Stopover in Philly - where to eat?
- jubilant cerise Jan 9, 2014 03:20 PM
I'm excited to be visiting for the first time! Unfortunately it's short - an evening plus the next day before heading out again in the late afternoon. Where can this lone traveller get some tasty and reasonably affordable eats? Recs for local coffee/tea shops, bakeries and delis/ethnic grocery shops are welcome as well.
My hotel is near Center City and I don't drive, so walking distance is preferable. I will be in the Kensington area for part of my stopover as well, so if it's along the public transit routes between these areas that would work, too.
Thanks in advance for your recs!
Center city is pretty big, but let's assume you're willing to walk to Rittenhouse, which is one of the nicer areas of the city.
I'd recommend Elixir for coffee, Parc for lunch (it's a French bistro), DiBruno Bros for the gourmet deli vibe, and Vernick's for affordable yet super cool dinner scene. It can be a little hard to get a reservation there, but there are tons of other good reasonably priced options in the center, too. You really can't go wrong. I haven't tried it yet, but another hot restaurant is Le Cheri which is French and I think most entrees are like $26. Finally, my favorite is Vedge, but that's vegan so not sure if it's your thing, but eminently delicious and not expensive.
I heartily second the recommendation there. For breakfast go to Dutch Eating place for great pancakes, or if you want something different, you will find the lamb hash at the Border Springs Lamb Stall to be fantastic.
Lunch, you have the roast pork and broccoli rabe sandwich at DiNics (get it wet). Beck's Cajun Cafe serves a good muffaletta, po boys, jambalaya, and a cajun version of the Philly Cheesesteak. Sang Kee has a decent dumpling soup there that will be big enough to fill you up for about five dollars. Other snacks there include Millers Twist handmade pretzels, beilers doughnuts, Bassetts Ice Cream, hoagies at Salumeria. This is all under one roof and at very reasonable prices. Depending where you are in CC you could take regional rail from Suburban Station to Market East. RTM is 1 block away from the Market East train station. You are also close to Chinatown there, where there are lots of options..