Nick’s Roast Beef, 2149 S. 20th St. 215.463.4114. nicksroastbeef.com
Best House-Made Condiment
If you’re satisfied by the chemical-laden, souless condiments in a tube, skip this entry. It’s for the people who need some love put into their sauces—some chopping of herbs and curing of mustard seeds and maybe even a shock of real hot peppers. For us, the ginger dumpling sauce at David’s Mai Lai Wah is worth putting up with the horrendous service. It’s springy and spicy, with huge chunks of ginger, and it’s oily nature makes it perfect for lubing up your dumplings.
David’s Mai Lai Wah, 1001 Race St. 215.627.2610.
Best Chocolate Confection to Get You Buzzed
That box of chocolates isn’t working hard enough for you. There are delectable, fudge-y, supple confections out there that do more than just give you that quick, dark fix. The truffle assortment at Sazon is damned dizzying, and each is a small ball of heaven, but the raw cacao varieties are truly a transcendental experience. Chocolate expert Robert Campbell will warn you as you buy to not enjoy one before bedtime and, man, is he serious. We stupidly popped the El Cacique variety late at night and thought the Madagascar vanilla and Dominican and Venezuelan gran cre cacao made us see through time.
Sazon, 941 Spring Garden St. 215.763.2500. sazonrestaurant.com
We’ve been stuffing ourselves to the gills around here with soul food from every corner of this fair city. And in the Food & Drink Issue you can see where, exactly, we’ve been doing it. Dig in.
Ever think to yourself: Hey, I wonder where I can have a threesome and then promptly forget about it? Well, one of our writers thinks he's found that place. Want Mexican food that doesn't burn on the way out? Of course you do. More of these questions and answers have found their way into this year's Better Than Best issue. And what's better than best, you ask? We have no idea. We just knew we couldn't use Best Of, because another publication in this town has it on lockdown. But that doesn't mean we didn't put an enormous amount of effort into bringing you the most random hidden gems Philly has to offer. Because we did. And we think we've got a pretty good list going on here.
PW's Holiday Guide 2014