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Philadelphia is consistently evolving to be a power player in the culinary game. From Michael Solomonov to Rich Landau, there are many people that contribute to its evolution. During my two and a half years here I’ve seen a lot. I’ve seen restaurants open, close and sometimes even re-brand because their initial concept wasn’t working. It’s fascinating, especially being from New York because I’ve also seen some of my hometown favorites make a splash in this scene as well. Although there are many spots I love to grab a bite from in Philly, this time I’m focusing on the basics. Here are four of my favorite places that I think you should check out in Philadelphia.

Beiler's Doughnuts
Beiler’s Doughnuts is great for those with a sweet tooth. From Oreo Creme doughnuts to apple fritters, they’ve got something for everyone.

Beiler’s Doughnuts

I am a sucker for sweets. I love desserts. Honestly, if I could just eat sweets all day I would! However, everything should be consumed in moderation! (Do foodies really live by that rule though?) The brain child of Alvin Beiler, now run by his sons Kevin and Keith Beiler, is a classic food stop that people make when visiting Reading Terminal. Their Apple Fritters and Apple Cider doughnuts are a must. Also they have an assortment of doughnuts that will appeal to everyone’s palate. Reading Terminal is amazing in itself, but this is a must!

Wiz Kid

Vegetarians, vegans, plant-based lovers (or however else you choose to identify) this place is for you. Why? It’s tasty plant-based food that is budget friendly. This place is the fast food joint from the owners of Vedge and V Street, which are reputable vegan friendly restaurants. Vedge is more on the higher end, V Street is in the middle and Wiz Kid is on the lower end. The Korean Fried Tempeh, known as the KFT is one of the popular dishes served here. I’ve also tried the Wiz Kid Philly (seitan based), which is good too. The Rutabaga Wiz (vegan cheese) is pretty good and although I’m not a vegetarian, I found the food to be pretty yummy and the drinks refreshing. They do have a bar so you can add alcohol to their homemade drinks making it the perfect balance for happy hour!

 

Korean Fried Tempeh
The Korean Fried Tempeh also known as the KFT.

Spice 28

This place is one of my favorites because I’ve never had a bad meal here. One of my favorite meals to order when I go here is the Penang Curry with Chicken. The fried rice and the Asian greens are some of my go-to dishes as well. They have a phenomenal happy hour which features an assortment of foods ranging from Chicken Satay to Dumplings in Chili Oil. Drinks during happy hour run from $3-$6 which makes this a budget friendly spot. I’d also consider this a cute place for date night because the ambiance is casual, relaxed and dimmed lights are sprinkled throughout the restaurant.

The Penang Curry with Chicken is my go-to dish when visiting Spice 28.

Time Restaurant

Lovers of live jazz will fall in love with this place. Located on Sansom Street between 13th and Juniper, this venue is unique not only for the jazz, but for the dance party on Saturdays and their amazing whiskey bar. The shrimp and grits and wings are my favorites here, but the happy hour deals here are pretty good as well. This is a great place to visit any day of the week, whether you’re out with your friends or want grab a bite with bae. The vibes are good and you will leave here full and satisfied.

shrimp and grits from Time Restaurant.
Shrimp and grits from Time Restaurant.

This is just a sampling of what my city has to offer. But don’t worry, there’s more to come. If you plan to visit any of these places, let me know your thoughts in the comments below. And if there’s a restaurant we’ve just got to try tweet us. I look forward to continue to provide more places that are great and will make you fall in love with Philadelphia. Do not sleep on Philly!

 

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With the weekend approaching, everyone is pulling out their best as they prepare for the line up at Roots Picnic this year. Celebrating it’s 10th year, The Roots Picnic have some of the best in the hip hop, R&b and rap game headlining the show. With acts like Pharrell and Solange, festival goers are bound to be at Penn’s Landing all day and now, won’t have to do so on an empty stomach.

