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Old 05-29-2017, 01:39 PM
 
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if I'm trying to base a trip to Philly strictly for food what restaurants are not to be missed? I like comfort food and casual places. I looked on Tripadvisor and have down so far:
Beiler's Bakery-Cinnamon buns

John's Water Ice- Water ice

Stogie Joe's- Stromboli

Jim's Steaks- Cheesesteak

Philadelphia Soft Pretzel Inc- Pretzel

Little Nonna's- Pasta

Bassetts- Ice cream cone

DiNic's- Brisket sandwich

Essen Bakery- Challah


How about any really good pizza place? Too many options on Yelp and I don't typically trust Yelp for pizza reviews!
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Old 05-29-2017, 03:34 PM
 
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if I'm trying to base a trip to Philly strictly for food what restaurants are not to be missed? I like comfort food and casual places. I looked on Tripadvisor and have down so far:
Beiler's Bakery-Cinnamon buns

John's Water Ice- Water ice

Stogie Joe's- Stromboli

Jim's Steaks- Cheesesteak

Philadelphia Soft Pretzel Inc- Pretzel

Little Nonna's- Pasta

Bassetts- Ice cream cone

DiNic's- Brisket sandwich

Essen Bakery- Challah


How about any really good pizza place? Too many options on Yelp and I don't typically trust Yelp for pizza reviews!
Bassetts and Beiler's are inside the Reading Terminal Market. The Dutch Eating Place(next to Beiler's)and Down Home Dinner are also inside the Market. In fact if you have limited time, just go the market and skip the others on your list for another time.

Be warned the Market is a tourist destination but, we locals love it too.
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Old 05-29-2017, 06:11 PM
 
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Bassetts and Beiler's are inside the Reading Terminal Market. The Dutch Eating Place(next to Beiler's)and Down Home Dinner are also inside the Market. In fact if you have limited time, just go the market and skip the others on your list for another time.

Be warned the Market is a tourist destination but, we locals love it too.
What do you is the ideal, dream eating day?
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Old 05-29-2017, 06:35 PM
 
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It depends on what experience you are looking for? Pop culture, strictly foodie or historic/authentic Philadelphia. I like some history with my meal, especially more recent history during my lifetime so I'm a pop culture foodie.

Be prepared for long wait times depending on when you visit.
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Old 05-30-2017, 08:41 AM
 
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What do you is the ideal, dream eating day?
Most any place that has outside seating/dining. Of course the weather is a factor wrt how pleasant that can be.
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Old 05-30-2017, 09:43 AM
 
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Most any place that has outside seating/dining. Of course the weather is a factor wrt how pleasant that can be.
LOL I'm a glutton. I meant like with food.
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Old 05-30-2017, 12:04 PM
 
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I prefer Franklin Fountain or Weckerly's to Bassett's. At RTM, I'd go for Flying Monkey over Bassett's. I don't know of any ice cream I hate, but Bassett's seems mainstreamed around here rather than a "must have". There is probably history to the ice cream I don't know about.
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Old 05-31-2017, 09:44 AM
 
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Either Pat's or Geno's for cheesesteaks. They are overpriced, underwhelming, employees are asses, and it's a huge tourist trap, but it is the most famous place for them.

I've eaten at Pat's once, and never again. Never bothered to try Geno's.
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Old 05-31-2017, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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John's water ice is good-but not too many flavors if I remember. I'm partial to Italiano's in South Philly and Tranzilli's in Germantown.

The best pizza in the city is Taconelli's in Port Richmond-but you have to call ahead and reserve the dough. If you are in Manayunk Marchianno's has the best tomato pie, and very very good strombolis.
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Old 05-31-2017, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Eureka CA
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We enjoyed the food at Sakura on Race Street in Chinatown. Soup dumplings!
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