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CULINARY EXPLORATION IN PENNSILVANIA

 PHILADELPHIA

PHILLY =  WIT OR WITOUT

It's true what they say this city is fueled on cheese steak. And you when you get here, you want to get the best. I put my favorite picks below, as well as some great restaurants in their amazing Chinatown. I ran across a place that actually let you pick your meal out of the fish tanks in the lobby, then cook it up while you wait. This is a city full of history and delicious sandwiches. But before you place your order, make sure you got the lingo down, One wit and wiz. Go ahead and ring the bell.

The Pig

PIG'S PICKS

Where to eat Chinese & cheese-steaks in Philadelphia

TONY LUKES

PIG SCORE: 4.0 / 4.0

WHAT: THE KING OF CHEESE STEAK

PRICE: $ - $$

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

39 E Oregon Ave,

Philadelphia, PA 19148

WHAT TO ORDER: 

  • Cheesesteak wiz wit

  • Roast Pork Italian

WHY: I tried twelve cheese steaks in one day, and these guys were the best. If you're going to Philly and want to try what the locals line up for, this is your place. The slop factor is on the high side, so get extra napkins.

TAI LAKE RESTAURANT

PIG SCORE: 3.9 / 4.0

WHAT: CHINESE SEAFOOD

PRICE: $$ - $$$

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

134 N 10th St,

Philadelphia, PA 19107

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Prawns (sushimi style0

  • Crab

WHY: The freshest seafood you can get. Walk in the lobby and see the immaculately clean fish tanks filled with live seafood. Pick what you want for dinner, they scoop it out and cook it up. Listen to me on this one, get the prawns. They serve you the tails sushimi style and fry the heads. Don't be squeamish, eat the heads they are amazing. 

McNALLEY'S

PIG SCORE: 3.9 / 4.0

WHAT: ONE AMAZING BAR SANDWICH 

PRICE: $$  

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

8634 Germantown Ave,

Philadelphia, PA 19118

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • The Schmitter

WHY: Behind the green door with the brass nameplate, is a simple bar with an amazing sandwich. After my long day of trying every Cheesesteak this city had to offer I ended up sitting at the bar ordering two more sandwiches. When the Schmitter arrived I ate almost the whole thing. Possibly the best quasi cheesesteak in Philly.

DAVID'S MAI LAI WAH

PIG SCORE: 3.9 / 4.0

WHAT: QUALITY CHINESE

PRICE: $$ - $$$

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

1001 Race St,

Philadelphia, PA 19107

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Salt & pepper chicken wings

WHY: Piece is one of the best independent pizzerias in the country. They brew their own beer and make some outstanding pies.  I love their thin crust and quality toppings, they are a solid performer time after time.

JOHN'S ROAST PORK

PIG SCORE: 3.8 / 4.0

WHAT: QUINTESSENTIAL PHILLY 

PRICE: $$ 

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

14 E Snyder Ave,

Philadelphia, PA 19148

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Cheesesteak

  • Italian roast pork sandwich

WHY: Standing in line a customer started asking why it was taking so long, the cook turned around and told her in classic Philly fashioned "Lady you see the line? Quality takes time." This place is worth the wait. Delicious and classic Philly.

PANAG'S

PIG SCORE: 3.8 / 4.0

WHAT: CHINESE NOODLES

PRICE: $$ 

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

117 N 10th St,

Philadelphia, PA 19107

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Mee siam

WHY: I love Asian noodles, and they have a great dish called Mee Siam, it is like the Asian noodle version of a everything but the kitchen sink dish. Just a ton of amazing flavorful stuff.

DALESSANDRO'S

PIG SCORE: 3.6 / 4.0

WHAT: CHEESE STEAK HOAGIES

PRICE: $ - $$

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

600 Wendover St,

Philadelphia, PA 19128

WHAT TO ORDER: 

  • CheeseSteak

WHY: One of the best cheese steaks I tried and in a cool old counter service setting. Make sure to get extra wiz as it needs the slop factor.

READING TERMINAL MARKET

PIG SCORE: 3.3 / 4.0

WHAT: PUBLIC MARKET

PRICE: $$ 

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

51 N 12th St,

Philadelphia, PA 19107

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Handmade chocolates

  • Peeking Duck

  • Canollis

WHY: One of the best public markets in the country. Stroll the isles looking for your lunch, or just agreat way to blow a couple of hours. 

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