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2017/04/08 13:37:44 (permalink)

Philadelphia - Ideas Welcome

Looks like searching here the last posts are years old. I did go through BillyBoy's trip report from 2015 and many of his mirrored what I have on my list. TnTinCT are headed there for a long weekend, I haven't been there since I was a kid, looking forward to lots of walking, seeing the sights, and most importantly - checking out the food!
Any "must do" ideas are welcome!
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Re: Philadelphia - Ideas Welcome 2017/04/08 17:26:15 (permalink)
Reading Terminal Market
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Re: Philadelphia - Ideas Welcome 2017/04/08 18:58:36 (permalink)
Tony Luke's for roast pork and rabe.
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Re: Philadelphia - Ideas Welcome 2017/04/09 10:59:08 (permalink)
http://www.ronsoriginal.com/
This is not a chain. They serve whats called an Oval. I always eat at the bar. These are the nicest people ever. I am in Philly all the time and I always go here at least once. 
 
http://www.delorenzostomatopies.com/
My experience at De Lorenzo's Tomato Pie ranks in the top 5 when it comes to eating in a Restaurant. Every single Patron was happy and involved in a conversation with the people at there table. I did not see one Cell Phone come out during the meal and all were smiling. The Staff which is obviously all related and by my guess about four generations was at ease and impeccable. I have never been so welcomed on a first time visit to a restaurant in my life. I am betting if it wasn't so lousy weather wise or i got there a little later I would have been waiting. This type of service does not exist anymore! So Sad. The Pizza is second to none. In the top 5 pizzas I have ever eaten. IMO the best available today. Worth the 30 minute trip from Philly!
 
https://www.yelp.com/biz/mole-poblano-restaurant-philadelphia
 
Philadelphia has a large Hispanic Community and this is my favorite spot. Great menu and the #13 is amazing.

 
http://www.splitrailtavern.com/
Great local Gastro Pub everything is good. 
West Chester is where I usually stay. great shopping and shops. Very safe and pretty easy to get everywhere. Excellent access to freeways without being too congested. 
 
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Re: Philadelphia - Ideas Welcome 2017/04/09 12:34:10 (permalink)
This is a Phlash bus route that is $2.00 a loop ride or free to 65 year old seniors. I thought this was a pretty good deal http://www.visitphilly.co...adelphia/phlash/ 
I think a Roast pork sandwich is a must. I had mine in Reading terminal at DiNic's I had mine with peppers and it was good. I liked the idea of reading terminal because when traveling with my wife and Mollie we all had different choices and different tastes. 
I loved the look and walking through the Italian market. The market has an old world look of yesteryear. There is a good cheese store well worth stopping at. There is also a well rated sandwich shop http://www.paesanosphillystyle.com they were rated really high for their pork over the years. 
You will need tickets for independence Hall and they are free. The visitors ctr will give these out with your allocated tour time. Check into a walking tour map of this area. There are a lot of things to see in a real small area. 
Have fun, we will cross our fingers for good weather for you and yours.....
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Re: Philadelphia - Ideas Welcome 2017/04/10 10:02:40 (permalink)
Bookbinders is a famous classic. Perhaps try the Snapper soup.That's what they're famous for.
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Re: Philadelphia - Ideas Welcome 2017/04/10 11:08:54 (permalink)
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Bookbinders is a famous classic. Perhaps try the Snapper soup.That's what they're famous for.




Tough to go to Bookbinder's since they are closed.
 
We love Villa di Roma.
 
http://www.villadiroma.com/
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Re: Philadelphia - Ideas Welcome 2017/04/10 11:30:01 (permalink)
Guess I'm the last to know.....
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Re: Philadelphia - Ideas Welcome 2017/04/10 12:41:04 (permalink)
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Tony Luke's for roast pork and rabe.


If I only had time for one sandwich in Philly that would be it!!!
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Re: Philadelphia - Ideas Welcome 2017/04/10 16:30:24 (permalink)
I agree with the choice of Tony Luke's for the Italian Roast Pork with broccoli rabe.  It's even better than John's or DiNic's, in my opinion.  For cheesesteaks, I highly recommend Mama's Pizzeria in Bala Cynwyd.  Don't let the name fool you.  They sell more cheesesteaks than pizza.  Northwest 'burbs of Philly.  Wonderful rolls, and they custom blend their own cheeses to top the cheesesteak.  Much better than the "big guys" in South Philly.  
 
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post edited by Glenn1234 - 2017/04/10 16:40:33
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Re: Philadelphia - Ideas Welcome 2017/04/10 16:37:53 (permalink)
I've got to agree with Tony Luke's. I've been John's and it was fine, but Tony Luke's has a je ne sais quois.

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Re: Philadelphia - Ideas Welcome 2017/04/11 08:18:23 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby ChiTownDiner 2017/04/11 08:33:16
TnTinCT, My usual Philly tour begins at Reading Terminal Market with a roast pork at Dinic's.  Then, a nice walk to Pat's & Geno's for a cheese steak throw down.  An espresso at Anthony's and some cheese shopping and sampling at DiBruno's and I'm ready for a nap.
 