With no re-entry possible, it’s going to be hard to avoid the food trucks that may just charge way more than you were hoping to spend. That’s why you eat before you go, like mama always told you. Except in this case, you’re grabbing mimosas too. Here’s a few brunch spots you can swing by to before doors even open at Roots Picnic. Don’t see your favorite brunch spot on the list? Email us at info@foodbeforelove.com

Miles Table 

Our Tip: Miles Table always has a special feature on their menu that is not to be missed. Not to mention, they’re BYOB.

Price: $$

Location: 1620 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19146

Miles Table French Toast
Miles Table

Cafe Ynez

Our Tip: This Mexican brunch spot is likely to give you the most bang for your buck with low prices and heavy platters. Strictly for the very hungry. Also, BYOB.

Price: $$

Location: 2025 Washington Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19146

Green Eggs

Our tip: The wait at Green Eggs is always crazy so try to arrive as early as possible. They have three locations so play it smart with your crew. Also, BYOB.

Price: $$

Location: 212 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 +  719 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Red Velvet Pancakes - Green Eggs Cafe
Green Eggs Cafe

Jones Restaurant

Our tip: Jone’s always gives me a family friendly vibe but the brunch turn up can still be real. They like to bring the bottle of champagne over to the table so you can make your own mimosas but the adult milkshakes are a win too.

Price: $$

Location: 700 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Silk City

Our Tip: They don’t have bottomless here but the food is worth it. You can get pitchers of sangria for only $25 and if you’re feeling fancy, grab a pain killer cocktail for extra fun.

Price: $$

Location: 435 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Silk City Brunch
Silk City

Cafe Lift

Our Tip: It gets noisy in here but the Cannoli French Toast will help you forget about all that. Get here early too + it’s BYOB

Price: $$

Location: 428 N 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Sabrina’s

Our tip: Do not try and eat the stuffed french toast by yourself. I repeat, do not try and eat the stuffed french toast, by yourself.

Price: $$

Location: 910 Christian St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Stuffed French Toast Sabrina's Cafe
Sabrina’s Cafe

Honey, Sit & Eat

Our tip: These guys are cash only so be sure to visit the ATM before grabbing a seat here.

Price: $-$$

Location: 2101 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19146 + 800 N 4th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

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Traveling while hungry Philly
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When you think of Philadelphia, your mind probably goes to its infamous cheesesteak. And we don’t blame you; it is a mouth-watering staple. However, you’d be missing out if you thought the food adventure ends there. Philadelphia is also known for a bevy of delectable cuisine that is not only fun, eclectic and tasty, but it won’t break the bank either. We’re talking soft pretzels, hoagies, barbecue hot dogs, Italian rolls and so much more. Don’t want to simply take our word for it? Come and join us for the next installment of our Traveling While Hungry Series as we make a much-needed stop in the City of Brotherly Love.

Departing from Manhattan on April 8, attendees will travel via bus to enjoy all the food Philly has to offer. One ticket covers a full day at the Philly Farm and Food Fest, where you can devour Mid-Atlantic eats (and some boozy libations), share in great laughter and create authentic connections with fellow foodies. And trust us, you’ll have plenty of time to venture out of your taste bud comfort zone. In addition to a cheesesteak run (yum!), the day will include an opportunity to explore the tastiest brunch spots, hit up the Italian Market and take part in the prohibition mixology tour. But no worries! We’ll be hanging as group so you’ll never be alone. Food truly brings people together and you’re guaranteed a memorable experience that will last a lifetime.

Tickets are available for purchase for $147.00 per individual. Please visit link to RSVP and get more details here. Each attendee will also get a Must Eat Guide to help get the most out of their trip. Sound like fun? See you soon!

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Traveling while hungry Philly

 

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Revolution Tacos Korean Short Rib
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In my latest trip to Philadelphia, I was on the hunt for the best tacos and came across Revolution Tacos. It was a close walk from my hotel, so I figured why not go check it out? It was early afternoon and I walked in anticipating a long line. There were only a few people ahead of me so I was beyond pleased. After all, my stomach was begging for some grub.

