It is often considered the city of brotherly love – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is also the known for their love of really good food. Just like various big cities across the country, Philadelphia is a hub of several different cultures and backgrounds that offer diverse tastes that often rely on some indulgent eats that make them different from other towns.
The following are five top choices when you need a lunch or dinner break after seeing monuments like the Liberty Bell or the infamous Rocky Steps – you may need a few trips up and down after some of these rich meals.
Dalessandro’s Steaks – 600 Wendover Street
One of the dishes that the city of brotherly love considers their own is the Philly Cheesesteak sandwich, which is exactly what it sounds like – cheese with chopped steak placed inside a hoagie with a few extra goodies that include some onions. What makes Dalessandro’s unique is the location in a local neighborhood that caters to those who know their cheesesteaks.
It starts with fresh cut rib-eye steak that is diced up and cooked on the skillet, and then there’s a choice between American cheese and provolone. The varieties that can be added include mushrooms, pepper steak, and even a pizza makeover with the traditional pizza sauce and provolone cheese. There are other options that include a meatball sandwich and chicken cheesesteak sandwiches.
Rex 1516 – 1516 South Street
The building was a mansion, but has faded just a bit to have a brand new charm as a restaurant that offers some Southern flair in their menu thanks to the main chef, Justin Swain, who was raised in Philadelphia and trained by experts from the state of Alabama. It’s a restaurant that offers a variety of delicious treats like cornbread baked in a skillet with some compound butter or a pot pie filled with three different cheeses and fresh crawfish.
The house hamburger includes pimento cheese with some spicy heat along with crispy red onions, lettuce, and bacon. Brunch offers a chicken and waffles plate with poached eggs and a creole hollandaise sauce, along with French toast with some butter rum bananas and butter with some cinnamon and pecan bits.
Brick American Eatery – 1708 Lombard Street
A perfect place to get some good food while on a little bit of a travel budget, Brick does provide some great options while only open about five hours each weeknight. It’s worth it if you can get through the crowd so that you can enjoy a decent American bistro experience that also features a piano bar for that little bit of extra charm. Patrons can enjoy some unique appetizers that include cheeseburger spring rolls with some chipotle ketchup for dipping, or even some mac and cheese with short rib meat.
One of the signature plates include Maryland-inspired crab cakes that have large chunks of meat and are served with fries and coleslaw. There’s also steak frites – a French meal of steak and fries – served with a choice of a béarnaise sauce on the steak or a house-made black pepper butter.
Bistro Romano – 120 Lombard Street
When there is someone in your traveling group that is a bit of a history buff, they are likely going to enjoy a trip to Bistro Romano that is set within a building that was first constructed in the 1700s and was also an endpoint for those traveling in the Underground Railroad. It’s an Italian restaurant that offers some fine dining pasta plates like their Ravioli di Aragost – combining lobster shipped from Maine and some lobster cream sauce inside each ravioli.
Stick around for dessert, as they provide a ricotta cheesecake that is topped with lemon zest and a raspberry puree. With all of the fine food to choose from, Bistro Romano also has a wine cellar that was once part of the Underground Railroad.
Morimoto – 723 Chestnut Street
If you have ever wanted to enjoy some top-notch Japanese cooking by someone who has earned the title of Iron Chef, then Morimoto is the place to go. It’s also very close to the earlier mentioned Liberty Bell. Among the different lunch options, one of the popular dishes include the Morimoto Tempura – different types of tempura served over steamed rice and three different sauces for dipping.
Fish is a staple with a rainbow trout dish that is served crispy and whole with a tofu sauce, some pickled daikon radish, and a tiny bit of cilantro. There is also lemon-brined chicken fillet served with a carrot curry that is caramelized.