For dinner, try Dante & Luigi's for great Italian Food.  It's safe, only a couple 2 tree guys got whacked there.  Or Porcini Restaurant & Giorgio on Pine(BYOB)for excellent & relatively inexpensive Italian food.  My favorite steakhouse would be DelFrisco's, pricey but the place is beautiful.
 
If by chance you are taking I-84 to the PA Turnpike, maybe we can schedule a mid trip snack in Pittston.
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Re: Philadelphia - Ideas Welcome 2017/04/11 09:15:55 (permalink)
I'm still waiting for someone to mention a good old hoagie, a sandwich besides a cheesesteak or pork.  I'll nominate the Mamma Mia at Campo's, around 2nd and Market.

Mamma Mia - $10.00

Prosciutto, Sopressata, Old-Fashioned Capocolla, Sharp Provolone, Hot & Sweet Roasted Peppers
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Re: Philadelphia - Ideas Welcome 2017/04/11 10:24:29 (permalink)
Thanks everyone for all the suggestions! Many of them were on my list, but definitely some new ideas here, and I also appreciate the "narrowing down" of some of the options. A roast pork sandwich was on the list, so the consensus above will help if we are only squeezing one in.  For cheesesteaks, I have 9 places on my list right now, and while we might fit in 2, definitely won't be eating 9, and I see a couple thoughts above to consider. We're going to head down through New Jersey and look to fit in Delorenzo's for tomato pie, and a walk around Princeton. Heading home I'm not sure what might be open on Easter Sunday so that's still open. Joe, I don't think we'll be driving up through PA west on this trip plus it's Easter Sunday so not sure that will work out this time around, but the offer is appreciated!
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Re: Philadelphia - Ideas Welcome 2017/04/11 11:54:50 (permalink)
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  It's safe, only a couple 2 tree guys got whacked there.  


That's hilarious!  Haven't heard that since I lived in Boston.  Whitey Bulger lived on my street before fleeing to Argentina.  He whacked 2 tree guys or maybe 20.  Whatever.
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Re: Philadelphia - Ideas Welcome 2017/04/13 12:17:14 (permalink)
Sorry to hijack the thread for a personal story, but someone above mentioned Bala Cynwyd where I had a kind of Roadfood adventure almost 50 years ago.
 
Two of us were painting office furniture in a new office complex in BC.  We got there about 5pm and the one night job turned out to be a lot bigger than we expected.  We finally got out of there at 10am the next morning, famished and tired, not having eating in 14 hrs and having worked 17 hrs. 
 
We found a Jeno's about 10:30, but it wasn't open so we decided to go back to the motel for a nap.  We woke up at 10:30 PM and hustled back over to Jeno's before they closed.  Jeno's served KFC and we each ordered a 15 piece bucket for $5, and ate a big Jeno's burger and huge coke while we waited, not having eaten in over 26 hours.
 
We went back to the motel, ate chicken, and slept another 10 hrs. The next morning, having taken 24 hrs to recover from our ordeal, we looked into our buckets to find that we had each eaten 13 pieces of chicken the night before.
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Re: Philadelphia - Ideas Welcome 2017/04/14 06:06:49 (permalink)
Nice story
However, the restaurant was 'Gino's" not 'Jenos'
They were founded by Gino Marchetti (a Baltimore Colts football player) and were a string presence in the Mid Atlantic states in the '60's and '70s. They signed an early agreement with Colonel Sanders to make and sell his chicken. For years they were the only place in Eastern Pennsylvania you could buy KFC
They sold out to Marriot in the early '80's and the restaurants all became Roy Rogers.
 
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Re: Philadelphia - Ideas Welcome 2017/04/14 06:26:02 (permalink)
Gino's returned a few years ago. I think there are two locations, both in Maryland.
 
They only sell chicken strips, not KFC.  Been a few times, usually with a Groupon offer.
 
Good, but not like it used to be (what is? )
 
http://www.ginosgiant.com/
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Re: Philadelphia - Ideas Welcome 2017/04/14 13:42:40 (permalink)
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Nice story
However, the restaurant was 'Gino's" not 'Jenos'
They were founded by Gino Marchetti (a Baltimore Colts football player) and were a string presence in the Mid Atlantic states in the '60's and '70s. They signed an early agreement with Colonel Sanders to make and sell his chicken. For years they were the only place in Eastern Pennsylvania you could buy KFC
They sold out to Marriot in the early '80's and the restaurants all became Roy Rogers.
 


Great info. Yes, Gino's was a huge presence in N VA as they had a connection w/ the older Top's Drive In and even served their famous burger "The Sirloiner". They were a family fave as my folks could get KFC and we could have burgers. They were based in King Of Prussia and bought the Rustler chain near the end of their run.
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Re: Philadelphia - Ideas Welcome 2017/04/17 18:00:31 (permalink)
I think you've already taken your trip, but we have a special fondness for the hot chocolate at RIM Cafe, which we were introduced to by Travelin Man and CheeseWit.
 
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