The Best Food in Philly

philly-foodPhiladelphia is known for its food. Whether you’re a local or just visiting, there are certain dishes and treats that are standouts in the city. I’ve been working on this post for weeks, polling friends on their favorites and trying to narrow down my own personal recommendations. After careful consideration, here is a list of the must-eat items in Philly.

cannoliCannoli from Termini Bros. and Isgro
I challenge you to find a better cannoli than at these two bakeries. It’s a toss-up; I can’t decide which is better.
Termini Bros: 1523 S. 8th Street (South Philly); additional locations at Reading Terminal Market and Comcast Center.
Isgro: 1009 Christian Street (Italian Market/Bella Vista). {Image 1; image 2}

budinoSalted Caramel Budino from Barbuzzo
The restaurant is arguably most famous for this dessert. Once you eat it, you will totally understand. It’s unforgettable.
110 S. 13th Street (Midtown Village). {Image}

royalBurger from Royal Tavern
The famous burger from one of my favorite spots comes topped with bacon, smoked gouda, caramelized onions, and chili mayo. They also offer a ton of vegan options (like the Tempeh Club) and ridiculously delicious bar food. (Can you tell I have a deep love for this place?)
937 E. Passyunk Avenue (Bella Vista). {Image}

sabrinasStuffed French Toast from Sabrina’s Cafe
You can’t go wrong with any choice at this epic breakfast/brunch spot, but the stuffed French toast is what they are known for. They’ve been serving the classic and special seasonal variations for years, and it’s one of their most popular menu items.
Locations at 910 Christian St (Italian Market/Bella Vista); 1804 Callowhill Street (Art Museum/Fairmount); 227 N. 34th Street (University City); and 50 E. Wynnewood Road (Wynnewood, PA). {Image}

picasPizza from Pica’s
Technically, it’s outside of the city, but a better pizza you will not find. Square pies with cheese on the crust, sauce on top…it doesn’t get better than this. Even Tina Fey loves it.
7803 West Chester Pike, Upper Darby, PA. {Image}

pizzabrainPizza from Pizza Brain
Pizza Brain (the world’s first pizzeria & pizza museum) is a totally different style from Pica’s. It’s classic pizza with the freshest ingredients and interesting flavor combinations.
2313 Frankford Avenue (Fishtown). {Image}

lacolombeCoffee from La Colombe
The best cup in the city.
1135 Frankford Avenue (Fishtown); 130 S. 19th Street (Rittenhouse Square); & 1414 South Penn Square (Center City). {Image}

sarconesItalian Hoagie from Sarcone’s
Full disclosure: I’ve never had an Italian hoagie, but this sandwich is legendary here. I have had Sarcone’s bread, and it is heavenly.
734 S. 9th Street (Italian Market). {Image}

villadiromaRed Gravy (Spaghetti and Meatballs) from Villa di Roma
This no-frills Italian restaurant is an icon in itself, and the spaghetti and meatballs prove why: the gravy is authentic and tastes like an Italian grandmother made it.
932-935 S. 9th Street (Italian Market/Bella Vista). {Image}
mercatoRisotto from Mercato
Their risotto, which changes seasonally, is the best I’ve ever had.
1216 Spruce Street (Midtown Village). {Image}

talula'sCheese plate from Talula’s Garden
Talula’s Garden’s Aimee Olexy has an education in cheese. She offers diners a full menu of cheese plates at Talula’s. They rotate seasonally and based on availability, but whenever you go, you’re in for a real treat.
201 W. Washington Square (Washington Square). {Image}

philipssteakCheesesteak from Philip’s Steaks
Personally, I’m disgusted by them, but people love a cheesesteak. For the best version of the city’s iconic food, forget the Pat’s vs. Geno’s bullshit and go to Philip’s, a no-frills, outdoor standing-room-only, walk-up shack on a forgotten strip of Passyunk Avenue that serves the best cheesesteak in the city.
2234 W. Passyunk Avenue (South Philly). {Image}

Philly locals: share some of your favorite Philly foods in the comments!

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