Tongue tacos, Italian milkshakes, candy-coated flapjacks and 47 other delicious foods and drinks you should be tasting right now.
Apologies to Kanella’s Konstantinos Pitsillides should this bring any trouble from the animal rights folks. Not that Pitsillides wouldn’t tell them to go fuck themselves. At his breezy BYOB, the Cypriot chef with the steely gaze—look how unsettlingly comfortable he is brandishing a cleaver in his online bio!—recreates the food of his homeland authentically, without apology. Right now, that means roasted whole lambs, piglets and kid goats served whole to parties of six to 15. If you’re lucky, the occasional leg, shoulder or head will be on special. Kanella, 1001 Spruce St. 215.922.1773. kanellarestaurant.com
The good people of Earth Bread + Brewery are serious locavores. When brewing their delicious Alehoof Grut, they use local herbs including the eponymous ale hoof, lending a slight bitter bite that would come from the use of hops in a less imaginative brew house. It really balances out this slightly sour, lambiclike brew. Bonus: The herb also has medicinal qualities that work wonders on that next-morning hangover headache. Earth Bread + Brewery, 7136 Germantown Ave. 215.242.6666. earthbreadbrewery.com
Don’t be apprehensive about tasting something that could, at one time, have tasted you back. The taco de lengua, or tongue taco, at Taco Riendo is a tender, beefy conquest served on corn tortillas with white onion, a healthy sprinkle of cilantro and a side of spicy salsa verde. At $2.50 a piece, you’ll have enough to BYO a sixer of Dos Equis. Taco Riendo, 1301 N. Fifth St. 215.235.2294
Philadelphia is a sandwich-saturated city. Whether it’s the ubiquitous cheesesteak or the less celebrated roast pork, we love food slapped on a good Italian roll. But you knew that already. What you may not know is that one of the best hoagies in town is completely vegetarian. Chickie’s Italian Deli roasts red peppers, sautés bitter brocolli rabe, bakes sliced eggplant and grates sharp provolone before piling them heavy on a sesame-studded Sarcone’s roll. Chickie’s Italian Deli, 1014 Federal St. 215.462.8040.
Josef Stock, a German immigrant of Hungarian descent, opened Stock’s Bakery in New Kensington (Upper Fishtown, Port Fishington, whatever you call it) more than 80 years ago. Today the family is as ferociously proud of their roots as they are the bakery’s signature product—a buttery, dense and mouth-watering rich pound cake that’s so good, a friend once threatened to drill a hole through the length of one and make love to it. Stock’s Bakery, 2614 E. Lehigh Ave. 215.634.7344
Here’s what we love about food in Philadelphia: everything. No, seriously. From the street vendor’s commonest cheesesteak to the most subtly spiced French-Asian hybrid delicacy, it’s all good. But some of it? Some of it is awesome. So here are 50 suggestions for dishes, ranging from sophisticated to speedy, that you’ve just got to try—whether you’re in town for the day or here for keeps.
People, you may have noticed, are fat. Real fat. And getting bigger every day. But lost in the endless conversations about the no-longer-new obesity epidemic that threatens to sink our country into a pit of health-care debt we can never pay is a very real and glaringly obvious fact: We’re all a hell of a lot skinnier than we could be.
The first PW reader to document they've had all 50 items on our list wins $100 in gift certificates to fabulous Philly restaurants. It's that easy, and that delicious.