Better Than Best: Food

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Tucked away in South Philly on Wolf Street is quite possibly the best Mexican in Philly—the kind that won’t kill you on the way out. Los Gallos provides big portions for dirt cheap—three tacos for about six dollars. It’s a casual mom-and-pop place with a store in the front and a few tables in the back, the type of joint for people who actually appreciate and enjoy authentic Mexican cusiine.

Los Gallos Mexican Taqueria, 951 Wolf St. 215.551.1245.

Best Spot When You’re Sweaty, Broke and All You Want Is Something Sugary

Forget Capogiro and their overpriced, itsy bitsy cups of gelato—Philly Flavors (AKA “Philly Flaves”) is serving up bangin’ handmade ice cream, frozen yogurt and water ice for crazy cheap. For less than $2, you can get a small cup of their frozen goodness the size of what you’d expect in a large. You can’t really go wrong with any of their water ice flavors, but you absolutely must experience their mind-blowing birthday cake ice cream.

Philly Flavors, 2004 Fairmount Ave. 215.232.7748.

Best Totally Awesome In-Shell Escargot

The trouble with snails as a food is that they usually end up looking like shriveled boogers after a hefty night of drinkin’ and smokin’ (albeit bathed in garlic butter). They’re tasty as hell, but for some fearful anti-French dicks, they can’t get behind garlic-buttered boogers. So our friends at Vintage do us the service of making them tasty and delicious, then stuffing them into pretty little shells. They give you fancy tools and send you on a digging adventure. The tender little morsels of chewy, garlicy deliciousness send you into a rapturous state. All praise these humble, slow-moving mollusks.

Vintage, 129 S. 13th St. 215.922.3095.

Best Veggie Burger

Did you know that you don’t need to be a vegetarian to enjoy a veggie burger? It’s a tough concept for people whose brains have been decimated by mad cow disease to comprehend, but it’s true. Just because you eat meat doesn’t mean that you can’t sometimes not eat meat. Get it? Most veggie burgers suck, so the skepticism about them is understood. But the veggie jawn over at Sketch Burger is the jam, girlfriend. It’s BIG and it’s a little spicy and, unlike hamburger sammies, it’s healthy and refreshing. Have ‘em slam some vegan tahini sauce and an avocado on that sucker, close your eyes and bite into it.

Sketch Burger, 413 E. Girard Ave. 215.634.3466.

Surprisingly Great Vibe And Product Despite a Name That Makes Us Grimace

When you think of food and drink, one of the least desirable associations you’d want to make next is one involving rodents and bugs. Ants, quite rightly, would give you itchy, shake-em-off gyrations and perhaps make you fear for the sanity of the establishment you’ve elected to spend money in. Certainly, if you actually had ants in your pants, you would not be comfortable sitting and having a delicious sandwich, a lovely latte or afternoon snack. And yet somehow the Australian-backed Ants Pants Cafe thrives and delivers a fantastic product and vibe. With a simple, well-executed menu, deliriously charming staff and unfussy but sophisticated ambience, there’s (thankfully) not an ant in sight.

Ants Pants Cafe, 2212 South St. 215.875.8002.

Best Place to Get Culturally Cross-Wired

There are very few places in the city where you can go and find a wide selection of authentic Italian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese and Mexican cuisine, fresh fish, meat and produce and very famous shitty cheesesteaks all within about a six-block radius. Yet, Washington Ave. between Sixth and 12th streets may just be the epicenter of Philly’s melting pot. Besides the Italian Market, this area is home to two Asian shopping centers—each containing several restaurants with sweet all-you-can-eat deals (like Nam Phuong Restaurant)—and a slew of small Mexican joints like La Veracruzana that are always packed. You don’t need an addresses, just follow the swarms of young Latino men on their bikes completely disregarding traffic laws.

Best Gourmet Hot Dog and Craft Brew Food Truck

The food-truck trend is certainly nothing new in Philly. But as any of the finalists for the 2011 Vendy Awards would likely tell you, a winning food truck’s true genius comes from its unique theme as much as the food it serves. And that’s why we’re so fond of the Memphis Taproom’s affordable new outdoor beer garden, where craft brews come only in aluminum cans, and a dozen different gourmet hotdogs are served from a permanent food truck. The picnic tables and canine-friendly policy lend the place something of a summertime cookout atmosphere.

Memphis Taproom, 2331 E. Cumberland St. 215.425.4460.

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1. Phillydave said... on Oct 19, 2011 at 01:32PM

“Is this the Staph Meal on meds site for the bomb throwing anarchist crowd that has a perverse interest in food? You bet it is!”

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2. joshua said... on Oct 19, 2011 at 05:17PM

“@phillydave This is Joshua from staphmeal, what does that even mean?”

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3. Thom said... on Oct 20, 2011 at 08:44AM

“Oh, Joshua. Go away already. Your 15 minutes is up”

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4. Anonymous said... on Oct 20, 2011 at 09:01PM

“Those adjective descriptions are facinating. I had to read each entry to see what comes next. : )”

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5. barryg said... on Oct 21, 2011 at 04:52AM

“Where is the Japanese restaurant on Washington Ave?

What's the ayce eat deal at Nam Phuong?”

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6. lil said... on Oct 22, 2011 at 02:24AM

“Best brunch, lunch, dinner place u can ever go to!!”

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7. Anonymous said... on Oct 22, 2011 at 07:42PM

“Most people think they can just starve themselves to lose weight but you can't do that because your body will go into something called starvation mode. What happens is your body will slowly eat itself. If you want to know why you can't starve yourself to lose weight, this article gives a great explanation on it.”

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8. Anonymous said... on Jan 5, 2012 at 01:51PM

“1 for mentioning Slayer.

-1000 for saying Buffalo Wild Wings is the best of the Northeast. Granted, there's not much to choose from in the Northeast, but BWW is garbage.



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