, had a roast pork sandwich, many pretzels- will greatly miss.

            Keep ideas coming! Also- Corropolese has the BEST tomato pies IMO (Norristown & Limerick locations)

            1. re: pamd

              Haha I love that corned beef hash but it needs a side order of a carton of eggs!

          2. Have to get the Paesano's Roast suckling pig sandwich!!!
            Go to Vetri
            Can you get good Bahn Mi where you are going? If not, add them to the list!
            and everything else everyone else said!

            1. agree with most all of these. I'll add:
              pork dumplings at Davids
              Chickies fried tomato and bacon hoagie
              Sabrina's banana french toast

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              1. re: hollyd

                you made me think of the soup dumplings at Dim Sum Garden and Sakura!!

              2. Anyone interested in a pork lover's dinner at Amada's this Saturday, Oct 24th at about 7:30pm or 8pm'ish. Looking for 3 or 4 other Foodie friends to join me in the suckling pig dinner. Let me know and I'll make the necessary reservations. Thanks.