What I loved about the menu, was that they weren’t afraid to play around with ingredients. From cauliflower tacos, to braised pork ribs and duck confit, my eyes widened over the options. Revolution Tacos also offers burritos, empanadas and rice bowls so there’s defintely something for everyone. Before I ordered my two tacos, I had to get a jarrito. Jarritos are popular Mexican sodas and they pack a punch in flavor. It was so refreshing to kick back and wait for my order with my jarrito in hand.

Revolution Tacos Jarrito's

Finally, the Korean short rib and Chipotle BBQ brisket tacos were ready for me and my sweetheart. Because we ordered two tacos each, it was perfect to mix and match without having to share. The short rib was lathered in the aoli sauce. It didn’t cause for a mess and it was sticky against the tortilla. The meat was tender and paired well with the freshness of the cilantro sprinkled over it.

Revolution Tacos Korean Short Rib

However, the Chipotle BBQ Brisket tacos stole the show. I’m not a huge fan of slaw but the crunchiness of it, with the heat of the jalapenos, just made it a bite worth bragging about. There was an additional crunchy texture brought to the table by the crispy shallots. This diminished the original qualities the shallots would normally have, which I’m not a huge fan of. It was instead replaced for texture and allowed the other flavors to blossom. Revolution Tacos had to have served me one of the best tacos I’ve ever had. The chicken was also dipped in a sauce that served up a kick and it was a happy marriage in between the tortilla. I plan to return again.

Revolution Tacos Chipotle BBQ Brisket

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JONES CHICKEN NACHOS
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I stumbled upon Jones restaurant due to an unwarranted case of hunger with a group of friends looking for their next bite. I later came to find out that it’s considered a local favorite and it’s now on my must revisit list.

You definitely get that family favorite vibe when you walk in.  It’s somewhere you can bring the kids or friends and family visiting from out of town.

I grabbed the nearest booth and took a peek at the menu. Being that I have a standing love affair with loaded nachos, the Jones Chicken Nachos quickly grabbed my attention. It taste just like how you expect chicken nachos to taste, but better! Each ingredient uniquely making itself known on your palate. It had the right amount of cheese, chicken, peppers and nachos. If I recall correctly, we were on the verge of ordering another!

JONES CHICKEN NACHOS

To pair perfectly with my absolutely delicious tasting nachos, I decided on another Philly favorite.  A boozy milkshake! Jones takes a whole ton of pride in their liquored up shakes and after having one, I found out why.

I ordered the Creamsicle, a childhood favorite flavor of mine, and was utterly blown away by the first sip. (Insert flashback here…) The year is 1998 and a pig tail wearing, high spirited younger version of myself is standing in front of the ice cream truck ordering creamsicle flavored ice cream. Wow! I never anticipated a restaurant invoking such a memory like that from the flavor of shake. However, by pairing that wonderful flavor with alcohol, made the experience that much better.

Jones Creamsicle boozy milkshake

So be sure to put Jones on your to eat list for your next trip on the road.

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PYT BURGER with waffle fries
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PYT Burger was on my to-eat list for a long time and the great part about most places in Philadelphia, is that they serve adult shakes. It was a nicer day when I walked up to PYT so we opted to sit outside and enjoy the ambiance. Our server took longer than we would like but she was very pleasant and didn’t mind all the questions we had.

PYT Burger

I ordered the PYT Burger since I planned to go back and try the rest of the menu someday. I also ordered the cookies and cream shake but I wish I had the birthday cake, which was one thee most amazing milkshakes I’ve had. The burger itself was hearty and I was pleased with the temperature of the burger that was spot on. Messy burgers are normally the best and the PYT Burger was no different. You do have to order fries separately so I went for the waffle fries, which were fried to perfection.

PYT BURGER with waffle fries

Now if Philly is too far, don’t fret. You can still get fine drinks with fine people in NYC at their latest opening at 334 Bowery. Welcome to the city PYT Burger!

Fine Drinks Fine People

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