Mr/Mrs TnTinCT headed to Philadelphia for a long weekend; my personal goal - cheesesteak and the Liberty Bell. We manged to fit a lot more in over what turned out to be two and a half days, here's a quick review.
We headed down on a Thursday, with plans to stop at De Lorenzo's Tomato Pie in New Jersey for lunch; they close at 2pm. We had a rough morning - a small flood before we left home, and then a small delay when they closed the George Washington Bridge over to NJ for an hour an half on the way down. We ended up killing a little time, and got to De Lorenzo's when they opened at 4p, since we ended up missing that lunch window. We really enjoyed this place. We started with the house greens, which also included some nice apples and candied walnuts.
We split a small half sausage, half meatball tomato pie. This was delicious; the sausage was a stand out, porky with great spice, and the meatballs were soft in texture with a robust, garlicy flavor. If you are ever in the Robbinsville, NJ area this should be on your must-do list.
Here's one of my must-do sights -
And some other interesting things around town -
Independence Hall below - we couldn't get tickets as they sold out early, but we did visit the US Mint nearby. That was really interesting, but they didn't allow photos. We also visited the cemetery where Benjamin Franklin is buried that is in the same area of the city, but again - no photos allowed. Also the Mutter Museum; a medical oddities museum; another with no photos allowed; now this is a place you don't see every day. You can look it up for more info, it's not for the faint of heart or the easily squeamish. I don't think I realized until I was writing this how many places we went to that we weren't allowed to take pictures.
In the Macy's store there are two interesting historical items - the old organ from the St. Louis World's Fair; they still play it twice a day, and the Eagle, also from the the same world's fair.
We visited the Simeone Foundation and Museum; a private collector of cars. It was a really nice way to spend an hour or two. We were allowed to take all the pictures we wanted here.
One of our favorite places was the Reading Terminal Market. We were fortunate to be staying across the street, so we stopped in on two of the 3 days we were there; they closed the market on Easter. There were so many choices I could go there every day for weeks and still not try them all. A few of the pictures from the market -
An Easter Cake - they had several different styles.
The bread at DiNic's sandwiches -
Little Smokies at Miller's Twist - delicious. The pretzels were so good I had to go back and just get a plain pretzel to take with me.
Shrimp, grits, and poached eggs from Pearl's Oyster bar. I had the chicken and waffle benedict, and forgot to take a picture. I have to say these weren't our favorite meals of the weekend; I think you can do better in the market with other vendors.
We were down near the Italian Market on Saturday afternoon, and stopped for an Italian Hoagie at Sarcone's Deli. This is the "American Italian" - coteghini (new to me - it comes up online as cotegino, which is a sausage, I think this is some kind of ham), hard salami, hot capacola, provolone, and lots of fixings with oil/vinegar. After having a bit softer bread with the cheesesteaks, this bread was a bit tougher, but I still loved it. Crunchy on the outside, soft in the middle, and everything I expected from an Italian Hoagie sandwich.
A few blocks away was Santucci's Pizza -home of the square pie. Why not? We split what they call a "personal size" pizza, giving us two squares each.
The crust was a little more crackery or pastry-like (if you are familiar with Lou Malnati's in Chicago, but thin crust), vs. more a chewy bread type that you might see with NY pizza. We tried the sausage and roasted peppers. Really delicious; the sausage had a bite to it and the roasted peppers really complemented the tomato sauce. The cheese is on the bottom. Another really good pie.
We had to round out this stop by heading up one block to Isgro's Bakery. The place was crazy nuts since it was the Saturday before Easter and everyone was stocking up.
Our treats to go - a mascarpone cannoli, a chocolate mousse cannoli, and an apple walnut tart. All were really delicious.
More to come...
post edited by TnTinCT - 2017/05/01 17:50:26