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Oct 22, 2010 12:56 PM

Bostonian Coming to Town -- Looking for Nontouristy Local Faves

I'm heading to Philly for a few days next month and will be staying downtown (near City Hall). We're going to be looking mostly for casual spots that are more local favorites rather than touristy places, and would love to find the following that are within maybe a half hour walk from downtown:

burgers, hot dogs

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, thanks!

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  1. Italian is easy for where you're located. Plenty of wonderful byobs in walkable distance. I'd recommend checking out Salento, Melograno, Branzino, and Caffe Casta Diva, just to name a few. Check each's website to see if their menus appeal.

    For burgers, I'd check out Village Whiskey, Good Dog, or Pub & Kitchen.

    1. Italian - Melograno or Salento. Both BYO and really great. Salento is a little less known and a touch less expensive (tho Melograno is also very fairly priced), and easier to get a table.

      Deli - Haven't been yet, but Delicatessen is supposed to be really good. Otherwise, either Famous Fourth Street Deli, or Kibitz Room (plan to share since the portions are ginormous)

      Steakhouse - don't go much so ask some others here...

      burgers, hot dogs - best burger by far is Village Whiskey. This place it spot on for great drinks and food, but go at a weird time or you'll never get a table. For best gourmet hot dog - Varga Bar. They do a Kobe chili dog my husband dies for.

      cheesesteak - ok, so you can go almost anywhere in the city and get a good one of these - for reals. You're very close to the Reading Terminal Market, so go there and check out all the fun foods, then get a cheesesteak while there. If you're willing to drive to South Philly, John's Roast Pork is the best by far. But you have to get there by noon or you'll miss out.

      Kibitz Room
      100 Springdale Rd Ste A2, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003

      1. BeerMistress' deli recommendations are great for Jewish deli. The corned beef, pastrami, and smoked fish at Famous is fantastic; I haven't been to Kibbitz Room.

        You should also get some Italian-style sandwiches at Paesano's (get anything) or Sarcone's (get the Old Fashioned Italian hoagie on long roll, or one of their veggie options) or as a backup Primo's. I don't think anywhere does sandwiches like this better than Philly.

        1. If you head to the Italian Market (9th Street, generally from Christian to south of Washington Ave), don't miss Paesano's for sandwiches. They don't do my favorite Italian hoagie, but everything else is stellar, their Liveracce (fried chicken livers) is phenomenal. My favorite Italian hoagie, not that you asked, is Sarcone's, just up the street at 9th and Fitzwater.

          1. Hi from yr fellow Bostonian! I was just there 2 wks ago. I had also started a thread, so check that one out. We stayed at the Courtyard Marriott, right across from City Hall. There is a little Italian sandwich shop next door. I had the roasted veg panini, and it was great! You don't have Chinese listed as an option, but we found thru CH some great places. All within walking distance.