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Very limited time in Philadelphia. What MUST I have???

New to the board, would appreciate any suggestions...This coming Saturday I am making the drive from NYC to Philly for the Phillies/Mets game. Game is at 330, plan on getting into Philly around 130-2. Will have a few hours after the game before I head home. My question is, What must I try when I'm there? I like everything, so I welcome all suggestions. Thanks in advance.

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  1. That's like asking what to have in NYC. There are so many choices, the question is just too broad. Do you want to stay near Citizen's Bank Park? Casual or upscale? Budget? What do you like? Sit down dinner?

    For me, things Philly has that NYC does not: roast pork sandwich from Tony Luke's; authentic Mexican taquerias, BYOBs. It's probably too late to get reservations at any of the hottest places.

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    Tony Luke's
    625 Highway 33, Trenton, NJ 08619

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    1. re: Hungryin theBurbs

      I think logistics are the biggest issue. The area around the ballpark is quite busy before a game, especially a Mets Phillies game.

      Toiny Lukes, or John's Roast Pork would be both reasonably close. Tony Lukes you could park at the park and walk/.take the broad street line to get to Tony Lukes, or to the Italian Market.

      To just experience the philly crowd before a game, you could just go across the street to Chickie and Petes and enjoy the atmosphere. Mussels with red sauce is a good choice here.

      If they want a "South Philly" experience, you could go to a place like Marra's for pizza, South Philly Tap Room or other places in south philly that are open for lunch. SPTR is a great example of the wonderful gastropubs that Philadelphia has. and SPTR has a nice roast pork sandwich with charred long hots.

      Or since you are most likely a mets fan.. we could just send you to Pat's or Geno's for a soggy cheesesteak with cheese whiz ... ;-)

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      Chickie and Pete's
      6055 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234

      Tony Luke's
      625 Highway 33, Trenton, NJ 08619

      Tap Room
      201 Bohemia Ave, Chesapeake City, MD 21915

      1. re: cwdonald

        My favorite Roasted Pork Sandwich, which is exactly what I'd recommend on your short visit, is the one at George's in the Italian Market. Now, there are two George's on the same street, but it's one across from Fante's the kitchen store.

        Make sure you get it with the little devils - a dried red pepper that's been fried and crispy. It's smoky and delicious with just the right amount of zing. It's up to you to add onions and/or cheese - I usually get both.

        Would love to hear what you try!

        1. re: cwdonald

          Tony Luke's is 15 or more blocks from the Broad St Line, it probably isn't much farther than walking from the stadium. You can take the bus from Broad St. It is not too far out of the way if you are driving. Tony Luke's should be open after the game; it will be crowded but fun if the weather is nice.

          I agree with the roast pork comments, that seems to make sense for what you are doing. You can also buy hoagies beforehand and bring them into the game, like from Sarcone's or Chickie's.

          1. re: cwdonald

            i dont think you would fare well at chickie and pete's if you are a mets fan, imho.

            regardless of where you go, depending on if you are sporting mets gear, you might get ragged on and that could ruin your meal.

            and whatever you do, DO NOT go to marra's for pizza. so many other places for you to go. lorenzo's on S. Street is good pizza in a touristy area.

            1. re: paychecktoday

              I don't want to start an argument about pizza on this thread but... I know there is a lot of disagreement about Marra's on the board (I personally like it a lot) but Lorenzo's is a viable alternative?? If the Marra's haters prefer Lorenzo's I feel comfortable dismissing their pizza opinions--it is pretty awful, cheaply made crap. I remember it being good 5-10 years ago but they changed the formula and it is just not good. Even when I'm drunk I don't like it. Maybe my tastes have changed but I am pretty sure they changed the formula to use lower grade cheese and put more cheese on.

              In any case, pizza is probably not the one thing to get in Philly if you are here for a short time, especially if you are coming from NYC.

              1. re: barryg

                Have the OP bring us a pie from Lombardi's. I miss that place!

                1. re: barryg

                  barryg +1 on your last paragraph.

                2. re: paychecktoday

                  Thanks for all the replies so far...I am actually a Yankee fan, going with my friend and brother who are both Mets fans. I really just want to see the ballpark. I'm definitely going with a pork sandwich, Tony Lukes is where i'm thinking but I'm not positive yet. Again, thanks for the suggestions and keep them coming.

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                  Tony Luke's
                  625 Highway 33, Trenton, NJ 08619

                  1. re: liebo34

                    There is a Tony Luke's in the ballpark itself, but the line can be long. Also, I don't know how the quality there compares to the original stand.

                    1. re: liebo34

                      you know that's not the address of the Tony Luke's you want, right? It is Oregon Ave at Front Street in Phila

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                      Tony Luke's
                      625 Highway 33, Trenton, NJ 08619

                3. re: Hungryin theBurbs

                  Is Tony Luke's still open in NYC? I know they used to have one up there. If it were me, I'd wake up at the crack of dawn, beat the traffic, and hit Reading Terminal Market (like for DiNic's) since there is nothing at all like that in the big apple.

                  1. re: bluehensfan

                    I'm pretty sure it closed a while ago.

                4. FYI, John's is closed on weekends. Tony Luke's would be a good place to hit before the game.

                  Actually, there's some great food at the ballpark too. You can get a Schmitter, crab fries or some great BBQ.

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                  1. re: lawgirl3278

                    Where can you get GREAT BBQ at the ballpark? I have never had GREAT BBQ in Philadelphia (though the ribs at Le Cochon Noir on Parkside qualify if you count ribs as BBQ) as do a few cut up oil drums I'd encountered around Cobb's Creek.

                    1. re: phillyjazz

                      I assume she means Bull's BBQ. I dunno if it's great, but their sausage is actually really good.

                      Planet Hoagie, McNally's (home of the Schmitter), and Tony Luke's (the one in the ballpark) are actually good, probably great by ballpark standards, but the lines are insane and quality is not always consistent. Definitely don't get a Schmitter that has been sitting under the heatlamp all game.

                      If you are a beer drinker, take the time to find a stall that sells microbrews. For the same price as as Miller Lite, you can get a Victory Hop Devil which besides being 3x tastier also has nearly 3x as much alcohol. They have other local microsbrews too. These are spread all around the park so you won't need to look far.

                      CBP is really one of the best stadiums for eating and drinking. Also see this Chow feature about CBP and other parks: http://www.chow.com/stories/11770

                      1. re: barryg

                        .. but remember even if the beer you drink has 3X the alcohol, regurgitating on phellow Philles phans is phrowned upon <g>.

                  2. hey, have fun in philly & at the ballgame!!
                    My sis is taking my nephew to the game; he's a huge met's fan..
                    they live by Freehold, NJ, but realized it's a lot easier and pleasurable to go to the games in Citizen's Bank Park, instead of the new Citibank Field in NY,,,

                    She's also looking for good chow !!!

                    1. Great Crabs at Chickie and Pete's very close to the park.