Trip Review - First time in Philadelphia
Just returned from my first trip to Philadelphia, and I have to say that I'm very impressed. An overview follows:
-Capogiro Gelato - Very good wheat bagel with cream cheese
-Zavino: excellent margherita pizza; great eggplant/roasted red foccaccia
-Paesano: excellent Gustaio, but a bit wet(flatbread was soaked through)
-DiBruno Brothers: great ficelle, cheddar, and roasted veggies for a make-your-own sandwich
-DiNiC's: good roast pork sandwich
-Federal Doughnut: excellent fried chicken
-Zavino: excellent gnocci with red sauce; great brussel sprouts; good "Joey" pizza with sausage; good tiramisu
-Bistro Romano: okay fish; okay pasta; great tiramisu; good cannoli
-Amada: excellent pork flatbread; good avocado/greens salad; excellent berenjenas(whipped ricotta eggplant dish); good patatas bravas; excellent creme catalana
-Bassett's Ice Cream: good cookie dough; great WHYY
-Federal Doughnut: excellent latte donut; good chocolate sea salt donut; good gingerbread donut
-Metropolitan bakery: good almond polenta cake; good fig bars; millet muffin TBD
-Wilbur's: great dark and milk chocolate kisses
-Blue Mountain Vineyards: great white wines; okay red wines
-Weyerbacher Belgian tripel: great Belgian
We liked Philly in general, but only were able to explore Center City as we were just there for 2 nights and didn't have a car. Some favorites:
Franklin Institute: Awesome science museum for a mechanical engineer/kid at heart. Tons of hands-on exhibits.
Rocky Steps: Had to run up the steps at the art museum, and happened to find an outdoor workout group up top that I joined with briefly to do squats, stairs, and push-ups.
Exploring around Market/Chestnut/13th streets was nice too.
I would recommend Philly for a weekend trip to explore.